* Posts by Jess

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BlackBerry's final QWERTY floats past the rumour mill

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The issues with my Q5 are down to it having an unfinished OS, the way the OS is now, is the way it should have been within a year of release of BB10. (Still no auto power on/off facility)

They probably should have made the top end and corporate phones dual boot BB10 and BB7, (they could even have had the choice of Corporate mode , Home mode 7 and Home mode 10 for business users)

Generally the android compatibility is pretty good, problems being lack of play services, some DRM stuff and the screen being square.

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It’s Brexploitation! Microsoft punishes UK for Brexit with cloud price-gouging

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Re: leave the SM as the price of reducing immigration by 70%.

The only effects leaving the SM will have on immigration.

1. EEA citizens who have been living here for 5 years will no loger have an automatic right to residence. (Presumably meaning a big bump in applications after article 50).

2. With no more freedom of movement, migrant worker numbers for the EEA will drop (given paperwork, hostile attitude and loss of value of the pound) this will will leave a vacuum which will be filled by immigrants.

3. Since our economy will likely literally be decimated (at best), there should be less demand for immigrants to take up the slack.

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The problem with RAID

They far too often take the 'I' too literally.

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Sh... IoT just got real: Mirai botnet attacks targeting multiple ISPs

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It's other ISPs too

My ZyXEL router has been dropping connection since before the weekend, so has a friend's (on yet a different ISP). Until reading yesterdays articles, I had assumed either co-incidental failure, or an problem or a compatibility issue at the local exchange.) Yesterday I had no connections and reboots didn't work.

Today I reset it and it appears to have done an update and seems OK since.

However this is a potential man in the middle (etc) attack. Hopefully the Opera VPN I have been running will have mitigated it, and also I would hope that mint's update system would not be compromised. But would things like a Seagate NAS possible be compromised?

I'm a bit annoyed about my ISP not at least sending out a warning email. They knew about it at least first thing Wednesday.

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Brexit means Brexit: What the heck does that mean...

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Re: Goldsmith lost in Richmond because of it. Apparently.

In case you didn't notice that was an election of an MP rather than a referendum on an issue that surrenders personal rights. So the question is totally different.

And the referendum - Democracy? My arse.

If it were democracy, Scotland would already have had indy ref 2, we would already be in the process of leaving the EU, but not the EEA, or anything else that doesn't require EU membership. Our currency wouldn't be stuffed. Businesses wouldn't be sitting on their hands unable to plan more than two years ahead. And we wouldn't have looked like the most stupid nation on the planet (until the US election).

If they wanted a mandate for a hard brexit, they should have asked the question should we leave the EEA. That question was not asked.

I am pro remain, but what I am seriously pro remaining in is the EEA. I can see some advantages to leaving the EU in that situation, but I don't see it's worth the effort, but the decision has been made. I suspect you'll rind most pro remain people are of that opinion.

Hard Brexit betrays those leave voters who ignored all the bullshit in the referendum and simply took the question at face value.

It's a bit like a doctor asking for consent to remove a badly damaged little finger that would be tricky to repair, and then, after you say ok go ahead, telling you he's actually taking it off at the wrist, or maybe the elbow.

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Tobacco giant predicts the end of smoking. Panic ensues

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re:it also stinks

That is down to flavourings.

I am very sensitive to cigarette smoke, aerosol sprays etc. The unflavoured eFags are fine. I can sit in a car with someone using one.

But the flavoured ones are a totally different matter. Some of them are almost as bad as real cigarettes. I couldn't sit in a car with one.

I think light use of unflavoured ones should be at the discretion of the businesses, and flavoured ones should be treated the same as cigarettes.

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Small ISPs 'probably' won't receive data retention order following IP Bill

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I'm guessing Opera might see a spike in popularity

With its free built in VPN, (plus ad blocking)

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Facebook to hire 500 more in Blighty

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This and Google's plan seem like hedging their bets.

If we end up with a hard brexit then the 60ish % of multinationals whose EEA HQ is not in the UK will need to set up UK (or English) HQs.

(This will offset some of the loss caused by the other 40% downsizing to handle 12% of the population).

