* Posts by D@v3

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Wanna go all Gandalf – YOU SHALL NOT PASS – on Windows 10?

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another solution

if you are a business, chances are you are running the Enterprise version of whichever windows you currently have (for example we are on Win7 Enterprise).

If that is the case, there is no 'free upgrade' for Enterprise users, only for 'consumer' version users.

Job done.

I can understand that some (very) small business might be running 7Pro in which case they might have problems, but they are *probably* small enough for it to be easy to manage.

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Apple Music: First three months for free? We lasted less than 3 hours

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i listen to quite a lot of music

radio in the morning, music or podcasts in car on way to work, radio at work, more in car on way home, and then usually the radio when I get in.

I have no problem paying for new music, but in the last few years most of what I have heard on the radio has seemed, average... (despite listening to a variety of stations)

I don't have a massive amount of stored music, but what I do have is on a (now discontinued) iPod, so that when I go anywhere, I can take it with me.

The idea of paying more in a year than I ever have (or am ever likely to) on new physical music for a service that I can only use while in range of the internet, so not while I am driving through foreign countries, on aeroplanes or ferries (times when I am likely to want music). For a service that if I wanted to use while out and about in this country (out of range of wifi) I would be paying for again in data costs. For a service that is either a glorified radio (which I currently get courtesy of the Beeb) or that I have to search for something that I know I want to listen to, (which will probably be something I already have, if I like it enough to want to listen to it).

Just doesn't appeal.

I have signed up for the three month free trial, and have made sure that auto-renew is switched off. I am willing to give it the benefit of the doubt, but so far, other than a quick look when I signed up, I haven't been back since.

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Giant FLYING SPACE ROCKS could KILL US ALL, warns Brian May

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population density

To those (much earlier) posters saying that humans have been on the earth for (x) number of years and in that time we have been hit by (y) number of asteroids. Do take in to account for nearly all of those (x) years, the human population was a miniscule fraction of what it is today, and how many of these (y) asteroids have hit the planet in the last 200 years?

Lets say (approximately) that in the last 6000 years the global population went from 10mil to 1bn, and then in the last 150 years, it has gone to over 7bn. These people all have to go somewhere and this is usually either into places they weren't before, (meaning more targets for asteroids) or into the same places but more densely than before (meaning more devastating targets for same asteroids) and in some cases, both, (so new massive targets).

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BOFH: Don't go changing on Friday evenings, I don't wanna work that hard

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No changes (or other important work) on Friday

Fridays are for fixing the things that broke on Thursday (and then getting out early to the pub).

You do not risk breaking anything on Friday

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Mum fails to nuke killer spider nest from orbit

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Burn them....

Burn them with fire

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But ... but iOS 9 could BLOCK my Ad-Block, dev squeals

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Re: i think i might have missed something

thanks for the info

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i think i might have missed something

As far as I am aware, there is no current mechanism on iOS to block ads in Safari. (Or that there are extensions in Safari at all, regardless of platform)

So the statement

"the feature could kill popular advertising blockers" which (at least to me) implies that people might stop using "popular advertising blockers" to use the Apple version instead, can not be accurate, as there are no "popular advertising blockers" on iOS (or Safari), at this time.

You can't take business away from someone, if they have no business to start with.

If there are 'popular advertising blockers' on iOS, could someone kindly point me towards one, as it would be quite nice to have. I have used our friend google, and only got links to this story (both here and elsewhere)

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Voyager 2 'stopped' last week, and not just for maintenance

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Re: Eddy

Considering it already is (and the occasional Lizard), I would say the chance of continuing to do so is pretty high

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Spy: Acres of comedy talent make this smart spook spoof an instant classic

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Re: Saw it last night

you just do snapchat (or get a teenager to do it)

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Smartwatch biz Pebble says smartwatch biz Apple won't approve its new app – surprise

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Same old Apple

I wish i could say i was suprised to see this happen again. Apple did this with the first Pebble app, but it did get through eventually.

At the time it seemed to me to be a case of Apple demonstrating that they had the power to halt the progress of Pebble, and that was before Apple even had a stake in the smartwatch game.

Hopefully this is just Apple, again, proving that it is their yard, they get to chose who plays and that if they wanted to, they could shut Pebble down (on iOS at least), but they're not going to, because they have nothing to fear.

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Will Apple reveal a $10-a-month Spotify rival next week? Yeah, yeah, probably

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Re: Spotify removed from App store

Like they removed the Kindle, Nook and other assorted eBook apps when they added Books to the core OS?

Or all the various photo viewing / sharing apps. Or messaging apps? Or mapping / directions apps?

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

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ISIHAC

Still going, with Jack Dee in the chair, and (surprisingly?) still quite good

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You can't put a price on LOVE, says Apple after court's Samsung payout slash

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Re: "sit on a mountaintop naked"

"we've got our best man on it"

(monkey dust)

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Roku 3: Probably the best streaming player on the market ... for now, at least

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amazon prime in UK

if I'm correct (might not be) this is more due to someone else (sky) paying roku uk NOT to include / allow Amazon prime.

