* Posts by Oli 1

168 publicly visible posts • joined 15 Jun 2009


Vid: Snowden flick trailer

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Expected a lot more from this.

Suppose it's difficult to beat Citizen four, but wow that was awful!

HGST has an entry-level 14PB archive box... is that enough for your, er, home collection?

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7 nines is 3.2s a year...


ive been at cloud expo today and heard some shit, but wow this tops the shit-o-meter

Nest bricks Revolv home automation hubs, because evolution

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Tee Hee - dont buy into these shitty startup ideas.

The fact they designed it in the first place to not work without their servers online should have been all you needed to know.

Use HomeSeer and then bolt on anything you need.

Even if they go bust - it'll keep on trucking within my lan

A fool and his/her money are easily parted.

Spotify to cough up royalties, just toss your copyright claims over there ... in the bin

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Re: Accidental payments


There is a music producer called plastician, his early music went under plastikman which suffered the expected trademark infringment letter hence the name change. he still has material uploaded to youtube by someone else who has claimed ownership and no matter what he tries - will never see those royalties.

Google / YouTube arent interested.

Similar to the nonsense going on over on soundcloud where signed artists have been banned for uploading their own music. insane.

Reformed LulzSec hacktivist joins payments firm

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The music industry also seems to think its going to solve their problems

Cant see how though...

Virgin bins Webspace, tells customers they can cry to GoDaddy

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why would you host something more complicated on an ISP server?

There really is no reaosn for an ISP to offer hosting, or even email come to think of it these days.

SpaceX Falcon 9 grounded by 'sledgehammer' winds

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Such build up to this launch, fingers crossed for friday!

China 'evacuates' 9,000 around monster radio 'scope

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Re: improbable units calculator


I need to know how many bottles of wine fit in a double decker bus - to check my figures, natch

Five Eyes nations must purge terrorists from the web, says Theresa May

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it would be amusing if she wasnt actually in charge of things and able to force this crap on people.

Dangerous moron!

Microsoft Office 365: You don't need 27 floppies, but there is desktop friction

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this has been an issue in the guise of Install ALL or Install NOTHING as well

Trying to explain to a CEO that you can no longer "just install outlook" or "just put word 2013 on" is impossible and causes friction alround!

Ahh life in the cloud

Amazon UK boss is 'most powerful' man in food and drink

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Re: If Amazon/Google can disrupt your business

What part of town are you from, as round my way Asda and Waitrose are as polar opposite as its possible to be.

El Reg nips down to the Hewlett You Inn?

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Very disappointed you didnt order the full 40ft RORO to deliver said important graphics.

Including full road closure for a mobile crane to offload the shipping container, and then a range-rover led escort from the container to the boozer.

The new Huawei is the world's fastest phone

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Re: Honor 7 storage and battery

I'll be taking another look then, as the site i nearly bought from said no SD.


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Re: Elephant int the room

generally not bothered as long as it can play a video without stuttering.

i dont game...

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Had to agree with your round up of the year in phones, there are no winners - except the manufacturers. Find it harder and harder to justify a new phone as i get older and with them all at circa £5-600 its a no from me.

Started looking away from the flagship models at the end of last year and was quite taken with the honor 7 but storage and battery stopped me

this is a contender....

BT rebuked for attributing some EE acquisition costs to 'all UK lines of business'

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I would be more able to stomach this crap from BT if they actually offered some sort of decent service, but their offerings are usually chronic.

Telecity fix nixed: Borked UK internet hub 'had no UPS protection'

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-Whats that?

-Its the sound of a beancounter being ejected from a window head first

Virgin Media hikes broadband, phone prices by five per cent

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Dont like the increases? They are letting you leave... more than TalkTalk offer - just sayin.

Also - when you've left, what do you replace it with? BT or BT via reseller? No way in hell are they coming back into my house.

For the service i get from virgin they are in my good books.

although i never have to call them (i know that is painful - but then so is calling talktalk for clients)

I also dont use their super hub, so im probably not a typical user.

In-a-spin Home Sec: 'We won't be rifling through people's web history'

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Re: Kite flying

Yeah alight, the last time i did that i got told why i was wrong and why i should just trust the government, delivered on some of the most expensive looking (and feeling) stationary ever to grace my letterbox.

Wasted hours, achieved nothing.

Democracy in action.

