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Mysterious BEAM outside London Googleplex ZAPPED

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Can I be first?

It's GCHQ tapping into Google's worldwide data!

And the mysterious beam- obviously the feed up to the Goggleplex's Elysium mothership! Or the souls of a billion artists, slurped by Google with no recompense.

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Why does it take 8 hours for my posts to be approved?

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Re: Why does it take 8 hours for my posts to be approved?

No, you were posting on one of Andrew's articles, so you went into a queue. Nothing personal; all of Andrew's stories require pre-mod to keep away the anti-Andrew brigade.

I just happened across this and almost sprayed my coffee over the keyboard! IME comments on Andrew's articles don't have to be "anti-Andrew" to never see the light of day, they just have to disagree (however politely) with what he's written. If you can craft a combined anti-copyright and pro-Google comment then your contribution is destined for the deeper regions of Hades. :-)

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You stupid BRICK! PCs running Avast AV can't handle Windows fixes

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Re: "new memory related functions which are not fully compatible with Avast."

Doubtless showing my ignorance here, but do software vendors get previews of Windows patches so they can do their own compatibility testing?

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Brit mobile firms in FOURPLAY TUSSLE – how very French of them

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Oh good...

Given how difficult it is to find a mobile service with the coverage I want, a fibre broadband service with the speed/reliability/data limits I need, or a TV service with the channels I want, then the chances of finding a decent "quad play" bundle from what will be a handful of providers seem slim to none.

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'Regin': The 'New Stuxnet' spook-grade SOFTWARE WEAPON described

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Re: Which OS / Platform ?

Clue:

Specialist modules were found monitoring Microsoft Internet Information Services network traffic, parsing mail from Exchange databases

Of course, if you're really interested you could always read the Symantec PDF linked to in the article...

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ESA's spaceplane cleared for lift-off in February 2015

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Apart from the fact that it's a reentry technology demonstrator, unmanned, doesn't have wings, is a fraction of the size, and only cost €150m, then yes, it's virtually identical.

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I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

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Re: What GPS really needs

There are plenty of satnavs out there designed specifically for trucks, that choose routes suitable for the vehicle size and weight you enter. They're not even that expensive, so there's really bugger all excuse for trucks squeezing down narrow windy country roads or taking out low bridges nowadays.

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Google releases 'Divide' to conquer mobile devices, messaging

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Huh?

What's the point of splicing random review comments about one product into an article about a completely unrelated one? Is there some minimum number of words threshold you have to pad an article out to or something?

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GOTCHA: Google caught STRIPPING SSL from BT Wi-Fi users' searches

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Quite. This is just BT trying to stop "their" public hotspots being used to search for naughty things by using Google's SafeSearch facility, which as Google openly say doesn't work over https. You may not think that Google should give network admins the ability to force search result filtering on users (originally intended for schools and the like), but all the "selling your location data" stuff in that article is nonsense.

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Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

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Re: The 1* review wasn't out of place

Why they'd want to charge for one bad review I don't

I'd guess they can identify very few of the reviewers from the reviews - there was presumably something identifiable about this one (room number, date, some occurrence) that switched on a very dim light-bulb in their head and made them think they could stick their charge on this one. Bad idea.

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PHONDLESLAB-ULOUS: Motorola Moto X Android phablet

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Fixed battery!

The absence of a microSD card slot will be a deal breaker for some

Not half as much as the inability to change the battery when its capacity dwindles away over a couple of years. Not all of us want to ditch an otherwise perfectly usable mobile every year or so, much as the manufacturers must love the idea.

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BAD SANTA: Don't get ripped off this Christmas

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Re: Further shopping tips

Amex does indeed have ok customer service (though from my own experience, I wouldn't say excellent). However it's important to remember the distinction between charge and credit cards. A credit card offers you statutory protection in the UK under Section 75. A charge card does not, so while Amex does have a chargeback scheme, I would always suggest using a credit card because of the joint liability.

