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2962 posts • joined 5 Mar 2009

Thanks, Amazon – we'll take it from here: SAP muscles in on cloud subscriptions

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They are a pain

Since they took over Sybase customer support has got worse.

Can't even use any of the techies any more.

The developer conferences has dried up as well.

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Bad PUPPY: Undead Windows XP deposits fresh scamware on lawn

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Re: An optimist's view for your consideration

Well I would not trust a DC10, they fall apart!

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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

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Re: Another DRM failure

MP3 and rock

I find that never actually works, always sounds off.

Some CDs sound grating at high frequencies.

SACD and DVD-A both sound good, but it is likely the production which helps rather than resolution.

Vinyl still has a place.

People argue to CD quality and they will continue argueing for as long as they are around.

I have a small number of high resolution discs and they do sound good, I don't care about the reason, may be as simple as mastered properly, or may be the higher resolution, I don't really care why, if it sounds better to me it is worth it. There are so many poorly produced CDs around now, it is a minefield trying to buy something listenable.

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Re: a mono speaker on the phone

But the pocket transistor radio had an actual speaker of reasonable quality.

Phone speakers are just shit

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Re: DVD-Audio ?? try VHS-HI FI...

It wasn't Sony - they bought them in

Sony did make Beta HiFi though and PAL HiFi was rather good

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Re: Unlike DVD-Audio

Not too bothered about PS2 emulation because on the shelf under the PS4 is a PS2 and a Wiiiii.

PS3 lives in HiFi rack under my play anything Pioneer.

Pioneer made really good DVD players

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Re: Unlike DVD-Audio

Only 60GB with PS2 compatability

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Re: no market

I went DVD for multiple reasons.

1) Picture and Sound Quality

2) Tape rental market had gone totally rubbish - nothing available.

3) Tape for sale companies were dumping their best duplicating decks.

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Re: No thanks, I'm fine with SACD

£110 to get a SACD and DVD-Audio player.

Also plays DVD and CD.

And Bad Beaver I bet you have a Pioneer DV575.

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Re: Not interested.. But I am.

The differences are similar. Just that you are happy with SD.

Vhs was a terrible format, a well mastered DVD, anamorphic, encoded for quality, good source is near the top in SD video, I just watched a Superbit DVD last night still looks good, one of the best SD pictures I have seen. But a well mastered Blu Ray does look a lot better.

I have seen a film on 3 formats, a Super Beta copy of the DVD (bad pressing so missed 20 seconds, so copied before posted back to be swapped), the DVD and the Bluray.

The tape copy was quite acceptable on a wide screen tube TV of British SD resolution (TV was not properly a PAL TV as the main tuner was DVB-T), main issue was composite edge enhancement. But this Vcr pissed all over any Vhs deck,

DVD looks good, best on THAT TV, via RGB of course.

Newer HDTV with decent upscaling

DVD looks good but a little soft.

BluRay looks stunning and is at the correct speed without being in jerkyvision (3:2 pull down).

So far I have replaced 6 films from DVD to BluRay.

1) Remastered, 5.1 and directors final cut better than, grainy master, PooLogic and directors quick cut.

I enjoyed the better presentation and the lack of messy grain, I also got a decent price for the DVD at a CBS.

2-5) Box set at £15 too good to pass up, pity last one is best used as a drinks mat.

I paid more for the DVDs but keeping them for the extras.

6) One of my favourite films.

Looks and sounds better.

So to me with a large screen panel TV of good quality and a Cell powered Blu Ray player I get more enjoyment from a film with the better quality as it is more like my own personal cinema, better than huddled around a 14" portable with a rental tape in my old Beta portable.

Mind you I have seen size and loudness substituted for quality, a work collegue from a previous job showed off his new TV and video, guess it was 29" about, but the size took away people from noticing the fuzzy picture and hissy sound. I noticed everyone else looking impressed and me thinking yes you have a TV and a crap VCR. I just sat 4 foot from my 25" between a pair of stereo speakers from Skipton, with a nice amp and the stereo out from one of my Beta HiFi VCRs, mainly watching films and TV from ITV (when they were good) because they had NICAM and BBC didn't.

Some of us like quality.

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Discovery time for 200m WONDER MATERIALS shaved from 4 MILLENNIA... to 4 years

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Re: So, on the horizon

All you have done is beaten us to it

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Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet

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Re: How about trial by combat?

