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Yes, UK. REST OF EUROPE has better mobe services than you

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Re: Can't trust the survey

For Manchester, did they include 215,000 for Salford as well?

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AWS CloudFront wobbles at worst possible time

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Re: This confirms my theory

@Destroy All monsters

Good idea! I didn't know this was done; I wonder if the spot price is based only on demand vs. availability or other factors e.g. competitor pricing and time of day in major markets?

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This confirms my theory

that AWS is a way for Amazon to have excess server capacity paid for by by AWS customers and when Amazon needs the servers for peak load (e.g. Black Friday) they can claw back the resources for themselves (this still gives a service level of 99% to AWS customers if they only do this for three days a year).

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Sony cuff-puter to do one thing smartwatches can't: Give you DAYS of hot wrist action

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Interesting

I like the idea of the fast-track idea-pitching to management; this has to be a better route to innovative products than using market analysts who can only suggest things that have already been done.

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Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix

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People won't know who to hate in this one...

You have a choice of:

Musicians

Record Companies

UK Government

The European Union

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Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register

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Vehicle Excise Duty

Do you tax the car as a "classic vehicle" based on the age of the components, or is it CO2 based? I'd imagine the CO2 output to be similar to Drax Power Station...

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Floody hell! Brits cram Internet of Things into tight White Spaces

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LoveHz

Great name for the company!

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Woman who stung Tinder with sex-pest sueball stings again – with rival Bumble app

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Re: No creepy guys, eh?

You'd also need to ask "Are you a guy?"

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MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'

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Re: False Positives?

@phuzz

Exactly my point; unless there is a new tag in HTML 6 like <explicit_real_threat> then it's going to be impossible to pick up the "real terrorist" threats from the innocent "I'm blowing off steam" posts.

(Feel free to argue if "explicit_real_threat" should be implemented in CSS, but mind your manners or we'll be in Gitmo before you can say "orange onesie")

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False Positives?

The "significant" messages were only seen after the crime had been committed; but assuming the Security Services (I'll abbreviate to SS from now) had access to *ALL OF THE INTERWEBS* what would have happened? Here are the options:

1) These criminals were the only people on earth muttering about "killing a soldier", so they're easily spotted online and the SS saves the day!

OR

2) There are thousands of similar threats made all the time, but most of these are idle bluster, so the SS doesn't have the manpower to follow them all up and the result for the unfortunate victim is the same as if we had never relinquished our right to privacy.

OR

3) Same as 2) and the criminals realise they need to communicate secretly, so they migrate away from the mainstream services, or even not bother advertising their plans online at all?

Which scenario is most likely?

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Mighty Blighty broadbanders beg: Let us lay cable in BT's, er, ducts

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Re: Are Ofcom a complete waste of space?

You say:

"These contractors aren't on salary/hourly rates like proper openreach chaps, but are rather paid per connection/per job."

And then:

"I've had my run-ins and issues with openreach guys in the past (no IT pro hasn't), but they're still a country mile better than the subbies."

The issue here is that BT's guys are given enough time to do a proper job but the subcontractors aren't, so you can't really complain (other than to BT who are in control of this) that some contractors want to save time on the installation.

My Infinity 2 connection was installed by a subcontractor from Quinn, and he was happy enough to reroute the Master Socket from its original position in my hall (no use to me there) up to my office via the existing extension wiring.

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The IT Crowd's internet in a box gets $240k of crowdcash for a cause

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Kim Jong-un Wants One For Christmas!

** Christmas in NK is the day that Jesus celebrates the birth of the Glorious Leader

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FORGET the CLIMATE: FATTIES are a MUCH BIGGER problem - study

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They aren't a problem; they're a solution!

Two words: Carbon Capture

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Young Germans: PLEASE! ANYTHING BUT a digital STARTUP

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The ICT Crowd

"Nearly 40 per cent of the 6,000 respondents in the UK and 33 per cent in Germany said they are definitely not willing to work in the ICT sector, while only eight per cent of respondents in Spain and 11 per cent in Italy said they definitely did not want careers in ICT."

I think the obvious explanation for the "North south Divide" on this is the state of the economy in the countries mentioned; the UK and Germany have relatively good employment, compared to Italy and Spain, so people there have more choice. This probably just indicates that Italian and Spanish people surveyed would be willing to take any job, even ICT (poor sods), just to have a job.

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Hey, it's ... Gecko man, Gecko man, does almost whatever a GECKO can

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Cat Burglars Union Objects to This!

Takes the skill out of the job.