Although bear in mind that Amex do offer credit cards, as well as charge cards,

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Lights OUT for Philae BUT slumbering probot could phone home again as comet nears Sun

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Re: Question: - Very Slow

It doesn't orbit in the way you seem to think - the gravity's too weak. It flies a series of dog-legs around the comet, with a powered course change between each one.

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Mastercard and Visa to ERADICATE password authentication

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Re: Stop with the mobile requirement already

There are also 2FA apps (like Authy) that have a browser-based interface as well - so removing the need for a mobile.

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Yorkshire man NICKS 1,000 Orange customer records. Court issues TINY FINE

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That's because the "victim surcharge" has nothing directly to do with victims of crime. It's mainly a slush fund for organisations such as those sympathetic hand-holding ones that stand in for actual investigations when you're burgled, and for what you might think are basic functions of the prosecution such as looking after prosecution witnesses.

Bizarrely, it falls disproportionally on those who are given small fines, rather than a community order/prison sentence/etc - ie on those committing minor crimes such as speeding and who are able to pay, rather than those committing serious crimes with identifiable victims.

Some might see it as just another tax...

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WATCH Rosetta's Philae's SUCCESSFUL drop on Comet 67P

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Need to cross fingers AND toes now

Shame to hear that the thruster designed to press Philae down and prevent rebound is u/s, so we now have to hope that the harpoons do hit something soft enough to dig into and hold on. Stress levels in the operations centre are going to be through the roof by 16:00! Good luck to them all!

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Patch Windows boxes NOW – unless you want to be owned by a web page or network packet

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Re: Update FAIL (?)

Sounds like an upgrade.

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Reg mobile man: National roaming plan? Oh UK.gov, you've GOT to be joking

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There's also the consideration that nowhere is it written in stone that those three factors ("rings") have to remain the same over time from a regulatory viewpoint. Once coverage for 95%+ of the population is basically a wash for any given technology generation, does it make sense for the consumer's choice to effectively be limited by the historical accident of which network happens to have the best coverage for an individual house/street/village? Perhaps it does indeed make more sense to in effect "retire" the coverage ring by mandating national roaming, but in doing so reinforce the price ring and prevent backsliding on coverage by setting roaming pricing suitably high.

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Forget 5G, UK.gov is making 2G fit for the 21st century!

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Not QUITE as difficult as implied

It cites the 2010 Ofcom paper, which says that seamless national roaming – where your call is handed over from (say) Vodafone to EE as you move along – is complex and expensive to implement

The Ofcom report also says that if you're OK with non-seamless roaming (eg handing off from one network to another during a call), ie much like international roaming, then it would cost peanuts - £15m per MNO.

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BEHOLD Apple's BENEVOLENCE! iMessage txt BLACK HOLE finally fixed

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The problem isn't that you can't receive texts after moving to a non-Apple phone - it's that messages to you from other Apple users continue to be sent by iMessage (hence you can't receive them), not by SMS. So yes, Apple send the code to you by SMS

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We're doing great, say dot-London chiefs ... Unfortunately, few agree

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Marketese translation

"demonstrates how niche marketing to a specific sector can monetise a domain in a highly cost-efficient manner"

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Demonstrates how targetting an isolated group for your protection racket enables you to gouge them until the pips squeak, for zero effort.

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BT: Consumers and cost cutting save the day

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Re: 88,000 more victims...

Unfortunately the alternative mainstream providers are equally shambolic and incompetent. After BT, Pipex/Tiscali/Talk Talk, Sky in swift succession even BT were looking good again!

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NHS quango fatcats spend £2m tax dosh on iPads and iPhones

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Re: Android

The execs, consultants and assorted worthies demanding the things probably didn't even realise there were such creatures as Android devices.

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UK.gov set to burn half a BEELLLION POUNDS on one-dole-to-rule-em-all IT, claims PAC chair

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Re: Show us the consequences ...

