* Posts by MJI

3515 posts • joined 5 Mar 2009

Lib Dem manifesto: Spook slapdown, ban on teen-repelling Mosquitos

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Re: Rock and hard place

Now you are saying you do not want them tying up with anyone.

To get a stable 5 years, if we need a coalition lets just have one, Where is the win by forcing minority governments and stagnation of policies.

Germany runs coalitions, they manage OK.

We did OK last time.

I do like the starting tax policy, great for anyone not earning a fortune.

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Least worse

That is how I describe Cameron, not that he is good, just least worse

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Re: coalition is what people want

And also a large chunk of them would not want to go near Labour.

There is an overlap between parties and the Lib Dems have both Labour tolerant and Conservative tolerant supporters.

I would put most of the South West Lib Dems seats in the more Conservative tolerant side.

Personally I am Labour intolerant and would vote for the party most likely to unseat them.

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Re: Rock and hard place

Hmm lets think

Higher starting rate for income tax. That was good.

Stop ID cards, great.

As to Lib Dem voters, Lib Dems are voted for by Conservative supporters who are annoyed with their own party or when the LD is in the best position to unseat a Labour.

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Lib Dems are voted for by Labour supporters who are annoyed with their own party or when the LD is in the best position to unseat a Conservative.

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Lib Dems are voted for by centrist people where the MP comes before party.

Now if you do not like Lib Dems teaming up with Conservatives, but would be happy for them to taem up with Labour, why are you not voting Labour?

Personally I think the coalition has been a success and some of that success is due to Clegg getting involved.

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Rock and hard place

I admire them for getting involved in the coalition and not shirking the job.

They were shafted over tuition fees I feel, but remember they are their own party.

It is not all parties vs Conservative, it is all parties vs ALL OTHER parties.

There is NO RULE which says you must side with Labour if you are not Conservative.

The Lib Dems went with Conservatives as they were the highest polling party.

If parties are planning pre election tie ups just elect that other party.

Will be interesting the day after polling.

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Conservative manifesto: 5G, 'near universal' broadband and free mobes for PC Dixon

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Voting has to be planned.

Depends where you live as well, which parties are likely to be the winners and runners up.

Then there are the leaders, I have said this before, there are no best leaders, just least worse.

Nationally the smooth talking marketeer, Mr Bean, the very earnest, bloke from the pub, the strange mad lady.

Scotland has Jimmy Crankie!

http://metro.co.uk/2015/04/14/is-this-the-best-private-eye-celebrity-lookalike-ever-5149633/

I am casting my vote on my prefered local candidate rather than their boss.

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Labour manifesto: Tech Bacc, not-spot zapping and hi-speed interwebs

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Are they fit to govern?

Some of the party, well they worry me, Ed Milliband, can he even feed himself? He gives this aura of incompetence (not saying he is) and I cannot see him being up to the task.

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Cisco loses logo lawsuit against WiFi inventor boffinhaus

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Re: Sure looks like...

Look at the linked article, the CSIRO logo inherits a lot from its previous version, more than Cisco.

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Interesting

Interesting read, The linked document is worth looking at.

Lots of similarities, blue white, vertical stripes, a picture, capitals, begins with C ends in O.

Different font, different shade of blue, different badge shape.

Both are revamps of earlier different logos. CSIRO was blue before with stripes. And more like its current logo.

I feel Cisco were right to bring it up and the TMO were right to throw it out.

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Microsoft uses Windows Update to force Windows 10 ads onto older PCs

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My games machines run Free BSD

Which is pretty good.

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Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m

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I still think it is funny

That Jay Zed lost out to a games programmer on a house.

Well done Notch

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Netflix teams with AWS to launch VHS-as-a-service

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Re: I used to rent lots of tapes

I did lots, the shop owner had the same top end model as me.

I may have a downvote for knocking the inferior format, but at least I saw all my 80s rental films with better picture and sound!

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I used to rent lots of tapes

But not Vhs.

Would not stoop that low.

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Sony tells hacked gamer to pay for crooks' abuse of PlayStation account

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BD Based games

I still buy them rather than download.

They are mine and cannot be taken off me!

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He needs to escalate it

Try contacting this person, he will get it sorted.

https://twitter.com/yosp

Need to get past the minions and onto the big cheeses.

If Sony CE agree he has been hacked they should allow him access to his games, someone should be ashamed of themselves.

This is now negative publicity, 1 lost PS4 sale is more than the loss of this stolen game price.

Definately Contact YOSP.

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Is this what Windows XP's death throes look like?

