* Posts by Kaltern

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Opportunity knocked? Rover survives Martian winter, may not survive budget cuts

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Re: Got money to build a wall and reduce corp mates tax bills

Getting out of bed most days is a bad move by Trump.

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Japan's Robo-Bartenders point to a golden future

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Frothy foam finishes Friday fantastically.

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UK local gov: 37 cyber attacks a minute but little mandatory training

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Oh, it's that really good Antivirus thing that says they stop everything bad coming on to computers, so clearly must stop these nefarious cyber-thingys.

(Panda Antivirus gets generally low marks for missing malware, and being a bloated piece of poo.)

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Most 'important people' in councils across the country have no clue what cyber attacks really are. These are the people who think a good, up to date copy of Panda on every machine that they remember to put it on is more than enough, and is of course, cheap.

They likely blame those young whippersnappers with those fancy I-Phone things. Never done a hard day's work in their life, you know...

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iPhone X 'slump' is real, whisper supply chain moles

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It's ok, the only-a-year-late HomePod will save them. I mean, those really hip ads, specially handcrafted by the finest advertising minds in the business, specifically targeteting their core audience of kids with rich parents, are bound to work.

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Astro-boffinry world rocked to its very core: Shock as Andromeda found to be not much bigger than Milky Way

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We're absolutely right. Until we're wrong.

Oh look, science people have once again had to admit they're wrong about things.

Now I absolutely respect science. And I respect that some things are more certain than others. However, I am still surprised when people adamantly refuse to accept that some things may be wrong, even after millennia of being shown otherwise.

Now, while I understand how peer review, scientific method and confirmation bias are all part of today's better way of sciencing. However, it's clearly evident that more and more scientists and other folks of reknown are always quick to belittle and outright deny the possibility of something being wrong. I wonder how much scoffing of the calculations for Andromeda's size is already happening, and how many are trying desperately to refute the proof?

It's small wonder us humans have come to an evolutionary stand still, when all that seems to matter is how much money we have, and how people cannot possibly be wrong.

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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: Dreamland

Most of the target voters, of which there are many...

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Remember those holy tech wars we used to have? Heh, good times

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Fidonet

Ahh Fidonet.. please come back, all is forgiven... at least you had time to contemplate your responses before you polled for the evening...

In fact life was almost easier on 56k....

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FBI says it can't unlock 8,000 encrypted devices, demands backdoors for America's 'public safety'

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I'm just waiting for Trump to be 'persuaded' to pass a bill saying 'Only Nationally Approved encryption may be used on all civilian electronic devices. Ameri-lock® will be the standard encryption system in the US to be used on all smartphone - and other lockable devices capable of storing data. Other forms of encryption are now deemed illegal, and will result in harsh penalties to users and hardware developers if found using them.

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Jocks in shock as Irn-Bru set to slash sugar and girder content

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Money

The only reason it's being changed is the sugar tax. That's it. And replacing it with Aspartame. Because you know, FDA approved and all.

Of course, alcohol doesn't seem to be affected... being made of sugar... nothing to do with loss of tax revenue... only someone cynical would think such things...

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Magic Leap blows our mind with its incredible technology... that still doesn't f**king exist

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I believe it does have 6 sensors, high-definition optics and amazing depth perception, coupled with the best CPU around right now, with at least 6 cores.

Your head.

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UK teen dodges jail time for role in DDoSes on Natwest, Amazon and more

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I suspect those tutting and shaking their heads in flaky disapproval are not completely aware of all the facts - because all the facts of a court case are not generally given on a tech site.

It's entirely probable that the closing remarks given by Judge Greene reflected the circumstances of the young guy's fall into criminality. Presumably he was coereced into doing what he was told, or the other two had something over the guy which acted as an...incentive to continue doing naughty things.

Generally speaking, judges don't witter on in a sympathetic manner if they didn't have reasoning.

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Google boffins tease custom AI math-chip TPU2 stats: 45 TFLOPS, 16GB HBM, benchmarks

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Why does this suddenly remind me of Cyberdyne...?

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How fast is a piece of string? Boffin shoots ADSL signal down twine

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The amount of rain up here in Scottishland would suggest speeds faster than everything...

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New battery boffinry could 'triple range' of electric vehicles

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Re: Still haven't graduated from lithium

Might be a few pesky side effects to deal with first...

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Archive of 1.4 billion credentials in clear text found in dark web archive

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Re: Oh not biometrics again

Reading before understanding - a common issue here sadly.

I stated we DON'T need NSA-level security. So your killer tagline at the end of your post was sadly wasted on those able to do more than skim through for keywords to throw scorn at.

Next, Biometrics could very simply be changed in EXACTLY the same way we change regular passwords. Send an email asking to be changed, re-scan fingerprint. I fail to see how this is an issue.

