* Posts by MJI

3498 posts • joined 5 Mar 2009

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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Free WiFi coming to UK trains ... in two years

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Choice of trains

To be honest when it comes to trains I would rather see what it is than worry about WiFi

Hmm HST or Voyager, proper train FTW

But put something decent* on the front and sod everything else.

* Deltic, 50, 7P or 8P steam loco, Western ect.

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Is it only on the NMT?

As per picture

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Re: As an American

Shared usage

And we get heavy freight and high speed on the same lines. Usually by running 4 lines, or long passing loops.

Or by running freights faster.

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PENGUINS are just TASTELESS, say boffins

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Re: Useless

What do you mean they cannot fly?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/Flying_ace

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dfWzp7rYR4

You need to see the BBC film!

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Game of Moans: Sky coughs to BORKED set top box BALLS-UP

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Glad I am on Freesat

My Humax works fine, but then they know what they are doing!

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Now Samsung's spying smart TVs insert ADS in YOUR OWN movies

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Re: Tired of Samsung

I am glad my Sony and Pioneer gear is all OK.

My Sony games consoles work fine with my Sony TV and receiver.

My Pioneer DVD player works well with my Sony TV and receiver.

Only rules I obeyed were.

Sony TV must have a W in its name

Amp must have won various awards

DVD player must have won various awards

All of it pretty old except the PS4

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Re: Come back SONY all is forgiven.

If me - where did Sony TVs go?

They never stopped selling them. hence my question.

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Re: Doesn't everyone do that?

BBC

Ermmm 80% of my viewing is BBC, the rest C4 Film 4 and the like.

ITV is the Downton Abbey, Doc Martin & Benidorm channel, yes really my entire ITV viewing is those 3.

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Re: Ha

Mine is just pre smart TV, but it has a ethernet port! And it looks like I was right.

But it has a good panel, a good picture processing engine for I to P, just enough HDMI and I can use a console for the Smart gubbins as they get updated a lot more, Smart TV, what do you need apart from I Player and friends, and web browsing?

Well both online consoles have I player, both have internet (even if crap on older one) and the newest allows me to kick off a web browse mid game, Destiny players understand.

My worry is the market will change from

crap panel no extras -> crap panel some extras -> good panel some extras -> good panel all the toys

to

crap panel no extras -> crap panel some extras -> crap panel smart -> good panel smart

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Re: LG do it too

That would be unfit for purpose and I demand a refund

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Re: Come back SONY all is forgiven.

What do you mean come back?

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Skin colour's irrelevant. Just hire competent folk on their merits, FFS

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Re: Question for you, Tim...

Interview time.

You tend to pick people you can work with rather than people perfect on paper.

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Re: MLP?

I prefer mine!

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Re: MLP?

No idea what that stands for.

Mango Lettuce Peanut?

Major League Penguin?

Microscopic Little People?

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Lashed Saudi blogger Raif: Prince Charles has word with new king

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Re: "harmed the reputation of the state,"

It is not punishment, it is GBH.

Punishment requires a crime.

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Hacker hijack 'threat': Your car's security is Adobe Flash-grade BAD

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I am scared about newer cars.

They are nice, but I can't afford £60,000 for the one I like.

But road tax is high, maintenance is not too easy, some parts can fail and not easy to fix.

My current car (2 versions older of above) has 4 ECUs I think, but I can read them with a £300 code reader, Most things are easy to fix, under £300 road tax, but the ride is not good.

I know I will have to replace parts to keep it on the road, everything is available (including galvanised chassis). But how long for?

The manufacturer is also going more upmarket and moving away from its enthusiast market.

Ok I have no idea whatsover what my next car will be!

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Car security & Senator

Made me think my worry about security on the old Vauxhall/Opel Senator

Red car icon

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