* Posts by jeremy 3

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No one wants new phones – it's chips that keep Samsung chugging

jeremy 3
Meh

maybe apple should....

repeat it's magic in taking something tried and failed and make it work.

True innovation in phones (from 2013)?

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/05/20/modular_phone_ara_to_finally_launch/

A modular phone, where you upgrade the parts you want/need.

The challenge is to move to this more environmentally sustainable model, keep it profitable and create a massive market in cheap swappable covers. It still has the lock in firms like Apple and Samsung like, it is different from the glued together, throw away when the screen breaks efforts we see now. But it will take the shiny shiny marketing Apple bring to convince the masses to move.

Just a thought....

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Who fancies a six-core, 128GB RAM, 8TB NVMe … laptop?

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Re: What does it run?

You clearly want us to know your expertise in this field so why don't you build this wonderful OS... the collaborative nature of the internet means that you needn't sit around saying " i could have built a better OS than that"... you can actually do it.............. or just talk about it on forums and to board people in the pub.

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Google weeps as its home state of California passes its own GDPR

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Cat out of the bag

As someone who had worked around the Internet for a long time, I think the issue here for the big companies is that people and businesses are going to realise that Internet marketing doesn't work nearly as well as is claimed. I even think they would rather take the hit on Cambridge analytics to maintain the lie. A small number of people will click and buy it, even if it's a political message but most of us won't, but don't tell the people paying by the click!

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Waymo van prang, self-driving cars still suck, AI research jobs, and more

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2000 GPUs

If i had that many spare GPUs they would be mining crypto currency, not playing games (with themselves!)

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FCC shifts its $8bn pot of gold, sparks fears of corporate money grab

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Interest

Why doesn't the treasury pay interest?

I know the us system of money is an elaborate scam with the national reserve and all that (Google YouTube American money conspiracy ) /s

But still 50 mill a year is only turned down by governments.

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We wanted a camera, they gave us the eye of Gemini – and an eSIM

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Why

The article doesn't say why on Earth you want a rear facing camera?

Can anyone fill me in? A front facing camera for video calls, sure. But I'm lost as to why a rear cam was the big focus of this article.

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Build a serverless framework at home: Go on, bit of open sourcey hijinx won't hurt

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sales speak

serverless is not a thing... unless we are running code in the ether now... serverless means outside of the virtualised cloud environment.... so we're talking about hypervisor run code now? could be wrong on the definition but save the concept of "serverless" code for the religious types, this is an IT publication, the code must run SOMEWHERE for fuck's sake!

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Application publishing gets the WebAssembly treatment

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English?

As a native speaker, from England's green and pleasant lands....I don't understand what the following sentence means...

"Droplet’s eyed off WebAssembly since before it was baked into Edge, Chrome, Firefox and Safari"

What is "eyed off" and is droplet here a company name or something else, it's really not clear!

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An easy-breezy attitude to sharing personal data is the only thing keeping the app economy alive

jeremy 3

Re: Less stupid apps and more useful ones, less data slurp? It's a win-win situation (for citizens).

Apple.

It was Apple who destroyed the income for app sellers by making them 99p. Before the iPhone software cost money, even if it was just £30 but still.

Apple started the race to the bottom and undercut app developers with free apps, then Google did it too...soon the ONLY income from apps was free with in app purchases, adverts and data selling.

Apple did this to sell us iPhones.

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Facebook back in court fighting claims it nicked British data centre IP

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NDAs are bullshit

Go'on read one, one day!

They make ridiculous claims and assertions because none of it is enforcable except through Bren contract laws.

If you are the little guy then you don't get to call the shots.

I was once asked to sign an nda retrospectively, saying that I would effectively not work in IT for a year and never work in medical IT again. After telling them to go fuck thenselves, I eventually had to get a lawyer to tell them to get fucked.

