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ROBOCOP statue, Minecraft film, revived Sinclair ZX Spectrum...

Matt Bridge-Wilkinson

It is interesting as the two things on kickstarter I backed with my cash, got delayed and delayed and delayed so long that after several big deadline movements, I withdrew my support/got my money back.

I wonder if the figures for people backing out are included in the above, I suspect not. Kickstarter has a lot of chancers. I'd like to see how many kickstarters actually delivered what they promised.

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NSA refuses to deny spying on members of Congress

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Re: It’s different when it’s happening to you.

So effectively you're suggesting we need National Service brought back in but instead of training in the army, you literally serve your country by representing it? It would at least be closer to actual democracy than todays democracy is.

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Merry Christmas? Not for app devs: That gold rush is officially OVER

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Re: I hate

And dont forget forced rating requests all the time... grrrr

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Virgin Media to hike broadband prices by nearly 7 per cent

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It's still significantly less than my last Virgin price hike in February which was around 13%, this was a few months after my "free upgrade" to faster broadband.

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Dear Apple: Want to stay in business? Make an iPhone people can afford

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Re: El Reg is getting worse....

True, also ironically it was the British Army who saved/ran the VW factory and mass produced the first beetles to try and stimulate the local ecomomy after WW2. The design was all but abandoned by Porsche. Interesting stuff.

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Doctor Who to land on the BIG SCREEN and in 3D in November

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Amazon seem to disagree

Amazon seem to think there will be a 3d edition released... http://www.amazon.co.uk/Doctor-Who-Anniversary-Special-Blu-ray/dp/B00F37VHPM/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1380727913&sr=8-5&keywords=Doctor+Who

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NSA Prism: Why I'm boycotting US cloud tech - and you should too

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Happy

Re: "layered on top of an existing governmental structure desperate to preserve it's own power "

Wow so even then they were copy and pasting from other sources for their homework...

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So, who ought to be the next Doctor Who? It's up to YOU...

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John Hurt for me would be great, the plot seems to suggest he was the original "pre-Doctor" , would be great if he was also the last. He is supposed to be incredibly old, lets get someone who at least looks like they've seen the universe a bit. Then again the kids probably wouldn't like it so much then and its written for the kids these days...

It needs someone with presence and acting ability plus great voice. Must admit I never considered Patrict Stewart but he would be fantastic too, although I doubt he would sign up for it.

Must admit Cumberbatch has that "Tom Baker" mad haired look and would probably play him well but I he isn't my first choice by far.

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YES, Xbox One DOES need internet, DOES restrict game trading

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Re: @Piro

It will contain similar restrictions http://techreport.com/news/24141/sony-patent-describes-rfid-infused-drm

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Stop

Re: @Piro

In fact I am pretty sure I read about Sony patenting an ability to incorporate a chip into a disc for ID and DRM purposes. Why else would they want to ID a disc if not to prevent you sharing or selling it second hand?

Quick google brings up lots of threads, so everyone saying they will just buy a PS4 will face the exact same problem there too.

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Samsung vs Apple: which smartphone do Reg readers prefer?

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I like my iphone and am very accustomed to the interface. However I am still on an iphone 4 because the upgrades since I got my phone are next to non-existant.

I would personally consider the new Galaxy just because it seems to be genuinely innovative and offer some new features. My first iphone a 3g was quite exciting to me at the time, after countless rather clumsy smart phones this was a revelation. Sadly iphone stopped being an innovative leader (and by that I mean using existing tech in a new way) long ago and now just seem to play catchup with other developers.

Why would I pay 500quid (or whatever it is) to get an iphone 5 which does nothing much over my iphone 4, other than a few novelty features I would use once and then forget? It's all about value and until my iphone 4 conks out I won't worry about upgrading. Apple sells itself as a premium brand but they don't give premium value anymore.

