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Twitter: It's JUST LIKE Elder Scrolls (no it's not)

IHateWearingATie

Did you see his interview in the Guardian about the programme?

Interesting insight in the line he tried to tread between knowledgeable viewers and people who think Atari is a brand of perfume:

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/nov/29/charlie-brooker-video-game-television

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'Leaked' iPhone 6 pics will make cool fanbois WEEP - it's a PHABLET

IHateWearingATie

Samsung, not Apple

Looks like the bones of a Galaxy Note, not the next iPhone to me

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Rogue Android: We show you how BlackBerry's pain can be your gain

IHateWearingATie

Sign...

.... another reason to be hugely disappointed by BB10's early failures. If they had had this working well at the time of launch it may have all be so different for BlackBerry :(

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Why UK.gov's £1.2bn fibre broadband rollout is a bumbling FLOP

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@AndrueC

Cornwall was different as the county is designated under EU rules as somewhere that needs economic development (forget the technical term, but think designations on poor areas in eastern Europe) which means EU funding and development rules apply differently than to the rest of the UK. That allowed them to do a deal with BT that wasn't available to everywhere else.

As for just bunging the money at BT from the beginning - with the benefit of hindsight you may have a point, given they have snaffled all the cash anyway.

All very depressing, given I was one of the team that set up BDUK in the first place (I left them some time ago so blame everyone that was there after me...).

Interestingly, El Reg were invited to our first industry meeting and we gave them tea, coffee and biscuits - this article is how they repay us? Ungrateful B@stards - no biscuits for you lot next time.

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BT network-level STOCKINGs-n-suspenders KILLER arrives in time for Xmas

IHateWearingATie

am I the only one...

... to welcome this? My kids are both young (under 6) and I like the idea of locking everything down till about 7.30 when they are in bed. Its of course possible to do this witbout a network level block, but there are several devices in the house they use and Im very lazy so this seems like a good option - or would be if I didnt use Virgin.

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Los Angeles' weather is just like MORDOR, says Brit climate prof

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Pint

wonder what his model...

... would make of the climate of the Discworld? Plenty of maps available for that.

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Apple prepping 4K resolution 12.9-inch MaxiPad – report

IHateWearingATie

Re: Seems a bit pointless

Because people enjoy trolling each other on Apple related threads?

Have a down vote on the post asking about down votes..... just because I can!

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ULTIMATE ELECTRIC driving machine? Yes, it’s the BMW i3 e-car

IHateWearingATie

Finally an electric car I may want...

.... but won't buy, as if I had £29k I'd spend £25k on a caterham, and £4k on a cheap runabout .

Seriously though, this is starting to tick the boxes properly - range extending motor I can use if I want to do the occasional longer trip; doesn't handle like it has jelly for suspension; decent performance; phone app to manage charging etc.

Still not going to spend £29k on one though.

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MPs blast 'alarmingly weak' management of one-dole-to-rule-them-all

IHateWearingATie

Very depressing...

.... having worked on a successful (i.e. on time, on budget, not hit the headlines) very large DWP IT system I know it is mindbendingly complex to implement social security IT systems. It's a shame that the guys doing this one clearly underestimated the task and screwed up so royally.

However, given the complexities, I wonder how may commentards would have done any better?

UC as an idea was around long before IDS moved in to Caxton House - from what I understand everyone had been too scared to take it on previously. Looks like they were right!

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Facebook fans fuel FAGGOT FURY firestorm

IHateWearingATie

Talking about Rugby can cause embarrassment as well...

... when you start talking about being a hooker (as I found when I was young on a trip to Disney).

*Note to our colonial friends - the 'hooker' is the middle position in the front row of a scrum. The ball is put in, and the hooker uses his leg to hook the ball back to his own side.

