* Posts by Dazed and Confused

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Brexit-fearing Vodafone: Of course we’ll make money from 4G

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Increase in traffic != increase in revenue

The difficulty the operators face isn't in getting customers to use more bandwidth, it is with persuading us to cough up any more dosh for it.

My kids will use any number of Gigs of data they're allowed. Youtube has a lot to answer for :-)

Fortunately 3 offer an all you can eat data option at a reasonable price. So guess who's getting the business. Before that the boys were both on T-mobile which had a parent friendly capped usage. I'd much rather not let the kids have unlimited data, but I'm scared of bill shock.

So I have no intention of paying more. The network that can supply with what I need for the best price is going to get the business. Will they use more? YES, will I pay for it? NO

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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Re: Why does the boot not lock?

Because many people have no idea where the mechanical lock for their boot is. It's not unknown for you to need to remove the rear number plate to find the keyhole.

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South Korea mandates spyware installation on teenagers' smartphones

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Re: Can only imagine how Samsung, LG et al feel about this

Since this only applies to new phones (Android, iThing or whatever) retro will become very chic.

I wonder what this will do for the second hand market.

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You can't put a price on LOVE, says Apple after court's Samsung payout slash

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Re: "...inventing products that people love, which is hard to put a price on"

> Yet they seem to manage to find a price, each and every time, and quite a high one, too.

But as cosmetic, handbag, fashion etc. companies have proved time and time again. The more money you charge the more your customers love you.

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Re: WTF?

If it had been emailed directly to El'Reg is would have made the headlines on the BBC's news page.

Apple contact The Register!

in other breaking news hell has frozen over, Russia have agreed to hand over...

now back to our main story. Apple have...

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Viagra makes it HARD for malaria, bug-boffins discover

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The good news is

That you're safe from the risk of malaria, the bad news if that you're going to have to do the whole business trip with a erection.

Do we also get protection from harassment suits?

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Re: A good secondary use

> it was the supply for his whole party for two months.

Sounds like one hell of a party.

Where do we get invites?

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'Right to be forgotten' festers as ICO and Google come to blows

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Re: Dr Fun, Jan 1996

Well good luck to the legal world trying to censor Usenet.

Usenet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it

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Lies, damn lies and election polls: Why GE2015 pundits fluffed the numbers so badly

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Re: "pollsters become just another obstacle to dodge."

It's a good idea to give the drunks a wide berth but you can happily take the piss out of pollsters and the million and one marketing zeebs that life throws in your path.

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Ericsson to Apple: Cough up for licences or stop selling iPhones, iPads and Watches

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Re: Pricing transparency

> I think a patented technology is only included in a (3GPP) standard if the patent owner agrees to FRAND licensing. Given the potential amount of money that you can raise due to the sheer volumes involved then I believe most companies will want to license FRAND; it's a cash cow.

Just blindly say "FRAND" is what I think will go away, they'll want legally binding definitions as part of the standard. Since the standard is probably written by the current players I guess it will be in their interest to set these values high enough to keep out the new comers who aren't contributing to the patent pool.

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Pricing transparency

I think the whole idea of FRAND was born when all the phone companies were holding part of the jigsaw, when it came to the patent pool.

Then along came Apple who didn't hold any useful telecoms or radio patents and gate crashed the party. To make matters worse Apple started to get tough about non technical patents, such as round corners (before the usual culprit says that's a design patent, I know but don't see why the hell you think that makes the slightest difference to the argument), bouncing menu or whether the third pixel on the 2nd row is allowed to be blue on Tuesdays.

I can't see any of the companies agreeing to FRAND their patents in future.

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Re: or is Apple denying that the patents apply?

No Apple is asserting that Ericsson are holding it wrong. You're only suppose to hold patents in the direction that benefits Apple. Surely everyone knows that.

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Intel raises memory deflector shields in Xeon E7 processor refresh

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Re: FX602P

What I want to know is just where my 602 has got too. I bought one (and the tape interface and the printer) when they came out, as a replacement for my 502. But somehow the 602 has gone missing over the years. My 502 came back to me a few years back as my father no longer feels the need for one.

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Apple Watch fanbois suffer PAINFUL RASH after sweaty wristjob action

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Re Quite

> "Quite. This is not specific to any specific watch brand "

The Apple watch could well be worse than most others since it is going to be an active heat source and therefore cause more sweat to build up.

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Windows 10 bombshell: Microsoft to KILL OFF Patch Tuesday

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Wow

Microsoft are announcing that they are trying to get to where Red Hat were in about 1998.

Are we supposed to be impressed?

