* Posts by Mage

6248 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

Apple blames air for iPhone 6S's narcolepsy

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Admissions

All the big vendors and retailers try to ignore the SOGA. Two years MINIMUM for defects.

Apple only admits issues on a phone after a replacement comes out and hopes people buy a new one or pay for repairs, assuming that most in Europe (not limited to EU) will not know their SOGA rights. Signed into law in many countries and all EU countries.

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SHIFT + F10, Linux gets you Windows 10's cleartext BitLocker key

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Re: Physical Access

All security bets are off anyway with local / physical access.

It's only an issue if it's via the LAN.

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How much does HPE's credible IoT bundle cost? Anyone? Hello?

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Elephants in Room

The big questions the company didn't answer in a particularly convincing way were how much the new bundle of hardware and software will cost or indeed the return on investment timescales for customers.

What about does their solution actually work? Security & Privacy.

Is IoT compatible with Corporate Governance (Security & Privacy) and is any of it more than a gimmick either badly thought out (light bulbs) or designed to steal user privacy or dangerous (door locks, pet feeders etc that need "cloud server" to work at all) or indeed all these failings.

Bandwagon by clueless marketing folk.

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Tobacco giant predicts the end of smoking. Panic ensues

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Philip Morris Activities

This is a momentous claim: cigarettes (and rolling papers and various cig accoutrement) are all Philip Morris does today.

They have been making the tobacco based eCigarette for some while and selling it in Japan for nearly 9 months.

http://fortune.com/2016/08/12/marlboro-philip-morris-e-cigarette/

I think they or other tobacco companies did other eCigs and have been involved in advertising them. Some have alleged in a way attractive to youth, or that appears to portray smoking.

I'd expect it will be hard to get actual facts about eCigarettes of either kind due to Tobacco company paid for lobbying and "trials".

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Re: I know what's next...Gambling

No chance with state run taxes on the poor, AKA "Lotteries". Used to be illegal in the UK.

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Re: All about the money.... big tobacco companies missed the boat on vaping

I don't think they did. They were behind some. This is obviously stage II.

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Jeremy Hunt: Telcos must block teens from sexting each other

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Re: How?

Lack of coffee? Or sleep? I nearly rote Dead Pole. wrote.

pole -> poll

true have -> true some have

Drat the short time out on editing.

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Re: Think for a minute

I can only assume none of you have seen the damage done by such 'sexting' activities. The daughter of a friend of mine was driven to the point of despair, depression and severe eating illness.

Yes. Sexting is terrible. So are lots of other things.

However the proposed remedy is less useful than aspirin or coca cola to reduce hate crime. agism, rape, unwanted pregnancies or terminal cancer.

It does nothing, which means it's a distraction from finding real solutions to problems.

In the case you mention, it's not actually sexting that is even the real issue, but bullying. I changed school to get away from it as often it's nearly random who they pick on, and once it starts, often only death or moving away solves it.

We moved country once, and our children were bullied on the school bus, or out of sight of teachers simply because they had a different accent. We moved again (25 years ago) and no trouble since.

Solution to direct Phone abuse: New SIM. I was getting fake twitter/facebook SMS. Vodafone swapped my SIM and moved call credit for free.

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Re: How?

@Chris G

I'm thinking of changing my name by deed pole to "Cassandra". No-one important has ever heeded my dire warnings over the last 40 years. It's true have not been fullfilled... YET!

I've stopped writing software last year and hardly do electronics now. I was asked recently if I had thought of a job in IT. I explained I'd left that behind in 2004 and I'd sooner die (possibly literally) than go back to Windows IT (I might do Linux IT if there was no on call, no on site, 35 hr week, no shifts and £70K)

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How?

I mean how can a social media, ISP or Mobile operator know the age of the user, who may not be the account holder (or PAYG anonymous), or on WiFi on Phone/Laptop/Tablet anywhere, or people may lie about age to a website (I'm over 21 and have a different age on every website that asks for it. Why should they know my real birthday?).

This is merely nuts unlike Investigatory Powers Act which is evil and nuts.

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Android-rooting Gooligan malware infects 1 million devices

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Social Attacks

Gooligan spreads when victims download and install an infected app. Crooks are slinging the malware by tricking victims into following malicious links in phishing messages.

Same as any platform then :( Lack of user good practices is the ultimate flaw in all security.

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AWS hops aboard Internet of Things bandwagon

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Not surprising

They sell their own brand spying IoT stuff.

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What's the first emotion you'd give an AI that might kill you? Yes, fear

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As artificially-intelligent software continues to outperform humans at various tasks

No, computers outperform humans on certain kinds of tasks.

A so called "Neural Network" doesn't understand anything. It's just a special kind of database implemented, in a sense, by data flow programming of identical processes.

It's only even AI in a very limited modern computer science sense of the word.

