* Posts by Mat Stace

29 posts • joined 13 Aug 2007

Google brings @gmail.com back to Blighty

Mat Stace

I'm sure this will be pointed out by hundreds of others, but...

Where it says "Those with an @googlemail.com address will be offered the chance to switch if the equivalent @gmail.com address is available.", I'm guessing that will be everyone. Emailing user @gmail.com or user @googlemail.com both end up at the same place - I've tested this with my UK gmail account (from before googlemail.com came along), and also my wife's googlemail.com account.

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Apple yanks Wi-Fi detectors from iTunes

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Joke

But are...

...the fart apps safe.

Please tell me we won't be losing those anytime soon?

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Weeny SIM Wi-Fi hotspot is here! But why?

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Because some people live in the past.

Yes, that's right. There are some people in the world who have phones without wifi.

Although the sort of person that has a smartphone without wifi, or a dumbphone without a data plan probably wouldn't be the sort of person to want this.

Anyone who doesn't want to be bothered with pulling out their phone to turn on an app such as Joiku Spot, or anyone who has a phone which doesn't play nicely with multi-tasking, however...

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ID minister promises virtual immortality for all Britons

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And people say the government never listen...

This is proof that the government listen to us, right? All those people who said "over my dead body" appear to have had their wish granted...

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NHS hurls iPhone into booze abuse fray

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Pint

Just me?

I, for one, welcome my NHS sponsored booze-up scorecard.

Wait, what? You mean it's not supposed to be a competition?

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Virgin Media to trial filesharing monitoring system

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speed and ease of switching power accounts?

The last time I moved my electricity supplier (within the last couple of years), it took around three months for the two of them to sort out the transfer. The last time I moved ADSL with a MAC, it took less than a fortnight, so I'd say that the rigmarole thing works both ways ;-)

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Met trades truncheons for Twitter

Mat Stace
Joke

Why must El Reg waste these people's precious time?

Dear Sirs,

I am deeply upset that the fine folk above had to waste their precious time typing up a comment to your publication, expressing their disdain for twitter.

Why, oh why, oh why, can't you provide some form of one click link to add a "meh, this doesn't interest me" comment.

Yours,

Miffed of Middle England

</letter to the times>

There is of course, the option that these whinging sods could just not bother reading, then clicking through and commenting on, and stories they see which mention twitter. ;-)

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World's first electric Chopper parks up

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@James 111 - will you be my expert witness

James 111 - if I ever need an expert witness for a speeding ticket, can it be you?

If I get clocked at 110mph in a 30 limit, but only actually travel a journey of 5 miles before sitting in a friends house for an hour, will you tell the nice Mr Judge that I only did 5mph?

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Wheels come off O2's data network

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FAIL

No different to normal is it?

And there was me thinking that the usual outgoing calls failing, incoming calls going straight to voicemail, and "retro" internet speeds (if a connection can be made, it usually reminds me of the early 90s) was business as usual.

Once my 12 months of free web and wifi is up, I'm off.

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Asus Eee PC 1008HA Seashell

Mat Stace

Get in there quick though...

If I wasn't still perfectly happy with my EEE900 I'd be very tempted by one of these. It's soon to become a rarity too, as Asus are apparently cutting the EEE PC line to just three small underpowered laptops* as of July (as reported on this very site - http://bit.ly/7DdbU )

*10 inch screen + HDD + Win XP != netbook in my eyes.

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Librarians redubbed 'audience development officers'

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@Andy Bell

I'll take your "Learning Resource Centres" and raise you "Idea Stores". No, really. According to the blurb: "Idea Stores combine the best of traditional library and information services with first class lifelong learning opportunities."

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Microsoft smooths Windows 7 snafu

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One word...

One word to solve the bandwidth problem:

bittorrent

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Apple, O2 to release PAYG iPhones this month

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It's just a guess but is unlimited wifi....

Like the title says, just a guess, but would this 12 months wifi access refer to something like the cloud, or btopenzone?

In fact, having just double checked the O2 website, it says:

"*Unlimited data and Wi-Fi applies to use in the UK only, subject to excessive usage policy. Unlimited Wi-Fi is available at any of the Wi-Fi hotspots from our partners The Cloud or BT Openzone. Terms apply. "

So that explains that one.

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Old timers rattle zimmers at 'Elderly Persons' sign

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Whoah there nelly

So was it the oldies complaining, or some PC-Gorn-Mad random person in Help the Aged?

Though the whole idea of designing a new sign did remoind me of this video here:

http://www.wallstreetfighter.com/2008/07/what-if-modern-advertisers-created-stop-sign_24.html

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Man buys $1,000 worth of iPhone pixels by accident

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@ Darwin award suggestions.

Folks who are suggesting a Darwin Award.

Please can you tell the rest of us un-enlightened folks exactly HOW buying an iPhone app for $999.99 has improved the gene pool by removing himself from it?

Or do you mean there should be a new award created for an inability to take responsibility for one's own actions?

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Too much money? Bling your iPhone with the $1000 app

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On the flip side

It's tempting to submit an "I am poor" app, that displays a lump of quartz, and costs $1

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Asus Eee PC 901 to hit Blighty on 1 July

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Not so pretty

The Eee 900 is a much better looking machine.

