There's been plenty of tech news for our readers to voice their opinions on over the past seven days. BT's commercial launch of its 100Mbps FTTP fibre broadband package and Samsung's attempt to ban sales of Apple's iPhone 4S in Australia were just some of the issues that got our readers fired up. Here's the five most commented stories of the week.
BT 'up to' 100Mbps FTTP broadband gets public launch
BT announced the commercial launch of its 'up to' 100Mbps fibre-to-the-premises broadband service this week. Exchanges in London and Exeter are the first to get FTTP upgrades. It was previously only available to residents of Milton Keynes via a BT trial.
Lord Midas said: "And once again it seems as if they are offering this service to those who already have super fast broadband"."Here are super cars... Ferrari, Aston Martin, etc. But only those with BMW M3s and Audi RS4s can have it. All those with Fiesta Diesels don't get nothing [sic]" he added.
But Crispin Proctor said Lord Midas should "Stop moaning"."They offer these services to places where they will recoup the money. It's called economics. They are hardly going to put it into places where there will be a low up-take."
W3C wants web users to be warned if they're being tracked
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) revealed this week it wants web users to be warned if a site is tracking them. The first draft of a new standard published by the organisation proposes that web users should be able to specify whether they want websites and advertisers to track their online behaviour using cookies.
Cookie Collective said: "These standards are very draft right now - and there is still clearly a lot of uncertainty about what 'do not track' means."
"Meanwhile the UK and EU cookie laws require websites to gain consent for all cookies - not just tracking - so have a much wider scope," he added.
Samsung's case to ban the iPhone 4S to be heard in March
Samsung's call for a ban on sales of Apple's latest smartphone, the iPhone 4S, will be heard in the Australian Federal Court in Sydney in March next year, it has been revealed. According to Reuters, Justice Annabelle Bennett said: "The case will be fixed for a hearing for three weeks, commencing in March, 2012", while also revealing the exact date will be fixed on Friday this week (November 18).
Maccyroo said it was "bound to happen after the idiocy of Apple in trying to get the Galaxy Tab banned for 'looking too much like an iPad' ".
"They obviously didn't even believe their own accusations as Apple ended up 'manipulating' images of the Galaxy Tab that they presented in support of their action, to make the Tab fit the dimensions of the iPad [which it doesn't]."
Meanwhile, FittedWardrobesLondon believes the case "has massive implications for the telecoms market".
TalkTalk to begin trialling YouView next year
TalkTalk is to begin trialling TV-on-demand service, YouView, next year. The UK ISP confirmed in its interim result, which were released this week, it will provide 3,000 of its staff with set-top boxes compatible with the service, which are made by Huawei, in a bid to "focus on the end-to-end customer experience".
sirjohng said: "Well, I already have FREE access through my PVR to Freeview, Freeview HD (1080i), iPlayer, channels four and five online plus my home PC network and You Tube and the internet through my television browser and much more from my Sony Blu-ray Player online. I also have Blockbuster down the road for Blu-ray discs (1080p and 3D), but, what I do not have is much spare time to sit and watch any of it."
"When others also have Virgin, BT films and Sky, why the heck does anyone need another TV provider and what on earth is their business plan? I obviously will have to make the time to find out!"
Unemployed Romanian hacker accused of breaking into NASA
Romanian authorities have arrested a 26-year old hacker who is accused of breaking into multiple NASA servers and causing US$500,000 in damages to the U.S. space agency's systems. Robert Butyka, 26, was arrested in Cluj, a city in Western Romania, following an investigation by the Romanian Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT).
Beryl Russell said: "It seems NASA still hasn't learned about using a decent firewall." However Alexander disagreed, saying: "All firewalls can be cracked."