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Chromebooks to break out of US schools: Netbook 2.0 comeback not just for children

Craig Vaughton

Re: Cheap Windows PCs with Bing

Because unless you buy Windows 8.1 Pro or Enterprise, the facility to join a domain isn't there, same as Win 7. I can't see Microsoft supplying 8.1 Pro with a $/£300 laptop, when the standalone license for Pro is £160 on its own or £85 as an upgrade from 8.1 Basic.

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Google Maps adds all UK public transport timetables

Craig Vaughton

Pointless

Waste of time for Sheffield's bus service, there's a timetable, it changes occasionally after they've "established passenger patterns", but the end result is the same; stand at the bus stop and hope.

The trams generally run to time, but rather cleverly don't go where most of the people live and are only useful to students as they pass the university and Meadowhall if you want all the shops that the city centre doesn't have (so everything aside from John Lewis). As for calling it South Yorkshire Supertram, that's only because Sheffield is in South Yorkshire, it doesn't mean the tram goes outside the boundaries of Sheffield.

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STRIPPED DOWN and EXPOSED: Business kit from the good old days

Craig Vaughton
Mushroom

Missing something

Other than the respirators being useless without the active filter that attaches to the hole on the front...

I don't suppose you found some loose doors stacked up in the same room as the drawers with the respirators in, when you've pretty obvious you've got a full complement attached in the relevant doorways, possibly unfilled sandbags and definitely pamphlets labelled "Protect and Survive"?

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Happy 50th birthday, Compact Cassette: How it struck a chord for millions

Craig Vaughton
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To the moon and back?

I daren't think how many miles I did between home and which ever RAF station I was stationed at the time were accompanied by the scatter of cassettes on the passenger seat / floor / actually in the box. Certainly enough to know exactly which track on which tape was where the tape had stretched with customary "fall in audio quality".

Thank you Phillips for helping provide the soundtrack some very happy days.

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Nasty BOFHses. It burns us! It burns...

Craig Vaughton

I'm so glad I wasn't sat at my keyboard with a mouthful of lunch, as is usual for reading BOFH. Saved at least another keyboard.

Fantastic!

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Love in an elevator.... testing mast: The National Lift Tower

Craig Vaughton
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Now that's a Tower of Terror!

Disney's isn't a patch on this...

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The bunker at the end of the world - in Essex

Craig Vaughton
Mushroom

Pity

We could do with a real "Threads" in Sheffield city centre now. We'd get rid of the useless council and run down shopping area in one fail swoop!

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Murdoch hate sparks mass bitchin', rapid evacuation from O2, BE

Craig Vaughton
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An El Reg survey?

Come on El reg, all these people looking for a new ISP, surely its time for some investigative journalism and find us poor soon to be ex-O2/Be customers a new ISP with the same values as we've been used to?

Totally unlimited broadband, really helpful support when needed, speeds as fast as BT's Victorian copper string can cope with and better still, not owned by a megalomaniac!

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Sheffield ISP: You don't need a whole IPv4 address to yourself, right?

Craig Vaughton
WTF?

Sheffield ISP

You mean that wholly owned subsidiary of BT?

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O2 refuses to deny plans to offload home broadband product

Craig Vaughton
WTF?

Planned Migration

Be have been superb, there again anything after Tiscali wouldn't have been hard, but they've genuinely been excellent.

If this comes to pass then it will be time to move and like a lot of other commentators here, the big question is where?

Might be time to try one of the smaller local companies in South Yorkshire running off "Digital Region", all offering high speed off newly laid fibre to cab. Or if desperation sets in, try VM as we had their cable when it was Telewest. Just hope VM made sure Telewest staff took their horses with them...

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All your audio, video kit is about to become OBSOLETE

Craig Vaughton
Mushroom

What's New?

They've been saying my audio kit is obsolete for years, but strangely the demand for the the black round things to play on is rising.

As for Super HD TV, makes no odd how good the picture is, the content will still be 90% crap.

Where's the grumpy old man icon when you need one?

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Slideshow: A History of the Smartphone in 20 Handsets

Craig Vaughton
Coat

Palm 600

Palm Treo 600 as the title, with a photo of a Treo 650? I'll get my coat.

I had a 600, 650s and two 680s, all great phones, though a tad heavy in your pocket! Used to love PalmOS and Graffiti, despite a few glitches they never really fixed. Shame HP bought Palm and WebOS got lost somewhere along the way.

