* Posts by bobsmith2016

26 posts • joined 23 Feb 2016

xHamster reports spike in UK users getting their five-knuckle shuffle on before pr0n age checks

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Re: They won't apply to sites on which porn makes up a third or less of the content

There's a cableporn sub on Reddit. If that doesn't get you going, nothing will

Blinking internets, Batman! O2 trials 5G over lightbulbs

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Re: But...

It's still a private thing with the lights on. Unless you're inviting people in/leaving the curtains open.

Mmm, yes. 11-nines data durability? Mmmm, that sounds good. Except it's virtually meaningless

bobsmith2016
Headmaster

"acts of God"

Being pedantic here, but please don't use "acts of God".

Gives undue succour to people who believe in nonsense. Natural Disasters, or a similar synonym is perfectly good.

Infrastructure wonks: Tear up Britain's copper phone networks by 2025

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"Without infrastructure competition, the existing provider has poor incentives to build new fibre networks, as this undermines its existing copper based services."

Except that there is competition. Virgin Media, Hyperoptic and some others that I may be unaware of have built (or inherited) their own infrastructure. Issue is that It only makes sense for them to build out in densely populated areas. Can't make enough ROI for more sparsely populated areas.

In defence of online ads: The 'net ain't free and you ain't paying

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Incompetent Over-Promoted Wanker Tells Me How To Do My Job Wednesday.

I work in education. This happens most days.

HostingUK drops offline after losing Farmer vs Fibre competition

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Because in some parts of the UK, it's the only practical thing to do. Fibre layers should be taking precautions of course, but sometimes there's no other option.

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There's an old, crap, networking joke, along the lines of 'Always keep some fibre on you. That way if you're ever lost or stranded, at some point a digger will come along to break it.'

US Congress mulls expanding copyright yet again – to 144 years

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But copyright holders – typically large corporations – don't want the -cost- of having to actively assert their rights...

FTFY

TalkTalk ups the (dis)satisfaction ante as UK folk wake up to borked email

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Obligatory IETF link

https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc1149

MPs petition for legally binding target of 95% 4G coverage across UK

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Re: The one issues could be...

Would it make sense for an independent mast provider to provide coverage in those 'hard to reach' areas and then charge the other networks for access?

Or am I missing something/ being thick?

Southend Airport tests drone detection system

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Re: “We do not have any outstanding issues ..."

As an Essex boy, I can tell you they're much classier than Basildon types. They drink Fosters rather than White Lightning for starters...

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Re: A relatively quiet hub ..

I was going to say. Gatwick and Stansted are a similar distance from central London to Southend (according to Google Maps), and no-one seems to have an issue calling them 'London' airports.

I couldn't give a Greek clock about your IoT fertility tracker

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'Faithful admirers of my long-standing column will immediately recognise a sexual double-entendre when they read one.'

I see what you did there.

Tim Berners-Lee says regulation of the web may be needed

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Whatever regulations there are/will be. Be very careful about how they are written and subsequently enforced. Law of unintended outcomes, etc

Reg man wraps head in 49-inch curved monitor

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Joke

Re: Hand it back?

'and a beer tap loaded craft beer that gets unlocked at 11 am every weekday. 'How on earth do you get any work done?

Pastor la vista, baby! FCC enforcers shut down church pirate radio

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'Pastor Grand-Champ spout his dangerous message to the world.'

So trying to persuade people that fairy stories are real isn't dangerous?

Samsung Galaxy S8: Slimmer bezels, a desktop mode – and yet another me-too AI pal

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Anyone know if it will get wireless charging in the UK?

I want it hot and wet – preferably with Wi-Fi

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If you're around London Bridge/Borough Market or Covent Garden, Monmouth coffee is really good.

Definitly a bit hipstery, but coffee is excellent.

Slim pickings by the Biggest Loser: A year of fitness wearables

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Your stepdaughter wants to suffocate David Attenborough?

Cops break up German sausage fight between pair of Neubrandenburgers

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Go to your room!! And don't come back until you've had a good think about what you've just said.

Boris Johnson 'NIGHTMARE'

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'Yes, it is Friday.'

And thank f*ck for that.

Bill Gates cooks up poultry recipe for Africans' paltry existence

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'poultry magnanimity'

I see what you did there!!

RIP Prince: You were the soundtrack of my youth

bobsmith2016

Re: The soundtrack of my youth

It is Friday so time to raise a glass to those who have made so much enjoyable music (pre (c)Rap etc).

There's an awful lot of excellent rap out there. Roots, Tribe Called Quest and Black Star just for starters.

Bill Gates denies iPhone crack demand would set precedent

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'To do that they need information. It's a sliding scale, you just need to figure out between yourselves how much information you want vs how risk averse you are.'

In a nation of 300 million? Good luck getting consensus on that.

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