* Posts by Fuzz

838 posts • joined 25 Jul 2007

Ten top tech toys to interface with a techie’s Christmas stocking

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Re: TP Link TL-WDR3600

also this TP-Link doesn't do 802.11ac it's dual band but N only

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Best budget Android smartphone there is? Must be the Moto G

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Why?

Why is the battery built in when the rear cover is removable?

Also the 8GB version should be ignored, for almost anyone that is going to be too little storage.

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Recommendations for private cloud software...

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filesender

I've been using filesender https://www.assembla.com/spaces/file_sender/wiki for a while works well for me my users find it easy enough to use. Has some limitations at the moment, like only being able to send a single file at a time so folders have to be zipped before sending.

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Anglo-Australian cricket brawl spills over into coding clash

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Brian Lara

Played codemasters Brian Lara cricket (I think also called Graham Gooch cricket) for years on megadrive, playstation and xbox. I was looking forward to this game coming out but it's been clear for a while it wasn't going to happen. Everyone though it would be released in time for the England 2013 Ashes, then it was put back to the Australian series and now it's dead.

There is one more waiting in the wings, Don Bradman cricket lets hope that resolves to a playable cricket game, otherwise I'm going to be breaking out the megadrive emulator.

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Mass Effect: Ten lightweight laptops that won’t bust your back

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4GB

4GB of RAM is simply not good enough in a laptop costing around or, in a few cases, way above £1000. I know the Sony can be configured with 8GB (I have one) so I don't know about the others but really this should be a standard feature.

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Re: MoBo Blues

Keyboard backlight is on or off in windows so you aren't losing anything in there.

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Think unpatched Win XP hole's not a big deal? Hope you trust your local users

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server 2003

There is a risk of attack for people using server 2003 terminal services or XenApp on server 2003.

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XBOX ONE owners rage as HDMI SNAFU 'judders' Brit and Euro tellies

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Wrong on so many levels

NTSC differs from PAL in two main ways.

1. The way the colour is modulated on to the composite video signal. This means that you can't just feed a PAL TV with an NTSC signal and expect it to work. The TV has to specifically support NTSC or you will get black and white.

2. 50 vs 60Hz. Again the TV has to be able to specifically cope with 60Hz to be able to play NTSC. Also in the case of VHS the image is recorded on to the tape in diagonal stripes by a rotating head. With NTSC VHS the head moves faster so again the VHS player has to specifically support NTSC otherwise the playback head won't synchronise with the recording on the tape.

With modern TVs the situation is very different, modern LCD TVs will quite happily cope with all kinds of input signals. The problem here is that there is most likely that the TV signal is 50Hz and the xbox then converts this up to 60Hz for playback on the TV. Some TVs will cope with this better than others depending on there motion processing software but the fact remains that 10 extra frames have to be inserted each second so it's never going to be perfect.

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3CX PBX for Windows: Everything you ever wanted from a phone system

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Re: What about "phone only" extension wiring?

have a look at E-Metrotel they do Asterisk based devices that support all the old Nortel Norstar/BCM phones, both IP (unitstim) and the digital stuff.

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Rent a virtual desktop from Amazon: 35 bucks a month (PC not included)

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Re: Licensing

After a further reading of the Amazon literature my guess is that they are not offering Windows 7. They advertise it as a "Windows 7 Experience". The assumption therefore is that they are using Server 2008R2 with desktop experience enabled so that it behaves like Windows 7. That way Amazon can purchase per user RDS CALs together with processor licensing for 2008R2 and they don't have to worry about the stupid way Microsoft have licensed desktop VDI

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Licensing

No mention of how they are dealing with the Windows licenses. A quote from the Microsoft VDI and VDA FAQ

"Currently, there is no SPLA model for Windows VDA. Hence, customers who subscribe to desktops from a third-party hoster will need to pay Microsoft for a Windows VDA license for each device accessing Windows client virtual machines in the datacenter. Additionally, hosters need to ensure they isolate the hardware and other resources for each company. Any hardware running an instance of Microsoft software (OS or application) must be dedicated to a single customer. For example, a SAN device that is not running any Microsoft software may be shared by more than one customer; whereas, a server or SAN device that runs Microsoft software may only be used by one customer."

