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Ask Slashdot: When and How Did Europe Leapfrog the US For Internet Access?

Computershack Re:Where they are willing to pay, there is progres (376 comments)

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.

10 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: When and How Did Europe Leapfrog the US For Internet Access?

Computershack Re:Define "Crappy" (376 comments)

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.

10 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: When and How Did Europe Leapfrog the US For Internet Access?

Computershack Re: Government Intervention (376 comments)

I have 75/75 for $60 in metro LA. I don't find that unreasonable.

I have 76/20 truly unlimited for $34 a month in my small 11,000 popultation town in rural East Yorkshire, England. I find that more reasonable.

10 hours ago
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Local Motors Looks To Disrupt the Auto Industry With 3D-Printed Car Bodies

Computershack Re:Recycling Materials (128 comments)

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.

about a week ago
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Local Motors Looks To Disrupt the Auto Industry With 3D-Printed Car Bodies

Computershack No thanks. (128 comments)

Not interested. I prefer to have cars with proven crash safety features, cars that meet Euro nCAP 5 star rating. Somehow I doubt these would meet even 1 star ratings.

about a week ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

Computershack Re:islam (1350 comments)

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.

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Denies There Was a Policy Change With VPNs

Computershack Torrentfreak wrong? (67 comments)

Torrentfreak being wrong. There's a surprise. I swear they break out a box of tissues every time they hear a rumour and can't waste to post it as fact.

about three weeks ago
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UK Arrest Over Xbox Live and Playstation Network Outages

Computershack Re:Shouldn't this be a civil case? (86 comments)

They committed fraud on Paypal, they carried out a bomb scare on a flight a Sony exec was on and they committed offences under the Computer Misuse Act.
Get your head out of your arse and try acting like a grownup if that's at all possible.

about a month ago
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Apple Pay For the UK

Computershack Re:Amount could be reduced, not increased... (75 comments)

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.

about a month ago
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Lizard Squad: Xbox Live, PSN Attacks Were a 'Marketing Scheme' For DDoS Service

Computershack Re:But what laws are they breaking? (139 comments)

They certainly do have laws against this. Here in the UK there is the Computer Misuse Act which is the most obvious. As regards to a solution, you can't really defend against a DDoS. There is no way to distinguish a legitimate request to www.google.com from one from a machine that is part of a Botnet until its done a certain number of retries which makes it obvious.

about a month ago
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The Magic of Pallets

Computershack Re:4 Days? (250 comments)

It takes about 30 minutes, if that (15-20 normally) to unload 4-6 pallets from the truck,

You'd be fired in most warehouses in the UK if you worked that slow. Shit I loaded myself with a pump truck on Saturday night and stuck 18 pallets on my semi-trailer in half an hour and that is with a forklift truck driver going into the warehouse and bringing them out to me one at a time. It only took them 30 minutes to unload and check 26 pallets I delivered to a Tesco distribution centre on Sunday morning.

about a month ago
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The Magic of Pallets

Computershack Re:4 Days? (250 comments)

You can unload 13,000 cases of unpalletized canned goods in four hours, the same amount of time it takes anyone else with pallets? That's pretty fucking amazing, I must say.

What the hell? A standard 40' shipping container takes 24 pallets. You can unload/load 24 pallets in about the same number of minutes, even less if they're all stacked on the loading dock next to the ramp for the container. You're probably looking at an hour to unload 13,000 cases palletised.

about a month ago
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The Magic of Pallets

Computershack Re:Like many inventions ... (250 comments)

I would say a very loose standard. There are a variety of pallet dimensions.

Unless they're specifically made for a specific product they're either 40"x48", 48"x48" or Euro 1200x800.

about a month ago
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The Magic of Pallets

Computershack Re:Like many inventions ... (250 comments)

Thank you for demonstrating you have no fucking clue about haulage or logistics. The vast majority of goods are transported palletised. You can unload 3,000 cases of palletised goods far faster than two or three people stuck in the back of a semi-trailer can put them on a conveyer belt. It takes a warehouse 20 minutes to unload a full 26 pallet load semi-trailer, it takes 2hrs to unload 1500 cases on a conveyer belt. I should know, I've spent 20 years as a trucker.

Please stop commenting about something you don't know shit about, you're just embarrassing yourself.

about a month ago
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The Magic of Pallets

Computershack Re:Like many inventions ... (250 comments)

It takes time to build pallets. It takes time to break apart, resort, and rebuild pallets. It costs money to repair and replace the pallets themselves. Pallets require extra ceiling space to actually pick them up and put them into a truck or container, resulting in wasted volume in that truck or container. The logistics industry is quickly moving away from pallets for everything but long term storage.

