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Is living with Dolby Atmos worth the faff?

Alex Walsh

Re: Well it's not just the hassle and faff is it?

Found myself looking at virtual 5.1/7.1 headphones recently for a very similar reason. Any time I turn the surround sound up to a level that it actually works well, one of the kids comes downstairs and tells me to turn it down :/

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Alex Walsh

Re: Pure H2O versus Flavoured drinks

I can still smell the bacon cooking when I listen to Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast :)

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Virgin Media DOUBLE-PUNCHED by BSkyB AND BT over ad fibs

Alex Walsh

Cable speed is good

Recently got my free upgrade from 120Mbps to 150Mbps from Virgin Media. Click along to speedtest.net last night (9pm, so peak usage time) and it benched at 149.93Mbps. Must say I can't grumble on that aspect of the service. Since I don't watch movies or paid sports channels, they do what I want them to very well :)

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US astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson: US is losing science race

Alex Walsh

I've often wondered who this bloke is. I see quite a lot of photos of him looked excited at a lectern with some quote next to him. Is he a sort of mobile version of Stephen Hawking?

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Yahoo!... Our Alibaba stake's worth BILLIONS. Oh – our shares are in the toilet

Alex Walsh

Any one else remember when M&S was had a market value well below the book value of it's property portfolio? Sometimes the market does my nut.

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In a spin: Samsung accuses LG exec of washing machine SABOTAGE

Alex Walsh

When the locking mechanism broke on our Bosch it was a faff to replace it but the hinge itself was solid as anything. Our previous Bosch has issues with the brushes, which I was quite proud I replaced myself, but a month or so later the logic board went so we ended up replacing it.

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Apple's Watch is basically electric perfume

Alex Walsh

Never mind the gadget crash...

...think about the havoc it will wreak on tech sites. Looking at half a dozen sites last night/this morning (Pocketlint, Trusted Reviews, Engadget, Tech Radar, Gizmondo etc), you can see that between the iPhone 6's and the Apple watch, they've got about 40 articles in total on Apples press conference. The iPhone 6 has a news story, a first impression story and several articles comparing it to existing phones, and then one about the bigger version. The iWatch has one about the press conference, a first impressions and then maybe a comparison with the Moto 360. Half of these are on multiple pages as well because it's all about the clicks for audience and ad revenue.

Imagine a world where every Apple launch can't generate your site half a dozen articles and thousands of clicks. Half of them will go out of business...

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Helpdesk/Service Desk Recommendations

Alex Walsh

Re: RT?

Wait, that name sounds familiar. Baz... Mr Bluesky on Lubbs??!

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Xenon: Bitmap Brothers' (mega)blast from the past

Alex Walsh

Main problem with Megablast was is wasn't very fast for a shoot em up. The Megadrive might have been in it's infancy but shooters like Thunderforce II, Forgotten Worlds and even HerzogZwei were so much faster.

Yes, it looked pretty but there was plenty of stuff about that looked a little bit less tasty but was a lot quicker, even on the C64. I bought Megablast (ST) of course, everyone did and it reviewed pretty well (lots of 90%+ marks) but it wasn't as good as all that.

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'Zotob' hacker 'Diabl0' arrested in Bangkok after three-year hunt

Alex Walsh

If it was america that were extraditing him, no doubt it would be a year for every $1 of damage he caused...

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Neil Young touts MP3 player that's no Piece of Crap

Alex Walsh

not just about the audio fidelity

The Pono needs to be able to power a decent set of headphones too. My phone can't get a decent volume out of a pair of 545s and they're not even THAT expensive. On the other hand, my £40 pair of Pioneers sound much louder.

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Alex Walsh

Re: The Tintinnabulations Of The Ad-Copy.

What you need then is over a grands worth as Astell & Kern AK120 ;-)

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Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

Alex Walsh

UX50 dammit.

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Alex Walsh

Did Paul Allen's Vulcan PC Flipstart ever make it to market? I had an OQO at the time but that looked impressive.

Sharp did the clamshell form factor with some of it's Zaurus range, and obviously the Sony Clie UX 500 is the ultimate form factor for this, it's a shame it's effectively dead because how cool would that be with linux running on it today?

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Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

Alex Walsh

I had one of those old fashioned jaw drop moments playing super mario 3d world recently. I had to blow on the gamepads microphone to make a propeller driven platform rise up. I was so impressed I called the wife and kids in to show them :)

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LogMeIn: We're stopping our free offering from, errrm, NOW

Alex Walsh

I paid a HUGE premium for Logmein Ignition on Android- around 20-40 times the average price of an app- to avoid paying regular subscriptions. What are my choices? Use an app that will no longer be supported or get a temporary discount from the very sort of subscription I paid well over the odds to avoid in the first place?

