* Posts by Dazed and Confused

1509 posts • joined 12 Sep 2007

FREAK show: Apple and Android SSL WIDE OPEN to snoopers

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Re: Stuck on old Android

No just an issue for people with locked phones with nabbled SW, unlocked phones can have this too.

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Why was that down voted?

Pointing my SGS4 with Android 4.4.2 at the site says it's vulnerable.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: A side swipe at smartphone design

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Re: I want to love it

> but I can't help feeling... a convex glass surface which you can't cover? How much more fragility does this introduce?

How much more fragile are bottles than windows?

Surely the convex piece of glass should be stronger.

This might also help with some of the flexy problems that some manufactures have experienced. My old SGS2 would occasionally reset when I squatted down with it in my back pocket and I know friends who also had the same issue, no lasting damage,the phone just used to reboot.

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

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Re: John the nay sayer

I for one don't believe you.

I think the only way it would be possible to avoid using BBC services would be cut yourself off entirely from every form of media. This website included.

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EasyGroup continues bizarre, time-travelling domain crusade

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Now that the Hong Kong company have demonstrated that they have a prior claim on the usage of the word "Easy" and they have evidence of possible confusion over the names, Easy UK's submission must count as evidence, they should turn the tables and demand that the UK companies domain names are handed over to them.

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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Back in 1992 a Philips ...

Back in 91 or 92 Sony loaned my company a 40" HD CRT (1920x1200 not the low res final format) for the computer graphics show at Ali Pali. I remember it being so heavy and so valuable that they would only lend it to us if we used their own special furniture to stand it on.

Looked bloody good though and brought no end of people onto the stand.

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$533 MEEELLION – the cost of Apple’s iTunes patent infringement

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Re: Only if they happened to be for sale.

If Intel are buying up Intel stock then it still means that 100% of Intel is up for sale, it just means that there are less shares out there that you need to collect to make a full house.

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Re: Only if they happened to be for sale.

Aren't they listed on the stock market?

That means they are permanently up for sale to anyone with the readies.

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Re: If there is to be any hope ...

Except that Apple it one of the biggest abusers of the US Patent system, so they are hardly likely to want to see a meaningful fix are they.

Do I see slide to unlock being mentioned? Hardly an innovation, the builders of Stone Henge knew that one.

Do I see things that go bounce? well that just happens naturally.

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Linux clockpocalypse in 2038 is looming and there's no 'serious plan'

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Re: Testing is too expensive !!!

Shouldn't that be "Management is too expensive !!!"

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Online retail giant Amazon GOES TITSUP ACROSS EUROPE

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So it wasn't just me then

And I was ready to go and kick my end thinking that was were things were broken.

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Samsung: Our TVs? SPYING on you? HA HA! Whee! Just a JOKE of course

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Re: Is this at all surprising?

Yeah it's hardly surprising that a voice activated system needs to keep it's ears open.

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Linux 3.19 released for your computing pleasure

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KVM on IA64

I didn't think there were any drivers for the more recent IA64 systems anyway, so IA64 Linux boxes are probably still stuff at the Montvale level. I've not seen it on any of the 4 or 8 core chips.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The Red Dwarf chilli chutney egg sarnie

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Re: Oversold it, major fail!

But the Mrs is a Red Dwarf fan too, I know she must be she bought me all the boxed sets and she never buys my videos that she isn't keener to see than me. She even introduced the kids to Red Dwarf.

As for post beer munchies, back in the pre-married days the favourite was the good old cheese toasty. The question is how much cheese can you actually get to cook under the grill? How many times do you need to cook a layer before removing it from the grill, adding the next layer of cheese and toasting the next layer? How much thicker can you make the cheese layer than the bread? And I like doorsteps when it comes to bread.

Of course you can't transport good cheese is the ex-Sellafield transporters, it eats it's way out before it gets to Drigg.

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Behold: The touchy-feely future of Office on Windows 10 fondleslabs

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Re: It won't bloody help

> It's more efficient to use the mouse as little as possible as moving hands from keyboard to elsewhere slows you down.

:-)

And I complained about HP's abandonment of the IFS keyboard to switch to the PC keyboard layout as the Esc key is so damn far away and I used it all the time.

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It won't bloody help

I'm typing this on a 32" monitor and its at least 18" further away than the end of my fingers.

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Ubuntu smartphone to go on sale: It'll be harder to get than a new iPhone

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Harder to get than a new iPhone

That could be because its so much more desirable

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Zimmermann slams Cameron’s ‘absurd’ plans for crypto ban

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> So tell me Dave,

I think this is a question of ignorance on their part. They don't understand that it is not possible to have a secure conversation with your bank while not being able to have a secure conversation with other people. They don't understand that having a back door that GCHQ can open means that every other government around the world and half the criminal gangs too can also open at will.

