* Posts by Chad H.

2418 posts • joined 23 Jan 2007

Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

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Re: Telly Tax exit stage right!!

>>>>Do you watch any CBS, Disney, MGM content (etc.), and if so do you send money to those organisations every month, or are you also a freeloader?

I don't go onto their website and watch it for free. I either pay for their content, or watch it on a commercial operated service that pays for it.... Unlike Cord Cutters who run to iPlayer.

>>>>Come to that, how much do you send to "The Register" in return for reading its content?

The Register is a commercial service with advertisements, and unlike many on here, I dont freeload by using adblock.

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Re: Telly Tax exit stage right!!

There are no commercials on the BBC.

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Re: Telly Tax exit stage right!!

Which, if you'd read the article, is exactly what they're targeting now.

Do you watch any BBC programming, and if so, have you always been a freeloader, or is this a recent development?

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O2 notifies data cops 'for courtesy' ... AFTER El Reg intervenes in email phish dustup

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" Companies are required by law in most places to maximise profits."

I believe the correct phrase is "maximise shareholder value", not maximise profits.

This is a very different thing, as the turn is user definable - Network Rail for instance is non-profit, it maximises shareholder value by putting earnings back into the railway network (its Shareholders being the Train Operating Companies).

Another company might "maximise value" by turning away some business to build an aura of exclusivity - trading tangiable value (revenue) for an intangiable result (Branding).

Some might play the short game (sell poor quality as quick as possible then skip town) where as others might play the long game (earn a little less now, but build long term loyalty).

If the law was maximise profits, then companies would never be able to give to charity, and rarely be able to sponsor sports teams. You might consider the latter to be preferable though :p

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Dixons Carphone clings to EE, Three in Phones 4U bullet dodge

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>>>> To do this it has launched an MVNO, as yet unbranded, which will launch in the spring

How could it launch it in the spring if it was already launched?

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Telefónica to offload O2 to Three daddy Hutchison for £10.25bn

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Re: Last of the thoroughbreeds

>>>>Vodafone will be the UK's last thoroughbred mobile network, operating as GSM was intended.

When is it going to start then?

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Re: Don't forget Tesco Mobile

Given Tesco's retreat from the Landline business, maybe it goes away completely?

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Re: So the UK once had the most competitive mobile markets..

>>>>Ideally, we'd get Three technology with O2 customer service, but what's the betting it'll be the other way round?

This is the O2 that declared customer service to be non core to its role as a network operator and shoved everyone over to Capita?

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Doctor Who's tangerine dream and Clara's death wish in Last Christmas

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>>>>No one likes tangerines and no real Who fans like the Christmas special.

I am a real who fan.

I like the Christmas special.

I think there's a Scotsman here who'd like to talk to you Jenifer. He says his name is McFalacy.

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Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO

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>>>>Don’t get me wrong: Chromebooks have their place in terms of functionality

Yes, and so do Doorstops.

Which one is which again?

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Blind justice: Google lawsuit silences elected state prosecutor

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>>>>In the US, citizens vote for their state prosecutors – they're elected representatives, not nominees. They answer to the people

That is the myth of American Democracy. Now lets look at that statement through the EyeOfTruth(tm)

>>>>In the US, citizens vote for their state prosecutors through choices the established powers have pre-decided – they're "elected" representatives, not nominees and not independent. They answer to the people who fund their election campaign.

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Movie industry's evil plan to destroy the internet is going precisely nowhere

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Re: Control your media better.

>>>>>If I went to the police and complained that people kept walking into my house through the front door that had no locks on it or through the windows that had no glass in them and stealing things then I don't think they'd be too impressed. It is the duty of property owners to take all reasonable steps to secure their own property

But this does not change the fact that it still is theft, and still is a crime.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: Made me giggle, all this (pretend?) outrage

>>>>>You want the snark? Stay here. You want the glitzy super duper agile-developed responsive-designed website? Go to Ars Technica or somewhere else.

I want the snark, but I dont want the super duper designed website. Where do I go? not here it seems

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*Shrugs* I needed a reason to visit less anyway. Seems I have it now.

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Oh Gawd. Change it back, now, this is horrible.

Why on earth did El Reg get the Windows 8 Designer to redevelop the site? It was fine as it was.

