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USB reversible cables could become standard sooner than you think

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You need to remember...

You need to remember that USB was designed for Scanners and Printers... devices you plug in once then leave connected for a year.

The idea that you would be plugging it in and unplugging it again wasn't undreamed of.

The idea that you would be using it to charge small electronic devices would have been laughable... charge from USB? How would we sell replacement power adaptors?

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Too late, Blighty! Samsung boffins claim breakthrough graphene manufacturing success

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How can apple patent it.

How can apple patent it if they can't actually MAKE it.

Isn't a fundamental part of a patent that someone suitable skilled in the field in question could use the patent to produce an item using the feature.

If there was no reliable way to make THE MATERIAL when the patent was files, it is invalid.

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MPs attack BT's 'monopolistic' grip on gov-subsidised £1.2bn rural broadband rollout

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April fools?

Can't tell if this story is an April Fools joke or not.... of course all the contracts ended up going to BT, they are the only company with the Staff, Equipment and experience to f***ing do it.

The competition pulled out because even if they won every single contract it still wouldn't be worth them buying all the vans, hiring all the staff etc,.. and even then they would have to spread the work over a much longer period then BT.

On top of that, BT have years of experience and plans for digging up roads, and still keep digging through power cables... imagine how bad it would be if a totally new player in the market started digging up roads.

The government should have saved a load of money by only negotiating with BT in the first place, an not wasted half the money of the tendering and project management costs.

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You're an idiot.

If you're only 100m from the exchange, fibre-to-the-cabinet will make absolutely no difference what-so-ever.

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Boss at 'Microsoft' scam support biz told to cough £000s in comp

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Just ask them what they are wearing

Just ask them what they are wearing... I find this usually does the trick.

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Hardwired crypto certificate FAIL bricks Juniper router kit

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at best...

At best Juniper are going to end up replacing al the kit, and probably paying out significant compensation. At worst, the police are about to get involved.

This is going to end VERY badly for them.

I'd guess the company if probably toast, and will end up selling themselves to one of their larger competitors.

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Nvidia unveils Titan Z: An 8TFLOPS off-the-shelf supercomputer disguised as a gfx card

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oh look...

oh look, a solution looking for a problem.

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TV sales PLUMMET. But no one's prepared to say what we all know

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TV Sales are falling?

File this story under "everyone already has enough stuff".

Big TVs last a while. Most people have one now. Few people can justify an new purchase when there is nothing wrong with the one they have.

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Reg tries out Google's Chromecast: Yep, we even tested smut sites

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...a solution...

...a solution... looking for a problem.

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MtGox finds 200,000 Bitcoin in old wallets

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"so there's some prospect of recovering some of their lost currency"

"so there's some prospect of recovering some of their lost currency" - I can assure you there isn't. In any bankruptcy, all monies recovered are used up by the administrators and lawyer in fees.

The amount of time the administrators take expands for meet the funds they discover.

This is simply a fact of life these days.

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Microsoft's SQL Server 2014 early code: First look

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WTF?

WTF...? No use of DISTINCT, IN or LIKE? So it's practically useless then for any reporting purposes?

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Previously stable Greenland glaciers now rushing to the sea

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sooo.....

sooooo... basically we're f*cked?

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Bitcoin bust litigants fling sueballs at Japanese bank

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...aaaaaand BitCoin is dead.

This means the end for BitCoin. Once someone went after a related bank, it was game over.

Banks will dump support for BitCoin traders sharpish, and without the ability to change BitCoin into real money, BitCoin is worthless. At best, banks will charge BitCoin traders suc a huge premium that it will make the currency unviable, at worst they will cut them off completely.

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Florida bloke cuffed for pit bull shag outrage

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Marsonek faces charges of "cruelty to animals"...

...assuming the dog complains.

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Bletchley Park board member quits amid TNMOC split-off spat

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This kicked off because...

This all kicked off because some government agency, thinking Bletchly Park included the TNMOC and colossus and granted them several million pounds of government money to keep this important part of British computing history going.

