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751 posts • joined 17 Jan 2008

Paying a TV tax makes you happy - BBC

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Re: I'm happy too!

Only every 10-12 minutes?

I was in the US a few years ago, and happened to catch "Tommy" on the TV. I don't remember exactly how often the ads were - though they were frequent, and seemed to get more frequent as the film went on. What I DO remember is the final "See Me, Feel Me" song which goes on for about five minutes was actually interrupted TWICE by adverts.

10-12 minutes? You wer looky!

Yes- the twelve quid a month I pay for the TV licensing is worth every penny. If for no other reason than to prevent the ads getting more and more frequent on Sky and the others.

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Report says #Facebook #to #adopt #hashtags

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I'm definitely getting old....

"That's fun for Reg readers at a conference, or crowds at concerts or sporting events, because it makes it easy to see who else tweeted about the event and what they said."

Why the fuck do I want to tell everyone I'm at a concert? Why the fuck do I want to see who else was tweeting that they were at the concert, and what they saying? You may be sure that all they are saying is "OMG at #xxxxx concert brill!"

There was a time when people went to concerts or sporting events to, y'know, actually watch what's on stage or on the pitch.

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We shall CRUSH you, puny ROBOT... with CHESS

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Not even a PC is needed....

The first one I saw was a "mate in one" - that could have been done on most chess programs running on a palm pilot or similar ten years ago.

It's just for fun - if they were to use something like this on TicketMaster, it would be hacked in no time.

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Six things a text editor must do - or it's a one-way trip to the trash

Martin
Unhappy

Not if you're an AC Milan fan...

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Martin
Happy

Re: There is only one thing a text editor needs

Sigh.

Evidently we DID have to go down this hoary old discussion yet again.

But at least I now know a good joke I'd not heard before.

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Martin
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Re: There is only one thing a text editor needs

OK - I'll mention emacs.

Can we leave it there please? Do we REALLY have to go down this hoary old discussion yet again?

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Smartphone users prefer LOVELY apps to fiddly mobe websites

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Happy

TWO obligatory xkcd's

On the subject of mobile "optimized" sites:-

869

On the subject of apps:-

1174

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Amazon yanks SimCity download from store

Martin
Happy

First rule of corrections - you will make an error in your correction.

....a WHOLE day's worth of pedantry....

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'Mainframe blowout' knackered millions of RBS, NatWest accounts

Martin
Headmaster

...so long as it is a DISCRETE hardware failure...

I won't do my usual sigh - this one is a bit more subtle than your/you're.

Discrete - separate

Discreet - circumspect.

To remember, the e's are discrete.

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New evidence: Comets seeded life on Earth

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Re: The most interesting question is...

The sooner we can get decent comet samples back down to Earth for detailed forensics the better!

Given the most reliable way of getting a decent comet sample to Earth involves a collision between the two, forgive me if I don't share your enthusiasm...

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Twenty classic arcade games

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Happy

A few very early ones omitted - but a nice list.

Before Space invaders, there was Asteroids. And Breakout.

And what about Pong? Arguably, the very first video game.

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New Japanese craze: Knickers for iPhones' nether regions

Martin
Happy

Re: Great job

Join the very long queue....

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Review: Livin' in the cloud with Google's new Chromebook Pixel

Martin
Happy

...says someone who has never used a Chromebook.

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Martin
Linux

Re: No HDMI?

Blimey - I hadn't thought of that. That IS odd. My £229 Samsung chromebook has an HDMI output. Are you sure? It says it has a "mini display port" - isn't that a mini HDMI?

They are making some strange decisions. No USB 3. No HDMI. No Ethernet..!

But it's still beautiful. (Blimey, I sound like an Apple fanboi drooling over the latest MacBook...)

Penguin, because it's still Linux under the skin...

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Martin

Perhaps only a marketing ploy?

Yes, it's ridiculously expensive, and I won't be buying one.

