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Ancient Brits 'set wealthy man's FANCY CHARIOT on FIRE' – boffins

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Top Gear Albion

With no doubt Jezza managing to piss off the locals by allusions to the way the Celts had usurped the Picts, presumably with appropriately accidentally selected number plates on show.

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Apple bats away yet another WiLAN patent sueball

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I'm wondering if there's really any point whatsoever to a jury in this sort of contest. I wonder how much Apple's perceived halo has on the decisions made by juries in cases like this, especially when there have been licensing agreements made with other corps before.

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

Efros

Plex or Playon or the server of your choice

is your friend.

Set it up on your home server and stream your choice from your own collection to any device anywhere. I really dislike the subscription model, after a year and $120 (estimate) you have precisely nothing. Perhaps a function of being an old fart and having accumulated some 600 CDs over the years I don't need new stuff, and if I did there's that quaint thing called radio.

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4chan outraged by Emma Watson nudie photo leak SCAM

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Rantic

Seems that Rantic have been rogered, so to speak. Their site, complete with dancing and naked bananas, is sporting this legend "Hacked by Le 9GAG Army, in association with reddit.com/r/Anonymous and Ebaumsworld.com"..

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Huawei: Our sales in Europe and US are TINY, admits red-faced exec

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Their lower end phones are bloody awful, particularly the Ascend ones.

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Amazon axes hated Fire Phone price: 99 pennies but a niche? Ain't none

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Re: They call $1920.99 a "fire sale"??

If you call 2GB infinite, which I'm sure some operators will try and convince you it is, then your hope is fulfilled.

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NASA said a 60ft space alien menacing Earth wouldn't harm us: Tell THAT to Nicaragua

Efros

Michael Fish

Moved on from hurricanes in his new job?

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CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

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Think of the children... or not.

I think possibly for the only time ever in recorded history the religious right may be correct, abstinence is the only answer. You don't want your pink bits displayed to all and sundry, well don't immortalize them in digital form. It's the only way to be sure...

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Will It Blend? Maybe. BlackBerry’s secret comeback weapon

Efros

BB comeback?

There certainly seems to be a buzz and air of optimism around the Passport and it's apps.

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Android is rubbish says BBC.

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Man's on something!

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Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

Efros

1000 quid!

For about 3/4 the price you can get a laptop that will outperform this MacBook pro in every area, it isn't a sealed unit and can be upgraded. Source: I just bought one!

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Badges for Commentards

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Unhappy

Re: Where's my vulture?

Yours seems to have returned Blitterbug, I've only just noticed my bronze vulture has gone AWOL.

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Lenovo posts an INCREASE in desktop PC and notebook sales

Efros

lenovo replacement

A few months ago it became clear that my 5 year old lenovo Y550 was ready for retasking and that a replacement was in order. I could not get a lenovo even close to the spec and price I got from HP (quad core, SSD boot, secondary HDD). I was very disappointed as I like lenovo but $200 difference for the same spec means I went with the HP.

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America's hot and cold spots for broadband revealed in new map

Efros

This is what happens when you have nice little local monopolies all acting in collusion with each other in terms of not competing or crossing territorial boundaries. Would be interesting to see a similar map with cost per Mbps, only on a worldwide scale.

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Gov.uk's broadband boast: Superfast fibre piped to 1 million Brits

Efros

Screw the other 62 million.

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Scottish independence debate: STV player flops under weight of viewers

Efros

Re: ITV Doesn't Own STV!

A bawbee shurely!

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What FTC lawsuit? T-Mobile US touts 10GB, $100 family-of-4 plan

Efros

With you on that one, I have 1 real choice locally, USCellular, if I want pain and strife I could go with tracfone.

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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

Efros

Most of the channels on my Time Warner Cable service were not up to the 1080 TV I used to view them. When they were HD the transmission format was so effed up that you end up fiddling with the screen format to get rid of various black bars, which of course are different on every bloody channel. Just switched to Directv and this problem is no more. However, I see no use for 4K TVs until the broadcasters can get their act together and kick the cable companies in the nuts about how they relay their material, and even then I don't think it will be a market booster, just a niche for videophiles.

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Want to beat Verizon's slow Netflix? Get a VPN

Efros

I've seen something similar with Time Warner Cable and believe it or not Youtube.

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Mystery bidder plunders the whole haul in Silk Road Bitcoin auction

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Kim dot com?

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Aereo presses pause on 'tiny antenna' TV-streaming service

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Re: Ridiculous

The perceived loss is from the fees the channels might have got from the cable companies Aereo's customers might have been subscribed to. Personally I think FTA broadcasters charging fees to cable companies or anyone else for that matter is a bit like having your cake and eating it, considering the ad revenue they already get from their broadcasts. This whole scenario is indicative of the mess that is broadcasting/cable/Satellite/ISP, (in fact anything to do with consumer tech, the judiciary are about 20 years behind in their understanding of it), in the US, a cold hard look at charges and practices is required, perhaps an independent body like the FCC but with clear teeth and legal jurisdiction without those lawyer beloved grey areas that seem so widespread in the US.

