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Bendy or barmy: Why your next TV will be curved

Daz555

Curved - looks utterly stupid unless you are sat right in centre front of it. Great for the minority with home cinema rooms I suppose but for most of us with a TV in the corner of a room and a wide range of viewing angles they make absolutely no sense whatsoever.

As for 4k. I'll buy one shortly after I get the robo eye upgrade which allows me to distinguish such small pixels from the other side of my living room.

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Call of Duty 'fragged using OpenSSL's Heartbleed exploit'

Daz555

So this OpenSSL thing could bring down COD online?

Every cloud.....

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Anatomy of OpenSSL's Heartbleed: Just four bytes trigger horror bug

Daz555

I was fairly shocked to read about this. I run OpenVPN on my home server....surely OpenVPN hasn't let me down I thought?,.........it had. Bugger.

Still at least it was an easy fix. Updated OpenVPN Access Server to latest and now I appear to be clear. Changed my openvpn and server passwords to be safe also.

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ISPs CAN be ordered to police pirates by blocking sites, says ECJ

Daz555

And these powers do what exactly? Increasing the traffic for sites advertising proxies seems to be the only impact.

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TV sales PLUMMET. But no one's prepared to say what we all know

Daz555

Surely TV sales just tick along nicely and every generation of tech go mad for a few years - colour, flatter squarer tube, widescreen, LCD, etc.

So we have been through the last "let's all upgrade phase" and are now all just sitting back and watching TV. This can have come as no surprise to the industry.

I have bought 3 TVs in 20 years and still have all 3 - a 22" CRT, a 32"LCD and a 40"LED. Unless one breaks I can't see me buying another one for many many years.

The CRT is kept for lightgun games for those interested!

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Does Apple's iOS 7 make you physically SICK? Try swallowing version 7.1

Daz555

Re: Better than Android then?

Those who do not like carrier flavours added to their phones should buy from resellers rather than the carriers. Usually cheaper anyway in my experience.

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Curiosity now going BACKWARDS

Daz555

On twitter they used the analogy of dragging a suitcase along rather than pushing it. Could it be down to unequal weight disribution? - If it is heavier at the front there is perhaps a chance it rolls smoother in reverse?

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Another U.S. state set to repeal rubber duck ban

Daz555

Isn't duck racing just littering - ie chucking plastic into a river?

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Facebook gobbles WhatsApp for SIXTEEN BILLION DOLLARS

Daz555

Anyone would think these companies start up with the ver INTENTION of one day being bought out by a big player.

Oh yes, they do don't they.

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

Daz555

Mod it.

As with the Sony PSP the Wii only really comes to life when you mod it. A hacked Wii with homebrew channel etc and a load of emulators installed is really a nice bit of kit to have under the TV.

I have to say my kids do love the Wii. The console is poweful enough for most kids games - Lego et al. So it will be more than enough for my living room until the PS4 price drops significantly.

As for the WiiU. No thanks - that PDA screen controller thing is a monstrosity. Is there a modding scene yet for the WiiU?

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

Daz555

I get so annoyed when the cost of the BBC is brought into question. It is simply the finest broadcaster on the planet. No question.

Bloody hell, www.bbc.co.uk/everysubjectimagineableincludinghowtopassyourgcse is in itself probably worth the licence fee alone.

Please, leave the BBC alone.

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

Daz555

I simply use OpenVPN and connect to my network directly.

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Ninten-DOH! Japanese giant slashes Wii U sales forecasts by 70%

Daz555

There are far bigger nuts to crack when it comes to gaming visual realism than simple pixel count. The new consoles from MS and Sony have finally made the move to a 1080p native resolution at a decent framereate and this is a huge jump from the low res, upscaled games of the PS3 and 360 generation.

1080p will be the mass standard for a couple of decades more at least. 4K TVs will remain a niche - something the console makers can ingore.

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Didn't get a Nook for Xmas? That's OK, hardly anyone else did, either

Daz555

Nook - great bit of kit. People do not know what they are missing. I picked the Glow up from Argos for under 50 notes, rooted it, installed a launcher, and now have a e-reader/tablet hybrid which means I'm able to install the apps from Kindle Kobo etc. Allows me to buy a book from whichever store is the cheapest at the time and play some graphically simple games from time to time like chess.

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Sony seeks mojo reboot with 147-inch 'honey-you-can't-afford-me' 4K home projector

Daz555

Surely a reflective surface emits new photons rather than bouncing back the originals.

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

Daz555

Thankfully no need to worry about crappy conversions - I love firing this up on MAME from time to time. The soundtrack alone is worth it and the emulation is spot on.

