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Microsoft's Xbox TV studio OBLITERATED

Darren Barratt

Not mourning

The Blake 7 remake/re-imagining/regurgitation would have sucked balls anyway. Best leave well enough alone and make new things.

(and to sidestep imminent geek-agedon, I love the original, but hate the idea americans recasting it.)

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Average chump in 'bank' phone scam is STUNG for £10,000 - study

Darren Barratt

My method

Always ask them to call back and google the number they call from. More often than not, it'll bring up whether they're legit or not.

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Google's Nest halts sales of its fire alarm – because waving your hand switches it off

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More internet of things

I need this to network with my toaster and grill so it knows to turn down its sensitivity when I dare to heat some bread.

As to the first poster, DougS, it doesn't even take full on disability to make disabling an alarm difficult. My partner ended up knock ours off the ceiling with a broom when it was performing its "You are making toast!" feature, as arthritic shoulders mean she can't reach far above her head.

Think outside your box.

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Amazon fuses LoveFilm, subs service, calls it Prime Instant Video

Darren Barratt

Already got both

How do I amalgamate the two services that I already have then?

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What can Microsoft learn from 'discontinued operations' at Nokia?

Darren Barratt
Facepalm

Re: Dead Platform

Are you a computer user, non technical?

Press, people.

Press the plus sign.

Enter details.

Not rocket surgery fella!

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

Darren Barratt
Happy

I doubt if anyone on this site full of IT contractors would recognize that method of operation!

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Market zealot propaganda

What about radio? All the best radio channels are BBC (4, 6 and a little of 2), but they've not been mentioned.

Sky should be taxed to help pay for the BBC. TV is only as popular as it is because the BBC is excellent, so Sky should compensate them for supplying such a fertile market.

If only 80% of people continue to pay what they are paying now, then it's a 20% cut in revenue. Surely maths isn't so bad that this nonsense is being believed.

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Ninten-DOH! Japanese giant slashes Wii U sales forecasts by 70%

Darren Barratt
Unhappy

Hardware doesn't sell consoles

I've yet to see any truly compelling games on the Wii-U and that's what sells it to the mass market.

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Virgin Media spanked by ad watchdog over 'in your neighbourhood' fibs

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Re: Woah woah woah ....

True. Those glossy junk mail stacks make smashing fire lighters. Send them my way.

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Two Brits face criminal trial for sending 'menacing' tweets

Darren Barratt
Trollface

Re: Feminists are irritating

"stumbled into a nest of men who co-ordinate attacks on women"

She knew it was men, as women just don't have that level of organisational skill </sacasm_for_the_hard_of_thinking>

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FAIL

Re: Bit sexist really

No, because you're not being threatened by her.

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

Darren Barratt
Unhappy

Not so. I'm highly educated, but found myself in a bit of a slack point in the job market. Quite a few young graduates working there when I was there (in proper subjects too, knew one Computer Science grad and an Aeronautical Engineering grad). Stuck in the "no experience" trap. Quite a lot of polish people in the one I was working at, who were earning to save up for university.

Don't assume that everyone there dropped out of school.

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Darren Barratt
Devil

Re: Is this a story?

Did 6 months at Amazon starting a year ago today (coincidentally). As a packer, you can natter away quite happily, as long as you keep your count up. Still the hardest I've every worked and was frankly relieved when I got a job back in IT.

As I said to them on the day I left, "It's not what I would have chosen to do, but it's kept food on the table, so thanks for the opportunity" As others have said, I don't think Mr Journo has done much manual labour in his life.

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NO! Radio broadcasters snub 'end of FM' DAB radio changeover

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Re: It's already started

Why not try contacting Sky and Virgin too? Or phone the Reg offices and demand answers.

You'll probably get a better result by contacting Classic FM rather than random broadcasters though.

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Technoluddites

I never understand the complete opposition to the new that we invariably see here on the Reg, it's a new thing, and it's not quite perfect. That's not a reason to smash it up and throw it away.

All my music listening these days is done through DAB. Internet radio is a nice idea but unsuitable for those with low bandwidth or on metered internet. Last I checked they haven't been able to meter the airwaves. Also the massive amount of choice is unwanted and unhelpful for the average (non-techy) radio listener.

Embrace the change. With more people listening, it can only get better.

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Want to go to billionaire Sun kingpin's beach? Hope you're a strong swimmer

Darren Barratt
Devil

Undermine his claim

How about building a tunnel under his property? Start a kick starter to fund it. Play up the injustice angle. Maybe even get sponsorship off of his richer competitors.

