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* Posts by Chad H.

2384 posts • joined 23 Jan 2007

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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How does a nanosim break your phone?

Softsim is very convenient for users. Hate your CellCo? Push the "Change me now" button. Done.

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Re: Sounds like Vodafone is unhappy

But can you change networks without a moments notice, and without having to get a piece of extra hardware?

I'd rather push a button that says "I'm sick of CrappyCellCo, its time to try someone else"

Much much more customer friendly than going out and and often pay for a little hardware token that you dont know will end up being any better.

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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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Quebec's latest bid to break away from Canada HALTED by a single dot

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From a region that still actually speaks french properly you mean...

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TalkTalk wants more FOURPLAY, jumps into bed with Telefónica

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Re: Landline provider?

Only at an OR level (rather than BTW)... which means if you hate talk talk, you'll need to pay an install fee to get away from them.

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Manx telecom

From Wikpedia:

>>>>On 4 June 2010 Manx Telecom was sold [by Telefonica O2] to UK private equity investor HgCapital (who were buying the majority stake), alongside telecoms management company CPS Partners. HG Capital indicated that the enterprise value of the deal was 158.8 million pounds ($232.5 million).

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DEATH fails to end mobile contract: Widow forced to take HUBBY's ASHES into shop

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Re: Giffgaff

That would be the part of O2 that doesnt even pretend to have a customer service team?

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'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?

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>>>>>>Your correspondent is surprised and a little alarmed to discover that El Reg is, in fact, a paper.

Well there was that printed edition that El Reg did once....

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Obama HURLS FCC under train, GUTPUNCHES ISPs in net neut battle

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Re: Nice

The same way London did. Tell the councils to stop fucking around and let BT put its VDSL cabinets in - even if they were "ugly".

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Don't assume public trusts you, MI5. 'Make a case' for surveillance – Former security chief

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>>>>She added: "It is a question of do you trust us, or do you trust Snowden or do you trust the Islamic State?"

Well given each time we get told (by the security services) that they DONT do something, we get a leak showing that they DO, I definitely don't trust them.

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Virgin Media CUTS OFF weekend 'net surfers after embarrassing smut-filtering snafu

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Re: I'm not with stupid

Considering your choices for hard line service is with Stupid, or Stupider (openreach), I'll take stupid any day.

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

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Its not so much a software-defined SIM they use as a SIM that can be provisioned to multiple networks.

Everyone else in the GSM alliance killed the soft-sim dead.

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REVEALED: Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' - iShop staff

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My recent experience with Apple Retail has convinced me that they are the standard to which others should aspire.

I had to return a 3 month old booscase (case + external battery), as the mini USB socket snapped in the device "Not a problem" says the manageress on duty "would you like another one like that, or something different". No hassle, no fuss. You can if you like point out that this is whats legally required under the Sale of Goods act, but the fact I didnt have to utter the phrase, or mention statutory rights, or even face hassle because I didnt have the box already puts them ahead of everyone else.

Sadly, the next week, the same thing happened again. "Not a problem (my name - she remembered it), I remember you were in last week. Do you want something different this time?" Replace it for a juicecase, and happy to report no repeats. Anywhere else the second time I would be suspecting hassle, and accusations of me breaking the thing, but couldnt have been happier to see me or more simple.

Fault em all you like, but they are the gold standard of the retail experience

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Microsoft's TV product placement horror: CNN mistakes Surface tabs for iPAD STANDS

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Re: Apple NEVER pays for product placement...

>>>So they didn't pay the BBC to put an ipad in the latest episode of Doctor Who ?

Although the character refers to it as an iPad, the interface clearly was not that of an iPad.

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Before Microsoft Bought it, Danger made a device called the Sidekick that was a T-Mobile exclusive.

Not only did they pay for regular promotion, but an entire episode of the Gilmore Girls was scripted around the daughter character convincing her dad to buy her one.

Everything is for sale these days it seems...

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Why Comrade Cameron went all Russell Brand on the UK’s mobile networks

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>>>>>Fantastic idea, Dominion. Nurses and teachers will be well chuffed that their pay gets cut to pay for infrastructure costing billions a year.

How do you figure?

NMNO Co. charges operators a fixed percentage of their Call/Data/SMS revenues, lets say 20%. This percentage is reviewable and set each year such that it covers all maintenance and a bit extra for Capittal development. We also give it the ability to borrow based on these revenues to build for Generation changes.

When there is a technology/Generation change, we also give operators the right to "sponsor" the roll out giving them a lime-locked exclusivity, in exchange for eating the majority of the costs to roll it out.

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Clara goes to the dark side, with dark secrets revealed in Dark Water

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Well, she isn't Roger Delgardo... but then again, nobody is.

Definately at the Anthony Ainley level though.

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Re: Well I loved it..

When she said she'd been abandoned, i thought it was Susan.

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

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This article seems to be a textbook example of how to mislead through statistics. The "Cost" is about the same, therefore, it is argued, the device must be the same.