How many have noticed the "optimal coding" employed back in the day. To save memory the sprites of the car as it goes left and right are simply mirror images of each other - you can see the Ferrari badge flip back and forth as you turn.

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Oi, Obama. Rein your spooks in, demands web giants' alliance

Daz555

Their motive is money. They know snooping is bad for business. As far as they are concerned snooping on their customers should be limited only to themselves in support of extracting more money from them via accurate consumer profiling.

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Oh no, RBS has gone titsup again... but is it JUST BAD LUCK?

Daz555

Legacy systems? Show me the money. Stay current always. Nothing however beats being one of the few guys who knows something about that mission-critical piece of crap no-one dares even to reboot.

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Lightning strikes USB bosses: Next-gen jacks will be REVERSIBLE

Daz555

Seriously? We are going to lose backwards compatibility for the sake of turning a cable the right way round? Kids today..........

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Sony brags: We've hit over 2 MEELLION PS4 console 'sales' worldwide

Daz555

PS4 and XBone will probably not bring much new in terms of feature but the platforms needed a graphics bump anyway. Despite being marketed as HD consoles the PS3 and 360 were nothing of the sort - virtually all games were upscaled to proper 720p or 1080p resolutions from far lower resolutions and this made them look poor in comparison to PC versions. The new ones will, one would hope, be running games natively at 1920x1080 and should be able to maintain a decent FPS friendly framerate.

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Top comet-watcher pens ISON's emotional obituary

Daz555

I watched Stephen King's "Maximum Overdrive" last night in honour of the late Ison. RIP.

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PlayStation 4 BLUE LIGHT OF DEATH blamed on power cords, TV sets, butterflies in China

Daz555

Xbone and PS4 will be around for a decade. I'll wait for a couple of minor revisions before I leap into the next gen.

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Server, server in the rack, when's my disk drive going to crack?

Daz555

20% of drives dead at 4 years? Sorry Mr Drive Makers, but that is simply not good enough.

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Virgin Media to hike broadband prices by nearly 7 per cent

Daz555

Re: So will this 7% rise be in addition to the 11.5% rise BB only subs got gouged with?

The superhub is not much of a hub but it as good at being a cable modem as any modem out there. 100% solid all the time. Handily VM have included a setting in the admin screens to switch off hub features and enable "modem only mode". There is no reason to stick with 20Mbps just because you don't want a superhub because there is no good reason not to want a superhub - ok maybe one - it has slightly annoying flashing lights.

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Virgin Media only puts limited limits on its Unlimited service

Daz555

Virgin's policy is in black and white and has been since they started traffic management. I don't get the drama. I mean what sort of idiot bases their purchasing decisions on advertising campaigns featuring Usain Bolt and Doctor Who - surely we should always look at the detail before chucking away our money?

Anyway, I signed up for Virgin broadband 512Kbps about 12 or 13 years ago. I now find myself on 60Mbps having not actually ever asked for an upgrade - which is odd, but there you go. During that time my broadband connection has only once been unavailable to me (for about 3 hours). Yes that might be just down to blind luck - but I can't criticise Blueyonder/Telewest/Virgin's provision of my broadband in all those years.

As for the top 3% of users who get hit regularly by the throttle and find that the Game of Thrones Series 2 1080P torrent takes an hour longer to download - so what - have a cup of tea and stop moaning - or go find another ISP.

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Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

Daz555

DAB is laughably bad. Aside form the large number of channels (which often cannot be received) I can't think of a single redeeming feature.

The only good thing about DAB is that as a result of the hype I bought a Pure receiver. Thankfully is also does FM and Internet radio - saving me from the horrifying stuttery mess of DAB.

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Blighty's telcos set to CHOKE off another fistful of piracy gateways

Daz555

21 URLs blocked. Another 1021 new ones to choose from.

Genius.

At the very least the block list lets us know which torrent sites are probablty quite good - and therefore we know which ones are worth finding proxies for.

Dear "The Man". Thanks for the heads up.

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It's the '90s all over again: Apple repeats mistakes as low-cost tablets pile up

Daz555

Re: iPads are expensive?

iPads - very very nice pieces of hardware. I'd love to have one - if only I could get rid of the car crash which is iOS.

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MS Word deserves DEATH says Brit SciFi author Charles Stross

Daz555

It's not great. Still the best on the market though.

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Hey banks: Use Win XP after deadline? You'll PAY if card data's snaffled

Daz555

Organisations with money can simply arrange for a custom support agreement with Microsoft - and their lovely ancient XP workstations will remain patched for a good while yet.