The whole political class just doesn't seem to have the faintest clue about how technology works and they seem to be determined to listen to "advisers" who will tell them what they want to hear. This week it might be Dave, in a few weeks it might be Ed or Nigel or Nick, they all seem to act in the same way once they get a whiff of power.

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Supersonic Bloodhound car techies in screaming 650mph comms test

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Re: "Live HD Video"

> Too many engineers fail to consider latency.

It's all bandwidth bandwidth bandwidth and so often its latency that counts.

No putting the proxy server for the Sydney office in London is not a good idea, really it isn't. No I know you think you've got a fast Internet connection, but...

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Now we know why they aren't doing it in Blighty

The BiB would be after them for talking on the phone while driving.

At 1000MPH I'd have thought the drivers attention was needed rather a lot without getting junk phone calls. "Our records indicate you're been involved in a crash..."

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Tesla bumps up Model S P85D acceleration – with software update

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P85D

Is it only me or does calling it a P85D make it sound like some piece of HMRC paperwork?

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ICANN CEO criticizes domain 'hoggers'

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Would someone like to explain to me please

Just what is the difference between a cybersquatter and a domain investor?

Is it the price of their suits?

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Why so tax-shy, big tech firms? – Bank of England governor

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Re: What about the workers

Believe me, I chose those words very carefully. I wasn't trying to be tactful there. If you think of people as human resourses and you can see that an alternative cheaper resource can be used instead, then the business decision has to be to take out the costs. This has been being done for years, firstly it was people who used to do calculations by hand. Later we saw many people on assembly lines being replaced by automated equipment and if that didn't work, well there are cheaper people in another countries. But many tradishional "white collar" jobs have thought themselves safe. What Mark Carney was warning about was that those types of jobs will be in the firing line next and he finds the thought too close to home for comfort. Others have been in the firing line for years.

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Who's to blame?

If companies are not paying as much tax as people think they should then the politicians have failed. It is their responsibly to write laws to ensure that people and companies are charged the appropriate amounts of tax. It is then people and companies responsibility to abide by these laws. You can not blame someone for obeying the laws you wrote just because you don't like the result, you wrote the rules.

Clearly the international taxation system is no longer fit for purpose when the laws in place allow companies to avoid paying taxes that others have to pay.

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What about the workers

During the session Carney also expressed concerns over artificial intelligence and its "ability to displace cognitive jobs."

No one seemed to complain, or at least no one who really mattered, when computers/robot tools displaced humans performing manual tasks. Why should the world care if computers are allowed to displace bankers?

Get used to it.

If some programmer can work out how to do your job they'll find a way of getting a computer to do it and you can bet that some company will pay them to take you out.

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LEAKED: Samsung's iPHONE 6 KILLER... the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Ah, but will they

Have tossed out the bleeding S-Cal shit or at least allowed .ics files to be fed to Google calendar. S-Cal won't believe that I know people in timezones other than my own. My S4 is lucky never to have been thrown out the window/at the wall/...

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Windows 10: The Microsoft rule-o-three holds, THIS time it's looking DECENT

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Re: YOU WILL LOVE ME!!!

> We want people to love Windows on a daily basis,"

I think someone is seriously misunderstanding when I scream "F*&^ YOU!" at my computer

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US military finds F-35 software is a buggy mess

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Re: Skipping tests?

How familiar is that then?

We're running late, what's next of the schedule?

Testing.

Oh, let's skip that we don't want to miss a project date.

What happens if this critical system doesn't work then?

Oh, that'll be a new project

So we'll have to fix it later then?

Well someone will, I'll have got promoted because I brought this project in on time and on budget, so fixing it will be someone else problem.

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Facebook is MORE IMPORTANT to humanity than PORTUGAL

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Re: Self Importance?

Sod Benfica and pass the port my good man.

They make some mighty fine wines too.

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SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS that 2014 was record HOTTEST year? NO

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Re: @Stuart

I'll wager if we can change the range to 15 years instead of 20.

I'll bet you one pint of beer that the temperature over the next 15 years will be the within the margin of error the same as it was over the last 15 years.

15 years ago I'd have bet you that the temperature would have continued to rise. I would have been proved wrong and we could be happily sitting somewhere enjoying a jar together.

Both bets would have been made on the basis that this is the prevailing trend, and is therefore most likely to continue.