Have to be very carefully done though, as subsidence can be a bugger under those 38 million dollar properties...

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Lenovo stands up rinky-dinky new Yoga tablet

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Re: Expect to pay dollars or pounds ..

Welcome to the wonderful world of VAT + a little buffering to offset currency changes. At least they've not gone the £ = $ approach of some other manufacturers .

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HP: Yes, we plan to axe another 7,100 European staffers

Darren Barratt
Unhappy

Definitly not.

In my 20 years in proper work, I've been through the redundancy process 4 times, and have been preparing for redundancy for nearly half of that 20. I've actively discouraged my son from going into IT, since it seems to bear the brunt of cutbacks whenever things get tough.

Everyone in IT will face redundancy by being replaced with computers. As they get more powerful, there's less need for the more esoteric skills (give it another few years and it'll be batman computers, where you just ask them to do things!).

Most of my work has been financial sector, and I've seen the highly paid, highly skilled guys squeezed out, unless they move into management, where their tech skills get dusty. Most people I knew who thought of themselves as coders are really just bolting together off the shelf solutions.

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New iPad mini gobbles Retina display, 64-bit brain, puts on little weight

Darren Barratt
Meh

Re: But is it worth it?

Yes to iFans who have a big library of apps to bring over. To those not yet stuck in the apple ecosystem, probably not

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Lumia 2520: Our Vulture gets his claws on Nokia's first Windows RT slab

Darren Barratt
Happy

Like the nokia styling here. Nearly enough to make me bite.

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RUMBLINGS: Apple pondering 'Touch Cover keyboard' for iPads

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Re: Surprised they haven't already

Solar?

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Fiendish CryptoLocker ransomware: Whatever you do, don't PAY

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Re: Title is basically incorrect

Secondary payload. Fix the data, tell the dozy user it's fixed, then leave the software in place. User will institute a backup regime until they get bored, so after 6 - 9 months, run and update on the malware, shiny new front end and key and go through the process again.

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Apple slams brakes on orders of (not so cheap) plasticky iPhone 5C

Darren Barratt
Trollface

"You don't see Rolex selling a £50 watch"

Lies, I got one just the other day off a Rolex rep selling from the boot of his car.

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Intel slumps into mud despite lobbing Internet-of-Things, etc at buyers

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FAIL

The Internet of Things is a bloody stupid name for anything.

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Swap your old iPhone for a new one, Tim Cook tells British fanbois

Darren Barratt
FAIL

Just checked a well known purchaser of old phones and they'll give you £240 for your old Iphone 5 (16gb).

Apple store can do one.

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Basically RUBBISH 'COMET of the Century' ISON snapped by HiRISE in Mars orbit

Darren Barratt

Re: The media always hype this stuff

Halebopp was a good one, back in 1996

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EasyJet wanted to fling me off flight for diss tweet, warns cyber-law buff

Darren Barratt
Devil

Re: Was he flying from....

It it were, I'm sure they'd never BLOW UP about it, like this!

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it ... Win Phone 8? No, it's APPLE'S iOS 7

Darren Barratt
Meh

Re: Is it a bird, is it a plane?

"Value" apple would be missing the point though. The reason the apple faithful value them so highly is the fact that the price keeps them exclusive.

They're a votive offering to mammon in an attempt to acquire value for yourself in the eyes of others.

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Darren Barratt
Flame

Folders for phones?

I've only had an hour on it, but I do have a gripe about the way expanded folders display their icons. 3x3 grid of icons, with the capacity to scroll across, might be just the thing on a tiny screened iPhone, but on the iPad it's a frustrating waste of screen space.

My eye sight is ok, so I don't need icons big enough to press with my forehead!

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Official crackdown on Apple fanboi 'shanty town' ahead of London iPhone launch

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Re: 23 year old estate agent

He'll be selling off the tent as soon as he's got his iFruit.

Charming, compact, central London Property. Views of vibrant city life included. Offers in region of 1.1 mil.

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Massively leaked iFail 5S POUNDS pundits, EXCITES chavs

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"Apple engineers that they temporarily went a bit hatstand and turned the iMac into an angle-poise lamp for a short while."

Genuine LOL

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Apple quietly revives iPhone charging and syncing docks

Darren Barratt
Trollface

So last decade...

Some of us are so happy using the wireless charging on our phones that we didn't even think about a "dock"

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Canadian comet impact fingered for triggering prehistoric climate shift

Darren Barratt
Happy

"Corossal crater"

Names by Kim Jong Ill?

