* Posts by Paul

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Two's company, Three's unbowed: You Brits will pay more for MMS snaps

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I just deleted the mms settings

I just deleted the mms settings off my phone, I'm a three customer. I never use it, and want to ensure I can't accidentally use mms.

I don't care if I cant receive mms. Also, chances are receiving mms messages is still a security risk.

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BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

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Re: Yeah right

VOIP doesn't need much bandwidth at all, a few tens of kilobits/second if that.

what it does need is power. old fashioned analogue phones are powered by the phone line, you don't get that with an optical fibre, and so a SIP ATA needs a mains adapter and battery backup.

how many people have cordless phones at home where the base station has no battery backup? I think probably 99% of cordless phone base stations have no battery.

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Scissors cut paper. Paper wraps rock. Lab-made enzyme eats plastic

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Re: Passing the buck

yes, recycling and waste disposal is an externality for many businesses.

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Airbus plans beds in passenger plane cargo holds

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given the way security is going, I think airports and airlines will simply sedate passengers and load them into coffin-shaped pods and stack them up. You'll get loaded like cargo, and then woken up at the other end of the journey. If the plane ditches, the pods will be ejected and can float. If the plane crashes, you can be buried in the pod, no need to scrape out the hamburger meat inside!

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Gemini: Vulture gives PDA some Linux lovin'

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Re: It's still rather disappointing

there are different sets of keycaps for different countries, but you had to tell Planet before they made them and shipped them out!

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I use a smartwatch which means I don't need to touch my phone to see who's calling, and a collar-style always-on bluetooth headset means I can quickly pop an ear bud to make or receive a call. To make a call I just dab a button on the headset and say "ok google... call Andy Aardvark mobile" and voila! My phone can stay in my pocket. Being able to safely ignore calls discretely during meetings is very handy, especially if it's a recruiter I want to talk to ;-)

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Did the reviewer not realise you can fit a camera?

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there's an active forum discussing the Gemini, especially linux, here:

https://www.oesf.org/forum/index.php?showforum=192

it used to be a forum for the Sharp Zaurus, so there's many old-timers who've woken up (like me!).

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2018's Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop is a lovely lappie

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Any technical information?

Does it run Linux?

User replaceable battery?

Expandable memory or soldered in?

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Windows Server 2019 coming next year and the price is going up

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The problem with using a GUI to set up and manage your os is that you send up with a bunch of snowflakes - each one individual and special.

By scripting the deployment you can reproduce a machine exactly as many times as you want.

There's many benefits. E.g, you only need worry about backing up your data and not the OS.

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Developer mistakenly deleted data - so thoroughly nobody could pin it on him!

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Many years ago I inherited a Sun workstation to look after because I'd shown some interest in learning about it. I was fairly proficient in DOS, and had used unix a bit at university. It was the only unix box in the company, and had been installed with the new fangled Mosaic web browser and had a 4800 baud modem to attach to the internet, wow! People would login and spend 15 minutes doing this new email thing!

One job was to apply a bunch of patches to upgrade the system. The instructions said to reboot into single user mode, and make sure the /tmp directory was empty. I did that, and deleted all the files in /tmp. But I did "ls -la" and there were a load of files starting with a dot. So I did "rm -rf .*". After a long time, I wondered what it was doing. I ran "ls" and it failed, I forget, but it was clear the machine was f**ked. The rm command had traversed to .. and had deleted pretty much everything.

The boss asked why I'd not backed it up, because the machine had a floppy drive! I think it had an amazing 40MB drive, so I said it was impractical to feed 60 floppies in (720K), even if we had them. He wasn't impressed. He later bought an adaptor card to use with a Plasmon (I think) optical disk storage thing.

So, I ended up reinstalling the system from scratch.

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Ofcom to networks: Want this delicious 5G spectrum? You'll have to improve 4G coverage

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Re: Too right, here here

you mean like the success that Railtrack has been, renting access to the railway lines?

or the success that attempting to open BT's infra by forcing BT to rent access using Openreach?

hmmm.

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Oracle UK's profits have more than halved

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I'm so, so sad for them.

Oh wait, I'm not.

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British clockwork radio boffin Trevor Baylis terminally winds down

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Sad news. BBC news really positive about his life, and showing him meeting Mandela and others, but failed to mention he was ripped off.

