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Comment Re:Short Sighted (Score 1) 492

That's all very well, right up until your router dies, or your ISP has a wobble, or someone puts a back-hoe through a cable, or screws up a BGP or DNS update, or your host changes their terms of service, or has a power outage, or goes bankrupt, or...

Unlikely, you say? All this, and more besides, has happened in the last twelve months, to every tier of service and provider.

On the other hand, my dev environment (with the exception of any online documentation I don't have a local copy of) will survive all of the above, and more besides.

The only thing that would stop me coding would be locally-applied force majure... or a Firefly marathon.

Comment Foreign travel... (Score 1) 127

The main driver is for the ability to pick up a cheap PAYG SIM when visiting another country and use it side-by-side with your own - cheap local calls and not going bankrupt paying for data roaming, while still having your own number active.

I spend a few months every year in another country, so my last two phones have been dual-SIM for exactly this reason.

I realise most Americans never travel more than 50 miles from their home, and so this is a non-issue, but for the rest of us it's rather handy.

Comment Re:Not availiable in most of the world (Score 1) 218

Beginning with series 22, Top Gear was available to re-broadcasters worldwide at the end of each original broadcast on BBC2, thus giving them the option to be able to show it before it appeared as a torrent.

Not sure if this continued with series 23, and I expect no-one will much care if it is or not with series 24.

Comment Re:Make it cheaper (Score 1) 218

Well, I downloaded three different torrents of E01 until I found one where both the audio and video were of acceptable quality, for E02, the second torrent was good enough, and by E03 I'd worked out which sources were not screwing up the encoding...

I suspect I'm not alone in this, so unless the "illegal download" figures have already taken this into account, extrapolating anything from the trend is a waste of time.

Comment Thing is... (Score 1) 112

...if the box is owned by the content providers and just co-located at the ISP, then the ISP isn't actually doing the monitoring...

That said, by providing the box with a copy of *all* the ISPs traffic, they could fall foul of whatever wiretapping laws are in place - but a few "campaign contributions" could sidestep any litigation.

Comment To be fair... (Score 1, Troll) 251

the last couple of shows have had to contend with being aired against Euro2016 football matches, and he was trying to fill some of the biggest boots in broadcasting. On the other hand, he is a charmless, loud-mouthed ginger twat, and I'm glad that he's gone. Now, if only we can get Matt Le Blanc to quit as well...

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