Sadly, Bletchly Park is a separate entity which just covers the House and Estate. The people running Bletchly Park, had a party, paid themselves a bonus, and told TNMOC that they didn't really need it any more and if it wanted to keep it's small shed in the corner of the site it would have to pay an ever escalating rent.

The majority of the exhibits in Bletchly Park are privately owned or owned by TNMOC. If TNMOC was to move it's stuff elsewhere, the other stuff would probably go to, and Bletchly Park would just be an empty country house.

Things will continue to get worse in this issue until BP burns through the money it was granted in a few years time, and is probably sold off for development.

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Windows XP market share GROWS AGAIN, outstrips Win 8.1 surge

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Under UK law...

Under UK law, a product has to be fit for purpose.

There is no set 12 month limit on how long it has to work for.

Microsoft have no legal protection in the UK... the EULA would be thrown out by virtually ANY judge.

At best, Microsoft could be forced to issue refunds, at worst they could be found liable for consequential loss if they fail to rectify critical faults. Under certain circumstances, they could even be found to be complicit. Especially as they are still fixing the fault, but only for customers paying premium prices.

There are plenty of countries in the world where MS is going to get ripped a new one by the lawyers.

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BT demands end to Ofcom wholesale broadband subsidies for BSkyB, TalkTalk

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Re: If you think it's unfair, split the company

If they span off open reach completely under current regulations, openreach would have no choice but to keep the charges to BTs competitors the same, while ramping up charges to BT to cover the additional costs of being a fully independent company. You'de need to change the rules first.

Also, if openreach was spun off completely, BT shareholders would expect some sort of return on all the money BT has put into openreach and the broadband network over the last 20 years... it would have to be a float, rather than a spin-off. And of course the new share holders would want their dividends... and up go the broadband charges.

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Re: Having a Laugh

"This coming from the company that turns up in towns up and down the country, upgrades a handful of cabinets then claims the rest aren't financially viable, only to upgrade them when the government hands over wads of cash."

Well yes the cabinets AREN'T financially viable, especially not when BT has to provide access to it's competitors at below cost price. If you need 20 people to sign up at full price per cabinet to make it viable, THEN YOU NEED 20 PEOPLE TO SIGN UP PER CABINET AT FULL PRICE. If they all sign up at half price via BTs competitors, then they will need 40 customer to sign up to cover the cost. It's called maths.

The only choice then IS for the government to subsidise low volume infrastructure... why would BT pay to upgrade a cabinet knowing the few customers that sign up to Fibre may well do so with it's competitors... it would be commercial suicide!

Ironically, if BT wasn't supplying access to it's new fibre network to it's own competitors at a loss, it would be worth them upgrading a lot more cabinets.

I say this as someone in Wiltshire who is waiting for BT to cable up my area as they have agreed to do under this government program to fibre up the countryside. It's due later this year. Hopefully.

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Woman claims she was assaulted in Google Glass 'HATE CRIME'

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Am waiting...

Am waiting for there to become standard issue to police officers, security guards etc.

A lot less time spent writing reports if everything is recorded on video, GPS tagged and downloaded.

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US Senator lobbies feds to BAN BITCOIN

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It was...

We all knew it was only a matter of time.

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HP 'clarifies' firmware/support contract rules

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HP 'clarifies' firmware/support contract rules

This is correct. Under UK rules the goods are required to be fit for a purpose and last an appropriate amount of time. For example, if your washing machine fails after 18 months, you are still entitled to a repair as a washing machine can be reasonable expected to last more than 18 months.

If the goods can't be used in a way that a normal person would expect to, without purchasing an additional warranty, then they are not fit for purpose and you can just get a full refund.

That said, the rules relate to "retail" sales. B2B sales might vary slightly, but either was this effective changes the functional lifespan of HP server from 5-6 year to the duration of the warranty, and will see their sales slide off of a cliff, probably irrecoverably, and I see this not as HP trying to make a quick buck, but as HP choosing to withdraw from the server market. Put simply, you wouldn't do this if you wanted to stay in the server business.