However, if we remain in the EEA, but outside the EU then those multinationals that get up to shenanigans to avoid tax might find the UK more advantageous than the Republic of Ireland, now the EU is looking into them.

I suspect the desire for the latter is the reason the announcements have been made now, rather waiting for those in charge of the Dogs' Brexit finally come up with something first.

Soft Brexit might actually turn out to be advantageous to our sector. (Hard Brexit would be a disaster.)

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British banks chuck smartphone apps out of Windows

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They didn't learn from OS/2

OS/2 partially implemented the Windows API, but they stopped short to encourage native apps. We know how that one worked out.

Microsoft started developing an Android app layer, that according to the reports worked nicely. They cancelled it to encourage native apps.

(But of course BlackBerry were more stupid, they got their one working rather well, then pulled the plugs anyway.)

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VMware joins Brexploitation gang, double digit price hike in the offing

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Re: Stop whinging

Upvoted but -

> We're getting what we voted for as a country.

Not exactly correct. (Although we voted for what anyone who actually thought about it knew we would get with that result.)

What we were actually asked was about leaving the EU. Nothing mentioned about leaving any of the other arrangements that allow our economy to operate.

The situation is like going to a doctor with a badly broken little finger, and the doctor saying it will be tricky to fix properly, and asking you'd like it amputated. After very narrowly deciding to sign the consent form, the Doctor tells you they are going to amputate it one inch below the elbow.

A real Dog's Brexit.*

* I wish I'd thought of that one.

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Russia shoves antitrust probe into Microsoft after Kaspersky gripes about Windows 10

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re: copy-n-paste of a Russian proverb.

>> Друг познаётся в беде́

> A gold star for the effort

But not for the implementation.

Russian Cyrillic does not contain 'е́'

That would be a stress mark added for the benefit of us latinistas learning the language.

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Google: If you think we're bad, you should take a look at Apple

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The thing I hate about bundled apps

isn't that they are there, it is that they are not easy to remove like apps you add yourself.

If they were simply pre-installed and not system apps then all would be fine. (The same goes for manufacturer crap too)

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'Trust it': Results of Signal's first formal crypto analysis are in

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Is this app any good?

Is it independent of a smartphone?

Are there apps for Mac (10.6+), Windows and Linux?

Is there a pidgin plugin?

Otherwise I think it's stick to ICQ and Telegram.

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Mythbuntu busted as last two devs working on media centre distro quit

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Re: sudo apt-get install mythtv

Wouldn't you also want to also install at least the low latency kernel?

(And then tweak grub)

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Facebook 'fesses up to WhatsApp privacy blunder in UK

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Back to ICQ for me

I was already going to drop WhatsApp when they drop support for Nokia and BlackBerry. This just moved me forward a few months.

I installed ICQ on the Nokias. The old version still works fine with an old account. The new version works like telegram, but with video calls and old accounts can be linked to a telephone number, so they also work like new accounts on the new versions.

A year or two ago I made a comment about not having used ICQ for several years on a Reg comment. Of course within 24 hours of that I'd had two conversations with two different people on it.

Telegram for the BlackBerrys.

Unlike WhatsApp (and Viber) both of these systems can be installed stand-alone on tablets and PCs. And both have an identity that can be used independently of the activating mobile number.

Also gone back to regular SIP for voice and video.

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Brexit judgment could be hit for six by those crazy Supreme Court judges, says barrister

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Re: uncertainty and procrastination is doing more damage to the UK economy

I partially agree with you.

Simply leaving the EU (as was asked in the referendum) would really do little damage to the UK.

Leaving the EEA would do serious damage to the uk, and leaving the customs union too would be even worse.

Letting people think the latter is going to happen could eventually cause almost as much harm as actually doing it.

Had on the 24th June Cameron said we will be triggering article 50 very shortly with the intention of remaining in the EEA, no-one would even be talking about it now.

Had he said we are triggering it shortly with a view to quitting everything, at least we would be benefiting from the two year firesale already.

