* Posts by Martin Summers

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MH 370 search to resume as Malaysia makes deal with US oceanographic company

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1. I did point out that the same funding was sadly not given to everyone and it should be.

2. Finding someone whether they are dead or alive is still a worthwhile endeavour *in my opinion* whether it's one or hundreds hence my parallel with a missing child, it was just an example. I've never lost someone close to me like that, have you? But I can damn well empathise with it. Until you have experienced that loss it's quite easy to talk in terms of return on investment, these are human lives we are talking about and if it was a member of your close family I doubt money would come into it or are you actually saying you could be that pragmatic?

3. I expressed no opinion on the Madeline case at all other than what happened. I happen to agree with what you've said about her parents but it's got nothing to do with finding her and it wasn't her fault! I don't care what they've spent trying to find her as was my point. I'm not quite sure what was meant to be bullshit about my own opinion.

Jeez, if you're going to criticise at least read what I've put and think about it a bit.

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As far as I'm concerned any cost is acceptable where human lives are concerned. I don't know if you're aware of the Madeline McCann case (a young British girl who went missing/was kidnapped at a holiday hotel) they are continuing to fund that search years after she went missing and only the cold hearted would deny the money to do that for her or anyone else unless every possible avenue was exhausted, although unfortunately not everyone gets that level of assistance which is wrong.

Governments find money for things when they need it and this should be no exception. It's called compassion and if any organisation can spend money on mercy missions it is a Government.

As it happens this company are offering no find no fee which is a shame couldn't have been happening sooner. I suspect as someone else pointed out above that the company are gaining deep sea intelligence for someone else at the same time but so what, it's clever practical thinking and it means we don't just give up and relatives may well get some answers.

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“Ocean Infinity will focus on searching the seafloor in an area that has previously been identified by experts as the next most likely location to find MH370.”

Experts whose credibility surely start degrading the more 'likely' locations they suggest. Am I an expert if I say "try there, oh nothing there? OK try over there instead it's bound to be there, nothing, hmm, really had a good feeling about that one".

I hope these guys do find it, the families need and deserve answers to this as does the world. We can't just have planes inexplicably disappear somewhere never to be heard of again.

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Crappy upload speeds a thing of the past in fresh broadband 'net spec

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Re: Data Caps?

Buy magazines or DVD's of it instead?

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Star Wars: Big Euro cinema group can't handle demand for tickets to new flick

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Re: it's up, but doesn't work

"Maybe people should just relax a little and realise they still have two months to book their tickets..."

Precisely, it's not like it's a one off event or something. Why would a cinema spend a packet and wipe out what profit they might have from this film spending money on increasing capacity for their booking system,when all it takes is for people to chill and wait for a bit.

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BT fined £25,000 over second unsafe London roadworks this year

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"Are there a few digits misplaced in the above figures?"

I would hope so, although sadly I imagine they are correct. Even if there were an error clearly monetary punishment isn't the answer.

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Fantastic job folks, the fines really seem to be doing the trick!

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Leicestershire teen admits attempting to hack director of the CIA

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Key word here is *attempting*, they caught him and we certainly know of others they have too. So I don't think they're actually having any trouble in the protection or deterrence department.

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There's a way to dodge Fasthosts' up-to-160% domain renewal hike but you're not gonna like it

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Amazingly enough I'm trying to get into my UKReg account to take my domains away from them and I can't get in. Supposedly bad password, so I reset it. Still bad username or password. I smell a rat!

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Musk: Come ride my Big F**king Rocket to Mars

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I hope he makes it, the future is built on the dreams that men like him have.

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Internet-wide security update put on hold over fears 60 million people would be kicked offline

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Re: The problem?

"DNS is hierarchical in nature, and we don't know how far up the tree the rot has settled."

And you'd hope they'd quickly identify and fix it. Sometimes it takes things to break completely before someone does something about creaky infrastructure, in fact that's how a lot of companies work with their IT budget!

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Is this cough cancer, doc? No: it's a case of Playmobil on the lung

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Re: Now that we're in this area...

Must be awkward with the rest of it stuck outside?

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Mom, mom! Make China stopppp! US govt gripes about Beijing's internet censorship to WTO

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Re: Why thw silly headline?

Well it's something like this: Two siblings are arguing and one isn't going to listen to the other let alone do anything they say, so the aggrieved sibling goes to an authority, let's say Mom, to try and make their sibling do what they want. Of course, Mom isn't going to do a damn thing and tells them both to bugger off and play nicely together cos she's busy watching her stories. Not that she'd have much chance either but that's a different matter.

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Australia commits to establish space agency with no budget, plan, name, deadline …

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Re: A name?

National Australian Space Agency or NASA for short.

