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How to run a big web music biz (Spotify): Grab more cash from fans, sink deeper into the red

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Re: Stakeholders delight - not

Spotify Premium does a lovely job of putting playlisted music into your phone's memory before you leave the WiFi zone. That's the appeal of Spotify and why it won't allow offline 'delayed' streaming like this for Spotify Free.

Using Spotify Free has allowed me to realise I love it for 4 hours a month as does the missus.

Might go up to 8 hrs/month each if offline were allowed.

For which we are not going to pay £20 - presumably to subsidise those listening for 100 hrs/month.

No pay as you go (or pay lite) option is what's stopping any of my spend going to Spotify.

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Apple surges in on the BYOD wave

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Someone overlooked the real BYOD issue

I work at a large corporate with a BYOD policy in place.

I would estimate that 60% of eligible hardware owners have rejected the BYOD offer (including myself).

- Because they don't want to enter an 8 digit PIN every time, and that's one that must be changed every 3 months.

- Because the device has to use a VPN for all access to corporate thingies and you cannot get a statement from your employer as to when and when not traffic is routed thus.

- Because no-one else in the family is allowed to touch your phone once you've unlocked the screen.

Blackberry is the ONLY handset supplier who's recognized the issue with a SEPARATE and ENCRYPTED partition for corporate usag, apps and data and another partition for everyday.

Other Android solutions exist but would not pass the BYOD security policy AFAIK.

Even if Apple were to finally, finally play catch-up with a partitioned solution, my own iPhone at 16GB would not have the spare memory for corp stuff, even though I could sorely use the BYOD functionality.

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Get a job in Germany – where most activities are precursors to drinking

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I spent a couple of years in Berlin & Bavaria and got fluent in German.

Even in the 80s any reasonable sized town had most shops open till 7, so if you left work promptly could do most shopping after work with ease. Unlike 80s UK where town shopping centers were closed at 5:30.

It's true that Sunday started at 13:00 on a Saturday though. Something I'd appreciate much more in my dotage than in those days.

In the 80s you could not access any UK media except for newspapers from the regional airport and BBC World Service. German TV and radio was dire then and has not improved much since. German speech and news radio stations today are still a century behind the BBC.

Jobwise I found my employer clinging to unbelievably archaic and customized tech. In that respect I was better off returning to Blighty and it's US-centric approach to IT.

Due to the wildly inflated price of UK property and cost of UK public transport, I would consider retiring in Germany due to the better living space and travel opportunities.

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The Toyota Aygo is PARKtastic ... but it is very much a City slicker

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Re: Better around cities than elsewhere

That's strange, the C1 has a full sized spare wheel neatly under the boot floor.

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Re: A new El-Reg unit perhaps?

My wife has the original C1 (= Aygo). As she's 5'6" this car can ride 4-up with her+ 3 larger adults in perfect comfort. We chose this after I'd had this exact car on hire in France once - you need to drive some hours to appreciate it, looks alone are deceptive.

I take it work and on long motorway trips to give the engine a good run. It's an astonishing little car, impressively stable on the motorway and much more fun in town than any larger car I've had.

The tip above about the speakers is a good one - maybe I'll have a look at swapping to Pioneers too, the audio quality is practically the only fault at this price point. Speed-dependent Adaptive volume control on the audio (as is in all Fords nowadays) would have been nice too, wonder it it's in that new Aygo?

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You know those WEIRD glass sheds in New York? They'll be replaced with Gbps WiFi

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Re: Don't trust USB

So you roll up at a booth and plug your iPhone in charge it.

Now, do NOT tap YES on "Do You Trust This Computer"

It will charge.

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Three WireLurker suspects arrested in China – reports

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The Chines govt must be quite miffed in a 'why didn't WE think of that' way.

I guess the miscreants are now awaiting job offers

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Ex-NSA lawyer warns Google, Apple: IMPENETRABLE RIM ruined BlackBerry

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Big Brother

hmm... TrueCrypt... hmm...

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BBC clamps down on ILLICIT iPlayer watchers

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Re: A rock and a hard place

OK so the BBC whats to quietly monetize content I've already paid for, and charge so very much that only the very rich or stupid would purchase that content.

Where's my TV license rebate for the content I've paid for and the BBC is monetizing elsewhere?

(I've been recording inconveniently timed radio programs since the 80s with timers and cassettes)

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I'll cap internet tax, says Hungarian PM as mob attacks his party HQ

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It's so difficult that if I log into my Plusnet account, I can instantly see my data consumption so far this month.

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Microsoft has Windows Server running on ARM: report

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Real Windows 9 and servers on a phone?