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Vote NOW for the vilest Bond villain

Craig Vaughton

Obvious

Has to be Trevelyan, he's a Blades fan....

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New broadband minister snubs 'ugly' fibre cabinet gripes

Craig Vaughton
WTF?

Locally

Getting the boxes in is one thing, getting anyone back to cable them up seems to be another! They've planted a string of these around us in part of Sheffield, but that was the last we saw of any activity.

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Old men who use computers less likely to get dementia

Craig Vaughton
Terminator

First the good news

So using a computer once I retire will reduce my chances of dementia, great stuff.

Sadly, having worked with the bloody things for 20+ years already, by the time I'm supposed to retire I'll already be sat in a chair drooling and rocking to myself!

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Apple: You'd want hi-fi streamage from us, not poor-people Wi-Fi audio

Craig Vaughton
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re: Digital to Analog?

You've got to do DAC somewhere, less see you feed a digital signal to a pair of speakers.

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Dell airdrops military-grade data-centre-in-a-crate

Craig Vaughton
Black Helicopters

Not for UK Forces

No good for any of the UK armed forces, doesn't fit in the back of a Land Rover. We might have one of those spare, if we can find a driver who's not been seconded to somewhere G4S haven't screwed up!

Black helicopters - we've probably scrapped those too!

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Bill Gates: iPad is OK, but what Apple really needs is a SURFACE

Craig Vaughton

3 Words

Gate, Horse, Bolted

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BMW, Toyota to build fuel cells for sports cars

Craig Vaughton
Unhappy

Re: Why on earth

BMW diesels may top MPG leagues, but those are created following slightly artificial EU enforced rules. Toyota's road figures tend to be closer to the official test figures, or better. A fact I didn't appreciate until it was too late!

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WD beams in 802.11n Wi-Fi stations

Craig Vaughton
FAIL

Time Capsule

Why would you buy one of these if it's dearer than an actual Time Capsule? Well at least at the prices quoted.

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Strong ARM: The Acorn Archimedes is 25

Craig Vaughton
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25 Years...NOOooooooo

I can't believe its 25 years, feels like 25 minutes.

I remember talking to the owner of a little computer shop in Stamford near where we lived at the time and who had the A310s in when they first came out. He said one of his customers bought one to replace an Acorn Electron he used to help run his business. He said the chap came back in a few days after he'd bought it and told him he'd transferred the application he was using (sorry, brain needs a defrag, no idea what it was) from the Elk to the Arch and ran it as normal. He went off to make a cuppa and came back, with the Arch claiming it had finished. He thought he'd done something wrong so checked it all out, but his results were all there. The surprise was the Elk used to take all night to do the same processing!

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Lytro light field camera

Craig Vaughton
Coat

Focusing

"struggle with the finer points of photography"

Since when has focusing been one of photography's finer points? It's either in focus or its not and then its simply blurred. The Lytro simply lets you make the decision of the focal point after you've taken the photo.

I'd guess the Lytro will appeal to women, means they can change their mind after the event....

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Lenovo readies Yoga Ultrabook-cum-tablet for Blighty

Craig Vaughton
FAIL

How much?

Sorry, at £1200 any laptop I'd buy would say MacBook Pro on it! I don't care if it doesn't have a screen that folds to make a tablet.

Better still 13" MacBook Air and £100 change.

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Mega-star HD 10180 could have more planets than the Sun

Craig Vaughton
Devil

Bode's Law

Assuming this to be accurate, is the end result similar to that of the Babel fish? "and god disappeared in a puff of logic"

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Chelsio box-o-SSDs does 1.1 million IOPS

Craig Vaughton
Happy

Faster?

Will this make iTunes run any faster?

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BOFH: Dawn raid on Fort BOFH

Craig Vaughton
Pint

Too long

Judging by the comments, everyone laughed the contents of that box.

We've all been doing this too long.....

...sod it, its Friday

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Vendors smack Thunderbolt punters with massive pricing markup

Craig Vaughton
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Re: Why the surprise?

Been there, snipped them, so now I can buy what tech I like and the wife can.... Oh, she's already had them.

FW800 is seems fast enough with a few year's worth of RAW files (420Gb) as part of a Lightroom library. This years photos sit on the internal drive of my iMac and I can't tell any real difference in performance when I have to go back and grab a copy from the external WD Studio drive.

