* Posts by Martin

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Ubuntu gaining ground in website deployments

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It's a moot point, not a mute point.

Apologies, but it's one of my pet peeves....

http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/moot

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Reader input required: review our reviews

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Another one here who likes the 10 .... type reviews. I've bought a b&w laser printer and a pair of headphones based on recommendations here from those, and been delighted with both.

Please - try to avoid too much waffle in reviews. The recent review of the iPad 4 was three pages - the first page and a bit was actually about how the reviewer did not get the point of tablets when they first came out, but now is an avid enthusiast. Nothing about the new iPad was mentioned until mid-way down the second page. Not really what we need.

And yes - I'm with the people who really think that the review of the iPhone 5 was so astonishingly sycophantic, I had to check whether I was reading the Guardian technology pages.

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Google stealthily coalesces UK music cloud into being

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Re: It wont lure me away...

Well, no - it hasn't lured me away from using my own storage - nor will it ever do so.

I keep my music on my local server, and it's backed up on another local machine - it's now up in the cloud as well for free.

No-one in their right mind expects the cloud to "look after" anything. But it's a reasonable backup facility, and an excellent and easy to use off-site backup.

(Still use Dropbox for everything else, though.)

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Re: Sharing music

Either of those would work. But I take your point - it would be nice to be able to share just the music part of your Google account on a permanent basis with, say, up to three other people.

(I think the neatest solution is to have a single account which you share used only for music.)

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Works beautifully for me...

It's got a linux upload client, which is something neither Amazon nor iTunes can supply.

It uploaded about 15,000 tracks in a day or so. It converted all my .flacs to 320K mp3 (bar four, for some reason). I have a few albums which are a single .flac + a cue list - that just appeared as a single track. Would like to see that work better.

It skipped over all the .wma (but I only have a few of those).

It found a few tagging errors which caused tracks in a single album to appear split across two identically named albums - but you can fix those easily.

And I can now stream ALL my music to my phone wherever I am - and it's now backed up on the cloud.

I'm happy.

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HP PC chief: Microsoft's Surface is 'KLUDGEY'. There, I said it

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Can't believe that no-one has commented on the irony here...

...of an HP person accusing someone else's software of being kludgy.

HP printers are excellent, but the Windows drivers are 90% bloatware, which take ages to install and complain loudly and bitterly about the slightest problem.

(To be fair, though, the Linux drivers just work beautifully...)

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Subjects bestow Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 on Queen

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Perhaps a different brand of tablet would HAVE been better?

Sigh.

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Sorority girls gone WILD: '1 to 3' casual sex 'hookups' every MONTH

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Re: Well used women are not often well married

What sanctimonious garbage from both of you.

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Re: Maths

Men exaggerate - women understate.

'Twas ever thus.

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SUN to GO OUT COMPLETELY: Here's how to watch online

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Re: Pay

The Cornwall one (or in my case, Devon) was OK, but the sun was covered by cloud.

The Turkey one in 2006 was much more impressive - watching from the harbour of Antalya, with a beer in my hand....

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite review

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Re: So...

The one thing you didn't answer directly is if it's a better dedicated e-reader than the competitors.

Well, to be fair, he did actually say the Kobo Glo has a better on-off switch and is also slightly smaller (though the screen is the same size). Given that the Kobo Glo also supports ePub and and costs a tenner less.....

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Re: Shameless Amazon advert?

You're not paying £50 a year to borrow books. You're paying £50 a year for Amazon Prime, which gives you free shipping on all Amazon shopping, and - as a bonus - allows you to borrow books.

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As before, you can set the page refresh – that horribly intrusive white-to-black-to-white flash – to happen every page or every six pages. If you do it every sixth page there are some artefacts that build between flashes but it’s so much easier on the eyes that it’s definitely the way to go.

Or, like me, you might decide that artefacts building up on the page and a flash every six pages is more distracting that a flash every page which, frankly, you forget about. I always switch the setting to redraw the whole page every time. That's definitely the way to go.

I've been reading on e-readers for three or four years now - I don't even notice the flash on a page turn now.

But yes - I'd still like to have hard page-turn buttons.