I see a possible future of computing here.

Proper real Windows running on your phone/work phone/BYOD.

At work, you dock it and work on proper keyboard and big screen.

On the train you tether it to a tablet screen for a few odd tasks or media consumption.

At home you re-dock it to a proper keyboard and screen, or any other hardware that takes your fancy, log onto work VPN and carry on working if needed.

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Planning to fly? Pour out your shampoo, toss your scissors, RENAME TERRORIST WI-FI!

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In other news

Cameron nearly gets knocked over by a jogger

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UK.gov pushes for SWIFT ACTION against nuisance calls, threatens £500k fines

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When I was getting a mortgage the building society had a habit of calling my mobile on essential matters with caller withheld. Similarly I've had calls from bank security dept with number withheld. So I've so far been reluctant to set the block anonymous callers thing on my mobile.

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France to draft blacklist banning alleged piracy websites – what could POSSIBLY go wrong?

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My niece in France and all her schoolmates seem to be able to watch any movie they like free - don't ask me how, I only work in IT.

But if any agency were to go after her and her mates, they'd find no-one has a cent between them to pay in fines. Ain't going to happen this way.

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Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit

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life support?

There was a recent story about knock-off dental equipment, e.g. drills and x-ray machinery, reaching UK shores and eventually the practices of unwitting (or maybe not) dentists.

So in a similar vein, how much hospital life support machinery might just happen to have one of these knock-off chips, soon to be bricked, in it's gubbins?

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Apple flings iOS 8.1 at world+dog: Our AMAZEBALLS 9-step installation guide

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I went for the 128GB model - just enough room to accommodate updates

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China is ALREADY spying on Apple iCloud users, claims watchdog

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If a fake cert can put a man in the middle so easily with Apple kit, what's to stop one being mounted via a dodgy public WiFi access point in the West?

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Routine WHAT NOW? Bank of England’s CHAPS payment system goes TITSUP

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The transaction size...

needed for an average UK house purchase just caused a numerical overflow

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Same old iPad? NO. The new 'soft SIMs' are BIG NEWS

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patented?

I had this on my Samsung 10 years ago, Now Apple will patent this idea and claim Samsung are infringing their patent! Apple is such a non-innovative company. etc etc.

OK all fibs. But I thought's I'd get it in before the Samsung fandroids did.

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Mobile coverage on trains really is pants

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Re: An old man writes

"the idea that there could be a phone on a train was the stuff of science fiction"

I think it still is

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Re: Almost every developed country seems to do much better

....Because you'll be using your smartphone whilst driving..? Or are you going to employ a chauffeur?...

Because I'll save a lot of time and (especially with 2 in a car) money. Rail is supposed to have the key advantage that you can do something else at the same time. Except that the something ought to include online something.

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Almost every developed country seems to do much better

In the past I've take very lengthy journeys in China, Finland and Switzerland.

China: Perfect uninterrupted, fast 3g (on a dongle) for the 1st 6 hours North out of Beijing.

Finland: Free Wifi on the train that worked very with with no dropouts for 90% of a 10 hour journey. No video streaming possible but radio and podcasts, just fine.

Switzerland (on an o2 roaming SIM): No 3g but perfect fast Edge or UMTS

So when took two long UK journeys recently, one from Reading to Devon and one from Reading to Fort William in Scotland, I expected to be able to use data (Three) on the train. In reality there was no 3g for 80% of the journey. When there was it was very hit or miss if you could connect.

Seems the motorways are well covered in the UK (so kids and passengers can web surf) but nothing for laptop and tablet toting rail travelers. (I did look at the train operator's WiFi offerings but laughed out loud at the cost - and already had heard reports of how dire UK onboard rail WiFi is).

For my next long journeys, flying or going by car will take precedence largely due to the lack of one major modern convenience on trains: data.

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POISON PI sniffs WiFi from your mail room, goes on rampage

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Re: If it is public news ...

Drone with wifi payload that parks on the roof and which can be recovered for re-use. I like it.

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Aren't there even smarter hacks available here?

How about planting essentially the same device, but this time instead of just sniffing an attempting a brute force decryption attack on the local WiFi, act as a bogus WiFi access point with no password needed? Sooner or later some dumbo will connect to it.

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Re: An interesting exercise

Very interesting. I'm off now so I get my...

where is it?

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

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Wot no shape memory?

