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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up

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I was using VM all Saturday, for both VPN into work and straight to the web for other stuff.

No problems at all with service. I reckon rival ADSL providers spread this story and what really happened is that somebody in London (a VM customer) had a cheap TPLink router in their house, and had to reboot it because it got its knickers in a twist. Told their neighbour who works for rival and they turned it out as a nationwide outage.

Good for you.

The cable modems dropped out. Would sync again and drop out again. VM said it would be fixed in 4 hours. ~10 hours later they sent SMS that it is fixed.

Well it wasn't. Eventually it worked for a while before borking out on monday again.

So you reckon wrong.

And no, I'm not in London. And I have no TPLink stuff in the house (not that it would've mattered in this case).

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Is there ever any compensation from companies like Virgin Media?

Yes. But you need to complain about not getting service you're paying for and the drones will apply credit to your next billl.

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Re: Unaffected in Gloucester...

but we don't use Virgin's DNS servers, don't know if that's relevant or not...

Considering cablemodems (standalone and Tivo's built-in) failed to sync I'd say it is not relevant.

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This is why we CAN have nice things: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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Re: Metal/Glass phones

Get a Samsung S-View cover. Replaces the back with a leather-type cover that opens like a book (turning the screen on as it does), looks smart, and protects the phone. I don't particularly care for the plastic backs on Samsung phones, but I've not used one since I got mine. Brilliant idea!

Indeed. An unfortunate fall killed screen on my S2. When I replaced it with S4 I thought might as well offer it bit of extra protection. Almost got the S-View cover, but stumbled across SlimArmor View at fairly equivalent price and it is brilliant. Yes bit bulkier but offers superb protection.

Some of the bulkier (ie. dirt cheap) USB cables don't quite fit with the phone in the case.

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'Urika': Cray unveils new 1,500-core big data crunching monster

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Re: lights...

I want to walk into the computer room and see flashing lights...

Well, quite. I am particularly partial to Thinking Machines' Connection Machine. IIRC we have Tamiko Thiel and Carl Feynman to thank for the CM-1 design. Later models were no less stunning.

Having said that, Cray-2's fluorinert waterfall is rather tasty too.

Nowadays it looks like an art installation (not that that's a bad thing, but it is a computer room...!)

And a bad one at that. Looks like something fresh out out of some arts or design school (were something decent is a rare occasion).

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Docker's app containers are coming to Windows Server, says Microsoft

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>And in few years it might get to where Solaris has been for years

You mean a hobby?

"only for the purpose of developing, testing, prototyping and demonstrating your applications, and not for any other purpose."

That's a pretty cheap shot using T&C from a free download for development purposes.

There are some people on this forum who seem to take to Solaris bashing whenever an opportunity arises. Fine, everyone is entitled to their opinion.

There is a lot of Solaris in use in corporate world. It is very solid and reliable environment.

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Admins! Never mind POODLE, there're NEW OpenSSL bugs to splat

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Re: Debian Security Announcement

Is it absolutely impossible for these guys to just send out an announcement in plain English?

A memory leak flaw was found in the way an OpenSSL handled failed

session ticket integrity checks. A remote attacker could exhaust all

available memory of an SSL/TLS or DTLS server by sending a large number

of invalid session tickets to that server.

What? Where, what typical applications/scenarios might be affected? Real world examples? No wonder the Open Source world has such a bad rep amongst non geeks. Pure gobbledygook brought on by severe laziness and extreme arrogance.

That's pretty plain english for an announcement on crypto library.They clearly state the issue is in session handling and that can be used to exhaust memory. Don't really see how it could be any clearer.

There are so many applications using OpenSSL that listing them would not be practical. I doubt OpenSSL team even know all the applications that may use the libraries.

The announcement is obviously intended to somewhat technical audience. It would be up to your sysadmin (in corporate environment) to disseminate information as to what, within your organisation, is affected and how.

Would you think of the same of a technical bulletin issued by car manufacturer, when it is really intended for mechanics rather than end users?

I'm sorry but it appears the laziness and arrogance is on your part for assuming the technical announcement from developers would be watered down to be suitable for you.

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Virgin Media DOUBLE-PUNCHED by BSkyB AND BT over ad fibs

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(not so) fibre optic broadband

I'd still like someone to slap virgin media over their claims of a fibre optic broadband service... Just the same as BT's FTTC offering, the last mile is copper...

