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Amazon, Hollywood, Samsung: PLEASE get excited about 4K telly

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Re: 3D

You forgot the laser eye surgery required for the percentage of the population where that's the limiting factor on how things look anyway...

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Re: 4K Streaming?

Amen to that, plus I've bought and re-bought enough of my movie/TV collection in the various formats over the years to want to do it again in 4K format. And of course a lot of the stuff will either never be available in that format anyway, or would be so messed about with that the higher definition would probably show up more imperfections etc and make the whole thing look worse.

That said I'm old enough that my eyes would probably struggle to notice the difference anyway, at least without Amazon-sponsored laser surgery... ;)

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Merry Christmas? Not for app devs: That gold rush is officially OVER

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Re: Achieved?

Apps for the apparently imminent tidal wave of smart watches?

So then we can have smartwatch apps that are to telling the time what smartphone apps are to making phone calls?

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So, which people you read about in The Register got gongs in the Honours list?

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Nah, ever since the days when Brian Clough got his, it's been "old big 'ead"

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Glassholes, snapt**ts, #blabbergasms, selfies and PRISM: The Reg's review of 2013

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Making a monkey out of it?

Microsoft was a serial offender with its son-of-Hotmail Outloook.com sinking

Or just going ape when things broke, in a very Pratchett stylie?

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Microsoft tries to trademark 'Mod' in the US

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Re: Quadrophenia!

I was thinking Google Rocker or Apple Rocker, but very much along the same lines, so have an upvote instead :)

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Fanbois, prepare to lose your sh*t as BRUSSELS KILLS IPHONE dock

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Re: Vladimir Plouzhnikov

@Dave 126 - what' d'ya mean used to?

I'm still lumbered with one (a crappy C2 which has come very close to being chucked at walls or through windows on several occasions), although it's micro-USB. Still can't charge through the bloody thing though (just like it's predecessor, and the one before that - in fact almost every damn Nokia dumbphone work has saddled me with over the years!).

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Re: Not only but also

Sounds like my last few company Nokia dumbphones (as I'm too much of a minion to yet warrant a smartphone - I only work for a company that produces micro-chip making equipment, so nothing too high-tech or useful for us). All have had mini- or micro-USB ports, but can you charge them that way?

No way Jose - you have to use the other little hole in the bottom (or top in the most recent brick) solely for charging, and make sure that you don't stick it in the headphone socket by mistake. And of course they even changed the connector on that power connector to a shorter/thinner one a couple of phones back, so it's another stack of chargers that are useless unless you go buy yet another adaptor...

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Re: That all depends

I just note that this is for charging, and not for data transfer.

So there's nothing to stop anyone requiring fancy and expensive cabling to get data on and off devices via a cable, with a cheap and cheerful cable working for just charging the device.

I've already got a cable on my desk that's 4-way (Nokia, micro-USB, mini-USB and some form of Apple) that works fine for charging (at least the first three do - I don't own any Apple gear to require the latter). Doesn't do any data connection though, but it sounds like this legislation might just produce a similar non-data power cable with one end that fits all.

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ZX Spectrum REVIVED as Bluetooth keyboard

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Re: Photo

I was also thinking it doesn't look like any speccie 48K I've ever owned, but given it's a prototype maybe we can forgive it for now. But did seem strange to be sold as a speccie keyboard when it's clearly not a 48K squishboard (which I guess people wouldn't want to use for more than a few nostalgic minutes), although it does bear a passing resemblance to a Speccie 128K or a +2/+3 (give or take the card reader slot at the top).

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Microsoft yanks Surface 2 DIM SCREEN of DEATH fix in update snafu

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Re: 2000?

Somehow I think MS only shipping 2000 devices in this case does class as them getting their act together, or at least some small part of reality dawning on a few people in Redmond.

Just still not quite in a way to make people actually purchase the things though.

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Fair winds and following servers: The art of flight prediction

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Force of attraction

Does it also take into account the well known attractive powers of tall trees, inaccessible ledges/mountainsides and of course deep water in the terrain?

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Facebook to BLAST the web with AUTO-PLAYING VIDEO ads

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And a lovely response by XKCD.com today

http://xkcd.com/1305/

(contains swearing at the end, just FYI).

