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* Posts by MJI

2960 posts • joined 5 Mar 2009

Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

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Re: Where do you shop? "My little pony"

A boy in one of my teenage twins classes is a fan of those, He even knows the names.

How sad!

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra: The quad-core 2.2GHz MEGA SCREEN PHONDLESLAB

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VLP

Seen bigger Motorolas

A LOT bigger

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In defence of defenestration: Microsoft MUST hurl Gates from the Windows

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Re: Always a PC

Our home PC

Quad core, lots of RAM, BD burner, 2TB of HDD, rebuilt from a P4 during Vista so uses XP Pro of course and MS Office 2003 (The last file edit one).

Now I just cannot get on with ribbon menus so that tops out MS Office at 2003. The PC is pretty fast, it does what I need, I still run a couple of MS Dos programmes, which won't run on anything newer.

In our office we have to keep two XP machines around for things we cannot do on anything newer.

if MS did not remove features some of us would go to a newer version.

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Cerberus circles BlackBerry as Canucks warn of more losses

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I Hope

The Illusive Man is a Blackberry fan.

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Bungie ’bois offered ‘early’ access to post-Halo FPS Destiny

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This looks promising

Also a huge mistake by MS.

Bungie are a top level developer and if a publisher had any sense would buy them.

At last PS owners can play one of their games on their own console.

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WTF? Been seeing a lot of recommendations for Mint Linux to newcomers, why?

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A few questions.

Firstly got Mint on a P4 and the NVidia graphics crash on TF2.

Not sure where to look for drivers, how to install them, this is the first Linux PC I have had dealings with.

Secondly what is the best way to learn Linux, as an example what is Linux CD, DIR, NET USE, DEL, RD, MD ect?

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New Development. Where do we go?

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New Development. Where do we go?

OK currently our software is a WIN32 application with a client server ISAM database, but how longer will we be able to sell WIN32 systems when everything else is coming along. All are part of the XBASE family.

So where do we go?

We will need to be able to go SQL despite it not being as quick at certain tasks as our current database engine, I would be happy to keep it as it is on all 3 server platforms, and does have an SQL mode.

The language is a minority database handling language, but pretty good to use, but very few people use it.

We are considering .NET, there is precompiler for the language we use which works with C, and the server work with .NET, still even have ISAM. This would possibly be the lowest risk, easiest move for us.

However there is an antipathy toward MS now which is making us wonder. Win 8 is generally hated, and we are hearing thoughts of MACs and Linux from our customers. Also some people would like to use Android tablets.

So what other options are there?

I have over 25 years as a developer. Happy with object oriented programming, database access, prefer to be able to strict type, hate bossy IDEs.

Some C, a little C++, lots of Clipper, lots of VO, quite a bit of Alaska Xbase++, some VB (I hate VB6 - evil).

I would be happy to go to a more main stream environment, as long at the IDE did not make me want to kill its designer.

I have not even thought about a web environtment yet either.

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EU move to standardise phone chargers is bad news for Apple

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How many people scrapped their Nokias battery?

Had this with pre USB Nokias, they would not charge, even ended up having to have a new battery. it was terrible, often it would not charge and I would need to swap batteries with a collegue.

It took a year to find the issue.

I never leave chargers on, I always plug in appliance then turn on at the wall, as I have done since I first used a charger.

Nolia phones did not like that. Went against everything I have ever done with chargers, if the charger was not on when inserted they were ignored.

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Valve aiming to take the joy(sticks) out of gaming with Steam Controller

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Re: Gonna have to call a FAIL on this one. - custom controllers

The amount of times you hear people moan, I play a PS3 FPS regularly

"They have rapid fire" - actually I know that the gun they accused will not work with rapid fire controllers. The real cause is lag, and running peer to peer.

This game is bad enough with 2 official controllers supported, one lot moan about the other, as a fan of the better controller I said just learn it.

