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Comment: Re:And pigs will fly ... (Score 1) 116

BT are always promising faster speeds and new rollouts, but you can bet your nelly that the only ones who are going to receive such a service are people in the big cities (with London usually being about a year before the next recipients). It really is a British disease to regularly promise faster, better and cheaper ... and then do sweet A once the easy pickings are taken from the tree.

I live in a rural area even more rural than where you do. Its an area 1.5 times the size of the inner M25 with a population of just 200,000. We have no city, the largest town has a population of just 33,000, the population of my town is 11,000. We've had 76mbit FTTC for nearly 2 years now.

Comment: Re:Where they are willing to pay, there is progres (Score 1) 475

We have FTTC, fibre to the cabinet, here in the UK which gives most people the thick end of 76Mbit which in this country pretty much everyone finds is more than enough and as a result of using the existing copper from the street cabinet to the house instead of laying fibre means that that truly unlimited 76Mbit can cost you less than $30 a month with a half price discount on the first 12 months.

Comment: Re:Define "Crappy" (Score 1) 475

This is exactly the reason why Internet access in the U.S. is so expensive and so crappy relative to other first-world nations.

I'm sorry, but to my mind any definition of "crappy" must include the freedom to access any website, which many other first world nations (like the UK) do not enjoy.

To label it a slower is fine, but just to say "crappy" is ignoring the tradeoff from one kind of crap to another.

The USA has several laws which block what you can see online. As for my UK ISP I don't know of any websites it actually blocks because being a smaller one it doesn't seem to have the same requirements as BT.

Comment: Re:Recycling Materials (Score 1) 128

All of a sudden, getting into a crash doesn't mean you have to junk the whole car. You can salvage the body and a lot of the parts (in theory). Wait a week or two and voila, you have a brand new product.

In theory we should be doing this with existing cars, but they just don't seem to be built for it

No, instead they're built in a way that dissipates the energy so you survive the crash. Yes the car is totalled but you stand a higher chance of walking away from the accident. You seem to want to reverse the advances there have been in crash protection.

Comment: Re:islam (Score 1) 1350

by Computershack (#48756101) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

Seriously, you cannot kill as a Christian, because 1. you can't kill

Actually you can. Because the religious hypocrites who scribed the bible realised that they still needed people to fight wars for them they added a clause which said you can kill as a Christian without sin if you're a soldier fighting in a war and in other circumstances even civilians. David is praised for killing Goliath and one of his men credited for killing 800.

Here's some good old hypocrisy from the Bible in Deutronomy 20:10-18 for killing civilians which seems quite familiar with what the Islamic Fundalmentalists say:
- the population of cities outside of the Promised Land, if they surrender, should be made tributaries and left alive (20:10-11)
- those cities outside of the Promised Land that resist should be besieged, and once they fall, the male population should be exterminated, but the women and children should be left alive (20:12-15)
- of those cities that were within the Promised Land, however, the population should be exterminated entirely (20:16-18), specifically "the Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites" (20:16-18). Deuteronomy 25:19 further commands the extermination of the Amalekites.

+ - UK Arrest over Xbox Live and Playstation Network outages->

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An anonymous reader writes " is reporting the arrest of one Vincent Omari, a UK citizen, in the Christmas Day DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks on the Sony's PSN and Microsoft's XBL systems: 'In documents sent to Neowin, Vinnie Omari has been accused of "hacking of the Playstation Network and Xbox Live systems over the Christmas Period"... While this is the first arrest related to the recent service disruptions, it may not be the last... In further conversations with those who are familiar with the investigation and the arrest, Omari believes that the police will not find anything of substance on his computers. He's alleged crime is that he helped coordinate the DDOS attack on the service. Further, Omari believes that this arrest will give him more credibility in the cyber security space.'"
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+ - Lizardsquad member Vinnie Omari arrested, home raided.->

Submitted by Computershack
Computershack (1143409) writes "The South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) has arrested a 22-year-old man from Twickenham on suspicion of fraud by false representation and Computer Misuse Act offences.

The arrest yesterday (30/12) is in connection with an ongoing investigation in to cyber fraud offences which took place between 2013 and August 2014 during which victims reported funds being stolen from their PayPal accounts. The arrested man was released on bail until 10 March."

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Comment: Re:Amount could be reduced, not increased... (Score 1) 75

by Computershack (#48696661) Attached to: Apple Pay For the UK

Do realize that they could be uncomfortable because the amount of data Apple wants to collect is greatly REDUCED from what credit cards collect - the statement does not state which direction of the amount goes.

Credit cards in the UK don't work like they do in the USA. The only thing the credit card company knows is how much you've spent and what retailer you've spent it at. They don't know what you've bought. My credit card company online statements break down spending into categories. Quite a lot of the time its in the wrong category because I've bought something somewhere which is not that company's main line of business. An example would be buying screenwash at Tesco for my car. It doesn't go through as automotive but groceries if I buy it from the store and not the supermarket forecourt.

Matter will be damaged in direct proportion to its value.