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Yummy, flash cache

Facebook was keen to point out that its latest ads would not eat into a user's personal data plans because it would have been downloaded in advance when their device was connected to a wireless network.

So it's eating up the storage space on my device instead to locally cache them? Wonderful...

Plus of course it'll by nature have to download every damn advert that it might be possible to see, which presumably if they have their way won't be a small number.

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No anon pr0n for you: BT's network-level 'smut' filters will catch proxy servers too

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Re: Seriously?

In a sane world, BT should be losing thousands of customers every day, because of this.

Indeed, although given most of the major ISPs are also towing the same line, it's almost as difficult to find a suitable ISP as finding a politcal party worth voting for. Maybe this could be a nice niche for an enterprising new provider to make an ISP that's specifically not controlled or meddled with (I know, it's even more of a pipe-dream than a party worth voting for).

Personally I just wonder how long the off switch will remain available, and whether it'll be spring-loaded to go into the "on" setting at the drop of a hat (in the same way that Talktalk's homesafe filter seems to be).

But of course also in the same sane world we'd have some suitable filter to protect us from Whitehall meddling too.

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We MUST be told: How many Bitcoins do I need to kill a melon-head?

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Cowboys and idiots

Just because it kept getting robbed in cowboy films doesn’t make it untrustworthy.

No, it's when they started employing the cowboys as CEOs and in their boardrooms that the problems started...

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Microsoft: Here, we'll make it easy for you Gmail lot. Meet our Outlook.com movers

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Change of address

Surely the most awkward, annoying and time consuming of any such change is letting people know your new address (ok, letting the people who you actually want to know what your new address is, rather than everyone just by redirecting/forwarding so that you can temporarily lower your spam influx)?

Somehow I doubt MS's service will do that for you, nor go through all the sites that you have emails and notifications set up for and change all those. For me that's the heavy lifting that you'll still have to do yourself. Set-up and content migration is normally not too bad, at least if you also take it as a good time for a clear-out and spring clean (and of course also actually download emails to a mailer program occasionally too for the ones you do want to keep for whatever reason).

So sounds like a lot of hope and hot air to me I'm afraid...

Oh and while also letting you set up your Gmail account as a "send-only" account

What use is that, as opposed to just shutting the thing down if you are really looking to migrate? Or did the author actually mean a "receive-only" account (which can also easily be done by just not sending from it I guess).

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Ballmer: 'We made more money than almost anybody on the PLANET'

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Re: Out of interest...

Depends if you're the Candyman or Beetlejuice...

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Re: The good way

That sounds more like a recipe for a decent doughnut (or donut if you prefer the American flavour)...

<homer>Mmmm, donuts</homer>

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Oz couple get jiggy in pharmacy in 'banned' condom ad

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Re: Who would want to ask for a 'Small'?

Or more likely "Large", "Extra large", "Horse" and "Liar"...?

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Re: "Come again!...."

Hmm, Apu and the Kwik-e-Mart in the Simpsons are never going to seem quite the same again with that ad stuck in the back of my memory...

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OMG, Andrex KILLED the PUPPY! Not quilty, exclaim bog roll boys

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Re: You have mail

You have to print it out before you can use it ;)

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Shivering boffins nail Earth's coldest spot

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Feed the hounds

The next time my daughter moans about venturing outside to feed the mutts

Hang on - you mean you don't have a Pi/Arduino controlled automated creation for such tasks? What is the SPB coming to these days when you have to rely on pipe-wielding offspring for such duties?

My faith has been soundly shaken - I must partake of some suitable liquid repair-fluid forthwith! To the pub...

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Barnes & Noble's Nook sales take a long walk off a very short pier

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Wouldn't that mean if you get a different credit card (new or replacement one with a different number) and update your account with it, then suddenly all your DRM registrations become invalid and you can't access your previously purchased stuff?

I hope I'm mis-interpretting the quote, but given how crazy DRM can get sometimes I'm not 100% sure.

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Re: Wrong way round

True, and it's a real shame as the hardware itself is very nice. That said when I got my nook the first thing I did on it was root it and stick the Kindle software (and a couple of others) onto it.

Makes it a very nice and multi-purpose reader, but isn't exactly what B&N would want me to do with the thing. So essentially the thing becomes a cheap Kindle, and if they're selling it as a loss-leader for the eBooks then the business model falls apart.