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Tesla Powerwall: not much cheaper and also a bit wimpier than existing batteries

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Re: Just add capacitors

> Not once the EU has enacted its planned

Any attempt to ban 3KW Kettles isn't just likely to result in votes for UKIP it's likely to result in all out war. Having to wait that long for a cup of tea is a clear an unequivocal breach of human rights.

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Debian ships new 'Jessie' release with systemd AND sysvinit

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Zero or more "f"s followed my "ck" surely this should return more than 616 hits?

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Apple Watch RIPPED APART, its GUTS EXPOSED to hungry Vultures

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Additional instructions are printed on the reverse of the band ...

Is it just me or does this say something about the target market?

Reminds me of the Douglas Adams story about instructions on a packet of toothpicks.

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Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs

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Re: and the reality is......

and the press in extremely favourable

Just means "Have you seen how much MS advertising spend is going to be"

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Infosec bods can now sniff out the NSA's Quantum Insert hacks

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Latency

Also using a content delivery network (CDN) that offers low latency can make it very difficult for the QI packet to win the race with the real server," he said.

Does this explain why every time I read articles like this the latency on my link jumps up. Do they need to make O*&^%$£"!h insert a 10ms delay in the normal delivery to give them room to squeeze in their chicanery?

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Google versus the EU: Sigh. You can't exploit a contestable monopoly

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Re: So....

> Your average punter has no idea what a browser is, let alone that Google isn't "The Internet".

True, but when the average punter goes and buys a PC then it comes with IE installed and nothing else and IE is pre-programmed to use Bing. So you could argue that Bing has a monopoly position. But somehow the average punter manages to change things so that they choose to use Google.

MS have spent gigabucks in advertise Bing, but the average punter is still refusing to use it.

Google don't have a monopoly, Google have a product that people are choosing to use.

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Fed-up Colorado man takes 9mm PISTOL to vexing Dell PC

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Come on guys

Can any of you claim that there has never been an occasion when you wouldn't have cheerfully taken your computer outside and put it out of your misery?

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LA schools want multi-million Apple refund after kids hack iPads

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Re: So the kids have learned more than ...

> The suppliers (Apple, et al) made a profit!!!! Surely that counts....

Only before the lawyers got involved.

Rule 1 of life, once the lawyers are involved only the lawyers make a profit.

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So the kids have learned more than ...

The suppliers

Looks like a good result for the education system to me

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Sysadmins, patch now: HTTP 'pings of death' are spewing across web to kill Windows servers

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Re: fewer context switches.

Well you still need a state save and restore whether you're switching from usermode to another usermode or switching from usermode to kernel mode. But if you're going to apply that argument why bother have a OS in the first place, just run everything bare arsed on the CPU?

The idea of, well at least 1 idea of, having an OS is that bugs in something as externally attackable as a web server can't bring down the whole system.

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'Why don't you buy from foreign sites?' asks Commish, snapping on the gloves

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is she daft?

Well, on the balance of probability I'd say yes :-)

But what she is saying is in direct contradiction of of the policy implemented by her predecessors. When I complain that Amazon France or Germany wouldn't see me things that were in stock in France or German but not in stock in the UK, whereas car companies have been fined millions for refusing cross border sales I was told that the commission didn't feel there was anything wrong with Amazon helping to create an artificial shortage in the UK for marketing reason. Go figure.

Fortunately other companies in German where more than happy to help me out and sell me what they had in stock.

So, please put your own house in order before giving the public a hard time for this.

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No, really, the $17,000 Apple Watch IS all about getting your leg over

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Getting your leg over

Look life is all about getting your leg over.

This $17K might be all about sex too, but it probably won't involve anyone else now will it.

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Complaints against ISPs and mobe firms are up by a fifth — reports

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Re: John Lewis? An ISP?

It might be OpenReach or NTL that owns and runs the string that connects to your premises, but a lot of the SP part of ISP happens after that.

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Ten things you always wanted to know about IP Voice

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Re: Really?

SIP over the Internet seem to normally give very good quality.

I'm using A&A as both my ISP and SIP provider. I can't say I've never had problems, but normally the quality is very good. I've had lectures I give recorded and the sound engineers have always commented on how good the quality is.

I have a VoIP gateway to POTS as a backup but the quality of that isn't so good. I hear a 50Hz mains hum on my end but the customers say it sounds fine at their end.

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Web geeks grant immortality to Sir Terry Pratchett – using smuggled web code

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Re: I guess you parents failed your first 7 years

> The more garbage people add to their internet traffic, the worse the Internet performs for everyone.

Hence the proposal to put it inside otherwise wasted space such in the unused bytes of the typical 64byte ping packet.