Of course, hopefully the price of Thunderbolt kit will drop and when its time to replace the iMac, the external drive will get replaced as well.

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New Mac OS X: Mountain Lion roars at unauthorised apps

Craig Vaughton
Go

I Don't Care

Say what you like, I sit in front of a Windows PC all day and its a pain, partly because of all the rubbish the company insists is installed and partly because of Windows. Things are only going to get worse once we get Windows 7. (Don't laugh, Windows 8 will be on sale before that happens at the rate we're going!)

I come home, sit in front of my iMac or MacBook Air and simply enjoy using them, because they just work. I'd take OS X over any other OS, simply because its nicer to use than the rest. I've got a Win7 box at home as well and it dual boots to Ubuntu 10.04, so its not like I'm not covering all the bases.

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US military access cards cracked by Chinese hackers

Craig Vaughton
Mushroom

The Next War

The next war has already begun and the bad news is we're already losing!

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Sony NEX-C3 compact system camera

Craig Vaughton
Coat

Handling!

I looked at the NEX series whilst looking for a "travel" camera, lighter than my DLSR + lenses but without the restrictions imposed by even the larger compacts like the Canon G series.

The images off the NEX are great, but its horrible to hold, it just doesn't balance nicely with the lens at one end. I opted for M4/3 in the shape of an Olympus EP-1, but it was a close fight between that and the Lumix G series. The added benefit to M4/3 is you can buy an adapter and fit Olympus OM mount lenses, the results are impressive!

Only drawback so far are; there's no viewfinder, I've lost count the number of times I've gone to take a shot expecting one with suitable embarrassment as a result and the auto focus system is easy to fool, leading to shots with the wrong thing in focus if you're not careful. Both Lumix & Olympus now have models out that have expressly addressed the focus issue, so it could be upgrade time.

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Amazon, MS and Nokia sniff around RIM

Craig Vaughton
Trollface

What if...

I'd really laugh if Apple bought them (guess have a few $ spare down the back of sofa somewhere without touching their cash pile). Can you imagine the lawyer feeding frenzy with all the IP lawsuits that could doubtless generate?

It'd be the only way they'd get into some corporate businesses as well!

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Laptop bags: 15-inchers

Craig Vaughton
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SFBags

Have to agree with AC, Waterfield Designs from www.sfbags.com are superb. Bought one for my MacBook Air and they are top quality.

A word of warning though, expect to get stung by UK Customs and Royal Mail! By the time they'd taxed it (a reasonable £7) and charged £23 to deliver it (which compared to $50 to do 5000 miles is a bit steep shall we say) once it arrived, I'd ended up paying as much for the postage as I had for the bag!

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Gadget-hackers post how-to on BlackBerry PlayBook jailbreak

Craig Vaughton
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What should they do?

They should either release an OS upgrade that makes the thing worth buying or let people jailbreak them in the hope of selling a few so people can put a decent OS on it.

Will they do either? Not a chance

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NASA wants space washing machine for ISS, Mars bases

Craig Vaughton
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3-4 Days?

Smeg, Kryten knows if you turn pants inside out and they'll last at least 2 months.

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Man uses CAT scanner to copy Stradivarius

Craig Vaughton
WTF?

Why?

So nice to see all this technology being put to such good use. It'll still sound like a load of strangled cats.

Mind you, if it was to do the same thing to reproduce specific Fender or Les Paul.....

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The BBC Micro turns 30

Craig Vaughton
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Happy Days

Far far happier days!

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Apple applies to patent a SIM you can't remove

Craig Vaughton
Go

Where's your problem?

What's the difference in having a SIM as part of the main board & one in a socket? Generally anyone who wants to use a smartphone has signed an x month contract anyway so they're tied to the SIM.

End of contract, decide to keep phone but move provider: Apply for PAC code, Apple by then have added "New Operator" feature into iTunes, insert PAC code into dialog box, job done.

"Apple will also need to get the network operators to hand over the secrets for embedding into iPhones. Our first thought is that this could never happen,"

Yeah, they said something like that about getting music companies to sell tracks for $.99 each

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Secret US 'Jedi' ghost-copters kept out of bin Laden raid

Craig Vaughton
Coat

LADAR?

Why not replace the terrain following radar unit with something similar based on a laser? Surely if if you can have laser guided missiles that home in on a laser source, you must be able to build a similar seeker function into a nav system, with a terrain "designator" laser to accompany it? That sort of tech has been around since the 70's

How much in the way of EM emissions from one of those?

