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MOST iPhone strokers SPURN iOS 8: iOS 7 'un-updatening' in 5...4...

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Declined?

I haven't declined, I just didn't fancy doing the update when on the road.

Never understood all this rush for the latest and greatest OS within days of release anyway. It's usually bugged no matter what flavour of OS you wish to use.

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Adobe swallows Aviary, hopes to stuff Creative Cloud into mobes

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Stuff Creative Cloud Onto Mobiles?

They can stuff Creative Cloud up their ar2jij8 [no carrier]

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Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. AW... your battery died

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Crap Battery

One thing I noted with my 5S was it didn't seem to reach it's full battery capacity for the first few weeks. At first I could barely get through a day. After a couple of weeks it was pretty much the same as my 4. Seems like it needed a number of charges to reach its capacity.

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Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM

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Re: Android ZX Spectrum emulator

Spectrum games on a touch screen? Yuck!

I've tried many emulators on Android and iThing devices. They never work. The games simply were never designed for touch screen use and the control systems these things use are never as good as a good old fashioned joystick or keyboard.

Much better to run the original hardware and use the tablet as a tape recorder to play tape images off of the web.

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Hey, Mac fanbois. HGST wants you drooling over its HUGE desktop RACK

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"What vast digital media repository could possibly need 64 TERABYTES?"

Start working with top end 4K 32 bit uncompressed video and you are looking at 113 Megabytes per frame.

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Apple gives fanbois The Sweetest Thing: A delete button for that U2 album

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Remove U2

When they say "remove U2", does this include a tactical nuclear strike over Bono's house?

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SanDisk's record-busting 512GB SD CARD will fit perfectly in your empty wallet

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News to me.

Do we? News to me. Never seen anyone do that at all.

SD cards are not an archival format. Additionally cards are most likely to fail when new. Most people are happier shooting to cards they know are good and then replace them every year or so depending on the duty cycle.

I still have an couple of 5 year old cards being used but the duty cycle for them has been very low.

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NASA to reformat Opportunity rover's memory from 125 million miles away

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Re: I'm not an electrician

There's the old story about a batch of radiation hardened Z80's being delivered to Amstrad and them being fitted to machines before anyone realised.

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EE: STILL Blighty's best mobe network, says 'Frappucino' Moore

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EE the best?

I think the phrase we are looking for here is "best of a bad lot".

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

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GIF's?

Who is posting GIF's in this day and age? I imagine they are all of Ronnie Rosenthal missing that goal at Anfield.

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EE network whacked by 'PDP authentication failure' blunder

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Wondered what was going on

Had this pop up a couple of times. Reset the phone and it appeared to be fine again. Just assumed it was my phone.

Wish these providers would do a status@gate type thing somewhere so we can see ongoing problems.

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Top Ten 802.11ac routers: Time for a Wi-Fi makeover?

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Re: Seem to have missed Draytek off the list.

Draytek make superb routers. Have tried various consumer brands over the years and all were trouble. Just got fed up of routers that needed regular rebooting or died after a couple of years. Worse if you recommended them to friends or family when they went wrong it would inevitably be muggins fault!

So now I only recommend Draytek gear. Never have any problems with them other than initial grumbling about the cost. Have 3 in operation myself and various friends and family now also have them.

The other nice thing about Draytek is that they don't drop support for models after a couple of years. My oldest one (a 2820 I think I got in 2007) had it's firmware updated last week to the latest 2014 version. Updates for 7 year old kit are a rarity these days!

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Scottish independence debate: STV player flops under weight of viewers

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Re: ITV Doesn't Own STV!

"Apparently, however, ITV Border showed the debate-"

They did. Although I thought Derek Batey hosting an edition of Mrs and Mrs with a Scots husband with an English wife straight afterwards was in poor taste.

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Re: Worth noting

Or put your box into non Freesat mode and just dial in the frequencies so you can get all of the ITV regions. Because everyone deserves Fred Dinenage reading the news.

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Elite Systems promises to order ZX Spectrum revival in two weeks

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Re: Can't beat the original

Yes. World of Spectrum pioneered it years ago when it was a new concept and you can go on there and play any game they carry direct from your browser.

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Re: Elite's Steve Wilcox later promised to set things right.

A post this morning on World Of Spectrum confirms the group who took action against Elite together were paid but it took time and legal action.

http://www.worldofspectrum.org/forums/showthread.php?t=46365&page=40

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Sky

Hope Elite have paid Sky for the rights to reproduce the casing as they now own Amstrad and all its IP.