Quite. Especially since they claim to be X times faster than BT, which suggests they're refering to cable modem service which over a coax to the house so it is not fibre all the way.

Mind you nothing wrong with the bit of coax, beats BT's rotten twisted pair anyway. ...

Hey VM now that you do DOCSIS 3, can I have 24x8 channels please?

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Finnish PM: Apple has DESTROYED FINLAND

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Re: The Finnish language is difficult, especially if you are trying to make yourself sound sexy

To say I love you in Finnish is like shooting a AK47, Minä raka-ka-ka-ka-ka-ka-stan sinua.

Surely that should be RK62...

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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

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Re: Nice, but why...

This looks great... a worthy replacement for my 7" Ainol Fire (snigger)

Does Ainol still have the amusing slogan "Enjoy life. Enjoy Ainol" ?

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Jaguar Sportbrake: The chicken tikka masala of van-sized posh cars

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Re: Jaguars are astonishingly awful in the snow

aguars are astonishingly awful in the snow

Jaguars are essentially undrivable when it snows; even worse than BMWs.

Buy this and you could be garaging it for a month per year, so put aside some budget for something that works in winter. Say a mini.

Bollocks. You just need to know how to drive. And have M+S tyres of course. Summer tyres won't work very well in the snow.

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

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license validation

The Software may cause Customer’s Computer, without notice, to automatically connect to the Internet and to communicate with an Adobe website or Adobe domain for purposes such as license validation and providing Customer with additional information, features, or functionality."

Most users would probably take this to mean license validation with regards to the reader software rather than feeding back what/how/when/where something is being read.

Obviously the ambiguity is intentional to avoid declaring what kind of snooping license validation it does for the actual content being read.

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Inflatables in SPAAACE! ISS 'nauts to enjoy bouncy castle spaceship

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Re: Starbucks, google, amazon...

I wonder if they have plans beyond Earth?

Guess we'll find out when it lifts off

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So long Lotus 1-2-3: IBM ceases support after over 30 years of code

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I still regularly use Lotus WordPro and much prefer it to Word (though familiarity is no doubt a factor).

Seconded. Samna's Ami Pro was pure bliss. I could actually get stuff done with that without any hassle unlike Word. The way you used styles was so fluent.

I never did try it after Lotus bought it.

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Re: Mistakes?

Lotus should have avoided OS/2 like the plague that it was. Sadly, even now 1-2-3 remains a better product than Excel, which is (like all Microsoft products)

There is a lot of hatred towards OS/2. Sure it had its faults, but it wasn't all bad. It ran Windows programs better than native Windows. OS/2 Warp ran Borland Delphi better than native Windows (at least on the DECpc 433 I ran it on) . It actually didn't crash much, and if it did it didn't take whole OS with it like on native Windows.

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

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Re: Abolish it

So we have the strange situation where an untaxed or uninsured vehicle must be stored off the road, but at the moment, a taxed and insured vehicle without MOT can be parked on the road, but must not be driven.

I'm sure they will fix this deficiency at some point.

Well, that will only work until tax expires as you need valid MOT to be able to tax the vehicle.

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Patch Bash NOW: 'Shellshock' bug blasts OS X, Linux systems wide open

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Re: This was fixed before you even reported it

Never heard of Mandrake? Mandriva? also then.

Sir needs to get out of his Ubuntu bedroom a tad more

Ah yes. The distro that can't decide what it wants to be called.

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Good grief! Have you SEEN BlackBerry's SQUARE smartphone?

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They're onto something

I think they maybe onto something. Oddly enough I am quite intrigued by it. Probably rather odd sensation holding something like that to your ear, however for uses other than phone the display format is quite appealing.

I'm looking forward to how this one turns out.

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Heatmiser digital thermostat users: For pity's sake, DON'T SWITCH ON the WI-FI

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Room thermostats should work on WBGT

Even with a progstat there's still the need to mess with it occasionally, mind you, since the human perceived temperature is not the same as the measured dry bulb temperature that a stat measures.

Quite. Thermostats should really include a humidity sensor and they could operate on WBGT instead.

The formula is simple enough for any embedded system to handle.

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Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought

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Re: Time to move on

Sony still makes good products, but they are just too slow to innovate. They showed with the PS4 that they can get things right, and the camera division has shown signs of out innovating Canon and Nikon.

Helped substantially by the acquisition of Konica-Minolta.

