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2857 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006

The Glorious Resolution: Feast your eyes on 5 HiDPI laptops

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too late, too expensive

These sorts of screens are what I was looking for five years ago. The fact that Laptop vendors are still peddling x720 screens now is the main reason I have not bought one. (the other was W8) I just feel they are taking the piss.

Frankly, given where other consumer electronics have gone in the intervening period, these screens should be available on anything north of a 500 quid flaptop.

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UK boffins: We'll have an EMBIGGENED QUANTUM COMPUTER working in 5 YEARS

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in 5 years...

What was the predicted start date for Skynet?

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MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'

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Re: God help these clowns...

TBF, the world might be a better place with most Youtube, Daily Wail, and similar commentards locked up. Not necessarily safer, but definitely better.

We are just fine, of course.

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DEATH fails to end mobile contract: Widow forced to take HUBBY's ASHES into shop

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I recall SWelec contacting me after my Father died. "Can you put me in touch with Philip Harvey please". "Easy. Come here and I will shoot you in the head. You can talk to him yourself after that".

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Re: leave them open to a lawsuit

Which they richly deserve

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

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Re: eh???

Yes, but it's half the price of a hudl and less than a quarter as good. I just came through Munich Airport where they were remaindering wifi galaxy tab 3s for. €99

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Reg hacks see the woods or the trees In the Forest of the Night

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I Wondered if the diassapeared sister had been the trees, or in charge, or summat. Which is why the younger one could hear voices?

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America's super-secret X-37B plane returns to Earth after nearly TWO YEARS aloft

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>Any opaque sticky squirty stuff

Dissapointed. I was hoping for a door behind which was a boxing glove on a spring.

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Nokia STORMS back into profit, FREE from phones and Windows

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simple response

Good.

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ICO warns UK broadcasters over filming using drones

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Re: Spitfire

The obvious way to bring it down is with a net, rather than gunfire. You would recover it more or less intact and could hold it to ransom, or re-purpose it.

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Confused

The abbreviation of UAV for "unmanned aerial vehicles" is causing me some confusion. Back when I used to build them a UAV was an "underwater autonomous vehicle", although the Leftpondians used to call them AUV "autonomous underwater vehicle".

can't we just call them "targets" and have done with it?

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It's a TAB-tastrophe – 83 million fewer units to ship in 2014

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Re: Yep.

And yet mine has lost the ability to reliably cut and paste, can no longer see wifi networks more than a few metres away, and safari, google+, flipboard, and the podcast app keep crashing.

Perhaps I should not have used 8.0.0 first

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Re: Doesn't seem too much interest from manufacturers

I sort of agree with you, except that in the new world of Millions of shipped items, an order for 500 would probably be seen as chicken feed. If you had said 50,000 it might have woken them up. But that is only as many as Tesco shipped HUDL last year, and that is seen as a niche.

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Yep.

Got one.

It works.

I'll maybe get another when it doesn't work.

Some suspicion that Apple may have deliberately borked it with 8.0

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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Re: Patents

Isn't half life affected by relativistic effects?

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Forget passwords, let's use SELFIES, says Obama's cyber tsar

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Re: Cut'n'paste

I remember Clarkson driving around in a Bill Oddie mask.

I can see the obvious flaws.

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Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function

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continuing the trend

So, Powerpoint induced people to think and present facts in a particular way.

Sway appears to do it all for them, so they don't have to bother with the thinking bit?

I am simultaniously not impressed and very impressed. How did they do that?

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Lies, damn pies and obesity statistics: We're NOT a nation of fatties

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Re: Bollocks

Well, I'm seriously overweight and have been for 40 years, my father lived and died fat, so did his mother. There seems to be a genetic component, and my thyroid gland shrivelled up and died at some pont. I think his did too. I exercise a bit, and am careful about consumption 8 days out of 10. I never eat fast food, drink fizzy drinks or alcohol. And i still have a 50 inch waist. So am I a statistic? More obese than 20 years ago? Or the same?