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Virgin Media's ad fibs EXPOSED by bitter rival BT

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The Black kettle calling the other Kettle black

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EU law bods: New eCall crash system WON'T TRACK YOU. Really

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>>>>>>Paramedics prioritise accidents by fuel type? Electric/hybrid first, diesel last?

I think that information is more for the Fire/Rescue teams.

My Stepfather is a Firefighter, and I remember when Hybrid cars were introduced, the manufacturers had to give them special training to disengage the batttery before going through to rescue the person - as the shifting of the vehicle in the rescue might result in the car just taking off.

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Virgin Media customers suffer YET MORE YouTube buffering blues

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Ah, that explans that then

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Drone in NEAR-MISS with passenger jet at Heathrow airport

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And this is why we need licensing for drones, and drones only to be sold to licensed persons. Because when any moron can fly one, any moron WILL fly one.

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Re: CA and pilot infalibility

There was a section of Class E airspace between Glasgow and Edinburgh. A glider, well within his rights was flying through it VFR. Some airline pilot almost hit him, and tried to blame the glider pilot for not using ATC.

Not only did the CA apparently not know the rules of the air for where he was flying, but he fucked things up for other GA pilots as the CAA had to review the classfication in that area.

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Furious GTA V gamers seek similar ban on violent, misogynistic title: the Holy Bible

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Re: Not again!

>>>>>The article was written, edited and published in the US. Why write two words when one will do.

I see Reg reporters aren't paid by the word.

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Re: One name, two companies

They just license the trademark Credas, they have nothing else in common.

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UK national mobile roaming: A stupid idea that'll never work

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Doesn't Work?

AAISP called. It works.

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LA schools math quiz: $500 Chromebooks or $700 iPads for students?

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Re: Ok

Stolen? or pawned at nearest pawn shop?

Pawn shops dont wanna get scroogled

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjQhYBKInwo

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Wikipedia won't stop BEGGING for cash - despite sitting on $60m

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

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Re: So...

Everyone knows that the music industy died with the event of Music Radio, because, as the music industry informed us at the time, nobody would pay for music when they can stay home and listen to it for free.

Anyone who thus claims to be a professional musician or represent some "music industry" therefore must by definition be a fraudster as no such industry can logically still be in existience.

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Re: Makes sense

>>>>So, taxation on devices that have the potential to be used for copying is not charging twice?

Not only is it charging twice for stuff you bought, its charging the first time for stuff you didn't buy, and didn't want.

If there was a levy on blank media to pay for piracy, then morally there can be no objection should I choose to fill that media with pirated stuff - I already paid the premium for that, and so there can be no loss on the other side.

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Universal Credit CRISIS: Up to £200m in IT spend WASTED – NAO

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Re: Abolish the NAO.

The NAO keeps the (other parts of) the executive to account be being able to publish these details that the DWP otherwise... wouldnt.

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Have these idiots heard of an iterative process?

Yes, the current iteration deals with Jobseekers only in certain select offices as long as they dont do anything weird like fall in love.

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Re: The NAO might be waiting a fair old while...

Heathrow Terminal 5 opened on time and on budget; and that was a £4.3bn project. Why on earth can government not improve its own project management?

The same Heathrow Terminal 5 who's baggage transportation didn't work on launch day? Perhaps a terminals second most important function after "get people onto a plane".

If Universal Credit was being run by the same people then it would be a "massive success" despite people not getting paid.

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

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Re: Prices?

You can have the greatest prices in the world... but they mean nothing if you can't use the service.

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>>>>We continue to call for a common industry approach to these reports to properly measure a consistent signal for voice, data and video in areas where customers need it, including indoors.

Is that why you're consistently crap Vodafail?

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BT said to have pulled patent-infringing boxes from DSL network

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Re: Ahem...

Too many Wheatabix this morning perhaps.

Weetabix.

He who can only get pedantic about spelling obviously has nothing worthwhile to say.

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You reap what you sow ASSIA

To quote the movie the Castle:

Suffer in your Jocks.

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EU-Canada airline passenger data-sharing is not a done deal

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Re: 'merkins

>>>>The Americans will simply say "your airlines will share their PNR data or they won't be allowed over our airspace" and the EU will

Tell the Americans their birds are now on the black list.