BTW rejecting requests that contain correctly formatted information is a violation of RFCs. If nothing else it violates the rule that you should be precise with what you send and generous with what you receive. Which is why the Internet more or less works most of the time rather than some of the more formally proposed networks like X.400 where so many implementations effectively sent garbage and rejected everyone else's garbage.

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Re: Clacks

> UK started having copies of all International telegrams (via UK, which was a major hub) before WWI.

Hence just about the first action of WW1 was the navy cut the German telegraph cables so that Germany had to sent its telegrams via the UK.

I'm sure El'Reg published a map of major sub-sea comms fibre a year or so back which looked incredibly similar to the early 20th century map of mostly British run cables.

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Join The Rev's RFC campaign.

http://www.me.uk/draft-kennard-padding.txt

Use it as the padding in ping packets.

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Samsung puts eight-core processor IN A WATCH

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Does it keep you hands warm?

I might buy the Misses one.

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Brute force box lets researchers, Cops, pop iDevice locks

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Re: PIN over USB?

It would be trivial to have electronic fingers that fooled the touch screen circuits.

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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Re: "He annoyed other authors with his writing style"

> He annoyed English teachers

He both annoyed and delighted English teachers because after years of their efforts boys (perhaps more than girls) would discover Pratchett and suddenly start to read.

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Speaking in Tech: A Kardashian wearing the Apple Watch? Now that's success

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Re: So what you are saying

No what I'm say is that it doesn't matter one jot whether she's minging or gorgeous, she gets a lot of attention from certain types of people. No one feels the need to post that say Bernie Ecclestone is "minging" and yet look at some of the people he's hung about with, how many women would find him attractive if he wasn't loaded? As soon as comments are made about someone who happens to be female then it suddenly becomes open season on what she may or may not look like.

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Re: Am I the only person

Look rich men having been getting away with being "minging" since the dawn of money, so I guess this shouldn't be an issue.

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Re: What's a Kardashian

And where's the Paris Hilton angle?

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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Re: None

That's it give them ideas.

Now with no ports, not even a power one? Mmmm then when the battery goes flat the customer will need to buy a new one. Wow we won't even have to wait till the next model comes out before the customer comes back to buy their next fix. Kerching....

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United Nations: For pity's sake don't use your iPhone in your car

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Re: No mention of the fact driving with a hand-free mobe isn't really safer

> One of the problems frequently mentioned is that the passengers in the car with you are aware when something occurs that demands the driver's attention and stop talking.

Sorry but this bollocks is dragged out all the time by people who claim that talking to people in the car is safe and talking to people on a hands free is tantamount to premeditated murder. It shows a total lack of knowledge of passengers in the real world.

These people have clearly never had children or at least have never driven with kids in a car.

Lots of passengers, even ones who hold a drivers license take no notice of the road ahead and don't stop talking when the driver needs to concentrate.

Passengers often say things like "Ooo look at that" or point things out on the map/newspaper/mag..., directing the drivers eyes away from the road. People on the other end of a phone like rarely ask you to look at things, well apart from "have you read the email I just sent you..."

Lots of people find it hard to realise that while it is polite to look at someone you are talking to under normal circumstances it isn't a great idea when driving.

Sorry, but that line is total bollocks from people who quite rightly want the use of phones in cars banned but realise that banning drivers from talking to passengers isn't going to work.

While you're at it you may as well ban the radio, lots of people find it impossible to listen to the radio without shouting at the presenter and indulging in hand gestures at the same time.

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VMware sued, accused of ripping off Linux kernel source code

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Re: Case..

So why do you feel the terms of the GPL should have any less significance than the terms of any other license?

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Euro ministers ditch plan to ban roaming charges

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Re: single market? my AR*E

There is a single market for people who can afford lobbyist, it doesn't apply to us.

A few years back Nintendo had decided that the number 1 marketing tool in the UK was to create a scarcity. Every Christmas it's the same, some toy manufacture hypes up their wares and then tells the press that there won't be enough to go around. Suddenly all the kids want one. So UK has no Wii consoles (well apart from the warehouses full but we mustn't talk about those). So hop on the the Amazon site for France, not problems with getting a Wii but as soon as you put in a UK shipping address - NO Can't deliver to that address. Try Germany same story. Try giving an address in France to the German website, no problems, UK address NINE!

So I put in a complaint to the EU commission and was told that they felt that Nintendo were allowed to do this if they wanted, even though I'd pointed out that car makers had been fined €Ms for doing the same type of thing.

Nope consumers don't count

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Oh well

3mobile here I come then.

I was in Austria a couple of weeks back, the Mrs and the kids got free roaming and a great signal, I was on Vodafone who charged me a few quid a day for an unusable connection.

Contract up for renewal later this month.

Guess it's time to let market forces kick in.

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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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