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Vulture takes BlackBerry's Passport through customs

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Headset

The obvious thing for makers of giant phones to do is incorporate an earpad/bonephone thing thatbparks in the phone to recharge, but can become earhung for conversation.

And yes, I have proposed this more than once.

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Report: HP to SPLIT OFF PC, printer biz from enterprise wing

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Bound to be a success

After the recent run of stageringly shrewd business decisions at HP there is no way this could possibly be a mistak.

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Marriott fined $600k for deliberate JAMMING of guests' Wi-Fi hotspots

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Harvey's law

I travel all over the world for work, and stop in accomodation ranging from a guesthouse to a 5 star business hotel.

Harvey's law says that the higher the price of the room the more likely you are to have to pay for internet access. And the slower it will be.

I've spent €30 a night in a gasthof in Germany, and got free super-fast internet, and paid $250 a night at an airport in the USA and been unable to connect to an nntp server despite paying an extra $50 for the right to try.

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

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Why it got waved through....

... Because the government are a mental bunch of useless twats? Who couldn't point to a horse's arse even while holding a copy of 'start at the tail' by Desmond Morris?

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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Slight dissapointment

cynical remarks aside, my disappointment is that I will have to wait 6 months longer before building my post-XP MACHINE.

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cynical remark

10 is twice as far from 8 as 9 would have been.

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Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer

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Nowt to sell

A shop with nowt to sell is bound to close. Had the management not noticed they only had one supplier, and an agreement due to run out next year anyway?

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

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wrong end of stick

The biggest problem with TV is not the user interface. It is what the user interface brings forth.

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Moto 360: Neat gizmo – if you're a rich nerd

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Unhappy

Nope.

Spot on. People desperate to sell you something, but no idea what. Yawn.

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iCloud fiasco: 100 FAMOUS WOMEN exposed NUDE online

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Sloobs

I don;t understand the hype. Why do people want to look at these pics? Do celebs have different bits than the rest of us? Are they trying to look at Mr Film Star's Boomlong? or Mrst Film Star's Sloobs?

Or is this just more fluff about the "look at me" people?

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Chumps stump up $1 MEELLLION for watch that doesn't exist

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Put Lester into space

... and for another 1.2 millon bring him home again!

(Have a beer, mate, only kidding)

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BOFH: The current value of our IT ASSets? Minus eleventy-seven...

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Things

I used to work on Seismic Survey ships. On one of them there were three diesel compressors, each owned by a different investment company or pension fund or something. They used to turn up once a year, in a wholly uncoordinated series of raids, to check their compressor. As long as they saw a thing the size of a combine harvester with thier serial number on, they were happy.

I noticed that two of the three owners had carelessly logged the model number instead of the serial number in thier asset lists. Of course, all three had the same model number on. So I could show the visitor any one of them and they would be happy. One bloke did say "I thought ours was the Port one, not the Starboard one" and I said "Port in the Northern Hemisphere is Starboard while we are down here". "Oh, of course", he said, making a note of it on the form.

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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

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I imagine it will be easier to use for what YOU want than anything shipped with the car.

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

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Anecdotally

In my case it has led to me keeping an ascii file of all the business software passwords I use on my phone.

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welcome to the 1970s

I am amazed that 50 years on we still have no better way of proving who someone is than the name of thier first girlfriend. It is bizzare.

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

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Oh ye glods, not more

What I fail to understand is why all these people who are so keen on football are not in a park somewhere kicking a ball.

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Intel teams up with rap chap 50 Cent on heartbeat headphones

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head/hands

"brand" "on trend". have we come to this?

Make good stuff that sounds OK and does not charge more for being pink or in a box with some hedonit's photo (or monogram) on the cover, and I might, just might, buy it. If I like it. If I need it. If I can afford it.