Now I just refuse to sign one ... Ever... And now I can't see the magic leap device, boo hoo

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£12k fine slapped on Postman Pat and his 300,000 spam emails

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Yawn

The spam I get mostly comes from the US where there is no such thing, it's all marketing and you have no choice if I want to publicise my product at you.

Each MP who suggests a national solution to any internet problem is a dick.

The ICO are a joke, they have no impact of anything. My data was still breached no matter how small the fine for the company.

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Don't want to alarm you, but defence bods think North Korea could nuke UK 'within a few years'

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Bandwidth

The article states the Chinese op is in a hotel, which always have crap internet.

It then talks about the amount of bandwidth needed as a large amount..... These facts lead me to conclude the report uses the UK measure of internet speed where 10mb is super fast according to the government. Damn those Chinese hotels offering world grade bandwidth to ordinary guests!! Terrorists they must be.

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Brit Lords start peer-to-peer wrangling over regulating the internet

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is it 1995?`

"Although the internet “opens up new opportunities”, the committee said, it also “presents challenges” "

new opportunities and challenges, I have been hearing those specific words since i was in school and i am nearly 40 now!

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Magic Leap ships headsets at last, but you'll need a safe

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Developers?

As a programmer I would would not be interested in this after all the vapourware hype. If it comes along as a real device, getting going on dev for it is not going to take that long so why should I risk it? I can already code for several VR devices like Oculus etc, why would I or any company I'm working for, take that risk?

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Apple, if you want to win in education, look at what sucks about iPads

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Re: @AC

Have you ever taken apart a modern device like an i thing or a phone, once you are done being impressed with how small it all is, there is nothing much to see. Well done you planned 1 lesson.

If you are thinking raspberry pi then it's an extra curricular thing, since lessons (in the UK) have to follow a strict curriculum.

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Commonwealth Games are just the ticket for Facebook

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is there anything to stop people ...

All using the same login.

Step 1 ) create "commonwealthgamesfreewifi" as an account name.

Step 2 ) promote it on the webs with #notrackatthecommonwealthgames

Step 3) facebook get very little data, except what they take from other apps.

You can log in from multiple devices but i expect they will notice when hundreds do.... but seriously, creating blank throw away facebook accounts will soon become like spamhole email accounts.

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Please, Hammond ... don't hurt 'em: 'Suggestions' time for UK digi tax clampdown

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So no sign of the digital strategy then?

Aren't we still waiting for the government to write their digital strategy, now several years late?

How does this fit, Phil?

Meanwhile, the rest of the world.....

Yawn at the speed UK does anything anymore. Slowest growth in the G20 no surprise, let's chat some more before doing anything!!!

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123 Reg suffers deja vu: Websites restored from August 2017 backups amid storage meltdown

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Re: why

1). As said most customers are only just a little technical.

2) WordPress is the name of the game and most WordPress backup plugins simply don't (maybe a database here or an theme there, but the number of meticulous backups I trawled through to find no actual complete back up is amazing).

3) after they screwed something else I got a year's free vps (worth £127 they say) when it's done I'm long gone and only using it for very non critical data/websites.

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Spotify wants to go public but can't find Ed Sheeran (to pay him)

jeremy 3

Re: Sounds like an opportunity

Obviously it will be based on blockchain technology!

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Cryptocurrencies kill people and may kill again, says Bill Gates

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He's right

As a big fan of cryto currency i agree with Bill.

It is still in its infancy and the lack of accountability (not traceability) is a factor of it's source as non government. In time it will be regulated.

We only have faces on our coins due to the same problem of regulation of currency a couple of thousand years ago.

Yes it has been spent on bad things, but not sure how that is relevant to a currency, it's not the currency's fault*

*Well except for the new altcoin coming from a Leeds hash dealer, called Tick

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Apple's HomePod beams you up into new audio dimensions

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I think i have realised how Gartner predict Apple's future so accurately

Apple come to market late, with a shiny object that doesn't do nearly as much as the competition although being way more expensive.

Also it doesn't connect to anything, not even Apple kit.

There, every Apple product on their books right now..