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Countdown contestant pays homage to IT Crowd's Moss

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Re: "Not available in your country. Sorry."

"I don't think there's any intention to be a British publication for British people."

What's the TLD for Royston Vasey?

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Hackers seize Detroit's database, demand $800k. Motor City shrugs: OK, take it

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Re: Anyone seen "Burn After Reading" ?

I burned mine before watching, so no.

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Bang! You're dead. Who gets your email, iTunes and Facebook?

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Re: Apple's view

"digital formats are ephemeral, dead tree isn't"

See icon >

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UK PM Cameron says Internet must not 'be an ungoverned space'

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"Back in the 1980s your equally small minded predecessors sought to make life difficult for Russia you created the Taliban, and I think there will be considerable agreement that policy didn't work out very well in the end."

It worked out very well for the UK/US guns'n'ammo biz; first they got taxpayers' money to arm the Taliban, then they got taxpayers' money to fight the Taliban, and next they'll get taxpayers' money to fuck up the internet so we can't hear that the Taliban are still around.

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Exit the dragon: US govt blows $325m on China-beating 300PFLOPS monster computer

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Joke

Well, they had to call it "Summit"

(Sorry, the "joke" icon may be inappropriate in this case)

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'You village peasants: Do you want broadband? Then give up your freedom'

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he “goes on the internet every day” (whether he needs to or not)

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Moshi Monsters' daddy Mind Candy: Falling sales, £2.2m loss...

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Did they call in Steve Bong?

It sounds like they've managed to migrate to his Business 3.0 world where outmoded concepts like "profit" have been eliminated!

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Cold? Cuddle these HOT GERMAN RACKS, yours for only 12,000 euro – we swear there's an IT angle

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Business model could catch on

My kids have just sent me an invoice for "home heating" and "draining hot water tank"...

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Poll trolls' GCHQ script sock puppets manipulate muppets

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I wish I was a real boy.

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Is your kid ADDICTED to web porn? Twitter? Hint: Don't blame the internet

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My kid?

I'm more worried about me!

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BOING, BOING! Philae BOUNCED TWICE on Comet 67P

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Typical!

You wait ten years for a comet landing, and then three come along at once!

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Ethernet patents claim smacked down by US judge

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Re: Judge invalidates two expired patents??? (July 1992 + 20 yrs = July 2012)

"Perhaps it was claimed that the patents were infringed prior to the expiry date?"

Don't try to confuse us with your fancy "arithmetic"; burn the patent heretics!

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SUPER-JAMMY Philae comet probe got down WITHOUT harpoons

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You can't beat a good screw!

'nuff said

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What kind of generation doesn't stick it to the Man, but to Taylor Swift instead?

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Re: market value

"For hundreds of years musicians have survived by touring the country and playing for tips."

Good luck doing that now, back then they were one a very few sources of entertainment; and if we won't pay fractions of a pence for the artists cut of a digital download what chance do they really have of making a living like this?

"If they were lucky and talented they could get patronage from a wealthy supporter of the arts."

So if they appeal to a few rich people, they're OK?

"All that is happening is that we are returning to this tried and tested model."

By "tried and tested" you mean one that gave us a limited range of folk-songs and a small number of classical composers? What about Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones and everything else since the 1940's? I can't see the next Billy Bragg coming from aristocratic patronage.

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Re: market value

"We are also drowning in crap because of this system."

I think the converse is true; these days great musicians are less valuable to "music" corporations than average musicians who look good and can endorse products. This is because music has been devalued and the corporations have to supplement income from record* sales with other sources of income (X-Factor anyone?). IMHO this is why we have a proliferation of boy-bands and singer-songwriters and no "proper" bands; because they cost more to support in the early stages of their career. The "crap" to which you refer has been developed to survive in the current music economy where money comes from TV talent show viewer-voting and then, if success is indicated by the viewer-vote, from concert tours and product endorsements.

Yes, there are new bands out there, but they aren't making headlines and their share of the, reduced, market for music is getting squeezed out by acts that fit in with the New Music Economy.

* record means CD, vinyl, paid downloads or whatever.

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EU battles over 'anti-terrorist' passenger records slurper law

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Yes to harmonisation!

By which I mean the UK should scrap its PNR database

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FUTURE ROBOTS will EXTERMINATE UK jobs – study

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UKIP wants to know if these robots are of British or EU origin?

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

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Americans have it hard

I mean, they're paying for this fuckwit.

Cheer up though, at least you don't have Theresa "I'm harder than Thatcher" May "protecting" you.