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Re: Oh wow... - Keyboard & Mouse

Unfortunately for me it feels too much like the tools of work, rather than the tools of play.

For a lot of IT staff a console is a better bet because it is NOT a PC like they use at work all day. (Yes I know about graphics card, and yes my sons PCs graphics cards cost more than some basic PCs).

So sit at a desk all day using a PC, not so much fun to do the same for gaming.

So for me to slob out on the settee with a controller is relaxing, nothing to do with frames per second or resolution, but it is not like work.

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

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Re: Good riddance, I say

I get the feeling if someone punched Clarkson that he would have congratulated them.

Please remember it is not OK to punch anyone not called Piers Morgan

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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett: Discworld author finally gets to meet DEATH

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Re: Turtles all the way down

Raising Steam is pretty good, Humour is there, The writing style is slightly different. Not surprising, he was using speech recognition.

Better to go before all marbles have gone.

I am pleased that he avoided the worst bits and died peacefully at home with his family, and not with assistance.

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Was a shock

Saw it as headlines on BBC news site.

Great writer, sadly gone.

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Look, no handsets: How to do telephony without a phone

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A few thoughts.

Is it JCB again?

Fruity phones, why did I think of Blackberry first?

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Lost WHITE CITY of the MONKEY GOD found after 500 years

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Indy will arrive there to find that Nathan Drake has been and gone.

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Forget 1,000 lashes for Facebook posts, Saudis now want to behead blogger Raif Badawi

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Women driving

They are still banned there, but a certain well liked and important woman made her view felt.

She took the last King for a drive around Balmoral.

And QE2 is not a slow driver!

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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This will give you a laugh

I am in my 50s and have had my own TV since the age of 20.

Apart from a Relisys monitor/TV I have only owned 4 TVs, 3 tube, 1 LCD. 2 cylindrical, 2 flat

Portable, big 4x3, big 16x9, big HDTV.

All were expensive for their size, all lasted well, all had excellent picture.

I bought the 4x3 when I lievd in a bedsit, the 16x9 when DTTV started as it was an IDTV, the HDTV not long after buying a PS3.

People thought I was mad spending £1200 on a 32" TV, but I bought ONE, not two or three, The picture was sublime, the tube flat fronted, DVD and DVB-T both near the best quality you could get. Ran it for 10 years until the tube started to fade in the corner, so dropped brightness by 1 and sold it for £50.

People kept telling me that tubes defocus and pictures get bad, but apart from a small amount of fade there was nothing else wrong, focus good.

I still think that FD Trinitron was the high point of tube TV design.

So yes I have bought expensive TVs, average of £2 a week, but how much to go to the cinema?

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46" diagonal vs 6x2 and 6x5

Great I can get a bigger TV!

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Colour TV

My dad also was an early adoptor, we had an early all transistor set not long after either Mendip or Ridge Hill went colour (can't remember which, but remembered we had two UHF aerials replacing a H aerial)

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Re: What's my size?

Now I am going to have to watch my 3 series of Star Trek I have on tape (Beta HiFi of course)!

Currently going through my Farscape DVDs and they look fine on my 46" HDTV.

To be honest a good SD image is much better than a poor HD image.

Das Boot looked excellent.

And I did pay a lot for a TV with really good upscaling.

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Re: What's my size?

Why do they need to function as furniture?

Isn't using a screen for some thing or another one of the main uses of a room?

I watch TV, not a lot, but I do, I game, I watch films. If I am reading does having a large screen TV stop me?

No.

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I know

We could have gone bigger but it would have been too large, I reckon low 50s would be our rooms limit.

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Re: What's my size?

Bigger is USUALLY better IF you use it properly.

By this, you are using the TV for nice things

Home Cinema, decent sound systems need a good and large picture.

Games - so much easier to see enemies when you are sitting on your settee,

TV, unless on HD and watching the quality stuff probably better off with a smaller one. But when used properly and not going cheap and large, larger is better.

Cheap and large is for chavs. Good and large for enthusiasts.

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Hmm FD Trinitron

They were something else, only HD and some tube fade forced me to change.

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Silly

Well AC so we lose nearly 500 for not selling or throwing away old games consoles. I so I lose 40 points for a Mega drive, a Dreamcast, a Wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii, multiple Vitas?

Does the fact I would rather play a game on my PS3 or PS4 than watch TV mean I lose anohter 80?

I lose 200 so I can watch BBC1 2 4 in HD? Those nature documentries and Top Gear look so much better in HD.

As to books up yours, we have HUNDREDS, must be getting near a thousand.

