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Shields up! Nvidia crams Tegra K1 into gaming slab to rival your PS3

Alan Edwards

> How about a 32 GB *without* LTE for $249?

I'll have a 16Gb (or 8Gb even) *with* LTE please. 64Gb Micro-SDs are cheap these days.

If think of it as Apple pricing for the storage upgrade, the LTE is free...

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Alan Edwards

Re: Controller?

> The controller is proprietary, according to Nvidia

Yep, it uses Wifi Direct rather than Bluetooth, so is unlikely to work with anything else.

> But if you were going to stream from the PC, wouldn't you want to stream straight into the back

> of a TV

You can, at least in theory. The tablet has an HDMI port, and a mode that turns the internal screen off and uses the HDMI instead. The game controller has Android navigation keys, and you could connect a Bluetooth keyboard if you wanted to.

Not a gamer, but I'm still tempted to replace my Nexus 7 with the LTE version of this.

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Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops

Alan Edwards

Re: a netbook by any other name would stink as much

> the Apollo 11 guidance computer (A11GC)

> ran at 1.024MHz internally, half that externally

It also only did one thing, and almost didn't do that given that they had to restart it a few times during the landing run.

The i7-860 I'm using is running 48 background processes with less than 1% CPU use. Times change, as do usage models.

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

Alan Edwards

Re: Boring

> If I want to power off/sleep from the desktop I have to go bottom left, click on windows

> start-screen button.

From the desktop, go to the bottom right to get the Charms bar, then Settings, and Power is in there.

Or install Classic Shell (freebie), which puts it back in the Start menu where it should be...

> (no multi-select of icons appears to be available):

There is a multi-select of bits on the Start screen in 8.1 Update 1. I'm on the work Windows 7 machine so I can't try it, but it's probably holding down Ctrl or Shift. A little tick appears in the top-right of the panel.

> PC Settings

You're right, that is so annoying. You can get a list of network adapters, but clicking them gets you nothing.

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Manhattan drone pair cuffed for NYPD chopper near miss

Alan Edwards

Re: For those that think the helicopter pilot is exaggerating

> The GPS has a restrictor on civil aviation designated fly zones

It also has a mode that turns all the nanny features off, including the airspace restrictor IIRC.

There is a lot of intelligence in a DJI Phantom. There is a review (I wish I could remember where I read it) that goes through all the different modes, including one that changes the flight controls to be relative to where it started from 'Backwards' is always towards it's start point even if that is not the way the craft is pointing. Very cool.

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Alabama quadchopper hits THREE THOUSAND FEET next to AIRPORT

Alan Edwards

Re: @ Neil Barnes The thing is...

> Hitting one of these should be worse than a bird,

The body of a bird is solid, especially when you hit one at silly-MPH. A drone will mostly disintegrate, as it's all light plastic - a reviewer killed a DJI Phantom by flying it into a tree.

It was a bird strike to both engines that downed the airliner that landed in the Hudson, and four geese went through the windscreen of a Pave Hawk flying low over a marsh causing it to crash and kill all on board.

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Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth

Alan Edwards

Re: Bust-up

> This means if you use the same steam pressure as you'd use for a jet on a bus the

> underdeck parts of the catapult will fuse together at the end of the run

The catapult bits (on a Nimitz-class, anyway) are adjustable to cope with different aircraft types.

ISTR there have been a few (near-) cockups due to trying to launch the wrong type of plane. Same with the arrester gear.

> So ultimately it's still only going to come off the end of the ship at around 140 knots.

Still be cool to watch, though...

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Alan Edwards

Re: Exact Change

> One route master double decker launched on the steam catapult at your enemy

No need to throw them, roll 'em out of the back of C-17. Apart from the comedy factor of being hit by a bus, it'd make an awesome airfield denial weapon; make them spend months picking up bits of fibreglass to stop it being sucked into jet engines.

I have a feeling a Routemaster is too tall to go in a C-17, but it does give us something to do with all the old Leyland Nationals.

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Freeze, Glasshole! Stop spying on me at the ATM

Alan Edwards

Misleading headline

> Wearable cams can RECORD your PIN from 40 METRES

No they can't, wearables like Glass don't have an optical zoom. The article itself admits they only made it work 3m away with an iPhone.

