* Posts by Plasma

12 posts • joined 26 Oct 2009

ISPs should get 'up to' full fee for 'up to' broadband


I live just outside a small town, and get a stable 1.5Mbps ADSL maximum due to my distance from the exchange. I currently pay for 'up to 12Mbps' because that's the cheapest package on the ISP I want to be with (bethere.co.uk) - fibre is not available here, and neither Virgin or BT have any plans to bring it here due to the lack of commercial viability.

The question is: Who is ultimately responsible for the quality/speed of the infrastucture? To me, this is an issue with my BT phone line, not my ISP.

Small and mobile ISPs may avoid new filesharing laws


Re: @z0mb13e

I wrote to my MP too, and she failed to reply. Until, that is, I submitted a Freedom of Information request which she is obliged to reply to.

Turns our 22 constituents contacted her about the DEBill, 16 against and 6 for. She voted FOR the bill, because she "thought the government were taking the right approach". Checking out her history, she's toed the party line on pretty much every single vote about everything ever.

Hung Parliament FTW (if that works as a concept!)

Mandy quango says Apple, Amazon are too obscure


A. Title.

Maybe I LIKE that shopping for music no longer has to take a whole afternoon, or take me to one of the horrible new churches of capitalism. I don't want sleeve notes or artwork, I want DRM-free lossless music!

Aussie smoko-proofing drug prevents ill effects of cigs

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Quite right

I went from 40 a day for 16 year to 'cold turkey' and found it freeing, uplifting and generally a lot easier than actually smoking!

It's really easy to stop smoking: Just don't put a cig in your mouth!

Your body won't miss it like you've convinced yourself it will (mainly to justify your appallingly expensive habit to yourself).

Nicotine patch manufacturers are all about the money too. Would you get a heroin addict off heroin by giving him heroin as a substitute for heroin? No.

Windows Phone 7 blocks out popular HTC model, blames buttons

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xda developers ftw

The people at xda made my hideous lump of a TYTN II useable, so i guess they can do pretty much anything!

Too fat to fly: Kevin Smith and OpenOffice


Big boned?

As one of my mates once said to a young lady who claimed to be 'big boned' - "I've never seen a fat skeleton"

Drink beer not fizzy pop for pity's sake, say boffins


Get a grip!

'May' and 'We think' are both very wooly statements, it seems as soon as beer's involved the pendantry I love you commentards for goes out the window!

Sillicon might be good for you, but alcohol is a drug. A toxic, habit forming drug, inducing violence, vomiting and ultimately liver failure.

Retailers fooled by fake and borrowed IDs



A friend of mine once got into the pub aged 15, walked up to the bar and said "I'll have a pint of beer, please." Blew it in one sentence.

Fifty Strikes and… we'll tell your Mum

Big Brother

@ AC

This is happening to every northern town, irrespective of whether they are Labour or LibDem run. No matter which party holds the seat, the staff who actually make the decisions are the same.

Here in Wigan we were 'rewarded' with a new shopping centre, the Grand Arcade, when half the shops in the already-standing Galleries were empty.

Large, generic out-of-town retail parks are the norm across the country now. Every town is being standardised, and pulled into the CCTV/police state.

Commerce rules now, sadly, and the companies with money make the decisions, not the people.

Is this the antidote?


Welcome to the out-of-control decade

Big Brother

Never mind the cameras

Even simpler: Anyone who says "nothing to hide, nothing to fear" is never allowed to put curtains up in their house again.

Imminent launch for mobile Firefox


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I have the same trouble with Opera, on the TYTN II running an updated 6.5.3 ROM. It's just not reliable enough for day-to-day use.

Digital River makes total hash of Windows 7 upgrade offer


A slightly different problem

My upgrade from Vista x64 went according to plan until I searched back through my emails to find my product key. Turns out they haven't sent me one!

So i tried to get in touch with them. They're not answering the phone, which incidentally is an Irish number, so an international call from Blighty. I've resorted to leaving a message on the very generic "Contact Us" form, which told me that my order number doesn't exist.



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