Amazon video used to be available, but i think it stopped around the time that the NowTV (sky catch up) box (a re badged Roku) was released.

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Lightbulbs of the future will come with wireless extenders and speakers

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i like your thinking

Because not many rooms have 5.1 light fittings....

Seriously though, if you had some desk lamps scattered around, it could work, or if you have a 'conventional' 5.1 set up, and you could add a couple of ceiling lamps to make it 7.1.

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Next-gen Freeview telly won't be another disruptive 4Ker

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Re: HD channels

Mine were up in the 100's until i spent 5 mins with the remote using the menu on the tv to swap the HD ones for the non-HD ones.

Swapping channels (creating your own channel list) is something that all freeview tv's i have had for some time, have been able to do. Great for getting rid of all the crap 'low' channels (itv, itv2, bbc3), and bringing in the ones you want from further down the list (5usa, cbs action).

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Self-STOPPING cars are A Good Thing, say motor safety bods

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Re: A step in the right direction

"halve road deaths overnight by banning anyone under 25 from the roads"

the problem with this is, how many under 25 accidents are because the driver is young and reckless, and how many are because the driver is new and inexperienced?

Changing the age limit might help with the first, but is unlikely to affect the second.

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SOD TABLETS, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a LAPTOP

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Re: How to pack...

depends on the airline. in some, 1 carry on is 1! carry on (no laptop bags, umbrellas, motorcycle helmets, handbags). Others, it is 1+personal item.

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Rodent rescue reckoned as remedy for cursor crisis cruelling BYOD

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Re: From the article

"Complicating matters further, the iPad doesn't support mice."

Agreed on the keyboards though, i have one of the logitech ones, doubles as a case, brilliant.

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Apple MacBook 2015: Twelve inches of slim and shiny fanboi joy

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Re: drop the keyboard...

*cough* iPad *cough*

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Apple Watch fanbois suffer PAINFUL RASH after sweaty wristjob action

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Re: Anyone want to take a trip Outside the Asylum?

A digital watch no less.

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Apple Watch HATES tattoos: Inky pink sinks rinky-dink sensor

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Re: my body is a temple

I leave the shoes on the outside and fill it with fine foods and elixirs

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

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Re: Can i bring my 5 year-old?

It's a 12A, so technically yes, but I don't think it is really suitable for that age, if it was, it would be a PG.

http://www.bbfc.co.uk/releases/avengers-age-ultron-2015

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SUPERVOLCANIC MAGMA reservoir BUBBLING under Yellowstone Park

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Mushroom

Re: anyway to speed it up?

maybe chuck a couple of tons of TNT in it?

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Industry infighting means mobile users face long delays on UK trains

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RE: mobile signal on tube

no thanks

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High on bath salts, alleged Norse god attempts tree love

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Re: @Jake

you are correct, "the taking of human life is not funny".

In this case however, no life was taken, and it was funny

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Lib Dem manifesto: Spook slapdown, ban on teen-repelling Mosquitos

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Re: British politics in a nutshell

http://www.votenone.org.uk/protest_votes_count.html

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Re: New Political Party...?

http://www.votenone.org.uk/protest_votes_count.html

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Google's new scribble-tab-ulous handwriting interface for Android

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+1 specifically for

"ease of use and immediacy of a nice pocket sketchbook and a favourite drawing pen."

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

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Re: Magnets

If I remember correctly, high temperatures can have an unpleasant effect on magnets.

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Segway bought by former patent spat adversary Ninebot

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segway

I remember the first time i saw one, it was bombing through town (late in the evening) i was quite impressed.

I also remember the second time i saw one in the wild, i was almost knocked down by some 'person' doing about 15mph down a pavement barely wide enough for a single pedestrian, i was far from impressed.

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Selfie sticks BANNED by Apple: No hipster tools' tools allowed at WWDC

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could this be a clue as to the next apple harware release?

The iStick?

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Dev gives HBO free math tips to nail Game of Thrones pirate leakers

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Re: Here's an Idea...

That sounds dangerously like common sense sir.

We'll have none of that round here, thank you very much!

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

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Re: I suppose @eSeM

i dunno, the 5-8 days i get out of mine is ok (for me at least)

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ALIENS ARE COMING: Chief NASA boffin in shock warning

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definitive evidence of something, and contact with it, are not the same thing.

Just saying.

Other than that, best of luck to them.

I personally believe that if there is anything out there (which i'm pretty sure there must be) then it wont be too long before we find it, even if we never actually make any kind of 'contact' with it due to the inconvenient distances involved.

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Apple swears that NO FANBOI will queue for its new gumble

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can't see this working

so what's going to happen?

