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Booze in SPAAAACE! Brit rocket boffin preps bold stratobeer mission

Cornholio
Pint

Hmm

I've never met a Fuller's that I didn't like.

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BBC: Bumpkins, hobbits need fairer coverage

Cornholio

Re: Not surprising...

I read that as "rambler/naturist/Guardian reader/holiday cottager". Must be time for bed. Nighty night.

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Apple abruptly axes Aperture ... Adobe anxiously awaits arrivals

Cornholio

Oh, and did I mention it's not made by Adobe?

Neither is Optics Pro...

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Hello Moto... It's the Nokia Lumia 630

Cornholio

Camera button

I'm dissapointed that there's no camera button. I thought I'd read somewhere that it was a requirement for WinPhone hardware. Oh well.

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Microsoft’s 'FIRST NOKIA' arrives at £89

Cornholio

One for Mrs Cornholio please

Wifey is a real technophobe, and has never got on with any of the mobile phones that I've provided her with (feature phones, Android, ancient voice and text only devices).

She picked up my Nokia 925 at the weekend and used it without any assistance from me at all. I'll be getting her one of these 630s PDQ.

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BBC hacks – tweet the crap out of the news, cries tech-dazzled Trust

Cornholio

Not what it used to be

Can't comment on the television news as I don't watch it. However, it seems to me that the interweb outlet has gone from being a useful provider of news to some vacuous lifestyle magazine. Radio 4 news continues its long-term dumbing down too, and is now as likely to annoy as it is to inform.

Rant over.

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WTF happened to Pac-Man?

Cornholio

That reminds me...

...I have a boxed Grandstand Munchman waiting to go on eBay. Ah, great days!

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China's annual TV smear segment drags Nikon's name through the mud

Cornholio

Re: Apple branded “greedy” and “incomparably arrogant”

Nikon's 'black spots' were caused by bits of muck coming off the shutter and sticking to the sensor. They denied the problem for a long time, though to be fair they are fixing them now.

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

Cornholio
Linux

Re: Think

Being a bit of a Luddite, I currently face the prospect of finding something to replace XP on my machines.

Installed Mint on them all last week. Kept one with the option to boot into XP for those times when only Windows will do.

Think I'll give 8.x a miss. If 9 looks better I'll try it. Assuming, that is, that I feel I need to go back to Windows.

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El Reg BuzzFelch: 10 Electrical Connectors You CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!

Cornholio

Yeah, cool...

We need more stuff like this please :o)

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The right time to drink coffee

Cornholio

07:30

One per day for me. Earl Grey first, then...

1 tsp Mellow Birds

2 tsp sugar

3 tsp coffee whitener

...before I leave the house. I'm aware that I am likely to be derided for equating Mellow Birds with coffee.

It's tea all the way for the rest of the day, including a chai masala when I get into the office, but occasionally have another coffee when I get home.

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Unsung DEAD WHALE EXPLODER hero, who gave the early internet a purpose, passes away

Cornholio

It's a shame they didn't call Blaster Bates...

...I'd have loved to have heard him spin a yarn that.

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Do dishwashers really blunt knives

Cornholio

Sorry, no time to read through all the posts...

...but has anyone mentioned ceramic knifes? Great things, keep their edge for years.

Can't comment on dishwashers though. Somebody else's problem, too middle-class for Cornholio Towers.

If I did have a dishwasher, I wouldn't want to risk my carbon steel Sabatier in it. I like to treat my tools with respect ;o)

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Hate data fees but love your HD slab? Here's a better way to pay for bytes

Cornholio

Some do

I have my Nokia from Utility Warehouse. I can visit their website to view my usage (to mmidnight previous day), and it always seems to agree with that measured by the phone.

Oh, and they send me an SMS if I'm getting near my limit.

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Hands on: We play with the slippery Lumia 1520, Nokia's first phondleslab

Cornholio

I seem to recall that the 1020 scored behind the iPhone when video performance was considered in addition to stills. Stills only put the Nokia ahead.

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Thousands! of! Yahoo! Mail! users! driven! crazy! by! revamp!

Cornholio

Whereas in Thunderbird Land

Everyone is asking how to turn off the tabs. Of course, it can be done, but there's no granny-friendly 'use tabs' tick box.

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Apple's new non-feline Mac operating system, OS X Mavericks, ready to go

Cornholio

Woah!

My 2006 HP Pavilion is still providing excellent service, and Microsoft are still supporting its OS.

Well, at least they will be until April.

Oh, yes, its battery hasn't worked for a while. But even so...

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Nokia's 41Mp Lumia 1020 'launches' in UK - but hoi polloi must wait

Cornholio

Re: Only one problem

Why? What exactly is your problem with WinPho 8? I was Phandroid, but I've no complaints about my Lumia 925. In fact, I think it's marvellous.