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No TKO for LTO: Tape format spawns another 2 generations, sports 120TB bigness

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Re: Lowest-cost archive medium

Please, NO!

DO NOT mention DAT and backups together!

The only media worse than DAT is VHS tapes. Even 8mm tapes were better!

Hear hear! I've had lots of different DAT drives and they've all been unreliable. Pretty useless really.

Whereas Exabyte (8mm), DLT/LTO have performed very reliably. Even QIC (I'm talking about DC600 and DC6150 cartridges here...) was fairly realiable. I did briefly try Tandberg's SLR and it seemed OK too, but didn't use it long enough to make proper judgement.

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Quit drooling, fanbois - haven't you SEEN what the iPhone 6 costs?

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Re: O2 Refresh

Correct. However you would expect each upfront+monthly fees to add up to same (or at least similar) amount. This is not the case and the total to pay can vary greatly.

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Re: O2 Refresh

With the O2 refresh you get few options on how much to pay upfront/per month. Since we're talking about credit agreement you would expect cheapest overall price to be with the largest upfront payment (and thus smallest credit). Oddly enough that is not the case. Difference can be quite staggering actually.

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Behold our SPINNING DATA GRAVE: WD carts out 6.3TB cold storage drive

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Re: Short warranty for Archive drive?

I'm starting to wonder if we will see warranties which depend on time drive has been running rather than clock time. Warranty for 500,000 hrs run time would be far more trusted than it can sit in a box for 3 years and be fine!.

That reminds me of old Convergent MegaFrame that needed a swift kick on the case (or gentle whack with rubber mallet to side of the disk if your were in better mood) for the disk to start spinning. Some issue with lubcrication on the drives if they were powered off long enough to cool down completely. Think the drives were Micropolis or Maxtor but been a quite a while so I may recall the make completely wrong.

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Smart meters in UK homes will only save folks a lousy £26 a year

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Re: Future Boy

But then a year ago I changed suppliers to someone cheaper and lo and behold, I no longer have a smart meter. It is still there, but apparently my new provider is unable to access it as it is Eon's meter. I have changed supplier again since and same story.

This is one of the more baffling aspects of the whole "smart" meters. Not very smart are they.

As I pointed out before in this thread, it would make much more sense (if monitoring is all they're after as they claim) to add a sender that reads consumption by induction pickup, reading the wheel or blinking LED depending in the existing meter, and sen that over via GSM. In that case changing supplier should only require change of SIM or worst case change of the monitoring unit rather than replace whole meter.

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DEATH TO TCP/IP cry Cisco, Intel, US gov and boffins galore

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Re: What essentially saved TCP/IP?

You really haven't suffered until you've set up a load of diskless workstations booting off the network from a VMS server. Not only did the protocol stack have to be shoehorned into memory, the entire thing had to fit on a 1MB disk image.

Ah. My sincere apologies for resurrecting the memories that had been confined to the dark, nearly unreachable corner. I'll crawl under my rock and ...umm...dunno.. go boot a DECserver with MOP or something.

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Re: What essentially saved TCP/IP?

Then came the PC, you could run TCP/IP in a system with 640K of base memory and still just about leave room for an app. This wasn't the case for OSI.

Anyone who ever had to work with DEC Pathworks would attest to that.

Ok admittedly it was mostly about LanManager, but it did support DECnet, LAT etc.

Getting anything to run (even with QEMM) was a chore. Packet drivers and Trumpet was much nicer.

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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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Re: Biting on the Apple

Re: Biting on the Apple

DNA: "...quite happy with Galaxy S2 until I dropped it..."

Apologies in advance, but this is too funny. Ready?

You're holding it wrong.

ROTFLMAO.

Sorry.

ROFL

Well. Actually I wasn't holding it at all and it fell out the pocket it was in and landed awkwardly causing the lcd to bleed.

Have an upvote for the gag though :-)

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Re: Biting on the Apple

Can anyone with a 3 year old Android phone say the same?

Yes. I was quite happy with Galaxy S2 until I dropped it and the screen broke. It was easier and quicker (and cheaper unless I found cheap lcd and did the fiddly bit myself) to replace the phone rather than the screen.

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Microsoft tells judge: Hold us in contempt of court, we're NOT giving user emails to US govt

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US corporations abroad

Generally the presence of of a corporation in another country tends to be wholly owned subsidiary that is incorporated/registered in that country. So MEGACORP would be most likely to have for example MEGACORP UK Ltd, MEGACORP Ireland Ltd which would be obviously governed by local laws.