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OK, who is shooting at Apple staff buses in California? Knock it off

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William Tell Apple turnover

Surely if you're shooting at Apples, you should be using arrows and your name should be William Tell

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Alexa muted, Twilio taps out, and Bitbucket kicks the, er, bucket amid AWS data center hiccup

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availability zones

And now we find out how many companies blindly use Amazon without reading the documentation and understanding they need to use multiple availability zones!

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Cryptocurrencies kill people and may kill again, says Bill Gates

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they didn't get to ask what he thought about languages where whitespace was part of the code?

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Apple to devs: Code for the iPhone X or nothing from April onwards

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Just as well Apple are so benevolent

When the level of control that Apple have over their closed ecosystem, it's just as well they're so benevolent and caring towards developers and customers.

Imagine how it would be if they ignored customers' needs and raised their prices every year and obsoleted useful features, or made their products unrepairable?

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Huawei claims national security is used as plausible excuse for 'protectionism'

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ah yes, we can definitely trust GCHQ to ensure products are secure...

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/01/19/key_voice_encryption_protocol_has_backdoor/

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Yorkshire cops have begun using on-the-spot fingerprint scanners

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agreed, we now have a mobile Big Brother to follow us around

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Military techie mangled minicomputer under nose of scary sergeant

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they had some Pr1me computers for CAD software at Leeds University. I think I might even have the little "getting started" booklet they issued of common commands.

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I once had a sparky fit an emergency power off button for the bank of UPSs in our computer room. It needed to be somewhere near the door.

So this is where he fitted it:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/12629882@N05/2984032016/in/album-72157626308470071/

And if anybody banged the door open too quickly...

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Tall, slim models are coming to take over dumpy SSD territory

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Re: Isolinear

Never let logic and reasoning get in the way of a movie plot line.

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Re: Height Correction

I think that's nano-furlongs.

https://youtu.be/r7x-RGfd0Yk

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Yeah, also my server doesn't have an emoji bar like the Macbook Pro, so I can't display the server status on the front in pretty pictures.

Also, its memory isn't soldered in, which means I don't get the opportunity to throw it away but have to keep them damn thing and upgrade it instead, which is a real nuisance.

I really don't know what the server designers are up to, surely they should be copying Apple better.

That's sarcasm by the way.

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Well done, UK.gov. You hit superfast broadband target (by handing almost the entire project to BT)

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Re: Maybe

when I was on holiday in Mallorca a year ago, I saw quite a few adverts for fibre internet.. for less than I pay in the UK for 36Mb/s (on FTTC, but long phone line, so I only get 6M up) I could have had 300M. I was very sad.

although it has probably boosted BT's margins by sweating their copper assets, this only benefits them in the short term.

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Virgin Media skulks in disused public toilets

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more fibre

we've been told we need more fibre in our diet, well, we also need more fibre in our internets, however, I want my fibre in my house, not in the next street.

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Lenovo's craptastic fingerprint scanner has a hardcoded password

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Lenovo get fingered again for bad security

Lenovo get fingered again for bad security

.. I'll get me coat!

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User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster

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I've heard this before, alongside coffee cup holders and tippex on the screen.

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Re: Reminds me of a story

Then no offence , but your parents are either senile or dumb.

no offense, but you're rude and thoughtless.

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DigitalOcean cuts cloud server pricing to stop rivals eating its lunch

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I usually pick the best deal from the LowEndBox blog.

I'm currently with ChicagoVPS, pay less than DO and get a higher end box; their support is good too. Downside is they don't do IPv6 and don't appear to have any plans to.

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Ford giving electric car investment a jolt to the tune of $11bn

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they have a focus electric. it's not that good

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/ford/focus/electric-hatchback

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Re: If you build them...

what happens when your infernal combustion engine wears out? those aren't cheap either. and you'll spend a fair bit on cambelts, oil changes, spark plugs, etc whilst you're putting 300,000 miles on the clock.

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you mean like the Renault Zoe?

or the Nissan Leaf (old and new model)?

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Users clutch refilled Box boxen after 'empty' folder panic

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This is kind of a non-story.

Anybody who relies on a single device or single service to store valuable data deserves to lose it. It doesn't matter if you use Google Drive, Amazon Glacier, Box, Dropbox, Spideroak (just off the too of my head) or any other of the many services, you should always have replicas of your data.

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Apple agrees to pay £136m in back idiot taxes to UK taxman

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Re: "...the company has agreed..."

is it any wonder that people leave HMRC to set up their own accountancy? I'm sure their brighter staff study the tax rules for loop holes and then go and start a consultancy/accounting business specifically to sell their services to rich people who need such things.

one day I hope to be rich enough that it's cheaper to employ an accountant than do my own tax return, so that said accountant will be able to save her or his own fees in tax savings ;-)

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The healing hands of customer support get an acronym: Do YOU have 'tallah-toe-big'?

