* Posts by Blitterbug

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Ever wonder why those Apple iPhone updates take so damn long?

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I say "Well done Apple."

Wow. Well, that's two minutes I won't get back. And your limited understanding of file system formatting is - well - interesting. Not to mention your apparent disregard for peoples' data put at risk by this masterful piece of hubris on Apple's part.

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What should password managers not do? Leak your passwords? What a great idea, LastPass

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Still way better than no password manager and reusing human rememberable passwords...

Just... no.

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Crack in black: Matte iPhones losing paint at alarming rate, gripe fans

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Re: How many of you do this sort of weekly maintenance??

Erm - anyone who cares about their device.

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Samsung battery factory bursts into flame in touching Note 7 tribute

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Re: give us an icon for irony!

I agree - closest we have is facepalm. Close but no cigar.

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How Google.org stole the Christmas Spirit

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Re: What a waste

The engineer in me wants very badly to agree with you. But the prosaic interpretation is that schools are simply after cheap web portals, and Chromebooks are just that.

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Twas the week before Xmas ... not a creature was stirring – except Microsoft admitting its Windows 10 upgrade pop-up went 'too far'

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Re: Win7 is a fix of Vista

So? Firstly, referencing the popular opinion of Vista as a failure is a disingenuous appeal to the masses. Secondly, Vista was clearly the harbinger of good things to come. Yes, it was initially badly broken. Yes, after two service packs it was still stodgy. But a fully patched Vista install contains the Win 7 driver model and much else from Win 7, and is pretty solid. Vista / Win 7 sharing the same DNA is a bad thing only in your worldview.

And what is wrong with Aero? Do you even know what Aero is? It is *not* solely the transparency effect that everyone supposes. It is a fundamental move to modelling the 2D traditional desktop using 3D GPU power, instead of using old, slow raster blitters, and is still very much fundamentally part of the Win 8 and 10 GUI.

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Re: Microsoft has been getting it wrong with user interfaces

Well, Windows 7 was bang on the money and has long taken over from XP as the 'gold standard'. In fact, the only two features from later versions that would make it better are Fast Start and Explorer's up-arrow (go to parent directory),

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Spotty battery life costs Apple's MacBook Pro its gold-star rating

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Re: a full re-index of the hard drive on the next boot

I think Apple engineers are bright enough to include reason codes in their event logs. Re-indexing due to a simple low battery condition would be dumber than a box of frogs. All laptops safely shut down when power is critically low to avoid borking the lithium cells. Well, dunno about Apple but Windows will force an emergency hibernation state when power < 2%, so when the tester fires it back up, no disk errors should have occurred.

This just sounds like poor battery management.

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Stupid law of the week: South Carolina wants anti-porno chips in PCs that cost $20 to disable

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No chance

This has about as much chance of becoming law as a barmy, racist business tycoon has of being elected president. Oh...

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Oi, Apple fanbois. Your beloved Jesus Phones are pisspoor for disabled users

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Re: complaining ... rather than picking something suitable in the first place

What if the user likes the Apple ecosystem, use a Mac and have spent years tailoring their feature set and the way they get everyday things done between desktop and phone? Are they supposed to stop complaining and break their workflow by buying outside their favourite ecosystem which otherwise does everything they need? Bit harsh, don't you think?

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Re: socially incontinent commenters

And you started off sounding so reasonable. Do ad-hominem attacks often help promulgate one's point of view? Not usually. You seem to be upset by any outrage leveled at Apple. Why so upset? Clearly there is a major usability gap here, and there is simply no denying it. I agree you didn't say 'Apple is Da Shitz so there', but you are very defensive toward them. I personally regard the lack of voice call and answer as an non-negotiable dealbreaker, and for the article author this is clearly the case.

I have worked in the disability tech field since the early eighties and am reasonably familiar with user requirements across many different disabilities. Most companies use disabled testers during usability testing including Microsoft. Why laud Apple in this way? If they got it wrong on such a major usability feature, why be so defensive? I don't understand.

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Re: I find it hard to believe this feature could possibly be missing due merely to oversight

So... sheer bloody-mindedness, then?

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Re: Have you seen how you set up an Apple iPad?

