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Comment Re:Private sector will always do it better. (Score 1) 352

Aah, I see - thanks for the info. If cable companies now own the base copper then they can be as assholy as they want. Much suck. I won't know enough of the history of US telcos & scum like Comcast to get a better picture without digging into Google, so I might have a good gander later. Over here we went straight from the origins of the General Post Office to splitting the telcoms off as BT, which then got sold by the government to make a fast buck. A big mistake only now being slowly turned around but even then it seems we have far better infrastructure than America does. Still not a patch on Japan & Korea or any place that starts afresh, but still.

Comment Re:Private sector will always do it better. (Score 1) 352

Why would they each have to dig the streets up? Isn't the telephone infrastructure there already? In the UK, BT owns the copper in the ground and everybody competing in the pool coughs up a fair rental for using that copper, including us customers. On copper alone and with a distance of around 3 miles from the exchange we managed an easy 6+/2+ Mbit. Recently we started seeing fiber to cabinet which lowered costs in general so now I get phone, TV & 50+/14+ Mbit for about £45 a month (including calls but still paying BT about £18 monthly line rental for the "last mile" of copper). I've recently read that my ISP is starting trials of fiber to home in select locations and will likely see speeds of 900Mbit or more (seems to be cheaper too). BT can either like it or lump it as that looks like it cuts out the line rental portion completely. At that point they might as well start pulling out the copper and recycling it.

Then again, although some of our politicians are fairly corruptible it seems that none are overtly in a corporate hip pocket as many in the US appear to be, so we get better competition and less monopolisation. Although services vary quite a bit, in general, things are pretty damn good and nobody is digging up the neighbourhood.

Comment Re:Simpler (Score 1) 166

Nice. I don't wear a belt otherwise I might have gone that route myself. My current one is a very slim but solid 2-part plastic job with a ribbed surface for grip. (Ooer!) One part is good enough to stay on the back of the phone (Galaxy Note II) with cutouts for speaker & camera on the back, volume & power either side & plenty of space for 'phones, USB & S-Pen top & bottom and also has slightly raised edges to keep the screen from hitting ground if dropped on a flat surface. The other part has a ratchet rotating clip with a kickstand built in - can prop the phone up in landscape when inserted face out. Never had it pop off as the clip has a spring that would make a gin trap nervous. In the hand adds about 3mm width and nothing to length, mebbe about 1mm on depth, on the hip it's nigh undetectable with either a Bluetooth piece or a wired set with the cable running up under a T-shirt. I wear it 1 notch off vertical on the left hip and the phone is dead easy to pull or replace left handed (I'm a natural right) - draws almost like a pistol from a holster but without the corpses.

It has to be the cheapest, thinnest, lightest thing I've ever used but still affords good protection. Think I paid about £5 for it. Certainly beats the Krusell ones I used to use for Nokia & HTC phones years back. I just don't see the problem with using either a belt or clip type - can't figure why people have so much against them, and like you say - no issues at all with mis-dials or damage and I've had this phone two & a half years, some of that spent in a electrical engineering environment shunting heavy switchgear about.

Comment Re:Simpler (Score 1) 166

Heh-heh. Nice one. Bloody first world problems, eh? I've been using belt clips since my first mobile phone and never had the issues mentioned by people. Maybe I'm just not treating my costly hardware like cheap disposable rubbish. If using a belt clip makes me such a horrible person as noted by someone else earlier, well - fuck! It's not like they're the kind of person I'd want to meet, is it?

Comment Re:Oh, they're a big company, (Score 1) 527

They don't give you correct information in the KB description - just the generic security update or stability message - so unless you keep a list of the KB numbers it can be hard to spot the rogue ones. A little naughty, that. The way I dealt with it was by doing the following...

In a Command shell:
    wusa /uninstall /kb:3068708 /norestart , wusa /uninstall /kb:3022345 /norestart , wusa /uninstall /kb:3075249 /norestart , wusa /uninstall /kb:3080149 /norestart

Services to check for & disable as required:
    Diagnostic Policy Service, Diagnostic Service Host, Diagnostic System Host, Diagnostics Tracking Service

Addresses to block in the router:
    vortex-win.data.microsoft.com & settings-win.data.microsoft.com

I dare them to show me bullshit ads or collect data now...

