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Brits STUNG for up to £625 when they try to cancel broadband

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Phone Co-op

I'm with the Phone Co-op too, they are not the cheapest, but have nice options like paying £30 extra up front for a 12 month contract instead of 18 month one. Support is pretty good (UK based) as well.

Their biggest advantage seems to be that we are treated like business customers when there is a fault. Shortly after our FTTC link was installed, we had an issue. The Openreach engineer was on site within 4 hours (to fix the line that his colleague had broken doing the FTTC install).

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Ex-Apple man Sam Sung - for it is he - sticks namebadge on eBay

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Re: EasyPay Necklace?

" If you are going to sneer at least look at the fucking picture."

I did, I used to have one of those with my name on it and it is what I said - just a name badge/business card holder. The one in the picture is advertising EasyPay for customers - using your iPhone and iTunes account to make purchases in the store.

This is an (old model) EasyPay for comparison: http://gadgetynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Apple-EasyPay.jpg

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EasyPay Necklace?

The white thing that goes around your neck is a Lanyard. It tells the customer the name of the wearer and contains space for business cards. Supposedly designed by Sir Jony, like all other plastic Apple products, it has a weak spot and cracks easily.

An EasyPay is a payment device comprising an iPod Touch and a Chip/Pin Reader (depending on country). EasyPays cost several hundred pounds each and are not allowed out of the store.

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Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs

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Re: Learn the First Rule of Computer Science

Anyone who doesn't back up shouldn't be surprised if they lose information.

I spent years having to be sympathetic to people with no proper backup, even rescuing their data on many occasions.

Now I just shrug and tell them it was their own fault for not having a backup.

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

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"I don't do Windows"

I told my mother that as an Apple employee I was contractually unable to provide Windows support. It took 6 years for her to finally buy a Mac and I made sure she got both AppleCare and One to One. Now I just tell her to ring AppleCare.

The irony is that I recently changed jobs and have to do Windows support again.

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Microsoft compliance police to NHS: We want your money

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M$ just make it up as they go along

I used to work for a national charity that provides help for people needing advice. Microsoft landed us with a £12k bill for a "connectivity licence" for which the organisation received no benefit or features at all. The reason was because the users of a particular web site were neither internal users or the general public and that wasn't covered in the usual IIS licence.

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Maplin Electronics sold for £85m to Rutland Partners

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What about Electronics - The Maplin Magazine?

I am surprised no one else has mentioned the magazine, a mixture of tech news, product reviews and projects to build yourself from parts purchased in-store. It was sold off and met a sad demise in early 2002.

The Maplin catalogue also used to have a handy reference for all the TV and radio antenna in the UK with frequency and band group information to help you choose the right aerial.

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Apple SOLDERS memory into new 'budget' iMac

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Re: wtf?

Gravity and a cotton swab with a wooden shaft usually did the trick for me. Shaking the iMac with drive slot facing down sometimes works too. Usual disclaimers apply.

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Re: How many people ACTUALLY upgrade ram???

Probably close to zero. None of the current 21.5" models can be user upgraded because there's no access door.

I used to repair these things, to change/upgrade the RAM, you have to remove the screen/glass, and main logic board etc. to get at the DIMMS. No especially difficult, but it is more of a challenge to stick the screen back on afterwards. The process requires special tools and a lot of swearing,

I'm sure iFixit.com have a how-to guide. you will invalidate your warranty if you try,

The 27" iMac, Mac mini. Mac Pro and 13' Macbook Pro without Retina Display can all have their RAM upgraded by the end user.

This base model will probably be aimed at education and those users that just want to do Internet shopping, email and Skype/FaceTime their grandchildren but don't want to get an iPad.

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AV for Mac

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Restoring from Time Machine is quite likely to reintroduce the malware, so I don't recommend it.

Best option is erase then a manual restore of user's files and applications.

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OS version?

The OP doesn't mention which version of OS X is in use, I suggest backing up, erase and re-install latest OS then manual restore of documents and photos (Don't use Time Machine as it will probably put the malware back).

I agree, MacKeeper is evil. When you try and uninstall, it keeps trying to get you to change your mind. Nasty, insidious pile of crap.

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Boeing, Cupertino to 'explore weaponisation of Apple technologies'

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Good effort

Sounds plausible, had me going until the bit about the $100 bet.

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Bletchley boffins go to battle again: You said WHAT about Colossus?

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Re: "new CEO doesn't like chairs"

This comment reminds me of the Bursar of the unnamed management college where I worked some 20 years back. He was obsessive about the look of the buildings, mainly the Grade II listed main house, to the point that he didn't want any Emergency Exit signs or fire extinguishers visible because they weren't "contemporary". It was only when it was pointed out these things are a legal requirement that he relented.

One thing he did get his way on was with the refurbishing of the main conference room/lecture theatre. Unable to find a suitable clock to decorate the wall, he decided one was not needed. The first event to take place in the re-opened room was an exam. Which needed a clock on the wall.