So unless Amazon have some kind of special deal with Microsoft, there is no way that this can work running Windows 7.

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NO! Radio broadcasters snub 'end of FM' DAB radio changeover

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Things that need to happen

1. Legislation to make it mandatory for all new cars to be sold with multiformat (DAB, DAB+, DRM+) radios

2. Wait 10 years for new cars to become common

3. During that time develop new DAB radios that use as little power as an FM radio and are as cheap so people can replace all their portable radios and radios in phones.

4. Make DAB radio signal stronger so it can be picked up properly.

People don't need DAB radios in their houses. In your house an Internet radio is better. People need portable DAB in their cars and their hands, but until the above happens you can't turn off FM.

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Hate data fees but love your HD slab? Here's a better way to pay for bytes

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Re: Yes

gibi, mibi, kibi, pibi

It's the first letter of the decimal form plus ibi

megi, kili, peti would be confusing because they sound too much like the 10th power equivialants

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The legacy IE survivor's guide: Firefox, Chrome... more IE?

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not over till the fat lady sings

IE6 is the default web browser with server 2003, server 2003 has support until July 2015 so IE6 will live on.

IE6 is also the default browser in XP embedded which has support until January 2016

Fortunately Embedded 2009 which is XP based uses IE7

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Apple iMac 27-inch 2013: An extra hundred quid for what exactly?

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Re: No USB3

I totally agree it's stupid not to include USB 3 ports. Fortunately Apple seem to have included all 4 ports that are available on the Intel chipset.

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Roll up, roll up: Cash, Bitcoin and booze offered for iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner hack

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Re: Will they do the same for Android?

Long before the Motorola in 2011 there was an HTC P6500 I have one in a drawer at work.

http://www.gsmarena.com/htc_p6500-2129.php

I also remember some kind of slider phone around the same time that had a fingerprint scanner on the rear. The scanner could be used to launch different apps depending on what finger you scanned.

A quick look and it's a Toshiba http://www.gsmarena.com/toshiba_g500-1904.php

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OK, forget the 3D telly fiasco: 4K is gonna blow you away - say tech giants

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Re: 4k benifits?

I appreciate your sentiment but why do you think that's going to happen?

Most TVs sold now are 1080p but laptops are sold with "HD" screens that are 1366x768

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Star Wars revival secret: This isn't the celluloid you're looking for

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waste of time

Shooting on 35mm is a waste of time and money. We have digital cameras that can easily compete with 35mm.

Shooting on 70mm is a different matter, especially horizontal 70mm like imax.

It's worth noting that a lot of the Phantom Menace was shot on 35mm and it didn't help that film at all. The reason for the digital stuff in the prequels looking so bad was not a fault of it being digital, just that at the time the digital process wasn't as good as film.

The mistake with this film will be the same as with the last star trek film, shoot the film on film, in this case a mixture of 35mm and imax, then let the studio dimensionalise it so that you can charge more for tickets on the basis that 3D costs more because the equipment costs more even though everything is now projected using the same digital projectors.

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Wow, the future is HERE: Charge your phone (wirelessly) in your CAR

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Re: We are the Judian Peoples Front!

popular peoples front - splitters

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Make or break: Microsoft sets date for CRUCIAL Win 8.1 launch

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Don't get why Microsoft didn't push 8.1 just a little further

Windows 8 has one perceived issue that is the lack of a traditional start menu. 8.1 essentially solves that problem by giving you.

1. Boot direct to desktop

2. Show applications on start screen rather than tiles

3. Show desktop background behind start screen.

Unfortunately this isn't enough for the masses because it's 3 options to change rather than one and, perhaps more importantly, it doesn't get you back to where you were. Microsoft could easily have chosen to bring back the windows 7 style start menu as an option. In the same way that XP offered the 95 style start menu. The start screen on windows 8 is probably better than the start menu but it needs refinement and time for people to come to that conclusion by themselves. When XP came out everyone changed the start menu to look like 2000, but over time people realised that actually the XP start menu was better. The jury is still out on the Windows 8 start screen but without the option to use the old system people aren't even going to try windows 8.