However the result we have is a slow erosion, that potentially could leave us not knowing whether we will be in or out of the free market until long after businesses need to start re-organising to cope with a full exit, so they will assume the worst and move.

At that point the only real difference in outcomes would be the potential for them to come back and the right of our citizens to follow them.

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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

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Re: The vast majority of brexit voters are slowly realizing the error of their vote

I would disagree with the 'vast majority' statement, but result was so close it only needs a tiny proportion to realise the error so you have an extremely valid point. (If 1 in 25 leave voters have changed their mind, then the result is the other way.)

Of course people might argue that the vote has been made and should be acted upon, regardless of the lies etc. In which case then the only thing that should happen is act on the question asked; leave the EU. Not the EEA, not the customs union, not the ECHR.

I would be happy with either of those options, given the fact that we have totally blown all credibility I would think leaving the EU better at this point, providing that is ALL we leave.

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Re: like the Remainers accepted the majority decision

If the answer given by a slim majority to the actual question asked on the ballot paper were the limit of what Brexit meant then I'm sure most of us would just mutter a bit and put up with it and that would be that.

However it isn't.

So any claims of what is on the cards as being a majority decision or the will of the people is complete bullshit. As is any call for us to accept that it is.

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Re: referendum again but with 5 options

I like that idea, but it does still leave the potential issue of the different nations wanting different things.

I suspect the results might be England - Soft Brexit, Wales - Soft Remain, Scotland and NI Hard Remain. Overall Soft - Brexit.

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Democracy? My arse.

If it were democracy, Brexit would mean what was asked on the Ballot paper. (Leave the EU, not leave every associated organisation that doesn't require EU membership too)

If it were democracy the Nations that voted against it would not be being dragged out against their will.

And that is all before you even think about the lies that got the result.

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Tableau revenues drop due to weak UK sales, fingers sales bods not Brexit

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Re: they want to get rid of some of their UK sales staff.

That is an interesting idea.

Blame the staff - easy to get rid of them.

Blame Brexit, not so easy because it isn't their fault.

If you are right that could happen a lot.

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Stiff upper lips and sun glasses: the Chancellor bets on Brexit feeling

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Re: On the bright side...

How does that one work out?

The issue I see is that the EU has now set a precedent of giving a country exactly what the Brexiteers want. However giving such a deal to a European country would be the end of the EU.

So the scenario I can imagine in the negotiations is the EU sticking to EEA or nothing and the UK saying CETA model or nothing.

I would be surprised if either side blinked, so we will end up with nothing.

(Or maybe they can't chuck us out of the customs union automatically, which would sort out Nissan and the Ei/NI border issue, but do nothing for our service industry).

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Windows 10 market share stalls after free upgrade offer ends

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Re: As long as Win10 continues to be a piece of spyware...@Jess

There are valid reasons to use 7 instead of 10, I just don't believe that trusting Microsoft not to spy on you if you stick to 7 is not one of them.

There is also the issue that Microsoft seem to want all professionals to use pro versions, rather than small businesses being able to get away with home like on 7 or XP.

Dual boot is easy with a fresh install. Install Windows partitioning the drive and leaving some empty. Then install Mint and it gives dual boot options.

The only fiddly bit is making it use the last chosen boot option, rather than Linux. (edit a file then run a command). I needed to do this, not for windows, but because I wanted to use the low-latency kernel for better audio quality, and I didn't want to dive through menus each time (Windows is in the top menu anyway.)

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Re: As long as Win10 continues to be a piece of spyware...

And they haven't and never will backport the spying to 7 and 8?

My feeling is if you don't trust Microsoft, don't use it.

And Mint Sarah is great.

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Microsoft ends OEM sales of Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1

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Re: I don't hate Win10

I mostly agree.

I used Win 10 as my main OS until shortly after the anniversary update. I specifically used an old PC I was given that had the correct BIOS to license a Win 7 Pro install (which worked poorly to be honest), then upgraded to 10, which worked quite well, and I found I liked slightly more than Linux Mint Rosa (Ignoring the spying stuff obviously).

However after the anniversary update, I needed to reinstall (not because of it), so I put a new HD and installed it dual boot with Mint Sarah.