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Kobo strikes new match against Kindle: The Aura HD e-reader

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FAIL

I've never looked at my (rather old) kindle and thought, ooh if only the screen was higher res... unless youre reading books full of photos or comics I can't see any added value in this. E-ink already looks like print, if I wanted to read books with graphical content I'd get a tablet.

Is this like the camera manufacturers "megapixel" hikes just marketing? In that they don't mean so much in usefulness but to the average consumer more if always seen as better so they waste their money on the next upgrade anyway?

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Virgin Media keeps mum as punters fume at crippled web access

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I am about to drop VM, this is just one of many constant issues. I've had years of intermittant problems caused by overselling of connections beyond capacity, rubbish support as detailed above, I rarely bother to call anymore because I know it won't speed up resolution or make a diference.

They upgraded me to 60meg for "free" then 3 months later increased my bill by over 12%... All sneaky tactics to hide hefty price increases but make out they've given you something for free. Time to vote with the old wallet, especially as in the evening my 60meg performs far worse than my 20meg ever did.

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The DIY spy-in-the-sky: From kites to octocopters

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Re: Bought a gopro for this very reason

Tried last last year and the wind just wasn't strong enough it and kept slowly coming down. With good strong winds its certainly achieveable.

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World's 'smallest' mobe unveiled in Japan

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Facepalm

Derek Zoolander would no doubt love this phone.

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Moscow's speed cameras 'knackered' by MYSTERY malware

Matt Bridge-Wilkinson
Pint

Re: @Fink-Nottle (was: 3.2 Million reasons to love speed cameras)

We have a similar offence if you are driving too slowly for the traffic, i.e doing 40mph on a 70mph motorway is clearly dangerous. They tend to be more motorways and dual carriageways. However American roads from my experience (and I only have driving in Michigan to go by) are all mostly very long, straight and a lot wider with no kerb stones.

Come over and drive the winding UK country lanes that the post was referring to and you will quickly understand why doing the speed limit without knowing the road, would be dangerous. Doing 60mph is something you can do safely if you know the road well and even then its not always safe to do that as you can't see around bends due to hedges, trees and stone walls. I've had friends from the USA visit they found our country roads quite intimidating, in fact they ended up wrecking the wheels on their hire car on the kerbs even around town. I took them around the same roads with me driving and they found my speed and cornering scary even though I wasn't breaking the limit. Different world here road wise, we don't have the block system, roads wind all over the shop unfortunately. Not always comparable.

Pint icon because the world is full of interesting differences.

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MEGAGRAPH: 1983's UK home computer chart toppers

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FAIL

My atari was broken

I recall getting an Atari 600 or 800 XL for Christmas some time around the mid eighties, It had a RAM problem where half its 64k was missing, 2 swapped units later we gave up and I ended up with an Acorn electron instead. Have to wonder how much the quality problems held atari back in the home computer arena.

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Long-suffering Virgin Media victims see no end to vid PURGATORY

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FAIL

Say goodbye to buffering? Should surely be "Welcome back buffering!"

I have had numerous issues with VM over the last couple of years, when it works its brilliant but when its broken it usually takes them weeks to find or resolve the issue. I even started to think they have a "improve connection" button on the helpline. Whenever I called them with an outage or fault and they did their line tests it would all magically improve as soon as they did it and then fail shortly after.

I came really close to jumping many times in the past year. Then miraculously they fixed it and all was brilliant, my 20meg broadband was fantastic.

Recently I made the mistake of taking the free upgrade to 60meg. Ever since then youtube is impossible to use unless i drop it to the lowest quality setting. Lovefilm is unusable and Netflix is ok when I use a US DNS.

They are clearly selling something they can't deliver. Say goodbye to buffering? Should surely be "Welcome back buffering!"

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Apple wins second round of Samsung patent slugfest

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Unfortunately Apple go after others in court over some features that are to be honest so simple as to beg the question; should they even qualify for a patent? Ironically they then fill their iphone 5 with a lot of features from elsewhere. The panorama feature has been on my Sony compact camera for years, they make out like they invented it but its already out there (and no doubt patented). You can't throw stones for patent breach then go ripping off other ideas. Pot meet Kettle. They might have paid for them sure, but I doubt it.

