* Posts by Piro

1596 posts • joined 20 Nov 2008

No, the VCR is not about to die. It died years ago. Now it's VHS/DVD combo boxes' turn

Piro

Re: For extra horror, look up DVHS/DTheater

No horror, the D-Theater titles I've seen look.. great. Really great.

In fact, there are still a handful of films that, if you want a copy in HD, are still only available on D-Theater.

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Lester Haines: RIP

Piro

A real shame

A sweet idea.

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Piro

A real shame

That's a real shame to hear. Only 55.

A great loss for his family and everyone who reads El Reg.

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Facebook tells Belgian government its use of English invalidates privacy case

Piro

Re: English?

Which we took from the French, as opposed to the Dutch-sourced cookie.

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Eighteen year old server trumped by functional 486 fleet!

Piro

Please

Now that's a fix of beauty.

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Microsoft herds biz users to Windows 10 by denying support for Win 7 and 8 on new CPUs

Piro

Please

I'm hoping on Vulkan, for one. DX12 is just another lock-in.

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Star Wars Special Editions

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Pint

There's really no reason to...

... Because someone on the internet has worked their arse off to give HD quality versions of the films as they originally were shown.

Look for "Harmy's Despecialized" editions.

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FastMail falls over as web service extortionists widen attacks and up their prices

Piro

Please

I use another provider that was attacked: Runbox, and similarly had no issues. Chuffed.

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Smut-slingers' malvertising allowed into Android apps, moan devs

Piro

Please

You just need a simple, free and zero performance impact modded hosts file.

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How long does it take an NHS doctor to turn on a computer?

Piro

Re: And your point is?

What? A car key fob most certainly has a battery in it.

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11 MILLION VW cars used Dieselgate cheatware – what the clutch, Volkswagen?

Piro

Please

I achieved 3 mpg over the combined figure for my car on a very long drive across Europe. Some cars really do hit their targets.

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Windows 10: Buy cheap, buy twice, right? Buy FREE ... buy FOREVER

Piro

Please

I suppose your day job isn't Windows admin, which is of course fine (or indeed merciful!), but to change permissions like that, you'd have to take ownership first, then allow full control.

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You Musk be joking: Tesla's zero to 60MPH in 2.8 SECONDS is literally 'ludicrous'

Piro

Re: My car is still faster...

I actually disagree on this one, I think the range with the top end model is good enough, because they have superchargers all over that are free to use. It's a nice price to 'refuel'.

Most people probably don't drive that far in one stretch without a break very often. For those that do, they can drive a diesel as they do now.

Just extra options on the market. Shame the price is high, but it is a nice bit of kit if you have the cash.

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LastPass got hacked: Change your master password NOW

Piro

Please

Yeah, I use keepass, and don't use any browser plugins. I only load it when I need a password from it.

Lastpass always seemed like a dodgy idea, to me. Any centralisation.

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: The new common-as-muck hybrid

Piro

Re: It has the same problem as every other hybrid / pure electric vehicle

Same as the normal one, so that's nothing to do with the electric gubbins.

Also, are you really saying the Tesla Model S is ugly? I don'think so.

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4K refresh sees Blu-ray climb to 100GB, again

Piro

Re: Total waste of time

Crikey, you've no appreciation for quality. The bitrate of streaming media is terrible in comparison.

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BLAM! Valve slams brakes on Steam flimflam with $5 spam scram plan

Piro

Re: WTF?

The point is, I guess, that someone could be in possession of a lot of promotional codes for games, and keep activating their accounts using them. $5 isn't exactly a lot.

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Google Chrome suffers brain freeze on Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Piro

Please

I believe that's also the nand failing.

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HTC One M9 hands on: Like a smart M8 in a sharp suit

Piro

Then you REALLY loved HTC phones?

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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Pint

Re: Um, what?

That's the biggest shame. Opera has never been the same.

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Russian revolution: YotaPhone 2 double-screen JANUS MOBE

Piro

90mm thick?

Goodness me, that's a pocket breaker!

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Why 1.6 million people will miss Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 date with fate

Piro

Re: XP vs 2003

Then it's still supported due to XP embedded updates.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Sizzling sag aloo

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Thumb Up

Just cooking this up right now..

Why not, everything was to hand, although in a smaller portion (not enough spuds left).

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Fanbois to gamebois: Apple paperwork reveals iOS FUNPAD

Piro

Looks like a POP Station.

Or any one of a number of very cheap handheld games, where you replace the screen, which in turn changes the game.

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Double-digit tablet growth spurt is OVER, say pundits

Piro

People who wanted tablets, bought them..

.. They have no good reason to replace them. It's not exactly rocket science. Of course the market growth would slow.

Most El Reg commentards figured exactly that would happen even before they were popular, in the face of ridiculous suggestions that tablets would replace desktops.