So in theory the parent company in US could argue it does not hold/own the data, but its subsidiary does. Quite simple really (...in theory).

There are clearly parties in US (government or otherwise) who had great difficulty in grasping this. Microsoft seem to be forcing the issue in getting it resolved once and for all, which is a good thing (regardless of their motives).

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

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Re: ... so the same as the Electrolux Trilobite then...

Anyone remember the Dyson washing machine?

Yes. I had the CR01. It was actually very good washing machine. And at the time the only one with a large door and a large drum. Dyson's customer service for that was second to none. They kept upgrading the firmware and replacing all kinds of bits for no charge. Sadly in the end it succumbed to the drum rusting (yeah the split drum had a serious issue with that) and eventually seizing up. And the drum was from third party and the only part they no longer were able to replace due to no drums being available.

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Nevada to host Tesla gigafactory: reports

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Too many batteries

Forbes also reports analyst concerns that the 500,000 batteries the factory will eventually produce each year will be in excess of anything it can ship in vehicles.

This would give credence to a Morgan Stanley report in August that the 'leccy car maker's ambitions go far beyond ferrying around the bourgeois, and will see the Tesla brand popping up as static storage for solar power kit.

Not to mention that as already proven in electric car, the batteries could well be of interest to other electric car makers.

Or perhaps Tesla is considering expanding into delivery van market. US postal service might also be potential customer for electric vehicles.

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Verizon hit with $7.4 MEEELLION fine for slurping users' privates

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Marketing to own customers

Naughty. But hardly crime of the century. I somehow doubt Verizon's customers were getting as much spam as Virgin Media's customers do. Having said that 126 days instead of 5 is very sloppy.

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Pimp my lounge and pierce my ceiling: Home theatre goes OTT

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Re: time to seperate switching amplification and processing

I think a lot of TVs can achieve this already, having an optical output that can act as passthrough for whichever HDMI input is active at the time

If only we could get reasonably priced TVs without all the 3D/app/smart/etc gubbins and just bunch of HDMI inputs (not the meagre 2-4).

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Processors and HDMI

I finally upgraded it when it became useful to have a lot of HDMI connections, and then I had to buy an AV receiver, adding a tuner I never use, and front channel amps I never use, because no one seems to make stand-alone processors any more.

Hear hear!

I'm still clutching on to my AVC-A1D that I bought back when it was released and refuse to upgrade although I would love to have bunch of switchable HDMI inputs. Yes it is only 5.1, however it sounds absolutely great (both music and movies).

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Intel unleashed octo-core speed demon for the power-crazed crowd

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Re: Cheesburgers and "The Cloud" !

Given all of that I think it's safe to say that this is a product for people that are both rich and a bit stupid.

Oh, so just because you don't need it or deem it value for money, means that ones who do are stupid? It may sound strange but different people have different needs and and some people will have workloads where this CPU would be very suitable for.

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Software bug caught Galileo sats in landslide, no escape from reality

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Re: Must have been an emotional moment

Ok. Have an upvote for the Star Wreck reference.

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

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Re: Daytime running lights in Canada

My cheap-o Toyota Camry automatically shut the headlights off when I killed the engine and opened the door. I've yet to find an American car that can do that.

Jeep Grand Cherokees have had adjustable delay on how long to leave lights on for after switching ingition off at least since 90s. I'm sure there must be others.

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BT customers face broadband and landline price hikes

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Money saving options

"We have added extra money-saving options for low-income customers and for customers who only want a phone line for calls."

That's all fine. What I'd like to see is money saving option customers who only want phone line for ADSL and don't want voice capability.

I didn't think they even did lines for only phone calls (except the poor unfortunate people on DACS.

However BT would rather shove their various voice "Options" down punters throats even if customer really only wants/needs the line for DSL.

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Fast And Furious 6 cammer thrown in slammer for nearly three years

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Re: Sir

I understand that almost everybody here probably download music and movies illegally, but at least, don't try to assert it's right and those people who steal for your downloaded should get little punishment because otherwise your download sources will drain and you're too coward to steal yourself...

When did anyone infer that upoading the movie was right? The point is it is not stealing. It is copyright infringement. I don't recall anyone even suggesting that infringement wouldn't be financially damaging.

