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A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND

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Re: Real life testing...

...4GB photo.

Quite a common size file my wife ends up dealing with when doing large signs and saving the resulting image in an uncompressed format so there's no artifacting. 10MB JPGs look a bit crap when blown up to several feet in size..

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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About time Windows caught up.

Windows had multiple desktops in Windows 98. It was enabled by installing Powertoys which Microsoft made a separate downloadable. So few people bothered with it that they discontinued it.

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Re: Windows had this back in the days of XP

It was one of the XP PowerTools.

Earlier than that Windows 98 had it with Powertoys from Microsoft.

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Re: MS always bleeding edge ... not

First time I saw the concept of multiple workspace was early nineties

Windows had multiple desktops in the 90's....

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Stupid author

Author is obviously completely unaware that Windows 98 had multiple desktops with the Powertoys addon

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Smart meters in UK homes will only save folks a lousy £26 a year

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British Gas tried to get me to have one

British Gas tried to get me to have one with the bribe of free weekend electricity which turned out to be free on a Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm when nobody uses it in my house. They said it would cut my bills. I said that I'd had one of their realtime monitors before, the type with the clip on sensor that goes on the main wire going into the meter. "Did it save you any money?" the lady asked all excited. "No it just sat there being intrusive and eating electric. Yes I did know what I was using, no it didn't make me alter my usage."

They then did a cost check based on my annual consumption and when they came back saying this amazing deal would cost me 12% more than I currently pay even with free weekend electricity I politely declined.

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Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs

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Re: Warranty

"There is certainly no automatic European 2 year warranty for all goods."

Yeah actually there is and in the UK you can choose whether to pursue a fault through the Sale of Goods Act or EU Directive 1999/44/EC (which is the automatic 2 year warranty) whichever you think will get you the best result.

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Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS

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Chrome sucks the life out of a Macbook Pro

OS X may not be particularly affected by this specific bug but Chrome seriously puts a dent in battery life on a Mac to the point I use Safari on battery.

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Freeview's rumoured '£100m YouView killer' is real – and it's yet another digital TV thing

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Re: I need a Freeview HD box

Which is best for normal broadcast HD?

BT Humax Youview OR Humax Freeview HD?

The BT Humax box is a rebadges Humax box with customised firmware but otherwise the same. I doubt you'd notice any difference. However if you decide to go for bolt on channels you can't get them on the Humax box, only the BT branded one. I've got the old BT Humax box and I've been reasonably happy with it, the only downside being responsiveness when it was recording from the internet and also freeview simultaneously.

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Toshiba's CB30-102 13.3in Chromebook – imagine a tablet with a keyboard

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Re: Sadly

Of course a laptop designed to run browser apps is never going to have enough RAM or disk space to run a full blown OS

Its got 2GB of RAM and 16GB of HDD. The 2GB of RAM is pretty much what everything in my house is using apart from one Macbook Pro and they're all on Windows 7 apart from one laptop on Linux Mint 15 and the Macbook Pro. 16GB of HDD is a little tight but plenty to run XP or Linux on with 10GB or so of storage. Hell the PC at my radio club is an old Athlon 2600 thing running XP, has 768MB of RAM and only has a 10GB HDD in but manages to do what we need it to.

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What data recovery software would you suggest?

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Windows comes with its own back up software that can take both incremental and full backups, producing restorable image files.

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NOT APPY: Black cab drivers enraged by Hailo as taxi tech wars rage on

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Re: GPS is shite ....

Technology has largely made them obsolete

Really it hasn't. I've been a truck driver for 20 years. You and I could both do a 200 mile run to somewhere, me in my truck and you following your Satnav and I'd arrive before you despite you having a 15MPH speed advantage because quite simply despite all the IQ routing and all that rubbish, it doesn't beat years of experience of the characteristics of the road network.