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'But we like 1 Direction!' Rock gods The Who fend off teen Twitter hate mob

Cornholio

I'm so old

Was it One Direction that Benjamin Zephaniah had to listen to when he was on Radio 4's "I've never seen Star Wars"? One of the funniest things I've heard for a long time, and I'm sure he found more than one track on the album that was, shall we say, heavily influenced by a classic.

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Starwing: Nintendo, Argonaut's Brit boffinry and the Super FX chip

Cornholio

Re: Eh?

Ah. Starglider 2 on the Amiga. Happy days Painting with Rolf :o)

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ULTIMATE cuppa contenders prepare to go mug-to-mug

Cornholio

Milk in mug before or after tea: After

PHILISTINES

AND WHERE'S THE EARL GREY?

I'd probably choose the Assam out of that selection, but surely there is no one perfect cuppa? Horses for courses and all that.

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So, who here LURVES Windows Phone? Put your hands up, Brits

Cornholio

Got my Lumia 925 last week...

...after being impressed with a friend's 920. I really like it, but then again it has replaced a creaky old Android 2.1 Orange San Fransisco (ZTE Blade).

The only thing that is bugging me at the moment is the way that the keyboard doesn't pop up when I hit the search button. Maybe I need to change a setting somewhere, but it is a pain to have to press the search button AND then tap the Bing search bar at the top of the screen before I can start typing.

Otherwise, it is a very fluid OS. It seems to require less horsepower than equivalent Android devices. I'm sure my quad-core Nexus 7 isn't quite as smooth as my dual-core Lumia 925.

Then again, I've never claimed to know anyting about phones. I just really want something that is good for making calls and texting, and the excellent (for a phone) camera on the 925 is a bonus for me. Looking forward to Nokia Pro Camera arriving with the Amber update!

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What did the Romans ever do for us? Packet switching...

Cornholio

"Heavily compressed DAB is the sonic equivalent of Michelangelo's David made out of Lego"

lmao

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Pure boffinry: We peek inside Nokia's miracle cameraphone

Cornholio

I hope to get one too...

...as they say, the very best camera is the one you have with you when you need it.

Not fussed if I have Windows or Android, just so long as it all works nicely. And having seen a Nokia 920 in action, it seems to me that Windows Phone 8 does work nicely.

Good article too, but pleeease, it's not a huge sensor. It's a 1/1.5" sensor. It's dwarfed by the APS-C one in my Pentax K-30.

Huge number of pixels though! However, something like a Pentax 645D will give a similar number of pixels plus much better IQ. That really is more akin to a huge sensor, you see.

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Windows 8.1: So it's, er, half-speed ahead for Microsoft's Plan A

Cornholio

Let me get this right...

"[if you] wish to launch Excel. Both are desktop apps, so showing the Start screen is jarring. Now you can press Win-S, type Excel, and select the app from a right-hand panel without leaving the desktop."

I've not used Win8. On my XP boxes, I click Start / Excel if I want to launch Excel. Do you really have to do all of the above to launch it under 8.1? Sorry, I'm probably being thick as usual.

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Mint 15 freshens Ubuntu's bad bits

Cornholio

I put Mint 14 XFCE on Wifey's netbook...

...and I generally like it. However, it did take a bit of fiddling to get the wireless to work. Also, Thunar rarely picks up the network drives.

Boots quickly though, and Mrs Cornholio only really want her browser and e-mail client.

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The toy of tech: The Mattel Aquarius 30 years on

Cornholio

My first computer

Never did get it to read from cassette though.

+1 for Burger Time!

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

Cornholio
Pint

Not to forget...

...a happy 50th birthday to Compact Cassette (first introduced at the Berlin Radio Show in 1963, I believe).

We do have a decent turntable in the house, but it is mostly of interest to the wife (a collector of vinyl since the 1960s). To paraphrase someone-or-other, it is surprising how good vinyl can sound considering the limitations and compromises of the system.

I've never been taken by the vinyl sound, although am guilty of loving valve amps. I think in both cases, it is a case of finding the inherent distortions pleasing to the ear. Euphonic colourations, I believe they're called.

Recently read in Hi-fi News about an album that had been digitally recorded, mixed and mastered, but then cut as a vinyl disc before being re-digitised and released as a CD. Of course, it was praised for having a 'nice, warm analogue sound'. I'd always maintained 'vinyl fans' were being seduced by the colourations of the system. It just gets on my moobs when they tell me that the 12" record is the One True Way.

Sorry, rambling. Beer o' clock came early at Cornholio Towers today.

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It's official: Apple will reveal 'a little more' on October 23

Cornholio

iPod Classic

I bet I'm still going to be waiting for an iPod with >160GB of storage. Come on Apple (or Sony, or anyone), it isn't just me that wants one. Surely it can't be that difficult?