Its not as though a H-60 does 200+ Knots at treetop height either, so the processing requirement must be less than fitting something similar to a fast jet.

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Massive PC shortages to hit this Xmas

Craig Vaughton
Happy

No hard drives..

Maybe time to buy something without a HDD?

MacBook Air anyone?

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No BBM app for PlayBook soon, admits RIM

Craig Vaughton
FAIL

Relegated

So lets see, no BMM or onboard mail in your first release, but you boldly keep at it. iPad2 sells by the bucket load and before Xmas arrives, Amazon launches the Fire (in the US only it seems) and you're 2-0 down by half time at the the of the year.

You make an attempt at pulling a goal back by releasing an update, but still omit BMM and score an own goal instead, then Apple show the iPad3 a month later, possibly introducing a smaller form factor as well or even making the iPad2 the cheaper version as they have with the iPhone.

Come April, you're relegated to either axing the playbook altogether, or cutting the price so any mug buys it. I'd be worried about letters of support from the board in the meantime as well!

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Energy minister gives grudging nuke endorsement

Craig Vaughton
Mushroom

Get real

How long before the idiots we elect to govern, regardless of political persuasion, realise that unless they spend billions in research into fusion (cold, warm, tepid or whatever), building new or replacing old fission reactors is about the only reliable way we're going to keep the lights on around these parts in the not too distant future?

Short of surrounding these shores with flocks of whirling windmills or tidal flow turbines and continuing to plant even more in what's left of our green and pleasant land (before the new planning bill covers it in concrete & tarmac) , use what's left of our coal reserves (heresy, fancy thinking of that) there's no RELIABLE, immune to changes in weather, wind, whatever, electrical source to provide enough to keep my Mac running so I can read El Reg.

Build enough and we might be able to sell some of the output back to the Germans?

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China's patent EXPLOSION could leave West behind

Craig Vaughton
Terminator

What firms?

"you have to wonder what exactly US and European firms are going to be doing."

The ones still doing anything will be doing what the rest already were, nothing!

Their owners only see the bottom line and if it costs x pence less to manufacture overseas, then that's what they'll do.

As for patents, that means spending money on R&D and where's the profit margin in that.....

This is what you get when you're lead by beancounters.

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Elon Musk's SpaceX to build 'Grasshopper' hover-rocket

Craig Vaughton
Unhappy

Denied!

When I first read the headline, I had visions of Gerry Anderson's UFO moon hoppers. I'm so disappointed.

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Waterstone's to take on Kindle and Nook with own reader

Craig Vaughton

Easy comparison

Seeing as their web prices are the same as the shop, you'd hope that to get people to come into their shops to buy a book, rather than wait for it to arrive by post, their "Check local store" type search would be up to date? Sadly not.

So my usual process for buying a book goes something like this:

Find book I fancy - see if Waterstones have it locally so you can have a quick look - go to store if it says they have it - find they don't - check Amazon and find its a good few £s cheaper - order from Amazon.

If the shop price was a couple of quid more than Amazon, you'd often buy from the shop to get instant gratification, but when its more often than not half the shop or Waterstones web price, its a no brainer.

As for e-book prices, forget it, still cheaper to buy the paperback most of the time and its still easier in physical format for technical books and non-fiction with colour photos.

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Sid Meier's Civilization

Craig Vaughton
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Sleep Thief.

How to kill time and not realise it?

"Just one more turn...", "I'll just capture that city and I've wiped out the Indians..." Then with a peek out of the window of the room where the PC was it still looked dark, trip across the landing to the bathroom before bedtime and you wonder what that dim light is that's starting to break through the frosted glass, that would be the SUN!

Oops, another grouchy day at work after <4 hours sleep.

It was a slippery slope after Civilisation: Railroad Tycoon, Command and Conquer, Alpha Centauri all conspired to deprive me of sleep.

Excellent game and now I feel really old as my son is playing Civ IV.

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HP: webOS will still run PCs and printers

Craig Vaughton
Alert

WebOS; the Black Night?

"Oh, oh, I see, running away then. You yellow

b*****ds! Come back here and take what's coming to you.

I'll bite your legs off!"

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Apple iCloud pricing revealed

Craig Vaughton
Unhappy

Brits pay more?

And this is news?

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