I've been using Satnav for over a decade, first using Tomtom on a Nokia N70, and it is far from anywhere near capable of finding the truly quickest route given the time of day and day of week.

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London cabbies to offer EVEN WORSE service in protest against Uber

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"I wonder what % of their takings the average cabbie actually declares for tax purpose? hhmmm..."

All of them other than tips as they're recorded by the meter.

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Re: Change is not fair!

"Surely GPS means we dont need drivers with the "knowledge" anymore."

Actually you do. One thing that I learned over 10 years of using Satnav, half of that as a lorry driver doing 100,000 miles a year, was that it was only really any good for someone driving as a living for the "last mile" or so and that even with things like Tomtom Traffic IQ it couldn't route for certain times of the day as good as someone with knowledge of road conditions could. There were plenty of times it'd route me a way I would never ever consider given the time of day I would be at a certain point.

Satnav will 100% get you from point A to point B, that there is no doubt. Whether or not the route is the best that it could be is a different question entirely and usually the answer to that is no.

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Stone the crows, Bouncer! BT defends TV recorder upgrade DELETION snafu

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Re: Which box?

"Which box?"

The BT Vision+ box, not the Youview ones.

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eBay cops $3 BILLION tax bill after moving its profits back onshore

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Explains a lot.

No wonder they're shafting sellers even more than they usually do. The new TSR rules coming into force in August punish sellers who reclaim fees when idiot buyers buy things without reading the descriptions or idiot buyers buy the wrong thing then file a "not as described" claim.

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Brit IT workers are so stressed that 'TWO-THIRDS' want to quit

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Another quality factually correct article from The Reg....

"Many IT staff also reported working above and beyond the 48-hour week set out in the EU working time directive, which the UK is not subject to."

Err yes we are. All EU countries are.

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Reg hack hacked off by iPhone 5 repair notice

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Still not fixed it?

This is an issue which has been on the go since the iPhone 4. Seriously its long past due that they got it sorted. When I took my son's iPhone 4S to the local Genius Bar, two other people waiting for their appointments were in for exactly the same issue.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS

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Yet another crack that has almost no real world application.

So they have to take a photo of a perfect finger print from either the digit in question or from the screen of the phone.

Look at the screen of your phone. Tell me how many complete fingerprints you can see on it. The answer will be somewhere between zero and none because you typically use the tip of your fingers and then it gets smudged as you swipe your fingers across the screen.

Personally I'm not worried by this.

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Sticky Tahr-fy pudding: Ubuntu 14.04 slickest Linux desktop ever

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Re: Head to head

"What's the migration cost of moving from XP to Windows 8?"

A lot less than Windows to Linux as you're not going to have to change all your applications.

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Three's money man reveals UK mobe firms' DARK PRICING dealings

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Re: A lot of common sense there

Only applies to new customers, not existing ones on existing or renewing existing contracts.

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BT demands end to Ofcom wholesale broadband subsidies for BSkyB, TalkTalk

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Re: LLU?

Blame Sky. All exchanges are open to any provider.

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Re: When BT can...

They could but they're not allowed to by OFCOM.

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Re: As much as I hate to say this....

Putting a few network cards in a rack in a BT Exchange is hardly investing in infrastructure anywhere near the level BT have.

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Re: As much as I hate to say this....

Except BTs network was originally provided by the tax payer.

That has long since been retired and replaced. The original network provided by the tax payer was old electromechanical exchanges, long since replaced, mechanical phone boxes long since replaced and copper cabling virtually all replaced barring the odd "pole to property."

Broadband didn't exist when BT was privatised and all of Openreach's network which OFCOM applied the limits to were entirely funded by the privatised BT so your argument about the original provision is irrelevant.

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Yet ANOTHER Brit MOBE tower BORG: Three and EE ink network-sharing deal

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Re: different frequencies

Actually at VHF and above they're all line of sight and the operator who gets the highest spot on the tower gets the best coverage.