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London's King of Clamps shuts down numberplate camera site

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Re: Just wondering?

Why would it park... surely you could just tell it to drive around the block a few times while you do your shopping?

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Eurocops want to build remote car-stopper, shared sensor network

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Would be better...

It would be better just to build a simple GPS locating device with a GSM connection and short range Bluetooth or RFID VIN identification into the cars ECU.

If police need to stop it, they just need to get close enough to read the VIN from Bluetooth, check it matches the number plates, then send a "fault" command via the GSM network, that drops the car into "Get You Home Mode" where the revs and top speed and very limited, then issue an "Immobiliser On" request when the car is stopped at a junction.

If the car is nicked you just send a "park up" command to the ECU telling it to turn off the engine as soon as the car is at a standstill.

It would mean a slightly more expensive ECU, but would also make cars largely un-stealable. The extra cost per-car would be recovered many times over by the drivers through lower insurance premiums.

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Microsoft builds admin tool to spare Office 365 sellers' blushes

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Reseller?

So Microsoft have finally invented a reseller interface.

How's the weather back there in the 1990s?

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Developer's rare $50,000 Twitter account @N stolen in web shakedown

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I don't see how...

I don't see how twitter user names can be worth anything, given that, assuming it's not a trademarked brand name, they can just take it off of you at any point and give it to someone else.

Even if it was a trademarked brand name, twitter could just close your account whenever they like.

I'd guess the twitter T&C almost certainly include rules precluding the sale of twitter accounts too.

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Security 101 fail: 3G/4G modems expose control panels to hackers

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A good example...

A good example of why premium-rate SMS messages should simply be outlawed.

There is virtually no legitimate use them.

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KC engineer 'exposed unencrypted spreadsheet with phone numbers, user IDs, PASSWORDS'

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Why...

Why does anyone still need a password to make their ADSL broadband work anyway?

If you stop paying for it hey disable it on your line anyway.

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Hosting outfit goes PERMANENTLY TITSUP after 'lifetime' plans kill biz

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Wait...

Surely they should have just changed the SLA and degraded the service until everyone left?

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Circuits so flexible they'd wrap around your hair

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Torchwood lenses

No other comment needed.

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CryptoLocker creeps lure victims with fake Adobe, Microsoft activation codes

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Bye Bye BitCoin

Without untraceable BitCoin, the culprits being CryptoLocker would struggle to collect their cash.

I would go as far as to say RandsomeWare has suddenly returned and ballooned specifically because of BitCoin.

In my "expert" opinion, CryptoLocker will shortly lead to the ban of BitCoin an other digital currencies.

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HP clampdown on 'unauthorised' server fixing to start in January

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Re: legal? We shall see

There is no such thing as a "warranty period" beyond a manufacturers generous offer.

Goods in the EU must be fit for purpose. The length of time for which they should function depends on the cost of the item, and a range of other issues.

For example, while your washing machine may come with a 12 month warranty, you could reasonably expect it to last more than 12 months and it if failed after 13 months you would have a claim against the manufacturer. A box of matches on the other hand would only be expected to be good for a few days or weeks.

Likewise, a server would be expected to be fit for purpose. Most of us would say a suitable period before it should fail would be 2-3 years. If it failed before that and you pushed the manufacturer, they would settle in some way, probably offering to split the cost without accepting actual liability, or offering a heavily discounted extended warranty.

It's the reason so much now comes with longer than 12 months warranty, and why many credit card firms now offer cards with extended warranties - you see, it the good fail prematurely, the credit card companies are jointly liable. If your server failed after 13 months, you could just claim on your credit card.

Ultimately, if the server failed after 13-18 months and it went to court, they KNOW up front they would lose, so they will always settle one way or another.

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Oi, bank manager. Only you've got my email address - where're these TROJANS coming from?

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A number of years ago....

A number of years ago, I booked a holiday to Lanzarote with Thomson. The email address I registered with was Thomson-Lanzarote@MyDomain.com (Obviously not the correct domain.)

6 months later the address started receiving email from a huge range of spammers.

I'd only ever used the address once then forgotten about is.