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Asus offers compensation to pre-price drop Nexus 7 buyers

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Re: WOW, this place really is full of idiots.

So, if I read a serial number from my Nexus 7 (not the box, the actual item) which states clearly that it is a SERIAL NUMBER - and it also clearly states on the web site that this is the number I need - but it doesn't work, I'm an idiot.

Whereas you guessed that the box number SSN, rather than the CSSN, is the right one - even thought it is NOT what is stated on the web site - and you're not an idiot.

The only difference between me and you is that you were lucky enough to ignore the instructions, picked a random choice of two - and it happened to work. I read the instructions and the instructions were wrong.

Please don't be so quick to throw around insults, just because you had a bit of luck going your way.

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Re: Didn't work for me - it's complaining that the serial number is wrong.

Success at the third attempt - it was the SSN - it started C6O - but that's an OH, not a ZERO...Ah well.

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Re: Didn't work for me - it's complaining that the serial number is wrong.

I tried that - no good either. But the suggestion is appreciated!

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Didn't work for me - it's complaining that the serial number is wrong.

So I've fired them off an email - see what happens.

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Volkswagen Beetle car review

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And next week on Top Gear...

Jeremy Clarkson reviews the iPad 4.

Come on Reg. Car reviews? Yes, OK, review electric cars and hybrids - they are interesting and possibly future technology. But ordinary, normal, nothing-all-that-exciting-about-them cars?

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Virgin launches TV Anywhere streaming

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You're all missing the real reason why iOS was done first...

...it's because the senior management of Virgin Media have all got iPads and iPhones.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7in Android tablet review

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Another typical use-case for one-handed operation...

...is standing on the tube. You need one hand to hold on, and the other hand to read your book. That's why I positively PREFER e-readers on the tube - turning a real book page one-handed (especially on a hardback) is not a simple operation.

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Apple iPad 4 Wi-Fi only tablet review

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+1 to the above...

...to counter the downvote that it's been given. The statement is entirely true, and I don't actually understand the mentality of anyone who would downvote it.

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I expected to read a review....

...not a three page justification of why the "reviewer" likes iPads.

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Apple iPad Mini 8in tablet review

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Re: Price

That pretty well defines all Apple kit, doesn't it?

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Naughty-step Apple buries court-ordered apology with JavaScript

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Re: Talk about not getting things right...

Just looking ahead. The judge will sure as hell be demanding that Apple apologise soon.

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Apple must apologise for its surly apology on its website on Saturday

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Re: What nonsense

I feel far more uncomfortable about a company who, when they lose a court case, deliberately and wilfully flout a judge's ruling.

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It's there!

9:30 on Saturday, and it's there, at the bottom of the front page. With a nice big link to the judgment, difficult to miss. Granted you have to scroll to the bottom of the page, but I don't think the judges will mind that.

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Asus pledges Android 4.2 update for Google Nexus 7

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Re: Repeating Windows mistakes of decades past...

What will happen is that lots of app developers will realize their mistakes rapidly as their apps get 1* reviews, and will do somthing about it.

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Multiple accounts - yay!

I want to keep my gmail widget on the home screen, but I don't really want my daughter looking at my emails. (If only so that she doesn't know what I'm ordering for her for Christmas...)

So multiple accounts is an excellent idea.

Of course, Apple won't ever do this. If two people in your house want to use the iPad, you should be buying TWO iPads.

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Samsung states sales date for Galaxy S III Mini

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apart from the fact....

...that this one has a screen size suitable for those of us without hands like gibbons.

But yes, the Nexus 4 looks very interesting, screen size notwithstanding.

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Hmm, I think I'll order an iPad Mini on Amazon ... Oh no I won't

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@Joerg - 59 downvotes in less that three hours

...impressive. You going for some sort of record?

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Bond's Walther PPK goes digital: A civilized gun updated

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@Matt Bryant and Nottingham

An unconvincing article you posted there.

Headline - Gun Crime doubles in a decade.

Actual value - 89% from 1998/99 to 2007/08 , and "provisional figures for 2008/09 suggest overall firearm offences may be down on the previous year".