Comment Re:I have always been curious.... (Score 1) 588

In the UK, 2.4GHz is pretty crowded - the band is allocated to WiFi, microwave ovens and DECT cordless phones. For some really strange reason signals in our house have never had any interfering interaction, we get blistering WiFi speeds even if cooking something *and* using the landline at the same time. (Internet speedtest @ 52Mbit on my phone via WiFi, same as Internet>Ethernet and ridiculous speeds on LANWiFi.) Neither of us in the house have experienced any symptoms of any kind in relation to this supposed phenomenon or, for that matter, any other. Well, except maybe we sometimes have to close the windows in summer if the wind blows our way from the local sewage treatment plant. I don't personally know anyone who would even consider WiFi as being other than a useful. I don't know anyone who jumps in front of cars for the insurance payout either.

Maybe the kid needs a tin-foil hat and his parents a lottery win.

Comment Newspaper Vs government phone hacking... (Score 1) 107

So here in the UK it's a *bad* thing (and rightly so) for newspapers to hack people's phones for juicy shit to help sell their papers, but it's a *good* thing (and not rightly so) for the government to hack anybody's phones because they feel like it. One rule for the powerful and fuck everybody else.

I would love to hear about the UK government hacking US telecoms - wouldn't that be classed as an act of war by the US? How's that special relationship working out now, eh? (Special as in "bend over, I'm coming in dry, bitch!") If it becomes legal for one country, it becomes "legal" for all countries and bollocks to any government that complains about the free-for-all that ensues.

Comment Re:Weak, sentimental, nonsense. (Score 2) 172

You might be able to brew an identical champion horse but, will it still be the same horse with a different training regime, rider, food, etc? Changes will occur from the very moment treatment and environment are in any way different from the original animal. Perfect cloning is the stuff of dreams and will stay that way as even differences between individual neurons in the brain will make changes to a given clone. You might even end up with a horse that won't race.

Comment Who has a financial interest in this one then? (Score 3, Insightful) 224

I can't think of a reason ANYONE would want the nuclear power generation industry to be less safe than it possibly could be, except where it meant that designs with potential flaws & faults would be blocked from sale to countries requiring lowest possible cost nuclear power. Blocking increased safety simply sounds like someone wants their income protected.

If current regulatory practices means that there are ways of getting round safety, then they MUST be rewritten and/or extended. Anything less I consider a dereliction of duty to the people who would live near nuclear plants.

Comment Freedom of expression? (Score 2) 894

"if someone says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch"

Yup - if we're talking about a real person. I whole-heartedly agree; if it was unwarranted or gratuitous I would fully expect to be seeing a few teeth on the floor. However, if someone get's antsy over a comment I make about their invisible imaginary friend they can fuck right off. I don't care which religion it is, someone handing out a beating or killing over it becomes less than human and shouldn't be breathing my air.

As the head of the western paedophiles and discrimination club he should watch *his* mouth, as should high ranking members of the eastern paedophiles and discrimination club. Surprising as they've shared so many of the same hobbies & interests that they should be at war over who's imaginary friend is better.

(Yes, I'm an atheist and proud to have *real* friends. Some of them are even sane.)

Comment Re:Do users really care? (Score 2) 278

I've noticed a disturbing trend over the last few months from commenters on various forums to first make a point opposing the previous comment then top it off with a personal dig. I foresee an interesting 2015 as people spend more time throwing insults, epithets and derision than actually making a point.

My point about not needing a pardon is that Snowden didn't give information to the enemy - he told the world. According to the way the intelligence & military communities are portrayed in the released documents that means *us*. All of us, be it communist, capitalist or just plain don't give a fuck. I don't consider myself an enemy and I'm pretty sure you aren't as you've done me no harm. The real enemy is the intelligence & military community. Remove them - and their paranoia and lust for secrecy & big shiny toys that go boom - from the scene (and the religious zealots, etc, etc) and the world might be a slightly better place.

And I'm teetotal. What's your excuse?

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