I like and own apple products, I have an Imac and a Macbook pro but my out of contract iphone 4 will probably be my last iphone, at least for a long while. Like the products, not a fan of the company and how it does business at the mo. So I need to vote with my wallet which I will do, any suggestions on my next phone? ;)

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Oxfordshire cops switch speed cameras back on

Matt Bridge-Wilkinson

yup but

Only if they ignore the ACPO guidelines which state 10% + 2mph for speedo inaccuracy... which many do...

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iPad 2? Let's be kind and call it iPad 1.5

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Ipad 1 was fine

What an empty upgrade.

I can't say in my 10 months with an Ipad 1, I've ever thought oh I wish it was a little faster, because the performance is great. I hardly ever use my laptop anymore, its just too slow comparitively. I never wished the graphics power was higher, as it does the job I need it to. I wished it had Flash plenty of times though. ;)

I do like apple but I dislike their constant replacement and upgrades of devices that havent even settled in, and in many cases dont even need upgrading. Have they even started to get the most from the current hardware before they are replacing it with another set? If Sony or Microsoft replaced their games consoles every year the market would be a mess.

I can't help feel that Apple are in some ways alienating their own customers by constantly making them feel pressured to get the next one for fear of it being obsolete. The OS then gets updated to make it slower and slower and you're expensive device gets pushed out. Apples market share will no doubt reduce because of Android but also because their constant goal post moving will just put off consumers from getting on board, and leave only the loyal fans buying.

These constant upgrades are good for Apple and not really the consumer.

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iPhone crashes car stereos, Toyota warns

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My car crashes the 4.2.1 iphone

My car has ipod/iphone integration although its not a Toyota... Since the last update, the phone crashes half way through any song you play and reboots.

Its fine with ipods and usb sticks, so i can only deduce its iOS 4.2.1

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Who are the biggest electric car liars - the BBC, or Tesla Motors?

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Japan are working on battery changers

Exactly right, there is no need to charge them in car. Japan I am sure were working on e-cars and mechanisms to change batteries at service stations.

Much more sensible solution.

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World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

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My experience of Cata

The goblins are great fun, although agree Worgen don't "feel" very alliance... they look great but their anims seem a little clumsy. I am hugely enjoying the goblins, although their technology sometimes seems a little too advanced and grates on my world view of wow. Still I can put that aside as they are quite funny.

I am enjoying the redesign of the old world, it actually made me start a new char and level again. Previously I couldn't be bothered with starting again from scratch and doing the same quests with a new char. Seemed pointless, now its fun again.

I have completed the underwater quest chains, and loved the storyline, although I must admit I was keen to get on dry land after a while. "Jewels" Verne is awesome, I hope to see his "ship" again. After a weekend of snowed in playing I am almost to 83, so the levelling is as someone said trivial.

As for still wearing tier 10, I have very few purples left and it makes me sad each time I replace something with a green or blue. Those who are still wearing all their old purples are likely just doing so out of reluctance to go from looking cool to looking pants (fashioncraft is the real game here right?).

That brings me onto another thing, why do they always make helms and such that look ridiculous/downright stupid? I only had tier 9 priest head but wow it looked good, now I look like a budget batman!

Throne of Tides we did last night for the first time, and we beat it. Although it was a challenge, it relies heavily on team work, and intitially whilst our gear is still "green" we all had to pop most of our abilities/spells to get through each boss.Good fun, and its reinvigorated my love of WoW, I was bored of the grind, and played once a week. I don't know how long it will last but for now, I am loving it. Now to finish DeepHolm.

Oh and guild rep and such seems a nice addition, shame my guild is so small.

Overall happy, but but not sure how long term the appeal will be to a small guild like ours.

