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20 Years of GSM and SMS

ambrosen Re:20 years later... (157 comments)

It's a pretty tightly controlled market if so. There doesn't seem to be any way to get most smartphones on the independent market for less than the total cost of the contract in Europe.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Green Lights HS2 High Speed Rail Line

ambrosen Re:Quoting the Independent (329 comments)

Yes, but they did not want the Swainswick bypass built. To me that says the opposite of what you claimed.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Green Lights HS2 High Speed Rail Line

ambrosen Re:The problem with our railways is not speed (329 comments)

It's never cheaper to buy on the day. Sometimes a flexible ticket will be cheaper, but you can always buy that in advance, and get free booked seats with it. The fact that split tickets can be cheaper is infuriating, though, although they may remove the obligation for the railway to get you to your final destination (by taxi, if your last connection is not available through their fault, although they may not do this unless you demand it).

more than 2 years ago
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UK Green Lights HS2 High Speed Rail Line

ambrosen Re:Not just railway lines (329 comments)

I'd be interested to know, too. Press coverage at the time says Bel Mooney (married to Jonathan Dimbleby) was dead against it (and it is hideous, though I only visited here once before it was built).

I've no real information about who was for it at the time. But if traffic was coming down what is now the Gloucester Road through Swainswick, then boy, oh boy, that would have been ugly.

more than 2 years ago
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CERN Experiment Indicates Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos

ambrosen Re:What about a supernova? (1088 comments)

Is there any way to tell when the light and the neutrinos left the supernovae, though?

more than 3 years ago
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Re. medication requiring a prescription:

ambrosen Re:Completely? (550 comments)

What's so bad about the healthcare system in the UK? As a frequent flyer with the NHS, I see nothing but efficient processes, helpful consultations, quick referrals, proper monitoring and all the necessary care given.

Which also reflects my point of view as someone who helps those services get arranged and delivered in a mental health trust.

more than 3 years ago
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How Citigroup Hackers Easily Gained Access

ambrosen Re:Seriously, what the fuck! (371 comments)

Not quite, in that with the UK system, those details only allow people to set up a Direct Debit, which can only be used for certain types of Consumer to Business payments, and are automatically refundable on the consumer end, but still makes it worth keeping your account number and sort code private.

more than 3 years ago
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Can Computers Be Used To Optimize the US Tax Code?

ambrosen Re:Short Answer (730 comments)

I take it you know more about economics than you do about the command line, right?

more than 3 years ago
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Endeavour Launch Now Slated For Monday

ambrosen Re:Godspeed, Endeavour. (55 comments)

I wouldn't call the normal operating depth of a military submarine as being 'deep ocean'. I don't know of any that have a test depth deeper than 400 metres, according to Wikipedia.

more than 3 years ago
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Confessions of a Computer Repairman

ambrosen Re:Meh (387 comments)

Or buy a non-consumer laptop.

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists Decipher 3-Billion-Year-Old Genomic Fossils

ambrosen Re:Creationism (217 comments)

Well, I've heard that logic as being attributed to Origen, so it goes right back to the early church. I'd say that's an old trick.

more than 3 years ago
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Aussie Government Competition To Predict Commute Times

ambrosen Re:10 things to do before I die (79 comments)

Yes, because obviously that's responsible for holdups, rather than the fact that there's an awful lot of people trying to travel through an awfully small amount of space.

more than 3 years ago
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Coder Accuses IBM of Patenting His Work

ambrosen Re:Also, it's "cue" (249 comments)

No, the interjection is almost always spelt as two words. The adverb and adjective forms, as you say, can be spelt either way.

more than 3 years ago
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Will Netflix Destroy the Internet?

ambrosen Re:I'm no expert, but as I see it (577 comments)

But I only want 60GB to go with my 15Mbps (actually I get 19Mbps, but same difference). I'm very happy to get that for a trivial amount of money per month.

more than 3 years ago
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Race Pits Pigeons Against Poor UK Rural Broadband

ambrosen Re:Upload (298 comments)

They're probably trying to upload a 200 megabyte(MB) file.

But the cap's up to 2.5Mb/s, so your numbers still work out.

more than 4 years ago
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MA High School Forces All Students To Buy MacBooks

ambrosen Re:My experience with a 1:1 initiative (1217 comments)

What about running a desktop virtualisation system like Citrix? Then you actually control the whole environment, and the students can have a properly uniform experience. And whatever laptop they like.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikipedia Is Not Amused By Entry For xkcd-Coined Word

ambrosen Re:Another XKCD link (553 comments)

a tautapropism?

more than 4 years ago

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