I found Sarah to be a lot nicer than Rosa, while the Anniversary update feels like the usual one step forward two steps back that Microsoft usually do.

I have scarcely used Win 10 since getting Sarah, and find it a chore when I have to. (Like to quickly copy files to NTFS for example).

So basically, a year ago I used the latest Windows in (slight) preference to the latest Mint, now I use the latest Mint in big preference to the latest Windows.

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A sorry Brexcuse! Systemax blames Brexit for car crash Q3 results

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Re: We need Tories, Lib Dems and Labourites to unite

It would be nice, but the Brexit is purely being managed for the political benefit of the Tory Party.

The only real hope is if their rich mates decide they can't make enough money out of the UK fire sale.

If there gets to be too much opposition in Parliament, I'm sure all that will happen is that Mrs May will make the SNP an offer they won't turn down.

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Re: @jess

> The referendum did not give a mandate for anything.

Which is why I specifically referred to the question asked, rather than the nature of the referendum.

A question asking if we should remain in the EU cannot give a mandate for anything other than leaving the EU.

(Whether there is a mandate or not is a separate issue, and not one I was making comment on with that post, just the limit of it, should it exist.)

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It seemed to me like the whole industry was being cautious for the six months before the referendum from when the result we got started becoming a possibility.

A fair chunk of the largest multinationals have their EU HQs in the UK (40% form some figures I've seen). It is inevitable that these will downgrade to UK offices should we exit the EEA. Why would they do anything more than the minimum to keep running, until they are sure they are staying put?

Had the vote gone the other way, then there would have been a mini boom as the delayed projects get taken off hold.

Of course there has been a minor recovery since the date of article 50 has been made more certain, and businesses know that anything on a 2 year cycle can resume, and anything that can be accelerated to be complete within 2 1/2 years can as well.

However, a lot of stuff is on a cycle of four or more years. (Including equipment).

Given we have no idea how this mess will turn out, no-one whose business involves the EU can make any long term plans. (Without some sort of promise being made to protect them).

There are many possible outcomes.

We might end up remaining in the EEA (which is really all that the referendum question gives a mandate for).

We might end up remaining in the European Customs Union, meaning goods can travel freely, but people and services can't. (like Turkey) I wonder if this is what has been promised to Nissan, it would also fulfil the promise made about the Irish Border.

We might end up paying a few tens of millions a week to keep our bank passporting.

Or we might keep insisting on no freedom of movement, while the EU insists it is non negotiable, and end up with WTO rules (or even nothing at all, if we don't get a smooth entry into it as a standalone.)

Giving the UK access to the single market without freedom of movement would destroy the EU, and they know it. We get it, Switzerland will have to be given it too, then the whole thing will fall apart. Quite why they set a precedent for doing it with Canada, I don't know.

It could mean a game of chicken in the negotiations.

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More movie and TV binge-streaming sites join UK banned list

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Re: Fix content availability and usability, and "piracy" will mostly disappear

I have a reasonably sized ultraviolet library. (50+ Movies and a few dozen TV episodes). It seemed like a great idea.

I used to watch it on a PS3, then Blinkbox pulled the plugs, even Sony who are a partner don't offer an app (in the UK). They suggested I purchased a chromecast, which wouldn't be a bad suggestion if they actually provided a digital audio output as well as video. But I'm not going to replace a THX ultra pre-amp to compensate for a £30 device's lack of features.

So obviously I have stopped purchasing any streaming content. My library has grown since due to free codes with Disks (etc) but I have scarcely watched anything from it since. (Somehow a 10" tablet doesn't have the impact of a home cinema.)

Lesson leant.

Also the monthly cost of Netflix is less that purchasing a typical recent movie.

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Cynical Apple gouges UK with 20 per cent price hike

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Re: "maybe they won't really follow through"

Or even maybe they will limit Brexit to meaning what was actually asked on the ballot paper, rather than extending its meaning to what they need it to mean for their own political benefit.

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Hangouts flameout bringing the Google blame out

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I have the Plug-in on my pidgin installation.