Third paragraph - "The number of people injured or killed by a gun has also doubled under Labour." Bias or what? This is meant to be a news article, and your evidence for the failure of Blair's policies.

Finally, a quote from the bottom of the article...

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A Home Office spokeswoman said: "It is misleading to compare figures for 2007 / 08 with those from 2002 and before, due to changes in recording practices.

"There has been an 11 per cent fall in gun crime since 2005 and provisional figures for firearm offences recorded by the police show they account for 0.2 per cent of all recorded crime.

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So, in other words, the whole article is based on misleading statistics.

I'm actually not arguing that taking handguns away from licensed (though not always law-abiding) owners did very little, and was window-dressing. But you're going to have to come up with better arguments than that Torygraph article - and I have still seen no evidence that Nottingham has ever been more dangerous than Kabul or Baghdad.

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Re: The wife's primary pistol of choice ...

"..meaning that at one point it was more likely that you would be shot in Nottingham than Afghanistan, let alone any US city..."

Citation please. I find this one hard to believe.

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Re: @AC: 11:09 (was: The wife's primary pistol of choice ...)

Given that it was your stupid crack about we Brits being emasculated that started the mini-flamewar, it ill becomes you to take on a so-called "patient mode".

Guns are indeed just tools. Their primary purpose is to kill or maim. Strangely enough, that's why, in this country, most civilized people do NOT carry them. Even the criminals don't normally carry them - they don't feel they need to, either.

And as a result, we have MASSIVELY fewer people killed with guns, either by accident or design.

If that means, in your eyes, we have a "weakened society" - well, I'd argue with your label, but I am very happy with the society.

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Amazon lends e-books free to Prime subscribers

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"I wish there was an option to just use DPD or Royal Mail...."

There is.

Just click the button that says "First class Delivery" when you order, instead of "Guaranteed Next Day".

I use it, because First Class doesn't need a signature.

And the £49 per year is not per person, as someone else said - it's for a family. It's excellent value.

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Samsung posts record profits as Galaxy sales crush Apple

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On anything but price....?

I admit iPad plus Apple TV is probably "wow!". So is Bang and Olufsen kit in general. BMWs are also "wow!" cars.

And then there is the 'Ouch!' when you see the price.

Price is pretty important. And the iPad Mini at £269 is seventy quid too expensive.

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Amazon ships Kindle Fire HD, Paperwhite to Brits

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Re: No Kindle HD for me today.

Presumably because (a) it costs a tenner more and (b) because it wasn't exactly advertised up-front.

And I wouldn't have said he was spitting the dummy, or sulking. He was just cancelling an order.

Why was it necessary to be offensive, simply because you disagree?

I swear, if people discussed things down the pub the way they discuss things on the internet, there would be two or three fights every night.

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Apple unveils iPad mini, upgrades its big brother

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"Even the "awesome" Nexus was plagued with problems that makes it looks like cheap rubbish."

Citation needed. I know of several people who have Nexus 7's and no-one who has been plagued with problems. And it doesn't look, or behave, like cheap rubbish.

iPad mini - 4:3 screen size. I expected a 16:9. I owe someone on these forums a virtual beer...

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TiVo: Cisco and pals could owe us BILLIONS over DVR patents

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Not that I normally have ANY truck with patent battles...

But having used TIVO since the old Thomson box in the late nineties - it really was a MASSIVE step up. The ability to stop/rewind live TV; the ability to set up series links (with intelligence to adjust when the schedule adjusted - even now, V+ screws that up) - the ability to record programs based on keywords (eg Record any program about chess) - hell, even the fact that it downloaded (over a phone line!) the program data - all of those were completely new - at least to the consumer market.

Even when Sky+ and V+ came along, they were like clunkly old rubbish compared to the Tivo.

Comparing a Tivo with a VCR & Video+ is like comparing a car with a bicycle.

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Iffy image said to signify incoming 10in Google tablet

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Thumb and forefinger sodium chloride collection time...?

Hmmm. A bit too clever-clever, IMHO...

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Sacked British RIM staffers to get minimum legal payout

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Re: At least Canadian severance is ...