Strap the 2x extender on the 60x zoom on my Sony (equivalent to something like 1.2m focal length on a 35mm IIRC) and I reckon you could stretch it to 100m; it's not exactly subtle though, and to do it in the real world you'd need an angle to see which keys are being pressed on the keypad - easy from 3m, not so much at 40m.

Give me access to Hubble (and a mod that lets it focus that close) and I can grab your PIN from space!

> Daily Mail reports.

Oh, that explains it.

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Apple wins patent to pump ads to your iDevice while you're watching TV

Alan Edwards

Re: @dan1980

> Ford's product placement in Warehouse 13

Toyota.

To be fair, they were pretty bad. Jinks saying 'I love my Prius' whilst sat in a Yaris tops it.

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Google Nest slurps your life into the Matrix? The TRUTH

Alan Edwards

Re: My car

> So WHY is it so difficult to produce a Kettle that turns on the tap and fills itself and then makes

> the best cup of tea in the world

Shouldn't be that hard. I already want to modify the 'one cup' kettle I have with a float-controlled connection to mains water. It knows how much water to use for a mug of tea and automatically refills the high-speed boiler from the tank on the back.

We had a coffee machine in work years back that used tea leaves to make tea, via a paper filter on a roll - you could put something like that on the front of a one-cup kettle. You'd need a fridge for the milk though, UHT milk makes yucky tea (IMO), plus a conveyor belt for sugar/cubes.

> a toaster that visits the bread bin, picks up a couple of slices and toasts it to perfection

The hotel conveyor belt toasters already come close - add a dispenser for the bread slices, and some way of spreading butter and marmalade, job-done.

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Want a cheap iMac? TOO BAD. But you can have a slow one for $1,099

Alan Edwards

> Seriously. Dual core...1.4ghz.

You'd be surprised how quick these ULV parts are. It's base speed is 1.4Ghz, but nearly doubles that under load - 2.7Ghz. The 2.7Ghz i5 in the next model up only turbos to 3.2Ghz.

According to this: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare.php?cmp[]=2010&cmp[]=6 for a single thread it'll outrun my i7-860 desktop processor.

> Galaxy s3 is 1.4ghz, dual core

A different architecture though, you can't compare x86 and ARM CPUs clock-by-clock.

> I'm pretty sure for $1,099 I can find a laptop that is faster than this

It wouldn't have a 21-inch 1080p IPS panel though. You could probably build one, but you wouldn't want it on your lap :-).

> We're talking a $500 desktop

Not using the ULV CPU and mobile graphics, they are quite expensive. If you're building a desktop tower you've got space for proper cooling for desktop parts so can get it down to that, but it won't be an all-in-one like the iMac, or will have lots of noisy fans.

> and a $100 monitor

Nearer $200 I'd say. Apple displays are pretty good, better than a TN panel based monitor you'd get for $100

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Alan Edwards

Re: This could make for 2 Ghetto-Macs™ now in their linup

> It has IrisPro graphics

The £899 one has HD 5000 graphics, you need a full-fat i5 to get Iris Pro.

Still good enough for what most people will throw at it.

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Top Canadian court: Cops need warrant to get names from ISPs

Alan Edwards

Re: No sympathy.

> If this were a case of an axe murderer, where the police barged into his home without a

> warrant and happened to find the axe, the case would have been thrown out.

And quite rightly, but that's not what happened here.

The police had evidence of the IP address being used to download child porn and went to the ISP to get a name and address for that IP address. They should have got a (search?) warrant at that point, but it wasn't established in law that they needed to. They would have got one if they had asked.

That's different from the police forcing their way into a house without a warrant and happening to find the axe that was used to kill someone. Unless someone had reported a bloody axe being carried into the house or something, there would be no search warrant issued so evidence from the search should be excluded.

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Yes. Facebook will KNOW you've been browsing for smut

Alan Edwards

Re: I wonder what's UKIP stance on this

> I wonder what is their position on this.

The same as any other political party - they do what their corporate bosses tell them to.