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Tech giants' payouts go to everyone but affected citizens. US Supremes now urged to sort it out

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here's a crazy idea...

If it is not financially worthwhile to distribute 0.04$ to each of the 129 million people, perhaps the settlement should be set at the minimum at which it IS worthwhile to distribute?

Obviously since this would no longer be an insignificant amount, its just crazy to even think it.

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The blockchain era is here but big biz, like most folk, hasn't a clue what to do with it

jeremy 3

Re: private blockchain

Best close your accounts with Santander, Amex, UBS and just about every Korean bank cos they are using Ripple which is essentially a private blockchain.

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Intel alerted Chinese cloud giants 'before US govt' about CPU bugs

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Why?

Between the story on here about the UK losing another privacy battle with campaigners and the various stories that have further showed us politicians both sides of the pond just don't care about you or your immediate data security, I have to say Good! They told the people who can fix the problems, the people who actually matter.

We're told market forces are king, well this is market forces, telling the government doesn't do much about the problem and only invites them to take advantage, so why rush to tell them....it's not like they are your customers or anything.

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'Bitcoin heist' shock: Cops seek 4 for aggravated burglary in Midsomer Murders town

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Not confirmed it's stolen

Unless they paid pretty high miners fees the whole damn thing is probably not confirmed yet.

Really reg, a tech mag missing a btc related dad joke, standards are slipping!

@stoneshop is that a nay Sayer I see...it's bubble, the end nigh, crypto nonsense. Yes, being right is going to be so much more rewarding than any income from this stuff!

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HMRC dev support team cc blurtfest: Over 1,400 email addresses blabbed

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The trainee intern

...with 6 months experience with a senior dev job title, because he knows what mongo db is!

Pay peanuts, get monkeys. I've never cc'd people by accident, if you have then you are the kind of person who can put the wrong fuel in your car....ie stupid!

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Facebook settles landmark revenge porn case with UK teen for undisclosed sum

jeremy 3

This idea is crazy - give us your home made porn so we can spot it if someone else uploads it... can't see that going wrong can you? Besides the fact that it means potentially sharing it with a PFY intern at facebook, how long before its found in an unsecured S3 bucket or on an unsecured Mongo DB ... crazy.

Another poster below says its another reason not to use facebook, but i have a feeling that poster doesn't anyway... i would say its another reason to try and stop compromising photos of your being taken in the first place! I do accept though that teenagers are nieve about this stuff though.

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Data-slurping keyboard app makes Mongo mistake with user data

jeremy 3
Unhappy

Deluded

"any password or credit card information"... as though that is the only information of any value.

It is in this guys interest to continue the mis-truth that the rest of your data is worthless so you should hand it over for nothing.

As for leaving a database unsecured, that shows that they do not have a good tech team or at least an experienced one.

This guy sounds like a typical ceo of a tech company these days, arrogant and ignorant (just like the Twoo guy)... linkedin profile is full of terms like "organic growth" and not "data security" "company integrity".

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Abolish the Telly Tax? Fat chance, say MPs at non-binding debate

jeremy 3

no agreement...

People who are pro or against the tele liscense are not going to convince each other to change their view.

For that reason i got rid of my TV, I dont agree with the license so i don't have the device.

The problem for me is this extension to internet. iPlayer is geoblocked already to try and keep it for UK only viewers, but if they want liscence paying viewers only then you should have to put your liscense number in to watch it.

I know this would mean Crapita would have to make some kind of functional joined up IT system, but maybe they could outsource it to a small inexperienced Indian company so that our taxes are really well spent helping other countries employment and economy.

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You're such a goober, Uber: UK regulators blast hushed breach

jeremy 3

US companies

... Equifax and Uber most recently, just don't care about their international responsibilities.

No-one gives them any kind of hard time in the US and seem honestly surprised that little ole UK kicks up such a fuss... still a pitance of a fine (paid out of their investor cash) and its all sorted.