Redundancy - get it right!

.5 weeks up to 22

1 week between 22 and 40

1.5 weeks over 40.

So actually better if you're older.

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Ay caramba, Ubuntu 12.10: Get it right on Amazon!

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You know what really pisses me off about this?

Slightly off topic, but bear with me....

It seems now that with the new Amazon Cloud Player, linux on the desktop is no longer properly supported. For the last five years, I have been able to buy an mp3 album and download it to my PC, and it appears in the right place, properly organized. Now, I buy an mp3 album, it appears in the Cloud Player, and I can only download it one track at a time into my Downloads directory. Really bloody helpful.

SO...on the one hand, Amazon have decided to shaft Linux desktop users after five years of support.

On the other hand, Ubuntu is cozying up to Amazon.

Well, Canonical - I suggest you get onto Amazon and complain bitterly on behalf of your twenty million users - you now have some clout with them.

But I'm not going to hold my breath waiting.

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Canonical flings out Ubuntu 12.10 – now with OPTIONAL Bezos suck

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@Lee Dowling

Rapturous applause!

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Study finds file sharers buy more music

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Re: We've seen these people before...

Hmmm. Why was that downvoted?

OK - a bit more justification.

There is, frankly, very little music that is worth listening to that can't be performed live. A live performance is unique - it won't be the same any two nights. You get the sheer immediacy in a live performance, that you can't get in a recording, no matter how good. You get a wonderful sense of being there, which isn't possible with recorded music.

I've seen Bruce Springsteen in a stadium. I've seen Joe Pass, playing solo jazz guitar at Ronnie Scotts. Two completely different musicians, in a completely different environment - but both, in their way, wonderful experiences which cannot be duplicated by a recording.

That's why musicians should perform live.

It's the same with theatre, compared to film. I've seen some marvellous films - but the best, the most exhilarating evenings are those where the actors are on top form, where the audience is rapt - where the SHOW is what it's all about.

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Re: We've seen these people before...

"Why does a band have to perform live?"

Well, the Musician's Union completely disagree with you. They have been using the slogan "Keep Music Live" since 1965,

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Re: We've seen these people before...

"One important note: consider this quote: “29% of those under 30 listen to ‘most or all’ of their music via streaming services. 11% have paid subscriptions.” This is unacceptable. In order to earn the equivalent of the income of a minimum wage job, a musician would have to sell 4.5 million stream per month on Spotify. The other streaming services, while not as bad, are not much better. The difference between having one's work stolen via piracy and illegal downloading, and getting a minuscule fraction of a cent per play on a streaming service, is negligible if not illusory."

Unacceptable? Why is it unacceptable? I am listening to music which I am paying for at a tenner a month; those who don't pay are getting a poorer stream and paying via adverts. It's morally acceptable and legally fine. Why the fuck do you feel it is unacceptable?

If the amount that the streaming services are giving to the music industry isn't enough, or if the music industry is keeping too big a cut before passing on the rest to the musicians, that's for them to sort out.

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Carphone Warehouse lauds Nexus 7 while eagerly eying iPad Mini

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Try this...

nexus usb importer

Allows you to connect usb drives and stream movies or photos or music without rooting your device. And what else do you want the extra memory for?

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Water, water everywhere on the Moon: But not a drop to drink

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Another common misquotation

Water, water every where,

And all the boards did shrink;

Water, water every where,

Nor any drop to drink.

- The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

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Retailer leaks iPad Mini price list starting at £200

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Want to bet?

OK.

I bet you a virtual beer that the iPad mini is 16 x 9. It'll be following the shape of the new iPhone 5.

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Boffins baffled: HUGE EYEBALL washes up on Florida beach

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Re: 'Large marine animal', yes...

There's a little "R" on the side.

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Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight e-reader review

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It's so uuuuugly....

Picked it up in Comet yesterday. That HUGE bezel around the edge is awful - it just makes the whole thing look too fat and wide.

Technically, it's fine, I guess. But I'll never buy one. I love my Kobo Touch, and I don't often read in the dark.

Must say, though, I like the look of the new Kindle Paperwhite...

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