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* Posts by Fuzz

817 posts • joined 25 Jul 2007

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!

Fuzz

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

Fuzz

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

Fuzz

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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compass not required

Compass tells you which direction you are facing, this isn't required for navigation which only requires GPS or some other sort of satellite location service which this phone has.

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Are you being robbed of sleep by badly designed servers?

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another advert for supermicro?

Why is that these articles from Trevor all seem to read like adverts for supermicro? This one starts off masquerading as an article about remote server management. Whilst this kind of stuff might be new to Trevor I can't be alone in thinking this is something I had on the Dell servers I bought in 2003 and every other server I've bought since had either a DRAC card or an iLO and I don't remember paying extra for any of them. In fact I'm pretty sure that the two Dell 4400s I had which were dual Pentium II Xeons and looked like the Jawa Sandcrawler from Return of the Jedi even had DRAC cards.

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How much will Google pay to bring fiber to Provo, Utah? Try $1

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Re: 5Mbps?

It's 5Mbps for the basic package which is supposed to get people online. It's essentially 5Mbps for a one off fee of $30 since they are already paying the $5.35 a month. If they made it 20Mbps or 100Mbps then very few people would pay for the 1Gbps service.

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PEAK APPLE: Fondleslab giant no longer world's biggest biz

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lack of innovation

Apple are losing market share as a result of a lack of innovation. They peaked with the iPhone 4 my iPhone 4 owning friends are all quite happy with their phones and even though they are mostly committed to iOS they see no reason to upgrade because they don't see the 4S or the 5 as offering them anything new.

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T-Mobile UK ordered into humiliating Full Monty strip

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Re: Wait, what?

blocking port 25 should be done by all consumer ISPs. If you want to use port 25 then that should be possible if you can prove you're not relaying spam.

If you run your own SMTP server for clients to connect you should be running it on a different port over SSL with auth.

The reason for blocking port 25 is to stop spam bots from sending emails.

If you don't know this stuff you shouldn't be running an SMTP server.

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Inside Secure snatches BBC iPlayer downloads from Adobe

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Re: What's the point of DRM?

forget the sky box and DVD recorder, we're only talking about BBC here so a DVB-T2 tuner plugged into a PC will get you HD streams recorded directly onto your hard drive.

The point of the DRM is that you are only allowed to watch the programmes for as long as the BBC say you can. At the end of that time period they are deleted. If you want to keep your files for longer, see above.

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Logitech launches MEGA-PRICEY 15-in-1 remote

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Re: Concordance....

my understanding was that this was possible. I seem to remember a cli utility that allowed you to push the downloaded settings file onto the remote. The remote itself is just a standard hid device. However this is going back a while and everything may well have changed since then.

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Fuzz

logitech encourage you to install the crappy software but you can program the remote via the web site.

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Fuzz

Re: Really?

I think the idea is if you use your games console as a bluray or other media player then you can control it with the same remote you use to watch the TV.

Of course this particular remote is expensive but the logitech remotes in general are very good, mine cost about £35 and does a great job controlling TV, media centre, surround amp, squeezebox etc.

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Intel doubles Thunderbolt speed to 20Gbps

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long cables

I'm kind of struggling to come up with a use for 100m cables. If I wanted to connect to a NAS why wouldn't I use 10Gb Ethernet? If Intel could make the standard operate over cat6 cable then I could see uses for remote displays in offices.

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Office for Mac 2008 support umbilical chopped off

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Re: Unlike your cousins on the PC, you won’t be getting OneNote, Access or Publisher.....

home and student edition of office doesn't include access. also if you actually are a student then you can get a student price on office pro which includes access outlook and publisher for £30.

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China's Beidou satnav will open to mobe-makers

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Re: Four systems

I would guess at everything newer than a 4S and some stuff older than that will support GLONASS.

I have support on my Ativ S.

GLONASS is the only other system worth talking about at the moment as it's the only one that offers worldwide coverage. Once Beidou hits that mark it will become useful.

Once we get to 4 full functioning arrays accuracy should take on a significant improvement

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Microsoft's summer update will be called Windows 8.1

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8.1?