A few weeks before the next launch (iPhone7 maybe) a small queue starts to form.

Friendly iStaff comes out and explains to them the joys of staying at home and ordering online.

Person who somehow can afford to be in line for an iThing without needing to do anything so tedious as go to work for a couple of weeks explains to the friendly iStaff that they are well aware of the online ordering, but would much rather be the 'first' person to get one.

Stays put.

Queue develops behind them.

Repeat with each new addition (to either the queue, or the iPortfolio)

The thing is, i can kind of understand from Apples point of view that they don't like having to turn people away on the afternoon of a launch due to low stock levels as a result of a crowd of oiks picking them all up as soon as the shop opens. I just can't see this tactic working, short of the iStaff going out to the queue and flat out saying, "we will not have any stock for you" which kind of defeats the point of having a shop in the first place.

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It's the FALKLANDS SYNDROME! Fukushima MELTDOWN to cause '10,000 Chernobyls' in South Atlantic

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Luminous Tampons

Worryingly, I actually saw that story elsewhere a couple of days ago, and in fact, if you look at the time stamp for the reg article..... (31 Mar 2015 at 16:56)

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Fanbois: We paid $2000 for full satisfaction but now we have SPREADING STAINS

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Megaphone

seems like a pretty serious problem

and if i were affected, i'd be pretty annoyed.

Almost as annoyed as I am with the continuation of this bloody (x)gate nonsense.

The Watergate scandal that this all started with had NOTHING TO DO WITH WATER OR GATES !!!

For Christ's sake !

(sorry)

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We need copyright reform so Belgians can watch cricket, says MEP

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UK Channel 4

Doesn't show cricket, hasn't done for a while. We get the highlights of some matches on 5, and some IPL stuff way down the freeview guide (ITV4 I think). You want full coverage, you have to go to sky.

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Windows 10 will finally drop in 'summer' says Microsoft

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they are just using the same time estimation algorithm that they use for file transfers

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Re: Summer has a special meaning in the NorthWest

Sounds like summer in the parts of the UK (where you're lucky) in other parts it is 'that nice couple of days that are grouped together and fall sometime between the middle of may and the end of august'

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LOHAN unleashes 'waiting for the FAA' collector mug

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Re: Gitmo

It's funny how 'waterboarding at Guantanamo Bay' sounds like fun, unless you know what it really means

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Tell us, do you enjoy the thought of BT-EE's sweaty fourplay?

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BT Mobile

At work we have been with BT mobile for some time (running off Vodaphone signal) with the merger, although we are staying with BT, we are 'switching' to EE, which means changing all the SIM's in our mobile devices, which i can tell you, is a massive pain in the arse.

You'd think you could rely on people finding that their device (either mobile or tablet) has stopped functioning and bringing it in to be fixed but nooooooooooooo. It all kicked off a couple of weeks ago and we have a growing pile of SIM's from people that have ignored their (often requested) switch over date, meaning that we have a growing group of people with either mobile phones or 3g tablets (and in some cases both) that they can't (or more likely just don't) use.

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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Re: "He annoyed English teachers"

I was put onto Pratchett by an English Teacher, not my own, a friend who just happened to to go on to become one, and I am glad that I was.

Now, where did I leave my frog pills.....

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FREAKing hell: ALL Windows versions vulnerable to SSL snoop

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Re: A different Freak?

would appear that Safari on iOS 8.1.3 is vulnerable

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'Hi, I'm from Microsoft and I am GOING TO KILL YOU'

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Re: calling about your accident

I had one of those a few weeks back. I decided to play the "it must have been a very serious accident that induced amnesia because I can't remember it" card. Managed to string them along for a few minutes with questions like, "was I hurt" "am I going to be ok" "do my family know about this" before they gave up and hung up on me.

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Storm in a K-Cup: My SHAME over the eco-monster I created, says coffee pod inventor

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Aeropress

was just about to say the same myself. Also, like you say, have one in my desk draw at work, and one in the kitchen at home, rarely make coffee any other way these days.

On the crema debate, sometimes i get it, sometimes i don't, seems to vary with coffee type, and how much time I want to spend making the cup. I seem to get it (some) on my first cup of the day, but not with subsequent cups, but I don't really care as the coffee itself is far superior to any other 'coffee' I have ever had

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SanDisk launches 200GB microSD card

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obligitory

http://xkcd.com/691/

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Ads watchdog: Er, what does woman in her undies have to do with ‘slim’ phone?

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Damn Flash!

i thought youTube was supposed to be fixed to not require flash?

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STOP! Pebble Time: New color watch clocks up $5m on Kickstarter

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Re: I am intrested

from my experience of being a v1 kickstarter. i did have issues with my original hardware. they sent me a new one, no problems since.

They have some of the best after sales customer service i have experienced. Might take a while to get things done, because of the massive volumes they are dealing with, but it gets done.

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