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Here's what YOU WON'T be able to do with your PlayStation 4

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Mushroom

Grrrr

I'll still probably get a PS4 as that is the one that my mates have pre-ordered (and sunday nights would be pretty bare without getting thrashed by them playng online Grid 2). However:

PS3 games - very annoying, but at least that is something I can understand. New architecture, very difficult to make backwards compatible. They managed it for the PS3 ->PS2 games, but I guess things have got more complicated.

Bluetooth - WTF??? Why won't my bluetooth headset work? Have they gone out of the way to cripple it???

DLNA - I DONT WANT YOUR CRAPPY ONLINE SERVICE SONY! With your encoruagement (remember, Sony made a big play on the PS3 being a media hub) I made the PS3 the centre of my under-telly hub. I have music and films ripped to a server that my PS3 serves very nicely over my network to my sound system and TV. I could understand it if it was a feature that you were planning to put in later (like the PS3) as you con't quite get it done for launch day (like blu-ray films), but that doesn't seem to be the case.

Music - Really?? I have 2 boxes in my unit under the telly - Sky and PS3. I don't want to add one or two more (play CDs, stream DLNA). Why they hell have you removed this? Again if it was coming later as patch, fine. But to cripple it to force me to use your crappy online service is terrible.

I have a rasberry pi, and I've used it very successfully as a DLNA server but it makes hooking things up complicated (do I have enough HDMI ports, how do I rig the sound to make it easy to switch etc). I know there are solutions, but this is a real retrograde step. If my mates weren't getting a PS4, I think I'd go Xbox.

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Dark matter: Good news, everyone! We've found ... NOTHING AT ALL

IHateWearingATie

Much like the Higgs Boson...

... I really hope they don't find any potential dark matter. Much more fun to be had watching them make fundamental revisions to theories than proving they are right!

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You like iPads, you like things called 'Air'. You will LOVE this puppy

IHateWearingATie

iPad looks good to me.

Although I've now moved into the Android ecosystem entirely with Android tablet and phones, I can still appreciate the great engineering that goes into the iPad. The 4 was lovely, and it looks like the air will be even better.

However, there's no chance I'll be buying one- a nexus 7 and cheap windows laptop cost about the same (£500 or so) and are more flexible for my needs

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UK's tech capital named: Read it and weep, Tech City startup hipsters

IHateWearingATie

Re: When I lived in Bracknell...

What do you mean, there were some great pubs. Like my local, the William Twigg where one of the locals once put his head through the fruit machine and everyone barely batted an eyelid.

Come to think of it, Mos Eisley had nothing on some of those dives....

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IHateWearingATie

When I lived in Bracknell...

... Wokingham was the promised land. The badly paid IT bods (such as myself) lived in Bracknell, the better paid in Binfield and the pointy haired boss class lived in Wokingham.

Even the PHBs were jealous of the people who lived in Ascot though...

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Torrent site isoHunt to close

IHateWearingATie

Re: isohunt

A combined total of 25 thumbs down for my 2 comments - the freetards have been running riot in this thread!

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Re: isohunt

I know what an iso is.

While my imagination is large enough to think of non-infringing iso images that can be distributed over the internet, lets not pretend the VAST majority of iso images that people were using the site to search for did not contain copyright material.

You may not like the law at the moment and want to change it, but you can't willfully break it, try to pretend you didn't and then attempt to claim some technicality to avoid the consequences.

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IHateWearingATie

While I'm no fan of the way content creators have stuck their heads in the sand...

... this guys' arguments seem pretty disingenuous to me. The damn site is called isohunt - its not like Google where they may index infringing material as a small part of what they do, most of what the website is about is searching for stuff that breaks copyright. He knows that. We know that. The rest is just attempting to swing a technicality.

Stop whining and take the punishment like a man.

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Windows 8.1: A bit square, sure, but WAIT! It has a Start button

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Last line of the review doesn't seem to have any evidence to prove it...

"Nevertheless, Windows 8.1 is a step forward and a worthwhile upgrade over Windows 7 even for those sticking with desktop, keyboard and mouse."

