* Posts by MJI

4267 posts • joined 5 Mar 2009

DS5: Vive la différence ... oh, and throw away the Citroën badge

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Re: DS? No not a DS

Never a fan of the 2CV but the large cars, DS, SM & CX were always very interesting.

And for the small ones the GS is pretty clever.

To be honest not my type of car but a car I can really appreciate. But I would definatly would have go in a real DS.

I also like their old corrugated vans.

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DS? No not a DS

A DS is futuristic, unique to look at, a car for someone who appreciates engineering.

This is a poshish hatch.

Where is the with hydro-pneumatic suspension?

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Car radars gain sharper vision after ITU assigns special spectrum slice

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Resolution

Going from 12.5mm to 3.7mm wavelength

Just over 3 times resolution

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Brit cops accused of abusing anti-terror laws to hunt colleague

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Remember the 42 days law which was shot down.

Anyone of us could have been arrested wihout charge for 42 days, you me, anyone.

A good way to get a love rival out of the way, or a person who really knows what is legal and illegal regarding speed cameras, just get them out of the way for 7 weeks.

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Re: "Give us more powers" they say. "Are you for or against terrorism?" they say.

But you may disagree with Theresa May, but agree with David Davies and they are of the same party.

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Hold on, France and Russia. Anonymous is here to kick ISIS butt

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Actually

They will be the other Daesh casulties.

"Right got another 73, tell them they have their 72 virgins."

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Doctor Who: Nigel Farage-alike bogey beast terrorises in darkly comic Sleep No More

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Re: Not a great episode

Or the book Encounter with Tiber which had an alien space ship hovering over the Earth on its main drive rather than orbiting some sort of zero point drive I think they called it.

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Not a great episode

Jarringly bad science.

Either it is in orbit OR being kept up with anti gravity NOT both

I got the GLADOS one very quickly, could have kept that running.

I think this series is much better than the last, the last one was a bit poor. This series PC has found his Doctor.

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Ouch! Subaru telescope catches astroid prang

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So that is what they are doing

Since they stopped doing the WRC

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So. Farewell then Betamax. We always liked you better than VHS anyway

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Re: Can we finally settle this?

Nope, I have a late Beta, and it was still better than VHS until I fried a control board when I had a trapped loom rip and my soldering iron had a voltage leak.

Still have two working and they are better than the Vhs deck I was gifted, the oldest Beta deck 10 years older at least (1982) but still excellent working order.

As mentioned elsewhere I head to headed my 950 against a S-VHS deck and the 950 won.

BTW does anyone have a broken 950 for spares, I need one of the control boards.

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Re: Digital audio Betamax

It was at CD resolution

http://www.thevintageknob.org/sony-PCM-F1.html

http://audiophilereview.com/cd-dac-digital/in-praise-of-the-sony-pcm-f1.html

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Re: "floating head"

Frame buffers

First appeared on some Panasonics and added £100 minimum to the price

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Video 8

Hmm not so sure, it had a few issues, returned to optical tape end sensors rather than magnetic, resolution lower than Beta (but better than Vhs).

Was OK, but I found when editing material off my F1 was better looking.

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OK here goes some more details

With the iron oxide video formats the writing speed is all. There has been many formats but only 2 lasted the first round of the war <---

N1500

N1700 (LP version of N1500)

VHS <---

Beta <---

CVC

V2000

For picture CVC was worst, but Vhs was next worse.

I never saw and compared a working VCR format to anythiung else but saw them at school.

V2000 did have good trick play but overal picture quality was between Beta and Vhs.

Beta HiFi in the UK did exist with the Sony SL-HF100UB and SL-HF950, also Sanyo had the VTC-M40 a great big everlasting hunk of VCR, mine has a newish motor and the penultimate set of heads in the country. Duplicators had the SL-HF100P.

Super Beta was very good, excellent colour rendition, copies of DVDs and broadcast Digital Terrestrial looked very good, also great for editing.

Editing how about a Beta final copy looks better than a Vhs edit master, extra generation and still looks better, well an edit master looked better than a Vhs tape straight from the camera. This was a direct comparison using a Sony F1 portable against a JVC or Panasonic VHS-C portable.

Super Beta vs Super VHS

I did the trial and it was interesting, all S-VHS recordings I have seen had washed out watercoloury colours, like a line drawing with broad brush colours. Super Beta colours were so much better than the slight drop in horizontal resolution was not noticed, so in general the Super Beta picture was better to watch than S-VHS.

