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

Andy Barker

Short warranty for Archive drive?

Sounds odd giving a 3 year warranty for a drive aimed at archiving. If they sold an archive drive with a 10+ year warranty, that'd be more like it.

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Déjà vu: Virgin Media jacks up broadband prices

Andy Barker

Same for me. When we moved into this house, was either 100 MBit VM, or 3 MBit ADSL. Guess which we chose.

Does flake out every few weeks for 5 minutes a time, but I can live with that.

When I had Sky broadband and phone at the previous place (fairly remote, 1.5-2.0 MBit), their customer support was pants. Like most companies, if your problem fits into their expected list of problems you can do well. I gave up calling to report failures on the line, and just waited for them to fix it after other people reported the fault.

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It's not you, it's EE: UK mobile network goes titsup, blames gremlins

Andy Barker

Fine in Hertfordshire

I'm actually using my t-Mobile phone as a hotspot at home due to Virgin having a network outage around here... Guess we are both lucky and unlucky at the same time!

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Big Blighty telcos ordered to block three BitTorrent search sites

Andy Barker

Re: All UK users must go to jail. Do not pass Go. Do not collect £200.

It specifically says "who have accounts" are infringing.

However I agree with your general direction - they are asserting that by having an account with the site you have infringed a copyright. Quite possibly true, but I could sign up and not use the account.

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Researchers find not all EC2 instances are created equal

Andy Barker

Re: Anyone actually expect the hardware is the same?

Micro instances are the worst ones to compare, as their performance is not guaranteed ("up to 2 ECUs"). We sometimes end up with Micro instances where the % Stolen time is huge, and the instance seems all but dead for a while.

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Asus: Ice Cream Sandwich Transformer Pad out in May

Andy Barker

Re: Difference from Prime?

OK, I skim read the engadget review. Difference seem to be:

1. Replaced aluminium shell with plastic (better chance of WiFi and GPS problems going away)

2. Slightly lower battery capacity

3. Slightly slower clock speed

Not a lot else I can see.

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Andy Barker

Difference from Prime?

This article shows different specs to the original article, and this article seems to show identical specs to the Prime (except for the plastic strip on the case). So £100 cheaper than my Prime, and gets a bit of plastic.

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Jabra Halo 2 Bluetooth headset

Andy Barker
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Re: Yay - decent stereo headset!

I totally agree. I've managed to find some reasonable stereo headsets over the years, but it has taken some trial and error by purchasing things rather than reading reviews (due to the lack of them).

I also find that a stereo headset for calls makes it much easier to hear the other person when in a noisy environment (wireless or wired). Also makes it nice to be able to wander around the office whilst on a call leaving the phone in the desk charger.

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DreamHost nightmare attack sparks passwords reset

Andy Barker

Easy job

Same here. Had 8 password to reset for a variety of sites - no big deal.

Could be a pig if you had lots of sites.

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Hasbro sues Asus over Transformer Prime moniker

Andy Barker

Wrong picture

Shame that is a picture of the previous version Asus Transformer, and not the Transformer Prime

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Amazon: The Microsoft of the cloud

Andy Barker

Not like a Microsoft, more like an IBM?

I would think the comparison would be better if it were made against a hardware manufacturer. AWS is IaaS - the key being Infrastructure, not SaaS or PaaS.

As such, the comparisons aren't the same any more. The accusations against Microsoft are that they force you to do things their way, use their software, and tie you into all things Windows. I would argue that AWS is more like there being one supplier of 90% of the PCs in the world - you can put all sorts of software on them, use them in a much more varied way.

Granted there is still a sort of lock-in, but the lock-in is only with the hardware that they are virtualising, and we are almost all using that in the non-cloud world.

The only companies they might put out of business are those that offer infrastructure related products. Amazon won't be writing Office type applications, but they will be offering more things that make it easier for people to build SaaS products on their service.

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Assassin's Creed: Revelations

Andy Barker
Coat

Misread it first time

Dunno why, but at first glance of the title I though the article was about Assange!

Maybe it was the word "Revelations" that tricked my small brain. Or maybe I am hoping an assassin will relieve us of Assange.

Have a fun weekend

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Got a non-iPad tablet? Weirdo

Andy Barker

Sizes?

"With tablets and smartphones providing similar benefits to customers and increasingly becoming the same size"

Not sure this makes any sense. The largest common smartphone size is under 4.5 inches, and I believe that the smallest regular tablet size is 7 inches. Quite a difference I'd say, even putting to one side the 9-10 inch tablets.