It gets less use than ICQ. (Which ironically is looking rather good now. The current official app does video rather well, can use UIN or/and mobile numbers, and the old app continues to work on old mobiles that WhatsApp is dropping, and works stand alone on computers, including Linux)

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UK minister promises science budget won't be messed with after Brexit

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It's not the funding that's the issue

We could solve that, (although I doubt we'll bother).

The issue is freedom of movement. Collaborative projects are not going to be set up in countries where Scientists and their friends and families can't come and go as they please.

The Swiss already have problems with their (as yet not enacted) referendum decision to end freedom of movement.

(The Swiss aren't part of the EU or EEA, but have their own arrangement negotiated over many years which is like EEA membership, but without the banking freedom).

I'm guessing they will either have to change their mind or hope they can get a Turkey style arrangement. (i.e sacrifice services to remove freedom of movement)

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EU announces common corporate tax plan

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I guess this explains why we are leaving.

Certainly not to the benefit of the Tory's rich mates.

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Belgian court fines Skype for failing to intercept criminals' calls in 2012

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I think I am on the side of MS

However, most of what they said was BS.

But failing to comply with an impossible court order is ridiculous.

If Belgium were however to charge them with providing a service incompatible with Belgian law, then that would be a different question. And if they accepted any payments from the country for services, then they would have little defence.

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Accountant falls for sexy Nigerian email scammer, gives her £150k he cheated out of pal

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Re: fail to come forward for fear of actually being prosecuted for falling for it

To be fair he was prosecuted for nicking his mate's money, not being a fool with his own.

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Re: I get loads of these scammers contact me.

I wasn't thinking of the person behind the overlay being a different gender or nationality to the fake profile.

The most recent scammers I have encountered have convincing profiles, photos that google doesn't know, the conversation structure is consistent with where they claim to be from. In fact the only thing in common with the obvious scammers is the direction they drive the conversation.

A friend has had a skype chat with one, and he thought it was the girl in the picture. While I doubt a voice change would be convincing, a carefully used overlay might, and if they get potential rewards of hundreds of thousands it could be worth the effort.

While I was writing this I had another (obvious) one pop up on pidgin, seems the latest tactic is to call you a fake when you start to suspect them.

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I get loads of these scammers contact me.

A couple of friends and I deliberately play along and waste their time. It can be quite entertaining. Especially when you deliberately veer away from their planned script.

The nature of the messages makes me think they are set up like a call centre. (Scripts, handing cases over to different operatives, etc.)

Some of them are so obvious, I wonder if they use it as a filter to weed out anyone who isn't very gullible.

Some of them are actually quite convincing, and I could see how someone might be conned, if they'd not been exposed to the others first.

I'm wondering how far away overlaying the picture from the fake profile on a video call is, I would have thought a powerful PC would have enough power to do it.

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BlackBerry DTEK60: An elegant flagship for grown-ups

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Re: Is that hardware keyboard really, REALLY necessary?

For me, yes.

I'm quite happy typing on my Q5, though I now no longer keep a sim in it, it is now mostly just a media player now (remarkably good sound via bluetooth).

I have replaced it with a 10 inch tablet which is about what I need for a touchscreen to be useful. The tablet is a Yuntab, dual sim and cost £60, and the first Chinese budget phone that I purchased as a stop gap, that I has been good enough to keep using.

I don't find Android a good enough quality system to justify an expensive phone to run it.

I don't see myself buying another (pocket sized) smartphone.

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EU ruling restricts rights to resell back-up copies of software where originals are damaged, destroyed or lost

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As long as the original software is available to download for the new user

then there is no real problem.

There should be a clause that permits it if, for some reason, the replacement is not available.

(e.g. if the supplier no longer exists then permission to transfer backups is assumed.)

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It's nearly 2017 and JPEGs, PDFs, font files can hijack your Apple Mac, iPhone, iPad

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Are my Power PC Macs vulnerable?

I don't like the styling of the newer Macs as much, plus I prefer Leopard to their latest Fugly system. (I think they peaked at Mountain Lion).

However, my main system is now Mint.

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Microsoft: We're hiking UK cloud prices 22%. Stop whining – it's the Brexit

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The people only answered a question on the European Union.