The other thing here that is interesting is that 8.1 is essentially windows 8 sp1, a free upgrade for all windows 8 users.. However server 2012 is moving to R2 which is a new version of Windows server

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Apple's shock treatment: An authentic charger-spotting guide

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Re: Spotting a clone

Why by a fake Apple charger? Why not just buy some other USB charger that was neither fake nor expensive?

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Chromecast: You'll pop me in for HOT STREAMS of JOY, hopes Google

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Re: "Available now" ???

presumably if your TV has a usb socket you could use that to power the device rather than actually using a USB cable.

The iOS/Android requirement kind of makes it useless to me. If I have to find my tablet to watch TV then I might as well just plug my tablet into my TV.

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Fanbois get Outlook app for iOS, but only if they sign up for Office 365

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missed a trick

Microsoft should be releasing this as a full email client to try and encourage iPhone users onto windows phone. I guess if they gave it full support Apple wouldn't allow it in the store, but full exchange support would be good.

Microsoft are hoping that people will subscribe to 365 so they can get the app but it just won't work this way. You need to give people the app first and then if it's good enough some people will want to try windows phone or 365 off the back of that.

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BT earmarks super-speedy 300Mbit/s broadband for 50 exchanges

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Re: We need a change of marketing

I agree with you up to a point here.

For a single person you get very little benefit once you go over 50Mb/s. However there is plenty of need if you have a lot of people who all want to stream video at the same time.

The other thing that needs to be addressed is the poor upload speeds. Instead of offering 300/20 they need to be offering 50/50. What's the point in running a fibre all the way to someone's house and then only giving the same upload speed they can get over copper?

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Sleek Nokia Lumia details EXPOSED ahead of Thursday's disrobing

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Re: Several Questions:

DSLR Digtal Single Lens Reflex

1. The NEX-5R is not a DSLR

2. The NEX-5R is not a phone

3. The NEX-5R requires gigantic lenses to cover its sensor

4. The NEX-5R weighs 275g without a lens

5. The NEX-5R has no built in flash

Do you need any more?

I'm not saying this is the phone/camera for you but for a lot of people this is all the camera they will ever need, it will be way better than any camera they have ever owned before and it's a smartphone at the same time.

That said, no upgradeable storage is just idiocy.

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Windows 8.1: So it's, er, half-speed ahead for Microsoft's Plan A

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win+S

Windows key + S is the shortcut for snapshot in onenote. Joined up thinking?

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HGST: Enough of those MUTANT HYBRIDS. We'll do an Apple, thanks

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upgrades

What he says is all well and good for OEMs building new machines but for someone wanting a replacement drive for an existing laptop the hybrid design offers a drop in upgrade. Most laptops don't have a spare SATA or PCI-E slot for a flash drive to plug in.

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Speech-to-text drives motorists to distraction

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having looked at the data

I can conclude that the worst thing you can do as far as reaction times are concerned is to drive an actual car. What you need to do is drive only in a driving simulator.

This test seems to ignore the most important difference between hands free and hands on systems. That being that in one system, one or all of your hands is tied up controlling the device whereas with hands free, both hands are available to control the car. This is particularly important in countries like the UK where the majority of cars have manual gear boxes. I don't think anyone is arguing that your reaction times for talking on a hands free phone or directly into the handset are going to be similar, that's just common sense.

I don't use the speech to text on my phone, it only works properly when the car is stationary so there is no background noise. I do, however make use of the text to speech a lot.

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'I can’t believe Jobs made the statement … Incredibly stupid'

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MFN

Why isn't the MFN itself considered price fixing?

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Culture Sec: You - Google. Where's the off switch for all this filth?

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other offensive material

I'm worried by the scope of this new drive. I think it's important to differentiate between material that is offensive and material that is illegal. I don't like the fact that the two seem to be being treated with the same brush.