Actual truck driver here. No they're not or at least in Europe they're not. You can load a pallet onto a truck with just a couple of inches clearance, enough for the skids on the pallet not to slide along the floor. What actually determines pallet height and therefore wasted space in a truck is the racking at the warehouses. Its the spacing between the shelving on the racking. Rented pallets is the model used the most with Chep being the largest player in the world. Most large companies won't accept goods unless they're on Chep pallets, that's how well they're built and how well designed the rental system is. You don't need to worry about the time it takes to build pallets or repair them because Chep take care of that. You merely send one of your trucks in to a Chep factory en-route back to load up 300 pallets or get Chep to deliver them and collect the damaged ones.

about a month ago
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Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

Computershack Gotta love the optimism... (275 comments)

Hopefully they will vote with their hard earned money and seek another one of our other valued distributors immediately."

Or after having to watch alternatives they'll come to the realisation of just how shitty Fox News is and just not bother paying to watch them again.

about a month ago
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Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

Computershack More Tesla lies..... (133 comments)

Well colour me surprised. So their promotion video bragging that it was faster to swap not one but two batteries in less time than it took to fill up a car with one of the largest fuel tanks on the market was actually not a true representation and the best they can currently manage is three minutes a battery? Not only does it take just as long to swap out a battery to get a 300 mile range as it does to fill an Audi that'll do a thousand miles on a tank of gas, you get to pay the same amount of money as well for the privilege.

about a month ago
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Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

Computershack Re:Ignored Niches (269 comments)

80gb is better than 8...

You can get 128GB micro SD cards.

about a month and a half ago
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UK Completes 250km of Undersea Broadband Rollouts

Computershack Re:Better than the USA (70 comments)

At least the major cable guys offer unlimited data a month, and price you according to the speed that you wanna rent. Which sounds fair. One has to pay far more than that in other countries - not sure about Europe, but definitely it's far cheaper than Asia

I pay the equivalent of $50 a month for 80mbps down, 20mbps up with no data caps or throttling here in the UK.

about 2 months ago

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Lizardsquad member Vinnie Omari arrested, home raided.

Computershack Computershack writes  |  about a month ago

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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Ebay screws UK on Final Value Fees again.

Computershack Computershack writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Computershack (1143409) writes " Ebay increases Final Value Fees for UK

From 12th March, eBay has increased the FVF for private sellers by an extortionate amount yet again for the UK. For those of us selling technology related items, the FVF for £0.01-£30 has doubled and from £30 — £400 the FVF has increased between 300% and 500% depending on price breaks. So for someone auctioning a laptop which ends at £200, you'll now have the priviledge of paying eBay £20 in fees, instead of £6.75 under the old fees. And that's even before eBay screws more money out of you via Paypal. As a consolation though, eBay has decided not to charge a listing fee or charge for the first photograph if the start price is 99p or under. Whooptie friggin doo. Notably, there's no increase for many other countries.

For those of you wishing to vent your spleen at them, please feel free to call eBay's new UK Customer Support on 020 8080 2105.

If anyone knows of a better online auction site in the UK, I'm open to suggestion."
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Apple lags MS in security response

Computershack Computershack writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Computershack (1143409) writes "http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/03/31/apple_security_response_pants/
Apple is trailing way behind Microsoft in security patch responsiveness, according to a study by security researchers from IBM.
Stefan Frei and Bernard Tellenback of IBM's X-Force security division analysed several years of vulnerability disclosures and patching processes from various vendors.
They found that Apple is getting worse at dealing with security problems while Microsoft is improving. Apple is experiencing more vulnerabilities, longer patching times, and more attacks on unpatched vulnerabilities, according to the duo.
Frei and Tellenback presented their findings at a presentation entitled 0-day Patch — Exposing Vendors (In)Security Performance at last week's Black Hat conference in Amsterdam.
Colleagues of the duo reckon Apple's antagonistic attitude with security researchers is one of the reasons for its poor response.
"While I think that there are quite a few reasons why this is probably so, I'd be inclined to say that Apple's biggest problem appears to be that they treat every new vulnerability as a potential PR disaster rather than an opportunity to visibly reinforce their work in securing their customers," writes Gunter Ollman of IBM's X-Force.
"In recent times this has most critically been reflected in the way Apple works with security researchers.""

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Microsoft Income Up 23% in Fiscal Q1 2008

Computershack Computershack writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Computershack (1143409) writes "Courtesy of Betanews
In early numbers from Microsoft prior to its quarterly financial results call to analysts this afternoon, the company reported revenue gains of 27% annually to $13.76 billion, and net income nicely higher by 23% annually to $4.29 billion, in what the company is calling its fastest first quarter of growth since 1999.

In the early afternoon statement, the company is crediting increased consumer demand for Windows Vista, primarily the Premium Edition, though analysts are likely to ask whether the Vista "sales mix" is actually weighted more toward pre-installations. The release of Halo 3 will also have played a factor, but certainly not to the tune of several billion more dollars in revenue in three months. All that means the company's stellar performer could turn out to be, once again...SQL Server, which has blossomed to becoming a principal profit center whose growth rivals its applications division.

Comment: I wonder how much of a kick in the teeth this must feel like to those sysadmins trying to push Linux in the corporate sector. I also wonder how much of it is due to reduced piracy because of the way Vista's product activation works by checking every week or so instead of just on installation."

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