Joining the illuminati? Just how bright can a smart bulb really be?

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Call them what you want - home automation has prevented at least one break in (attempted) that i know of at my place.

Just added sensors to my external doors so the system knows when someone is coming or going and can then turn stuff on or off. Very useful when coming in legless at 4am.

But during the day when no one is in, it knows someone is standing at my front door for more than a minute not ringing the door bell (hidden cctv camera), so it can turn a tv or radio on, and the hall light.

Turns out the guy was picking my front door lock - as soon as the light came on he scarpered.

HD Photo sent onto the police - he didnt return.

Thanks Homeseer :)

Tardy TalkTalk advertised for a new infosec officer 1 week ago

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Fabulous - i now have a handy link instead of explaining why not to go with TalkTalk.

If you got Netflix for Miss Marple, you're out of luck (and a bit odd)

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and this is why Sonarr, Sickbeard, SickRage and Couch Potato are doing so well of late.

8TB NAS + Kodi (XBMC) or Plex = WIN

BT boss: If Ofcom backs us, we promise to speed up UK broadband

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Oh you also forgot about their Drama offering...


Utter, utter, scum.

Danish telcos hang up on merger plans after EU pressure

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fairly interested as to how the 02/3 deal will work out, as far as i can tell the networks are non-compatible currently?

Three has great internet but expensive calls

o2 has cheaper calls but the infra is awful and barely works most of the time.

Combine the two, shit internet and expensive calls i imagine will be favored over cheap calls and fast working internet.

Sysadmin ignores 25 THOUSAND patches, among other sins

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Re: On occasion

many charities have better infra than banks these days.

my latest move has been a breath of fresh air

Jeep breach: Scared? You should be, it could be you next

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And hasnt the EU recently mandated all new cars are net connected to report accidents as of this or next year?

No wonder the mobile networks are creaking at the seems...

Neil Young yanks music from streaming services: 'Worst audio in history'

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have to agree with the man here, i refuse to pay for any streaming service.

they screw artists and fans at the same time.

listening on your phone earphones sure you can deal with low quality to a certain extent, but play anything on decent speakers at any reasonable volume and you need as high a quality as you can get, ideally studio master quality, data is cheap, why the hell cant i have it?

Completely sensible suggestion for 48k 16bit flac as standard from an above comment.

As a DJ i refuse to deal with anything less than a WAV file, but it seems the shops are using this as a way to extract even more money out of me now, looking at you beatport. £1.20 for a track, but want it as flac or wav, oh add another £1.85 on top. Bastards.

Try playing a 128k mp3 on a 80kw funktion one sound system and see how that goes down...

Apple's chip, firmware security demands behind HomeKit delays

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"customers were not happy when they discovered they would have to buy a whole new product for it to work with HomeKit."

Ccannot stop laughing, if you are stupid enough to go in for Apples abuse you deserve everything you get

Welkom in Nederland: Laid-back, chilled, and MONITORING everything

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Re: change the photo

+1 for blonde hotties icon

UK TV is getting worse as younglings shun the BBC et al, says Ofcom

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Re: As a 20 something

Fair play to you "20 Something". Any anti-bbc comment gets such a strong reaction here.

I've just hit my 30's and have never found use for the BBC beyond:

Top Gear

BBC News for Election Coverage

Olympics & Wimbledon

I pay the license fee, begrudgingly, but it needs to go.

I'd pay per service or per show happily, but not given that option.

And knowing people who work at the beeb, it is infuriating to watch my money pay for their jollies!

Radio could be stripped back to half of what it currently is with no noticeable reduction in service, same with half their TV offerings. The shows just dont stand up to the US Cable equivalents.

Over the last 12months i've started watching around 10 new TV Shows, the only UK one was dropped after one episode, they are light years ahead in terms of original programming.

Bring on the down votes!

KRAKKOOM! SpaceX Falcon supply mission to ISS EXPLODES minutes after launch

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Sad to watch, but as has been said they learn from every fail and keep on trying at fantastic pace.

Here's to next time!

Seems nasa were more public about this launch, but don't get where the "unhappy" comment came from.

Also, i blame Microsoft. natch ;)

Microsoft sez soz over Windows 10 'freebie' balls-up

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so as a non-previewer, but with varying versions of windows 7, 8, & 8.1 - some OEM, some bought outright - i've clicked the flag to download Windows 10 on release - is this free or not?

