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Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

Soruk
Joke

Re: One study over a short period may not tell us a whole lot anyway, but

Restarting servers and apps using a handsfree kit - okay, I'm impressed.

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China Mobile to quit WiFi rollout

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Facepalm

Why would the Cat5 be a waste? It'll work very well for the WiFi access points to uplink over!

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'THERE'S BEEN A MURRRDER!' Plod probe Street View 'slaying'

Soruk
Mushroom

Re: Nice one Lads!

I think they use the MACs for the WiFi positioning stuff. Still, I wonder how well phone hotspots and MiFis can be used to b*gger up their positioning data...

(Netgear also make hubs that aren't wifi enabled)

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

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Re: Not just his films but his TV series as well!

Stargate:Universe

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Soz, BT: All EE's 4G goodies still won't give you 'seamless voice'

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Re: Then again....

> Isn't Voda owned by C&W? Would make it interesting if C&W own BT.

Other way round, C&W Worldwide is owned by Voda.

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Steelie Neelie secures MEPs' support for 'net neutrality' – in principle

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WTF?

There are already some PAYG tariffs in UK that are cheaper to use abroad than at home - abolishing the roaming charges would bizarrely make them more expensive to use.

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Brit game devs WILL get tax relief for, er, EastEnders Game and Legend of Slough

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Re: War games.....

> Anything involving bashing Germans, would pass this test...

Your very own Torquay Hotel simulator. Choose to play the part of Basil, Sybil or Manuel. Bonus points can be awarded for annoying the German tourists.

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Re: British Culture?

> we stopped the Hun from taking them over.

Bletchley Park: The Ultimate Turing Test.

Build Your Own Bombe. (Be VERY careful how you spell that, especially when going near aircraft)

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Life support turned off: NHS Direct dies silent, undignified death

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Re: Happy day

> Now we have 111 which is cheaper and guess what? it doesn't work either.

I have first-hand evidence that 111 in North Hampshire works very well - an example they should be proud of.

(For the avoidance of doubt, my tongue is nowhere near my cheek.)

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Not sure if you're STILL running Windows XP? AmIRunningXP.com to the rescue!

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Re: Your all up your own arse

I had DFS working on my BBC Micro back in the mid-80s, nothing to it.

Was a bit limited though, just 31 files on a disc, 200KiB if using an 80T drive. No file permissions to speak of, and no hierarchical directories - and file names were a maximum of 7 characters, even shorter than the CP/M 8.3 naming system.

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NZ bloke's drunken poker bet ends in 99-letter name

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Re: Fish & Chips (for twins)

Crispy, Aromatic, Orange and Hoi Sin.

Four ducks.

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Dixons Retail and Carphone Warehouse mull merger

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Re: I never thought the day would come ....

In 2002 I had to replace my washing machine. They were doing an offer of free delivery and fitting for machines £300 and over (otherwise £25) and the one I was looking at was £295. The salesman thought I was mad when I asked him to increase the price by a fiver - then he realised what I was up to! They did it though... effectively paid £5 for the delivery and fitting instead of £25.

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French youth faces court for illegal drone flight

Soruk

Re: Should be employed..

Same here - my wife and I have already planned a week in Paris, and I'm already looking at the possibility of taking a trip east to Nancy.

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Walking in a WiFi wonderland

Soruk

Re: Getting old? Being out of touch?

vKontakte is the Russian answer to Facebook (and if rumours are believed, a large source of less-than-legit MP3s).

WeChat is a text, image, voice and video messaging system from Tencent (the same people who brought you QQ).

Facetime is Apple's high-bandwidth and platform-locked answer to to Skype.

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China confirms Jade Rabbit lunar rover has conked out

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Joke

Re: China spreds trash all the way to Moon.

And the first pictures sent back by the Jade Rabbit:

http://laowaicomics.com/post/70548533518

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Smartmobe market tops ONE BEEELION a year for first time

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The budget Huawei phones are surprisingly good bits of kit for the money - particularly the G300 and Y300 models.

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UK smut filter may have sent game patch to sin-bin

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Re: Somehow I don't think so.....

Not just an idea, it was a kingdom in its own right!

While we're at it, we can no longer teach our youngsters how navigation was carried out pre-GPS using a sextant.

Use of the RCA 1802 microprocessor can't be taught because it contains the opcode SEX (Set EXecution register).