And stating that biometrics are only usable till compromised, is pretty much a strawman argument - in that ALL security is useful till compromised.

I think you are mistaking my suggestion for simple password replacement, for high security biometric eyeball scanning to get into NASA's secret Area 52, where they develop and test new security systems*.

* this may or may not be true...

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Re: Such an enigma...

The point is, passwords are no more secure than fingerprints, but fingerprints ARE more secure than passwords. What you're describing is typical overreaction to security issues that are pretty much beyond your control. Millions of people use internet banking, regardless of how some few of us view the inherent security issues, and in my opinion, while it is only a sticking plaster, biometrics would be a much larger bandage than the current reliance on passwords.

It doesn't matter how much 'we' trust online banking, or anything else. It's here, it's being used, and we should probably try to improve things as much as we can, to avoid people who cannot engage their brain to remember more than 'pa55word'.

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Such an enigma...

Makes you wonder why a system hasn't been invented that obfuscates passwords as they're being typed in, hence storing them in an encrypted format on the server side, so noone could easily guess what it is.

Oh.

Seriously tho. What's more secure, a password, or simply biometrics? I actually don't know the answer to that, but I would have assumed fingerprints would, at the most simplistic level, be the most secure way to log in to your average website.

I mean, fingerprint scanners are almost ubiquitous in their presence now, virtually all modern smartphones have them, which we trust to login to banking and other sensitive things. How difficult would it be to stick one in every keyboard made now and the future? You can even buy USB scanners for a few quid.

They don't have to be NSA-approved, nor do they need to be of highest military specification. And for really sensitive stuff, why not have a combination of both - at least that way it'll be as simple as typing the password while having your finger(s) scanned.

Within 2 years, every single home PC could have one, and then webmasters could incorporate this into their security by way of a simple plugin. Facebook, could adopt this, which would mean the sheeple of the world will quickly fall in line.

I genuinely wonder why this isn't a thing.

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SpaceX to try reusing both rocket and spacecraft for historic ISS mission

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Re: Coming soon?

Don't buy them on eBay though.. they'll never arrive and you'll be charged anyway.

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Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

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Re: 17.46km/HOUR???

I can't.

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What will drive our cars when the combustion engine dies?

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When ET's come to visit the 3rd planet from the star in this solar system, not really that long from now, they're going to find a planet which died, an unnatural death. Remnants of civilisations will litter the surface,and alien archaeologists will be stunned to find out why everything died.

"They knew the planet was being destroyed.... but they decided that this thing called 'money' was far more important."

They'll go back to their home planet, and on their version of a talk show, the one burning question will be debated.

"Why didn't they put money to one side, and just fix things?"

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Today in non-depressing news: Boffins build biggest quantum sims

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Come back when you can play Quantum Minesweeper, where the tiles both do and do not contain a mine...

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Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

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Point... entirely missed.

Oh well.

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At least this topic isn't yet being discussed on BBC HYS.

Unfortunately, in the UK and US at the very least, it's always going to be the case that those with, generally, couldn't give a fuck about those without. History shows us that this is the case, no matter how many well-meaning folks turn up with their charitable ideas.

UBI has the potential to work. However, all that would happen, is those who set prices, will inevitably set them higher, because there would be a small, but increased amount of spendable money. A loaf of bread will go from £1 to £1.25. These things happen, they always do. Inflation is usually to blame, although currently Brexit is a firm favourite right now - even though it has yet to happen.

Those who DO have more money than the 'working class' will hate the idea of supporting these 'freeloading plebs' - because in the UK at least, that is how people are generally brought up to think. I really dislike my own country. I'm not suggesting everyone should be identical and therefore have no ambition - because ambition drives us forward. But just how many people have come and gone, with the potential to be the next Einstein, just because they don't drive a Merc?

The country - and indeed most of the world, is drunk on capitalism. I'm not one of those ridiculous activists, running around naked, nailing myself to a tree in protest. But it's clear to anyone who has eyes and intelligence, that the world, as a whole, has completely stagnated. There have been no meaningful technological breakthroughs for decades. Meaningless studies by overpaid researchers into why mice prefer sugar over cyanide, snort up funding like coke, while education of the general public suffers. Politicians, who forget the 'By the people, For the People' thing, only exist now to line their own pockets and bend as many poorly thought out Westminster policies as possible. Governments view people as nothing more than taxpayers. And those who can actually afford to pay taxes do whatever they possibly can to avoid it.

The state of world poverty has nothing to do with a lack of UBI. It's entirely due to greed and the belief that money is going to make everything better - assuming you have any.

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Remember CompuServe forums? They're still around! Also they're about to die

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I wonder what the 'regular user' figures were, before the announcement...

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Audio spy Alexa now has a little pal called Dox

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Re: reg getting boring...

