* Posts by Any mouse Cow turd

72 publicly visible posts • joined 30 Jun 2014


I'm still not that Gary, says US email mixup bloke who hasn't even seen Dartford Crossing

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It's quite common

I also have a common name and an firstname.lastname@gmail.com account and currently have a Hilton Honours point account and a PayPal account created with my address that I can't access due to 2FA (and I'm assuming the other guy can't either). And I keep getting various other USA car dealerships confirming my car servicing booking, which is nice. Maybe Gary would like to use one of these slots to get an oil change for his car that's never been to the UK ;)

1Gbps, 4K streaming, buffering a thing of the past – but do Brits really even want full fibre?

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Re: I would make the move...

My new build came with FTTP (no copper at all) and I'm getting a lovely ~70mbps. I could upgrade to get 300+ but I'm nowhere near my limits at the moment and to be fair I wasn't near the limit on my old FTTC speeds of 32mbps even with 3 kids on yootoob and streaming stuff all over the place.

I agree that the choice of FTTP ISPs is woeful, very little competition with only BT and Zen really offering a residential package. At least I've been able to play them off against each other to get my BT price down though

Boffins stole our 3D files – and gave them all to Facebook's AI eggheads, claims Lithuanian biz

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Aaron Swartz

I can't see how what they did is any different to the actions of Aaron Swartz, so they should at least face the same charges (which according to the gospel of Wikipedia are "Federal prosecutors later charged him with two counts of wire fraud and eleven violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, carrying a cumulative maximum penalty of $1 million in fines, 35 years in prison, asset forfeiture, restitution, and supervised release."

Silent Merc, holy e-car... Mflllwhmmmp! What is that terrible sound?

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It's already in the market

Jaguar has already done this with the i-Pace. Exterior sounds for pedestrians (and guide dogs) as well as interior sound enhancement in sports/dynamic mode.


UK's Openreach sends full fibre to Coventry

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Re: Be careful what you wish for

I live in a FTTP only house and was seriously looking to switch to Zen which offered £42 per month for internet but no phone so looked at a sipgate voip solution.

I threatened to leave BT, said I was going to Zen for £42 instead of the £50 that BT wanted. In the end they did me a deal of £34 for 80/20MB broadband and £10 for a phone call package. The bonus being that the call package is a 30 day rolling contract vs the 18month broadband contract so I cancelled the phone and now get FTTP for £34 and a landline for pennies through VoIP :-)

Y'know what? VoIP can also be free from pesky regulation – US judges

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I have fibre to the premises with BT, no copper at all and therefore all my calls are VOIP but I'm still charged for a phone line because Openreach have locked out access to the Fibre Voice Access part (ATA) within the ONT and only allow ISP's that are willing to pay extra to provide a "phoneline" access.

Hence why the Openreach ONT comes with a battery backup in case of powercuts you can still use the phone but if I wanted to run my own VOIP line I'd need a separate ATA box connected to my router (which doesn't have a UPS).

It's all a con to make more money.

UK.gov commits to rip-and-replacing Blighty's wheezing internet pipes

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It might seem more efficient to broadcast rather than have everyone stream independently but has anyone done the calculations on power usage?

Considering the big transmitters are using electricity in the 1MW region and that peoples viewing habits have changed significantly I could imagine that there is a huge energy saving to be had by switching everyone to streaming.

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

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I've recently moved into a new build WITH fibre to the premises. The speed is great but the issue is that the choice of providers pretty much BT only so I'm stuck with their inflated prices and shit service.

I could go with Zen but they don't provide a residential VOIP phone service.

The eyes have it: 'DeepFakes' bogus AI-meddled videos outed by unblinking gaze

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The eyes DON'T have it

I'm afraid this is old news. Latest research has managed to add in blinking, gaze, facial expressions etc.

In other words, we're doomed.


BT hikes prices for third time in 18 months

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I've got a lovely get out of jail free card here but I have FTTP (lucky me) but there are very few ISPs out there that I can switch to who will support FTTP connections.

Please can someone help me out with suggestions.