Really? From all I've read about Win 8 and 8.1 I just can't see any advantages for me with my desktop, keyboard and mouse - used for games, normal home stuff (editing photos, home movies, managing music collections etc) and a bit of working from home.

Given I moved to Win 7 from XP for this desktop, I think I'll skip a generation again.

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OFT probe: Do small UK firms get fair shake in public sector tenders?

IHateWearingATie

if you want small players...

You need to think very differently about the contracts and the way systems are specced.

Certainly in some of the ones I was involved with, there was no way little guys could bid (except as a subbie). Building a new benefits system is going to be a larger chunk of revenue than you'd be comfortable with for a small supplier. Unless you radically changed how you build big mission critical systems.

For those with lots of bad things to say about the big boys working on big systems - you have a point as lots of those went wrong (not all though - ESA worked very well for example) but let's not forget smaller firms screw up as well (iSoft for the NHS, COINS, etc) with the same bad results.

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So you want to be a solar racer? You'll need a laptop and some string

IHateWearingATie

*start meerkat impression voice*

Simples!

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BT Mobile inks network deal with EE, dumps Vodafone

IHateWearingATie

Firepan... fire....

... if you're bothered about central London coverage.

Work recently moved from Voda to EE, and despite appearances it seems that another network CAN be as bad as Vodafone is in central London (had two call drops this morning already)

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21st Century Elite remake to support Oculus Rift virtual reality rig

IHateWearingATie

It better be bloody good...

... I LOVED playing Elite on my Acorn Electron, and then on a BBC emulator on a PC years later.

The only problem is how to hide buying an Oculus Rift from my wife. If I start taking an extra £10 out of the bank each week, she may never notice...

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Tech specs wreck: Details of Google's Nexus 5 smartphone LEAKED over interwebs

IHateWearingATie

My S4 has a notification light

One of the reasons I chose the S4 for my work phone to replace an old blackberry

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Cisco, Google and SAP may buy BlackBerry's bits: report

IHateWearingATie

Mobility is a huge growth area for SAP

I can see exactly why SAP are interested in parts of Blackberry - they are pushing hard to have SAP modules as the mobility software that are used in supply chain, field forces etc.

I can imagine them using stuff from Blackberry to provide a more complete mobility offering, but I suspect a SAP phone isn't one of them!

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Techno-thriller author and gaming franchise Tom Clancy dies at 66

IHateWearingATie

Loved the early books, later ones not so much...

I thought his early books were great (Cardinal of the Kremlin etc), but the later ones (Executive Orders, Bear and the Dragon etc) just got more and more one dimensional - 'America is great, right wing libertarians are right and everyone else is wrong'.

RIP

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Icahn to Cook: 'Buy back $150bn of Apple's stock, or tell me why you won't'

IHateWearingATie

Corporate finance

Okay, so Ichan is a tool, but the idea in money to buy back shares is not stupid. A business is funded (with some exceptions) through debt or equity. Equity is expensive due to the expected returns of shareholders being generally higher than debt interest for companies like Apple. One way to reduce gearing (ratio of debt to equity) is to borrow money to buy back shares. That pushes up the share price and which increases shareholder returns and increases the amount of working capital funded by cheap debt rather than expensive equity - after all they do own the business, a fact Steve Jobs seemed to forget when refusing to pay dividends.

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MPs slam bumpkin fibre rollout, demand halt to further £250m cash spaff

IHateWearingATie

meant to reply to @j arthur rank...

Curse the lack of edit tools on here...

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IHateWearingATie

lazy lazy lazy comment

Talk about mistakes or incompetence, or that the PAC dont really understand the complexities, but dont imply there was anything underhand, because there wasnt.

(Iwas there, so I know)

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There's ONE country that really likes the iPhone 5c as well as the 5s

IHateWearingATie

Don't see the big deal with the 5C

It's basically a slightly updated 5 with a new plastic back - the pricing differential is almost exactly the same as Apple has done in the past with previous versions when a new one is out.

Plenty of people have opted for the previous version of the iPhone to save costs - Apple were still happily selling plenty of the 4S after the 5 had come out.

