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Chile Forbids Carriers From Selling Network-Locked Phones

117 Re:Great (291 comments)

Here in the UK, the standard is for all phones to be supplied network-locked (unless you buy a SIM-free handset from a non-mainstream supplier). I believe that retailers are obliged to provide a non-locked handset if you specifically ask for one, but they typically get around that by not having them in stock - they rely on the facts that most people a) don't know they can get an non-locked device if they ask for it, or b) don't want to wait for a non-locked device to come into stock.

more than 2 years ago
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Making a Privacy Monitor From an Old LCD

117 Re:Great hack. (185 comments)

HP are pretty good with this kind of information now, too (and not just for laptops). There's a wealth of information and videos in their 'Customer Self Repair' section online here: http://h20464.www2.hp.com/index.html

more than 2 years ago
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Incomplete PDF Redaction Leaks Data From UK MoD

117 Not 'cutting-and-pasting'. (171 comments)

making it possible for anyone to access the information simply by cutting-and-pasting.

Surely it's 'copying-and-pasting'?!

more than 2 years ago
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Future Blu-ray Movies To Come With Playable Game Demos

117 PS3 *CAN* be used as a DVR (170 comments)

From TFA:

just about the only thing you can't do with a PS3 is use it as a DVR.

This might be true in the US, but in other regions the PlayTV hardware add-on enables you to do exactly that. PlayTV allows you to watch live free-to-air TV and HDTV through the PS3, and record those programs to the PS3's hard drive. I bought the PlayTV add-on (I'm in the UK) as it was cheaper than buying a standalone DVR for free-to-air broadcasts, and have found it to be easier to use and far more reliable than the standalone alternatives available here

more than 4 years ago
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UK Copyright Group Tells Cinemas to Ban Laptops

117 Re:Movies (438 comments)

That just means when you arrive at the theater, and the owner refuses you entrace, you can yell, "Congratulations dumb shit. You just lost $20 worth of sales," and walk away.

Businessmen hate losing money.

I think you'd be hard pushed to find too many cinemas in the UK where the owner is actually on site when you show up to watch a film - they're nearly all owned by the big chains these days unfortunately. Also, we pay for things in Pounds Sterling in the UK.... for the time being, at least.

more than 4 years ago
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Sony Sued Over Bricked PS3s

117 Re:XCP on steroids! (438 comments)

Don't all new PS3 games check that you have a certain minimum firmware installed, and force you to update to that minimum before you can play the game? I.e. your current games may well work, but will newly released ones?

more than 4 years ago
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Nokia Launches Pay-By-Phone Service

117 Re:O2 just started doing this in the UK (34 comments)

This appears to be nothing like the Nokia service from TFA. All this is is a pre-pay credit card (of which there have been many available in the UK for a while now), which is only available to O2 customers and has the added function that they send you a text message when your balance changes. It does not let you pay for your stuff with your mobile, and it does not let you top it up using your mobile phone (although you can top it up at O2 shops and mobile phone 'Pay Points').

about 5 years ago
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British Video Recordings Act 1984 Invalid

117 Since when were there DVDs in 1984? (340 comments)

From TFA:

Don Foster said: "The Conservatives' incompetence when they were in government has made laws designed to ...protect children from harmful DVDs unenforceable"

I don't think a law passed in 1984 was designed for DVDs, considering they were still ten years from making an appearance at that time.

about 5 years ago
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Nokia Unveils Its First Netbook

117 Re:HDMI without VGA? (219 comments)

I've had no problems using VGA on several different HD TVs - you just need to set the resolution to the native resolution of the screen.

about 5 years ago
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Encryption? What Encryption?

117 Full file system encryption already easy (500 comments)

The same objection also applies to many other non-solutions to the problem, like using a Linux distro that encrypts your entire file system. Even assuming this would be within the technical means of the average person who wanted to do encryption, it's still going to look suspicious as long as the vast majority of people are not doing it

It's already within the means of the average person who wants to 'do encryption' - as part of the (very simple) install process for Ubuntu 9.04 it asks you if you want to install full file system encryption or not.

more than 5 years ago
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Ads Retroactively Added To Wipeout HD, Soon Others

117 Re:Why ads while loading? (299 comments)

Agreed, it wouldn't have surprised (or bothered) me in the slightest if track-side in-game ads had appeared in Wipeout HD, I kinda expected it as they already have advertising hoardings on the tracks, but slowing down the loading process is just out of order.

more than 5 years ago
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Ads Retroactively Added To Wipeout HD, Soon Others

117 Ads not active in EU yet (299 comments)

I'm in the UK, played Wipeout HD with the 2.0.1 update and the Fury DLC last night, no ads there, although according to the Double Fusion press release from TFA it'll only be a matter of time unfortunately.

more than 5 years ago
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20 Years of MS Word and Why It Should Die a Swift Death

117 Re:Why dont I need word? (843 comments)

That link you posted isn't to the free openoffice.org, it appears to be some scam site trying to get people to pay to download openoffice.org

more than 5 years ago
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FOIA Documents Detail iPods Overheating, Catching Fire

117 Re:Company policy (314 comments)

- - Prodigy: Fire Starter

Also from the same band:

  • Fire
  • The Heat (The Energy)
  • Fuel My Fire
  • Spitfire
  • Hotride
  • World's On Fire
  • Take Me To The Hospital

As I have the entire Prodigy discography on my iPod I could be perceived to be in danger....

more than 5 years ago
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UK Police Raid Party After Seeing "All-Night" Tag On Facebook

117 Re:Wow (628 comments)

Just a small example: Prodigy - Out of Space

Indeed, The Prodigy wrote the track Their Law in direct response to the passing of this law.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Readies a Rival To Spotify

117 Re:Hugely popular? (216 comments)

Last.fm haven't 'cut the UK off', in fact the UK is one of three countries (along with the US and Germany), where Last.fm is still available for free.

more than 5 years ago
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Linux Patch Clears the Air For Use of Microsoft's FAT Filesystem

117 Re:Who in their right mind would want to use FAT? (272 comments)

The 4 GB file size limit can be a bit of a hassle at times.

Indeed, I fell foul of it at the weekend with my Playstation 3. The PS3's PlayTV hardware add-on lets you record digital TV broadcasts to the PS3 hard drive, and in turn allows you to copy these recordings to a USB stick for use wherever you like. This falls down when you record something over about 2 hours long as the file is then over 4GB, and the PS3 only supports USB drives formatted in FAT32.

more than 5 years ago
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One Year Later, "Dead" XP Still Going Strong

117 Re:Count me in (538 comments)

Your post indicates that you seem to have inadvertently logged in to Slashdot rather than Yahoo! Answers.

more than 5 years ago

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World's first quantum-encrypted network launched

117 117 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

117 (1013655) writes "A scientific convention in Vienna has played host to the world's first computer network protected by quantum cryptography. The network connects six locations across Vienna and in the nearby town of St Poelten, using 200 km of standard commercial fibre optic cables. Each node, housed in a different Siemens office (Siemens has provided the fibre links), contains a small rack of electronics — boxes about the size of a PC, and a handful of sensitive light detectors. From the detected photons, a totally secret numerical key can be distilled, which encodes the users' data much like the keys used in normal computer networks do. The advantage is that no-one else can know the key without revealing themselves. If one quantum link breaks down, the connections can be re-routed via other nodes, much as phone calls get re-routed automatically through a telecoms network, so that any two users on the network can remain in continuous secure contact."
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