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Apple iPad 3G 32GB

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uses for photographer

I opted for a wifi model and decided a mifi was a more cost effective solution. I rarely want to use it on the move, its a bit big to carry about without a specific use for it and I have my phone if I really need to browse or read email on the move.

Admittedly I purchased it for photography reasons, browsing is a bonus. Loading raw images and video live at a wedding and showing clients a slideshow. It has already paid for itself in increased sales and bookings.

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2012 Olympic mascots cop a shoeing

Matt Bridge-Wilkinson
FAIL

Lovechild of the crazyfrog

Looks like the lovechild of the Crazy frog and the Aliens from the Simpsons... Good to see them continuing with the Simpsons theme...

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Brit consumers shun the iPad - for now

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I see the point I dont see the value

I would like one I must admit, mostly to display my photography work to potential clients, then as a nice web browsing and email device.

I see the point of the iPad (or as another Reg user amusingly called it the "iPod Chunky", I want one but I think its £150-£200 over what I perceive to be its value.

I did ponder that if Apple had made as much money from their app store as the figures show, they might subsidise the hardware a little more to get it into even more homes and increase that app revenue. Something thats not needed outside of the UK maybe?

So want one, but wont get one unless price really drops.

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DVLA off-road system seriously off-message

Matt Bridge-Wilkinson
FAIL

SORN should be automatic

Seems kind of silly to have to register SORN, wouldnt it be much much easier to just assume that any car not taxed on its renewal date is not taxed and thus is off road. Unnecessary beaurocracy like must of modern Britain.

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Jobsian Vendetta - Flash stabbed by Mac the Knife

Matt Bridge-Wilkinson
Unhappy

Protecting his business model

Seems so blatant that this isnt about the quality of apps, its about competition for apps which would eat into Apples reveune.

Flash being uncontrolled translates to flash equivilent to an app being potentially free on the web, Apple would get no slice of the proverbial pie...

He is protecting his business model not users of apple products. Still I do like my iphone, but the lack of flash is a minor annoyance.

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Brits to get 3G iPad early - and at a reduced price?

Matt Bridge-Wilkinson
Happy

Recession over?

Recession isnt over sorry? Its gone up 0.1% over a period that includes...Christmas? A time of year when everyone generally spends more than the rest of the year... Think about it ;)

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5-megapix 'iPhone 4' set for June?

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Sigma DP1

The sigma dp1 is effectively 4.6 megapixels in resolution but the shots are some of the sharpest I have seen. Certainly sharper than my 12.1mp Canon G9. Megapixels only help with the right glass in front of them and on the right sensor.

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Matt Bridge-Wilkinson
WTF?

If you knew about cameras you would know that 4mp is plenty for a phone...

As a photographer, I get very bored of the general perception that a camera is good if it has high megapixels. As above posters have commented camera quality if not just about how many MPs you have, in fact its one of the last factors in the quality of your photo.

The quality of the lens is the primary consideration, then the sensor. You can have a 20mp sensor but if your lens is made of low quality glass your photos will suck. Yeah you can print them to a massive size but they will still suck big time.

A camera phone sensor will also be very tiny and cramming ten mp into that tiny phone sized sensor will just increase noise, sharpness and actually decrease the picture quality.

A 4 or 5 mp camera will happily print your image at about A4 size without any loss in quality. Why would you want a 10mp camera phone? You want to print at A3 or 20"x16" from a phone picture? I very much doubt it, the lens and sensor would never be upto the job. in the world of cameras some manufacturers have actually used less MP on new cameras after realising its not always better.

Very bored of all the people using the megapixels as an argument to put item down. It is frankly not really valid a valid argument. Its a marketing ploy by the camera manufacturers and you my friends have fallen for it.

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Console modders attempt to bypass Xbox Live ban

Matt Bridge-Wilkinson
Stop

Arent you missing the point?

