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Oh noes, fanbois! iPhone 6 Plus shipments 'DELAYED' in the UK

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Re: Nintendo Wii mania

This is standard Apple operating practice, restrict initial supply and announce delays due to unexpected high demand.

The problem is, no-one has any hard facts to prove or disprove this theory. I tried a quick Google, and I ended up with facts from "people familiar...", which isn't a sound foundation for any hypothesis.

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T-Mobile US goes gaga for Wi-Fi calling, AT&T to launch in 2015

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Re: $50 low-end smartphone already has that...

Why has it taken Apple so long to add this in?

The handset manufacturers could add it in fairly easily. But for it to work with your existing mobile number, the mobile networks need to get on board and support it, otherwise you'll have two phone numbers: A GSM number and a WiFi number.

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Re: Why?

Is it just for use when you have access to an 802.11 network but no cellular (which seems like an unusual situation)

ROFL!

I assure you, where I work, mobile coverage is "poor", yet we have fantastic WiFi. WiFI calling would be ideal for us.

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Re: Hope you enjoy it as much as I do

O2 has TuGo. Unfortunately, it's not available for corporate customers.

Well, not this corporate customer anyway :-(

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European Court of Justice allows digitisation of library books

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You're confusing creation and duplication.

Creation of a piece of intellectual property (Software, music, art, literature, etc) can take a long time (Many years by multiple people in some cases)

Reproduction can be just as simple as hitting "copy" in a file manager.

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Re: Poor eyesight

Blind musicians don't have the paper option. It doesn't seem to impede them. I wonder, do they learn completely by ear from recordings, or do they need the help of a sighted teacher to learn a new work?

I can't speak for all blind musicians, but I know one blind musician. She has to buy braille versions of sheet music. It has to be specially typeset. I don't think it's just a case of loading in a Sibelius file and sending it to the braille printer. She then memorises from the braille version.

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Copying & Printing

I can understand the court ruling against the copying of the electronic version to USB stick. But printing is a bit more interesting. In the UK, you can legally photocopy a small amount of a book for private study. So printing a small amount of a scanned version should be no different.

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Ex-Autonomy execs: HP's latest wad blows apart fraud allegations

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Re: Why? oh Why?

Aren't HP taknig the Auditors to Courst as well?

RTFA:

"HP says it is planning to bring separate lawsuits against [...] the UK arm of Deloitte & Touche, which audited Autonomy for the acquisition.."

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It's a pain in the ASCII, so what can be done to make patching easier?

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Post patch patch

Having to reboot is one pain in the ASCII. Having Windows tell you more patches are available after just installing the latest patches is even more of a pain in the rear.

I just build a Win2K12 server the other day. How many patch/reboot cycles did I have to go through before it was fully patched? Three or four if I remember correctly. (I believe a re-install of Win2K8 requires even more) How many reboots to patch to current levels after installing Linux or MacOS? One (usually)

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VMware updates vSphere, recommends new security fixes

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Re: web client sucks

Totally agree. Not always using a Windows desktop, I had high hopes when they announced the new web interface to vCentre. Then I got to try it... My desktop machine isn't exactly ancient, and the vCentre server itself isn't slow either, so what did they do to make the interface so darn slow? I sometimes resort back to the Windows client via RDP (despite the dire warnings) just to get a sane level of performance.

Epic fail by VMware.

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Google recommends pronounceable passwords

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Password Managers

The update is Google's latest encroachment into the territory of online password management dominated by LastPass and 1Password, who could well feel threatened as Chrome builds in functionality they once offered as third-party value adds.

Browses have offered some kind of form fill/password manager for years, and password managers still sell, so I don't see Google's changes as any threat to them.

Personally, I prefer a standalone password manager as they are genuinely cross-browser and cross-platform. (Oh, and in this particular case, not Google. "Don't be evil", my arse...)

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Bruce Schneier has a blog post on ways to produce memorable and secure passwords. He no longer recommends the XKCD method.

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Data entry REAR-END SNAFU: Weighty ballsup leads to plane take-off flap

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Adults Vs Children

This isn't as easy as people think.

When I was at school, a group of us went on a skiing trip. Most of us sixth form boys were bigger than the teachers. (No, it wasn't because we were fat, lazy, lard-arses, either) Plus there were more sixth formers than teachers.

But according to the rules, we were classed as children and the teachers as adults. I imagine that made the plane's weight calculations interesting...

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Redmond resists order to hand over overseas email

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Not in America

On the rare occasions I use a web browser without AdBlock plus, I often see adverts for a hosting company proudly saying they aren't in the US. I can only see this growing: "We have nothing in America. No servers and no offices."

Of course, all it will mean is that the American government will have to just rely on the NSA for more of it's dirty work :-(

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'I think photographers get TOO MUCH copyright for their work'

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And how many of these copyright extensions benefit the creators rather than some undying corporate entity?

This.

I have friends who are musicians or artists. They rely on copyright for their living. These are the people that I want copyright to protect. The corporates just use their muscle to screw as much money as possible out of everyone. This shouldn't be surprising - it's what companies exist to do: Make money.