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Re: Colossus is in H Block

Colossus Rebuild Limited is listed at Companies House, a quick search will turn up all you need to know.

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Colossus is in H Block

Just a couple of points, the Colossus rebuild is housed in H Block, which is not one of the original wartime huts. It is, however, the first purpose-built computer building in the world.

H Block was built to house Colossus machines and 6 were operational there. The rebuilt Colossus occupies the site of Colossus number 9. This makes a nonsense of the idea of moving it elsewhere, besides, where would the Science Museum put it?

Also, Colossus doesn't belong to Bletchley Park Trust or TNMoC, it belongs to Colossus Rebuild Limited, which is mentioned in the letter.

Finally, the fence has been erected with gates which remain open at present. What happens when they are closed remains to be seen.

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Battle of Bletchley Park: TNMOC chief calls for review of museums' Mexican standoff

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Re: Wuh?

To be fair to the BPT personnel, it may be because your friend visited on a day that TNMOC is closed.

TNMOC is normally open on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons, plus a guided tour on Tuesdays. In addition, the museum aims to open on public holidays and all week outside school term time.

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Mac Pro fanbois can rack 'em and stack 'em like real sysadmins

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Re: Hmmmm

You can run them on their sides, but Apple specifically states not to let the exhaust air from one machine blow into another:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6099

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Google, Apple pop a cap in that Flappy Birds crapp app flapp

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FAIL

Where's the mention of Flappy Bert?

Easily the best parody app, and an official Sesame Street product too:

http://www.sesamestreet.org/cms-static/flappy_bert/

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WHEEE... CRUNCH! iPad Mini tops list of most breakable slabs, mobes

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UK Warranty

I assume you are referring to this page:

http://www.apple.com/uk/legal/statutory-warranty/

Which quite clearly states that under UK law, the seller assumes responsibility for defects present at the time of purchase for a period up to 6 years. However, "The burden to prove that the defect (including latent defects) existed on delivery generally shifts to the consumer after the expiry of a period of 6 months from date of delivery." So good luck with that.

Also, a smashed screen or other damage is obviously not a defect present at the point of purchase, so is not covered by warranty or statutory rights.

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

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Re: Confusing

Walking round to the National Museum of Computing may become more difficult as there are some gates being installed that will block the most direct route from to Block H. See the picture at the top of this page:

http://www.tnmoc.org/news/news-releases/deciphering-discontent-statement-tnmoc-trustees

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Andy Taylor

Re: Conflation?

Block H also happens to be the first purpose-built computer building in the world.

Block F, where the Mk 1 Colossus was first switched on, was demolished and is currently an open grassed area.

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Canadian operator EasyDNS stands firm against London cops

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ICANN slap down

It looks like ICANN has already moved to tell the domain registrars they should reinstate the domains immediately, allow the owner to transfer them to a different registrar or face disciplinary action.

Interestingly, the letter from the City of London Police is marked with a copyright notice and "Not Protectively Marked" all over it. They go on to explain that this means it should be distributed widely within the organisation, but not released further.

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Child porn hidden in legit hacked websites: 100s redirected to sick images

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It all seems too convenient to me

Perhaps my cynicism is unfounded, but this has all the hallmarks of a stunt designed to whip up a media frenzy.

The most convenient part is that the IWF can't actually show us the proof - is there anyone out there who works for one of the companies affected?

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The hoarder's dilemma, or 'Why can't I throw anything away?'

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BBC Mixing desks

The BBC mixing desk faders were backwards so you had to pull them on. Apparently it was so that if the presenter fell asleep across the desk it wouldn't fade stuff up, but switch off what was live (i.e. the presenter).

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RIP Brian Wynne Oakley: Saviour of Bletchley Park

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Re: North South Divide

Actually, anything past Watford is "the north".

Thank you, Mr Oakley, I live less than a mile from Bletchley Park and can wholly recommend it.

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'Sacrifice another goat!: iCloud is Apple's biggest failure before Google

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How do you input the data then?

You have to start on a device somewhere.

iCloud works perfectly for me across multiple devices.

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Commodore founder Jack Tramiel dies at 83

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Re: The ST was 32 bits

The STM did exist, I still have mine in the garage. I bought it second hand for £350 including a single sided floppy drive and high-resolution monitor. It had half a MB of RAM which I later upgraded to 2.5MB using some chips salvaged from old PC expansion cards.

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The Register Comments Guidelines, 2012

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Unable to find a replacement Moderatrix?

Obviously Sarah was a harder act to follow than you thought. This is the only rational solution.

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Snake slides back onto Nokia smartphones

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silent H

It's the phonetic sound of the word that determines the use of "an" instead of "a".

So "an homage" is correct.

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Second water utility reportedly hit by hack attack

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It was Cornwall

Search for Camelford pollution.