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AVG stung as search revenue from freebie scanners dries up

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Re: I stopped recommending AVG

Security Essentials seems to be a rare occasion of Microsoft getting something right.

Of course at some point in the future they'll wreck it so you can only use it by communicating with it via inteprative dance or something. Usual stuff.

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Toolbar install

Their nagging and toolbar install was annoying (not that I would install it but I would come across PC's with it on).

However the arrival of Windows Security Essentials was the nail in the coffin. It renders AVG pointless.

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Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate history' story made into TV series

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Nazis in America?

I already have Nazis In America on my TV. It's called Fox News.

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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

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The guys who ran the dept weren't special The staff on the ground were though. However they all ran for the hills when the reality of the sale hit home.

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Selling BBC Technology

Selling BBC Technology to Siemens really paid dividends. Or rather paid a quick buck to the BBC and put a whole layer of extra management in place.

I remember the days where a phone call from a mate in another department just got stuff quietly and quickly fixed. After the sell off that went out the window and it was managers galore. I got out as quick as I could!

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Microsoft's Xbox TV studio OBLITERATED

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Re: Blake 7 remake?

One B7 'remake' worth a look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWuTeR7xCU4

"Are we nearly there yet?" - Arf!

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Brit celebs' homes VANISH from Google's Street View

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Good work

Now can they erase his and his wifes faces from the internet as well?

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Lindsay Lohan sues Grand Theft Auto V makers for 'using her image'

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It's a fair cop

Rockstar have been caught red handed here and deserve to pay:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BrnkUr2IcAAgwfJ.jpg

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Farewell Felix Dennis, deal-maker supreme of tech publishing

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Re: Your Sinclair !

Yes. it was Dennis. They sold it to Future in 1990.

The editor at the time (Matt Bielby) moved with the mag to Bath and later went on to launch Amiga Power, .net and SFX for Future.

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Your Sinclair and Viz

Would love to know who's idea it was to bundle a free copy of Viz with Your Sinclair one month. These were the days when YS sold many times more copies than Viz.

It ensured that Viz suddenly fell into the laps of 80,000 kids without the people who may dislike that sort of thing noticing.

Dennis later sold YS to Future.

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Backup bods Acronis extend disk-imaging support to Macs at last

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Time Machine

Time Machine is worth its weight in gold. Deleted an email yesterday that you need back? Just a few clicks! So easy and utterly wonderful. Someone who could code that for Windows would get my money!

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DANGER MOUSE is back ... and he isn't half a GLASSHOLE

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David Jason and Terry Scott

Part of the charm was that David Jason and Terry Scott kept trying to better each other and pushing each other on to go more OTT when doing the voiceovers. Adds a real energy do it.

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How practical is an electric car in London?

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How to improve the range of electric cars.

They could improve the range of electric cars if engineers could only harness the power of smugness and self satisfaction that electric car drivers give off.

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Kids hack Canadian ATM during LUNCH HOUR

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Atari Portfolio

If Terminator 2 taught me anything, it's that any average teenager with an Atari Portfolio can hack an ATM.

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Compare Apple's and oranges: LaCie's hi-vis jacket-wearing disk is not for hipsters

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Re: Worth every penny

Video editors would for a start. More simultaneous HD or 4K video channels than USB 3 can support!

And multiple connectors are very handy when sharing the drive between multiple machines, some of which may be older and not have the latest connectors.

My existing Lacie drives have USB3 and Firewire 800. The Firewire 800 is useful for the older edit suites as otherwise I have to drop to USB2 which takes forever to transfer the data.

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Re: Worth every penny

"So why wouldnt I buy a commodity drive and stick a £10 ebay bumper on it?"

Because it's not the same?

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Worth every penny

Honestly, they are worth every penny. I have 2 that go everywhere with me and have had no issues at all despite heavy use since 2008.

The only thing to note is that what you are paying for is excellent protection for the disk. The drive itself is the same as any other so the risk of failure is the same. What you are buying is a rugged casing for it.

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Happy Birthday Tetris: It's flipping 30

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Clones

Tetris spawned a whole raft of puzzle clones as well which differed enough to ensure there were no legal problems. Columns, Puznic and even games like Atari's Klax owe alot to Tetris.

