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* Posts by Gomez Adams

45 posts • joined 14 Aug 2006

Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST

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Plug ugly?

Compared to all the currently available smart watches it is a Venus de Milo.

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Virgin Media blocks 'wankers' from permissible passwords

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Why are they even looking at the passwords in plain text?

Surely this is bad practise and a security issue?

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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

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Hear ...

,,, Hear!

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Phone charging log helps to convict murderer

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What about wireless charging?

Does it know the difference between wired charging and wireless charging. Does it know the difference between the phone being first put on the charging pad and when it re-starts charging after the battery drops below the threshhold?

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WHOA: Get a load of Asteroid DX110 JUST MISSING planet EARTH

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You actually means just after *supper*.

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Undercover BBC man exposes Amazon worker drone's daily 11-mile trek

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11 miles is not far ...

... if you are wearing the right footwear. Office brogues don't cut it.

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FREEZE, GLASSHOLE! California cops bust Google Glass driver

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"More broadly, Glass is built to connect you more with the world around you, not distract you from it"

So why didn't the driver see the police before they saw her?

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Police constable 1337 stunned by Lego lookalike

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1337 means FZ in my world. is this what you are referring to?

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NSA: Yes we 'experimented' with US mobile tracking. But we didn't inhale

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As I happen to have two mobile phones (I keep my old one as a backup on PAYG) how can the spooks be certain which of the two places I may actually be for certain?

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Happy Friday the 13th! It's Programmers' Day

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Only if you work with 8 bit bytes. Not always the case.

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Murdoch machinations mean Microsoft must rename SkyDrive

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OffPlanetDrive

Taking it to the next level.

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You're 30 years old and your PIN is '1983'. DAMMIT, biz mobe user

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If you know your codes ...

... and have the right experience then you will know why my mobile lockscreen PIN means "FU" :)

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

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Better than the alternatives

Especially if you are a hard-line Apple and Android refusenik like I am. Would not let either of those anywhere near my personal data.

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Rise of the machines, south of Milton Keynes

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Bletchley Park is in (not near) Milton Keynes

For the avoidance of confusion.

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The Metro experiment is dead: Time to unleash Windows Phone+

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Flagging emails?

Unless you mean something different to what I think you mean you *can* flag up emails in the WM8 email client?

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Nokia teases world+dog with snap of new 4G Lumia 928

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Re: Meh

You betcha. You may be anonymous by name but with iOS and Android you are certainly not anonymous by nature.

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Logitech launches MEGA-PRICEY 15-in-1 remote

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The price is not right

I picked up a Harmony 555 for £40 three years ago which also can control up to 15 devices but has a monochrome soft-key screen so much easer on the batteries. Wouldn't be without it although it took a while and some patience to set it up way I want it.

I agree that the web interface is clunky compared to the much slicker local app but some things seem to be only doable using the former.

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Forget about fondling that slab... within 2 years, it'll fondle YOU

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But will it help Arthur Dent ...

... get a nice hot cup of tea?

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Navy devs cook up Android spyware to map your location - in 3D

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Wouldn't work on me

For the simple reason I use a wrap around phone cover in normal use and have to let the flap swing free and easy away from the back of the phone to let the dog see the rabbit. :D

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Freesat eyes YouView USP for next-gen UI

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Wot? Not 4oD or Demand 5 on launch?

One to keep an eye on for the Christmas after next then.

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Lords call for the end of TV transmissions

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Crazy idea. DTT is a much more efficient use of limited resources for one to many broadcasting than is the internet for the larger values of many we are talking about here.

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YouView: The long march to... er, where exactly?

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Re: Content is king

Anyone moving from a Toppy with MyStuff to this Youview box is going to be very disappointed with the current state of its UI.

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YouView launches with pricey premium DVR

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Re: Looks better than it is

Any Toppy/Mystuff user playing with one of these is in for a culture shock. For example FIVE key presses to get to see a list of your recordings and SIX key presses to see your list of upcoming timers? Who thought that was a good idea?

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Administrator eyes DVR firesale after TVonics collapse

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If there are enough users with the knowledge and experience perhaps the adminstrator can be persuaded to make the firmware open source?

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Sony outs Google TV set-top box

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Same old, same old

Yet another crippled access product the world does not need.

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YouView reportedly set for 2500-home pre-Olympics trial

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Re: Catch up tv is only 9.2%..