*rone-ry, so very rone-ry..."

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Engineer's $30m windfall from Nintendo 3DS patent spat SLASHED by beak

Darren Barratt
FAIL

Re: $15,000,000 and 2 years prison

That'd be a tad unjust since it's Nintendo doing the infringing here

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Xbox 180: Microsoft scraps mandatory Kinect policy

Darren Barratt
Unhappy

True. It's one of the personally annoying things about the xbone is that I've had to explain to my young son that he won't be getting one with Forza 5 at Christmas. He's not particularly tech savvy, and refuses to see what the fuss is about.

So, he's getting a hoop and stick for Christmas instead.

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Limbaugh: If you hate Apple then you're a lefty blog-o-twat hipster

Darren Barratt
Unhappy

Re: Disproportionate

Guardian is middle left. You need to read more if you think that's "as left as they come".

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Oi, trolls, BEHAVE! Twitter tweaks rules to tackle abusive twits

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Happy

Re: I await your downvotes ...

We need the old internet back. How about only filtering at DNS level so you need to be bright enough to understand IP addresses to get through.

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Angel

Re: One Direction and Black Ops Fans are as bad

1D fans are too young to arrest. Black Ops fans would all die in jail trying to pretend to be SAS.

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Apple FINGERED our personal packages every day, claim shop staff

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Not unusual

I went through the same thing working for Amazon. You clock out and then join a queue to go through an air port style arch and have your pockets and shoes checked by a cheerless security gonk. Usually added about 10 - 15 minutes to the end of your shift.

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Sony and Panasonic plan 300GB Blu-Ray replacement for 2015

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Re: Sony... Oh well.

"- will be priced absurdly high.

Wiindows 8" (sic)

Sorry, but I think you'll find that the upgrade from 7 to 8 was the cheapest ever.

It's still rubbish though.

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Fanbois smash iPhone 5s much sooner than iPhone 3s ... but WHY?

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Re: Nokia!

Agree on that one, my 820 pancaked flat, face down. Tiny crack at the top of the screen, but the whole bottom half of it became non-sensitive. Since that's where all the controls pop up, it was a bit of a bugger.

Since they have the swapable back plate, nokia need to release a tough one that protects the front as well as doing the contactless charging.

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Chromecast: We get our SWEATY PAWS on Google's tiny telly pipe

Darren Barratt
Facepalm

Re: $35 + Cost of a tablet remote

And lets not forget it assumes that you have a TV. And that you have people to watch TV with.

So once you've bought a TV, and hired 3 hookers to watch with you real cost is like $1000!

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

Darren Barratt
Stop

Screw it, I'm gonna make my own internet, with blackjack and hookers!

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Unreal: Epic’s would-be Doom... er... Quake killer

Darren Barratt

You're not a real gamer unless you've had Doom related nightmares. Lost many nights to Doom sessions on the university lan back in the day.

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Acer silences Thunderbolt

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Happy

I always assumed that that was a feature in XP, as it would have slowed to the point of uselessness by then anyway.

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Microsoft lathers up Windows 8.0 Surface RT for quick price shave

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Re: Unified message

Just barely! It's now doing the £ = $ thing when you take the discount into account.

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Microsoft to ship Windows 8.1 in 'late August'

Darren Barratt
FAIL

Re: Program manager was available on WIn 95

Installing VLC is a work around. One that anyone can do, and should (other media players are available).

The problem people are getting at is the design. Here, the designers have failed to acnowledge that taking over the full screen is not appropriate to every single app.

If you bought a car, and every time you sounded the horn, the bonnet flipped up (so not to impede the sound), it would be a problem. Merely suggesting that people could just open their windows and shout, isn't really addressing it.

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EE turns up speed knob EVEN FASTER on 4G spectrum

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Facepalm

Stupid pricing set by bean counters.

What they should have done was actually match or undercut the best 3G pricing out there. Once the customers are switched over to 4G, then you put the prices up. Anyone who can do the speed * tiny allowance sum is avoiding them like the plague.

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Fines 4 U: Mobe insurer cops £3m penalty for grumble dumping

Darren Barratt

I can't complain about the mobi insurance offered by my bank. £50 excess but they've replaced m broken phones twice now.

The only odd thing is, when putting in your claim online, the field for explaining what happened requires 150 characers MINIMUM. I struggled stretching "I fumbled the phone taking it from my pocket an it smashed on the floor". I ended up talking about the weather for the day.

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