My favourite versions of Tetris are the Gameboy, but also the PD Giger Tetris on the Amiga.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjLZGgP9T_Y

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Rap chap tapped for $3 BEELLION: Apple buys Dr Dre's Beats

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Re: WTF?

Not sure why people are down voting you. I could indeed see Apple phasing out the 3.5mm jack for something more proprietary. It's the oldest trick in the book and Apple have never been frightened to dump connectors that don't fit their world view whilst pushing their own.

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Overpriced

Nice to see it's Apple paying over the odds for once rather than their customers.

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Users folder vanished after OS X 10.9.3 update? Here's a fix

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Re: I find Apple hardware extremelly good...

There was a problem similar to this a few years back and it turned out to be the routers that were the cause. In the case of my Draytek a update solved the issue. The problem was also manifesting itself with my Xbox but in a different way. Again the same update fixed the issue.

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Graphics pros left hanging as Adobe Creative Cloud outage nears 24 hours

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Re: A storm in a tea cup

"I love that I can pay £28 monthly"

Good for you.

By the way, you probably forgot to read the small print on your bargain £28 price. You can look forward to it being £46 a month on a 12 month contract after 12 months.

Still feeling so smug?

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Cloud

There is no reason for these apps to be in the "Cloud" other than Adobe using it as a DRM and a way of extracting money from peoples wallets every month.

As a long time user of Creative Suite I am clinging on for dear life to my copy of CS6. No double Adobe will hobble it at some point when it stops working after an OS update and they refuse to patch it.

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Adobe blames 'maintenance failure' for 27-hour outage

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Shambles

The entire thing is a shambles and sadly people are falling for it.

I know of people who have ditched their boxed CS6's for the fantastic offer price Adobe are offering because it's significantly cheaper.

However all of them have failed to read the small print which states that after a year the price will go back to the normal level which actually works out more expensive for most people

Adobe Creative Cloud is just a smoke and mirrors operation which purely designed as DRM and a way of extracting money from every customer each month without Adobe ever having to improve their software.

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Hunt's paperless future: NHS watches £60m vanish down plughole

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Re: Re-orders

Tearing off a section and ticking boxes? How antiquated! The surgery I use has a website where you can login and do these things. I thought that might have been standard by now.

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'A proper British BOFFIN': Famous Martian prof Pillinger dies aged 70

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Nice guy

Interviewed him a number of times, the first time was when the project seemed more a flight of fancy than reality. Later when the worlds media had picked up on it and were clambering for his time he still remembered me and made time for my stupid questions. Nice guy.

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‘Scapegoated’ BBC tech boss calls foul, kicks off unfair sacking tribunal

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Lord Pattern Steps Down

Chris Pattern stepped down due to heart problems.

Apparently its pea sized and made of stone.

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10 PRINT "Happy 50th Birthday, BASIC" : GOTO 10

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Locomotive BASIC on the CPC is great. It's a really decent implementation that is streets ahead of what Sinclair or Commodore offered.

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Lost treasure of Atari REVEALED

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Don't understand the fuss

I could understand if you were to go digging for rare games or prototype consoles, but ET is a rotten games and is very very common.

As for the games being unharmed by 30 years in the ground, New Mexico is very dry. In the UK the boxes and labels wouldn't have survived very long at all.

In terms of video games, the story of the fabled Konix Multisystem and the mystery that surrounds it is far more interesting than the ET carts. Perhaps one for El Reg to cover in the future?

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Lost artworks by Andy Warhol found on 80s-era FLOPPY DISKS

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Re: Not that easy

Oh crikey, I remember those. You could never get the tapes to load. Bought The Flintstones and Everyone's A Wally from the Bournemouth John Menzies when on holiday. No amount of jiggery pokery would get those tapes to load. I later discovered this was a common experience.

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Re: Not that easy

HAM images are not a problem on PC's. I used to capture HAM8 images on my A1200 using a VIDI and then import them into Paint Shop Pro on a Windows PC (PSP happily read IFF files). Used to reproduced perfectly.

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Happy 25th birthday, Game Boy!

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Display problems can often be caused by poor screen connections. Take it apart, clean her up and when putting it back together make sure the LCD is tight against the top part of the case. Usually fixes it.

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Battery Life

I had a Lynx 2. 6 Batteries (in the days when they were expensive) got you 5 hours tops. 4 hours if you had the original Lynx.

The Gameboy could do about 20 hours on 4 AA's.

The Gameboy Color used 2 AA's and had a battery life that seemed to go on forever.

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