BUT...it's getting ChromeOS well and truly into the public eye. Combined with the fact that the cheap Chromebooks are back in stock everywhere, after a couple of months of none to be found, it may just be a matter of getting people to think about what they use their computers for.

I'm using a Sammy Chromebook to type this, and I'm going to get my 80 year old mother one for her first computer - it is so damn simple to use for emails, browsing and a few simple documents. That's basically it for what most people use computers for.

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Samsung Wallet slavishly copies inspired by Apple Passbook

Martin
Happy

Well, that'll be spent in six months, then....

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I agree...

I am hardly one of Apple's greatest fans, but it's difficult to defend Samsung when they do things like this....

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Google Chrome feature helps you silence noisy tabs

Martin
Happy

Re: There has been a work around for years

I use an even more old-fashioned method - the twiddly volume control to my speakers on my desk...

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Happy birthday, LP: Can you believe it's only 65?

Martin
Happy

Re: Woah, woah woah.

I had a cassette player in my car - it was nicked, but all the cassettes were left behind.

Then I replaced it with a minidisc player.

When that was nicked, I also lost all the discs.

Not sure what that indicates, really...

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Martin

And why were they called "Albums"?

Interestingly, it actually goes back to the 78 records. If you wanted to play a whole symphony on 78's, you needed several records. They were sold in boxes which were called albums.

So actually, albums pre-dated the 33 1/3 Long Playing Record Album.

If a piece of music was on 3 records, you would find that sides 1 and 6 were on one record, 2 and 5 on another and 3 and 4 on another. You piled them up on the autochanger, and played sides 1, 2 and 3, then turned the whole pile over and played 4, 5 and 6.

Actually, that was even the case with some double-LPs. "Tommy" had sides 1 and 4 on one LP, and 2 and 3 on the other - again, so that they could be played on an autochanger.

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Spotted: Android 4.2.2 update for Google Nexus devices

Martin
FAIL

For those who are interested...

I have now installed 4.2.2 on my Nexus 7. Today I switched on the tablet, and it was completely drained of batter for no good reason.

So no, they haven't fixed that one.

I wish I could find an easy way of undoing the 4.2 "upgrade"...

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Martin
Happy

Does that mean that my Nexus 7 will no longer randomly drain its battery for no apparent reason? This was an interesting new feature introduced at 4.2, at least on my machine, and I'll be delighted if it's been fixed.

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Kiwi cops to buy 6,500 iPhones, 3,900 iPads

Martin
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Re: "each cop gains 30 minutes of time a day"

"Just use the maps ap...oh wait."

I don't know. Every time Apple are mentioned, someone has to make an unnecessary and gratuitous side-swipe at the maps fiasco.

I thoroughly approve. Have an upvote.

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Review: Seagate Wireless Plus Wi-Fi hard drive

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The old Satellite is also pretty good...

And I got mine from Amazon US a couple of months ago for US$99. Even after the shipping and VAT to the UK, it was still a bargain!

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Netbooks were a GOOD thing and we threw them under a bus

Martin
Happy

Why not a Chromebook?

People here have suggested Chromebooks with Chrubuntu on it. But why even do that?

For what you're talking about, I can't see any reason why a Chromebook wouldn't do exactly what you want.

Battery life - check

Office apps - check

Internet and email - check

and around £200 in the UK - and even cheaper in the US.

Which is not to say I don't 100% agree that the demise of the netbook is something to mourn.

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YouTube's hilarious cat videos could soon cost you $5 a month

Martin
Happy

No, it won't...

...it'll just move to someone more accommodating (as in more likely to feed it).

Cats don't have owners - they just have free accommodation and food. If either becomes sub-standard, they just find someone else.

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Tablets aren't killing ereaders, it's clog-popping wrinklies - analyst

Martin

"Buying a single purpose device is such a waste..."

I dunno - a spork works, but I'd still rather have a separate knife, fork and spoon.