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BSkyB sees first half pre-tax profit tumble as sales climb

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"Sky signal around my parts is utter pants, as is anything via aerial."

Sky uses satellites so as long as you're within its footprint and with nothing in the line of sight you should have no problem receiving it. The only people who would get a poor signal are those living outside of the UK on the fringe areas of coverage.

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Plusnet is working on a network-level filter to block pirate sites

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All about the bandwidth.

The piraters are the biggest users of bandwidth and bandwidth is Plusnets biggest expense so it makes sense to them as a network to reduce piracy over their network as much as possible.

You can't price a service at the price they do if you have everyone on it downloading 500GB a month and still want to provide a usable service during peak hours.

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Snowden to warn Brits on Xmas telly: Your children will NEVER have privacy

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Yawn

We grew up in the cold war and with the IRA. Tell us something we don't know.....

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Three offers free US roaming, confirms stealth 4G rollout

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Re: 3 are great...

"Getting a signal anywhere but outside in a built up area is ridiculous."

As someone who has travelled all over the UK as a truck driver, lives in a county one and a half times as large as the inner M25 with 1/20th the population of London and been on Three for several years I can categorically say your claim is rubbish.

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Re: York

Weaverthorpe and Wold Newton are served by the tower a friend of mine has a load of repeater gear on at Octon. Hope they've improved the interconnect to the site because on Orange on 3G it took 10 minutes to load google.com

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Murdoch stands between your kids and filth with BSkyB network-level SHIELD

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FAIL

El-Reg reporting at its finest I see.

I see they craftily cut the image to hide the Custom button as well as the reasonably sized Off option at the bottom of the page assuming they bothered to go that far.

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Here's what YOU WON'T be able to do with your PlayStation 4

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Re: BetaMax comparison hardly fair...

"Do you really want to knacker an expensive games console playing legacy formats when there is a CD/DVD/BD player six inches away from the PS4 in your AV stack?"

My PS3 is my CD/DVD player as it is for many people. Many of us used the fact the current gen games consoles could play CDs and DVDs as a way to get rid of another box under the telly.

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Apple's top bean counter: New spaceship HQ won't emit 'one atom of carbon'

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Re: For something closer to home

I can guarantee that it isn't, especially on the shortest day of the year.

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Reboot the formula: F1 and FIFA tweaked for another year

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Author has never watched F1...

"You’ll also frequently find yourself outbraking opponents and taking three or four drivers at the first few corners of races. An unrealistic element that’s more Outrun than Formula One, and simply doesn’t gel with the sport as we know it."

That is exactly what the top 10 drivers do on a regular basis. I can only assume that the author didn't watch the Japanese Grand Prix this weekend.

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Bill Gates's barbed comments pop Google's broadband balloons

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FAIL

Re: Intelligence!

"0) You could learn about Malaria and how to avoid catching it from the internet.

1) You could use the internet to ask for medical assistance.

2) You could use the internet to help you find the nearest clinic.

3) You could use the internet to discover how to treat malaria and acquire appropriate treatments.

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I've not seen this much ignorance and and detachment from reality posted in four lines for quite a long time. You really do believe the internet is the answer to everything don't you?

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Bloke in shed starts own DAB radio station - with Ofcom's blessing

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"The mask defines how square a signal must be, as radio transmissions trend towards the bell-shaped, thus spreading into neighbouring bands at their base."

Wrtten by someone with absolutely ZERO knowledge of radio communications.

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When Apple needs speed and security in Mac OS X, it turns to Microsoft

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Re: Hmmmmmmmm

"If they produce kit that is compatible with Windows shares then more managers will endorse a switch from Windows boxes to Apple kit."

Given the price premium, I doubt it.

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Jailed LulzSec hacker Cleary coughs to child porn images, will be freed soon

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Re: Should be minimum sentencing guidelines for this sort of thing

Well in his case, over 40 images were of an adult having penetrative sex with a child, another considerable number a non-penetrative sex act with a child so yes that is kiddy porn.