Genuinely no idea anymore.

Silicon Valley season closer: Would you like fried servers with that?

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Loved season 1, but two started a bit slow, but ended on such a high just like the first!

Each episode makes me literally laugh out loud, something that has been missing from TV Comedy for so long!

Very glad theyre back for season 3

Its non-sense, but i like it!

Apple preps summer bonking bonanza for Brits

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still waiting on Android Pay...

The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

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I really don't understand peoples obsession with the bbc, yes i know fox news is awful, but so is the beeb! I'd rather not read (or pay for) any of it.

Wheres that option?

STOP! Pebble Time: New color watch clocks up $5m on Kickstarter

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Will be purchasing this as soon as its generally available

Pebble v1 was a truly exceptional device, i have no doubts this will follow suit.

All round goodness for a change!

EE data network goes TITSUP* after mystery firewall problem

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Re: Oh, dear...

Too true.

Isn't technology wonderful!

SpaceX in ROCKET HOVERSHIP PRANG: 'Close – but no cigar,' says Musk

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Great effort by all involved, sad they had the initial issues as was watching it live at work, beer got in the way of watching 2nd time round.

Bring on the next try!

The weirdly-synched life of the Google Nest household

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This stuff is still so ten years ago, and the reason for this is because no one seems to be learning from the people that have come and gone over the last 25+ years of automation tech.

X10 was ok, Z Wave blew it out the water

now we seem to be going back to lots of propriety systems in places i would never trust them!

Monitor by front door by all means as an input device, but a z wave lock etc? Get out of town!

Cant imagine my home insurer would be particularly happy about me ripping out all the 5 lever locks

I say this all as someone who has had home automation in the house for years, most of the CES stuff is just plain backward, and won't exist come this time next year.

Double-digit tablet growth spurt is OVER, say pundits

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Still using my Motorola Xoom 1, battery life goes in 6 month cycles of being piss poor, then okay again.

I only use it at the end of the day when on the sofa or in bed to control the tele and stumble about the web.

Im reminded how useless it is, when i take it on the road though.

Constant charging required to watch anything on it.

I wanted to upgrade it for christmas, but just didnt happen. I'll use it till it dies....

Gigabit-over-TV-cable spec DOCSIS 3.1 passes interop test

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Great news, keep it coming!

Globe-spanning SEA-ME-WE 3 sea cable feared cut, broken or ...

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Thanks to both above posters!

Pebble: The brilliant stealth wearable Apple's Watch doesn't see coming

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Love my Pebble, have worn it nearly every day for 2 years.

Highly recommended device!

Govt waves stick at pirate-friendly Google search

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When will they learn....

None of this would be an issue if they just gave consumers the choice to consume how they want to.

One size does not fit all!

Football legend Gary Lineker in TWITTER POO TROLL SCANDAL

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that last tweet deserves something... im not sure what, but possibly a lot of it!

Déjà vu: Virgin Media jacks up broadband prices

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Still the best service by a mile in my area (and all areas ive lived in since leaving home)

Not had to call them in over 5 years

TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button

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Very interesting read - more of this please!

CryptoLocker victims offered free key to unlock ransomed files

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Had a few clients infected with this due to bad on the ground security practices, deleted the lot and restored from online backup. Business as usual after a slightly extended lunch break...

Do feel sorry for home users who got hit though, i heard of someone who lost their dissertation, no one but his own fault for no backup but still. Ouch...

Cabbies paralyze London in Uber rebellion

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Wont be using black cabs again

had to take 3 cab journeys this week and thanks to a stuck up colleague it had to be a black cab.

Cue 20 minutes of being told how awful Hailo, Uber etc are and how brilliant black cabbies are, how helpful and pleasant they are (as we were thrown all around the back of the cab thanks to his ducking and diving) in each journey.

the last cabbie just ranted constantly from start to finish in a massively racist fashion about all the pakistani's driving addy lee's, how they have to use sat nav (when he had one as well) - i will never give money to these morons ever again, needless to say my colleague returned in her own cab, whilst i got an Uber, guess who arrived back first and paid less..... yup... me

also reported the cabbie for his racist views, i doubt i will hear anything back about it though as it sounded like his brother on the other end of the phone.


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Needs more Pliers!