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Apple v Ericsson: Yet ANOTHER patent war bubbles over

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They'll get sued

> One day CEOs of geek companies will say "why the hell are we giving all our money to lawyers. Lets stop suing each other and we can make some actual money"

The lawyers will then sue them for acting like a cartel and cutting the lawyers out of their gravy train.

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DANGER: Is that 'hot babe' on Skype a sextortionist?

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Re: "...police, who are working a theory that a gang might be involved..."

> Even the Register still think he was a she.

Women have been playing these style games for aeons too, don't make the mistake of thinking all criminals are men.

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Re: For the love of all that's precious!

I thought this was about Skype not Farcebook. Do you use Skype? Ever since M$ took over (and this is almost certainly just a coincidence) I've had 2 or 3 of these per week, always women, usually accompanied by a photo of a model, usually in a bikini and frequently not reflecting the indigenous population of the location that Skype gives for them. Mostly the contact request just say "please add me as a contact" occasionally they've done a little more work.

Now I'm probably what would be considered as a prime candidate for falling a for "a pretty girl routine", ie 50s bloke. But I'm not stupid enough to believe that some random "babe" from the other side of the planet is about to fall head over heals in lust with (I've a wife who loves me, lets face it here the goal is lust). Besides there are channels where its easy to meet people to play lust games in rather more anonymous ways.

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Google v Oracle: US Supreme Court turns to Obama in Java copyright war

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Turkeys voting for Christmas

Either way Oracle lose

Since they've built their business on a copied API.

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It's 4K-ing big right now, but it's NOT going to save TV

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Re: I'm considering...

I was also looking at going 4K towards the end of last year. Sod TV, I was shopping for a new monitor.

I even went as far as getting a suitable graphics card to plug into the PC but then...

At that point I realised that too much of what I need it for is tied to pixels and while I'm happy to own up to being a pixel junky I'm also in my 50s and my eye sight isn't what it was. So a 28" 4K screen wasn't going to help me read what was in front of me for the things which I couldn't just scale at will.

So I bought a 32" 2560x1440 display. Which is means I can have it far enough away that I can see it without reading glasses and everything is big enough for me still to be able to see it.

Roll on 50" 4K monitors.

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No, the Linux leap second bug WON'T crash the web

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Re: Easy fix

> It was working properly in Linux, and then ...

Done of my Linux boxes had any problems and all the ones that would have been running would have been on pretty vanilla releases, mostly CentOS.

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Re: The Independent tells me all I need to know...

> and that Reddit, Foursquare, Yelp and LinkedIn are deemed 'much of the internet'. I assume Twitter is the 'rest of it'.

Can someone please tell the EU, all the commision seem to think that Google is the Interweb.

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Wanna play PlayStation games but don't have a console? Samsung's got a TV for that

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Wanna play PlayStation games?

Well you're out of luck this merry Christmas, coz both the Playstation Network and the Xbox one seem to have decided to take Christmas day off.

Thanks guys

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Ofcom mulls selling UK govt's IPv4 cache amid IPv6 rollout flak

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Re: Oh FFS!

How many people out there are sad gits like me running blocks of routed IPv4 at home (I've had a /64 IPv6 for at least 10 years too A&A have long supported IPv6). Most ISP only provide a single IP address, then you run NAT after that. So why should it matter if the ISP provides you with an IPv6 address for the router. Inside you could still run IPv4 for your old kit, everyone will continue to need to be able to talk to IPv4 addresses in the big outside world.

Just issue the edict and be done with it.

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Hold the front page: Spain's anti-Google lobbyists lobby for Google News return

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Re: ROFLMAO

In the comments to last weeks article on this Dan55 posted a nice piece on how this law is supposed to work. Publishers can't opt out, because opting out would mean that a Spanish QANGO called CEDRO wouldn't make any money.

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VCs say Uber is worth $41bn... but don't worry, we're not in a bubble

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Re: Uber is a Bubble

> Seriously, with more and more cities directly outlawing Uber, I fully expect a huge lawsuit against them from Uber.

I think you might be looking at this the wrong way around. With that sort of market cap. I think we can see a huge number of lawsuits against Uber. Up until now the lawyers weren't really interested since there was no money, so no point in trying to sue them. The action has only been trying to ban them, but the existing taxi firms couldn't afford a big fight.Now someone has mentioned the all important magic word Billllliiiiioooooooooonnnnnsssssss so the no win no fee get rich quick bottom feeders of the legal world will now be very keen to make sure that any Billllliiiiioooooooooonnnnnsssssss that do exist only exist in the back pocket of the lawyers. So where the cities deem Uber to be competing illegally with existing taxi services, the existing taxi services will now be looking for compensation for lost earning.