And as someone once pointed out - if you're reading on an ebook reader, you're not tempted to answer the email or twitter or facebook post that just came in...you stick to the book.

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Opportunity celebrates nine years on Mars

Martin
Happy

Re: The Little Rover that Could - happy version!

Who could be hard-hearted enough to downvote that particular xkcd ?

Perhaps you'll prefer this one.

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Student claims code flaw spotting got him expelled from college

Martin
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Re: I would imagine...

I should have the right to scan any system that stores my info. In fact since running a scan is so common place, we should all have the right to scan any system we intend to do business with before we commit ourselves to a transaction and putting our financial well being and security are risk.

Hmmm.

By that analogy, I should try to steal something from a shop before I decide whether I should buy something from them. If I fail, or I'm caught, then fine - I should shop there in future. Presumably after I've served my sentence for theft.

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Tell Facebook who's the greatest: YOU are!

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@Obviously - I DID read before posting....

I admit you said "MOST MEN".

But you also said - and I quote:-

WOMEN, go shopping for the sake of so called "retail therapy", not MEN.

Which is, without doubt, a ridiculous generalization.

Oh - and by the way - if a man goes shopping with his wife/girlfriend, it doesn't mean that he's "under the thumb". You may not have noticed, but we're no longer living in the nineteen-fifties.

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Men also make ridiculous generalizations.

I grant that more women shop for the sake of it. And I wouldn't personally dream of browsing round a clothes shop to see if something appeals to me. But plenty of men do.

And one thing I DO like doing, which my wife would never consider doing, is browsing round a techy-type shop (like Maplin or PC World), or a charity shop, or a bookshop, or - yes! - a CD/DVD shop, to see what might appeal to me. So yes, I also mourn the demise of HMV.

The shops have to become more tech-savvy, nonetheless. For example, if I go into Waterstones and see a book I like, I'd still prefer to read it on my e-reader - particularly a hardback. But if Waterstones were to include a voucher in the book which allowed me to download a copy of the e-book for free - or even for, say, 99p) - I might well buy the book in any case.

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Zuck on that! Instagram loses HALF its hipsters in a month

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Re: Heartening

".....BritGov is lining up something even worse, and it would be a little difficult for millions of us to leave and go elsewhere...."

No - but we could remove them at the next election. If only there was a convincing alternative....

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Unbelievably vast quasar cluster forces universe-sized rethink

Martin
Headmaster

....I have always refused to accept the speed of light as the upper limit of speed.

I've recommended this here before, but Relativity and Common Sense (by Hermann Bondi) is a good introduction from first principles to the strange things that happen at high speeds. It makes no assumptions about your knowledge - you just need to know a bit of obvious classical mechanics and be able to follow some simple algebra and diagrams.

Excellent book. Convinced me when I was a 6th former and thought as you did. My Physics teacher recommended it to me.

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Review: Google Nexus 4

Martin
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Re: Missed chance

"....suddenly the only real selling point of the Nexus is the cost."

But it's still a remarkably good cost. It's about the same spec as an iPhone 5 (with a bigger screen) and less than half the price.

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Ten stars of CES 2013: Who made the biggest splash?

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Re: That thin watch looks very very nice....

Totally agree. I see no reason why a watch should not be both functional AND look nice. I'm very pleased with the watch my wife bought me for my 40th birthday which I've now had for nearly twenty years. And it keeps excellent time. (Unlike my phone, which yesterday decided to magically decide I was in the Albania time zone...!)

And who wants to dig into their pocket to pull a phone out and switch it on to find out what time it is, when you can glance at your wrist?

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That thin watch looks very very nice....

....until you realize that the time is sideways, compared to a normal watch.

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Razzies set to torpedo pop minx Rihanna's Battleship

Martin
Headmaster

The SCENE towards the end....

Sigh.