Oh, hang about...

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"Yes, a spaceport should be near the equator, but a spacepork is best situated near a dense mass of potential votes."

Mmm... Spacepork

I would love to know what kind of words you've got stored in your auto correct. Anyway, maybe you're thinking subconsciously that Oz will get a space agency when pigs fly (in space)?

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Shock! Hackers for medieval caliphate are terrible coders

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Re: Cars are crap because Robin Reliants are crap

Goddamnit it's Reliant Robin!!! The manufacturer was Reliant, Robin being the model.

I will read the rest of your post now. Just needed to make that clear :-).

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How Apple is taming the ad biz. Just don't expect Google or Zuck to follow

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"and regularly run an application like CCleaner"

Erm. Got some bad news for you there my friend...

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Ah, good ol' Windows update cycles... Wait, before anything else, check your hardware

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Re: Semtex451

"I'm old enough to remember a time when El Reg wasn't trying to be the Daily Mail of IT news pages. When it didn't treat the readership as cash cows"

There are direct parallels with the milk farming industry and online publications. Milk from smaller farms used to be delivered in bottles to your door by a guy you used to know the name of. Supermarkets took that away by selling milk to a wider audience. We the humble readership are the cows being milked for a lesser yield than was available many years ago. More sites for those eyeballs mean this is how it is. There would be mutiny if this site compromised its integrity and whilst the Reg has come close to the boundaries they've never crossed them. As has been raised before by commentards including me (but never gone any further) they could introduce a subscription for no ads or even a paywall. Look how that's turned out for some well known publications. We have to accept that this is how they survive and recognise that it is in The Registers' own interest to make sure it keeps us on side with this arrangement.

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Microsoft and Facebook's transatlantic cable completed

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Re: Great News

"How many cat videos per second will fit down the inner-tube?"

I've just checked The Register Standard units page and there doesn't appear to be a measurement unit for data transfer. Which is surprising! I think CV/Ps should be considered for entry. You'd need the average length of a cat video though.

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New HMRC IT boss to 'recuse' herself over Microsoft decisions

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Nokia

Reminds me of when Elop went to 'work' at Nokia. Are HMRC becoming a division of Microsoft in 2 years time then?

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US government sued by 11 pissed-off travellers over computer searches

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Re: That humming noise

No, it's the sound of his ghost whispering "told you so".

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Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

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Re: Windows Phone Type Tiles

"4. Ditch Itunes, I'd rather pay spottily than use Itunes."

That is a choice you can already make.

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"My feature request for iPhone and Android is to run Windows"

Now come on, that's just being silly isn't it.

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Hi Amazon, Google, Apple we might tax you on revenue rather than profit – love, Europe

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Re: equal taxation

I know about the personal allowance I was being simplistic for brevity. It's still a large chunk.

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Re: equal taxation

I agree. A percentage is a percentage and a flat rate still means those that earn more pay more. I think that should be the case for personal taxation too and I've never understood why just because you earn more you have to give up 45% of your earnings in tax (and I'm a basic rate tax payer so no bitterness here), that must sting so much seeing that much of your earnings disappear like that. It's no wonder companies and indeed wealthier individuals than I get up to the legal loophole tricks they do. Make it a level playing field and everyone wins.

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Achievement unlocked: Tesla boosts batteries for Irma refugees

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Wasting battery capacity and holding it to ransom like that is a cheap trick. I'm amazed they do this. Can you imagine a pop up on a phone losing battery power saying you can unlock extra power to give you an hour longer for an extra £10? I just wouldn't buy it. We are all used to unlocking extra software features and that's fair enough, but hardware? Come on really? I hate to be cynical in the face of supposed altruism but Tesla owners are hardly poor and this just sounds like a sales trick to fleece them out of more cash when they've got used to the extra range.

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Pack up, go home to your family: Google Drive is flipping out

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Re: Thousands

"I've been drinking this afternoon!"

Tea has that effect on you?!

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Microsoft extends free Windows 10 S to Win 10 Pro upgrade offer

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The irony being that you already have! Observation or not.

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Smart meters: 'Dog's breakfast' that'll only save you 'a tenner' – report

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Ultimately this wasn't really to benefit consumers it was to reduce overall energy consumption across the country. Not only that it paves the way for electricity companies to turn your smart appliances like your fridge or freezer (when they become widely used) down a notch when power demand is high. It also makes the army of meter readers mostly redundant. Saving money for consumers is the last thing on the energy companies' mind and £10 a year is throwing a small bone at them to make it look as if it's a benefit to them.

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Microsoft sets the date for Fall Creators Update

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Lenovo let slip the date? Wasn't 'fall' a big enough giveaway? I mean come on, who's actually bothered enough about the specifics...