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Alan Edwards

Re: will ignore the do-not-track mechanism in browsers including Internet Explorer

> As IE is nowhere near the most popular browser, why mention it?

IE has the Do Not Track turned on by default. The ad industry spit their dummy because it meant the sheep didn't have to engage a brain cell and turn it on (which they knew none of them would do), so decided to ignore it.

AFAIK the other browsers have Do Not Track off by default. The ad industry is happy to respect anything that makes no difference to what they do.

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Texan parks quadcopter atop Dallas Cowboys stadium

Alan Edwards

Re: 20m max altitude?

> However, once a connection with the controller is lost and it enters "return to home"

> mode it automatically maintains an altitude of 20m until it is directly over the take-off location.

And promptly flies into whatever it was that blocked the signal, as in Dallas? Trees, bigger houses, pylons etc. are all over 20m tall.

Would it not be better off hovering at 20m waiting for you to get the controller back in range, then setting itself down gently where it is if you don't?

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Freeview's rumoured '£100m YouView killer' is real – and it's yet another digital TV thing

Alan Edwards

Re: What YouView can't bring to this table....

> I can skip the ads perfectly fine on my Humax Youview box.

On stuff you've recorded yourself, almost certainly not on the streamed catch-up stuff.

4OD and Demand 5 on the Now TV (Roku) will let you wind forwards through the stream, but drops back to locked normal speed play when it hits an advert.

Demand 5 also runs up to 3 unskippable pre-roll adverts - most annoying when you just want to see if you've already watched a particular episode and there's no synopsis in the guide.

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Alan Edwards

Why are Sky bothering?

Sky have already got a platform that does everything this does except ITV Player, the Now TV box.

Write an ITV Player app for the Roku, stick a FreeView Connect label on the top and ship it with the UK catchup apps pre-installed, problem sorted. No need to develop a new box and software.

They could even do a version that's double the price (£20), a different colour, and removes the NowTV ads on front screen. For a hundred million they could even come up with a single app that integrates iPlayer, ITV Player, 4OD and Demand 5 under a single UI.

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Monster croc 'the BALROG' tussles with mighty Titanoboa snake

Alan Edwards

> Looks like not much has changed in the last however many years then after all.

It can already eat a crocodile, how much more evolving does it need :-)

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Alan Edwards

Re: "current" at 4000lbs?

2000 lbs?! That's over a tonne, about the same as my car!

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'THERE'S BEEN A MURRRDER!' Plod probe Street View 'slaying'

Alan Edwards

Re: Can't help thinking

> It would be exceedingly difficult for even the most pernicious of CPS prosecutors to

> successfully argue that they had committed a crime

Especially with the "victim" stood next to them, obviously very much alive. I think CPS'd have a malicious prosecution case on their hands if that got anywhere near a court.

If acting out a killing is a crime, the cast of The Mousetrap should be locked up on a daily basis.

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

Alan Edwards

> The vehicle will wait one second before starting off when traffic lights turn green

Remember that the car has advance knowledge of when it's going to change (Audi just demonstrated that), it doesn't need to wait for it to actually change. 1 second is quicker than a human can react to the light changing and go from brake to accelerator (for the US), or select 1st and release the handbrake.

It also knows exactly when a light will go from amber to red, so knows whether it can make it through before the light changes. It takes more "chances" than a human driver would, so there would be at least 1, possibly more, less cars waiting.

> Do they work as well at night

Laser, radar and lidar don't give a rat's ass whether it's dark. Microwave sensors won't work as well in fog, but it's probably still better than a purely optical system (i.e. eyeballs). What may not work as well is lane tracking, but you may be able to combine infra-red to give it a better chance.

> noticing there’s no gap between each car in the platoon that’s large enough to let you in

The 'platoon' is under autonomous control, so it can either detect your indicator and make room, or inter-car communication triggered by your indicator tells the leader "make a hole, I need to get off here".

> Does the whole platoon move sequentially, car by car, into an adjacent lane and

> overtake the slower vehicle

Probably depends on road conditions. If there's enough lane space move the entire platoon, if not move over individually and pass when it can. The leader will need to split the platoon and hand control to the car immediately behind you, and join it back up when it catches up.