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Sometimes I've been asked to help because the person can't print, say, a Word document.

So I go over and operate the computer, and let them watch me see it being done. I'll open the word document in question, click the right buttons to print it, and we'll walk over to the printer where everything is printed just fine.

Then I'll say "it seems to be working now", and "how were you trying to print it?" and they'll mumble something incoherently whilst looking at their feet.

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Qualcomm joins Intel, Apple, Arm, AMD in confirming its CPUs suffer hack bugs, too

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So where is IBM statement about and Power8 and Power9 in this?

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That was fast... unlike old iPhones: Apple sued for slowing down mobes

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Re: That probably explains..

Problem with sealed-in battery with water-proofed device is it's expensive and difficult to replace the battery and you usually lose the water-proofing too.

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How's this for a stocking filler next year? El Reg catches up with Gemini

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Re: Linux

I imagine that Linux on Android will be lxc or other chroot container.

I do this already on my phone, with a full debian shell environment. If I want a gui I have to use a virtual frame buffer in vncserver, then use android vncviewer. It's slow, but it does work.

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UK.gov pushes ahead with legal right to 10Mbps

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I'd be Ok with paying a few thousand to get fibre in to my house, BUT, it's the fact I'd then be stuck with paying a bill of hundreds every month that I can't justify.

Sure, I know that there's a big difference between domestic/contended and business/low-contention services, but the cost of fibre once deployed surely has the same price (to an order of magnitude)?

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A million UK homes still get crappy broadband speeds, groans Ofcom

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Re: I'm not rural

QoS is not honoured by your ISP, you need to do clever stuff on your router yourself to reserve bandwidth for your streaming devices.

As for Draytek. hmm. They seem so good on the spec sheet on the web. Built yourself a pfSense or OpnSense firewall instead.

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Re: People are managing it...

If you could offer people in deeply rural areas the chance to have a decent internet connection, then perhaps we'd see businesses move into those areas, offering a chance of a local career to young people, and then less young people abandoning those places, and it could lead to a renewal of those communities.

That might win votes, and win funding.

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New Capita system has left British Army recruits unable to register online

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Minimum viable product

A friend worked at crapita, there were two things he hated. One was having to commute into London. But by far the biggest was crapita's mantra of "minimum viable product". I.e. What is the least they can do to satisfy the contractual terms? This allows them to put in low bids for contracts, knowing they'll pick up lots of work fixing design flaws.

This, coupled with basic IT illiteracy* in the government and the default choice of taking the cheapest, leads to the usual clutterfunk situation.

* e.g. I recall the head of the home office (I think) complaining about how salaries of IT people were too high because she didn't think it was a skilled job!

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Get ready for laptop-tab-smartphone threesomes from Microsoft, Lenovo, HP, Asus, Qualcomm

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Hoping these won't be locked down like windows rt v devices were

Sadly I think these will be locked down like the original Arm Windows RT devices, which will prevent running Linux natively.

However, maybe, the same Linux shell stuff will be built in to this version of Windows but it will be Arm binaries not x86?

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User dialled his PC into a permanent state of 'Brown Alert'

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Re: What do they teach.....

Someone once cleaned their crt with nail varnish remover. It also removed quite a large area of the anti-glare-reflection coating, leaving a smeared mess.

The monitor was basically f'd, and ended up in the computer room for the rare times the kvm cart was in use.

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There was a brief time when you had separate bnc connectors for red blue and green, so I swapped round the red and blue channels* on a colleagues computer whilst he had a coffee break. After he spent ten minutes fiddling with colour settings on the windows control panel, I swapped them back.

* sync on green.

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Ofcom proposes ways to stop BT undercutting broadband rivals

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They should change the cost ratio so that BT retail have to charge more for the Internet connectivity and tv services and BTOpenReach charge less for the phone line.

This means that other ISPs also pay less to use the phone line, and can better compete with the value added by extra services.

At the moment the high line rental is basically subsidising BT retail and making it harder for other ISPs to compete.

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Ex-cop who 'kept private copies of data' fingers Cabinet Office minister in pr0nz at work claims

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Re: The issue I have with this

Get a second hard drive for your work laptop so you don't use the corporate OS image for your personal internet activities.

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