* Posts by Andy 97

383 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009

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Give 'bots a chance: Driverless cars to be trialled between London and Oxford

Andy 97

We aren't getting any younger.

Where better to test these systems, but on a really challenging route into The Capital.

Getting through Oxford is bad enough, but if they can manage Jericho to Elephant and Castle (reliably), I'm in baby!

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Andy 97

Exciting.

Considering most drivers on the south-bound M40 are already on auto pilot, it won't affect anyone too much.

I'd be on the front row (to be a passenger) providing that when the door opens you're greeted with a "Welcome to Johnny Cabs".

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Troll it your way: Burger King ad tries to hijack Google Home gadgets

Andy 97

How long before Last Week Tonight runs an ad in the Washington DC area (on Fox News) that says:

"Ok Google, show me evidence of man-made climate change"

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As you stare at the dead British Airways website, remember the hundreds of tech staff it laid off

Andy 97

Shareholders demanded cost saving.

I'm sure they are all delighted with the result.

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Apple’s premium TV plans – the hobby doomed to stay that way

Andy 97

Content is king

... alway was and always will be.

Apple will need to 'land' a major OTT publisher at the very least to make Apple TV really work.

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Murdoch will get EU green light for full Sky takeover – reports

Andy 97

Re: Churn factor

Sky 1 does make some linear television (in the style of a bad ITV franchisee from the 1980's).

I take your point, but I'd hardly put Atlantic in the same bucket, Sky 1 is a mixed entertainment channel... although entertainment is a subjective term.

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Andy 97

Churn factor

Sky's biggest weakness is customers cancel their contracts - especially during the break between football seasons.

While Sky has all the box set and films, they still haven't made the breakthrough with normal television entertainment. A cursory glance on the overnight data shows that even E4 gets more viewers than Sky's 'flagship' Sky1 channel.

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Wi-Fi sex toy with built-in camera fails penetration test

Andy 97

My only hope is the one day, El Reg hacks will be running the Daily M*il.

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SpaceX wows world with a ho-hum launch of a reused rocket, landing it on a tiny boring barge

Andy 97

It's still pretty impressive.

I'm still amazed by the dynamics and how they can take exactly the correct amount of fuel into orbit - and still have enough for breaking and landing.

Some clever people working for Elon.

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Spammy Google Home spouts audio ads without warning – now throw yours in the trash

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Re: This is nothing

Nothing wrong with Groove Armada.

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BBC hooks up with ITV, launches long awaited US subscription VoD

Andy 97

Re: Please....

You may also wish to register a complaint with ITV directly about this.

Unless you're on a terrible access network, somewhere rural or on a saturated ADSL, there's no real reason you shouldn't be able to watch live linear content in pseudo HD.

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MAC randomization: A massive failure that leaves iPhones, Android mobes open to tracking

Andy 97

Wagamama

Blimey, this really is the stuff of nightmares.

I took my daughter to Wagamama on the Thames Embankment last week.

When I got home I had an email from them asking for NPS ratings.

I thought I must have used my phone for something and logged into their free wifi, but no...

Phones off from now-on.

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BT splurges £1.2bn on securing Champions League rights, Sky heads for an early bath

Andy 97

Re: OTT, it's the future lads.

Wasn't meaning to disparage the Kodi platform.

I was an XBMC user for years and found it very useful.

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Licence-fee outsourcer Capita caught wringing BBC tax from vulnerable

Andy 97

Re: Not just the BBC

Do you have any proof of this?

I know World Service is paid for (or used to be) by a grant from The Foreign Office, but GCHQ? I think you're mistaken.

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Andy 97

Is The Telegraph message board closed again today?

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Andy 97

Because then it would not be The BBC, it would be a commercial broadcaster...

oh, you're being a troll..

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BBC admits iPlayer downloads are broken

Andy 97

Re: Bah!

Not true, the prototype had a DRM.

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New EU rules on portability of online content services move closer

Andy 97

This has nothing to do with if the user is a verified LFP, it have everything to do with the rights 'deal' negotiated with the content producer or rights holder.

For instance, certain sports are available via television (UHF, dSAT, cable), but the rights don't cover IPTV.

The usual reason is the additional [rights] cost of publishing content to the internet or that other distributors have a deal to charge for that content online.

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Déjà vu: Euro Patent Office prez ignores yet another formal rebuke

Andy 97

That stock picture looks like one of The Chuckle Brothers, was this a concious decision?

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New Royal Navy Wildcat helicopters can't transmit vital data

Andy 97

Whoever closed this deal must have the biggest expense account in the history of direct selling.

This kind of thing happens all the time with governmental procurement and it's not going to stop.

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King's College London bods recruit members for penis ring study

Andy 97

Respect..

..to the team that obtained funding for this 'study'.

I wished I'd stayed in academia, it's much more fun than all this real stuff.

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NORKS fires missile that India reckons it could shoot down in flight

Andy 97

Good work India...

You can shoot a ballistic missile out of the sky, but you still have children living on railway lines and nearly 30% of your population lives in poverty.

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All of Blighty's attack submarines are out of action – report

Andy 97

I suspect the MOD is trying to get a bigger budget for its UUV programme.

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Who's behind the Kodi TV streaming stick crackdown?

Andy 97

Most of would pay...

for the ability to see exactly what we want.

I have a paid subscription with a non-UK OTT sports provider that shows all PL football matches.

I'd rather not have to mess around paying some dodgy 'gas-rich' country's broadcasting arm money, but I like football and they have a service I can watch it on.