> What happens when the GPS data is unavailable

Same as with dashboard navigation units, it falls back on inertial navigation. It knows you went into a tunnel, so it's a fair bet you're on the road that goes through the tunnel, so can use vehicle speed to work out where you are.

> so far off that the car goes off the boundary of its stored map

A 64Gb card is enough to store the road maps for the whole world. The more detailed maps used by autonomous cars may be bigger I guess, so give it a 2TB hard disc.

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It's Google's NO-WHEEL car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

Alan Edwards

Re: How does it know where you want to go?

> How do input a destination?

Google Voice Search.

Google knows where you live (or in my case, where I moved out of a month ago), so "take me home" would work. You don't even need to be sober enough to remember the address.

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Chuh. Heavy, dude: HP ZBook 17 mobile workstation

Alan Edwards

Re: Not worth the shoulder injury...

> OK. Show me a 15 '' affair with an optical drive, an expresscard slot, a primary drive

> plus a bay for a second drive (etc...)

Sounds like you want a Lenovo W540. Meets all that lot, except it's only got 4 USBs (2xUSB 2.0, 2xUSB 3.0). Base screen is a 15.4" 1080p, with 2880x1620 IPS optional, weighs around 2.5Kg.

£1,634.95 with a Core i7-4700MQ, 256Gb SSD, 16Gb RAM, 2Gb nVidia K1100 graphics and the 2880x1620 screen. Adapters to put the 2nd drive in the optical bay are pretty cheap on eBay.

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Alan Edwards

Re: Rubbish

> I have an Elitebook 8570. The battery is dead after an hour and a half, even idling the fans

> they never stop.

Sounds like something is stopping the power management dropping the CPU down into low-power mode. I had an HP n800 years back do the same thing, took a Windows re-install to sort it.

There is a utility you can download from Intel that shows you what SpeedStep and Turbo Boost are doing - Google "intel turbo boost monitor" to find it. You'll probably find that it never drops the graph down to the bottom "green leaf" section.

At work we've just replaced a lot of the Lenovo laptops with 8470s and 8570s. I've still got a T510 so don't have personal knowledge of the HPs, but I've not heard anyone saying they are complete rubbish.

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eBay slammed for daft post-hack password swap advice

Alan Edwards

Re: Keepass...

> eBay is OK with pasting passwords like that, but ironically PayPal won't allow it!

If you use KeePass you can get around that sort of thing. You can customise the AutoType function to produce anything you want.

You need to work out what keypresses you need to get from the new password to the confirmation password, normally just Tab will do it.

Use the password generator to get your new random password and put 'Auto-Type: {PASSWORD}{TAB}{PASSWORD}' (without the quotes) into the Notes field. Put the cursor in the first password field in the browser, go back to KeePass and do right-click/AutoType and it will fill in both password fields. The keyboard emulation gets around Cut/Paste blocking.

This even works for changing the password at login when you're Remote Desktopped into a Windows server.

Remember to clear the Auto-Type command from the notes field when you're done.

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Boffin fights fire with EXPLOSIVES instead of water

Alan Edwards

Newton

> He wonders if helicopters could lower a fire-extinguishing canon to the top of a forest canopy

I think Newton might have something to say about that idea. Suspending a giant jet engine from a helicopter and turning it on will result in the helicopter going rapidly in the opposite direction.

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Recommendations for NAS-based home media set-up

Alan Edwards

Here's what I have:

An HP MicroServer running FreeNAS for the storage. 4x2Tb drives in RAID 5 (not enough memory or CPU for ZFS) giving 5.7Tb of space.

Plex Server running on a Windows Server 2012 virtual machine on an ESX server handles the media serving duties. The VM has 2Gb RAM and one core of a dual-core Pentium G2120 host machine.

A Sky NowTV box (essentially a Roku 2 LT) is hooked up to the TV as the media player. I'm currently running Plex RARFlix on the NowTV, but there is also an "official" Roku app. You have to enable the developer back door on the Now TV to get Plex on it - it's dead easy, Google the instructions.