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Voyager 2 finally agrees to a long hard thrust

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Boffin

Just look for "Pale Blue Dot"

Voyager 1 took a "Family Portrait" back in 1990.

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Gas bill climbed £13,000 after correct online reading given

Andy Taylor
FAIL

Idiots

Is it even possible to go "round the meter" within 14 days in a normal sized house?

Would it not be better to prevent you from entering a lower figure and then directing you to call?

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UK could have flooded world with iPods - Sir Humphrey

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Gordon Brown had the Beatles on his iPod

but he had to remove them when someone pointed out that there was no legal way that the music could have got there (this being before the Beatles appeared on iTunes.

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Apple sells world's most expensive flash drive

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Copying CDs is still illegal in the UK

Although no one will come after you for ripping your own CDs onto your iPod, it is still illegal to do so in the UK without a mechanical copyright licence.

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Fukushima: Situation improving all the time

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Excellent article.

Thanks for helping to get things into perspective, Lewis. I'm not a particular fan of Nuclear Power but I am fed up with the "we're all going to die" paranoia being touted by most media outlets.

Even worse, they are mixing up information within the articles:

<Paragraph on power station situation>

<Paragraph on power station situation>

<Paragraph on wider impact of power station situation>

<reminder of the number of people killed or missing from the earthquake/tsunami>

<Paragraph on power station situation>

This makes it look like the power stations have cause thousands of casualties.

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Discovery glides into history

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Soyuz

The Russians will provide the only access to the ISS using Soyuz craft, even older tech than the Shuttles

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Flying dildo downs Oz stag party bloke

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Could this be used as another Register unit of measurement?

Speed of a dildo in flight perhaps?

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Assange fights extradition in court

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Nobel useless since Obama?

Don't you mean since Henry Kissinger? The reason Tom Lehrer retired from satire.

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'You don't even know what change management is'

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The way to successful change management

I found the best way to work within a managed IT environment was to submit all change requests retrospectively.

That way I got to do what I wanted to do without the inevitable delays caused by the change management "system".

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In defence of Comic Sans

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The inventor of Comic Sans said:

If you love Comic Sans, you don't know much about typography.

If you hate Comic Sans, you really don't know anything about typography and should go and study something else.

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NASA still dreaming of last Atlantis launch

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In my lifetime..

I will have seen Concorde come and go and now the Space Shuttle.

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Onkyo CS-545 combo mini hi-fi

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Stop

Rip to Lossless and sell your CDs?

If you sell your CDs you should delete the ripped files.

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Blu-ray barely better than DVD

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I've always said this

VHS is much better than DVD, but BluRay isn't as much of an improvement. This is why I still buy DVDs and don't have a BluRay player

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Pope makes central London no-go zone for BT engineers

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Manhole covers?

I'd imagine part of the issue will be that all the manholes, I mean access covers in the area will have been inspected and sealed by the bomb squad. No one will be allowed to open them until after his holiness has boarded the plane home.

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Court slaps down coppers in photography case

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No right to delete

Images are one of 2 things, either they have been lawfully created and no offence has been commited, or they are unlawful and constitute evidence. If lawful then the police (or anyone else other than the owner of the images) have no right to delete them and if unlawful the police have a duty to preserve them as evidence of an offence.

Remember also that there is plenty of software available to recover deleted images from memory cards.

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Windows 7 users to fly without SP parachute

Andy Taylor
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Why is 7 better than Vista?

Possibly because the hardware has got faster over the last couple of years.

I've got Windows 2000 running on a virtual machine on my 2 year old Macbook Pro and it flies.

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Secretive Brit millionaire buys Segway Inc

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They have them in Milton Keynes Shopping Centre

As it's apparently the world's longest shopping centre, you won't be surprised to hear that the security guards there use Segways.

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Microsoft ends Windows and Office 2007 rental restrictions

Andy Taylor
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Typical Microsoft greed

One of my previous employers is a large charity that, amongst other things, provides IT services to a number of related, but legally separate charities. Several of the services are web based and hosted on Windows.

According to Microsoft, if you run a web site that is available to the public, that's fine, shove it on IIS and away you go. Alternatively, if you run a wabsite that is only available to employees of your organisation (aka an Intranet), that's fine too.

But any service that caters for your related, but separate organisations requires all the servers that provide that particular website to have an additional "interconnect" licence.

Does this special licence provide any additional functionality? What do you think?

12 grand for no discernable benefit to anyone except Microsoft. Of course my ex-employer simply paid up rather than tell Microsoft where to go or switch to a proper web server platform.

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ISPA slams Mandy's copyright land grab

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More rights for the corporates, less for the independents

Meanwhile Lord Voldemort, I mean Mandleson wants to remove copyright protection for non-commercial use of photographs. The election can't come soon enough.

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Vampires not good role models for Catholics, declares Vatican

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There's a good reason the Vatican don't want you to read Dan Brown

Because his books are rubbish, they're just trying to save you from them

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