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Great News

That's wonderful news for me. I'm in the middle of 24 month BT contract and now they've given me a get out of jail free card :)

When does the 30 day timeframe start? From now or when I receive their letter? I've got FTTP, any recommendations folks?

No, the FCC can't shut down TV stations just because Donald Trump is mad at the news

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Re: Actually

I think you might have been taken in by 'not the whole truth' news reporting. If you dig a little below the surface you will find that there has been a 20% share in a uranium processing company that has been sold, not actual physical stock of the metal.

Roku tweaks Apple's nose with telly-friendly vid-streaming boxes

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Re: Have they fixed the frame rate issue?

The NowTV boxes are nobbled Roku kit and the currently available NowTV Smartbox has an aerial input and works at 50Hz (even the normal Roku kit works at 50Hz if you buy the ones with the EU chipset)

It's a shame that they are locked down and you can't load up apps from providers other than Sky and they've even locked out the developer mode so that you can't sideload Plex anymore but it does show the level of quality that Roku produce.

'All-screen display'? But surely every display is all-screen... or is a screen not a display?

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How do you milk sheep?

Bring out a new iPhone and charge a grand for it.

Riddle of cannibal black hole pairs solved ... nearly: Astroboffins explain all to El Reg

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Where's the Editor?

"Their results were published Wednesday in Nature Communications".

- Come on chaps, the results were published ON Wednesday. Please sort out your grammar.

Stiff upper lips and sun glasses: the Chancellor bets on Brexit feeling

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Brexit Tuesday

Is that like Black Monday? or is the author changing to US based method of communicating events relative to a temporal datum in the hope of securing work across the pond following the liquidation of UK PLC?

Colander-wearing Irishman denied driver's licence in Pastafarian slapdown

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Re: Ex Pastafarian

The Church of the FSM is the only religion to offer a 30-day God back guarantee. Try out pastafarianism for 30 days and if you're not happy your old God will take you back.

Boffins: There's a ninth planet out there – now we just need to find it

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Re: This explains a lot

And for the other 18000 years of their orbit they sit about on their cold, dark, frigid planet freezing their knackers off dreaming of their next chance for a bit of sun, sand &sangria.

The planets really will be in alignment for the next month

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Always Aligned

The planets (except the funny far away ones) are always "in alignment" because they travel along the ecliptic, it's just our viewpoint doesn't allow us a full 360 degree view of the solar system.

Spanish village celebrates Playmobil nativity

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Re: Fred Dagg

The one I always sung...

We three kings of orient are,

Selling ladies underwear,

So fantastic,

No elastic,

Only a penny a pair.

Hackathons: Don't try them if you don't like risks

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You are Steve Bong and I claim my £5

DC judge rips into the NSA over mass surveillance

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House of lords

I must admit, I think that an elected upper house is a bad idea for democracy. Unelected hereditary peers with no real political or corporate conflicts of interest would be much less likely to toe the line than someone who may be dependant on future earnings from cronies.

What is money? A rabid free marketeer puts his foot in lots of notes

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Re: Smoke and Mirrors

I read somewhere that the cleanup and re-build following Hurricane Katrina added a few points to the US GDP number but I can't honestly believe that it was considered "Value-added".

Is this an urban myth or would something of this sort increase a nation's GDP?

VW’s case of NOxious emissions: a tale of SMOKE and MIRRORS?

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Re: Gaming the system

The way it was presented in the MIT Tech Review site was that VW were flogging these fancy ultra low emissions Diesel engines whereas the competition required urea after treatments in the exhaust to get the emissions to pass the regulations.

If that's the case then it could just be VW that's deep in the doodoo and if they are forced to ensure the engines run in low emissions mode permanently then it will cripple the cars. Those manufacturers with urea systems should be able to run fine with no fuel economy impact.

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

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Partial shows

I have a NowTV subscription for TV and movies which gives the same content as available on Sky but for a fraction of the price but even Sky struggle to offer full series in perpetuity. They are currently advertising Game of Thrones box set but it turns out to be only season 1! What about the other 4? Oh well, off to the torrent sites...