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Re: 'ello Tosh....

Setting up TVs

My FD Trinitron took ages to set up, but was ruined in SOME modes by sharpening circuits, I nearly took a soldering iron to it.

However sharpening was defeated by RGB so all main sources were fine.

DVD fine

Broadcast DVB-T fine

Games fine (Dreamcast & PS2)

Analogue ropey

Tapes over sharpened

PVRs fine.

Ant the picture from the integral DVB-T tuner was outstanding.

My current LCD has been through a similar setup.

I have seen the big fuzzy TV setup!

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Re: are you sure ?

We have 2

46" LCD and a 17" monitor with PAL tuner, only the TV is used as a TV now, the monitor was used in a caravan with an old Freeview box until we sold the van and the FV box was not DSO compliant

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Bulgy tubes

They don't half look odd now, even the cylindrical Trinitrons now look dated.

My last tube TV was a FD Trinitron, which to be honest was stunning for SDTV

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Hmm SLC9

Nice to see the C9 with the Profeel kit, but that is the first time I had noticed they matched.

To anyone who has not used a top end Beta VCR, you do not know what you have missed.

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Windows XP's market share grows AGAIN!

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Re: XP is fine and still supported

So I change OS

OK Win 7, I have to buy it and not run some stuff I currently can (why remove features?)

Mint. I can't run some stuff and have to replace some expensive software with shareware which may not be as easy to use (Video Editing in HD and BluRay burning)

XP does what I require, I do not run an OS for the OS sake but for the programmes.

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Re: XP is fine and still supported

But I think it is good enough.

I have firewalls, a hub which blocks stuff, I use HOSTS to keep out most stuff and all important data is backed up elsewhere. We are sensible where we surf.

Until I can get everything else running under Mint I am stuck with XP, I was offered a pirate version of 7, but that doesn't run everything XP does

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XP is fine and still supported

Well I BOUGHT my copy of XP Pro so I will use it, PC is the proverbial Triggger broom.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\WPA\PosReady]

"Installed"=dword:00000001

So I still have support.

That said someone said I was stealing by doing this, and they use a hooky copy of Win 7!

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RIP Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and prospered

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Re: Science Officer

They are patiently waiting for William Shatner, then I suppose they will be ready

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RIP

I liked his portrail of Spock and anything else I have seen Leonard Nimoy has been in he has played the role well.

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

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Re: Well

Actually could you imagine an ITV version of SCD?

Antanddec would be required to present, it would be full of minor soap characters and reality show contestants only, and full of annoying overloud music.

ITV just can't match even on stuff you don't watch.

Compare Great British Railway Journeys to Barging Around Britain.

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Re: Devices

I have 1 OnCam on the shelf though!

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Devices

Multiple PVRs TVs

How do you enable a house full of them?

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Revival of fortune: Mad Catz Mojo Android gaming micro console

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How does it compare to?

The slightly cheaper Playstation TV?

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And the buggiest OS provider award goes to ... APPLE?

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the Apple bugs are ?

Well are they Apples or are they BSDs?

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MELTDOWN: Samsung, Sony not-so-smart TVs go titsup for TWO days

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Mine is just off not dumb

I can view pictures, but mine is not on the network, saw no reason why, updates come over the air.

As I have said before I want a good tuner, a good panel, good processing, plenty of HDMI.

As to smart I have a pair of consoles better for smart than any TV, IPlayer is fine, web surfing is fine, and they are the same brand as my TV!

And they are regularly updated!

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Marconi: The West of England's very own Italian wireless pioneer

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Re: I think I may have family involved

1 worked there in 1930s

Another died near there in 1990s

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I think I may have family involved

A grand parent was there in the 30s I suppose he was part of the dismantling team.

The nursing home next door is also sad for me, another grand parent died there.

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The Order: 1886 – Round Table gaming's all right on the knight

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Re: Looks good, shame I can't play

Exclusively as the studio has close links to Sony, as in several ex ND staff.

Console exclusivity is often due to ownership of studios, people bought Sony consoles to play their exclusive games.

As a few examples, people bought a PS3 over X360 simply due to Uncharted, X360 owners bought a PS3 just to play The Last of Us.

Anyway the consoles are not that expensive so if you want to play a game buy the device it plays on. It won't hurt.

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Re: I don't mind QTEs

To be honest none of the next generation games have completely hooked me, nearest is Destiny.

I did enjoy the Tomb Raider game, the two Infamous games, already played TLOU, Farcry 4 is fun.

But the first great exclusive of this generation I think will be Uncharted 4

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