@Credas - sometimes a biased politician makes a statement that is no less true than if a saint had spoken the very same words. Perhaps you should wind your neck in occasionally, and remember this? It is hard, granted.

Ooh, sensitive! :-)

Possibly she is right. But if so her pronouncement isn't the result of her incisive investigation or pursuit of the truth, rather more the opportunity for grandstanding and media coverage exhibited relentlessly virtually every single day on any subject in sight. My point being that "Margaret Hodge says..." contributes nothing to the article.

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"According to Public Accounts Committee chair Margaret Hodge"

That article lost all credibility as far as I'm concerned right there.

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Lawyers mobilise angry mob against Apple over alleged 2011 Macbook Pro crapness

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Re: eco-friendly lead-free solder, heh?

Not sure why a big company like Apple still uses a solder that means people will have to buy replacement computers every 2 years.

Because they want to be able to sell their products in the EU?

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Apple spent just ONE DOLLAR beefing up the latest iPad Air 2

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Does the article mention profits? No. Does it mention Apple's average gross margin. Yes.

Try harder, fanbois.

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Find My Phone does just one thing but Samsung's messed it up

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Re: Still needs 'help' from the user..

"Be careful what website(s) you visit" isn't terribly helpful advice, since it could be any website that accepts user-generated input and a target site that doesn't check the referrer header carefully - something which the user can hardly be expected to know. Forums that allow images like are classic examples.

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US court SHUTS DOWN 'scammers posing as Microsoft, Facebook support staff'

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A start - just

Taking action against locally-based scammers based in the US (or the UK for that matter) is all very well, but most of them aren't daft enough to base themselves in the same jurisdiction as that in which they're practising their loathsome arts. 1/10 for effort.

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Reg hacks see the woods or the trees In the Forest of the Night

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Re: This is getting a bit samey now

OK, so you three don't like the new Doctor Who. Boo hoo. You don't need to keep telling us about it every week.

It's not just those three. There are plenty of us who think this series is by and large tedious, over-sentimental, and selling short the classic series we knew and loved. Despite the best efforts of Mr Capaldi. Why the hell shouldn't we say so?

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Kingston's aviation empire: From industry firsts to Airfix heroes

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Re: I cried when they knocked this place down.

I transferred from Kingston to Farnborough in 1992 just before Richmond Road was closed. It was heartbreaking watching the previously busy factory go silent and get gutted as everything was auctioned off. No way was I going back, knowing what would happen to the place afterwards.

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Re: A very poor legacy

There's very little of Hawker Siddeley in the modern BAE Systems. The BAC crowd won out in the power games after BAe was formed, and when did BAC ever take a commercial risk?

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Re: don't forget

And before Hawkers bought Dunsfold there was Langley - doomed by Heathrow - that did a lot of production and final assembly work.

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Richmond Road site

There's a bit of confusion here about the Richmond Road site; the YMCA and the playing field in front of it formed the Hawker Athletic & Social Club, not the site of the factory. The factory was on the other side of the wall on the northern boundary of the social club, entirely within what is now the housing estate.

Strange that there was no mention of the Hunter. It was the money made from that hugely successful fighter that paid for the rather elegant façade on Richmond Road. A couple of hundred Hawks also rolled out (or rather were driven out on the back of a flat-bed truck) of that factory!

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Jeff Bezos rolls up another $437m, lights Amazon's cigar with it

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Re: Blame the investors

Auditors don't "tell" the companies they're auditing what to do - their role is to ensure that the results have been compiled in a reasonable way so as to give an accurate view of the company's finances. They don't give two hoots whether you're making a loss or not! If you're allowing your auditors to determine your business strategy then you're an idiot.

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WAITER! There's a Flappy Bird in my Lollipop!

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Re: There's one in KitKat too

It's tap and hold the Android logo, at least on the Nexus 10 with 4.4.4.

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GP records soon wide open again: Just walk into a ‘safe haven’

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Re: Opting out?

Opt-out form - and more details about this Orwellian mess.