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Pttow! Ofcom kicks hams out of MoD bands

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Will hardly be missed

The frequencies they're wanting to move people off are barely used at all so it was inevitable that this would happen. There is very little interest in the GHz stuff other than a very small group of people and even fewer people using it - its not cheap with even a short 3ft patch lead setting you back £10. In my county I doubt the number of active users is barely more than low double digits in number. The Amateur TV repeater on 2.3-2.4GHz has been off the air for some time.

If you don't use it, you lose it and the 13cm and 23cm bands are a perfect example of this.

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So you won a 4G licence. The Freeview interference squad wants a word

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Re: What?

The power quoted for transmitters is peak power. The nature of analogue signals is that the peak is rarely reached, and the average power is 5 or 10 times lower than the peak.

Oh dear. The analogue TV signals were FM `as far as I remember - the audio certainly was. As such they were transmitting at maximum power all of the time. If they were AM you would have a point as that varies the amplitude of the signal but they weren't so you're wrong.

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

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They already existed but weren't cheap

They already existed. We had the Dell Latitude D400 series, the IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad X series. However they' weren't cheap being typically £1200+.

But you can buy them used today for a little over 1/10th of that price. Because so many were used in business there are many on the used market that probably haven't been used at all.

I use a 2007 Dell Latitude D430 I use which cost me £100 to buy and £60 to upgrade to SSD. Core 2 Duo 1.33GHz ULV CPU, 12.1" 1280x800 screen, 64GB SSD. Various capacity batteries available including ones that will do all day. A 5200mAh battery can be bought for under £15 and will easily do 5+hrs.

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Greedy Sky admits: We crippled broadband with TOO MANY users

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Never had anything other than virtually full throughput in the 18 months I've been with them. Even signed up to FTTC just before Xmas.

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RIM adds 15,000 new BlackBerry 10 apps in one weekend

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Blackberry Playbooks bargain of the year??

All of a sudden those £120 Blackberry Playbooks are starting to look awfully attractive especially as RIM OS 10 is going to have even greater Android compatibility.

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The LINUX TABLET IS THE FUTURE - and it always will be

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Asus Transformer Prime from a hardware point of view seems to have it about right. A tweak of that so you can choose to boot into Android or Linux but with both having common shared folders for user files would be great. Even better if you could get it to auto switch from Android to Linux when you attached the keyboard.

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Linux kernel dumps 386 chip support

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Re: At that speed Windows 3.1 did not disgrace itself.

"It's amazing how little you can get on a 40MB hard disk, when it's already half full of DOS and Windows 3.1."

HAHA. I remember those days. When Doom came out I had a choice of having Windows or Doom on so I got very good at installing Windows. I actually still have that 40MB Hard drive. I tried killing it once by driving over it in a 38 tonne lorry several times but it lived and worked perfectly. They dont build them like that any more.

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White Van Man could become a rolling radio relay

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Re: Why bother putting the relays on vehicles?

Exactly. I have a VHF repeater on a tower on a very high hill. I can talk through that repeater from 30 miles away with a 5 watt handheld radio using the stock rubber duck antenna. That repeater which itself is using only 5 watts can be heard from nearly 60 miles away.

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FAIL

Nothing to see here...

So they've discovered what amateur radio users and broadcasters have known for nearly a century? Why the hell did they think that repeaters and TV transmitters are put up on the highest hills in an area?

And how much money did they spend investigating something they could've got the answer for by walking into their local amateur radio club and asking even a newly qualified amateur?

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Windows 8 fails to revive world CPU biz

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Re: good enough

This. My parents are running a Pentium 4 3.0D Compaq business desktop with 2GB RAM/80GB HDD I bought from an IT auction for £30 a couple of years ago. I shoved Windows 7 on it this year. For what they use it for it is more than fast enough.

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