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FCC boss says he'll SHAME broadband firms for fibbing on speeds

Efros

Re: TWCable

Yep Mbps, got carried away with the shift key.

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Re: TWCable

Plus you don't get to pay their $6 a month rental for a 10 year old modem!

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TWCable

As a broadband customer of Time Warner I can say that they're biggest issue in my experience is that the modems they give out are DOCSIS 2.0, get a few Netflix addicts on your branch and your 20MB/s dives to below 1MB/s which mine did every day between 5 and 9 pm. I sent their modem back and bought a DOCSIS 3.0 one and never had another issue.

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Microsoft hopes for FONDLESLAB FRENZY as Surface Pro 3 debuts

Efros

Wont be a hit until

version 3.11, Surface Pro for Fondlegroups.

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Apple SOLDERS memory into new 'budget' iMac

Efros

$723

Quad core i7, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 25GB SSD, dual band 802.11ac/g/n, 4x USB 3.0, 15.6" screen, HDMI output, no contest.

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

Efros

"questioning our estimate of her net wealth – we'd heard £7m, Cole says it's a "fraction" of that"

Presumably that's not a vulgar fraction... probably a posh one.

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

Efros

Re: Overly Harsh

The alleged killing of Edward II with a red hot poker could be reimagined only with a light sabre.

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Recommendations for NAS-based home media set-up

Efros

Not a NAS but...

I have 3 dumb LCD TVs in the house hooked up to 2 media players, 2 chromecasts and an HTPC. The media players are AIOS boxes and are hardwired into the network.

The HTPC is homebrewed and sits in the basement about 12 feet below the living room TV to which it is connected by HDMI. The media software on the HTPC is MediaPortal, it's free, highly configurable and can do a lot more than most other offerings can. The PC is now relatively old, 7 years, and is a quad core (Q6600) based machine and it now has an SSD boot, I used to use a dual tuner in it but the upgrade to digital TV by my cable provider (spit) means I don't use it as a DVR anymore. I do however have an external USB 3.0 Disk enclosure with 4x4TB drives in it and this is where all my TVs get their content from. 8TB in storage and 8TB of mirrored backup. The content drives are shared over the network and are mapped in the AIOS's, Playon and the HTPC. In the background I run playon server through which I can stream Amazon VOD (I live in the US), Hulu, Netflix etc to my dumb TVs via the AIOS boxes.

Pretty much the HTPC is on 24/7 and this is why I went with an external disk enclosure rather than a NAS. The external disk enclosure (iView HFR2-SU3) replaced a couple of 4 drive backplanes I had in the HTPC case, these were very compact and ran very hot. The disk enclosure is much roomier and the drives run a lot cooler. The iView has some bad reviews around the web but that is for the RAID setup, I use mine simply as a disk enclosure and have not encountered any issues.

The AIOS boxes are now almost obsolete but they are a good indicator of the sort of thing available out there, quite simply I haven't had a legit video file that these things couldn't play, the quality of their output in 1080 actually puts my HTPC to shame.

One thing I have seen with NAS is that the disk read/write speeds on the affordable end of the scale suck! My USB 3.0 connected box will write at about 100 MB/s, makes backing up and copying new BRD images across less painful. My disk setup cost about $650, $150 for each of the drives bought on sale and $50 for the enclosure bought on sale also.

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6TB - big? Pah! Seagate plans to put out 8TB and 10TB MONSTERS

Efros

One wonders at what point does the storage density start to approach that of a black hole, but given the MTBF of some drives (actual, rather than calculated or indeed claimed) the idea of all your data disappearing forever into an effed up HDD is already extant.

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Reg hack hacked off by iPhone 5 repair notice

Efros

Re: Genius Bar

Read that as 'roids

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Furious MyCloud users descend on WD website as borkage continues

Efros

Doesn't surprise me, neither the borkage nor WDs ineptitude in fixing it. Their attitude to their customers hasn't changed either.

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Original iPhone dev team was 'shockingly small' - Apple engineer

Efros

I did post on this forum, but it seems to have been disappeared, foil hat anyone?

Anyway my comment was that the swipe to unlock feature patented by Apple had tons of prior art and the patent should never have got beyond the trash can. USPTO will at some point live up to their name, or at least we live in hope.

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

Efros

Re: Back to school

Had to be anaglypta!