This. I don't turn away business but when I get callouts to help 'rescue' iPads that 'helpful' family members have mis-configured for elderly relatives, I always groan. As long as Find My Phone isn't set up, no problem - I can do a factory reset with the button hold combo whilst connected to iTunes, but when I see the dreaded 'Please enter the password for the user abc....@icloud.com' it's usually game over and I tell the unhappy owner that they need to get the full login details from the family member who set it up. I then have to leave, unpaid (no fix no fee). I have literally had customers telling me it was set up by a relative who lives in Australia so they could Face Time them. And can they get these login details? No.

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Windows 10 backlash: Which? demands compo for forced upgrades

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Re: "could of had"

Oh Jesus...

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Florida Man's prized jeep cremated by exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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Re: Unusual dog

Isn't that Merkin for Guide Dog?

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Pains us to run an Apple article without the words 'fined', 'guilty' or 'on fire' in it, but here we are

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Re: environment nose

I for one welcome an all-digital solution for this.

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Windows 10 pain: Reg man has 75 per cent upgrade failure rate

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Re: FBee Acronis could be the culprit

In my experience over the past year, the best route for 'difficult' systems was invariably:

1. Back up user data.

2. Install W7 + SP1 / W8.1 from scratch (or factory reset).

3. Visit MS main page and choose 'I want this POS called W10'.

4. Re-instate user data.

Side note: Freshly-reset W7 machines need at the least IE 11 or Chrome / FF. All academic now I guess, thankfully! But these tips will still work for the paid upgrade I reckon.

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Bloke flogs $40 B&W printer on Craigslist, gets $12,000 legal bill

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Re: There is nothing in that state worth saving

But But... Kurt Vonnegut? (were he still with us, I mean). And he set most of his distopian whimsies there iirc. Or was he being, er, ironic? I'm guessing the latter?

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Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

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Re: Seriously. Just shut it down properly. What's the problem?

Hardly a constructive comment. What the article isn't making clear is that some surface tablets (mine included) can enter the Sleep of Death state when powered off. I have to use the emergency two-button reset to start my Surface Pro daily, after a full power-down. This only happens if the machine is off for more than a couple of hours, so in my mind it's clearly related. And I have given up looking for solutions. There are none.

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Adobe scrambles to untangle itself from QuickTime after Apple throws it over a cliff

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Re: That would suggest you haven't been using Windows long enough :)

Touché - had to smile at that.

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Re: beige beancounter boxes with the horridly dysfuntional operating system

...wow. Just... wow

In my professional life as a Windows support engineer who runs his own business, I am often asked my opinion about whether to get a Mac, and I try to answer in as balanced a way as possible - eg, I often say yes for various use cases. What I never do is start frothing at the mouth in pointless fury.

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Windows 7's grip on the enterprise desktop is loosening

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Re: what the hell Windows is working at so furiously while idling?

Slightly unfair comparison. In my experience a genuinely 'clean' install of Windows is pretty rare - it normally runs a buttload of 3rd-party crud which is what kills the CPU and fan. I should know; I spend my life fixing overheating turd-infested hardware (and no, not by installing Mint, though the gag is always appreciated).

Also, some internal Windows services are hideously sluggish and will kill your superfast gaming rig. Best example: Unless you access a hotmail.com or outlook.com account from within Outlook (any version) then you can safely disable the Windows Search service and notice an instant, massive decrease in fan noise. This service is useless to anyone who knows which folders they have put their stuff in.

You can also safely ditch the following: the two Homegroup services (seriously - who the hell uses Homegroup - and why?) and the Skype update service. Actually, you can rip out nearly any update service other than Google's and Windows' own.

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Re: Today, this morning, KB2952664 and KB3035583 magically unhid themselves

Latest version of GWX Control Panel ought to do the trick. Haven't seen the GWX malware punch through it yet, though the author is sadly deferential to MS in his phraseology (both on his blog and in the language and choices available in the utility). I understand that as he has a relationship with MS (or with their staff) he doesn't want to burn his bridges, but when our best hope for barring this arrant filth is an MS-associated developer, we're really on planet la-la.

Disclaimer: WinX ain't so bad with ClassicShell. It's the GWX malware I really hate with a burning passion.

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Stagefright flaw still a nightmare: '850 million' Androids face hijack risk

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click-to-play won't protect against trojan smut!

But I'm guessing the unspoken elephant in the room is that some of us might be using our phones / tablets to surf for free tuggables. And there is a veritable Aladdin's cave of dodgy MP4s out there, and anyone who wants to get their thang on is not going to be shielded by a click-to-play protection. Because no play == no funsies.