LOL all the comments about just using the legit console are missing the point of why they mod their console in the first place. Its so they can play their pirated software online of course.

p.s. My xbox is entirely legit and has only been replaced once under warranty. It came back with the same fault but much louder oddly.

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PC World punts Windows 7 £100 trade-in promotion

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Upgrade for £70!?!? Where?

@Francis Fish Where are you getting the upgrade for £70, keen to know. It looks like £150 +everywhere I've looked.

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Is your cameraphone an oxymoron?

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FAIL

Flash in broad daylight for a landscape show?

The auto mode uses flash for a landscape shot in broad daylight? No wonder you get a colour caste.

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New service seeks to monetise microwaffling

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Don't bother creating idiot proof tech, nature always has better idiots

It does amuse me all the people desperately trying to find an income stream in Twitter, and I find it even more amusing when they fail completely.

I do like Twitter, its great, but advertising will just ruin it, and is already diminishing its appeal with all the morons trying to trick you into following them to advertise. Only money in twitter seems to be the auto following software that sells to all the moronic advertisers.

The day I have to pay to receive a tweet is the day I find another service. Pay per receive is so open to abuse.

So what next from this great company? Their motorcycle ashtray product? Or the new chocolate fireguard? Their patent pending cat whistle is pound to be just as popular as their pay per tweet.

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Virgin Media pilots 200Mbit service

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Again with the blatant marketing scam?

If VM could get my 20meg broadband to perform closer to 20 than 10 I would be impressed. Fix what you already provide VM, before investing in some mythical holy grail of speed which will also not be achieved. The money would be better spent getting the current setup right!

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Canon PowerShot G10

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Its not a slr replacement

I use my digital SLR for most photography work, but these kind of cameras appeal to the semi-pro and amateurs because of their "take anywhere" size, whilst still allowing full manual control and use of speedlites or even wireless flash for strobist style work on the move. They are also a good failsafe in the event of camera failure.

I go mountain biking and simply cant carry my SLR, and 70-200 IS lens around with me, its too heavy and cumbersome. Yet the g9 or g10 is perfect for just such work.

As for chromatic abberation, you can shoot raw with this camera and its easily fixed in software.

It's a compromise like all things, but its a good one, its not trying to be a SLR, its trying to be a compact with manual controls.

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Microsoft knew about Xbox 360 disc-scratch problem, employee claims

Matt Bridge-Wilkinson
Gates Horns

Hmm

My bro had an xbox which scratched several discs, even though he never moved it and it was horizontal. Moving it why its working is a no brainer, you dont do it. Sounds like a case of mild propaganda blaming the customer for a problem that is actually MS.

My xbox is sat vertical and has never scratched a disc, but has had a new motherboard.

If it wasnt a fault with the machine they wouldnt issue new discs at all would they? Lets face it, the build quality if shoddy at best, they cut corners and they are paying for it now. Sadly so are some customers.

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Warrington first to get Virgin Media 50Mb/s

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Not likely

Seeing as I get worse performance on my 20meg than I ever did on my 10meg, I can only pity the trial users. No doubt by current levels of service, these poor people will get about 4meg equivilent if lucky. If it is anything like mine, it will be down between 5pm and 9pm most evenings too.

Why dont the fools at VM sort out the performance of the network under the current model which is woefully short, rather than trial even higher performance.

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BT's Phorm small print: It's all your fault

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Stop

So they spy on web traffic to serve ads to your competitors.

It seems to be that as a website publisher, its not in your interest to let Phorm profile your sites visitors.

If you dont use opt out and dont use OIX (or whoever it is that servers the ads?) you are effectively saying, please serve adverts for my competitors to my customers (or potential) for similar products and services. I really cant see any sound business mind agreeing to that, or wanting it.

I am about to drop Virgin for completely poor service, but certainly wont be going to BT.

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Vodafone says termination rate clampdown would hit the poor

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Stop

Re: TPS

>But worse is that most now are initiated from outside the UK and >usually outside the EU, where the law doesn't apply (but the calls are >clearly targeted at UK customers).