Turns out, being a market analyst doesn't mean a lot.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Piro

Re: El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Clearly designed for a tablet held in portrait with such a narrow design persisting: my main complaint about most sites today. They've forgotten we all are forced into wider screens...

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VW's Scirocco diesel: A sheep in Wolfsburg’s clothing

Piro

Please

Ah yes, all those pesky lorries moving goods and quite literally making our modern lifestyle possible.

Better instantly stop them being used on an ill conceived whim!

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Gangnam Style BREAKS YouTube

Piro

Re: unsigned int, anybody?

That was my very first thought.

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An alleged 27GB Sony Pictures data dump. 65 PlayStation web servers. One baffling mystery

Piro

Transmission for Mac.

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Too 4K-ing expensive? Five full HD laptops for work and play

Piro
Trollface

Re: Call me lazy

32Gb? Only 4GiB RAM? That's a pretty low requirement these days!

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Google DoubleClick goes TITSUP. ENJOY your AD-FREE WORLD!

Piro

Please

Aqua Mail is the best mail client in my opinion

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Tesla's Elon Musk shows the world his D ... and it's a MONSTER

Piro

Re: I dont get it.

Totally depends where you live. In Norway, where Model S is a top seller, most of the power is Hydro.

So, maybe stop spouting the same old rubbish.

Also, a 691 hp model S? Sign me up.

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Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. AW... your battery died

Piro

Re: All day battery life is the game changer

Yeah, this is why I imported a Droid RAZR MAXX HD, and which is why I'll still keep it until the battery no longer performs.

More 4.5~4.7" phones with >12Wh batteries, please.

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Piro

Re: Sony Z3 Compact

Yeah, Z3 Compact is the flagship phone right now of any brand, the Z3 is just a pocket filler.

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Apple iPhone 6 Plus: GORGEOUS FAT pixel density - but it's WASTED

Piro

Except they have high resale value. All Macs seem to keep some value long after they're obsolete. Check ebay.

They'll lose a lot from that initial retail, though, because honestly those dustbins are overpriced.

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Dotcom owns up: my name was 'poison'

Piro

Please

Google never turns up results with pirated material

Blank vhs tapes sold purely to record home movies

Blank cassettes were only for your dictation machine

DVRs only 'time shift'

Blah blah blah

People have been money from copyright infringement for ages, in legit businesses

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iPhone 6: Most exquisite MOBILE? No. It is the Most Exquisite THING. EVER

Piro

Fry is becoming less of a national treasure, and more of a national joke. This is sad.

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

Piro

Re: On being slowly boiled alive with video standards

PAL terrestrial to digital a massive upgrade, really?

I find freeview to be horrific, encoding artifacts all over the shop.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

Piro

Re: Start Menu

What are you talking about? Most of the article was about the start menu in 9.

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Piro

Windows does have sym links, unless I'm missing the point here

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Piro

Was that so hard, Microsoft?

This is definitely a good 'start', so colour me more interested in Windows 9 than 8 by far. Start and applications in windows? What a thing!

Not to mention the fact that Stardock was ahead of the game as they offered both of these, but oh well.

Hopefully they've fixed the other problems with 8, like lack of ClearType, missing Windows Experience Index, COMPLETELY screwed backup system, missing Shadow Copy UI, etc.

The problems with 8 are legion, but at least they are listening.. maybe?

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Piro

I guess you didn't watch the video.

Try again.

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Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer

Piro

This is bloody fascinating, thanks.

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Piro

All I ever remember of these guys is that they stood outside their shop, hassling you like a religious preacher.

But that was probably ages ago, I haven't really wandered around large town centres for years.

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iPhone 6: Advanced features? Pah! Nexus 4 had most of them in 2012

Piro

Re: NFC woes to come

100% agreed.

Maybe in the US this type of thing is a novelty, but in the UK we already have contactless cards.

Why potentially introduce security issues by having your payment details readily available on your phone, when you can just pull out a much smaller plastic card and tap it instead?

NFC payments work in terms of cards, but I have 0% interest in it for my phone.

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Quit drooling, fanbois - haven't you SEEN what the iPhone 6 costs?

Piro

Re: I really don't know why it's so complicated.

Well, of course. I'm on the same team, buy your own phone, get a cheap deal that suits you. It's the only way to fly.

Then again I also bought my current and previous phones used off ebay, because I got more for my money.

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Moto 360: Neat gizmo – if you're a rich nerd

Piro

Re: Like anything depends on your personal use cases, or lack of them.

Apparently your time is spent worrying about how bollock-chillingly cold it is.

Do you live in Siberia? Buy some gloves.

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Dodgy Norton update borks UNDEAD XP systems

Piro

"It costs a lot of pain before you work out it was Norton"

Nah, it doesn't. The problem was clearly Norton. First place I'd start, to be honest.

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iPHONEY: Fake iPhone 6 images splattered over Chinese internet

Piro

Apple Reality Distortion Field.

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