I have to agree here, until I'm shown concrete evidence that an Alexa device is acting as surveillance, I will ignore the cries of privacy invasion.

Just because something COULD happen, doesn't have to mean it WILL happen. We're not at CtOS levels of creepy just yet.

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Lord of the Rings TV show shopped around Hollywood

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How about, god forbid, creating a whole new story 1000 years later.... after all, there's always nefarious types wanting to rule the world.

But that would mean injecting originality into Middle Earth... and originality tends to cost even more money..

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AI bot rips off human eyes, easily cracks web CAPTCHA codes. Ouch

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This is not FUCKING AI.

Intelligence, Artificial? NO. Pattern Recognition.

Seriously. Anything that is autonomous is apparently AI these days.

AI will only exist when a machine asks something not in it's original coding and understands the answer.

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Japan finds long, deep tunnel on the Moon

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Re: But what are they going to _do_ up there?

Building Very Large Things is much, much easier when there's not much gravity, you know. And if they built a Space Station - that would be very useful for things like space dry docks.. building the first space-only ship would be a tremendous advantage when doing the whole Mars thing.

If there are enough mineable materials on the Moon to help with the building, so much the better.

And besides.. who wouldn't want to stay in a Moon Hotel for a few nights?

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Please replace the sword, says owner of now-hollow stone

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Now that is going back some.

Classic game that. Utterly ruined of course later on...

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The Google Home Mini: Great, right up until you want to smash it in fury

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Please would someone link some evidence to support the theory that these devices actively listen to everything around them, record and upload this constant stream of noise to a backend server, which is then used by whatever government department of snooping to somehow decide you're probably a terrorist?

I think sometimes, they're not always out to get you.

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Twitter to upgrade from micro-blogging to milli-blogging with 280 chars

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Great... now the idiots of the planet get to abuse their pseudo-eloquence with more long-winded shite...

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Puppet plays puppet master, gobbles up automation firm Distelli

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Mirror mirror, on the floor.

Damn, I dropped my breakfast.

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Boffins discover tightest black hole binary system – and it's supermassive

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Re: @Kaltern

And 2 more... See, people do care!

(apart from the miserable git who downvoted my other post. I imagine I'll get over the emotional trauma, eventually.

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I'm quite sad noone upvoted me for my clever Edding's reference :(

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Or Zan and Dramas.

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BOFH: We're only here because they said there would be biscuits

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Sure. Along with free 'data management'...

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Daily Stormer binned by yet another registrar, due to business risks

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It's quite simple really.

If you are not opposed to this domain being hosted, you are a Nazi sympathiser, regardless of your good intentions for free speech etc.

There is a reason why Nazi-ism is completely abhorred by the vast majority of the human race.

Whats next? Allowing a domain such as 'thelittlekiddie.org' (I made that up. I hope.) to be hosted in the name of free speech and democracy?

Censorship is a necessary evil. I know - I do it for a living. If only a fraction of the stuff me and those who do what I do got out into the wonderful world of social media... well, let's just say I think a LOT of people here might finally understand.

There is no place in the world for Nazi's, except as a footnote in history outlining Humanity's many mistakes.

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Dude who claimed he invented email is told by judge: It's safe to say you didn't invent email

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Re: To speak to someone?

A phone call should probably have most of the above though...

Except an attachment. That's wandering into a different subject altogether...

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Mega VR roundup: Lots happening in the virtual and real worlds

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Mushroom

In b4 VR is dead, VR is pointless, I look like a tool wearing a headset, and other such shortsighted opinions on an emerging tech.

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Och. Scottish Parliament under siege from brute-force cyber attack

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They can take our lives... but they'll never take our DATA!!

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Google bins white supremacist site after it tries to host-hop away from GoDaddy

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I'm sorry.. Paedophilia is banned from every known area of the open internet. If it is found, then it is immediately removed, people prosecuted and while it is true they will inevitably find another haven, it means they're still inconvenienced.

I fail to see how Nazi'ism cannot be treated in the same way. I think the world has already seen how it is not a very helpful political system. And I'm using that term simply for sake of clarity.

Censorship is only wrong when the thing being censored isn't virtually universally condemned.

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Internet addict sent to an anti-addiction boot camp is no longer an addict. Because he's dead

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There's no mention of what he was doing online. Was he watching state sanctioned porn? Or was he, more likely, using state sanctioned social media. Could he have been a troubled kid, with social anxiety issues, using the internet as a means to maintain some form of social interaction, albeit in digital form? Could cutting him off from his only connection to the outside world have driven his already fragile state of mind over the edge?

None of these things are ever considered, because the stereotypical 'boy in the basement' image is almost always applied to people like him. Could he have secretly been working one of those time-consuming online jobs to make a bit of yen? Maybe he was playing an online game like the Koreans do, and took it a bit too far?