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On Nov 12, a human-made space lab will try to HARPOON a COMET and land on it

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Chipzilla of the mobile world Qualcomm wants to slurp Brit vendor CSR... for £1.6bn

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Re: RIP

I'd like to think ARM are large enough to hold out against a hostile bid, but I'm not a gambling person...

ARM are tiny, but the potential buyers are few. The most obvious (Intel) would never get away with it on competition grounds. Any of ARM's big customers (Appsung, say) could, but the rest of ARM's customer's (aka Appsung's competitors) would swiftly desert it - leaving Appsung with little of value for its money. There's a reason a minnow like ARM has stayed independent in a sea of sharks for so long.

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Adobe spies on reading habits over unencrypted web because your 'privacy is important'

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Re: Or it would have if I'd let it...

This isn't about Adobe Reader, it's about Adobe Digital Editions - an eBook reader that's difficult to avoid if you want to read some Adobe DRM-protected eBooks.

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EU's super-commish for tech: Geo-blocks on cat vids, music – NOT FAIR

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Pot - kettle

It's always amusing to watch politicians when it comes to implementing policies in their own bureaucracy that they lambast others for not doing. Putting every service online is apparently cheap, quick and easy when it's somebody else that's squealing about complexity or cost; when it's the European Commission there's no timetable, and doubtless never will be.

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Consumers agree to give up first-born child for free Wi-Fi – survey

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Re: Non-story

Non-story

Unenforceable term is unenforceable.

Do you suppose it might just possibly have been put there simply to demonstrate that nobody reads the damned Ts&Cs? Rather than considerations of how legally enforceable the term might not be?

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Genuine operators don't help

Most seem to go out of their way to block or otherwise mess with VPN traffic, probably because it interferes with their ability to push ad-laden landing pages and (worse) embed ads in web pages people are browsing. I hardly ever bother now, and just use a mobile data connection whenever possible.

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Atlas plugged: Facebook hooks ads to profiles, smears 'em over the web

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Re: But... but... but...

More than they love the idea of paying for "services" like Facebook, unfortunately.

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Business is back, baby! Hasta la VISTA, Win 8... Oh, yeah, Windows 9

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Why the fuck should they have to spend anything on training, just because MS has decided it's time to crank the OS tax handle again? MS is forcing change just because they have to introduce change to justify making the latest WinNT interation a paid-for upgrade, not because their customers actually need any change at all.

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Bendgate backlash: Apple claims warped iPhone 6 Plus damage is 'extremely rare'

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Re: "Rarity" is not the point

Since you don't seem to know the difference between force, pressure and bending moment, and (unless you're dismissing the videos showing a 6+ being bent by hand) seem to think that 100lbs "pressure" can be applied with the human thumb, I think I'll just assume you're astroturfing as usual and ignore your "facts".

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Let it go, Steve: Ballmer bans iPads from his LA Clippers b-ball team

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Same old...

Once a prick, always a prick, it seems.

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EU operators PLEAD for MERCY, may get roaming rates cut ‘reprieve’

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I hate to stick up for mobile operators, but...

Unless an operator has its own network in every EU country then it will incur roaming costs in transferring international calls from one EU network to another. Even if it does have a network in each country, roaming still involves far more complex signalling and routing (and hence cost) than does a call within a home network. Certainly roaming costs have in the past been obscenely high, but to pretend that they are zero is nonsensical. The end result will just be that intra-EU roaming calls are subsidised by those subscribers who only make national calls.

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Oracle's Larry Ellison quits as CEO – new bosses are Hurd'n'Catz

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Executive Chairman?

The whole point of a Chairman is (meant to be) that they're not an executive - they're supposed to be independent of the management and represent the shareholders. Corporate governance? Nah, never heard of it,

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iPhone 6: Most exquisite MOBILE? No. It is the Most Exquisite THING. EVER

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Re: meh

Havd you read the Guardian "article"? He really was asking for it.

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