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* Posts by smeddy

34 posts • joined 26 Sep 2008

Wireless HD video sticks demoed

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Good device

I couldn’t understand the negative stance of the article, glad others agree. Great little device.

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Gawker tech boss admits site security was crap

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Still not happy

Screw them still, I hate the fact my details are out there because of them.

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Apple iPhone 4 vs... the rest

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HTC Touch HD2

Over a year old, but with Android on it, and it's perfect! And cheap!

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Gov decides not to have scientific advice on drugs any more

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Irony: Daily Mail readers

Ironically, anytime there's a cannabis-related story on the DM website, regardless of it's angle, all the commentators (well, 8/10) come down in favour of legislation... Here's one time I hope they do use the DM readers as policy-writers... :)

But on the main point of the article, it's a ridiculous move based putely on popularity politics... and probably one that will blow up in their faces.

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School caretaker jailed for fitting up colleague

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Troll

"He will also be put on the Sex Offenders Register"

I just realised I've got to stop telling people I'm on The Register...

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Apple sued over hot iPad shutdowns

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Heart

Love

Teg, I love your writing style

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Apple reels as Steve Jobs Flashturbates

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Fantastic article

No hyperbole, no hypocracy, no bashing for the sake of bashing. That was a really good read, regardless of which side of the fence you're on

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Adobe warns over unpatched PDF peril

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adobe need to go down the drain

I've refused any of their software on any pc I own for more than 10 years. Along with iTunes and QuickTime, and probably RealPlayer back in the day, it's the most bloated, addicted-to-pop-ups pice of software in the history of software. I hope it's software gets knocked extinct soon.

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Steve Jobs unveils iPhone 4

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iPad Mini

"Jobs noted that the iPhone 4 has 78 per cent on the iPad's pixels "in the palm of your hand.""

Say what you like about the product, but you have to admit Jobs is a pure hype-machine/salesman/charlatan (delete as appropriate)

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Three In-Car Wi-Fi

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in need of a title

Or, as others have said, I can just use my HD2 with it's free Wi-Fi Router, with my all-you-can-eat(ish) inclusive data.

It seems like a product in need of a market - anyone techy enough to need this device could probably list two or three alternatives which a) don't need an extra device b) won't cost the earth.

It would have been a nice idea three years ago, if anyone could have afforded £1,000 per MB.

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F*ck you, thunders disgruntled fanboi Apple user

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bo

... The fanboi says: "I can't jump, I'm locked-in!"

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LaCie LaCinema MiniHD

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Netbook

I love these, I reall, really, really do, and I follow all news about media servers closely.

But I'm just as happy using a powerful netbook or laptop to power XBMC, and use that for HDMI-enabled video playback. Then I can tweak with appearance, with codecs, with millions of other things, plus all the benefits having a laptop brings (internet, Iplayer, music, etc) for a similar price to this. I have a NAS box sat in a cupboard pumping out an music/films/tv.

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E-book buyers favour iPad over Kindle and co.

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HD2 e-reader

Although I have slight concerns about reading on an LCD, if I'm going to use an e-reader I'm going to use my HD2 phone (with the AlReader erm... reader).

If I want to browse the web or be useful and mobile I'll use a netbook over the ridiculously useless (if slinky) iPad.

If I want to pay wayyyy over the odds I'll get either an iPad, or a Kindle, and actually buy eBooks!

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IEEE names 28-year-old woman its new 'Face of Engineering'

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WTF?

Token?

I wouldn't have such a gut reaction to this - if the press release actually said what she's done, what she's doing, what she wants to do.

Instead it just reads like: "Hey, we've found a woman, and she's BLACK! We gave her a title!"

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Acer H5360 3D projector

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A worthy projector?

Ignoring the 3D capabilities, would you reccomend this as a great living room projector at the price? Are there any better sub-£600 projectors out there? Because I'm tempted :)

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Brits left cold by mobile internet

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Old study...

But the samplw base was asked nearly a year ago... It's only been in the last six months that larger screen handsets have become more commonly used. I'm a techno geek and I've only had my Touch HD six months, and before that I would occasionally play with the net on my cramped Sony Ericcson, but I'd understand why people wouldn't. Only Google Maps would get any data use from me.

I'd be interested in a study done in the last 3 to 6 months as I see a lot more people using their phones for 'net now.

In such a fast moving industry, did it really take them six moths to collate and publish their data?

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Conceptronic Grab'n'Go

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FAIL

Fail again

Every single time, companies bring out these media boxes - and then forget to design the software! Why oh why?

Something like this with XBMC over the top = EPIC WIN.

Sorry to go all internet kidz on you.

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Why Bono is wrong about filesharing

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Hurry up and go extinct, dinosaurs!

From the day Napster was launched in 1999, the tools and technoloy were there to create a one-stop shop, where I could pay, say, 25p per single and £3 an album.