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Leaks point to new mystery Macs 'with Jony Ive's fingerprints on'

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Why would people want this?

"Another expected change is the much-anticipated move to Intel's Haswell processors, which offer lower power use and could allow Apple designers to shrink the size of batteries."

There's nothing wrong with the size of the current batteries, how about using the power saving to give people longer running times? Not that I use a Mac but since all other high end computers are copied from the mac design I need Apple to release computers that I would like so that I can then by them with a proper OS from someone else.

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Microsoft caves to Google, pulls YouTube app from WinPhone Store

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Re: ..how ironic

You do know that, after being taken to court over it in Europe, Microsoft published all their specs? If you want to access exchange you just use EWS and that gets you access to everything. Anybody can write an alternative email or calendar program and they've got the choice of joining it up to exchange using EWS or activesync.

Nobody bothers doing this because Outlook is a pretty decent email client when you're using it with exchange and if you're running a platform that doesn't support it then you can always use OWA which these days gives you a very good web client in all browsers.

I guess Microsoft are annoyed because they were compelled to document their protocols and interfaces as a result of being the dominant player in the OS market. Google are the dominant player in the online video market but they are free to do as they like.

Personally I don't understand what a youtube app is for. I have the Microsoft one on my phone but youtube videos played fine on my phone in the browser before I installed it.

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Marks & Sparks accused of silently bonking punters over the tills

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Drill

I'd imagine a well positioned 8mm hole will disable the functionality nicely. Assuming that is that the NFC chip is in a different location to the payment chip.

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Microsoft: YES! You can have your desktop back again for FREE!

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Re: shortcuts

Shortcuts are still there on the new versions of office.

If you are used to the old shortcuts from 2003 you can use those OR you can use the new shortcuts which are displayed on the screen.

you even get shortcuts for you Add-ins e.g. on my Outlook the sequence alt, X, Y2 sends an SMS with my SMS Add-in.

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Which petite model likes a fondle and GETTING WET? Sony's Xperia ZR

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IP55 or IP58

which one is it?

IP55 implies it's not safe to submerge where as 58 suggests it is

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It's official: Nokia's Verizon Lumia 928 is here

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Re: Xenon flash?

My HTC Mozart had a xenon flash, I thought it would be good, being a bit of a photographer and knowing that a proper flash helps freeze motion as well as providing lighting. Turns out that the phone still took pictures that look like they were taken on a phone and the xenon flash couldn't double as a torch. My current phone has an LED flash and whilst it's not a particularly great flash, it's a very useful torch.

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Office Software Checkpoint

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Re: MS OFFice is "more trouble than it’s worth"

Office 365 is not a Google Docs copy, describing it as such just displays your ignorance and casts doubt on any other observations you make.

Google Docs is a web based suite of office apps that run in a browser. Office 365 is a locally installed office suite that is paid for by subscription with server backend for email, storage etc. provided in the cloud.

Microsoft do have a web based version of Office that you could call a Google Docs copy but it's not Office 365.

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How smart does your desk phone need to be?

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Re: We use a Mitel product - 3300

The 40 people you employ, they don't happen to sell Mitel phone systems by any chance?

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Windows Blue preview to land at end of June

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office 365

"(4) Office365 - being pushed as the pay-always choice. Not to mention the exposing of all your data to USA law, something that could easily be avoided by client-side encryption before the data leaves your computer. And WTF is Office365 doing when bits of it don't work the same/at all on different browsers?"

Office 365 _doesn't run in a browser_, office 365 is just office, it's installed on your PC like every other version. The difference is that if you stop paying Microsoft then it will stop working.

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Nokia teases world+dog with snap of new 4G Lumia 928

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LTE

the 920 supports bands 1,3,7,8,20 which means it works on 2100,1800,2600,900 and 800MHz. In the US they are using 700,1700 and 1900 for LTE (bands 17,4 and 25), so it looks like the 928 will support LTE in the US but maybe not elsewhere.

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Microsoft: All RIGHT, you can have your Start button back

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Re: We told you it was shit

The ribbon in windows 8 explorer works really well, it takes a few seconds to get used to and then you realise that loads of stuff that used to be buried in menus like show hidden files and show file extensions are now one click actions on the ribbon.