The NowTV doesn't have Ethernet, only 2.4Ghz wifi, no WPS, and tops out at 720p. The wifi copes fine for me though. If you need 1080p you can use a Roku Streaming Stick, but it's £50 as against £10 for the NowTV. If you really need Ethernet there is the Roku 2 XS or Roku 3.

The Plex Server will transcode anything the NowTV/Roku can't do natively. The Pentium G2120 doesn't break a sweat with the transcoding.

You set sections up on the Plex Server for movies, music, TV etc., and it goes through and identifies everything and downloads posters and the like, and keeps track of what you've watched and where you are in what you're currently watching. Once you have a Plex server running on the network, any Plex clients will automatically pick it up and present whatever the server is configured for.

In terms of power, the NAS takes around 35w, the ESX server is about the same. The NowTV's power use is negligible.

Plex Server and the clients are all free.

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LA air traffic meltdown: System simply 'RAN OUT OF MEMORY'

Alan Edwards

Re: more likely a dense fortran 4D array on an old 32-bit computer

> game designers are offering smartphones with PhysX GPU as an upgrade to the mainframe.

Or "we ran out of memory on the mainframe, we're running it on the microwave in the kitchen instead"

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Faster Macbook Air pops out: What, a NEW Apple thing and ZERO fanfare?

Alan Edwards

Re: Wow

> Really? You can run MacOS on it? (*a 17" Vaio)

Probably, provided it's not got AMD graphics. Atoms and AMD graphics are a no-no for Hackintoshes, which killed my plans to put OSX on a Lenovo Q180.

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KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline

Alan Edwards

A nasty way to go

> evolved tiny hooks along its body that entrap small crustaceans as they touch the sponge.

> Once they're hooked, the sponge's cells then grow around the unfortunate creature

So the little crabs get caught in the tendrils and are slowly eaten alive. Even for a crab that's got to be a pretty nasty way to die.

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Amazon sets FIRE to your living room in bid to shake up TV streaming

Alan Edwards

Re: Obviously differnt in the US!

> Try finding one in what is quaintly called "Market 1" where there are no unbundled services!

They seem to actively hide all but the cheapest price, but PlusNet (www.plus.net) should do. I tried it for an address in Aldbourne, Wilts that is Market 1 and it's £16.99 for unlimited ADSL,

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Alan Edwards

Re: UK version?

> Why do people buy an Apple TV or Chromecast rather than a Roku or Tablet + hdmi cable?

Because they've already bought into the Apple or Google ecosystem. If you've got an iPad and your video/music is in iTunes on your Mac, an Apple TV is the easiest way to get the content onto your TV.

If you haven't, an Apple TV probably isn't for you. It has limited codec support, so you end up re-encoding everything. I've not used a Chromecast, so that may be better.

The Fire TV sounds like it's a bit more open.

> All Smart TVs need a smart phone or tablet to access all features easily.

My Sony doesn't, but it's not really that smart to be honest. It's got iPlayer, but they've never fixed the bug that means 'Back' doesn't work on the remote.

> If this is usable without paid content, works with your own attic server and comparable to a

> Roku it ought to do well

Apparently Plex is supported on the Fire TV, so it will work well with a local media server. Amazon Prime Instant isn't on Roku (yet), so if you have that the Fire TV may be better for you than a Roku. I think I'll stick with my (Roku-based) £10 NowTV box for now, but the Fire TV looks interesting.

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LenovOUCH! Thinkpad's overheating batteries spark recall alert

Alan Edwards

> it's only taken four years for the fan in my T510* to pack up

My work-provided T510 is still going strong, even though the previous user managed to break the plastic cover on the heatsink and the front of the DVD drive.

I've also just got a 2nd hand T410, which apart from a few scratches around the USB ports and a bit of shininess on some of the keys looks new.

I'm not sure they are quite as bomb-proof as the IBM ThinkPads were, but they are better made than a lot out there. I set a Toshiba of some sort up for someone and the keyboard actually bent in the middle as you were typing.

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Microsoft Australia slashes price of Surface Pro 128GB by $AUD400

Alan Edwards

Where would you put your money?

> Where would you put your money?