Next rumour: if you warm your bent iPhone up with a hairdryer it reverts to straight.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shape-memory_alloy

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Oh noes, fanbois! iPhone 6 Plus shipments 'DELAYED' in the UK

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Re: £699

Just beware that the Oneplusone is never going to work with most UK 4G

http://www.trustedreviews.com/opinions/oneplus-one-problems

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Slough isn't fit for humans now, says Amazon. We're going to Shoreditch

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Alibaba will be happy to take the Slough site

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Who on Earth would buy a digi-watch? Answer: NUDISTS - in their millions

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would you

adam and eve it?

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Blighty's mighty tech skills shortage drives best job growth in years

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Re: The UK simply is not attractive for foreign well educated people

Um so why is it then that the UK is near #1 as a destination for foreign well educated people to migrate to?

Some odd old thing called 'rule of law' perhaps?

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Vs house prices?

So an increase in UK IT salaries (even one that's not happening) is unsustainable.

But a massive increase in UK house prices is sustainable...

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Finally, a USEFUL smart device: Intel boffins cook up gyro-magneto-'puter bike helmet

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Re: Cycle helmets need ventilation slots

Use a cycle airbag instead

http://www.hovding.com/

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Don't bother with Apple's 9 Sept hype-day: Someone's GONE AND BLABBED IT ALL

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iPad or iPhone apps?

Will it be possible to install iPad apps on the 5.5" model I wonder.

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Finally, a practical use for 3D printing: Helping surgeons rehearse

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Re: Finally?

Love the use of what look like normal rubber bands to take weight in that exoskeleton!

Add more bands for increased support.

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So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL

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Re: One Trick Pony

Are new tricks with apple like large prime numbers?

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

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Re: Dazzle and indicators

Along with the title deeds to the overtaking lane?

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Déjà vu: Virgin Media jacks up broadband prices

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Re: I'm not surprised they are increasing their prices

The also blanket bomb properties - e.g. new blocks of flats - with flyers, where they have no intention of providing a service even if the VM junction box already touches the property.

What's needed is CABLE competition.

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Need a green traffic light all the way home? Easy with insecure street signals, say researchers

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Re: How long now some anarchic hacker takes a mini-drone

How did you manage to get the plot for the next Batman movie?

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Google's so smart it's discovered SHARKS HAVE TEETH

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Unless the tech has changed, isn't there an electrical supply alongside the fibre to power the fibre optic amps/repeaters at stages underwater? Or is end to end with no repeaters now possible?

If there is any power then the question is only, AC or DC? AC would be the one that attracts sharks.

You can change the effective inductance and capacitance of a cable by altering the loading at the ends - that's how loading coils work on antennae, to change their effective 'length' - only in the real world such a massive cable would probably be impossible to tune in this way.

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Brits' BORKED Samsung kit held up after repair centre slips into administration

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when will we know that it's safe to buy Samsung products again, and how will we know that the next repair center does not go bust in the future?

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We told you jailbreaking your iThing was dangerous

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Re: Hilarious

Yup, the last time I did Google ad campaign, I used Google Analytics + Statcounter to very carefully measure the cost/benefit - by following ad clicks right through to our checkout, but also checking if users returned later and spent any money. The analysis proved for me that I should cancel Google Adwords!

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Sony reads the future, quits e-reader market says German report

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The future is

Wafer-light tablets with an LED screen as usual and on the back an e-ink screen. A flip-cover will open the needed side while protecting the other. The e-ink side will offer perfect outdoor reading and endless battery life.

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Re: <shakes head>

Yes, listen to "From our own corespondent" podcast BBC last week where amusing observations are made on how what used to work - 100s of folk concurrently using a Japanese pedestrian crossing - no long does due to the existence of smartphones.

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Adam Afriyie MP: Smart meters are NOT so smart

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Re: I already have a smart monitor of my own

Um how does it read your gas usage - the most expensive energy component of a house usually?

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EE rolls out London bus pay-by-bonk app – only fandoids need apply

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Something you can use a data connection in - unlike the tube or when you are driving a car

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GCHQ names the Hogwarts for Hackers

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These courses will be booked out by Chinese students. Their local police stations will be able to supply the needed background checks which will show them to be upstanding and patriotic citizens all.

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Plug and PREY: Hackers reprogram USB drives to silently infect PCs

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Re: Where's my Windows update to fix this?

Alright, how about this: If any keyboard is connected to a Windows machine, a random numerical password is displayed on the screen. It has to be entered before the device is accepted.

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GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?

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Re: Free dosh required...

it was one of the things the Romans did for us

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/document-1355766855655/

You will need:

sheets of A4 card

felt tips or crayons

sticky tape

scissors

garden canes/thin sticks

pens

coded grid keys

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