And yes, that is the sound of straws being clutched by a slightly miffed* person who nabbed an Eee 900 on the day of it's release.

*understatement of the year

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ASA slaps down Vodafone 'unlimited' data claims

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Flame

Unlimited direct debit

I wonder how the mobile operators would feel if we offered them unlimited access to our bank accounts once a month*

*subject to a fair use policy of 120 pence/month.

Is there a legal definition of the word unlimited in UK law? I fancy download lots of (linux ISO) torrents over my mobile and telling my mobile company to take a hike ;-)

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O2 prices up the latest iPhone

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@Stuart Frost

Absolutely right.

I'm 7 months into my 3 mobile with E65 contract, but now that the N82 is out, should I be kicking and screaming and crying for a free upgrade?

Well, it worked for iPhone users... ;-)

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Asus offers Brits Eee PC 900 battery swap plan

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Flame

Gee thanks Asus

Yup, I can't wait to post off my battery, then sit around waiting for a month while Asus pull their finger out and get around to sending me my replacement. If they can get enough stock into the UK to deal with the replacements.

Yup, an ultra-portable laptop with no battery is going to be really useful thanks Asus.

Also, the announcement I've seen is that the cost is £10 + VAT (or is El Reg adding the cost of the special delivery, to prevent Asus claiming they never received the battery for replacement)

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Asus speaks out on UK Eee PC 900 battery issue

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Flame

Not just Hong Kong, but singapore as well

According to http://www.hardwarezone.com.sg/articles/view.php?id=2543&cid=14&pg=5 Asus are offering a battery replacement in Singapore as well.

So we have

Hong Kong - originally shipped 4400mAh, replacement programme for the 5800mAh

Singapore - originally shipped 4400mAh, replacement programme for the 5800mAh

US - originally shipped with 5800mAh

UK - shipped with 4400mAh, tough, deal with it.

Gee thanks Asus. now why didn't I wait till the MSI wind was released...

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Jacqui Smith un-downgrades cannabis

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Black Helicopters

@AC (13:20)

Right, so because weed affects you in that way, it obviously does the same to everyone else. Exactly the same way that peanuts, and pollen, and cat hairs affect everyone the same way.

This morning I was in an iffy mood, and couldn't focus at all, due to the stinking hangover from drinking that lovely, legal, beer last night.

As for "maybe this time the govt are listening to people with experience in this matter. I can only hope."

I would invite you to re-read the actual story, in particular the bit where it says:

"**Smith decided to ignore advice from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs** which has studied links, or the lack of them, between mental illness and cannabis use since 2007. The group of 23 scientists decided there was no such link in its report delivered to the Home Office last week."

You see the bit I've emphasised with the double asterisks, where it says that the Home Secretary is ignoring the report the government have spent our money on?

Yeah, maybe this time the govt ARE listening to the people with experience in this matter. NOT. Remember, for every bad experience story, there will be hundreds, if not thousands, of good time stories which remain untold.

Black helicopters because I'm rapidly thinking that the government need reminding that they are there to serve us and protect us, not to lord it over us being our masters, so they'll be coming for me any day now ;-)

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BT 'security upgrade' causes email headaches

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@Nick Smith and Andrew Macrobie

I've just sent out an email from one of my domains, via that domain's SMTP server on port 25, and it went straight away no bother, so I would say that it's BT applying the whitelist to their own SMTP servers.

I'm suprised it's taken them this long for the residential connections, as I remember having to go through the whitelisting process for a couple of customers who wanted to send from their domain via their BT internet connection SMTP server.

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Road charging, the sequel - Kelly unveils 'wired m-way' plans

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Flame

Speeding Tax??

Why do people insist on using the term "speeding tax"?

Should we start referring to prison as "murder tax"?

Or a hoodie having to pay a "stabbing tax" when they knife someone?

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16GB iPhone to launch today

Mat Stace

Not yet in CPW

Just been to the Carphone Warehouse, where the bloke looked at me like I was mental, when he checked with someone else he said "New iPhone? Not till around September. The 3G one, right?".

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RIPA could be challenged on human rights

Mat Stace
Black Helicopters

They can have my encryption password if they ask.

I'd have no problem handing over my encryption password to that there government if requested.

There's a README.TXT that says "nothing here, now sod off"

The hidden encrypted volume, however, is another matter. *whistles innocently*

Truecrypt + plausible deniability = happy me.

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It was the MacBook Air sub-notebook

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@Chris Coleman (Price disparity?)

"Actually, once you take off the VAT on the UK price, and add on local sales tax to the US price, there's only about £50 in it."

Taking off UK sales tax, and adding on US sales tax isn't exactly a fair comparison either - how about comparing the UK price sans VAT with the US pre sales tax price, or the US post sales tax price with the UK price inc VAT?

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Facebook faces UK data probe

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Server Location?

Facebook servers are over in the good ole US of A aren't they? Does the ICO cover non-UK systems/companies?

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ISPs hijack BBC in tiered services push

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Free ADSL for me?

If my ISP is going to get a contribution from the BBC towards the cost of the service I pay for (a connection, for data to be transferred over), does that mean this amount gets taken off my subscription cost?

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