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Re: This looks like a bad idea

Touch pad = DS4

One a PC I think I will stick to KBM and in the living room to a console

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Blighty's great digital radio switchover targets missed AGAIN

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Re: Oh Dear @HMB

Freeview TV

I just end up on a few channels, I like News 24, and other BBC channels, Dave ect

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Re: Lovely Low Quality

Free Birmingham

How many Tiger Tokens?

Our local station disappeared as well!

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Re: DAB. Don't want it. Don't need it.

Local radio travel news.

Any travel news when in the car.

I used to listen to Tommy Vance. RIP

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Re: Not getting it

I transferred about 30 LPs to MD, it was that or buy a new HiFi cassette deck.

I like Minidisc!

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Not getting it

Sticking with FM ot works

Oh and no one does a DAB head unit with built in MD player with CD changer control.

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'Bet Lynch' types BANNED from zoo for upsetting not-so-wildlife

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Giraffe

Did they pet it?

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Re: Perhaps it is just taste

Having an Ebay account I don't dare go there

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Re: Colourblind

Predators tend to use 2 colour systems, prey tend to monochrome, we are unusual for mammals with 3 colour vision.

Birds win the vision race

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Perhaps it is just taste

Also what exactly is a onesy?

Is it a childs pyjamas or romper suit

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Reg readers! You've got 100 MILLION QUID - what would you BLOW it on?

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OK here goes

Buy back the 4G space for digital TV in the form of extra HD channels

Use rest to bribe government to introduce the death sentence for marketing people who insist TV channels have on screen logos.

Even bloody shITV does it now, and I already watch anything on C4 is SD rather than suffer the HD logo.

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Full Steam Ahead: Valve unwraps plans for gaming hardware

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Errmmmm

Actually I am thinking of trying the OS on the quad core and making it dual boot, But next purchase is PS4.

We are allowed multiple game devices.

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Re: Watching with interest Re : Oliver Mayes

I am going to comment on this.

Ok we have a number of consoles including a current generation one. We have 3 PCs. I see a game we want on Steam.

Main PC is a quad core with reasonable graphics and a Steam account

Child PC is a wound up P4 dual boot Steam on Windows, still trying to get TF2 working on Mint

Laptop is dual core, owner will not let Steam near it as they are not PC literate.

Said game requires lots of graphic card ram. Possible to run lower resolution, so Laptop out

Requires DX, dual boot P4 Mint boot removed

Requires latest DX other boot removed, main PC removed (XP - need XP for full screen DOS applications)

Check other stores, not on PSN

So 3 PCs, 2 capable of gaming, none can run a quite simple game. Whereas both proper PCs can handle the HL2 engine fine, Portal, Portal 2, Half Life 2, Team Fortress 2 all run brilliantly. Mass Effect runs fine on the quad core.

Game creators not interested, MS paid for exclusivity on consoles.

But what happens next?

Similar game released free as part of PS+ that will do.

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Dell 'disappears' cut-price Windows XPS 10 RT tab

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The XPS sounds good RT Doesn't

There is a reason so many people still use XP

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Microsoft: Surface is DEAD. Long live the Surface 2!

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Re: those combination car/boat vehicles

Hovervan!

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Re: Can't see the point if - Office

Again if I wanted to word process I would use a laptop.

Not interested in TIKFAM as such.

MSs USP with a tablet SHOULD be WIN32, of not why bother.

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Re: Can't see the point if

Surface Pro

Too many OS too confusing.

TBH in this market an XP or Win 7 laptop would be better for ME.

If it is a tablet. I would go where the apps are.

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Can't see the point if

I cannot run windows executables.

Otherwise may as well use Android or IOS

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Great Britain rebuilt - in Minecraft: Intern reveals 22-BEEELLION block map

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I will get my sons to download

They will like this

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Hardbitten NYC cops: Sir, I'm gonna need you to, er, upgrade to iOS 7

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US Spelling?

At least I know now how they spell available.

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Grand Theft Auto V: Violent, sweary and amazingly ambitious

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Re: I wonder if he's looked at the multiplayer yet,

Not available until October AFAIR

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Am I unusual?