The rights holders only have themselves to blame, people will always find a way to get what they want.

*I also have Sky and BT Sports subscriptions.

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EU whacks first nail into mobile roaming charges' coffin

Andy 97

Fair use policy.

The lobbyist teams have done exceptionally work.

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Dido queen of carnage steps down from TalkTalk

Andy 97

Re: Hmm.

That comment was One Step Too Far.

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Kylie withdraws from Kylie trademark fight, leaving Kylie to profit from… existing?

Andy 97

Everyone knows that all children called Kylie (born after 1986) are merely cheap imitations.

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UK's lords want more details on adult website check plans

Andy 97

Re: Monkeys un-spanked? (yeah right).

*Face-palm*

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Andy 97
Paris Hilton

Monkeys un-spanked? (yeah right).

Another newspaper-led "won't someone think of the children" moment that won't change a thing.

When I was merely a teenager, we all shared VHS copies of the most staggeringly awful "jazz flicks".

Duplicating a VHS was much more costly and time consuming than sharing a thumb drive.

*Paris because she's weakened when content of her in the nude isn't shared online.

Can we have a face-palm icon please?

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Oh ALIS, don't keep us waiting: F-35 jet's software 'delayed'

Andy 97

Exceptional cock-up.

Someone in procurement needs to be shown the door and their gold-plated final salary pension frozen until they retire.

However, I'd suggest that the minister who took the advice from whatever military team will escape completely unscathed, along with the posh lads who went on all the 'paid jolleys' to Lockheed Martin, but I stand to be corrected.

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Anti-smut law dubs PCs, phones 'pornographic vendor machines', demands internet filters

Andy 97

I'm reminded of that scene in Blazing Saddles when The Governor (Mel Brookes) is read a letter from Rock Ridge about the new black sheriff.

"We have to do something to protect our phoney-baloney jobs".

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Google caps punch-yourself-in-the-face malicious charger hack

Andy 97

Re: As above

Ahh, the good old days when chargers were real chargers.

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It's OK to fine someone for repeating a historical fact, says Russian Supreme Court

Andy 97

He who said the rhyme committed the crime.

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Andy 97

Re: But not as bizarre as ...

It must be a busy day in Moscow today for all those social media commentards working for Vlad.

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Trump's 140 characters on F-35 wipes $2bn off Lockheed Martin

Andy 97

This F-35 had better be the most incredible aircraft ever made or we'll all look like total mugs.

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Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

Andy 97

Vegans; simply send your £5 notes to a vegan charity. I doubt they won't accept them.

Everyone's a winner.

You're welcome.

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Britain must send its F-35s to Italy for heavy overhauls, decrees US

Andy 97

You have to question why this information is continually being leaked and (also) the mental clarity that was employed when ordering these aircraft in the first place.

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British defence minister refuses to rule out F-35A purchase

Andy 97

The new ships don't have ramps.

The Harrier doing a VTO would burn lots of fuel and require refuelling again once it was airborne (or have its range greatly reduced).

Perhaps someone with greater knowledge of the Harrier could confirm this?

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Andy 97

British aircraft building was decimated during the 60's and 70's so that rules-out our chaps. Now we're left with a project that's still not delivering and we still don't have an alternate provider that we could deal with.

What other business in the world would put up with this?

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Facebook, Amazon, Twitter and BT bid for Indian cricket online

Andy 97

Disaster ahead.

They'll bid more than it's worth and get bitten by shareholders.

But I'm really surprised that the MNDA allowed the naming of the interested parties.

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Premier League Sky card crims ordered to cough up nearly £1m

Andy 97

Re: very confused

Ever watched the football on Sky and seen the serial number on the top right side of the screen?

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One-way Martian ticket: Pick passengers for Musk's first Mars pioneer squad

Andy 97

The Dirty Digger

Only one person deserves this golden ticket:

Rupert Murdoch.

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English Uber alles in London taxis? No way, TfL – taxi app titan

Andy 97

While I have every sympathy for the black cab drivers

who spent many hour (and substantial sums) to get their badge and car, it's not hard to see that this disruptive technology will be the winner.

Also, Talk Sport and LBC will be closed due to a lack of callers to their mid-morning and insomnia-shift programmes, so it's not all bad news.

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Post-Silk Road, Feds bust chaps for 'dealing heroin, coke' on world's largest dark web souk

Andy 97

Re: When Will the Nubs Learn That the Dark Web is No Longer Anonymous?

Or (perhaps) that their social media bragging needs to be linked to completely separate email accounts.

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Oh dear, Vodafone: Sales dip in UK

Andy 97

Can't say enough bad things about them...

Until June, they were the only circus in town, but now I have the option of two operators that (judging by some of the replies here) are even worse.

High-handed customer service and scripted responses to perfectly reasonable questions.

Sadly, if you are the only circus in town, your position is assured.

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Nitwit has fit over twit hit: Troll takes timeless termination terribly

Andy 97

He seems to be a bit of a bell-end.

Sadly there's no shortage of people like him.

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

Andy 97

Re: More fines...

Remember.... it's for YOUR SAFETY.

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Andy 97

This is the future they've all been waiting to impose on us.

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UN council: Seriously, nations, stop switching off the damn internet

Andy 97

Re: World to UN:

Yes, that and the crushing debt and calamity from fighting a major war and the pressure from the US too.

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Wales gives anti-vaping Blockleiters a Big Red Panic Button

Andy 97

How long before someone replaces the message with?:

"A sanctimonious person has felt is necessary to press a button to chastise you for smoking".

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