I had a couple of calls like that from outside the UK, they usually represent UK/EU companies.

When they say we arent accountable to the TPS I always state that whoever contracted you is, could I have their details to complain please. If they are representing someone operating in the UK, its irrelevant who makes the call and from where. From my experience saying just that, results in them hanging up and never calling again.

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Apple swipes £121 for 'free' MobileMe trial

Matt Bridge-Wilkinson
Jobs Horns

Free push email

If you want push email use mail2web its free and does work.

Im not an apple fan boy but I do like my iphone.

I should thank Apple, because they annoyed me so much with this, I looked elsewhere, and found a free push solution.

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Doh

Yup £121 taken, sadly for me my account only had £100 in it, as I dont use it and figured I could cover the £59 if I decided to stick with it. No doubt overdraft charges etc for being overdrawn...

Thanks apple, i expected more from you.

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When flash mobs go bad

Matt Bridge-Wilkinson
Dead Vulture

Bradford

I have only been to Bradford once to drop a friend off at his new flat.The one thing that stays with me is that Bradford had an interesting aroma that day, one I can only describe as fish in a hot tumble drier.

Cant say I want to go back.

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GTA IV PS3 fights off resolution woes in the UK

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Ps3 is better at upscaling dvds? hardly

Someone said "The PS3 (for your benefit) upscales to 1080p better than the 360 - it's blindingly good with normal DVDs too."

I have both and yes Bluray looks awesome, but the 360 is far far better at upscaling to 1080p for dvds. The ps3 gives odd distortions around edges of peoples faces or some odbjects I have noticed. I'm not going on specs, or technical knowledge, just the evidence I see with my own two eyes.

I had hoped this would help me decide which version of GTA to get, I think its going to be 360 for its extra content in the pipeline.

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Sony posts PS3 firmware 2.30

Matt Bridge-Wilkinson
Gates Horns

Hmm

I have both, and I have to say I prefer the xbox as a console. I do use the ps3 more for streaming films from my pc, but for everything else the xbox, (music, games, online play) it does better.

Ps3 has poor, clunky interface which is frankly terrible and a chore to use. Very few quality titles (most of the quality titles are on the 360 and about £10-15 cheaper to boot). It even upscales normal dvds badly when compared to the 360.

Only reason I have a ps3 is it was cheap, its got the potential but sorry it doesnt have the right application of that potential just yet. For me as I got it cheap its just a cheap bluray player.

Yeah the xbox live costs (which does suck), I had it replaced under warranty and its noisy too but I actually play games on my xbox.

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'Jisus' Eee-alike sub-notebook to use Chinese Atom-smasher

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How many times will the mini pcs be released until the market buys them?

I dont get these to be honest, over the years there have been countless "mini pcs" and they never took off. I know that was mostly because they were excessively expensive, but it was also because they were rubbish!

Why would I pay £240 for a small laptop with tiny screen, limited storage, mini keyboard and some odd operating system when I can buy a pretty good spec proper laptop for £299?

I just dont see the advantage? I have a pda/phone if I want carry about functionality or internet access, I have a laptop if I want to use a proper PC on the move. Why would I want this half way house? It seems to be filling a gap that doesnt need filling.

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Sadville insecurity invites pickpockets

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Fixed in the new version

The latest beta of SL first look client (test) disables your QT if its not patched and updated. Moot point very soon then.

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Gamer takes Microsoft to court over Halo 3 'errors'

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happened to me...

I had the same problem, although occasionally I could get past the crash point. I returned my disc and the replacement was seemingly fine, but as I had followed support advice its uncertain if it was the disc at fault.

Xbox support seemed to suggest it was Hard Disk related that was causing the problem. Calls to their support line asked me to delete all save games in the first instance (great...) and then format the HD. They suggested this before even suggesting I return my copy of Halo3. If that isnt admittance of a hardware fault I dont know what is.

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