Needless to say Thomson wouldn't comment.

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Twitterers rally round #CensoredUK - to demand MORE PORN

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Is off to the patent office...

Is off to the patent office, to patent the idea for search engine/website that works like a normal site, but all the links are pre-resolved to IP addresses.

I suspect I'll need to use an IP address as the homepage rather than a URL though.

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Apple's 'Smart Dock' patent filing makes Siri your new roommate

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Re: Oh FFS...

It's not novel to anyone who watched TV in the last 30 years.

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Internet Explorer 11 at it again, breaks Microsoft's own CRM software

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As long as compatibility mode works, I don't see a big problem.

As long as compatibility mode works, I don't see a big problem.

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Lightning strikes USB bosses: Next-gen jacks will be REVERSIBLE

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How long...

How long before apple sue over their unique, patented "plug works wither way up" technology?

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Customs cops shutter 700+ domains in global anti-piracy blitz

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sooo...

sooo.... they've blocked ebay?

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UK.gov's web filtering mission creep: Now it plans to block 'extremist' websites

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"extremist"

I'm sure that will immediately include and ban all radical Islam websites. Then in 4 months it will include the EDF. 4 months after that, the BNP.

And then 4 months after that, the UKIP.

*Game Over*

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DEATH-PROOF your old XP netbook: 5 OSes to bring it back to life

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Have you tried...

...just beating him until he realises he doesn't actually NEED a laptop, he just wants one?

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Hong Kong Bitcoin miners pour datacentre in a FISH TANK

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How big are the tanks in Olympic swimming pools?

How big are the tanks in Olympic swimming pools?

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False widow spiders in guinea pig slaughter horror

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Re: Cute li'l guinea pigs.

You realise that 30cm fence is merely psychological.

They'll be over that fence in a second if they really feel like it.

They'll clear it in one bound if they get a run up.

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Mass Effect: Ten lightweight laptops that won’t bust your back

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Asus X102BA Touch Laptop - £289?

Asus X102BA Touch Laptop

- AMD A4-1200 1GHz

- 4GB RAM + 500GB HDD

- 10.1" Touchscreen

- HD Webcam + AMD HD 8180G

- Windows 8 + Microsoft Office 2013

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Sysadmin job ad: 'If you don’t mind really bad work-life balance, this is for you'

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Re: ..I don't need to apply..

Me too!

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Microsoft bans XXXXBOX gamers for CURSING in online combat

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15-18?

Wouldn't most of the games be 15 to 18 rated?

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Romance is dead: Part-time model slings $1.5bn SUEBALL at Match.com

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Fake accounts set up by scammer?

...as opposed to all the fake accounts setup and run by their staff?

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SILENCE of the OWLS may mean real-life 'Whisper Mode' for Black Helicopters

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Fluffy Helicopters!

As per title.

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Super-stealth FLYING CAR prototype seen outside GOOGLE HQ

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It's not physics

It's not physics stopping us having flying cars - we even have a human powered flying bicycle now.

It's laws and licences.

While you need a pilots licence, and the vehicle must to be rated, insured and flown under aircraft rules, it ain't gonna happen.

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Jury: Samsung must cough $290m of $379m Apple wanted - NOT in 5 cent pieces

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I predict..

I predict that slowly and surely all of Apples patents will be overturned, until eventually Samsung sue them for something like "vexatious business practices" or "anti-competitive behaviour" and Apple will be destroyed financially, possibly being banned from trading in the electronics market as part of the settlement

We all know they have been making false claims and filing false patents in an attempt to interfere with their competitors ability to conduct business.

It will come back to bite them on the ass.

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A 6 woman 2 man Jury... a sure way to get a victory for Apple.

Women will be more focused on how something looks rather than the technical aspects.

Men are also more likely to have seen/used tech before which had the features and realise Apple didn't invent them.

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Intel pulls up SoCs, reveals 'integrated' memory on CPUs

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Why have the OS manage it?

Why have the OS manage what goes in the near-memory cache.... surely the CPU or chipset should be doing that?

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