Not something with an A6 and a low-res 15-inch panel. It's only got a 4-cell battery too, my T410 kills a 6-cell in 2 hours.

What's your main usage going to be, do you need a touch-screen? Does it need to live forever, or get replaced 1-2 years down the line?

If tablet use is going to be the main usage, I'd look at a Lenovo Miix 2 10, or a Nokia 2520 if RT will get the job done, or the Surface Pro mentioned (it'll be heavier than the rest though). Anything bigger than 10-inch is going to be tricky to hold as a tablet.

If it's going to spend most of it's life hooked up to a monitor churning spreadsheets, go for a proper laptop. At least an i5, but not a cheap-as-possible entry-level job. A nearly-new T520/T540 will be much better built and last longer, or maybe a Dell XPS, Inspiron or Latitude?

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TV sales PLUMMET. But no one's prepared to say what we all know

Alan Edwards

Re: Buying less because what they've got lasts longer?

> OK the picture quality may fade but the TV itself would go on until the end of time.

It had to, once it's in place it's too damn heavy to move!

I could just about shift a 28-inch CRT widescreen myself, the 32-inch that replaced it was too much.

The 37-inch and 40-inch LCDs that have come after the 32-inch CRT I can easily move.

Oh, and neither widescreen CRT was as good as the 29-inch CRT Sony Trinitron 4:3 I had before, and the 32-inch was a flat-front CRT Sony. It had all sorts of picture-worsening digital processing that couldn't be disabled.

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Alan Edwards

Re: @ Truth4u

> I've not actually had to change a CCFL or LED due to failure as yet

I've got an uplighter that I bought when I first moved into my own place in about 1992. It's in my front room, is on whenever it's dark, and has always had a CFL bulb. They seem to last around 6 years.

Since I moved into my current place 2 years ago I've replaced 2 of the incandescent spot bulbs in the kitchen and bathroom. I was toying with replacing them with LEDs, but the fittings have 3 bulbs each and I found a box of spare bulbs in a cupboard when I moved in so it never happened.

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Tornado-chasing stealth Batmobile set to invade killer vortices

Alan Edwards

Re: Not nearly as exciting...

> Wouldn't some sort of RC camera/instrument drone be the thing to build today?

Something light enough to be lifted by a couple of electric motors is going to get ripped to shreds before getting in camera range of a tornado.

What might work is adapting the plan from Twister (which is where Dorothy got her name, BTW) - a shedload of GoPros in armoured balls in a dustbin left in the the path of the tornado. They get picked up by the tornado, and a few might survive long enough to record video of the inside of a tornado before being taken out by a flying combine harvester.

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

Alan Edwards

Re: Great headline!

I think I'm at about a 50/50 useless to useful ratio from Maplin.

I got a big mat of that sticky rubber stuff at least 10 years ago. I still have 90% left, and it's made mats for the oddments tray in 3 cars and a piece is stuck to the bottom of one of the remotes to stop it falling off the arm of an armchair.

Their label remover spray is seriously good stuff too. It shifted the remains of one of those security labels once.

However, I also have a box of 'ends' for a power supply that is still in the packet. They were bought for an enormous multi-voltage adapter (probably the only thing left on the planet that can charge a Nokia 2110) and never needed an 'end' that didn't come with it.

I did get a pair of £9 Sennheiser headphones from there once (they were much better than they had any right to be), and bought a box of CD-R discs from them and walked back to the car and wrote the disc I wanted on the laptop.

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Roku flashes $50 HDMI TV web dongle at anyone sick of Google's stick

Alan Edwards

Re: Local content?

> So can it stream content on any of my local machines

Yes.

If you are doing TV programs or films, you're probably best off with Plex. You run Plex Media Server on your PC, which analyses your media, works out what it is, downloads banners, posters etc and splits TV shows into seasons. You then put the Plex channel on your Roku and it will detect any Plex servers on the network. Plex server and the Roku client are free.

For streaming random videos you can use Plex too (set up a Videos section rather than TV or Movie), but you really just need a DLNA server e.g. Serviio, PS3 Media Server. There are several DLNA clients available for the Roku.