The music industry have (quite rightly) done their best to squeeze every last penny out of physical sales, keep digital sales up, and confuse the market with different formats, different markets, DRM etc. etc. So liberating a market when it's going to cost you bucks.

Obviously the tide has turned, so the label companies are now prepared to head into the digital age, but again in the most cumbersome, non-technical, but most-profitable way possible.

That's why I have not had any guilt about using p2p services for a decade, with the exception of about two albums a year where I feel the artist is small and worthy of support.

But until I can browse an artist and download the tracks unrestricted, to do with it what I like, for a reasonable price, I will not give those dinosaurs a cent.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1

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Proprietry cables = No sale

Sorry Sony, that's £300 you're not getting from me. Goodbye!

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Apple applies for in-call music swapsies iPhone patent

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FAIL

Ridiculous

Why aren't Apple being called out on this? Or more importantly why are the media playing their game?

Whenever they introduce (or patent!) something that's been available for years, it's treated like a technical revolution! All they're doing is playing catch-up, or stopping ridiculous restrictions - multi-taking, woo!

I'm not a fanboi of any camp, and I think Apple have done a great job at a) marketing and b) usability/interface, but I am much, much happier with my HTC Touch HD.

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Finger crossing won't lure iPhone coders to Windows Mobile

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Ugly Microsoft

Microsoft should pay HTC whatever they want to make TouchFlo the de-facto Windows Mobile GUI.

Everytime I'm bounced back into the Windows Mobile interface I'm left just stunned, wondering what on earth they were thinking that they allow such an ugly, primitive system to stay in place.

I'm in love with my Touch HD (so superior to an iPhone) but Microsoft are the weak link here.

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Seagate shows off HDD-to-TV media player

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Free internet service providings....

Nice, but how is this any different from any other HDD player of the last four years and why did it warren a video?

Also I'm sure he calls it a dog-station and his voice reminded me of one from Phonejakker: "we give you free internet service providings..."

Mainly kidding, I enjoyed the video, it just seemed fairly basic technology to warrant a video

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Nokia transforms text messages into art

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Alert

They spelt conversations wrong in the graphic!

That is all :)

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Martian volcano could harbour hot underground pondlife

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'Hey, there's unusual emissions of gas.'

Same in my house, sadly no signs of intelligent life tho

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'Gv up txt 4 Lent,' urges bishop

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Stop

I gave up religion for Lent

Never looked back

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Hulu's Hollywood overlords force Boxee block

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Hulu got me into Arrested Development

...ANd for that I'll be eternally grateful.

Bad news about Boxee though, I can't wait for the Windows version to be rolled out. Every move the networks make against Internet TV just makes me more compelled to stick to torrents.

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Gears of War grind to halt

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There's 4 games I havn't bought because of DRM

And this was one of them. I don't need or want it on my PC

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Microsoft delays first Windows 7 public beta

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Why can't they just hook up a torrent server?

It's proven technology, it's next to free, and it requires next to no bandwidth.

Oh, and I played with a copy last week. It's looking okay, but seems really just like a new Vista/XP skin. Hopefully there's more under the hood which Im missing.

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Queen's speech targets bankers, unemployed, and immigrants

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I knew it!!!

The Queen reads the Daily Mail!

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Apple bans iPhone app for changing version number

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Boo

Apple. Suck. Balls.

I don't mind the Mac but I avoid everything else they do for their Hitler-esque levels of tolerance.

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Study clears cannabis of schizophrenia rap

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Good news

Seems a rational study. Like it will make any difference to the Government though. So I'll continue feeling like a criminal and feeling paranoid (haha) about making weekly pickups outside a pub, being unsure the quality of what I'm smoking, all because the Government won't pull it's finger out and tax the thing. Maybe it will be easier just to back to cigarettes (80,000 UK deaths a year) and alcohol (55,000 deaths a year plus violence, stabbings, STDs etc.).

*PS I pulled those figures out my butt but I don't think they're a million miles off, I'll stand corrected if someone does the research!

/goes off for a joint and a good philosophy book

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Archos 5 internet-enabled PMP

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Bye Archos

I have liked and bought Archos since their Jukebox Recorder 10 days in 2001-ish, but the moment they started charging for plugins and extras (e.g. no mains adapter) was the moment they lost as regular bump of £250 every 18 months from me. FAIL.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Windows Mobile smartphone

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Disappointed

I've waited for almost a year for this phone, but it's not blown me away - the low camera res, the complaints about Panels, and the nothing-spectacular music and video players. I've got three months until its time for a phone upgrade and for the first time in seven years I think I'm going non-Sony. Maybe the N96?

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BT withdraws Wi-Fi access to The Cloud

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so sick of company quotes nowadays

Fact is: one or both of these companies couldn't cream enough money off the top with this partnership, and couldn't really give a cr*p about how widespread wifi is. Don't they realise these spin-doctor type quotes have got old?

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