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Reg tries out Google's Chromecast: Yep, we even tested smut sites

Efros

Living in the colonies I've had access to the Chromecast for a few months now. I recently bought a second one if that tells you anything about what I think of it. The advent of local content casting with the Plex app has really increased this doodads appeal. A poster up the page a bit quite rightly says that tabcasting is not the main use of this, although it is useful, using your phone or tablet to control content on your TV is. At this, the Chromecast excels. 30 pounds is a bit steep, my second one cost me $30, the first one was $35 with 3 months of Netflix free.

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Google settles copyright suit with Viacom over YouTube vids

Efros

Probably tired of paying legal fees, wish this fatigue would spread throughout the industry.

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Speaking in Tech: 'The iPhone DIDN'T do everything at first'

Efros

Nice to have the timings, do you think you could put a timer on the reg player?

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Apple patents touch-sensitive controls for MacBook

Efros

Okay not on the bezel

But my 6 year old lenovo Ideapad Y550 has a bunch of soft controls above the keyboard that are part of the casing and are touch sensitive. Not a leap of imagination to shift them up about 1/2 an inch onto the bezel of the screen, shurely not patentable, hopefully the filing is filed where it is most appropriate.

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Computer expert and broadcaster Ian McNaught-Davis dies at 84

Efros

Not a mention of him on the BBC site

for shame BBC.

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Time Warner merger great for Comcast, but not for anybody else

Efros

Re: What?

I've noticed too that TWC seem to throttle the connection at peak viewing times, they will probably claim it's traffic, but it seems to consistent in terms of timeframe.

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SCRAP the TELLY TAX? Ancient BBC Time Lords mull Beeb's future

Efros

I'm sure this has been said but...

The so called tax pays for some of the finest programming in the world, consider how much most of us pay for cable or satellite telly on a monthly basis and equate that with the quality of the programmes delivered. I am an ex-pat and would happily fork out $100 a month for BBC access. If you think the mindless pap you get there is bad you really need to spend some time on this side of the pond and watch some really really shit TV. Mindless pap is a compliment to most of it and it makes Channel 5's offerings look like Bafta award winning material.

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Comcast Corp to merge with Time Warner Cable in MONSTER $45bn deal

Efros

Customers to get shafted

I would suggest buying shares in lube, but I'm sure Comcastwarnercablecorp will go in dry.

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WD My Cloud EX4 four-bay NAS

Efros

Hmmm

Not exactly the same piece of kit but I have a 16TB box which I put together for about $650, taking that down to 8TB it would have cost about $350. Also it's not WD which means not having to deal with their not Smartware.

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Jean Michel Jarre: Je voudrais un MUSIC TAX sur VOTRE MOBE

Efros

"The second objection is more practical: levies just don’t raise very much money. Apple sold 51 million iPhones in the last three months of 2013. Even with a levy of £23.60 per iPhone, that would have only realised £200m for labels, publishers and artists. It would make more sense to grow the market for Deezer, Spotify and the other dozens of me-too streaming services."

Am I being dense, not unusual, but at 23.60 per phone that means in excess of 1.2 billion raised on 51 million iPhones. Personally I'd be annoyed by the levy as I use my phone to text and make phone calls, I like my music to have some fidelity.

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Apple’s Mac turns 30: How Steve Jobs’ baby took its first steps

Efros

Re: Floppy Eject

Pulling a USB flash drive out of a Mac without ejecting properly can trash the drive let alone your data. You also have to allow the mac time as the drive will continue flashing after the drive icon has disappeared from the screen, it lies I tells ya!

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Efros

Re: Floppy Eject

Logic of that has never scanned for me. I want to eject the disk so let's throw it in the trash.

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Almost everyone read the Verizon v FCC net neutrality verdict WRONG

Efros

No choice

For a fair amount of America there is no choice in the ISP that you use. You can have multiple dial ups (they still exist here), maybe a crappy DSL connection, or a cable connection. Outside of major population centers in the US it is the norm to be subject to a monopoly or, at best, a duopoly as far as broadband is concerned, while that is the case the providers can pretty much charge and do what they want. Same market forces apply to mobile phones here, the consumer get's screwed.

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Steam and Origin gamers knocked offline by SEPARATE DDoS attacks

Efros

Seems to have been widespread major DDoS attacks going on

3 of the largest private trackers have been under attack for the last 4 days, two have been knocked off the net. Conspiracy theories abound, zeiko has been blamed, Hollywood, MPAA, RIAA, and Old Uncle Tom Cobbley.

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Gift-giving gotchas: How to avoid Xmas morning EMBARRASSMENT

Efros

The biggest hit

About four years ago I bought my kids' families each a media tank that gave dumb TVs a little bit of smarts, access to online material, local media on their built in drive and network shares, and through a media server access to Hulu, Netflix etc. They have pretty much been in constant use ever since then, last year I upped their storage to 1TB and the kids and grand kids love them.

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Google Glass pics will BAFFLE admirers: Nudge nudge, WINK WINK

Efros

POV

Just got more sneaky.

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