Normal Vhs was around 240 line, Beta 260 line, I reckon Super Beta was getting near 300, S-VHS around 400, the unreleased in the UK ED-Beta was 500 line, only the digital formats such as DV could beat it,

Tape life, how about recordings made in 1985 still being pretty good, played back on the VCR which took them. 30 years is a pretty good life for a tape, and to be honest my SL-F1UB.

The Pro-X tapes though are perfect.

The loading mechanism is very siimple one loading ring with lots of pins on, very heavily influenced by U-Matic, pretty reliable and tended to just work.

Head drums all were 1500 rpm in the 50Hz world but diameters were.

62mm Vhs

65mm V2000

74.5mm Beta giving a 20% higher write speed.

Beta was best at the time, I have owned over the years, 8 I think, 2 scrapped, 2 sold, 1 spares, 3 still have.

Anyway

Best picture SL-HF950

Best sound SL-HF950, SL-HF100UB, VTC-M40

Best trick play SL-C9UB

Best for editing SL-HF950 followed by SL-C9UB

Best engineered SL-C9UB, SL-F1UB

Best portable (out of 4) SL-F1UB

Best 1/2" VCR ever sold in the UK SL-HF950

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Re: Can we finally settle this?

I had the industrial one and sold it as surplus to requirements.

Was a good deck but a bit flaky by the time I had it.

Used to to digitise linear stereo tapes as it had linear stereo as well

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Still in use

What do you think I was using until Freeview PVRs took off.

Sanyos were pretty tough as well

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Re: Can we finally settle this?

L750 in PAL land 195 minutes

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Re: Can we finally settle this?

Much better

I own a SL-HF950 and a SL-F1

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Cryptowall 4.0: Update makes world's worst ransomware worse still

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Re: And the open skylight is...

All I have come across are emails and accountants

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We suck? No, James Dyson. It is you who suck – Bosch and Siemens

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Re: Washing machine

We did have, but they withdrew support.

It was on last legs, perfectly repairable though, but was not worth the £90 or so to repair, when the drum bearing could have failed at anytime.

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Re: Suckers

Henriettas prefering.

Hmm I think I know why?

Just be careful with that hose

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Work from home when the next big Windows 10 installation arrives

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Re: What console?

Going from PS3 I would say PS4.

Seems a pretty solid piece of kit, gets plenty of use, and there are now plenty of games

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German football hero battles Nazi doppelgänger

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Re: @MJI A strange one

Trying to make the point that it was not compulsary to be one.

And if they were so bad home come Allied pilots shot down were fine if caught by civilians or Luftwaffe,but in the doodoo if caught by the SS.

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A strange one

We should all know that the Wehrmacht were the military and not the Nazis, the men sent to the front to die.

So there is no embarrassment of being compared to a Nazi (as they were SS and the like), but when did you last see an Action Man type figure with a willy?

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Laid-off IT workers: You want free on-demand service for what now?

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Re: They don't call El Reg a redtop for nothing...

favoUrite

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Re: Train up their replacements

I would train up my replacement.

In 12 or 13 years, not before.

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Never mind the new guys, take a train from our trusty Data Platform – Commvault

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Same here so read this

And make your own

http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/60873-new-measurement-train/

http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/53157-newbryfords-mostly-yellow-workbench/

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Bosch, you suck! Dyson says VW pal cheated in vacuum cleaner tests

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Re: More Dyson spheroids...

It is not that old either I reckon under 10 years, was the MiLs but the pipe was too short so whe bought another,

My wife pressed the button to extend the pipe!

The Hepa filter cover will not stay fitted as a plastic clip has self destructed, the filter itself was changed a few years ago. The foam airfilter seems to need washing rather othen!

Yearly I strip down and clean the cyclone

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Re: Bad tests and worse marketing

Here is top of google searches

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/11061538/EU-to-ban-high-energy-hair-dryers-smartphones-and-kettles.html

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Re: More Dyson spheroids...

Ours is falling apart, I have to wash the foam filter every month and the HEPA filter clogs very easily and is supposed to last the life of the machine.

Probably get a Henry next.

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Re: Bad tests and worse marketing

But 1600w vacs are now illegal.

They use too much power, same as kettles, they are having their power usage cut as well.

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I want to buy a Bosch now

I WANT a vacuum cleaner which sucks, the power limiting bollocks mean that the newer ones take longer as they do not suck as well. now if I can still get a super sucker great.

THIS IS A PLUS DYSON.

AND YOU ARE CURRENTLY ON THE SH1T LIST OVER A WASHING MACHINE.

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Pimp your TV: Goggle box gadgets and gizmos

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Re: Was expecting crap

Or the console sits there beconning, you borrow a game put it in and.............................

