* Posts by Haku

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Apple snaps in crap wriststrap's tat mishap flap: Watch IS affected by TATTOOS

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Tattoo removal services will start cashing in on this little problem by offering to remove the small patch of offending ink at a discount price in 3..2...

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Major London rail station reveals system passwords during TV documentary

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Don't forget the ID-Ten-T part of the equation,,,

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Give me POWER: How to keep working when the lights go out

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Re: Nowt much to add, but...

"a fetching shade of red."

I hereby dub these red emercency corded phones "Batphones"

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The Apple Watch: THROBBING STRAP-ON with a knurled knob

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I'm still not convinced about the usefulness of a 'smartwatch' for a couple of reasons

1) Battery life - I already have a couple of tablets & an Android phone that get charged regularly, I not in a hurry to get another electronic mouth to feed

2) I'd have to start wearing glasses again, I can cope with my phone but anything smaller wouldn't be nice to try and use on a regular basis

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The Techmoan guy owns an Omate 'smartwatch' he got from a Kickstarter last July, a full blown Android phone with a capacitive touchscreen, he discovered it's far more useful as a consumption device (reading news etc.) rather than a feedback device (writing emails etc.).

Check out his short review video of it, even going as far as browsing his own website and viewing a YouTube video on it:

http://www.techmoan.com/blog/2014/7/23/first-the-omate-truesmart-3g-smartwatch.html

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Avengers: Age of Ultron – blisteringly big banter, brawls and brio

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Hey, I really like The Blacklist, I showed the first episode to a couple of friends and they got hooked to the point of binge watching all the episodes to date.

But everyone else who does like The Blacklist should also check out Banshee

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Fancy a wristjob from Tim Cook? TOUGH LUCK, you CAN'T HAVE ONE

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I am actually looking forward to the release of the Apple Watch.

No I don't want one, I'm keeping an eye on all the other gadget/watch manufacturers scrabbling to produce their own offerings so I can select one of theirs which will be more suited to my wants (and at a nicer price).

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Videogame publishers to fans: Oi, freetard! STOP RESURRECTING our dead titles online

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"Personally, I don't buy games that need a remote connection to work"

I fully understand where you're coming from, hence my upvote, especially with the debacle of the Sim City game that required you to have an active internet connection to play the game despite it being a single player...

However I've become somewhat addicted to GTA Online, which I won't go into detail about how much I play except that I'm level 502... but I do realise eventually one day the GTA V Online servers will be taken offline so I'm making the most of what I have right now, and when the servers do go cold I'll still have the offline version of GTA V to play, which is still fun but sadly I'll lose a whole heap of content and idioms of the game the Online version offers.

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I feel this won't end well because not enough influential people care about old games.

But what would it be like if the same happened with old music/tv/films because the content creators knew they couldn't make money off old stock so took steps to legally stop people from consuming anything but new stock?

"We are sorry but you cannot to watch "It's a Wondeful Life" as this title has been deleted. Other film suggestions you might like to watch instead include "Fast & Furious 7", "Hot Tub Time Machine 2" and "The Expendables 3"."

Actually, this already happens with those on-demand tv sites like iPlayer etc. where the shows have a short shelf life :(

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FAA approves Amazon US drone flight just months after firm gave up and went to Canada

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I see Amazon are getting more advertising they didn't directly pay for...

/eternal cynic

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Tests show HTC, Sammy phablets BEND just like iPhone 6 Plus

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Re: It's all about the target market

I've given my Samsung S2 a tempered glass screen protector and a rugged case (a rubber holder with a plastic outer case), making it very tough, and easier to hold because without the thickness the protection layers give I found it quite awkward to use because it was too thin and slippery to hold propely.

My phone is a tool, not a fashion statement.

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Bendy phones? Bendy phablets?

Isn't this the perfect opportunity for manufacurers to properly impliment those flexible LCD screens they've been demonstrating for years now?

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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

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Re: Men dressed as women, it must be a couple of FBI agents.

Or Adam Sandler is making another movie.

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Sony snags Spotify for streaming music to Playstation gamers

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"Sony killed off its Music Unlimited song streaming service"

So it's not just ISPs that lie about their 'unlimited' services then.

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Helium-filled drive tech floats to top of HGST heap

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Re: Helium inside and nobody made a turbo boost joke yet?

So I should only make jokes that the majority of society will get?

That's not a world I would like to inhabit.

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Helium inside and nobody made a turbo boost joke yet?

/disappointed Knight Rider fan

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Lighty and flighty: Six sizzling portable projectors

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Re: "It's not 1080p, WAAAH!"

Yes I certainly expect to see small portable projectors with full 1080p today.

Why?

Because I have some Sony Glasstron PLM-S700E video glasses which have tiny 0.7 inch LCD screens in them that have a native resolution of 832 x 624, and those video glasses were made back in 1998, 17 years ago!