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Micron brandishes sharp new flash blade, lunges at Fusion-io

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2.5" sequential read

Is this a mistake "Sequential read bandwidth up to 1.8GB/sec vs 410MB/sec."

The 2.5" drive must have a SAS interface, isn't 1.8GB/sec too quick for SAS even double ported.

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Redmond probes new IE 8 vulnerability

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Re: It may seem ancient but...

Service packs don't include new versions of IE. This means the original version (IE7 for Vista or IE8 for 7) is supported until end of life. That means the end of support for IE8 (and IE7 due to server 2008 support) isn't until 2020-01-14.

The scary part of all this is that the date you have for XP embedded means that microsoft will continue to support IE6 until the end of 2016 although I'm not sure what the update mechanism is for embedded windows.

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Ofcom probes BT over fibre pricing after repeated gripes from TalkTalk

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sweating copper

I didn't think TT had any copper, surely all the copper is leased from BT.

BT are suggesting that TT should invest in a FTTC infrastructure, maybe they should and then maybe Sky should get one and then all the streets will be lined with endless monolithic green boxes.

What should be happening is for someone to be doing the job properly in the first place and installing an underground fibre network that reaches to the home and can be used easily by ISPs.

BT needs to be broken up it's too easy for the different parts of the business to gain an advantage by trading services. The ISP is one place where this happens but there are others. I have BT maintain one of our telephone systems the engineer that fixes the telephone system is able to call the engineer that fixes the ISDN line, remote access is provided over a dedicated BT line that gets installed without any payment or paperwork.

You just need to look at the state of the Internet in Hull to see why this kind of monopoly is such a bad idea.

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Would you trust crowd-sourced maps? Skobbler releases satnav app

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tracking

"without the cloud following one's every step"

I may be wrong but I was under the impression that if you use location services on a smartphone you agree to let Apple/Google/MS track your movements. The actual app you use is unimportant because it still taps into the location service on the device.

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Review: Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 WinPro 8 tablet

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If tough is what you need

Looks like they've messed up with the screen on this. I have a toughbook with an active digitzer, you can only operate it with the stylus but it's very accurate. It also means it works fine in the rain.

The ability to withstand a 4' drop doesn't sound impressive but it is when you consider what it means. This device will withstand any drop from that height onto a concrete floor. You can do it all day over and over and it won't make any difference. Now with a bit of luck most tablets would survive a 4' fall, possibly on to concrete but if you did it ten times your tablet would be probably be bust. A touchpad will most likely survive much bigger falls, you just can't do it over and over and expect nothing to happen.

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Apple to end support for original iPhone: report

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A few points

1. I wouldn't call the original iPhone supported. The last version of iOS the phone supported was 3, it hasn't had any updates for years. Most apps in the store don't work on it because they require a newer version of iOS. All that's happened here is the Apple have said they won't repair the phone anymore.

2. The Edge on the iPhone was never considered to be fast, at the time people laughed at the iPhone for not having 3G. People didn't start to buy iPhones in any serious numbers until the 3G came out which brought decent network speeds and installable apps.

3. You can't compare the iPhone (a phone) with Windows XP (a version of an operating system) you could maybe compare iOS with XP. The difference here is that Windows XP can still be installed on computers from 2001 when it was released and they will receive updates from Microsoft right up until April 2014.

The iPhone will be remembered as a game changer but when you actually look back the game only really changed when the 3G was released.

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iPhone 5 totters at the top as Samsung thrusts up UK mobe chart

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Re: Back from the brink?

Everybody at my work as a windows phone so I'm pretty sure their market share is 100% I guess there must be something wrong with the stats because it couldn't be my sample.

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Review: Nokia Lumia 520

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Re: How does it handle multiple imap accounts?

You can have multiple imap accounts. You can choose to group email accounts into combined inboxes. I have two on my phone, one for personal emails, hotmail and gmail and the other for work with 3 exchange accounts grouped together.

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