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Printing the Future: See a few of UK’s 6.2 million 3D-printed ‘things’

Daz555

Surely I won't need to be a great 3D modeller. There will eventually be loads available on torrent sites I expect.....

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Brit inventor Dyson challenges EU ruling on his hoover's energy efficiency ratings

Daz555

Re: Hoovers???

The hose on my Samsung hoover split the other day. Thankfully I was able to repair it with some Sellotape and careful use of a Stanley knife.

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Blighty's great digital radio switchover targets missed AGAIN

Daz555

Hardly surpsing. DAB is a terrible standard and a backwards step in terms of audio quality in comparison to FM.

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IT mercenaries and buy-to-let landlords are my HEROES - here's why

Daz555

I fell into being a buy-to-let landlord a few years ago because I needed to move house (baby on the way) but could not sell the one I lived in - no-one would buy it.

So it seems I'm now to be the wall against which all others are shot, come the revolution. Now, does this mean I end up being shot or not? Answers on a post card.

Since being a landlord however I'm astonished at the demand for houses - you stick it on Gumtree for 5 mins and 10 people want to come round and look straight away. Not quite right that.

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Ofcom: Parents, here's how to keep grubby tots from buying Smurfberries

Daz555

This is one reason to keep the odd old handset here and there. My 5yr old get to use my old Desire HD - running a custom ROM, minus a SIM and requiring my password for any purchases. Problem solved. If I'm honest I really don't want his grubby fingers all over my latest shiney gadget so my old one is just fine.

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Mother of All Whistlers: Virgin Media superhub. Listen to recordings

Daz555

I'll listen out for any offensive whistling but I have to say that since getting my superhub as part of my 20 to 60Mbps upgrade (replacing my old motorola modem) about a month ago, my connection has been rock solid. It is running in modem mode.

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Google, Amazon, Starbucks are 'immoral' and 'ridiculous' over UK tax

Daz555

Time to bring these big companies into line - regardless of tax loopholes. Pay up or get out of our economy - we won't miss you as someone will simply step up to replace you.

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Microsoft's 32GB Surface RT has 16GB of free storage

Daz555

Re: External SD would be fine... if you could install Apps to it

I think we can expect an app2sd type app to find its way onto Windows tablets before long.

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Monty Python legend Eric Idle and rockstar boffin Cox write a song

Daz555

Re: Class

I think that is sort of the point - a look on Life from the perspective of a physicist.

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Forgetting Microsoft: How Steve Ballmer's Surface could win

Daz555

Apple hae surely already conceded the high-end of the mobile market to Android? As for iPad - again soon to be surpassed by uber-specced Windows 8 tabs? Yes, No?

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Why is solid-state storage so flimsy?

Daz555

Cheap SSD drives are so small that I really don't need to worry much about backup - all my data is shoved onto my RAID 1 NAS. Complete loss of my SSD would really only be an inconvenience (perhaps lose the odd game save or internet favourite).

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EU, US edge closer to mega-transatlantic patent system

Daz555

I have a feeling that this will destroy our own superior (yes still flawed) patent system. US system is a disgrace.

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Intel: Behold the TABLETS of our partners, proof of Win8's MIGHT

Daz555

The low power x86 chipsets make Windows RT a complete irrelevance imo.....unless they end up being far more expensive. I'm not interested in having i5 or i7 power in a Windows tablet, but I DO want x86.

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Apple iPhone 5 review

Daz555

There is no doubt that the iPhone 5 is one of the best mid-range handsets on the market.

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Mars rover Curiosity gets ready to blast its first rock

Daz555

Agreed.......and of course Curiosity, which is the subject of this article, rather than its tiny older brother. ;-)

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Raspberry Pi patch adds warranty-safe overclocking

Daz555

Why overclock the Pi? Simple. At 700Mhz OpenELEC has stutter and lag which is noticeable and annoying. At 900 to 100MHz it does not.

Come on - it's hardly rocket science.

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Virgin Media STILL working on fix for SuperHub corrupt downloads glitch

Daz555

Re: glad I still have the old cable modem

I modem mode it is widely regarded as being as good as their standard modem offerings. It just happens to be a terrible router.

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Daz555

Virgin should ditch the superhub. It is very damaging to their reputation. I'll be getting one forced on me soon but make no mistake - it will be in modem-only mode from the off.

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Apple iPhone 5 hands-on review

Daz555

It is clear Apple has run out of ideas for the iPhone. It is also clear that it doesn't matter - Apple knows the iFans will buy them in their millions regardless.

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Samsung readies handheld releases for Windows 8

Daz555

Samsung had better watch those rounded corners!

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