Panasonic's parent company cannot be mentioned - Matsushita - along with many names in Japan.

Musicians will be unable to play sextets.

... and never forget Belgium.

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And the winner of the most reliable disk drive award is ...

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Mushroom

My home VM server has a Seagate ST1500DM003 1.5TB disc as its OS and VM-shared data drive, a Samsung HD154UI 1.5TB disc for my NFS/SMB file server and a 6TB RAID5 array across 3x WD30ERFX 3TB discs (that Backblaze highlighted as the type they wished they had a lot more of).

Needless to say, it's the OS and VM-shared disc I'm most worried about...

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LogMeIn: We're stopping our free offering from, errrm, NOW

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Go

UltraVNC

I use UltraVNC on Windows boxes, configured not to listen, and when someone I support needs assistance, they just have to add the new client, put my address in, and it connects to my listening viewer. Job done.

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Even 'Your computer has a virus' cold-call gits are migrating off XP

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Re: My favortie brush offs.

I've never had one of these calls, but my mum has had a few, and she always winds them up - with RISC OS. (Her main computer is an Acorn Risc PC700)

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Hong Kong’s mobile-mad cabbies told to ditch dashboard devices

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Re: From experience

Those north of the border (at least in Kaiping) seemed to treat road signs, road markings and traffic lights as pure decorations and nothing else. Somehow I lived to tell this.

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Furtive ebook readers push Hitler's Mein Kampf up the charts

Soruk
Joke

The book about how

...the VW Transporter became for a while the most popular van to convert into living accommodation...

Mein Kampfervan.

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BT 118 phone number fee howler lands telco giant with £225k fine

Soruk

Re: last itme I used directory enquiries

118000 is operated by Orange and is expensive....

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Linksys's über-hackable WRT wireless router REBORN with 802.11ac

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Joke

Re: Bollox, I hate Belkin

> NAS, to boot

That's one hell of a beast that needs a NAS to boot the thing.

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UK payday loaners cop MEGA £175K fine for 'misleading' SMS spam

Soruk
Go

Re: Forget fines

Go one step further. As well as taking their licence away on the first offence, all loans they have issued are to be immediately cancelled, with no requirement of the borrowers to pay off the loan, indeed making it a further offence if they try to chase the borrowers.

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Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones

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Re: Consumer protection

Similarly, my Echostar T101FTA Freeview box was bricked by an OTA update.

Unlike Garmin's response, and despite the thing being way out of warranty, Echostar reflashed it (and upgraded it to the T101FTA+ firmware) for just the cost of me posting it to them - they paid the return postage.

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NSA sez NO to prez: Spooks ban Obama from using iPhones

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Re: ouch!

> YES is the simple answer. If only because giving an IP/cell number makes you look untrustworthy.

Where you are, do VoIP numbers look different to landline numbers? In the UK, most VoIP numbers are allocated in the landline number range. Of course it'll look odd if you live in London and present an Aberdeen number (or vice versa), but if your VoIP number is in your local area, then only the anally curious (or typical El Reg reader) will look up the phone company that allocated the number.

And, conversely, Stateside, mobile numbers are allocated from the area code blocks, so again, if your number has the right area code, it shouldn't look untoward.

> "What you can't afford a phone?"

Sure I can, but I *choose* not to be ripped off by the likes of BT.

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Brits won't have to pay for thieves' enormous mobe bills any more

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> The four mobe providers have also agreed not to hike prices in the middle of a contract

Vodafone's current radio advert for their £26/month "Red" service states they can put the price up mid-contract...

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REVEALED: How YOU PAY extra for iPHONES - even if you DON'T HAVE ONE

Soruk

Until they look at your IMEI, see that you're using an iToy and bill accordingly.

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Chinese iPhone thief returns SIM, contact list to rightful owner

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FAIL

iCloud

> It seems the wonders of iCloud have yet to filter through to the fanbois of central China.

It seems more likely the wonders of iCloud have been filtered (by the Great Firewall) from the fanbois of central China.

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DVLA declares J14 HAD on BU14 SHT and SL14 AGS

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Re: Escaped Plates

A while back I saw TB02 FAB on a truck painted with International Rescue graphics!

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Bill Gates orders HITMAN to KILL right-hand man STEVE BALLMER

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Re: "Simpsons done it"

Sounds like something out of "Antitrust", actually.