And from my understanding I'm far from the only one to do this, so even the Grannies may not be quite so misguided.

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Apple dodges data privacy sueball: Fanbois didn't RTFM*, says judge

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Re: I must be doing my bugs wrong

Well Billionaire Bill seems to have gone from Windows code (and bugs) to funding the search for cures for HIV/malaria/polio (amongst many other things) so there's certainly a precedent.

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PS4 with Black Friday underway: TOUGH, you CAN'T HAVE ONE!

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Re: old news?

You're welcome, happy to help. And thank you for the upvote :)

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Re: old news?

If you mean the Guy Fawkes / V-for-Vendetta mask, it's the one (and only one) used if the post anonymously box above the text entry box is ticked when you make the post.

Tick the box and it auto-selects from a list of one.

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Twitter mobs attack wrong celebrity Ian Watkins after child abuse case

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Re: ah come on...

@ AC_101

I sit corrected (a little research turns up the link below, plus a few others on the story). Some Chinese whispering involved into my ears or possibly my recall, but the retribution against the innocent still occurred, albeit thankfully to a less serious extent than my first recollection.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4719364.stm

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Re: ah come on...

Indeed, although I think it rather pre-dates all the modern social media. It's just faster and more wide-reaching in its ineptitude these days.

Brings to mind a story I heard a while back about a hospital doctor who had her house torched 'cos some such "person" could tell the difference between a paedophile and a paediatrician...

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Moto G: Google's KitKat bruiser could knock out, bury Landfill Android

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OS

Yet Android is very much like Windows 3.x was 20 years ago: nobody bought a PC for Windows 3.x, they bought it for the apps:

Umm isn't that entirely the point of the OS, be it on a phone, slab or PC - to support and offer the apps and/or functionality, from the background without getting in the way and with the minimum of fuss? It was true back then and it's true now, although the recent trends in OS's wanting to be in the forefront, hogging the limelight and getting in the way of actually using the devices productively sadly seem to be going against that trend.

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BBC's 3D blunder BLASTED OUR BRAINS – Doctor Who fans

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Re: I've never understood the need for on-screen logos

Presumably the watermark if buried in the stream would be lost if any kind of screengrab/capture was used to "record" the programme, thus coverting it to a brand new file and also in the process removing any kind of DRM or other such restrictions.

They would probably argue that where it is is the least distracting position I guess. One thing though that is more irritating is those channels (not usually BBC ones I have to say) who have animated DOGs, either continuously or normally static with occasional bouts of movement. Those are really distracting and can even end up requiring a strategically stuck post-it note so the programme around it is more watchable.

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GALACTIC YO-YO: Doctor Who’s trips to Earth... and beyond

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Budget

I would wonder how that trace overlays with the show budget over the years (in normalised terms of course)? Presumably the Earthbound episodes would be a bit cheaper to produce (with set re-use or just location work) compared with specific sets and costuming for more alien stuff.

And with all these swings to the left and jumps to the right, are you sure we're not just doing the Time Warp (again)? ;)

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Build your own WORKING Sonic Screwdriver... for a UNDER A FIVER

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Re: But, but, but

And plug awkward plot (and budget) holes?

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Are you experienced? The Doctor Who assistants that SUFFERED the most

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Re: Missing experiences...

Forget Nyssa, it was more Peri almost continually falling out of her costumes that was more memorable...

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Mel

and yet Mel and Harry undergo more trials and tribulations in a similar number of episodes.

Yes, but Mel was played by Bonnie Langford, so it can be considered karmic retribution for past career sins and torments inflicted (scream and scream and scream until I'm sick etc)...

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LG’s G2: The phondleslab that wants you to TOUCH ITS BEHIND

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Re: Rear mounted controls

My first thought too, as well as it making cases bespoke and a bit tricky to achieve if they're to include any kind of belt clip or similar as well.

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Chromebook 11 CATCHES FIRE at last, FLIES off shelves

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Re: Surely?

Or the definition of recursion:

Recursion (noun) : see recursion.