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Crushed Juicero now officially a fruitless endeavor

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Their business plan was pulp fiction and they are liquidising their assets before someone sends the boys round.

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Two million customer records pillaged in IT souk CeX hack attack

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Several Reg readers dropped you a line including me literally just because I didn't think to check the site first. Typical. I'll never get a gold badge ;-)

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China to identify commentards with real‑name policy

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Re: Scanning Utility bills.

"Home printed or mailed-out"

Home printed, I should have made that clearer. It is ludicrous that they will accept it as proof of address but I guess that's all there is really. I think most places just use them as a backup to the passport or driving licence.

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Re: Scanning Utility bills.

"The only one I could find was a Water Bill. Everything else is pretty much electronic these days."

Anywhere that has requested ID from me have been quite happy to take my printed bills as proof of address.

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Re: We will all get there. Eventually

"That did not really exist even back then. Someone with enough motivation and resources could unmask you."

Indeed, all you had to do sometimes was Finger them to find out more about them.

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Re: We will all get there. Eventually

Are you worried we will all find out that you aren't really Voland's right hand?

On the plus side we might get to find out who aManfromMars is. Would be quite a shock if he turns out to not be a bot.

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So what's in the new Windows Insider build? Bug fixes, an AR goof-around, and a font

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Re: Half hour of my life

Unless you have insider previews activated on a laptop you use to take to site day to day and rely on (I would hope not) then no it won't be.

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Re: And when ?

"I've never seen any Windows 10 reset any of my settings."

The bogus 'error' that comes up stating there was a problem with the default PDF reader so it is helpfully being reset to Microsoft Edge for you is just one of the incredibly agitating and support call inducing resets I can think of.

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'Driverless' lorry platoons will soon be on a motorway near you

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"It's hard for single lorries to get into the other lanes sometimes, so no idea how 3 will cope."

Have you ever argued with a lorry pulling out into the lane you're in? I tend to find when they put their indicator on they just go for it.

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Nasty firmware update butchers Samsung smart TVs so bad, they have to be repaired

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I have a UE49KS7000 and thankfully the recent update didn't brick my TV. It didn't stop some of the apps being a complete pile of crap either though. I'm sick of reinstalling the built in apps for Spotify YouTube and Netflix because they just crash for no apparent reason constantly. This is an expensive purchase, I really do not expect to have to be pissing about this way with a TV. They don't even tell you what these updates are for and they are set to auto install by default. It's a lesson learned but a replacement is a long long way off.

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Oracle has to pay top sales rep stiffed out of $250,000, US court rules

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Yeah it's the precedent though isn't it. They don't want to give their other employees ideas. Even the thought of a protracted legal battle will probably put them off on its own.

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Virgin Media customers complain of outages across UK

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They used to be separate franchises until ntl swallowed them all up. All of those franchises were saddled with debt from their network rollout. If there was competition they'd have to do exactly the same and we'd have it all over again. It's an expensive game laying cables so actual competition on the scale of Virgin is just not going to happen.

Of course there's the argument to open their cable network up wholesale but I don't see why they should, private investment put that infrastructure there unlike BT who were nationalised. Besides, just like BT (in most cases) they'd be running the physical network anyway.

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Boffins blast beats to bury secret sonar in your 'smart' home

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Something similar to this exists already:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cocoon-All-Smart-Security-System/dp/B0120BP0V0

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Trump upgrades Cyber Command, may sideline NSA in future

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Re: Super Advanced ProgramMING .... Mined IntelAIgent Networking Games

When AI turns to spam.

I think it's about time The Register comments on our robotic commentard colleague, the fact they haven't and let him rip on the comments makes me wonder if he's officially sanctioned...

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Atari shoots sueball at KitKat maker over use of 'Breakout' in ad

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Re: Next to Microsoft and Oracle, Nestle are now practically emissaries of Jesus

"I disagree.

tl;dr is that Nestlé are at best indirectly responsible for the deaths of babies in developing countries around the world"

Wow, and I was going to comment about how they've screwed over the KitKat with the new recipe. Glad I didn't now.

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Virtual assistant backlash imminent so buy them anyway

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"For extra reality, the virtual assistant might even have a go with your wife!"

Reality? You've never been married have you.

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Re: Hmmm

Shame on you! You should only do that if you really want to blimpfizz someone.

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Cloudflare: We dumped Daily Stormer not because they're Nazis but because they said we love Nazis

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I'm not sure how Cloudflare can call terminating their account censorship. They aren't censoring their content they just don't want it on their network and quite reasonably so.

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Nokia's comeback is on: The flagship 8 emerges

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I agree. All I can really think about this phone is "meh" and "oh well".

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