This is a nonsense press release either for marketing or grants. It's a meaningless claim.

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systemd free Linux distro Devuan releases second beta

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Ubuntu adopted it

Except the once "poster child" for easy use Linux has drunk kool-aid and lost the plot with drive to copy MS Win8 and MacOS and be Tablety/phoney.

Redhat/Fedora/CentOS (commercial) and Mint (individuals) are arguably far more important now.

I'm not able to give an opinion of systemd itself, I don't know if it's a good or bad idea. However C programming is a giant step sideways vs shell scripts.

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Banks' bid to board iPhones' NFC chips rebuffed

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NFC tech

The NFC and/or a smartphone is itself a compromise of payment security.

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Internet Archive preps Canadian safe haven to swerve Donald Trump

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Re: How large is the Internet Archive?

In theory multiple copies/versions of the entire Internet. Content of a site can change dramatically. One aspect is historical snapshots.

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Re: Over reaction?

Not over reaction. DMCA etc. Even without Trump, USA is a bad place for anything like this.

Is there a mirror in Egypt for some strange reason? If so a bad choice.

Some bad locations:

USA, UK, North Korea, Most Middle East & North African, Other African, China, Iran, Russia.

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Investigatory Powers Act signed into UK law by Queen

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Re: Could someone recommend a VPN?

Yes, but how would you know they are not working for GCHQ?

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Give BAE a kicking and flog off new UK warships, says review

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USA Ships

Some are expensive and unreliable. Guess which would bought?

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Microsoft's Neon project to redesign Windows for nerd goggles – reports

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Re: Fire and motion

From 1st link, 2004

It has a long way to fall. It could do everything wrong for a decade before it started to be in remote danger, and you never know...

Strangely it was about 2003 - 2004 MS started losing the GUI Plot (Ribbon, Vista development etc).

They now claim Aero was a mistake, but have jumped to the other extreme. Win 3.1 3D effects and Win95 desktop was their GUI pinnacle. except they messed up explorer and still didn't fix it. Nice that Caja has dual windows (F3 I think?)

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100k+ petition: MPs must consider debating Snoopers' Charter again

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Big Brother

Re: email tracking is also mentioned

A free VPN Service (or any) outside UK, could be offered by GCHQ.

Then they could have everything.

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Re: Well... VPN

If you use a VPN, you'll get a visit, or a trojan keylogger on your device.

Getting the password

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Black Helicopters

Re: email tracking is also mentioned

Pretty trivial unless you first connect via VPN to a server outside the UK.

I'm outside UK. Do I have a business opportunity?

(What's that clattering sound I hear?)

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Blu Vivo 6: Top value trendsetter marred by Chino-English mangle

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“Control Center” and Updates.

My Linux Desktop Windows Like "Control Panel" is called “Control Center”

I doubt either term can be protected.

Lack of Updates

Often not feasible due to lack of Flash space to download the new to before upgrade. Amazon sells loads of 8G Flash tablets with Android 4.4, with only 3G free.

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Loyalty card? Really? Why data-slurping store cards need a reboot

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It's dishonestly marketed

Customers are only clearly told of the "club points", the discounts but not the privacy busting tracking.

Any NFC version should only store a unique serial number.

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Three certainties in life: Death, taxes and the speed of light – wait no, maybe not that last one

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Re: peer-reviewable and repeatable experiment proposal @ST

7. Order a burger from the talking cow.

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Re: c is calculable

"It's widely understood that relativity claims that c is a constant"

Not just Relativity. It comes out as a constant in Maxwell's equations, for a vacuum. A medium allows for slower propagation of light, radio, magnetism, electric fields. A coaxial cable slows radio waves, like fibres slow light. Or PCB traces on a multilayer board slow the signals.

Einstein was understandably pleased when he studied Maxwell's work.

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Re: FTLparticles

Tachyons might not exist. All FTL particles are hypothetical and in theory can't go slower than "c", if they did exist.

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Re: A Quickie

Mercury's orbit doesn't match Newton's mechanics, but is explained by Einstein's equations.

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Re: Science? What happened to "hypothesis" vs "theory"?

Maxwell's equations work well. This hypothesis would make Maxwell wrong too.

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Creates more problems than it solves?

Not just Einstein, but Maxwell and others.

I'm not convinced by the proposed "test" either.

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2.1Gbps speeds over LTE? That's not a typo, EE's already done it

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DOCSIS & Cable / Coax

Chop cable up and add fibre fed cabinets. The Coax is MUCH better than copper Cat3 from a street cabinet. A nieghbourhood that had one cable can be easily a fibre cabinet per street, feeding maybe only one side or half a side per coax instead of one area. Also "downlink" can easily be 750MHz wide, at MUCH higher QAM than Wireless, as the interference can be lower and power higher, it can be easily a total of 10 Gbps per coax on downlink. The Uplink total might though be under 300 Mbps per coax segment.