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MY EYES! Earth engulfed by BRIGHTEST EVER killer gamma-ray burst

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Not necessarily, it could have been the 72nd event recorded in April 2013.

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Whovians, your Doctor needs you: Take back the Day from One Direction

Soruk
Mushroom

Re: Well hello ducky...

Hello, 1D band members and song writers.

Since your music is somewhat creatively barren, perhaps you should take lessons in harmony. Here, let me guide you, the Eye of Harmony is this way ----->

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Coroner suggests cars should block mobile phones

Soruk

Online Satnav

There are some really useful satnav apps (e.g. Waze) that can dynamically route you around traffic problems - but for this to work they need a data (and therefore mobile) connection.

No more dangerous than using a regular satnav, indeed probably less so as you're less stressed from suddenly finding yourself in 6 miles of stationary traffic because some @rse has decided to drive their lorry into a motorbike and cause the M20 to be closed for a couple of hours.

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Soruk

Re: "the fast lane"

Depends where you are - the lanes on the G15 in Guangdong, China, have different speed limits, and one is even labelled as "FAST LANE".

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Is it all up for LANDFILL ANDROID? BEHOLD, the Moto G

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Coat

Re: not a galaxy killer at all

Even Huawei managed to get a MicroSD slot in their budget phones.

Mine's the one with the G300 and Y300 in the pockets.

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Lavabit bloke passes hat for open-source secure email master plan

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Re: $196,608

It's also exactly 192K.

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Oooh! My NAUGHTY SKIRT keeps riding up! Hello, INTERNET EXPLORER

Soruk

Re: Hentai ?

How long before someone (4chan? looking at you) comes up with hentai images making malware-tans having their way with IE-tan....

Of course, Rule 34 being Rule 34, if someone has thought about the possibility, it means someone else already has and if the images don't already exist, they're well on their way to existing.

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WTF?

Re: As a note

I like anime, but this? Creating an anime character just to be a marketing spokes-tan is getting just a bit beyond silly.

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GIMP flees SourceForge over dodgy ads and installer

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FAIL

No, that'll cause Sourceforge's adsense account to be banned, not the advertiser's account.

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Google 'fesses up: Yup, we're KILLING OFF IE9 support for Gmail, Apps

Soruk

They're killing off support for the old browser. This isn't the same as deliberately making it not work. It may well still work, but if you encounter problems, they don't care.

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Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

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Re: Kick it out and start again

Even AACplus stereo at 64kbps can sound quite reasonable (though certainly not "excellent") - DI.FM and SKY.FM internet radio streams a case in point.

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Soruk
FAIL

The big negative for internet 3G/4G streaming of radio is the cost of the mobile data, the monthly fee and/or the per-MB cost. At home on a near-unlimited broadband connection this isn't so much of a concern.

(and yes, I did listen to LBC 97.3 by wifi + VPN while visiting the in-laws in Guangdong.)

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Soruk

Re: Is DAB better? Dont think so

Earlier this month I rented a car with a built-in DAB receiver. Yes, I'm a boring fart who likes listening to Radio 4 and LBC97.3, but decided to give DAB a try. In the space of 10 minutes I was annoyed enough with the DAB drop-outs that I left the thing on FM, where the signal degrades much more gracefully.

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Please, PLEASE, Skype... Don't kill our apps and headsets, plead devs

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Re: "iPhones, iPads, Android gear and Windows Phone"

I think the trick here is to not update your copy of Skype, if your current installation works it should continue to work until such time Microsoft change the protocol rendering all existing installations incompatible.

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Soruk

Re: They weren't kidding...

I'll have to stick with my current version, running in a Linux VM, to connect to SIPtoSIS - incoming Skype calls are routed to my SIP-based home phone system. Text-based IMs get ignored, as I don't keep the virtual desktop open.

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Brit inventor Dyson challenges EU ruling on his hoover's energy efficiency ratings

Soruk
Boffin

Re: Testing in a representative environment

> Hands up anyone who's managed to get anywhere near the offical mpg figures for a car?

I've exceeded them on occasion. 80mpg in my 2009 Grand Modus.

On one journey in my previous car (2004 Scenic) I once got 90mpg between Basingstoke and Canterbury, something I have never managed to repeat since.

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Regretful selfie-snapping vixens, lads to get shame-hiding digital burqas

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Re: How do they enforce this against companies with no presence in California?

They just go one step beyond a stateful firewall - a statewide firewall. One for each state.

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