Icon because, ahem.

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Mystery Kindle update will block readers from books after Wednesday

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Re: Bookerly, etc?

All good points. As long as they don't 'vanish' any of my sideloads I'm still cool with it though... I think.

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Bookerly, etc?

Surely this will be the long-awaited firmware update that brings Bookerly to 1st-gen Paperwhites? The article makes it sound sinister, but this update is long overdue so I'm guessing this is what it is. All my Kindle apps have Bookerly now so it would be great to finally get it on my Paperwhite.

Discalimer: I'm normally the guy sporting the tin-foil hat in the corner.

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'Adobe Creative Cloud update ate my backup!'

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Re: crown of excrement

Ah, le mot juste....

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Nvidia GPUs give smut viewed incognito a second coming

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The nVidia Tug Bug

Can I be the first to name it? Oh, go on...

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Upset Microsoft stashes hard drive encryption keys in OneDrive cloud?

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Re: Only Microsoft employees down vote this comment!

Wow. And I didn't even know I worked for Microsoft.

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Cache-astrophic: Why Valve's Steam store spewed players' private profiles to strangers

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Re: Now I concede that Windows is the better system for gaming

This changed my reflexive DV into an UV! Balanced and makes sense. I loves me Windows 7, and I've long said the X-Windows bottleneck can be problematic on Linux & Unix (may be out of date here tbh) but I like the ease of getting up'n'running with Mac software and configuring printers & such, so...

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What did we learn today? Microsoft has patented the slider bar

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Re: What kind of stuff are you doing?

Can't speak for the other guy, but on my clean Surface, LibreOffice (which I love) has a sluggish UI and laggy loading speed - just generally feels clunky.

As I said, I love it but if you want to DV an honest observation based on opening and manipulating the same docs in Word 2010 to test compatibility, go fer it!

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Aroused Lycra-clad cyclist prompts Manchester cop dragnet

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Nips?

I'd only point out that nips aren't exactly genitalia. A more appropriate comparison would be with women proudly displaying their camel toe?

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Apple's Watch charging pad proves Cupertino still screwing buyers

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Re: it doesn't bother iWatch owners if their charging matt doesn't charge Samsung phones...

Way to miss the point! It's about the fact that you can't buy a generic Qi charger for your iWatch, and are instead forced to front up for the dubious pleasure of the £80 white teaplate.

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Windows 10 is an antique (and you might be too) says Google man

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Re: Change it to a noise that doesn't sound like a text message...

Or, you could, I dunno, swipe your finger down from the top of the screen near the left and actually read the notification list? Just an idea.

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FBI, US g-men tried to snatch DNA results from blood-testing biz. What a time to be alive

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Re: '...to bring hookers into it if there's no blackjack...'

+1 for slipping in one of my favourite Bender gags.

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AVG to flog your web browsing, search history from mid-October

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Re: And to think people used to actually pay for software

Cheesy sarcasm fail. And don't even try and apply RAH quotes here; the free AV model has been for many years to a) push ads or b) attract paying customers by dangling bells & whistles in the form of toast ads every month or so. Both methods are perfectly acceptable.

Selling on your browser history? Much less so. What AVG are doing is making a paradigm shift to adopt the same business model as, say, gmail. If you are fine with this then great, but I will be forcibly prying this excrescence off as many of my clients' machines as possible from now on.

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Surface Book: Microsoft to turn unsuccessful tab into unsuccessful laptop

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Re: did someone see "Linux" and decide to go on the offensive?

...erm, sorry 'bout that.

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Microsoft's big Tuesday reveal: New mobiles and slabs? Win 10 shock?

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Re: It's impossible to play world of warcraft...

Wait, what? I love my Surface Pro but why would I ever try to use it as a hotplate by stressing the Intel HD graphics in this way??? C'mon, you have to be trolling. In which case, well done, sir - you achieved your goal of getting me well-and-truly overheated...

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Apple iPhone 6S: Same phone, another day, but TOTALLY DIFFERENT

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Re: I'm sick to death of people complaining about lack of an SD card slot

... You *are* an actual developer, I assume? How about oh, I dunno, doing what Android developers have been doing for years? A 64GB micro SD card packed with goodies like entire TV seasons and films becomes a portable library between my various tablets. Except on my iPad mini, where I have to stream over Wifi from my NAS box <sigh>

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PRIMITIVE TOOLS found near MICROSOFT headquarters

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Re: Careful with that iSpear...