Would have worked for the last Conservative party leadership elections.

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Another victim

Fabricant sacked over his twatting about her,

And wasn't he correct?

Another interesting one sacked by Camoron.

Look you berk, stop supporting the corrupt ones and the yes men and use your more interesting MPs

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Re: Shame

Bwahahahhahahahahahahahahaa! There speaks somebody who doesn't remember what am unresponsive empire of waste, incompetence and customer indifference that the GPO was! Remember "party lines"? Six month waits to install a line? Crummy little local exchanges with a few hundred lines and a full time engineer sitting around reading Razzle, and an operator polishing her nails?

I remember party lines, GPO were a little bit crap at some things.

And national rail? Remember the failed 1955 Modernisation Plan, which was supposed to support British industry and improve the railways, cost £1.6bn at the time (around £20 billion in current prices) How much more money would you want the state to throw away when it clearly doesn't either know how to build railways, nor how to run them? Or remember the dismal customer-loathing service of BR through the 1970s and 80s? The antiquated and unreliable rolling stock despite the Modernisation Plan? And BR were responsible for all manner of rubbish ideas of their own accord regardless of government support, like the progressive near closure of Marylebone, the failed outsourcing of locomotive manufacturing to Romania in the 1970s.

Started sensibly with trial batches, then they went stupid buying lots of crap just to oust newish build steam locos.

Mistakes, buying NBL stuff, Using 12LDA28C in the 47s rather than 16CSVTs, not buying lots of DP2s, the Claytons rather than more 20s.

Our railway industry is now a joke with only Brush left, and some remains of Paxman. If you want a British built and designed locomotive now, it would be Loughborough built, not sure on power units since Ruston Paxman were gutted.

Shockingly the remains of the most well know British power unit are now German and called the MAN 28/33D, this engine started in the 1930s as the English Electric 6T and grew valves cylinders turbos and intercoolers up to the CSVT range, then the Ruston merge change the name again, bored out twice to 280mm MAN bought them in early 2000s and now made around the world but NOT in the UK.

Nationalisation saw our domestic car industry go from world leading to woeful,

BL was a complete and utter joke, some cars were good, most were woefull. There were a few excellent cars like the Dolomite Sprint and the P6, but so much shit like the Allegros and Marinas.

left our aerospace industry as a single firm that no longer makes an entire aircraft in its own right,

Same sort of disaster as the railway industry except we still have Rolls Royce.

BTW my current car is British designed and made, but the owners were not, no idea who it was at the time. Also had the last in house designed engine.

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Re: Shame

What was wrong with his opponent when Cameron was elected leader?

Shows some backbone, and personal beliefs and like every other rebel gets told never a minister again.

Can someone please tell me why all the politicians I would like to run the country are blocked by Cameron from being ministers?

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Murdoch says Microsoft needs 'big clean out'

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Shut up walnut head

I make a point of avoiding your businesses.

You are irrelevant and give walnuts a bad name

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Windows 8.1 Update: Throws desktop drones a bone but still as TOUCHY as ever

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Re: Windows 9

To the down voter, sometime this old software is needed. I used it to repair a database last week, nothing else would touch it. Did a copy from one database driver to another, site working again.

Corrupted by server less Peer to peer networking.

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Windows 9

Just add in support for legacy applications as well.

Even if a VM, remember that we use OS to run OUR applications.

My tests would be a VGA mode DOS graphics application, using 16 bit DOS mode NETBIOS to communicate to a 32bit windows program.

Just want to be able to run without messing with compatabiltiy modes.

Now the above software worked with IPX on 6.22, Real/32, WFW, W95, 98, NT4, 2000, XP. With NETBIOS and IP on 2000 and XP, and got as far as loading but locked up when it tried to change video mode in Vista.

But with MS the question is always from Vista and on, what will they remove this time?

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Gov cheerleader Sajid Javid gets nod from PM to park in Miller's spot

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Re: Don't recognise him at all.

Never thought of that you are completely right Millibland is his own Spitting Image puppet.

Have an upvote.

Bring back S.I. we have at least four very pisstakeable leaders here.

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Re: Lovely chap

What a twit.

It was obvious we needed to keep out of Syria too many sides. Which side would we have supported?

And with Crimea, again keep out of it too much history.

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Re: Mind you his...