So version 6.3 of windows NT is called Windows 8.1

If Microsoft are going to charge for this service pack then it needs to be cheap and introduce something that people really want (full time desktop mode).

All the real criticism of Windows 8 comes from TIFKAM, if that interface was moved into the background so that it was available for tablets and touchscreens but unseen on desktops and laptops then Windows 8 would become the best windows ever, it's a perfect incremental upgrade to 7.

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Net neutrality? We've heard of it, says Ofcom

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Re: Er, what?

There are only 4 mobile networks, there are plenty of suppliers offering different services. Currently most of them are aimed at the low end of the market but at work we use SIMs from an ISP offering a data only service aimed at businesses who want decent Internet access on mobile devices and are prepared to pay for it.

I use giffgaff on my phone and I will continue to do so because at no point as it prevented me from doing what I needed to do. If at some point they decide I can only go to websites beginning with a g I will go somewhere else. If giffgaff fine enough people that only want to go to those sites, they will survive, if not they will fail.

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Fuzz

Re: Switching ADSL

why not change the way LLU works, put the DSLAM on the openreach network and have that part controlled by openreach. Once your cable is jumpered in you're set and moving ISPs is just a question of reprogramming which back haul service your packets run over.

People said this wasn't possible with mobile phone numbers but you can get those ported inside 24 hours.

Even without changing anything moving ISPs should be a <24 hour job.

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Relaxed Windows 8 rules hint at smaller slabs to come

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total stupidity

There's no need for lower resolutions. The only reason for having a low resolution device is to make it cheap so unless we are going to see RT tablets for £150 or less, this is a pointless exercise. OEMs should be encouraged to use higher resolutions for their devices and Microsoft should be working on making sure that windows can scale to higher resolutions when it's running in its desktop mode.

Then this support needs to be carried over to all the different methods for accessing Windows. If I'm using Windows in a remote desktop or VDI environment I want it to look at the size of my screen and calculate the scaling required for where I am so that I can move from my two 24" screens on my desktop to my 1920x1080 10" laptop without finding that everything becomes microscopic. Higher resolutions should make stuff clearer not smaller.

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Inside Adastral: BT's Belgium-sized broadband boffinry base

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Re: Not a word of truth...

"This piece reads as if it is a rehash of a BT press release"

The phrase "super-fast broadband" is the give away, it's a phrase I've heard used only by ISPs and politicians. It's a meaningless phrase used (currently) to describe any kind of Internet connection faster than around 20Mbps.

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Reg man goes time travelling at iconic observatory

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tools

Last time I was at Jodrell bank the siren sounded indicating the dish was about to move and then, nothing.

After a couple of minutes of nothing a man came running out of the control building he disappeared into a shed next to the telescope and came out a few seconds later with a large hammer. After a few sharp taps on the metal structure he turned and waved to the control room, the siren sounded and the dish began to move.

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SanDisk cops to malfunctioning Micro SDs in Galaxy S3s

Fuzz

Re: RMA policy

Just give Amazon a ring and they will help you return the cards.

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Samsung's new co-CEO: 'Windows isn't selling very well'

Fuzz

Re: Half-arsed effort so far - at least with the Activ S

I bought an Ativ S over a 920 for 4 reasons.

1. Cost - £100 cheaper than the Nokia when bought outright

2. Size and weight - both slimmer and lighter than the Nokia by quite a margin

3. Expandable storage - SDXC support means I've added and extra 64GB of storage for £40

4. Replaceable battery - this is a nice option to have.

It's just a shame Samsung couldn't think of anything interesting to do with the design. Also 2-4 apply to the HTC 8X

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Intel's Centrino notebook platform is 10 years old

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Re: Of course, whether a laptop was "Centrino" branded was not the point.

Didn't even have to use the chipset,

I had a 12" HP, the processor was pentium M and the wifi was intel but the chipset was from ATI which gave me half decent graphics.

Also I think the centrino brand still exists if you buy a new core i whatever and it has intel wifi then it will be centrino branded. It's just that most laptops these days have different wifi so you don't see the centrino logo so much.

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