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BlackBerry inks deal to go private for $4.7bn

IHateWearingATie

Sad end for a once great company...

... other tech titans take note - collapse can come surprising quickly

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Rotten Apple iOS 7 fury: Glitchy audio or is today's music really that bad?

IHateWearingATie

Left the wife's 4S running overnight...

... and it was sorted by the morning. Her feedback so far is:

- Picture gallery updates very good

- Control centre very good (particularly the torch button in the control centre)

- Changes to contacts and messaging very good

- Colours and icons awful, too bright and looks like something for my 3 year old daughter

She still wants an Android phone next though (not because of the operating system, but because she saw a Sony phone in purple - ho hum)

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Nokia Lumia 625: Quality budget 4G phone ... but where's UK's budget 4G?

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More and more frustration...

... that Nokia are Win Phone only with every review I read.

Nokia seem to have got their hardware mojo back, but its a shame they haven't (and now never will) have Android versions of their phones

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Apple’s iOS 64-bit iUpgrade: Don't expect a 2x performance leap

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Re: It'll be interesting to see how this is handled on Android when the time comes...

Only 4 thumbs down for daring to mention fragmentation on Android?

Come on Fandroids, you're not trying hard enough!

(I've just moved to an Android phone from iOS btw, and my question was genuine, not trolling. Very interesting answer from @DrXym to my point )

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IHateWearingATie

It'll be interesting to see how this is handled on Android when the time comes...

Eventually the amount of memory in smart phones will move beyond 4GB, so Android will have to make the move to 64bit at some point.

Given the amount of control that Apple have over the hardware and development environments compared to Google and Android, if Apple are having problems I wonder how bad the fragmentation will get for Android when they make the switch?

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Dyson takes Samsung to court in UK over vacuum cleaner

IHateWearingATie

Re: Dyson does not have to sue

Interestingly, this is the approach that Brompton uses for their folding bikes. Went to a talk by the guy who runs the company (not the original designer - this guy took over from him) and he said the patent files are like a little design library for Chinese bike companies - they pick out a patent, and get a handy reference guide for exactly how to rip off a design.

They stay ahead of the game through innovation in the manufacturing process - the design of their bikes makes it really hard to manufacture if you don't have the custom designed tooling they have created.

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Ultralight party balloons in WEEK-LONG marathon flight

IHateWearingATie

Party balloons?

I've never had a foil party balloon that stays good for a whole week.

Has he done anything to seal them more effectively?

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Finns, roamers, Nokia: So long, and thanks for all the phones

IHateWearingATie

I *really* want one of the Nokia imaging units in my next phone...

... but there's no way I'm moving to Windows Phone while is seriously lacks apps.

Such a shame gems like their imaging and maps units got tied up with the rest of the car crash for so long.

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Samsung stakes claim to smartwatch market with Galaxy Gear

IHateWearingATie

What I want from a smart watch....

Very disappointed.

My requirements:

- somewhat waterproof (won't go swimming in it, needs to resist getting dunked when I wash my hands)

- Tells the time & date

- Enough battery capacity to get me through a full day with moderate use

- Wireless charging (put charging mat on bedside table - watch gets placed on it each night)

- Functions like the notifications pull down in the phone - preview emails, texts etc. Don't want to have to configure notifications for watch separately, it needs to use my phone's settings

- Controls volume, play/pause, simple track and playlist selection for whatever audio apps I have (pocketcast, double twist etc)

- Maybe voice control for sending simple texts etc

- Tell me when it and the phone needs recharging

- Have the option to display phone connectivity status (wifi, cellular etc)

- Cost around £150. Will possibly stretch to £200 for something amazing - a half decent looking Seiko standard watch costs over £100 anyway.

Won't be getting a smart watch until it can meet the list.

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Xbox One launch date REVEALED - and it's on the 360's birthday

IHateWearingATie

Disappointed with the xbox one

I have a PS3 but as no games are backwards compatible I was up for moving to xbox, but I cant see any reason to make the jump and lose my PS3 gamer tag.