In the same way as Brazil shut down Whatsapp, perhaps the UK could shut down Uber for a few days, nevermind a fine, stop their income here for a little while and they will start to pay attention, or just give up.

The idea of using an app and moving the taxi system into modern times is a good one, there is not just uber who are doing this. The government are always going on about competition so why not shake things up a bit and level the playing field (if you treat data badly, you can't play in our sandpit)... ban Uber for the next two months (missing all those Xmas taxi rides) and they will either come back cap in hand or ditch the UK altogether. Both are better outcomes than a pittance of a fine.

Since their drivers are "self-employed" they can drive for Grab or Lyft or anyone else.

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Germany slaps ban on kids' smartwatches for being 'secret spyware'

jeremy 3

Re: Now

But as uTorrent tells me (on my android device) I need to "turn on my location to improve my advertising experience".

I have resisted so far, but boy am i tempted to get that "improved advertising experience"

</sarcasm>

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SCO vs. IBM case over who owns Linux comes back to life. Again

jeremy 3

technology moves on...

At this stage it is becoming akin to arguing over the rights to the first printing press. Most people don't use printed media anymore and those that do are using presses that probably bear little or no resemblence to that first one. Even movable type presses (not sure that is the correct name, but you know the ones) are not really relavent anymore. The code in linux and thus android no doubt has some old parts but it will gradually be removed ... its not like they're arguing over the rights to that tune Happy Birthday

Ultimately SCO might win (I doubt it, but for the sake of argument) and have the rights to ... oh, nothing that is being used anymore. Then good luck retrospectively suing everyone for once using it.

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Google AMP supremo whinges at being called out on team's bulls***

jeremy 3

i must be missing something

I find AMP pages have trouble loading and are therefore slower than regular ones (on my mobile device).

I have tried a few times and its always the same ... now i avoid the AMP stamped links in google.

Oh and i use chrome on my mobile too (its even signed into my google account most of the time).

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Sky mobe ad featuring beefcake Tom Hardy banned for being 'misleading'

jeremy 3

Already

If I ever see or read "free" in an advert I already think "nope, not-free, where's the small print telling me just how not-free it is.

It's even spilled into "only" where I'm looking for how "not-only" but "on the condition of XYZ" it is.

Maybe it's time we all used that approach... "Yes HMRC, my taxes were filed on time*"

(Small)"*subject to a standard delay of 6 months"

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Man prosecuted for posting a picture of his hobby on Facebook

jeremy 3

Read this and now google are advertising Guns on my home page

This is the only time ever, i have even seen the word Airsoft on the internet and now google + think its ok to put adverts for airsoft guns on my google search page (yes, i am signed into google).

Does this mean that GCHQ and possibly the Scottish police are going to come after me?

Are the news stories we read and the automated ads that result going to be the "evidence" used to hang us?

Obviously i have tried to contact google, but they are known for using robots (human ones) to reply. Google play store drones don't compute the term "delete" when you want to remove an app from the play store.

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Apple Cook roasted for Chinese app takeaway

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the cost of doing business

I read an article on El Reg yesterday about the new F35 planes from America.

One detail said that the engines can only be overhauled in Turkey (at least for the UK bought planes).

Erdoğan's bashing US citizens including cops on US soil (both times).... just the cost of doing business there.

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Didn't install a safety-critical driverless car patch? Bye, insurance!

jeremy 3

Windows 10 updates

Our politicians live in a Windows world. Auto updates you can't easily turn off. If you get sick of your car stopping to get an update that may add 1) a parking ticket and 2) an hour to your 10 minute journey, then you fall foul of the insurance. If the patch bsod's your car, tough. If you get stuck in the dodgy part of town and get robbed or murdered, tough. I look forward to traffic jams in road works because your car can't pull over to stop so after bleeping for 10 seconds simply stops for the update.

