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Comment UK launch was a disaster as well (Score 1) 155 155

Was launched on O2 only at £42 a month, totally bombed. Now down to £27 a month and a frankly insane £399 on PAYG still locked to O2. I pop in now and again to see if the price has dropped anymore and last time I was there the chap who knows me by now said they had sold one since Christmas. https://www.o2.co.uk/shop/phones/amazon/fire-phone/

Comment They have tried this before (Score 3, Interesting) 201 201

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20101103/14362311708/ministry-of-sound-ditches-file-sharing-lawsuits-after-it-finds-out-that-bt-actually-protects-user-privacy.shtml

Turns out they didn't have standing to sue for the actual music as they were basically DJ mixtapes which they had licensed the music for, so they where suing over the copyright of the tracklistings..

Comment Article is misleading, only Virgin Media blocking (Score 2) 168 168

Sky, Talk Talk, Virgin Media and O2 have already blocked access and the UK's biggest provider, BT, are currently reviewing their legal position.

At the moment Sky, Talk Talk and O2 can access the Pirate Bay fine, although I have no doubt this won't last for long.

Comment Ruling not valid in Scotland and Northern Ireland? (Score 2) 188 188

Posted this on the Guardian site but no reply so thought I'd ask here. As far as I know this ruling is only applicable in England and Wales as Scotland and Northern Ireland, while part of the UK has their own legal system. So therefore the block should not apply to customers in Scotland and Northern Ireland? I'm sure it would be easier for the ISPs to attempt a blanket block for a technical point of view but if so could their Scottish and Northern Irish customers have grounds to complain?

Comment It's incredibly easy to get around this (Score 3, Informative) 33 33

It only apples to ISP's with over 400000 customers of which there are 5 at the moment http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/jul/08/bt-talktalk-challenge-digital-economy-act

Just change to one of the many other ISP's out there http://www.ispreview.co.uk/list.shtml

Comment Re:Alternate DNS/routing. (Score 2) 175 175

Apparently they'll be using http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleanfeed_(content_blocking_system) so alternative DNS won't work.

However, using TOR, third party VPN or what I plan to do, use my phone's 3G tethering to get a torrent file then switch back to BT once I have it should all work fine I imagine.

Comment Good old City Of London Police (Score 3, Informative) 117 117

This is the force that harassed Ian Puddick http://www.ianpuddick.com/?p=492 and withheld evidence from IPCC over the death of Ian Tomlinson http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/may/09/ian-tomlinson-evidence-held-back

Having worked in the City Of London, I can tell you that all they are good for is helping drunk Bankers find the way back to Liverpool Street Station for the last train home.

Comment Baby monitor kills mine (Score 3, Insightful) 248 248

Once my daughter goes to sleep and my wife turns this bad boy on, my wireless network totally falls apart.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110693416818&clk_rvr_id=236365054762

Seems quite common, I work in IT and now and again I get asked do you know why my wiresless network is so crap and a lot of the times they've just had a baby.

Comment Re:Well-regarded? (Score 1) 292 292

I've had an Samsung Omnia 7 since mid-November on 3, I'm delighted with the phone, I was one of the original UK guys who queued for an iPhone on launch, then went to a iPhone 3G, I just fancied a change and it was cheaper to get the Omnia 7 than an iPhone 4 & I have no regrets. And the Zune software I feel is far better than buggy iTunes. I tried a few Android phones as well, did like them but I felt the Windows 7 Phone's Metro was easier to navigate around. Saying that, I'll give andriod another go when my contact is up next November to see if it's got better. Saying that, the wife's Palm Pre's OS is fantastic as well, but stuck with flimsy and outdated hardware in my opinion. Web OS running on the Omnia 7's form factor with the AMOLED screen would be pretty cool.

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