You are hooked.

As I have a HDTV I do need Bluray though.

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1 up from base model

One of the better rules, but there are quite a few.

1) Buy from the mid range not the bottom. OR buy bottom of the top range.

2) If you really want to spend more, investigate, it can be worth it.

3) Try before you buy.

4) Rule of Sony LCD was always a W series.

5) Is it is really cheap, it is for a reason, find that reason.

6) Some stuff is overpriced, some is expensive, learn the difference.

7) If you have not heard of them and they are cheap, it will be cheap junk, if expensive, probably very good.

8) Unfortunately electronics are now disposable, plan the replacement when you buy it.

9) Some brands are living on previous reputation, some are trying to overcome previous reputation.

10) If you want to stream from multiple sources, consider a games console rather than multiple streaming boxes.

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Was expecting crap

But we got some good stuff among it instead.

Proper AV amps are always nice to see.

But all these little sticks and boxes for watching streaming TV, too much mess, much easier with a games console with all of the TV applications, and much more likely to be supported, my older console can still do BBC and C4 players and is a 10 year old design.

I will be subscribing to Amamzon Prme next year for my motoring TV needs since the BBC have given up (I cannot watch anything with that ginger tw@t in it). But all I have to do is register an application on the console.

I am managing fine with Freeview TV, Freesat HD PVR and a PS3 & PS4 for all sources.

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Re: Age is a bugger

21", apart from portables, never been under 25" but then I use TVs a lot and for more than broadcast TV.

Ever done video editing with two VCRs?

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Re: Rant: Why so slow, and why such a rubbish UX?

Phew!

My slightly older Sony is on Linux and is pretty nippy, XMB works fine, but I am used to it anyway!

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Sony finds some loose change, flings most of it at lawyers ... the rest at staff hit by 'North Korea'

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All this because

People bought Vhs rather than the superior Beta*.

This forced Sony to buy studios to guarantee source for any future formats, and as a major format inventor I don't blame them.

Then the people in these new offshoots ruin the reputation of the core company.

* I have a 950 so can prove it

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BBC shuts off iPlayer to UK VPNs, cutting access to overseas fans

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Re: Foot, meet high kinetic energy lead dispensing device

ITV

Don't be too harsh, they have TWO programmes I actually like watching

Food

I LIKE British food, a nice roast, a tasty Cornish Pasty

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Microsoft now awfully pushy with Windows 10 on Win 7, 8 PCs – Reg readers hit back

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Re: My upgrade path

I found XP and Mint are similar like that, yet on a newer PC Mint takes 1 second less to boot than Win7, 3 vs 4

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Re: Hmmm ...

My SP3 disc which works with my bought licence got sat on

I would like to do a clean install but it works OK

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Re: Am so pissed off right now with this!

Corrected title

Anyway at home I have left the OS the same as the OS it was built with, then rebuilt with new MB and CPU.

I still get updates, as I ran the registry hack to allow it, and I am still running (pretty well) XP Pro with a dual boot I am preparing to use as main boot of Linux Mint CInnamon.

Neither OS is giving me any crap, all I had to block on XP was the malware they wrote a few years ago post SP3.

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Re: FreeBSD

I run it on my games machines, it runs on an AMD 8 core, and a Power PC 7 core, even my hand held runs it.

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Ad networks promise to do something about the awful adverts you're all blocking, like, real soon

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Their own fault

As before, I only started blocking when the advertisers declared war on us.

I allow forum speciifc ads from companies I would deal with, but they are usually GIFs or JPGs. A car forum will have adverts from parts suppliers.

Hoverovers and popups were the two which started me, and since that was pre adblocking I used HOSTS

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AVG defends plans to flog user data as privacy row continues

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They lost me years ago

When it became a resource hog and prescanned every link in google search

Avast seems OK

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Noughty by nature: Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Rock Band 4

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Re: Rock Band +1

Well there should be for the keyboard sections!

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Re: Where do I start...

TLOU is as good as people say it is!

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OK how many did this?

Read the first two pages and skipped to the comments?

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Do I buy it or not?

I have all the Uncharted already, I really enjoyed UC2 multiplayer at the time.

Platinumed all 3 PS3 games as well.

Do I rebuy them or not?

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Hurrah! Doctor Who brings us a bootstrap paradox treat in Before the Flood

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It was fun and enjoyable

And that is what we want from a fun Saturday Night TV programme.

I liked the Bethoven bit as well.

And the two parter episodes works a lot better than shoehorning a whole story into 45 minutes

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