RFID wants to TRACK my TODGER, so I am going to CUT it OFF

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Re: The 'Nuke it' option?

So they track you through the mall, track you across the country, track what you buy, then bombard you with adverts for the things you have already purchased.

So much effort has gone in to the tracking tech, bugger all thought has gone into the advertising tech.

"We see you bought a microwave 2 weeks ago, do you want to buy another one?"

'Hans free' mobe gag crowned Fringe's funniest

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Tim Vine

I preferred Tim Vine's response after he won the award for a second time - "No one loves a repeat more than Dave"

So Quantitative Easing in the eurozone is working, then?

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Personally, I can't see the issue with deflation. As DavCrav points out it has been happening for years as efficiencies have increased. But instead of letting the proletariat keep and spend that additional money saved and thus improve their standard of living or saving it for later the people in charge manipulate the economy to inflate prices elsewhere.

I get the issue with debt never being inflated away but if everything else gets cheaper then we have more left over to pay off the debt. But if we do that, and things are getting cheaper due to deflation then the banks are screwed since we would no longer require to get into debt as often to make those big purchases.

I have yet to see an economics article complaining about the effect of low cost airlines or computer cost reductions or the "discount" supermarkets on living standards. Personally these effects have given me increased disposable income to spend elsewhere.

How about a currency based on energy?

All aboard the Skylake: How Intel stopped worrying and learned to love overclocking

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Noah and Nelly

I'm glad I'm not the only one to remember that phrase - takes me back a while.

It's incredibly easy to bump someone off online, and here's how to do it – infosec bod

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Re: Interesting, but...

...but if you are officially dead then they can't arrest you for anything, you are outside of the system.

Perhaps middle-aged blokes SHOULDN'T try 34-hour-long road trips

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Re: The rise

I cant afford to have my nails painted because because I lost my job as a spoon maker to some bloody robot. Now all the benefit of that increased productivity has gone to the factory owner.

Give it a few years and we'll be back in olden times when we were glad of a few scraps from the lord of the manor.

John McAfee: Ashley Madison hack may ‘destabilise society’

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dodgy politicians

If the data does contain details of shenanigans by politicians then it's more likely the info will be used to turn them into puppets rather than oust them. What's the pint in having all that diet on someone and not using it to your advantage.

Bitcoin fixes a Greek problem – but not the Greek debt problem

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slightly off topic but...


I am struggling to reconcile the whole risk of recession, massive unemployment, no money Doomsday scenario that politicians and economists (yourself included) spout with your equally valid analogy of bacon in the fridge (and I suppose workers in the state).

How can we have a downturn if we've got plenty of reserves?

Sixty-five THOUSAND Range Rovers recalled over DOOR software glitch

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I can't believe that I'm reading all these Luddite comments on El Reg.

For a demographic who spend a lot of their lives working with micro controllers and embedded systems I'm surprised you yearn for simpler cars with less features and systems. Do you also wish to go back to working on 8088 chipsets, VAX clusters or DEC alphas? Maybe you prefer the solid sound of punch cards being fed into the reader rather than the silent SSD in these new fangled computers.

I for one am glad of the embedded micro controllers that monitors my wheel rotation and slip in order to provide ABS and stability control. or the system that reads the impulses from the range of mems accelerometers and figures out which airbags to fire and when within a few microseconds. The myriad of all the other systems that use ECUs all give a much better environment within the car to make things easier and safer for us all, from parking radar to automatic climate control.

Come on guys, look at the whole picture.

Robo-car wars: Delphi's near crash, prang, wallop with Google DENIED!

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slightly sexed up...

If you are writing an article for a media outlet then the last thing you're going to write is "the car was going to change lanes but since another car was coming up on the inside it decided not to."

4 new twists that push the hacker attack on millions of US govt workers into WTF land

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I don't understand why they are so worried about this information being swiped. Surely if they've done nothing wrong then they've got nothing to fear....

Tossed all your snaps into the new Google Photos? You read the terms, right? ... RIGHT?

