* Posts by nematoad

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MPs bash broadband tax

nematoad
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Bah!

Why should anyone be penalised for living in the country?

I live where I do because I was born here and my family live all around. I know I'm lucky as I live in a beautiful part of the world and accept that there may be some drawbacks to doing so , though what you have never had you don't miss; but why should I be penalised for going back to where I came from? What I originally posted were some questions asking who would pay but not use the improved broadband service and used my personal example to point out what the consequences of this part of the bill might be

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nematoad
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Definitions please

"a majority who will not, or are unable to, reap the benefits of that charge,"

What does that mean? Does it mean that people who are forced to pay the levy are in areas that will be covered by fast broad band and thus will pay for something they already enjoy? Or, does it mean that people in remote areas who pay will never reap the benefits because they are too far from the exchange? Finally does it mean that people who have no interest in using the internet, 10 million, by some accounts, will have to pay regardless of the fact that they don't want broadband fast or otherwise?

I am in the second category, I have broadband, of sorts, but will NEVER get 2Mb/s as I am too far from the exchange. So why should I pay when there is no likelihood of me benefitting?

Lots of questions, any answers gratefully received.

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Westminster politicos told to grasp Vista nettle

nematoad
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Not that old chestnut, again

@ David Arno

When was the last time you looked at Linux, if ever?

I gave a Mandriva box to my computer illiterate sister a couple of months ago, apart from saying "Where's the start button?" she took to it like a duck to water. Another thing, I don't suppose that MPs will be installing Linux themselves, although that is now much easier than it was and even easier than MS Windows. Also why should we be wasting OUR money propping up a convicted monopolist?

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Windows 7 'genuine' nagware winging its way to OS

nematoad
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Sigh!

@Doug Glass.

You know that it doesn't have to be like this? I realise that Windows may be vital to you in that there are applications that are not available elsewhere or that you have invested time and money in your Windows systems and would find moving difficult. This may be true in the the short term but do you really want to spend the rest of your life on the MS treadmill? Take it easy and move over to Gnu/Linux a step at a time. The amount of time currently spent dodging MS's schemes to control you could be much more productivly spent freeing yourself from their grasp. An added benefit of course is that you would cease giving your money to MS and that would hurt them much more than you getting a bit of satisfaction from defying "the Man"

Think about it, there *IS* a better way.

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Drayson locks Forces chiefs out of Defence budget carve-up

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Who's money?

"in its bid to pocket more government cash."

Just a brief note to remind everyone that the government has NO money. It's the taxpayers i.e. yours and mine.

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Google Toolbar caught tracking users when 'disabled'

nematoad
Big Brother

Re. Hate the Googlebar

It makes me want to go all open-source and grow a beard!

Ah, beards are not compusory especially for the ladies!

I did note that the bug/feature is only applicable to MS IE.

Score one for Firefox.Seamonkey, Opera etc then.

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Testimony spills messy details in eBay-Craigslist squabble

nematoad

A recommendation ?

"and an inability to use PowerPoint." If that's a disqualifier for running a company then I have to say that I am surprised that so many companies are still trading. This said after suffering for what seems to be years to the rambling, incoherent drivel that is usually presented using the above software.

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Mozilla to open - gasp! - Firefox add-on store

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Let the market decide

I think that Mozilla should test the waters on this. If someone devises an add-on that people are willing to pay for then in the spirit of FLOSS then they should be allowed to ask for a fee. What would not be acceptable is for Mozilla to take the Apple route and dictate who and what is in the store. Job's mob really don't need to squeeze their market for money, what really rocks their boat is control. If this was tried in a FLOSS enviromnent then, like the internet people would view this as damage and route around it. After all, free is in freedom as well as in beer.

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Windows XP on netbooks to lose life support?

nematoad
Linux

@Goat Jam

Well, that's quite a trick seeing as the Asus eee701 didn't ship until November 2007. I got one of the first from RM and apart from upgrading the memory it's still running as well as ever and does all I want from it i.e. web surfing, email etc. No office apps, if I need to write something I can use Kwrite. It's great, because when I go abroad it does not make much of an impact on my baggage allowance and fits easily into my cabin bag.

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Tories will scrap 'pre-crime' vetting

nematoad
Big Brother

I won't be the first or last

I won't be the first but this is 1984 come true. The Onset programme is of course concentrating on thought crime. Perhaps when we get a new government they will finally rename the Home Office/ Ministry of Justice to the Ministry of Love. "Scotty beam me up!"

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Anti-filesharing laws revive crypto fears for spooks

nematoad
Big Brother

Ah! but that's the point.

GCHQ "has long battled public use of cryptography." Ah! is that why encryption is so tricky for the average punter? "Make a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door" So come on cryptologists and programmers make encryption such a trivial thing to set-up and you will be doing the world agreat service.

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Internet Archive uncloaks open ebook dream machine

nematoad
Headmaster

Control? What control?

If I have to buy a book I would rather get a paper based one. Then *I* decide what I can and can't do with it. If I want to give it to a friend I can and if I want to sell it I can. I have absolutely no trust in either the good faith of e-book sellers or the "cloud". I may be thought old fashioned but when I pay for something I like to think that I should be the one in charge.

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Managing the Windows desktop estate: Your view

nematoad
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Security by weight

I left the desktop support scene long ago but the best antidote to users opening their boxes was, in my opinion, a 21" CRT monitor. Those beasties weighed a ton and took two people to unpack and put them on top of the desktop form PCs we had. It would have taken someone with the physique of Arnold Schwartzenegger to lift one of those off to get inside. Pity it was only the CAD department that had them. A lot of grief would have been avoided if all the PCs had been as inaccesible.

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