Hybrid Fibre Cable HFC. Even Ireland has it now.

Coax can be extended above the 862MHz on shorter runs, 100m can support up to 2GHz ultimately, giving a capacity on downlink per coax of 30Gbps. Cat 3 Twisted pair is only 100Mbps / 200Mbps on very short runs, at the sort of length often used for coax, Cat3 phone cable is 5Mbps to 25Mbps, though that's not shared. Even forty to 1 contention on a single coax is pretty good performance, reliably giving 200Mbps per user at peak times.

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Re: contention

Yes, probably "bonding" or aggregation of carriers even from multiple base stations and sectors as well as channels, with a perfect signal. Nothing to do with real world performance.

You could nearly get 400Mbps aggregating all the 900MHz channels of entire band using GSM EDGE (1Mbps per 0.2MHz channel is easy), with a specialist DSP receiver. Without details of terminal used, aerials, base-stations, channel width, number of channels, signal power and interference levels, this is a totally meaningless claim.

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Hype

This is all completely irrelevant to the real world, and replacement of Tetra. Tetra is poor for Data. But LTE and terminals do not yet meet all the other needs of Emergency services. It's not just about coverage either.

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You want SaaS? Don't bother, darling, your kind can't afford it

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It doesn't make sense

"Like most people with small businesses, I run my complete accounts and invoicing system in the cloud and it costs me barely £15 a month."

The market leader charges more like £40 a month for what used to be a £90 package.

Indeed ANY small business would be mad to do that, be at the mercy of Internet connectivity and the "trustiness" of the Cloud vendor (Much less than 1970s vendors on mainframes) and paying rent forever.

£180 a year

£2,000+ over 10 years.

Add the need for backups etc too.

No, Cloud for small business makes no sense except for a website or ecommerce online. Subscriptions are a rip off.

Indeed plenty of small businesses can't get fixed Internet, or even reliable mobile!

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Drops the mic... Hang on, hackers could be listening through my headphones?

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Odd

That implies the sound chip connects to speaker(s) directly (maybe class D), in the past the sound chip used a separate analogue amp to drive the speakers, which as they point out, blocks the attack.

Strange too, that the pins are reprogrammable, like a PIC micro etc.

What next? The LCD screen capacitance sensed and thus acting as microphone?

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Dell plotting something touchy-feely on 'Canvas'

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Facepalm

Canvas

How on earth can they trademark that on its own?

It's even a word used in computing context.

"Dell Canvas" is acceptable.

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Microsoft’s ‘Home Hub’ probably isn’t even hardware at all

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Re: AD for the home user?

Home version of any Windows = Crippled Windows.

Yet many small and larger businesses buy Windows Home to "save money".

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MS Watch

They had some sort of Watch product in USA long ago. Did it use messages over SCA on FM Radio?

I remember they had a Tablet in maybe 2003.

Anyone remember "Plays for Sure"?

I still have a Microsoft Keyboard here, though I don't use any of the round multimedia buttons on it.

Why did the Xbox after the XBox 360 be called an Xbox One? Why was it an Xbox and 360?

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Amazon Echo, Google Home

"Amazon’s Echo as just the kind of "crazy hardware experiment"

Actually just plain evil and creepy.

Also Amazon's landing page pushes THEIR locked down Fire Tablets, crippled version of Android (no wonder they have over 30% growth on those), the Amazon Echo and the button thing. No wonder they sell.

Not only that, it appears on the list of stuff you are interested in under a product page, supposedly based on your browsing.

Amazon's marketing of their own products on Amazon is getting obnoxious. Now they want Indie eBook publishers to spend money on advertising campaigns on Amazon. KDP Select is evil too, gives Amazon a monopoly on selling content.

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Don't rush into 5G until you've got a market, warns GTI chief

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Re: 5G

"I thought 4G was also more spectrally efficient than 2G or 3G"

Sadly that's a myth, or mostly a myth with only two tiny bits of truth.

More than basic GSM, but EDGE and HSPA are both about the same bits per Hertz as LTE.

4G encompasses LTE, WiMax and Flash-OFDMA (which can run in 2MHz).

HSPA vs Shannon

see also

Signals vs Shannon

on here

Techtir Comms

It's true that as the number of simultaneous users rises, the 3G becomes LESS efficient than GSM or LTE, cell size shrink (cell breathing), thus tending to half the efficiency (speed per user about 0.2Mbps). However if you are getting any sort of decent speed on 3G, there are not many simultaneous users and thus not much overhead. Any improvement then on 4G will be the less users or x4 wider channel. Many LTE systems, especially 800MHz or 900MHz only use 5MHz or 10MHz channels, not 20MHz.