... You're holding it wrong

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Wileyfox smartphones: SD card, no bloatware, Cyanogen, big battery – yes to all!

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Re: Aren't these called Starburst nowadays?

...Only by Merkins & the very young... and don't even mention Sni... er, Marathons...

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ANIMALS being CUT UP to make Apple Watch straps

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Re: Prise 'em off an Australian surfer's leg?

Ty for the choking fit

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Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes

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Re: There are others available

Hmm. Pokki sucks the big one. It's almost malware in its tenacity to cling to your system, and in my book any software that positively begs you not to dislodge it by definition requires the bin.

I tried startisback once, but it blew chunks.

I'm an ex-Start8 user who switched to ClassicShell as soon as they fixed some initial drag-n-drop issues with it. Bloody brilliant, I put it on all my clients' W8 (& now W10) machines. They love it. Not surprisingly...

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Shapps launches probe into Wikimedia UK over self-pluggery allegs

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You: wave hands again, claim to have read from the source, claim a lack of bias

...Interesting use of 'claim'. AGF, anyone? :)

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Re: Having just accepted personal liability...

...Odd response, that. Shouldn't you really have avoided personal liability? Why deliberately invite potential problems? But yes, I have read pretty much every piece of news about this including - as I believe I mentioned - scrutinising all the available WP 'evidence' first-hand.

For many years I've had a keen personal interest in various examples of alleged WP misbehaviour, which I've often followed closely in n attempt to gain insights into why people do these sorts of things - aside from the obvious such as massaging a BLP article, and so forth. At first this simply seemed another such example. And, rather than blindly fall victim to biased news coverage, I went directly to the source, spending many interesting hours reading through the DIFFs and talk page comments. Ultimately my opinion is only my opinion, but the 'evidence' that I saw certainly seems to correlate largely with the opinions expressed by the Guardian.

I think what I'm getting at here is Mr O's ongoing anti-WP stance as much as anything. I went to great pains in my previous post to point out my own political ambivalence, but this would appear to be the latest in a string of fairly anti-WP articles by the same author, and this intrigues me.

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Toys rapidly exiting the pram

WP has its flaws, and it's certainly very far from perfect, but there's really very little to dispute in this particular case. Politicians of every colour have been caught wiki-cooking during the run up to the last election, but this bozo takes the biscuit. Caught with his fingers in the figurative till, rather than gracefully admitting defeat, or just abandoning his alleged sockpuppet persona, he hung on for grim life in the face of ever-increasing evidence of his alleged activities.

I've followed this closely for months, and read all of the WP talk threads involved. Not because I have a political axe to grind; I couldn't give a monkey if this guy was Conservative, Labour or Lib Dem - but because this twerp has been disingenuous to a fault throughout the whole sorry mess. That's what annoys me.

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The Martian: Matt Damon sciences the sh*t out of the red planet

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Re: ...spot on in invoking the personal journal of a jobbing engineer

I understand where you're coming from, but most good first-person SF 'magically' has a highly literate prose style that evokes a sense of awesome. See RAH, Chris Priest, Ursula Le Guin etc. Sadly, clumsy prose doesn't come across as more realistic; it just feels clumsy.

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Abort, abort! Metal-on-metal VIOLENCE as Google's robo-car nearly CRASHES

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'his prototype was cut off by a Google vehicle'

I had to read that twice, after visions of the Google car extruding a robotic arm, reaching in to the other car's cabin and switching the ignition off.

Please could our UK site use UK terms in future?

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MILLIONS of broadband punters aren't getting it fast enough – Which?

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Re: Does Anyone Use this capacity?

Tim,

What the hell are you smoking, my man??

Do you not realise that a reasonably normal household containing yucky teenagers will absolutely bring your 7mb line to its knees? Minecraft, WoW, CoD, TeamSpeak, you name it. And that's before the porn! Hell, it's even before everyone else in the house's porn...

I'm apparently rare in that I actually get >90% of whatever package I am on from my ISP. But I use Entanet who buy from BT Wholesale. Example: I was on good old 8mb, of which I got between 7.5 - 8mb, but it wasn't quite fast enough for my, erm, needs so I got FTTC and now get between 18 - 20mb.

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Strapping strap-on chaps strap in to tap that vat of greenbacks

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Headline!

Nuthin to say about the story - but the headline is one of your best yet!

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