I don't like games where I play as a baddie, yet I like war based games, if it attacks me I will shoot it, but robbing banks ect, just doesn't seem fun.

Yes I did enjoy Dishono(u)red more in stealth mode, and I went through in hard only taking out baddies and the assassins.

So playing as a bank robbing criminal, sorry just doesn't work for me.

BTW My game of the year is The Last Of Us, and to be honest Joel is not nice, but the writing is just superb.

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'Bogus IT guys' slurp £1.3m from Barclays: Cybercops cuff 8 blokes

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Re: Poor bloke

Human 24/7

Can't he have SOME time off?

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IT bloke denies trying to shag sheep outside football ground

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Think a bit

Charged not convicted.

Very embarrasing for the chap concerned, should we make it worse for him?

Oh and did the sheep enjoy it?

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Re: Was it a wool jumper?

And wellies

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Windows Phone overtakes Apple's market share ... in India

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Re: Indian techies

Someone who have never actually dealt with them.

Techie gets out of Uni, gets first job low wages in support team. If they get decent they move to a higher paid place, from there they may go self employed.

The really good Indian techies work in Europe and US, or run companies in India and pay decent wages.

The poor ones stay in the low pay jobs.

I have dealings with a self employed programmer and he is pretty good.

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THE TRUTH about beaver arse milk in your cakes: There's nothing vanilla about vanilla

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Re: Could be worse:

How both are rubbery and inedible

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Re: Meanwhile…

I know to avoid E120, carmine and cochineal

Who wants to eat cactus beetles!

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Official crackdown on Apple fanboi 'shanty town' ahead of London iPhone launch

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How sad

But then I will be going to Game on the 29th on November, but I will not be queueing!

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In MASSIVE surprise, world+dog discovers Nokia checked out Android

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Re: Nokia on Android? decimate

He has knocked a LOT more than 10% offthe value of Nokia

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Peugeot 208 GTi: The original hot hatch makes a comeback

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It is the weight

I replaced my Sunbeam with a Carlton (needed a big saloon), that went OK for its size.

Why?

1200kg is why, lighter than the then current hatches, 1500kg for a hatch some were, ridiculous.

So a light saloon with medium sized engine could hassle a lates 90s warm overweight hatch, despite looking like it should be slower.

The 205GTi worked as it weighed the same as a packet of crisps.

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Re: Enough of the history!

Astra GTE

Aghh

I drove one once. I used to deliver cars for a Vauxhall dealer

The torque steer was horrendous.

Yes it was quick in a straightish line (torque steer), but too powerful for the chassis. Same engine in the Cavalier or Carlton was much more controllable, and top end the Carlton was quicker, (aerodynamic)

I prefered the similar accelerating 3.0 Senator.

It put me off FWD for life!

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Re: Enough of the history!

XR2s

Were no match for my Sunbeam

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Re: Power by Lotus...

All these proper cars, hmmm

About 20 years ago I ran a 1600 Sunbeam for 5 years, it was a great car and as something broke I repalced it with rally car bits. rally springs, exhaust ect.

I used to pick on the current hot hatches and win (XR3is ect).

The big engined small Vauxhalls were similarly fun

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Original hot hatches

Why does everyone forget the Talbot hot hatch?

2.2l of goodness driving the back end.

Perhaps it was too quick!

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Everybody Loves Rayman: Legends dethrones Mario

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My new purchase this week

Is Killzone Mercenary..

A decent FPS for the Vita at last

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Re: Rayman delay on Wii U

That was a very silly thing to do, it was ready months ago.

It would have sold more realeasing it then.

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Wanna boost app speed? Think of the server, and tune 'er to NUMA

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Re: Link to the Presentation

Are you sure it is not Pitt?

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Beat me to it - have an upvote

I wonder if the Panama Canal has been repaired yet?

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BING! Microsoft plants Xbox Music flagpoles in Android and iOS

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Re: But Xbox is games.

Students - they had either a hifi or a motorcycle AFAIR

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But Xbox is games.

And that will be on most peoples minds..

1) It is games

2) I need an MS console to play it

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