It couldn't be easier to connect a computer to a TV. My Acer Revo is connected with an HDMI lead and has a wireless keyboard and mouse and gives me unfettered access to all the catchup online services and other providers without being straight-jacketed by what the TV makers want to restrict me too. Youview is unnecessary.

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TiVo spits out monster 6-way Pace box for US eyes only

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I have been running three twin-tuner PVRs for several years now. Really is needed for making sure you do not get clashes on late-finishing / early-starting B2B recordings on different channels and for capturing all the F1 and other live sports coverage.

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Ikea to integrate TV, Blu-ray, sound system into sideboard

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FAIL

Looks like the PSU capacitor replacement dudes will be rubbing their hands at the extra business headed their way if these heat capturing enclosures catch on.

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Japanese bank palms off customers with biometric ATMs

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This is surely breaking the standard

Something you have + Something you know

tenet of secure athentification? Unless you also still have to enter a PIN or somesuch as well?

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Ten... in-car gadgets and accessories

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Griffin FM transmitter

Shame this does not work off batteries as well as the aux power socket as when parked up waiting for the next delivery my van turns off the power unless I keep the ignition or sidelights on. I have a cheap far eastern knock off transmitter which keeps the rechargable batteries fully topped up and does the job despite the tacky build quality (the tuning buttons fell off on day 2).

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Ten... Freesat TV receivers

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Humax Foxsat HDR remote response / Deleting lots

As well as making sure you have removed both films from the front panel (there is a second one behind the flap) look to see if you have one of the models which has the coating all the way across with no clear hole left where the sensor is. If so you can scrape the coating off in front of the sensor to significantly improve the remote response.

To delete lots and lots and leave it to chug away move all recordings to be deleted to one folder (or to the top level) then Select All in that folder then Delete. Time for lunch.

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Tame the gas monster with sensors, suckers and a spiffy new fan

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Warm air does not leak out. Cold air leaks in.

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Toshiba Regza 40RL858 40in LED TV

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Inputs schminputs

If you need more connectivity then either get an AV amp which will have more inputs than you can shake a stick at or if you really are happy with the weedy audio of flat-screen TV sets then use an HDMI switch.

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Nokia Lumia 710

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Only available in black ...

... for us boys who do not like to sport girly colours. :(

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IBM: 'Your PC will read your mind by 2016'

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A new bottleneck then?

If the computer has to spend so much effort making sense of my muddled thoughts.

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Brits turned off by Smart TVs

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Smart TV is a straight-jacket

Who wants the crippled access offered by Smart TV sets? The functionality offered is a tiny subset of what is available using a dedicated open box such as a nettop.

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2011's Best... DVRs and Media Streamers

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Still crippled after all these years

All these devices (PS3 included) do not give you unfettered access to IPTV content whatever the source, whatever the format. Instead your are nannied into only having what they want you to have by channelling you through their portal. I use a nettop which does not have any of these restrictions.

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Panasonic DMR-HW100 HDD DVR

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Does it do audio transcoding?

Needed to get true digital surround through most (all?) AV amps.

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Painters wrap Forth Bridge job after 121 years

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Like downloading the internet

Like downloading the internet.

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Five amazing computers for under £100

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Psion 3 series

I loved my 3c and replaced it with a 3mx but it had to go when the screen ribbon cable failed one more time. A weakness that has put me of flip-phones and slider phones to this day. One thing not mentioned is running it for a month or more on one set of batteries which means you could be away in the wilds for ages which is not what you can do with a modern energy-munching smartphone.

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Third party developers blamed for Windows security woes

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But, but, but

A truly secure OS does not allow any 3rd party software to compromise it.

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Paris Hilton meets bikers, opens up... wallet

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Buth with a two-stroke ...

... every other stroke is a bang Twice as many as a four-stroke. :)

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Nick Cave smashes speed camera with Jag

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Who?

As a non-Daily Mail reading music lover with eclectic tastes I have no idea who Nick Cave is. Must be from the 80s - the decade that music forgot.

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Lone workers will like being tracked, says Orange

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Why the fuss?

As a delivery driver I have always carried a work mobile and a panic alarm as well as the van being tracked.

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The trouble with rounding floating point numbers

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Banks uses integer arithmetic ...

... or they should.

The only FP routines in all the mass of code run by the bank I used to work for was in computing mortgage repayments.

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