Hope they go out of business as a result of this.

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Thought sales were in the toilet before? Behold the agony: 2013 was a PC market BLOODBATH

Alex Walsh

There are *so* many people out there with PCs that are two or three years old who have no compelling reason to upgrade. Intel CPUs haven't exactly come on in leaps and bounds in the last two years and in terms of GPUs, nothing at the mid range is notably better to encourage an entire system upgrade above a card (and in some instances a PSU as well).

Same with business. We had our last big round of hardware upgrades a couple of years ago when we finally dumped XP for W7. No compelling reason to do anything similar atm or in the near future.

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Cyanogen grabs $23m, will ship mod-installed N1 smartmobe on Xmas Eve

Alex Walsh

going the way of boxee?

Boxee used to be a great alternative to XBMC. Then they went commercial, released the boxee box and things went downhill from there...

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Sega’s Out Run: Even better than the wheel thing

Alex Walsh

Interesting- didn't realise the saturn version was worth a punt as it's not featured on (m)any buying guides. May have to take to ebay :D

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It's the games, STUPID: Sony makes 'about $18' on each PlayStation 4

Alex Walsh

Oooh, that means over 100% mark up on the controllers then (closer to 200%)

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Are you experienced? The Doctor Who assistants that SUFFERED the most

Alex Walsh

Adric suffered the most- he bloody died. Mind you Peri suffered a lot- those costumes barely held her in.

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BT Sport scores own goal with £897m Champions League footie rights deal

Alex Walsh

It might be £12 for every person in the country but you've forgotten to offset the programme sponsorship and advertising revenue that screening the matches will generate.

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Alex Walsh

Free 1st year subscription for new customers on BT broadband/landline contract of £xx a month makes it blinking obvious why they've paid so much; it's effectively a per new subscriber fee for all the customers they expect to pick up for other services isn't it?

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Do-it-yourself Dropbox: Western Digital's My Cloud 2TB NAS box

Alex Walsh

What sort of actual HDD is in these? Red or Green?

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Boffins spot LONE PLANET roaming interstellar void

Alex Walsh

*engage Arnold Rimmer mode* it's aliens

Lister: Your explanation for anything slightly peculiar is aliens, isn't it? You lose your keys, it's aliens. A picture falls off the wall, it's aliens. That time we used up a whole bog roll in a day, you thought that was aliens as well.

Rimmer: Well we didn't use it all, Lister. Who did?

Lister: Rimmer, ALIENS used our bog roll?

Rimmer: Just cause they're aliens doesn't mean to say they don't have to visit the little boys' room. Only they probably do something weird and alien-esque, like it comes out of the top of their heads or something.

Lister: Well I wouldn't like to be stuck behind one in a cinema.

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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite: 13.3-inch slimline notebook with a secret

Alex Walsh

Re: Interesting and then disappointing....

I replaced my netbook with a Asus TF300 Transformer. Since I mostly used my netbook for blogging and websurfing, so far android hasn't been too limiting. And of course there's the 18 odd hours of battery with the dock. You can pick them up for £225 if you shop around (or at least you could a month ago).

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All rivers flow into the sea: Apple holds TEN PER CENT of corporate America's dosh

Alex Walsh

"absence of tax reforms"

AKA a Republican cash repatriation holiday. After all, it's happened before so corporate America are just waiting out a regime change in the good old US of A.

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Google: Thanks for the billions in revenue, UK. Here are your taxes, that's ... £11m

Alex Walsh

Apart from employers national insurance, google doesn't pay any of that tax they've laid claim to. PAYE and employees national insurance are suffered by the staff and VAT is an end user tax.

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Our LOHAN rocket ship team exits Spain with a bang

Alex Walsh
Thumb Up

While the Register can't lay claim to inventing the backronym, you surely use it better than anyone else on the planet :)

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Stylus counsel: The rise and fall of the Apple Newton MessagePad

Alex Walsh

Re: yeh anther excuse to post.....

Got a few of those. I also have a Sony Clie Peg SL10, a Sharp Zaurus SL-5500, a Psion Revo, and one of the first smartphones, a Handspring Treo 300 :D

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Starwing: Nintendo, Argonaut's Brit boffinry and the Super FX chip

Alex Walsh

Eh?

A small British start up? Argonaut were 10 years old when Starfox came out. And Star Fox had been preceded 5 years earlier by Argonauts Starglider 2. Home computers were regularly doing 3D that dumped on consoles from a great height.

I loved Starfox when it came out, it was good fun, in an arcadey way we had to wait for Colony Wars or G-Police on the PS1 to beat. Revolutionary for consoles, not so much for gamers generally.