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Vote now for the ULTIMATE BACON SARNIE

Cornholio

Spoiled ballot

Where is the 'none of the above' option? I thought everyone knew that the requirements are:

- Soft white bread

- Lightly fried bacon

- Lashings of butter

- Large lumps of BRIE

- A steaming hot mug of tea

Unless I'm missing something, brie doesn't seem to get a mention?

Ketchup can be applied sparingly, or even black olives on occasion.

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Transit of Venus, live-ish from Australia

Cornholio

Don't worry if you missed it...

...there'll be a transit of Mercury before too long.

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Too rude for the road: DVLA hot list of banned numberplates

Cornholio

They generally just annoy me

If it's not obvious, they generally just make me cross. However, I remember a local one when I was a lad:

BAL 521T

The owner had thoughtfully put a sticker in his window to help those who needed it:

BALS 2 IT

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Which actor should play Steve in upcoming biopic?

Cornholio

Surely

Montgomery Burns?

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Rumors of iPod classic's death prove exaggerated

Cornholio

Very miffed

Most upset that the Classic is still stuck at 160GB. My iTunes library is larger than that and I've been waiting for quite some time for a more capacious iPod. Grrr.

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Cambridge Audio Sonata NP30 hi-fi streamer

Cornholio

Cambridge Audio

Surprisingly, some of their gear is well regarded.

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Cornholio

Re. "24bit/96KHz. Where are you supposed to get that source material from?"

How about http://www.highresaudio.com/? Or maybe https://www.hdtracks.com/?

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Apple plans to prune iPhone 3GS price

Cornholio

How much?

My Orange San Fransisco was £95. I've since seen them for as little as 65 beer tokens. That's more like it.

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Dixons to flog off old 'brands' Miranda and Saisho

Cornholio

It surprises me...

...but my 1988 Saisho portable is still working perfectly well. Smashing picture, used every day.

Looks like it's going to outlive the analogue transmissions that it was designed to receive.

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Arcam Solo rDac wireless digital-to-analogue converter

Cornholio

Oh really?

"[A] DAC that boosts the quality of music"

I'd like to see that. The inane pap that gets churned out for the pre-pubescent market will always be inane pap, however good the replay system is.

I won't argue that a good DAC can provide a better signal though.

Sorry, pedant rant over.

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Asus Eee PC 1215N 12in netbook

Cornholio
Dead Vulture

Where?

Where is its nubile young friend?

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iPhone app tagged as terror tool

Cornholio

@AC

"...why the need for the app in the frst place"?

A good question that could probably be asked of most apps.

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World's first pedal-powered ornithopter takes flight in Canada

Cornholio
Pint

The bit that impresses me...

"shedding over 18lb of weight over 4 weeks"

Never mind the pedal-powered ornithopter. I want to know how I can lose 18lb of pies and beer from my midriff in so little time.

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Sony piques PS3 fans with PlayTV patch fee

Cornholio
FAIL

Not for me

I was looking forward to series recording on the PlayTV, but I'm not willing to pay for it.

Grrrr.

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Recession drives pies sky high

Cornholio
Pint

@Anonymous Coward

"... but how many of them are useless air-filled pap.Proper hearty pies, properly filled with quality fillings are out there and my mission in life is to track them down."

Then look no further than the Kean’s Head in Nottingham (http://www.castlerockbrewery.co.uk/site/?page_id=22).

Breakfast Pie.

Oh yes!

A full English breakfast...

...in a pie!

And proper beer too. Mmmmmm.

Dash it all, how am I ever going to regain my 28" waist?

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Asus unwraps dual-core Atom netbook

Cornholio
Thumb Up

She's back!

Nice to see that Eee PC's friend has returned to the pages of this esteemed organ.

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Solar plasma aurora storm ONGOING UPDATE

Cornholio

Doh

Set my alarm for 01:00hrs, but nothing to be seen above Cornholio Towers. Dreadful light pollution over Nottingham though.

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Terrafugia Transition flying car redesign - first analysis

Cornholio

I wish they'd hurry up

It's fifty years since Aerocar N102D was built. That is still airworthy, so why can't I pop down to the shops and buy a shiny new flying car for myself?

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What's the difference between an iPod and an iPood?

Cornholio
Jobs Horns

@TRT Hollow handle

The lighter is to burn the TP. There's a lot to consider when taking a dump in the wilderness.

I've always been a great fan of the name and think it's a real shame that they're submitting to Apple's will.

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Imitate Real Ale quaffers, save the economy, says biz prof

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Pint

@Anonymous Coward CAMRA

"£20 worth of JD Wetherspoons vouchers"

You can use the vouchers in Castle Rock pubs.

“So, as you can’t get our ales in Wetherspoons, we invite CAMRA members to join us at all of our pubs in Yorkshire and the East Midlands, where the 50p vouchers will be honoured on any of our own beers."

Top stuff.

How nice it is to live so close to the Castle Rock brewery.

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'Howling lesbian gangs' greet jailed Lindsay Lohan

Cornholio

Erm...

Lindsay who?

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