The "research" seems to be a load of twaddle.

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Virgin Media to beef up mobile-data backhaul

Andy Barker

speeds?

You say "compared to the 1-3Mb/s available on 3G" - isn't that low range generally because of the backhaul?

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First look at Toshiba's Portégé Z830 Ultrabook

Andy Barker

USB 3.0?

Looks like the port on the side is USB 3.0, which is nice in a laptop.

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Google: Go public on Profiles or we'll delete you

Andy Barker

Clarification?

I think they are saying that they will delete your profile if it is private, and not delete your account.

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EU cloud data can be secretly accessed by US authorities

Andy Barker

Not cloud, US companies

Is more an issue of not using US owned companies surely?

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FBI fat-thumbs data centre raid

Andy Barker

How would this work for S3?

I was wondering how this would work for something like S3 - being distributed and all that. I presume the FBI wanted a copy of stuff to search through, as opposed to taking a site down.

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Apple pulls app after dev publishes users' PINs

Andy Barker

What is the PIN used for?

I would think that a lot of people use the PIN purely to reduce the chances of accidentally dialling someone (or doing some other such thing). If so, then 0000, 1234, etc. is fine.

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SendSpace

Andy Barker

QR Code wrong

That QR code comes up with Winamp for Android!

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Dear Google and Facebook: You don't want Skype

Andy Barker

Multitasking?

Not driving I hope?

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US spooks to build 60 megawatt data center

Andy Barker

60 Megawatts = 10 x 6 Megawatts

You are assuming it is a single system. Perhaps they are building a "cloud" of super computers.

Also does the rating of the top 500 include cooling, personnel power requirements, etc?

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Amazon cloud sinks, smothers Web 2.0 darlings

Andy Barker
FAIL

Whole region is having problems

As Campbeltonian says, a whole Region pretty much went titsup! People's multi-AZ setups are having problems in that Region.

Makes you wonder how the heck this could have happened.... then again on occasions we have whole chunks of the UK dropping off the internet supposedly due to a single router / exchange failure.

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BT wholesale kit crash silences thousands of customers

Andy Barker
WTF?

Resillience

Same question gets asked every time someone has an outage, and never noticed a definitive answer other than a faulty router config being sent out to lots of routers.

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O2 boots up boobies blocker

Andy Barker

T-Mobile had it for years

I un-barred mine a few years ago, as I couldn't get to the national lottery website without unblocking. Easy to do, minor inconvenience at the time.

For anyone to use this as an argument for having the same on home broadband is bonkers, given the broad brush they used for site restrictions for mobile networks.

Perhaps they deliberately filtered silly things to show how hard it would be to filter broadband connections?

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Ford punts prang-prompted auto cops-calling kit

Andy Barker
WTF?

Something missing here?

"Microsoft Windows Embedded.... and your smartphone - assuming it’s running iOS, Android or BlackBerry."

Why won't a MS Windows car integrate with a MS Windows smartphone?

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Electric cars not as 'green' as advertised

Andy Barker

Not perfect, but a step in the right direction

Hybrids and all electric vehicles have a number of negative points, such as their use of resources in the building of them. Their use does generate CO2, just the location changes. However I think they are a step in the right direction.

Some people used to talk about how horrible diesel engined cars were, but now they are all the rage. The technology improved, so their acceptability improved. I think similar will happen with Hybrids / all electric.

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Watson? Commercial – not super – computer

Andy Barker
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easy...

It would conclude that it is all noise!

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Unprecedented domain seizure shutters 84,000 sites

Andy Barker

3% out

OK, they were out by a little under 3%. Surely it doesn't make it a FAIL?

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Fifa, Uefa lose free-to-view footie challenge

Andy Barker
Grenade

flame on...

I'd prefer it if they were only available on premium channels, that way they would be kept off the channels I tend to watch!

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Starbucks' iPhone barcode app easily scammed by screengrab

Andy Barker
FAIL

Assumes you like the same drink

Googling the app, seems it is a 2d barcode which also includes the drink you want. So this scam only works if you like the same kind of coffee as the person who's screen you grabbed.

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Texting teenager plunges to his death

Andy Barker
Pint

Augmented reality?

Based on ability to spell, it could assume you are drunk or stupid... either way it could turn on the camera and show you what is in front of you as a background to the texting app?

I think it should be call iSee.