More expensive, not quite as well specced and bundled with the Kinnect that I will never ever use. And I hate footie games so the bundled fifa game doesnt interest me (no choice of bundled games?)

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Give us a break: Next Android version to be called 'KitKat'

IHateWearingATie

Am I the only one who quite likes Hershey's?

It's not chocolate, but I quite like the taste of the sweet brown stuff they wrongly label chocolate.

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Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile business

IHateWearingATie

Rescue plan...

- Bring full range of MS assets to Winphone and properly integrate (Outlook, office, skydrive, Xbox etc)

- Make app store free for developers for the next 2 years (important to define the period to give certainty)

- Make available free / v low cost developer tools that make it easy to port code from Android / iOS

- Partner programme where they pay key developers for apps on winphone

- Bribe, sorry, incentivise key networks to carry winphones

Will cost a few $bn, but they have the cash and just spunked $5bn on Nokia so they can't pull back now!

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Meet the world's one-of-a-kind ENORMO barge-bowling bridge of Falkirk

IHateWearingATie

Your correspondent explains to some children how they ought to be doing it

"No no no. You're doing it all wrong. Give it here and I'll show you how the toy is meant to be used".

Never been tempted to do that.

Particularly never when the sprog has got hold of my old Lego technichs.

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Ballmer's emotional farewell to Redmond: I LOVE THIS COMPANY

IHateWearingATie
Go

Re: At least he Tried

You're forgetting:

- Office 2003

- Xbox

- XBox 360

- Windows Home Server 2011

- Not screwing with Hotmail for ages after they bought it

- Versions of Visual Studio before the latest one

- Not screwing with Visio much after they bought it

That's it I think...

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Acorn’s would-be ZX Spectrum killer, the Electron, is 30

IHateWearingATie

Hurrah, a bit of love for the partially forgotten Electron...

Nice to see the Electron given a write up - it's the forgotten cousin of the BBC Micro and not usually mentioned in the stories written about the time.

I had an Electron, bought for me second hand by my Dad well after they had stopped production (couldn't afford a new computer). Still, it played Elite and The Last Ninja so I was happy!

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Workers at world's largest – and most remote – telescope go on strike

IHateWearingATie

Atacama is a pretty amazing place...

... one bit I visited had a shallow lake that froze every night and thawed every day.

During the daytime I was wandering around in shorts and a t-shirt, but at night I needed proper winter gear (base layer thermals + 2 warm layers + outer etc). Also, sleeping at high altitudes gave me the weirdest and most vivid dreams...

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No signal in Seascale? Countryside Alliance wants to hook you up

IHateWearingATie

Re: So would this be the same Greenie arseholes?

Have you got a link to the CA moaning about poles and cabinets? Generally land owners like pole delivery of cables as they get cash from it, and plenty of rural areas have direct connections to the exchange so there are no cabinets.

The cabinet moaning brigade tend to be townies living in expensive bits of London.

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'BLING BLING, BLING BLING' 'Hello, yes, my iPhone is made of GOLD'

IHateWearingATie

Re: If the rumours are true

I want them to fail for the perfectly selfish reason I've chosen a Galaxy S4 for my work phone over a iPhone 5 (work not willing to wait to offer me a 5s) and my self esteem will get a boost if the 5s is the same as the 5 with a crappy finger print scanner, tacky gold colouring and fisher price inspired icons.

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Apple sucking triple the phone switchers as Samsung – report

IHateWearingATie
Facepalm

Re: Old?

I've just turned 35 and have just swapped from an iPhone to a GS4. I thought I was a maverick, but according to this I'm just one of the crowd :(

Oh, and I'm out of the 18 to 34 demographic so I'm now old. Double :(

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Flab-fighting LOHAN fettles fantastical flying truss

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Re: Am I the only one...

Excellent - I await further shed-related boffinery with much interest!

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