Except of course we live in a world where Moore's law marches on, and has actually major improvements under the hood... As Ars Technica puts it:

>>>>>It's good that in the face of all that, the iPad Air 2 really isn't a standard off-year release. It barely bends the external mold of its 2013 Air sibling, sharing most of the same dimensions and screen attributes, but it also takes the processing power and spec sheet we were happy to pay $500-plus for last year and jacks them up significantly. On top of everything, Apple reduces device thickness and weight even further for its latest iPad (and the company even improves the rear-facing camera, too).

Thats not "basically the same device as last year".

I don't expect objective journalism from The Register - its slant on trying to make things funny prevents this - but completely misleading journalism is another thing altogether.

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Hungary's internet tax cannot be allowed to set a precedent, says EC

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Someone should give orban a snickers, he can be a right diva when he's Hungary...

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How iPad’s soft SIM lets Apple pit carriers AGAINST each other

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Re: Bad, but could be good

>>>>I think you're right. Apple will probably instigate "premium" contracts in the same way it has premium cases, usb cables, etc - 10 times more expensive because it's Apple branded.

I see it going the other way - iWorks, iCloud, iPay, etc keeping you in the Ecosystem.

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Re: let me get my crystal ball out..

>>>>>If Apple uses soft sims in it's phones, then the MNOs wlil stop subsidising them (why subsidise a product which might not use your network and you can't guarantee will bring you profit).

Not necessarily. If the soft-sim still allows for the device to be network locked, as current iOS software does, there is no change to the operators experience.

>>>>If the MNOs stop subsidising Apple phones, then customers will have to buy them at full price (£600+), probably direct from Apple.

Devices in the Apple store are already unsubsidised, and they have the highest sales per square footage of anyone.

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Really... an iKeyfob? Apple continues war on fanbois' pockets

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>>>>This could mean, for instance, that your car won't start up unless you type in a password.

Thumbprint. Oh do please catch up.

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Sign off my IT project or I’ll PHONE your MUM

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coming from the users side here, I'd love to see some UAT rather than just the crap that gets foisted onto us.

For you developers though, seems like the solution is easy, sign here to accept you refused the opportunity to feed back on the project, and any futrther changes that could have been picked up will be paid for (at a markup) by the users.

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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Re: Query

AAISP have a solution where their sims are "Home" on the O2 network, but can change their "home" to an European network to allow them to roam onto other UK networks.

So yes, such a thing is possible, at billing time.

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Re: What Apple doesn't say

Yes, because its not as if we live in a world where SIMs can be changed, once you get a SIM you're stuck with it for life.

Oh, wait.

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HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'

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Too late El Reg/Faultline. CBS already announced they're going OTT.

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Banksy puts down spray can, goes corporate in banksy.com cybersquat brouhaha

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If the article is accurate, seems like he's gotten some very bad legal advice. If you're running a site called Banksy, about banks... well, Banksy the artist is SOL.

*Rushes off to create the Microsoft Sponge Company*

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Coughing for 4G, getting 2G... Networks' penny-pinching SECRETS REVEALED

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>>>>>Interestingly, the GWS testing found that bandwidth was better when the train was moving. The firm said 24.18 per cent of data failures occurred while they were on trains in stations

At a guess, I'd say this probably has something to do with big granite and other stone walls blocking radio signals.

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Finnish PM: Apple has DESTROYED FINLAND

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Nokia did all but kill itself. Just before the iPhone they were selling buggy featurephones that were barely usable, and second only to everything else. The only thing that kept them going was market inertia.

They had no clear plan - each model looked and behaved very different, but the actual feature/need difference between them was, well, confusing.

The iPhone was just the coup de grace. One model, three variations. That was it. Good easy to use interface.

Everything Nokia could and should have done, but was to myopic to see.

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EE TV brings French broadband price war to the UK

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Seems like this article is missing the "sponsored content" warning at the top. It smells of PR churnalism.

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Re: Seems very complicated

EE Have been delivering broadband for a couple of years now.

And if the serivice you get from BT is indicative of "experience", I'll take the fresh-faced know nothing every day of the week (twice on Sundays)

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Windows 10 feedback: 'Microsoft, please do a deal with Google to use its browser'

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[IE] is still as slow as a fart in a frying pan.”

Just wondering if anyone has managed to capture a fart in a frying pan, and measured its speed?

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EE TV: Network snubs 'Auntie's antique' for mobe-happy set-top box

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It is not the TV tuner that needs licensing, but your choice to watch a programe as it is broadcast live, whether or not you use a TV tuner, or the live channel player on bbc.co.uk is irrelevant.

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What’s the KEYBOARD SHORTCUT for Delete?! Look in a contextual menu, fool!

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Anyone who had to learn formatting in WordPerfect 5.1 was already in good stead to learn HMTL - non WYSIWIG, and with "codes" that opened and closed like HMTL tags on the reveal codes screen... Those were the days.

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