If you think that strutting about like a peacock or listing all the people you have persuaded to strut with you will not convince me of anything. If you try to cram in lots of extra functionallity that I probably don't want just because other people are cramming it into other things, then I am quite likely to walk past disinterested.

If I want something that will fret about my health, weight, exercise routine, and general wellbeing I will marry one. In fact I did.

{Hedonit was a typo for hedonist, but I have decided it makes my point better as it is]

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Microsoft: Just what the world needs – a $25 Nokia dumbphone

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Oh look

A phone that is only a phone? Whatever will they think of next!

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Password manager LastPass goes titsup: Users LOCKED OUT

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Lastpass

I thought lastpass was pretty good, but dumped it in favour of another method that did not depend upon other people's services or software.

There are other password manglers out there and they all seem to me to lock your eggs up in thier basket. I suppose that is the nature of the beast.

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Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner: Capital is top target for computer thieves, say police

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Lets get this straight

Are there more tablets to nick in London?

Or are flats so small that people have to go to public places to use them?

Or are the streets lined with more thieving scrotes than anywhere else?

What is the root cause of this statistic?

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

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Brass?

Is it me, or is that a steampunk stardrive?

I like it!

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BOFH: The Great Backup BACKDOWN

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Re: We all moved to sharepoint.

comment from a chum of mine:

"if the answer is 'Sharepoint', then you need to get a lot better at asking questions"

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Re: responsibility

>There must be some universal unwritten rule employees learn AFTER their basic

>IT orientation that says employees should not use their assigned server folder.

1. $MEGACORP have never given me any IT orientation, basic or otherwise.

2. $NASTY_FACILITY_COMPANY have set my server folder quota to 5G 'because I am home based' and I have something like 500G of project data per year.

3. All project data folders on servers have been deleted in favour of a project management databse system that:

3A. Has no BLOB capability large enough to accept software projects (i could create a massive repository structure for hundreds of individual source files. If the PLC development environment saved them like that. It doesn't)

3B. I'm not authorised to access it anyway, even though I generate the actual working product. Itis full of sales memos, quotes, and copies of the brochures sent to customers. But no drawings, software, site reports, photos, signed acceptances.

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responsibility

Since $MEGACORP outsorced everything to $NASTY_FACILITIES_COMPANY it is now my responsibility to back up my work, not theirs. I do so every friday to the USB3 disk drive that they did not supply using software that they did not supply.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Call off the firing squad: HP grants stay of execution to OpenVMS

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Metaphor

re-vitalised VMS on modern hardware would be rather like hving a steam-hauled train go through the channel tunnel.

It's something I would love to see.

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5G about the whole network, not just speed, says Alca-Luminary

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Translation

"not just speed" - we can't make it go quickly

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Fiat Panda Cross: 'Interesting-looking' Multipla spawn hits UK

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chipping?

"the petrol engine 90hp – down 15bhp on the Alfa implementation"

Since I would be very surprised if they cut different metal, is it possible that some spotty yoof in a railway arch would be able to get that 15bhp back with a laptop and some PCB headers?

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You say that like it is a bad thing.

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"City Venturers"

To be fair, I don't venture into cities so I don't know how useful this will be.

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Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS

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Re: A Flat-Bladed screwdriver works with ANY raised head...

...with two blades in it.

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Re: consumables

I did a study once (to teach a mathematical technique to apprentices) on the half-life of teaspoons. A remarkably consistent 3.5 months in most offices.

I suspect a similar study could be done on screwdrivers.

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REGULAR FISTING is GOOD for your HEALTH, says respected surveyor

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Hugs

I've found when travelling around the world that a decent bear hug better conveys the respect and affection for one's host and is well recieved.

Not always mind. Not everywhere. But the looks on their faces....

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Opinion

Love

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Tandberg and Sphere3D deals offer hope after 18 bad ones
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Features

No, silly... he was the fall guy for years of Finnish folly
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Frodo and the Ring
Microsoft's strategy is to make Store apps popular. Good luck with that