The advantage of Plex is that it knows what the Roku can do and transcodes stuff it can't play into a format it can.

As far as I know there isn't anything on the Roku that can look on a network share and play videos, you need a media server of some sort.

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HTML is a sexually transmitted disease, say many Americans

Alan Edwards

Re: HTML, USB and PCMCIA aren't acronyms

> How are they not acronyms?

Because you can't pronounce them as words. An acronym is a new word formed from the letters of an abbreviation, like BASIC, RAID and NASA.

HTML and USB are abbreviations - you have to say the letters H-T-M-L or U-S-B. They can't be said as words.

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Break out the scatter cushions: Google rents out NASA blimp hangar

Alan Edwards

I looked up Hangar 1 on Google Images, and got this: http://funraniumlabs.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/IMG_9532.jpg

NASA have a weird 4-engined Antonov 72-type-thing and a Stargate stored in there...

The page that picture came from is a good read too: http://www.funraniumlabs.com/2010/09/a-field-trip-to-nasa-amesmoffett-field

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BT scratches its head over MYSTERY Home Hub disconnections

Alan Edwards

Re: Virgin "Super" hub

> Maybe I'm unlucky but I've yet to find a home router that just works and keeps working.

Cue a million posts from people saying theirs is the best router ever...

I've got a Netgear DGND3700. It can do either ADSL or cable/fibre over Ethernet, it's never given me any trouble. Been bounced once in 6 months, and that was when the power went, and pulls 7.5 MB/sec off Usenet all night.

> No one should be allowed to mention the word B3lk1n

Yep, I had one of those too, mine was also a piece of crap...

> I am curious ... why is it so difficult to make one of these things just work?!

I don't think it is, but making one that works and is cheap enough that people will buy and/or ISPs give away perhaps is. A lot of people swear by Drayteks, but I can't justify spending £300 on a router - the Netgear cost me £50 second hand, and I thought that was a lot.

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Lenovo reveals convertible Chromebook

Alan Edwards

Re: Laptop, tablet, tent and stand

> If I understand correctly, in stand mode, the keyboard is facing the table?

Correct. The screen on the Yoga folds right around, so in stand mode the screen is facing you and the base sits on it's keyboard. Keep folding the screen (so the back of the screen is touching the base) and it's a tablet.

You can also open it like a conventional laptop and turn it upside down, so it balances on the front edge of the base and the top of the screen - tent mode.

This page: http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/landingpage/yoga/ is for the Yoga 2 Pro, but all the Yoga machines have the 360-degree screen hinge and it shows the different modes it can do.

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Cameron: UK public is fine with domestic spying

Alan Edwards

The public

I think he's probably right, the average bod in the pub probably doesn't care about domestic spying. They think it doesn't apply to them, and can't get their heads around what the capabilities are.

It will take someone being locked up following a wrong number call from Abdul The Terrorist and searching for Menwith Hill on Google 2 years ago to focus their minds.

Until something happens that actually applies to them or their peer group, they are happy to be told by The Sun that it's stopping them dying horribly and move on to the next drunk celebrity.

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UK internet filtering shouldn't rely on knee tappers, says Tory MP

Alan Edwards

Kneejerk reaction

I'm guessing Claire Perry doesn't know that the medical reflex test is where the term 'kneejerk reaction' came from.

"We must be seen to be doing something. This is something. Therefore, we must do this."

You end up with ill thought-out garbage that achieves nothing.

> Perry claimed reports of overblocking were “fanciful”

She's lying. It was documented last week that filters blocked an update to a game because it had letters S-E-X in the file name.

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Sinclair's ZX Spectrum to LIVE AGAIN!

Alan Edwards

Re: What the...

> This make no sense as the ZX Spectrum's keyboard was the worst part of the computer

Compared to the onscreen keyboard on an iPhone or Nexus 7 though, it's a brilliant keyboard.

As a compact keyboard for a media centre PC it's probably not all that bad either, but I would want a pointing device on-board too for that use.

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WORLDWIDE SELFIE: Cosmonauts finally get ISS cameras working

Alan Edwards

Worldwide?

Worldwide?? Half the world (at most) shirley?

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