All this assumes 100% coverage for OTA updates of course (which our telcos will claim cover 95% of the population, just like fast internet)

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Watchdog slams HMRC, Amazon over 'dismal' response to UK biz hurt by online VAT fraud

jeremy 3
Paris Hilton

Commons select commitee

definition of no teeth.... come to be reprimanded by your betters but we won't actually oblige you to do ANYTHING about it (that i have ever seen). Change the law, fire people, i don't care but this charade just makes me say "meh" these days.

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Hackers can track, spoof locations and listen in on kids' smartwatches

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Yawn

There is no financial incentive for any firm to implement IoT security : therefore no security.

El Reg have a story about this every other week but until there is an incentive for these firms to give a damn, they wont.

We can all be appalled and say how bad it is, but no one cares... that is the world we live in.

Wont someone think of the children? ... nah, they won't if there is a dollar to be made.

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Crypto-coin miners caught toiling away in hacked cloud boxes

jeremy 3

Defaults?

I use AWS quite alot and it's default firewall rules are all closed.

I need to generate a key file for ssh access, what default creds am I missing?

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European Patent Office's document churning snatches Germany's attention: 'We are concerned about quality'

jeremy 3

"untruths"

someone is reading the american political playbook. Does someone already have a patent on the word "lie"?

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Neglected Pure Connect speaker app silenced in iOS 11's war on 32-bit

jeremy 3
Facepalm

im laughing my socks off

As someone who has built outsourced apps for companies of note, i can tell you that Yes, they have almost always stipulated source code in the contract and if not, then included when prompted by the developer (me).

The problem is the attitude to developers. They are not worth more than a few hundred / thousand bucks once in 5 years to most companies, who make no correlation between the income the company gets and amount (not spent / "saved") on development.

While some of the companies i have worked for have gone, clients from years and years ago know i will answer their emails and resurrect their app for the latest device despite whatever ltd no longer existing.

To have lost their developers and have none of the core team still in contact with ANYONE is pretty bad. They must have treated them like shit.

More of this please, maybe we can have a "Be nice to your app developer day" or something... lol.

And footnote... you bought speakers that need an app to work... that's where you went wrong, right there. No sympathy as you've no doubt had a year's worth of "check out my super high tech speakers etc"

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Hipster disruptor? Never trust a well-groomed caveman with your clams

jeremy 3
Happy

Better than usual

While i do enjoy Mr Dabbs usual column, i enjoyed this one more.

As reserved a compliment as i can come up with.

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Schrems busts Privacy Shield wide open

jeremy 3

Leaving aside the government snoping and going back to data protection...

How would all this apply in the recent Equifax data loss. It looked to me like the data lost on UK customers was hardly considered atall and I have a clue what rights they have if any.

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Roku tweaks Apple's nose with telly-friendly vid-streaming boxes

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I hope....

All the pro UK tv licence fee folks on the other register story see this story and realise how last century their reasoning is!

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BBC Telly Tax petition given new Parliament debate date

jeremy 3

Re: If you have issues with the Telly Tax...

No adverts seems to be the only justification for me having to pay an unfair tax.

I don't watch the BBC because they don't make tv aimed at me.

There are proven non advertising based channels out there like Netflix and hbo. You need a TV to watch them but owning a TV in the UK is equated to needing a licence/watching the beeb... And don't get me started on how much you get hassled when you don't have a TV atall... It's inconceivable to them that lots of us just ditched the whole damn lot over this ridiculous tax!

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At last, someone's taking Apple to task for, uh, not turning on iPhone FM radio chips

jeremy 3

Re: Meh

But isn't the UK pushing everyone to digital radio (DAB or similar) for what is currently provided by FM (including the BBC)?

Its not bad tech, but it's still dying... the people who listen to it are those that didn't grow up with the smart phone / streaming and thus remember it as a tech...

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'Dear diversity hire...' Amazon's weapons-grade fail in recruitment email to woman techie

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Facepalm

is it my fault?

..that i am white (born that way, like all the women, gays and trans folk)... male...(again sorry, but born that way) and working in IT (ok that is arguably personal choice, but still, played to my strengths).

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