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PUNISHMENT gluttons: The Dr Who monsters that come back for more

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Daleks, last of the daleks and Davros

As we've got Davros separate from the Daleks, it's almost worth including the "last of the Daleks" also as a separate entity. Given that we seem to have seen the "last of the Daleks" at least 3-4 times in the reboot series, the concept (admittedly normally with a different individual pepperpot filling the role) has been seriously overworked to keep on shoe-horning the things in yet again.

Still, thank god for the small mercy that the crap new "modern" design of them seems to also have been quietly forgotten in lieu of the original classic one.

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The CURSE of WHO: WHY has there never been a decent videogame with the Doctor?

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Re: "No, I'm not buying that, it hasn't got a picture of Colin Baker on the front"

In fact probably quite the opposite.

Now if they'd slapped one of Nicola Bryant (Peri, his most "interesting" companion) on it then things might have been somewhat different.

But I guess we should count blessings that it wasn't Bonnie Langford on there too.

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Re: Other games parodied the Who

Or the similar character in Ultimate's Alien 8 - the top half an alien mouse thing and the bottom half a dalek bit (like Davros's).

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Internet Explorer 11 for Win7 bods: Soz, no HTML5 fun for you

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The side-loaded flash support doesn't work under Chrome for Android, although it does (mostly) for Firefox (and i think others like Dolphin, but not 100% sure there as I use FF for the purpose on sites needing it).

At least it didn't used to, although if anyone knows different or how to get it to under Chrome I'd be more than happy to learn how and be corrected.

But the root cause was Adobe giving up on it rather than anyone else which triggered the withdrawal, as correctly noted above.

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Norks unlikely to beat the USA in the death-ray race

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Re: Nothing to see here

I was just thinking that l'il Kim Jong Un's Lovefilm account probably has Ocean's 11 and GoldenEye on his recent playlist...

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Planet hopper: The Earthly destinations of Doctor Who

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Diggin' the dirt

And what percentage of those visits have mysteriously also been in quarries?

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The 10 most INHUMAN bosses you'll encounter: A Reg reader's guide

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Re: I think

Around here, that type of manager has an alternative definition.

Usually one of the higher-ups from the overseas or corporate head-offices who flies in, makes a lot of noise, shits on everything, pecks at a few things at random (often rather viciously) and then flies off again leaving chaos in their wake.

Sadly they're not so rare...

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Re: Team Leader

I can empathise (the last two words in my job title are "group leader"). It always brings to mind the cartoon of the "birds on a telegraph pole" management flow-chart (the link below).

The good old TL is in the middle - when they look down all they see is shit, and when they look up all they see are arseholes...

http://pinterestingideas4you.com/?p=614

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Garbage in Garbage Out

The worse one is Garbage in, Gospel out.

Something that has been "working" for a while, but either had a subtle bug in it or had one introduced on a later update which screwed up the output. Then it's not only the need to fix it, but the need to actually persuade the client that there is a problem that needs to be fixed. The old "it worked before" or "it's part of our established structure so we can't change it" scenario coming into play.

You then of course get the illogical evolution of that, where they recognise things need to be fixed but won't allow you to change anything. Hence the twin needs in your problem solving toolbox of a magic wand and a rather large lump hammer...

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No, often it's the incompetent are promoted. Usually to get them away from the customer side and to put someone useful in between who can filter things and pre-emptively repair much of the damage before it's done.

I guess it's to balance the competent ones who do get promoted and then are unable to spend any time doing the stuff that they're competent at as they now have so much administrivia to do first...

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It's the Inter-THREAT of THINGS: Lightbulb ARMY could turn on HUMANITY

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At the same time, he warned, it was entirely feasible that miscreants could hack into your home illumination system to check usage. This could easily tip them off to when you’re likely to be home, or even whether you’re on holiday – and thus choose the optimum time to break in.

Or they could just look in the window and see when there's movement or activity, or just see when the car's on the drive and then test by knocking on the door? Would seem a damn sight easier (and with the advantage to the toerag that they're already then at your property too), or is that just too old-fashioned?

Plus somehow I think even in these modern times the intersection of people with both hacker and burglary skills (and the desire to use them) is probably rather small?

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Gigantic Apple MaxiPad spotted in China

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Re: Foxconn is "currently doing the UI debugging"?

Or they ran out of glue to fill the thing up with, given the larger size and recent teardown reports of the new mini and air and how much of it was holding them together.

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