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Review: HTC 8X Windows Phone 8 handset

Martin
FAIL

Re: Meh

Because the Nexus 4 is still out of stock?

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Just what the world needs: Android in the rice cooker

Martin
Happy

Re: Cooking with Google: one of the simplest appliances possible ...

Rip the top off the packet, two minutes in the microwave and pour onto the plate works for me....

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Microsoft burgled, only the APPLE iPADS stolen - cops confirm

Martin
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Re: Stop being cruel to CEOs

"...they are the true wealth creators."

Absolutely true, particularly with regard to their own wealth.

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Martin
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"Yes and this it hitting you..."

First law of corrections - when you smugly point out an error, you will make a mistake in your correction....

Yes, and this is it hitting you...

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Review: Dell XPS 12 Windows 8 tablet-cum-Ultrabook

Martin
Happy

The fantastic Windows 8 all the way....

fan·tas·tic

/fanˈtastik/ Adjective

1.Imaginative or fanciful; remote from reality.

2.Of extraordinary size or degree.

Synonyms

fantastical - fanciful - fancy - bizarre

Sounds about right to me....

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Minicam movie pirate gets record-breaking five years in prison

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I'm not exactly sympathetic to the perpetrators here.

It's not like it was a once-off offence, or committed in the heat of the moment.

This was a well-organized, professional scam, with a team of people involved. They had no dubious moral justification - this was a deliberate series of criminal acts, committed to make a profit.

If they had instead executed a well-organized insurance scam for several years, or set up an insider-trading ring which ran for several years, they'd probably get similar sentences. To my mind, this is in the same sort of league. Deliberate, dishonest, consistent criminal behaviour for the sake of profit, and with no moral qualms whatsoever.

Send 'em down.

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Victory on mobile belongs to Google in 2013

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Re: Indeed

Agreed.

Arsenal fans, like iPhone users, still believe that they have the slickest and most polished product available, despite the clear evidence to the contrary.

(And I'm an Arsenal fan. Sigh. Though I'm NOT an iPhone user.)

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Review: Lego Lord of the Rings game

Martin
Happy

re: Does Tom Bombadil finally show up?

I bloody hope not....

He's the Jar-Jar Binks of LOTR. I was delighted when they decided to drop him from the story.

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Satnav-murdering Google slips its Maps into car dashboards

Martin
Happy

Re: Not to mention snitching to the Stazi...

" if you exceed the speed limit by 1 mph..."

Don't be silly - you won't be able to - the car is driving, not you, remember?

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It's JUST possible, but Apple MIGHT not make an iWatch in 2013

Martin
FAIL

...how many people want to charge their watch every day or three?

There was a time, not all that long ago, when you had to wind your watch every day. It's basically the same thing.

(Kids these days, I dunno...)

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2012: The year that netbooks DIED

Martin
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The problem was price.

When they first came out, they were about £200-£250.

Here we are, about four years later. And what is the price? About £200-£250 for machines with basically the same spec. Why would you pay £250 for a netbook when you can get a perfectly good basic laptop with DVD, 15.1" screen and change from £300?

If they were being sold for £100-£150, you'd still see them fly off the shelves.

But then Dixons wouldn't be able to persuade people that they need these just under £300 lappys to do their facebook and email.

I had an Acer Aspire One till it died, and a Packard Bell machine. Both ran Ubuntu (the Packard Bell runs 12.10 perfectly well) and I still use it most days.

RIP the netbook. I for one will miss it.

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Wikipedia doesn't need your money - so why does it keep pestering you?

Martin

Re: Thanks for reminding me that Toby Young is a twat.

Yep - what I got from that article is just more evidence that Twitter is all about self-aggrandisement..

Loads of people have donated money to charity. And most of them don't boast about doing so, or show off about how much they've donated.

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Little spider makes big-spider-puppet CLONE of itself out of dirt

Martin
Headmaster

...it is true NO matter who says it....

Sigh.

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