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Oi. APPLE fanboi! You with the $10k and pocket on fire! Fancy a WATCH?

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Re: Hmm...$10,000...

For the longest time (nearly a decade) a TS-150 thermometer watch

Then I got a TSR-100 infra-red thermo-scanner watch

After that a CMD-40-1ZT infra-red remote control watch

Now I got a smartphone for my time telling needs... but I still have those watches (and many more with built-in games)

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How many Androids does it take to change a light bulb?

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Re: Uh-oh

"just expect it to work"

You're not wrong there, if it looks like a lightbulb people will expect it to behave like a lightbulb - give it power and it lights up, but with new fangled wireless control technology embedded inside them they may not behave as expected by looking at the exterior.

Perhaps a new, standardised name is needed for them to distinguish them from ordinary bulbs, dare I suggest iLites? Because everyone knows when you put a small i in front of a word it somehow indicates it's special in a technological way... well, except when used for place name like iNverness or iSle of Man.

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Uh-oh

Does this mean I'm now going to be called upon for more free tech-help from friends/family when they start buying device-controlled lights?

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Ford to save you from BIKE FITNESS HORROR

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"there is no derailleur....so the prototypes are fixies"

Yeah, good luck trying to sell those to people who live in places me - they don't call my area "The Five Valleys" for nothing!

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Atomic keyring's eerie blue glow lights SPB lab

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Re: Still got my original blue Traser,

The price has certainly doubled since their introduction, I seem to recall paying about £6 each for my pair somewhere in the region of 15 years ago:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2002/11/21/light_up_your_life/

A shame because I'd definitely buy a couple of normal sized ones now if they were £5 each, at £10.99 my wallet is staying put.

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WD reveals NASty new boxes for home and small biz use

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Re: Fancy a bit of DIY?

If hot-swapping isn't a requirement, take a look at the Fractal Node 304 case. Holds up to 6 drives (7 if you get a 2.5" PCI backplane mount), Mini-ITX form factor, utilises a standard ATX PSU, 3 whisper-quiet fans with 3-speed setting, looks sleek and is solidly built.

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Tulsa woman bludgeons man mercilessly with laptop

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"the brand of laptop is unknown"

The story almost reads like it was from the Onion News Network Autistic reporter:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAOhBBEQwE8

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Tim Cook chills the spines of swingers worldwide

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Re: A car key I have to recharge every day?

Instead of a key slot in the car door they could put a USB socket to charge your watch up, so you can then wirelessly unlock the car...

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El Reg regains atomic keyring capability

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Re: Originals still going strong

I also have a couple of traser glowrings from about 15 or so years ago, still glowing but not as bright as they once did.

They're stuck either side of a light switch now, very handy when you're coming in at night.

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Errant update borks Samsung 850 Pro SSDs

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Lager drive?

Ah yes, the new Pintabyte range which comes with a side order of chips.

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MELTDOWN: Samsung, Sony not-so-smart TVs go titsup for TWO days

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TV / DVR etc. menu systems

I do like a 'dumb' screen, one that happily shows footage from whatever box you plug into it, however, it has come to my attention from using various friends/family TVs & DVRs etc. that most menu systems suck balls, wether the TV is 'smart' or not.

And not only are most menus terrible to navigate, most associated remote controls for the devices are just as badly designed, it's like they got a generic button layout and shoehorned their functions into that layout, rather than starting from scratch and realising certain functions are going to be used a lot and require a larger, easier accessable button for your thumb.

I'd write 'them' a letter but I doubt they'd even read it, something along the lines of:

"Dear manufacturers, please spend more than 5 minutes designing your menu systems and remote controls, perhaps get some average people to try and use them to give feedback before you decide it's finished and sell it.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely, everyone."

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Is cloud the answer to all your storage problems?

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One big problem with online storage is when you become too reliant on them and they shut down.

Such as Megaupload etc., with Rapidshare being the most recent to throw the towel in real soon now.

https://torrentfreak.com/file-sharing-icon-rapidshare-shuts-150210/

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Sony's super-frumpy SmartEyeglass goggles are $840 Google Glasses

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Futuristic retro?

They look like the bastard love child of 1950's cat eye glasses and some swimming goggles.

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Samsung's spying smart TVs don't encrypt voice recordings sent over the internet – new claim

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Thanks Samsung.

I now have a headache from an appropriate force facepalm after reading this article.

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Apple LIGHTSABERS to feature in The Force Awakens

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Re: Warranty void if seal is broken

They'll probably have a standby mode, and an irreplacable fuel source that needs recharging every 24 hours.

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Rule 2. The Future is Old.

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

But Apple products are designed to be shiny and new...

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Apple 'hires' the 'A-Team' from car titans, they DO SAY: Let's modify the 'van'!

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It's probably an electric car with non-replaceable batteries.