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Webcam stripper strikes back at vicious 4Chan trolls after year of bullying

Alex Walsh

Re: To troll in and of itself.

Best example of traditional trolling I read recently was a reference to a bloke who joined Christian forums purely to put across the message that Herbie Fully Loaded was satanic. That's the kind of trolling I like.

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Devolo dLAN 500 AV Wireless Plus: Triple-tech connectivity for the home

Alex Walsh

I don't think you'll ever get more than 100Mbps out of a 500Mbps powerline adapter. Best I get in our house is 34Mbps-45Mbps, depending on what other white goods are running.

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Barnes & Noble sheds Nook tablet albatross, will focus on ebooks

Alex Walsh
Unhappy

Shame

Since the store was added, the HD and HD+ are great tablets :(

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Wake up, Uncle Fester! Huawei’s nattering about BUYING Nokia

Alex Walsh

I'm fairly impressed with their Ascend W1, which has a build quality belying it's extremely modest price point.

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How NSA spooks spaffed my DAD'S DATA ALL OVER THE WEB

Alex Walsh

he's not short of a few bob

Back in the day my wife was looking for someone to open a museum exhibition and contacted Adam Hart Davies. She worked at a local authority funded museum and was doing an exhibition on how technology had changed since WW2. AHD wanted a 4 figure fee to open the exhibition, well beyond a regional museums budget so she asked the author Robert Rankin to do it instead at my suggestion. He was delighted to be asked and did it for the price of a room in a travel lodge overnight, and a couple of pints of similar from the stout yeoman of the bar. His speech was wicked too.

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Apple cored: Samsung sells 10 million Galaxy S4 in a month

Alex Walsh

And yet most head to heads I've read seem to favour the HTC One over the S4.

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Last time CO2 was this high, the world was underwater? NO, actually

Alex Walsh

I for one am safe regardless

We're over 100m above sea level in St Albans. All I need now is a boat, and some form of defence from the misplaced hoards...

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Apple asked me for my BANK statements, says outraged reader

Alex Walsh

Re: FAIL - no Credit Agreement with Apple

Verfied by Visa? I have to punch in 3 digits from my 8 digit password to confirm a lot of online purchases.

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That Osbo bloke - he's on your Twitters. 'What a c**k'

Alex Walsh

Twat is the word I've seen linked to him more than most on twitter today. Strangely apt.

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Ten ten-inch tablets

Alex Walsh
Meh

Nook HD+

With under half an hour of effort, you can install CM10 on a micro SD card and boot to that. Want to go back to the stock OS? Just take the micro SD card out. Battery life isn't brilliant with CM10 but it does make the Nook HD+ VERY flexible IMHO.

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Cash-strapped AMD drills for green gold in Lone Star State

Alex Walsh

You'd think supplying the APU for the PS4 and the next Xbox would be a bit of a cash generator wouldn't you?

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Keep calm and carry on flogging: Dell soothes troops as buyout looms

Alex Walsh

I'm confused. Both of these minority shareholders are advocating BORROWING money to pay out as dividend? Aside from that been a bit bonkers (and assuming Dell has the distributable profits to do it), what sane lender is going to pony up several billion dollars to just see the cash immediately vanish out of the company? It's hard enough getting a mortgage with a property as collateral at the moment. Yes, Dell probably has lots of unencumbered assets on it's books but given the way PC reselling is going at the moment, it'll probably need them.

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Twenty classic arcade games

Alex Walsh

Red Elf Shot the food!

Red Elf is about to die....

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Review: Britain's 4G smartphones

Alex Walsh

Re: 8Mbps down and 1.5Mbps up HSPA+ speeds

I've just speed tested my Three connection and I'm showing 14230kbps down and 2362kbps up. That's marginally faster up that I get on my 50meg Virgin Cable connection.

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Alex Walsh

mifi

What's the battery like on a 4G mifi then?

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Tesla's Elon Musk v The New York Times, Round 2

Alex Walsh

And the CNN posse did the same trip without a single problem. fromage frais Rodney...

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Cache 'n' carry: What's the best config for your SSD?

Alex Walsh

Sandisk Extreme

Where can I get one of these for around £75 then? Best I've found is £89 :)

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The Register: Our all-new app now available for Android

Alex Walsh

Surely we don't want the world wide web to devolve into apps is a better statement? The internet presumably includes apps as it is?

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Sharp-elbowed BT dives into 4G spectrum auction

Alex Walsh

At theoretical maximum data transfer rates, EE's cheapest data bundle could be used in 27 seconds. It's all pretty meaningless unless phone companies are willing to make it affordable.

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