Again, though, it's complicated. Corporates often take risks with new artists, and so want some reward for their risk taking. It's when corporates get lazy and would rather earn money from old work, rather than invest in new work that things get bad.

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GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine

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Re: WHEN I AM PRIME MINISTER...

GCHQ (the NSA, et al) have two broad functions. Firstly, to devise ways to protect the interests of their home nation. The (secret) invention of public key cryptography at GCHQ, and the NSA involvement to improve DES. These are good things and should carry on - especially if they make this stuff more public.

Their second function is keeping an eye on ne'er-do-wells. Again, this is all good stuff.

The problems arise when the spooks assume *everyone* is a ne'er-do-well, or when they interfere with the things that are supposed to be secure and actually make them less secure (so their snooping on everyone is made easier)

If GCHQ & the NSA are anything like any standard business (which they're probably not) these broad policy decision are made by senior managers trying to empire build and protect their own jobs/departments/budgets and not by the grafters at the bottom of the pile. It's these senior people who we need to get shot of.

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NASA to reformat Opportunity rover's memory from 125 million miles away

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Re: I would like to thank NASA...

They only thought the rover would last 90 days, so I suspect flash endurance wasn't a really a consideration.

But look at it like this: That flash card has been working in a challenging environment for 10 years. If my server SSDs survive that long here on planet Earth, I'll be more than happy.

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PCI Council wants YOU to give it things to DO

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Clarify existing rules

Maybe the PCI should clarify their existing rules. They are quite vague and subject to interpretation. Some people may say that's deliberate, but I couldn't possibly comment.

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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Sub-heads

The El Reg sub-head writer is on form this week. Although I do detect a bias towards a certain popular music song

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Researcher details how malware gives AV the slip

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Re: Virtual question

With VMware, it's not hard to detect: Just look at the BIOS vendor string. It mentions VMWare quite prominently. You can also look for VMware only drivers (e.g. VXNet). Another option, is to try the I/O interface that VMware tools uses to communicate with the VMWare hypervisor.

I suspect you can use similar tricks with other hypervisors.

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IT blokes: would you say that LEWD comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

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Out the b*****ds

You're right, you shouldn't have to endure that kind of abuse. Salesmen in company outfit should be publicly shamed.

I didn't think this type of behaviour still existed.

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Galileo can't do the fandango: Two Euro GPS nav sats sent into WRONG ORBIT

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Reading between the lines

My reading of the press release is that the rocket put the satellites into the orbit it was told to. However someone told the rocket the wrong obit.

Opps.

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Facebook needs to defend Austrian privacy violation case

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So the crux of his argument is that Facebook transferred his data outside the EU. Surely for this to work, he has to show firstly that he had a reasonable expectation the data would be stored/processed in the EU, and then secondly, that the data was transferred outside the EU without his permission?

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US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

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When I first heard about this story, I was siding with the photographer. Then I read a bit more about the story (e.g. The Torygraph), and realised that the photographer had NO input whatsoever into the set up.

The monkey stole the camera from him and took random pictures.

If the photographer had trained/encouraged the monkey to use the camera, then that would be different. But in this case, the photographer did nothing and got a lucky shot or two. (The Torygraph article says the monkey took hundres of pictures)

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Is it an iPad? Is it a MacBook Air? No, it's a Surface Pro 3

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What's the market?

I think MS need to decide what market they are going after with their Surface products. Are they going after the tablet market (in which case, why does it need a keyboard or pen?) Or are they going after the laptop market (Why have a detachable keyboard)? Or somewhere in between (Ultrabook)?

It feels like MS are throwing different versions out to the market to see what will stick.

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Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER

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Ming-Chi Kuo's is assuming that Apple have only recently started work on the iWatch. It could be (and has been rumoured for years) that Apple have been working on an iWatch for a while. In which case, one problem they could have been working on is how to produce it.

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The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?

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Not the first time

This isn't the first time that a (security) patch from Microsoft (or anyone else) has caused serious problems.

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Twitter displays our 'Favorites'. That is, like, PRIVATE, huff naive users

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Follow the money...

When will users of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, etc. learn? They are NOT the customer of these companies. They are assets to be used and sold. These companies want as much out of you as possible so they can sell more targeted (i.e. more expensive) adverts.

The real customers are the advertisers: The people with the money.

Once users start paying for their accounts, *then* they (might) have a reason to complain about their information being sold to all and sundry. But as Facebook proudly states on their home page "Free and always will be." the chances of that are close to zero.

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

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@ J.G.Harston Re: Resets?

I use a password manager to generate passwords and I couldn't understand why the Inland Revenue wouldn't accept my new password: It was complaining it was too weak.

After reducing the length and removing symbols the Inland Revenue finally accepted the password.

The Inland Revenue was rejecting my passwords because they were too strong, not because it was too weak!

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Murder accused DIDN'T ask Siri 'how to hide my roommate'

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It's a great system at work that allows valid evidence to be ignored.

Isn't the point here that the lawyer wants to check that the evidence is valid? After all, it's not as if evidence has ever been made up...

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Anonymous threatens to name cop who shot dead unarmed Michael Brown

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Because vigilantes are never wrong...

