* Posts by Fair Play

4 posts • joined 21 Nov 2011

Openreach tells El Reg it'll kill off copper sales in 118 UK locations next year

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Re: 75% FTTP penetration?

A 6-month introductory discount for my ADSL Max connection to a Market A exchange a mile away, over which I get a lightning-fast (I jest...) 4.2 Mbps connection?

I can hardly wait. I can't even apply for a USO connection because (wait for it) the BT USO site at https://www.bt.com/broadband/USO says I can get 10+ Mbps. Even though I can't.

BT will probably just turn off all the copper anyway, as they don't give a f***.

How much do UK cops pay for Microsoft licences? £30 a head or £137? Both

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Re: Why pay fees at all?

Fail. Not "free" as in "no cost"...


adjective, freer, freest.

1. enjoying personal rights or liberty, as a person who is not in slavery:

2. pertaining to or reserved for those who enjoy personal liberty:

3. existing under, characterized by, or possessing civil and political liberties that are, as a rule, constitutionally guaranteed by representative government:

4. enjoying political autonomy, as a people or country not under foreign rule; independent.

5. exempt from external authority, interference, restriction, etc., as a person or one's will, thought, choice, action, etc.; independent; unrestricted:

6. able to do something at will; at liberty:


7. clear of obstructions or obstacles, as a road or corridor:

BSA name-and-shame tactic may have backfired

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Errmmm... wrong!

The warrant can also list "named persons" (i.e. non-police officers) who are also empowered to enter by the warrant.

And if - as happens more and more these days - they obtain an "Anton Pillar" order, they needn't even have the police present, although it's expensive and more risky for them to go down this route...

Microsoft names and shames pirate software traders

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If Microsoft are so against software piracy, why did they rip off 39 separate patented proprietary technologies and incorporate them illegally into Windows Media Player 9 after walking away from the table after six months of negotiations with Burst.com?

Any connection with the fact that they just laughed when Burst.com threatened to sue them because most senior executives at Microsoft (including, by his own testimony to the European Court of First Instance, ex-CEO Billy Gates)?

They lost that case as well... google "burst.com" for the story... and does anyone know if Microsoft has paid the fines totalling over 1 billion Euros imposed on them bt the EC for monopoly abuse yet? Yes, that's a total of over one thousand million Euros for a number of cases of criminal monopoly abuse... makes you wonder how those fine folks at Redmond can make their claims without blushing, doesn't it?

Ding, dong! "Paging kettle, paging kettle, pot on line one..." :)


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