And I'll raise you a donkey.

Seen this the other way round, with some local councillors, some are basically incompetent, and others are idiots.

The incompetent would be the blue hat stand, and the idiot is the pin a red rosette on a donkey.

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Re: Minister of Fun?

Voted very strongly for increasing the rate of VAT

Voted strongly for higher taxes on alcoholic drinks

Now those are NOT fun

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Re: Sajid...

"London"

Well our MP (nearby to Sajid) he is not a local as such but has big local connections, his father was a previous MP, his father also died in a local hospice, oh and our MP lives in the town.

But then he was picked on quite nastily by a Labour PPC pillock (this person not the party) for not going to a discussion on food banks, therefore meaning they didn't like them etc etc. Instead he was at a meeting on childrens hospices. Oh that back fired on them people asking them why they hated dieing children.

But he entered parliament at the same election but has been told to expect to not be a minister as he once voted against the government.

This proves the usual that the party system is bad for democracy, vote as your constituents want and always be overlooked.

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Re: Sajid...

So that is why he has been promoted and not my MP.

My MP occasionally rebels.

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Re: Sajid...

I am not too far from those - work used to have Wacquie as MP

Home has the son of a previous MP

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Tongue twister

I just cannot say his full name!!!!

Sorry!

However seen him on QT and he seems OK.

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The... Windows... XPocalypse... is... NIGH

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Re: Just upgraded the last of my xp machines,

Well it dual boots into Linux but the users games don't all run in it.

I will tell him he has to use Linux if the network cable is plugged in.

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Video games make you NASTY AND VIOLENT

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Frustration

Well I know what this is like.

Playing catchup at the moment so trying to whizz through Assassins Creed 3, but the control and forcedness are terrible, I wanted to snap the disc, steaming dog turd of a game.

Missions fail from respawn in 2 seconds, you slow for a moment, failed.

I cannot play it for more than an hour, just trying to get to the end so I can play AC4.

BTW I bought AC, AC2, AC2B, PS and DS version, a son bought AC2R AC3 AC4 ACL.

The original game was frustrating but in a good way, more freedom than later games as well.

All because I don't want to pay more than £40 for a game because I would rather be playing the latest Infamous.

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How Microsoft can keep Win XP alive – and WHY: A real-world example

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Re: XP Needs to Die

Buying what I want.

Just bought a nice model railway loco today.

Much more fun than a newer copy of windows.

A green Baby Warship

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Re: XP Needs to Die

Not everyone keeps buying new mobile phones, I use whatever work gives me.

As to replacing computers, I would rather spend my money on a new intercooler for my car.

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Re: XP Needs to Die

We have a Pentium 4 at home, the children use it, it works, it is on XP and has been since built.

Why would I want to spend my money on a new PC when I could spend on something I actually want?

We also have a few XP machines still at work to run the software which newer than XP refuses to run.

Vista was the start of the rot, the first time features were removed rather than added. This is another reason why XP will not die. It runs more software than any other MS OS before or since.

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Crashed NORKS drones discovered by South Korea

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"Near idiot levels"

That high?

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Dark SITH LORD 'Darth Vader' joins battle to rule, er, Ukraine

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Just call it Crimea

It was taken off Russia and given to Ukraine by a drunk Ukrainian USSR leader, Putin took it back. Some agree, some disagree. So just use the regional name rather than which ever country has it at the time.

I personally think it is not the business of the West to interfere in squabbles between ex USSR countries, which are not part of EU or NATO.

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Tokyo to TXT warning of incoming Norks nukes

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Re: The Norks are insane.

So he has a red handbag!

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A note for latest KimJong

Someone needs to tell him that if you sit on a nuclear bomb when it explodes you get superpowers.

He will be able to fly, to glow and to do many other super being things.

All he needs to do is sit on a nuke when it is detonated.

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That's it, we're all really OLD: Google's Gmail is 10 ALREADY

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Our biggest mistake

Not buying the domain name when we had a product with a similar name.

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Titanfall, shoot-'em-up gamers, cloudy contracts and cattle

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Re: Limited sales

We have a PS4 and a small number of games.

Well I am patiently waiting for Tomb Raider, Infamous Second Son, to drop in price, until then I have DLC for The Last Of Us and Bioshock Infinite to keep me entertained.