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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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Re: IPv6 like OSI is far more complex than necessary

If IPv6 had been designed by engineers (rather than by theoreticians)

I wonder if it was more because it was designed by committee, rather than a few engineers pouring over code and packet dumps....

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Re: NAT is a kludge

Privacy and Security appear to be kludged afterthoughts on IP6.

On the privacy front, I can agree with you. Baking the device's MAC address into the IPv6 address isn't good for privacy.

As to security, if only they'd implemented something like IPSec natively into IPv6.... (Hint, they did...)

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UK mobile coverage is BETTER than EVER, networks tell Ofcom

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Maybe not untrue

The story is that mobile coverage is better than ever. That may be true, but what many of us complain about, though, is that it's still not good enough.

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Tim Cook on pale, male Apple: 'As CEO, I'm NOT satisfied'

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Re: let me guess...

Affirmative action/quotas to increase minority representation is, IMHO, just as bad as the discrimination that it's trying to counter.

For a long time I was of the opinion that "let the best person win" was the answer. Then it was pointed out to me that small details can skew who even applies for your jobs. For example, do you only advertise jobs in Guardian (Often seen as politically left-leaning)?

Then there's the general company attitude. Are people looked over for promotion because "they're not one of us" e.g. non white, heterosexual. (Look up the Macpherson report into the Met. Police)

What can the tech sector do to shake off it's image as the preserve of white males? I don't know. I hope someone cleverer than me has some answers. Diversity is good and should be embraced.

Disclaimer: I'm a white heterosexual male.

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Chomp that sausage: Brits just LOVE scoffing a Full Monty

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Re: So basiclly,

Whilst not exactly small in stature myself (ex No 8 forward) I pale into insignificance when compared to our friends (meh) in the US.

The BMI stats claim I'm obese. I went on a trip to America and discovered the real meaning of obese.

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NetScout sues Gartner over magic quadrant placement

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Re: Gartner says...

So the real source of anger about Gartner is that industry players pay attention to what Gartner says.

The only times I've seen Gartner's magic quadrants is in vendor marketing material. Does anyone actually make purchasing decisions based on these reports & analysis? Or are they just used by marketing bods?

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Microsoft throws old versions of Internet Explorer under the bus

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Re: Product to Service

Microsoft loses out in this situation inherently, because they don't have any popular products or services that Windows acts as a subsidy for.

Office? Exchange?

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UK.gov eyes up virtual currencies, fingers red tape dispenser

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Missing a vitial point

These alternative payment systems are popular because they are quick, cheap, and convenient

And not subject to state snooping.

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Evidence during FOI disputes can be provided in SECRET

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Considering the political situation in the area, I think there is very definitely a public interest in knowing about arms export licenses to Iran in 2008.

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Tiny steps: HTTP 2.0 WG looks for consensus

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I understand the need for revising HTTP, but I'm going to miss the plain text protocol.

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65 patches later and Java STILL breaks stuff

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I can sympathise with the third pary tools which are broken by the Oracle update. But the spec (and JDK compilers) have always enforced the superclass constructor must be the first call. The third party tools are broken by generating incorrect Java byte code and should be fixed.

Of course we then get into the whole realm of what's the true specification: What's written or what's implemented?

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UK.gov wants public sector to rip up data protection law

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Theory & Practise

In theory, this sounds like a good idea.

In practise, we all know what a pig's ear the government IT contractors will make of it and the massive scope creep that will inevitably occur. (And the silk purse the contractors will make themselves in the process)

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Windows Registry-infecting malware has no files, survives reboots

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Re: No files ?

The Word document is just the infection route. Once the payload is in the Registry, no file is needed as the payload is run directly from the Registry.

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We sent a probe SIX BILLION km to measure temperature of a COMET doing 135,000 km/h

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Re: Impressive and I'd expected it to be *much* colder

My thoughts exactly. We've recorded lower temperatures on the third rock from the Sun (~-90C). So it's interesting that this object, receiving a tenth of the solar radiation, is warmer.

Oh, and a nice cold beer for the boffins involved.

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Operators get the FEAR as Ofcom proposes 275% hike in mobile spectrum fees

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Holmes

I am so confused here, I just don't know who to hate the most: OFCOM or the operators.

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House of the rising SAN: Cisco plonks physical 16Gbit/s kit on the table

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Press release?

Am I being a grumpy old git, or does this article largely sound like a copy 'n' paste job from a press release?

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4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles

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Watching TV

I remember as a kid, sat at home with the parents actually watching TV.

Nowadays, I have a TV on just as background noise. I rarely sit down and devote 100% of my attention at the screen.

Why? I don't think there's only one reason. It's probably a mixture of things: YouTube/et al (Watched a couple of great videos on Graham's number last night), lots of repeats, too many "celebrity" shows, general dumbing down of content.

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Re: Screw +1 and +24

Not sure if you've noticed, but the +1 & +24 channels are compressed even more than the original channels, so use less bandwidth.

(This doesn't mean I disagree with getting rid of them, though!)

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Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source

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CPU

If they have a proven secure Microkernel, I assume they've proved that their hardware (including CPU) are all secure too.

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