As for the examples in your post, I'm afraid they're rather poor.

Posting someone's private photos online is not stealing, but has potential to break number of other laws depending on the exact case.

Stealing the Porsche is still stealing whether you leave a Trabant in its place or not.

Assuming everyone here downloads music and movies illegally is bad generalisation. Since you've been here long enough (judging by having a badge) you would know that actually in general commentards are not advocating privacy at all and more for the content owners to provide content in convenient and reasonably priced manner. I think you will find that a lot of commentards are payhing for their content via services like Netflix or Lovefilm.

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

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then use semi or fullfat UHT/Longlife Milk not fresh milk (it enhances the taste)

Err. NO.

Matter of taste of course, but UHT is disgusting and vile and makes coffee taste horrible. If fresh milk is not available, then black is the way to go (assuming half decent coffee).

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TV transport tech, part 2: From sofa to server at the touch of a button

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Thank you

Thank you for the very interesting 2 part series. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Nice of VM to be fairly open about how it all works.

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you can look at your broadcast schedule, go back in time and pick the asset you want to catch up and it directly launches the BBCiPlayer app. Clever stuff.”

Erm. No. If you didn't have to suffer the horrible iPlayer, and would just stream the BBC stuff natively that would be clever stuff.

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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

I receive so many glossy brochures from them, sometimes ONE A DAY in the post. They must have spent tens of £ on me alone, and I'm just one of millions of their non-customers.

I am a customer (similar situation to another poster where DSL would barely support 2-3Mbit/s) so no choice. I get twice as much junk mail from them as non-customers since I get "To the householder" and addressed to me as well.

I have manged to convince them to stop them to constantly calling trying to flog their mobile. Hasn't affected junk mail but at least that doesn't interrupt like a phone call.

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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

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Re: Why?

Vic - yup, I know, I have one ;-) but it'd be nice to have it displayed in a manner that doesn't require my phone to be in one of those bloody windscreen suckers.

Well you could always toggle HUD mode on Torque and lay it on on anti-slip mat on your dashboard (assuming your dashboard is not unsuitably curved for that).

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Fifteen zero days found in hacker router comp romp

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Re: Joke Alert!

The D-link sometimes can't be accessed even by the owner with admin password and hardwired ethernet port, let alone by the wan access!

I had to needle-reset mine more than once because of this. But it was not the 865L.

I had couple D-Link APs/routers once upon a time (DWL-2100 or something along those lines) and they definitely had a habit of locking up after a while. Likewise they went through PSUs like mad. Come to think of it had some D-Link hubs/switches which also suffered from PSU issues. More than once had to have it replaced under warranty.

Do D-Links have PSUs that last longer than 9-12 months now?

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Looking forward to the end of Tuesday? You've patched this month's 37 Microsoft bugs, right?

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Re: The complexity of Adobe Reader is the main problem with it

By the same logic scripting should be removed from ms Office ..

It probably should.

However macros do have their places in spreadsheets. As they do to some extent in word processors (or we could go back to WordStar and MailMerge).

And of course nothing is ever enough. You start with some simple scripting capabilities. There are always some functionality that need to be added, and then some more. Vicious circle.

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Three floats Jolla in Hong Kong: Says Sailfish is '3rd option'

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Re: Maturity is beginning to appear

Because it had a physical keyboard, yes? Sometimes I still miss my old Treo.

Just make a modern equivalent of Nokia Communicator 9xxx dammit!

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Khronos unveils OpenGL 4.5, broadens OpenCL 2.0 language support

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Re: It's all in how you phrase it

I concur. The cross platform aspect is undoubtedly the most attractive developers enabling them to "have it all" bar consoles.

Making porting from DirectX to OpenGL as easy as possible is a good thing and hopefully will encourage studios in DirectX camp to at least support OpenGL if not completely switch over (like fair few used to do in the 90s and people chose which ever was better supported/faster on their hardware).

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Crypto Daddy Phil Zimmerman says surveillance society is DOOMED

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Re: basic premise faulty?

The man was inventing personal encryption in an era when encryption science was considered WMD. Not figuratively - literally. There were export controls on PGP which led to its development being moved out of the US.

Not quite WMD, but munitions none the less. PGP 5 was exported legally as a printed book (since export controls only applied to electronic format), which was then scanned and proofread as community effort. Having being part of he proofreading effort I can say that the OCR at the time was not great.

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