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Yes! It's DRONE PORN. And we don't mean shiny pics of UAVs

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The rest of us will have to use time-sheet comments like "bandwidth testing of large-file streaming capacity"

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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

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Depends on perspective

If you view FaceBook as a "social network", for the benefit of its users, then this type of action is hard to understand; but if you see FaceBook as an advertising platform, then it's easy to see why companies get preferred treatment over indiviuals.

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Pop starlet Taylor Swift DUMPS Spotify: It’s not me, it’s you

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@wolfetone

"her success in music is down to her looking good and sounding in tune."

She's also a reasonable song writer (where the real money is) and judging by her philanthropic actions (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taylor_Swift#Philanthropy) definitely not a greedy cow.

Whatever your opinions on her work, I don't think that Spotify's record of paying artists gives them the moral high ground in this:

Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet reported in 2009, that record label Racing Junior had only earned NOK 19 ($3.00 USD) after their artists had been streamed over 55,100 times

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotify#Royalties

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Russians hear Tim Cook is gay, pull dead Steve Jobs' enormous erection

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Re: Poor Putin

(yes, promoting sodomy - will my post be removed?...)

In Russia, posts remove you!

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So long, thanks for all the ...er, FISH BRIGHTER than boffins thought

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Further proof (if required)

I've never seen one buy a lottery ticket either.

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Ex-Soviet engines fingered after Antares ROCKET launch BLAST

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“A scenario such as this is part of any early-stage company"

I'll make sure to get my friend to add this to his business plan for next year; I wonder if NFU Mutual can quote him for insurance in the event that a rocket engine explodes in his milking parlour?

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from GOD'

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Good for him!

Hopefully this is a step to removing other prejudices from society as well; who knows next year we might see the CEO of a major corporation, or a politician, declaring that atheism is "one of the greatest gifts God has given them".

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Microsoft fitness bands slapped on wrists: All YOUR HEALTH DATA are BELONG TO US

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Re: So, when can I have the one I need?

"Blood sugar without making holes in me, please."

Not sure how that could be achieved; maybe a camera that can recognise doughnuts and coke bottles?

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BONFIRE of the MEGA-BUCKS: $200m+ BURNED in SECONDS in Antares launch blast

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@Thought

"these days even getting things up to a low Earth orbit is a problem"

I think that you underestimate how many successful launches there are every year; the rate is over one per week.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_spaceflight

It's always sad when things go wrong, but we are still in the early days of space-flight and the lessons are hard and expensive; in this case it's only money and equipment that were lost. Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want; and I'm sure that Orbital Sciences will get to the bottom of this and use the experience improve their systems and equipment.

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Flash! Bang! Wallops!

Too soon?

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RUMPY PUMPY: Bone says humans BONED Neanderthals 50,000 years B.C.

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Re: It's intriguing to speculate

'what if Neanderthals had survived until the present day'?

UKIP wouldn't want them to come here and Daily Mail readers would blame them for everything if they did.

The current government regards inter-species sex as "extreme porn" so this article is probably illegal.

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Cops and spies should blame THEMSELVES for smartphone crypto 'problem' - Hyppönen

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Re: Obama's Snooping

"the NSA, CIA, and FBI are all part of the Executive Branch which is headed by the President and operate under his direct and total control"

Or could it be vice-versa? Politicians only have power if they get elected, and you can't get elected if your opponents get help from TLAs about your vices and indiscretions; democracy has more to fear from uncontrollable secret agencies that have huge resources and no accountability than it does from a relatively small number of terrorists with less fire-power than an NRA convention.

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Facebook storage techies: We sift through your family snaps to find 'warm BLOBs'

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400 billion photos?

That's more than 600 for every cat on the planet!

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Flies WANT beer booze and now we know why - yeast

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Bar Flies?

(Title may contain joke)

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Revealed: Malware that forces weak ATMs to spit out 'ALL THE CASH'

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Re: Eh?

"Am I missing something here?"

What you're missing is the level of violence employed by Mexican criminals; physical access is locked down and the machines are probably compromised by bank staff using standard criminal persuasion techniques:

Gangster: "Put this USB stick into every machine you service this week; or else we'll kill all your family, and then kill you and then ask your replacement to do it".

ATM Technician: "OK!"

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

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Re: DPA vs EULA

Don't worry, the EULA will be fine once Theresa May's got us out of the ECHR; then the "DP" in DPA will just mean that you're getting fucked from both sides: Government and corporations.

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UK reforms on private copying and parody come into force

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Re: The real issue.

The real issue is that they're greedy idiots who are out of touch with their customers; you know, the ones paying for music in the first place.

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