Like a lot of fans I found Killzone ShadowFall multiplayer to be not as much fun as the older KZ2 and KZ3 multiplayers. Infact I still play 3s multiplayer despite having SF

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Re: Thoughts

The only multiplayers I have got into were populated by people I could chat to decent players playing for a long time. Very little abuse, trolls tended to get picked on, see below.

One TPS had various character skins, often the females were chosen due to nicer bums to look at, but some sexist players blocked you in corners and taunted (so you grenade suicided), those idiots got hounded off, just to say grenade team kills are usefull.

I also remember uploading game play glitches to the dev team, and for fun I patrolled one glitch and killed the glitcher EVERYTIME they went for it.

A FPS I played a lot also had glitchers but they were shootable, put yourself somewhere safe and pick them off as they tried to climb off the map.

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Limited sales

OK Lets look at our consoles, mix of Nintendo, Sega, & Sony, none of them can play it, next.

PC.Go to the main stores where I get games, not there. Not even on Steam.

A fail for me.

I will be getting Destiny though, but on a better console than Frood42 was considering

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Microsoft CEO Nadella names his Xbox and Cloud OVERLORDS

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Looks like improvements

From what they had before, hopefully we will see a return to MS being wanted rather than tolerated

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3CX Phone System takes on the corporate mobiles

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Re: OH windows naysayers...

My cousins 3CX runs on DERV

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My cousin likes them

He occasionally drives his farms JCB 3CX instead of his tractor. His favourite brand of vehicle is John Deere.

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Selfies are OVER: Welcome to the age of 'Sleeveface'

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Sticking to providing photos

Yes I have had some photos I took on an LP

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Brit game devs WILL get tax relief for, er, EastEnders Game and Legend of Slough

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Some ideas

Well I have played a few with British cast, and also UC3 had a section in London which was fun.

The Motorstorm series although set around the world had a LOT of Britishness in it, one of my favourite vehicles was based on a Bowler Wildcat, and the titles for Pacific Rift feature one of the Invincible class carriers.

I also theatened a boy who got stupid by mocking up the cover of an Eastenders game complete with Playstation logos, and telling him it would be his next and only game.

1) X-Factor First Person Shooter, where you shoot crap singers and Cowell.

2) SAS stealth shooter, you play as an SAS member.

3) An open world car game with European cars and you drive on the LEFT (Imagine Burnout Paradise with British and European exotica and you do not head on crash every thirty seconds), suggest idealised country A Roads, surrounding a modern city dual carriageways.

4) A tank game where you drive a Challenger 2 in the desert and wipe out all oncomers.

5) Eastenders FPS, in fact an FPS of any soap

6) 1980s cop game where you play a cop based on Gene Hunt.

I will think of more

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ECCENTRIC, PINK DWARF dubbed 'Biden' by saucy astronomers

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Re: Thanks for converting to the British from the Dutch German

Dutch/German = Fahrenheit

British = Kelvin

Swedish = Celcius

Must be about 285 outside here

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Thanks for converting to the British from the Dutch German

As I do not understand at all the Dutch/German temperature system and use interchangable the British and Swedish systems.

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Ancient telly, check. Sonos sound system, check. OMG WOAH

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Re: I know it's tricky if you've never had one....

Large speakers

My wife's only real decor concern was the veneer, she also likes large speakers

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Hmmm

Well the TV is not ancient but it is an S series which are to be honest crap, I saw one lose a 4 way comparison against 3 other Sony TVs (W & X won - draw).

I have a 5.0 setup (floor standers as stereo pair) and a resonable receiver. This sound bar sounds like it is filling the gap between TV sound and HC sound. But it is at lower end HC prices.

Requiring a phone to set it up - hmmm not good.

Never understood small speakers, they usually sound grating

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NASA: Vote now to put FLASHY LIGHTS on future spacesuits

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Some thoughts

Saw Buzz Lightyear.

Actually that was the most sensible.

Light colour, distinctive colours / patterns for each Astronaut.

Pattern needs to point to head and be different to the back, the Y shapes do provide that.

I would say a strip starting near belly button splitting into a V onto the shoulders could be one,

So technology is nearest.

Planetary way up is not important, Space it is.

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It's EE vs Vodafone: 'How good is my signal' study descends into network bunfight

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Re: Am I the only one when they see EE

So many nice things from them. Aircraft and rail.

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