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Kyocera: Torque among yourselves on our unbreakable ruggedmobe

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Re: Kyocera

Indeed, I have a small Kyocera solar panel that's over 30 years old which is still sucking up rays with only minimal drop in output power, its condition and build quality make it look like it was only manufactured last year.

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The Interview? Kim Jong-Un, you really shouldn’t have bothered

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Re: Sigh...

By Grabthar's hammer, by the suns of Warvan, you shall be avenged!

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Swap your keyless key for keyless key-less key. You'll need: a Tesla S and Apple Watch

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Re: Crazy and worrying

Well, you could always upgrade the lock system...

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LICKED: Behold my TOAD-PROOF ERECTION, boasts Aussie boffin

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Re: Cane Toads: An Unnatural History - Compulsory viewing

The full 46 minute documentary:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azQnClq--RU

And yes it is worth a watch.

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CHAINSAW HORROR advert earns GiffGaff a slap from regulator

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"Ooooh! Have we got a video??"

VYVYAN: Michael and I are going to indulge in an all night orgy of sex and violence!

RICK: What, in the drawing room?

VYVYAN: Yeah. First we're going to have sex with the Headless Corpse and the Virgin Astronaut.

RICK: Ugh!. Won't the carpet get awfully sticky?

VYVYAN: It's a video nasty!!!

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Hey if you want to watch fluffy / interesting stuff without worrying it'll warp someone's fragile little mind, www.wimp.com is the place for you, except you might want an adblocker to be completely sure everything's good. It is SFW but you might spend too long watching stuff there.

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The Pirate Bay clambers back online after cop raid sunk site for 7 weeks

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Re: Obligatory Oatmeal

I must spend more time viewing Oatmeal's witty scrawls, for the few I've seen are great, I've spent a good time viewing XKCD's and I like plenty of those.

Oh and that 2nd link reminds me, I must check out this "Game of Thrones" thing everyone on the internet seems to praise...or take the piss out of.

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Re: And so

Yes, and especially since in Norway the amount of under 30's pirating music has dropped from 70% in 2009 to 4% now.

I mean it has to be true, nobody lies in surveys do they?

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Bloke claims someone paid him 85,000 for a web glitter bomb factory

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Re: As one of my fellow commentards noted a while back,

Mythbusters successfully polished a turd...

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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Re: The Crow.

I'll see your "The Crow" and raise you "The Crow: Stairway to Heaven" the tv series...

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Re: Bad movies? I LOVE BAD MOVIES!

Already have it on DVD :)

Along with other such gems as: Waxwork, Waxwork 2, Troll, Troll 2, The Wraith, The Gate, The Stuff, The Wizard, Crash & Burn, Robot Jox, both Ewoks movies, Tomboy, School Spirit, Back to the Beach and a shedload more.

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Bad movies? I LOVE BAD MOVIES!

Especially old ones, and old sci-fi. I still have an extensive VHS collection and some laserdiscs of films that never made it to DVD, such as:

Slipstream (1989,Japanese widescreen laserdisc)

Deep Red (1994,laserdisc)

Out on a Limb (1992,laserdisc)

Hamburger: The Motion Picture (1986,laserdisc)

Dream Machine (1991,laserdisc)

Off and Running (1991,VHS)

Crazy Legs aka Off The Mark (1987,VHS)

Savior of the Earth (1983,VHS) - Tron ripoff cartoon you just gotta see, even if you only watch the first few minutes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OePa32O9l0

The Dirt Bike Kid (1985,laserdisc)

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SCREW you, GLASSHOLES! Microsoft unveils HoloLens

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Re: I want these.

After 20+ years, someone actually found a real use for the Power Glove!

The glove needed a bit of hacking at first though, he now uses it to remotely control through bluetooth the camera shutter/playback during animating Robot Chicken skits:

http://vimeo.com/116585007

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Will fondleslab's fickle finger of fate help Windows 10?

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I think I'm getting old :(

I was, well, not 'happy' but 'comfortable enough' and familiar with XP having used it for so many many years, hated Vista whenever I had to use it on other people's machines, I'm still getting to grips with all the nuances of 7, barely had the opportunity to use 8, and now 10 is on the horizon after they scrapped 9!

Where did all that time (and M$ R&D budget) go?

P.S. I remember when all this was just fields, now get off my lawn!

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Boffins: It's EASY to make you GRASS YOURSELF UP for crimes you never did

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Don't Talk to Police (YouTube)

Sure the talk is from a criminal defense attorney and cop in America which mostly relates to US laws, but it's still really really worth a listen because some points raised are universal when dealing with any police force in any country.

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Citrix goes into the mouse business

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B-b-but laptops aren't trendy anymore...

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PROOF the undead STALK Verizon users: Admen caught using 'perma-cookie'

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Re: How about a new UIDH

Or a service that strips the unique identifier and replaces it with

"I'M SPARTACUS!"

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Re: I know the article specifically stated Verizon Mobile

Take your pick from the many many sites that offer this service:

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=show+my+http+headers

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