Who knows. All I DO know is that virtually all of the West spend a LOT more time online that the previous generation did, and I imagine they spent more time online than the last.

The internet isn't a form of addiction - the specific actions that can be taken ON the internet is possibly addictive. And noone seems to know what this guy did, that was enough to send him to a place that ended up killing him. Who's really to blame? The 18 yr old for whatever he was doing? Or the centre for not recognising a vulnerable young adult?

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Foot-long £1 sausage roll arrives

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Morrisons sausage rolls tend to taste a little 'meatier' than your standard supermarket butchery section floor scrapings.

Now if they made that with their bbq pulled pork filling... that would be legendary....

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WannaCry-killer Marcus Hutchins denies Feds' malware claims

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Re: Proportionality? We've heard of it.

Unfortunately, those pulling the strings want things to be seen to be happening, and as per usual, they go after those who are the easy target, those who can be used as a scapegoat to avoid having to investigate (openly) those really involved with these attacks.

Openly investigating a country is a risky business, and by arresting this guy, they can pretty much place the blame squarely on one man. Regardless of the damage it'll do to not just him, bu everyone who does what he does, it'll happen, Americans will swoon with delight, and the rest of the Western world will move on, like has happened countless times before.

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Sorry, psycho bosses, it's not OK to keylog your employees

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Used to work for a company as a CS agent working from home, on my own PC, telephone and internet all paid for by myself, and I was a paid employee, not a self employed 'worker'. As part of the process of working, you have to install dialer software that runs on the PC to enable telephone calls to be answered via a constantly open telephone line, managed by said software. The actual work interface was via *cough spit* Citrix.

A few months in, I'd noticed some odd CPU activity, and noticed there was a VNC viewer installed, without my knowledge. It turned out that the dialer software quietly installed WinVNC, and ran in the background. Further digging revealed that the software not only had the option to show my desktop (not the Citrix side - Mine) which apparently was never actually used, but was also a keylogger which WAS used.

I asked my line manager exactly why did they need to know what I was typing outside of the Citrix environment, given it was my own machine and internet connection. The answer? To make sure I wasn't doing anything in work time unrelated to the job.

Happily, I discovered that I could easily block both VNC and the keylogger, and noone seemed to notice. That of course wasn't the point, as I certainly don't remember giving permission for my personal computer to be bugged in such a way.

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Expect the Note 8 to break the bank (and your wallet)

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Google Pixel 2 XL looks interesting, and while it might be run by Google... Sammy is fast becoming just as bad for using your data to line its pockets.

As usual, popular, successful company get too big, and aims too high to make good use of it's name. Besides, £1k for a UMPC? without a keyboard? Better off getting a tablet with simcard IMO.

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UK ministers' Broadband '2.0' report confuses superfast with 10Mbps

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With proper broadband speeds comes the possibility of hosting your own content, or IPTV becoming a viable solution to the dominance of Sky. Both things are going to be vehemently opposed by the people involved, and because they do have quite a lot of clout in the UK business market, it's entirely possible they're making damned sure that fast broadband is only a pipedream.

I find it utterly amusing to see 4 and 5g speeds overtaking standard broadband in the country. That is a clear indication that something is very wrong.

Oh, and whoever said 10mb is more than enough - I'm pretty sure you don't speak for me, so please take your narrowminded irrelevance away back to your own idyllic corner of the world.

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Moneysupermarket fined £80,000 for spamming seven million customers

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Capital One used to be one of the worst for this ( I used to work there), I don't know if they do it now, but about 15 years ago, you had to call them to activate your card, and there was no automated system. You HAD to speak to someone (me), and WE had to try and sell the utterly pointless - and worthless - Sentinel Card Protection before we'd let you use your card.

Then we'd have the 'courtesy calls' which, because it was supposedly classed as customer service, didn't count as a marketing/sales call. However, we always had to see if we could sell the infamous PPI which was the real purpose of the call.

I bet not a great deal has changed...Except the PPI bit. Pretty certain that has....

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Tapping the Bank of Mum and Dad: Why your Netflix subscription is poised to rise (again)

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While Amazon Prime still make you pay to watch some shows DESPITE already BEING a subscriber, they're never going to realistically challenge Netflix for overall popularity. The only reason Amazon is still in the streaming game is down to their exclusive content, for which, arguably, is worth the admission fee.

I really don't like the way Amazon hide a lot of their stuff behind an extra paywall. It isn't particularly cheap neither. I'd happily pay a little bit* more monthly to Netflix, assuming they don't start hiding content in the same way.

* A LITTLE bit. Maybe a £1 or so. It's easier to 'borrow' the same programming from nefarious sources than it is to pay for it these days... but it's nicer to do it legitimately.

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