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Re: Hope you don't have any business here

>>>>What do you want? An intrusion into your "privacy" or a first row seat on a plane flying into the new World Trade Center building? It's not much of a choice, is it?

AC, just three questions:

Why do we fight Islamic Fundamentalists? Is it to protect our freedom? If so, remind me, what are we fighting for again, because it looks like we're doing their job for them?

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BT in talks to RE-SLURP O2 after spitting it out a decade ago

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Re: Someone help me out

They're waiting for the OpenReach man to come and hook them up. He was supposed to be there between 9 and 1, but all he did was note the colour of the door and tell Master Control there was noone home.

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Re: This is the stuff of nightmare.

>>>>>O2 might not be the "best" network any longer but at least their customer service still got legs.

O2 Don't have a customer service department. They sold that to Capita.

>>>>>>Bringing BT bureaucracy to O2 could create the biggest pain in the arse of a network the world has ever seen.

It never really left them. Try as much as they wanted, it was always in the DNA.

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>>>>"We have received expressions of interest from shareholders in two UK mobile network operators, of which one is O2, about a possible transaction in which BT would acquire their UK mobile business," the company said in a statement.

So who is the other one?

VodaFail are trying to get shot of their Australian holdings, but I can't see them getting rid of their home market.

EE is part owned by DT and Orange/FranceTelecom. Not particularly attractive if only one is trying to sell, and not the other.

That leaves Three, who sold off their Australian arm already to Vodafail....

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iPhone sales set to PLUMMET: Bleak times ahead for Apple

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Company sells more stuff in leadup to christmas, less afterwards. Wow. What an amazing piece of insight... and quality journalism too. Next week on El Reg: We'll make a big deal about another analyst making a painfully obvious obvseration that isn't newsworthy: Will it be Water is Wet? The Sky is Blue? Sometimes it Rains? Wait and see.

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UK's non-emergency police and NHS Vodafone systems go titsup NATIONWIDE

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Re: Anyone else?

A lot of companies 0800 numbers went out.

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Re: Well known services...

Scotland doesnt have NHS direct. We have NHS 24, and they just recently changed to use the same number.

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Assange™ slumps back on Ecuador's sofa after detention appeal binned

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Re: However in the UK he is a guilty criminal

Given the Swedish Police have no Jurisdiction here, I'd think not.

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>>>>>Sex by surprise is a stupid concept.

If only we could say that inserting ones penis into the vagina of anoter without consent is equally stupid.

Instead, we get crazy defenses like this.

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Be real, Apple: In-app goodie grab games AREN'T FREE – EU

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I thought Free+ was clear enough, I guess not.

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Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years

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>>>>>"Certain services might need to have a priority," he continued. "But that you go out and just make a profit according to your own will, that is something that needs to be discussed.”

Reasonable traffic management to say, reduce packet loss from those functions that are more likely to have an impact I don't think is a "breach" of network neutrality. Thats just reasonable network management.

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

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Re: hmm

More key to Capitalism however is the "Freedom of contract" to basically be able to agree to anything at all.

However, in this case, there are regulations that limit that "freedom" - and rightfully so.

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I really can't see this holding up. Lord Denning MR indicated in "Shoe Lane Parking" that the more onerous the condition, the more the person trying to impose the condition has to do to bring the persons attention to it (the "Red Hand Test").

Plus I'm sure there's something else in legislation about onerous terms in consumer contracts, but I've conveniently forgotten it.

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Vodafone: For Pete's sake! Apple’s 'soft' SIM's JUST AN EE SIM

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Re: Sounds like Vodafone is unhappy

And does that get you out of the contract? No thought not.

Neither does changing the sim card.

What about when my iDevice is broken because I thought the iOS upgrade made it waterproof and I want to bang the SIM in my old phone? Oh look I'm fucked over again.

If you think the device is waterproof (by an upgrade), then the water could conceably damage the sim. In which case, you're not in a different place at all. If both had a SoftSim, then you simply have CellCo attach the new device.

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What a Mesa: Apple vows to re-use titsup GT sapphire glass plant

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I hear they're going to be doing some Black operations in Mesa...... (Or should that be Space Grey)

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