Not the EEA

Not the European Customs Union

Not the European Convention on Human Rights

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This is not the will of the people.

This is for the political gain of the Tory Party. Nothing more.

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Re: Forced Hard Brexit

I don't believe that the EU will refuse to offer a deal that is consistent with the current rules. It would not be in their best interests.

However, it looks like we will try for some special arrangement which will fall through at the last moment, leaving us looking to rejoin the WTO.

I believe we are likely to be offered choices to remain in the EEA or/and to remain in the European Customs Union, both subject to the current rules.

It also wouldn't surprise me if they offered us banking passporting in return for 80% of our current net EU contribution.

(We need to stay in the customs union if the UK is to remain intact and not have controlled borders within the British Isles).

Negotiating from a position of weakness is not really a good place to be.

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Re: definitely something to dump at the feet of the leave crowd.

For sure, I totally agree.

But of course given a legitimate cause for a price rise, how many companies are going to restrict that rise to just that which is justified?

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Brexit killed any hopes of growth in global technology spending

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Re: So they are going to turn off their entire Datacentre

I very much doubt that.

They know that they can keep using existing data centres until April 2019. After a hard Brexit they would be likely to want 10 or 20% of the capacity for the British or UK operation.

I would think there will be a point by which, if remaining in the EEA was not certain, they would start migrating to a data centre that was certain to stay in the EEA.

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Re: Move to EU spend

That is what I am counting on. EU HQs will downgrade to British offices. Hopefully they will need contractors to help them move.

After that, I guess it's fruit picking.

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Virgin Media boss warns Brexit could hamstring broadband investment

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Re: Can't see banking being retained but goods not.

Sorry I don't think my post was clear.

Turkey is part of the customs union, this means no duties between Turkey and the EU on goods.

Mrs May made a promise that there would be no hard border between North and South Ireland.

This is not possible with a complete withdrawal from the free market and the UK remaining intact and all having the same relationship with the EU.

Ways it could be honoured:

UK Remains in the EEA (Soft Brexit, Norway model)

England and Wales leave the EEA, NI doesn't (presumably Scotland wouldn't either and the problem would then island hop, this would likely also involve the end of the EU).

UK remains in the European Customs Union (like Turkey) this means the free market for goods which would benefit the EU (the oft quoted German cars), so there would be little incentive to the EU not to offer this model.

(Of course EEA citizens would have to have the freedom to visit the UK otherwise borders control would be needed.)

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The Brexit situation looks like it might be the worst possible.

A hard Brexit with a long period of uncertainty while businesses are on hold because they are hoping for a soft Brexit.

The way it looks like it is going at the moment is:

1. Goods - Turkey style deal avoiding the need for a hard Irish Border.

2. Services - WTO (All EU HQs and data centres will leave)

3. Banking - They will pay a fee to retain passporting, probably not much reduced from our net current contribution.

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Brexit? No impact at all, chuckles reseller juggernaut

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Why would any company dealing in non physical goods have a major problem?

If we end up with a hard Brexit they can simply move to the Republic of Ireland. Their UK staff will be able to work there, as will their EU staff. Perhaps even find a nice location just over the border so staff will be able to rent and buy in pounds but be paid in Euros.

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Re: CETA

Isn't that for goods only?

We could get the same by not leaving the European Customs union, and we'd not have the 7 year haggle and the surrender of sovereignty.

(That would leave us in the same status as Turkey).

Of course not being able to sell our services while being able to buy goods would be more of a benefit to the rest of the EU than us.

However they will have to do something like that in the case of a hard brexit, unless Mrs May's promise of no Irish border meant that the UK is being broken up.

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Chat app Telegram's meltdown today was literal – its data center cooling failed

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And Telegram is not secure.

There is an obvious way that stored messages could be compromised by someone with access to the telephone system.

Intercept activation texts, and register a custom client that downloads everything, and deletes the activation messages. (It would need to be done when the victim is asleep or not logged in to telegram to avoid making making it obvious they have been compromised).

That, presumably, is one reason for secret chats.

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