Native GSM voice is rather less spectrum efficient than EDGE on GSM as they don't use the same modulation, but then the voice link has more range, more robust.

Very high spectrum efficiency is only with a perfect signal, on EDGE, HSPA or LTE, basically the mast is visible.

You can't beat the laws of physics. Specifically Shannon Law / Theory is actually derived from Thermodynamics. Trade off of noise, power, bandwidth and data rate.

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WTF?

5G

a) Do we actually know what it is?

b) is it not more about integrating bands & modes and Infrastructure.

c) Boringly, the thing that makes the most difference to customers is doubling the number of masts.

A lot of the reason for people reporting good 4G is either:

1) Not many people have it yet.

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2) Simple mathematics. 4G can use 20MHz channels, 3G only uses 5MHz and GSM 200kHz. That's the main difference to speed when there are only a few users, not LTE vs HSPA+ vs EDGE.

If there are so many 4G users that your speed is only 1 or 2Mbps, then it would indeed be only 0.5 or 1Mbps on HSPA, as it uses rubbish CDMA to allocate user traffic. If EDGE (GSM) had bonded channels of 5MHz worth (25 x 200kHz) it would be superior to 3G and close to 4G in a 5MHz channel. Such a thing is technically possible. But Qualcomm gets far more royalty from 3G than GSM, hence GSM development stopped. 4G is more efficient than 3G for data, if there are more than a few users. It's less efficient for voice per MHz of spectrum than GSM or 3G as it only does VOIP. The main increase in headline speed is simply a four times wider channel (20MHz vs 5MHz), fewer users and better efficiency when congested (when speed is poor anyway).

Indeed it's a waste of money spending on 5G if doesn't get you or retain customers.

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Big Music goes mad for chat bots and AI

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Report expresses caution

"“Most chatbots aren’t really artificial intelligence in the purest sense of the term: they’re more carefully scripted question-and-answer programs capable of serving content.”

Or indeed they are not intelligent in any useful sense. Not really AI in any sense. The original Eliza was meant to be a prank, a joke.

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SQL Server on Linux: Runs well in spite of internal quirks. Why?

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Re: Interesting

It is, Win Server is massively lower percentage than 15 years ago. If you don't need Exchange, why would you run it?

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stored procedures are not enabled,

Can they be enabled?

It's pretty useless without them.

Been using them on SQL since 6.5

Only interested in migration of Express anyway. Stopped buying MS SQL in 2004.

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CERT tells Microsoft to keep EMET alive because it's better than Win 10's own security

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Re: Great point he's making

Also the only reason to run Windows at all is for older Applications.

So why would people want to "upgrade" from Win7 pro to Win 10?

Even Win7 32 bit is easier to run older programs on, though they OUGHT to work on Win Pro7 64bit. Just been through a huge heap of CDs to re-install on Win7 pro 64 that were all working on 32bit XP.

Only 2 worked / even installed:

One had text missing from all buttons on main menu level.

The other would only install DOS version (via DOSBOX, sound & mouse working) and wouldn't install the Windows version (which worked on XP) at all.

Windows 10 seems even worse for compatibility.

"Surely there are new versions of all these programs for Windows 7 or Windows 10?"

Er, no, unless it's a top selling payroll or accounts package. The developers are gone, or doing newer shiny games you don't want, also do you WANT to re-purchase all the programs you already bought?

I guess I need to install a VM with no Internet access. Stupid. WOW used to work. NTVDM used to work, now even 32 bit apps allegedly compatible with Vista as well as XP often won't run on Win7 64, though I suspect badly written installers as "new" 32 bit Windows applications (some of which work on XP) do install and run on Win7 pro 64 bit (but significantly from "Program Files (x86)" ).

Windows has turned into a mess going downhill.

Mines the one with two USB sticks in the pocket, Linux Mint cw Mate, 32 bit and 64 bit.

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Comcast is the honey badger of ISPs – injects pop-ups into browsers, doesn't give a fsck

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Re: Terabyte Territory

Ha!

I get 60 Gbyte per rolling 30 days... Even half a terabyte would be luxury. Naturally Flash is blocked and I don't watch online video.

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Inserted Adverts

I've noticed this on the supplied browsers on Android, but not on Firefox.

Also inserted adverts in Apps.

Mobiles have tiny screens compared to laptop. It's evil.

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Sorry, iPhone fans – only Fandroids get Barclays' tap-to-withdraw

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Security?

The non-contact Debit and Credit cards are a security fail. Is this secure?

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Microsoft's nerd goggles will run on a toaster

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Re: Good luck finding a PC with more than 2GB RAM these days

I just bought a Lenovo half the price of Apple Mac Pro with 2G just for GPU, main memory 4G RAM.

4G RAM seems standard on decent laptops.

The local shops and supermarkets have poor spec laptops, but then they cost less than a decent phone or tablet.

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