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Archos 101 8GB Android tablet

Andy Barker

SD / Micro SD

I use a Micro SD in a SD adapter in my camera for this very reason. Take Micro SD card out of adapter, and plug into variety of devices to upload.

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CSC cost-cutting spreads to Europe

Andy Barker

Don't get it

How does taking 5 days off help the finances? Aren't they paid for holidays?

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China plans city 'twice the size of Wales'

Andy Barker
Coat

Ratios of Reg Units

I'm curious - over all the stories where both the unit of Wales and Linguine are used (if any), is the ratio consistent?

That would be amazing (and the ratio would require a name of its own of course).

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T-Mobile imposes swingeing cuts on fair use data limits

Andy Barker
Alert

perhaps this is the reason?

Maybe because 3 are making their caps unlimited is why T-Mobile are having to cut theirs?

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When one oligopoly screws another

Andy Barker
WTF?

Transport costs?

Seems odd to quote transport costs, when a lot of those items would be built in a country that is much closer to Australia than the USA!

If they wanted to really save costs, they wouldn't ship them to the USA and then to Australia.

Whilst quantities can make a difference, IF the product is identical then the only difference seems to be the shipping address.

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Police reject Labour MP's call for Bristol-wide DNA test

Andy Barker
FAIL

Stupid idea!

So, they assume the guy lives in the area.

Then they assume he hasn't moved away already.

Then they assume he won't move away as soon as the public request for DNA is made.

And they assume he would gladly give his DNA when asked nicely.

Sounds like an MP looking for a little press coverage.

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Amazon expands cloud services support

Andy Barker
Stop

Named Contacts

According to the Amazon site, Named Contacts are people at the customer's end of the equation and not at Amazon's end.

"Your Named Contacts

Add names to your company's account so that more people can contact us...instead of asking their questions through you."

So the 1, 2, 4, unlimited figures you quote seem to be how many people at your company that can contact their support department.

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White House forbids feds from reading WikiLeaked cables

Andy Barker
WTF?

DoD not able to view

So, people that may be investigating how the data got out cannot read what got out (possibly), but those that would benefit the most from the data can read it.

Curious.

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Google ends 'do be evil, if you want a top ranking' policy

Andy Barker

Sue for loss of business?

Do ya think Borker will try and sue Google for loss of business? Now that would be ironic!

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Easynet blames network collapse on dodgy router update

Andy Barker
FAIL

A single router?

I am always amazed when it is reported that a single router buggers up so much of an ISP's network.

Redundancy?

Failover?

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Over 100,000 stops-and-searches: zero terrorists

Andy Barker
Alert

big question is..

how many times was section 44 used AFTER they were told not to use it?

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Dane-Elec myDitto Nas device

Andy Barker

Drive sizes?

The features table shows 2.5" drives, and the article shows 3.5" (and 2TB) - I presume has to be 3.5" drives the device accepts?

Sounds rather nice - I'll have two please.

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Next fashions budget 10in Android tablet

Andy Barker

1GHz?

And if it is like other tablets that look 99% the same, it actually has a 800MHz processor rather than a 1GHz processor.

Still a nice looking tablet with reasonable support / updates (depending on variation you get). Elonex doing the same unit.

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Battle of the US super-soldier robot suits hots up with XOS 2.0

Andy Barker
Alert

Exploding batteries

"And frankly, to a soldier who will routinely be carrying not just flares but grenades, ammo, handheld rockets etc, the danger from exploding or burning li-ion batteries might not seem a big deal."

Personally I think an exploding power supply would be a MAJOR deal when carrying around those items!

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Podgy Googlers get shrunken plates

Andy Barker
Pint

more exercise?

If you have to go back a second time, then that is more exercise helping burn the calories gained by going for the second serving?

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Girl, 3, buys iPad apps, using mum's credit card

Andy Barker

Blurring of the divide between our reality and children's reality

With the proliferation of online "worlds", a lot of children (and a lot of adults) don't understand the difference between playing a game on a computer, and "playing" on eBay, etc.

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True Utility Scarab and KeyTool micro multi-tools

Andy Barker
FAIL

Need pocket liner?

That KeyTool looks like it would cut through most trouser pockets, and several coat pockets with all those sharp edges.

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Documents show CAA fears over powerline networks

Andy Barker

Powerline Networking = LAN, not WAN

If you take a look at the YouTube video, you can see they are referring to those PowerLine / HomePlug type devices that route Ethernet over your home / office mains supply.

Works a treat in the house i'm in, and has been much more reliable and cheaper than setting up WiFi.

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