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Re: ugggghh

The only time anyone will really have to worry about their privacy becoming public knowledge is if they decide to run for public office, at which point the security services can dredge up any and all misdemeanors to use as collateral against you.

Boffins silently track train commuters without tripping Android checks

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it's clear what the boffins intentions were

"he may be able to infer the user’s daily schedule and living and working areas, and thus seriously threaten her physical security."

... 'nuff said

Lawyer: Cops dropped robbery case rather than detail FBI's StingRay phone snoop gizmo

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keeping secrets

I thought that the term "anonymous tip off" was supposed to be used by the prosecution in cases like these.

Uh oh, it's Mobilegeddon! Your site may lose, well, pennies

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Re: Not just Google

And there's bu99er all adverts on the mobile one too.

WHAT did GOOGLE do SO WRONG to get a slapping from the EU?

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on the occasions when you are searching for a product I'm betting that you want to find the best site to do the price comparisons with (and \or reviews).

The fact that Google presents you with their shopping results ahead of anyone else's, and often in lieu of anyone else's clearly shows they know what you want to see but chose not to show it. Added to that they probably game their results to give themselves the largest commission if a sale does go through.

If Google were operating decently they would show the top rated shopping/comparison sites so you could get the best deal, not them!

Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

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Re: Which is it?

Have you tried a cup of tea made in America!? Tasty it is not.

When you buy one you are given a cup of warm water and a tea bag. The best bit is that the wrapper of the bag has full instructions (place bag in cup and pour on boiling water) and they still fail.

$30 Landfill Android mobes are proof that capitalism ROCKS

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Re: "Higher prices mean cheaper electricity for everyone"

Money is Debt. Simple as that. Before money, people traded. If you didn't have anything that the guy you were trading with wanted then there was no trade. Debt\money allows a trade to occur with a deference of payment until a later date. As more people get involved in this it makes sense to trade debts

For example, Alice owes Bob 3 sheep and Bob owes Chaz 3 sheep. Bob can either transfer the debt or try and defer payment to Chaz in the hope that Alice pays up and he can shear the sheep before passing them on to Chaz, thus having something else to trade with and so it goes on...

Money is debt, investment of debt can lead to the creation of the ability to create more debt \money.

Of course if the sheep had died whilst I'm Bobs possession then Chaz might get a bit annoyed but that's the risk you take with investments.

Google's 'encrypted-by-default' Android is NOT encrypting by default

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it's a shame...

... that Google don't have any world class developers in its company. If they did then maybe they could (reverse) engineer a driver for the AES part of the chip. Maybe they could even open source it for all the world to keep us safe from snooping. Oh, there goes the alarm clock, time to stop dreaming...

Tim Cook chills the spines of swingers worldwide

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21st century technology...

and they wouldn't win the longitude prize. Only a day battery life - laughable!

Apple LIGHTSABERS to feature in The Force Awakens

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Re: Retrogression of the "Force".

Han Solo used Luke's lightsabre to cut open the Tauntaun on Both to stuf a freezing Luke inside.

Vint Cerf: Everything we do will be ERASED! You can't even find last 2 times I said this

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Remember the Domesday Disc anyone???

This reminds me of the BBC Domesday Disc project. A digital record of life in Britain in the mid 1980's stored on laser disc for posterity and like the Domesday Book, useful to social scientists and historians for hundreds of years. Or as it turned out, about 5 years.

I know there is a site on the intertubes that allegedly re-creates bits of the disc but I remember playing with the disc in the school library and looking at my home village - not present on the interweb emulator thingy...

Bitcoin trade biz MyCoin goes dark, investors fear $387 MEEELLION lost

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Re: Bitcoins - The modern South Seas Bubble...

ah, but you are forgetting - "There is one born every minute"; therefore these type of investments will never disappear, just evolve.

Official: Single people need to LOWER their EXPECTATIONS

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It all adds weight to the G.U.E. principle I learned of at University - Go Ugly Early.

Mines the one with the condoms in the pocket....