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UK.gov mulls three-point turn on three-point turn thanks to satnav. Weeeeeeee. THUD

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Re: Elf and safety

Perhaps they should have a simulator based test first.

One advantage of a simulator test is that it would be easier to control, give everyone the same test and not give you testers who say things like "turn left there" just as you go past the road.

The disadvantage of a simulator based test would that it wouldn't be anything like actually driving a car.

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Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register

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Re: cranking in the wrong direction.

Nah, stop being a wimp and use the grown up version, what you really need is the Rolls-Royce Griffon. Sod the mere 27L, the Griffon is a full 37L and due to its history being linked with the Fleet Air Arm it rotates in the other direction (I guess the Navy liked to turn the other way).

The difference in rotation direction was a major shock to many pilots when transitioning from the small block Merlins to the grown up Griffons.

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HORROR! Imagine if anyone could find out EVERYTHING you EVER tweeted

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> has built an index of every public tweet submitted in the last eight years

Imagine if it turned out that the phone company recorded every phone call and decided to put them online and searchable.

I thought the idea of a tweet was you were shouting out to anyone in the world who could be bothered to listen to you. This isn't the same as recording every phone call you make or letter you write. With those you should have a reasonable expectation of privacy. This is why people (GCHQ/NSA/your government's equally nosy gang of eves droppers/your boss) snooping on email is so reprehensible. You have an expectation (even if naively) that this should be private.

But a tweet is a broadcast.

You put it out there for everyone.

So you can't complain when everyone can access it.

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Yawn!

Google can instantly find the Usenet posts I made back in the late 80s, when the feed we had was UUCP based and I guess that qualifies me to be a newbie. As someone once said "The Internet is written in ink". Anything you do or say may be used in evidence against you.

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Kindle, meet my partner. Darling, play nice with Kindle, please

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Re: Xerox, anyone?

Yes please, I've often bought both the Kindle and hardcopy version of a book. The Kindle is convenient in many ways, but I like books.

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Google’s dot-com forget-me-not bomb: EU court still aiming at giant

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Re: A Brussels fonctionnaire writes:

> Gosh, you mean these interweb thingies spread outside Europe? Who knew??

Can't be a real Brusselsite then, they don't accept there is anywhere outside of Europe.

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This is why we CAN have nice things: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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How many

Broken iPhone screens do you see compared with Galaxy screens?

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UK.gov pushes for SWIFT ACTION against nuisance calls, threatens £500k fines

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Re: Stop using landlines.

Firstly my wife's mobile get loads of these shit calls, fortunately mines currently get few, but for how long?

Secondly living without a landline rather depends on where you live and other factors in your environment. Vodafone's signal round here is crap these days whereas it used to be quite good, a little way down the road the is a hole where no-ones mobile signal works. My office at home seemingly has magic glass that cuts off the signal on all the networks. I can damn near see an O2 mast, open the door - 5bars, shut the door 1 on a good day.

As for relying on VoIP, not sure how that solves any of the problems since you still have a phone number the bastards can hook onto. But even with a pair of bonded ADSL lines the reliability is no where near good enough if you NEED to be in contact with the world. I have the landlines connected up as a backup for the VoIP phones.

Besides with no landlines there would be no Internet connection. 3G or 4G doesn't cut it I'm afraid, have that as a backup with a proper external antenna attached to the router but latency times are much longer than the ADSL and while peak bandwidth might be OK, it rather depends on who else is working locally. No "cable" here since the stupid cable companies tried to get the builders to pay them to fit the wiring, when at the same time they were digging up half the country and laying string down the holes for free, so no other way of getting online.

And I'm lucky, try living outside of towns/cities and people are in a much worse situation.

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iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac: World feels different today – and it IS

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Swimming against the tide

5120 by 2880 pixels, or 14.7 million pixels

Haven't Apple noticed that all their competitors are locked in a head long rush to reduce the screen resolution of laptops. It's been decided by industry officials that users don't want pixels on their laptops any more. Adding more pixels has been decreed to be the wrong direction. Before about 2003 then the market wanted to increase pixel count and eventually reached 1920x1200, then the marketing zeebs decreed that having too many pixels was a bad plan and put the industry in a reverse. Zeebs across the world are waiting to see which manufacturer will be brave enough to introduce the fully retro VGA 640x480 display. Or whether they'll decide on a wide screen format 640x360 display as their ultimate masturbatory fantasy.

Jeeeeez Apple are being just so 20th century here.

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