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2962 posts • joined 5 Mar 2009

Sony admits PSPs will not fly off shelves, says phones and PS3s will

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Re: and 1/100th of the size/quality.

Well boys would want something more interesting when on a long trip, or early evening when the TV is in use, or I am on the PS3. Or on holiday before bed.

Five minute games, they do not interest me either, I want to either sit in front of the TV, or a PC, not a touch screen phone.

Last portable game I played myself was Killzone Liberation, quite fun, 5 minutes or so a level, not a long time, same device was a godsend when I was in hospital last year with Motorstorm Arctic Edge.

My mobile is OK as a camera, but I would not fancy playing a game on it, even though it is a touchscreen smart phone.

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Our Game has a Vita on display

And it sells them too - met a few customers while browsing

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Re: Perhaps Christmas will help

3DS doesn't interest them now, they are nearly 13 and rarely touch anything Nintendo now (DS and Wiii)

They have tried Wipeout, UC:GA, and a few others in Game.

They would rather play LBP than SMB

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Re: Game for Christmas

Well we already have listed to get the following

Uncharted Golden Abyss

Gravity Rush

LBP Vita

AC III Liberation

Little Deviants

(That B&W game)

Unit 13

That is enough to get for now

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Games

OK, my favourite games series include Uncharted, where is the phone Uncharted game?

Where is the phone Killzone game? Little Big Planet game?

I would rather play a game with a Nathan Drake or a Sack Boy in it.

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Perhaps Christmas will help

Currently saving up for the Twins Christmas presents, no birthday presents this year.

What are we getting?

Two Vitas

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World's tallest tower in massive broadcast FAIL

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Re: Emley Moor

There is a song about Emley Moor, about hats or something

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Sky squeezes even more money from customers, gets fewer new ones

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Managed without F1

Well I won't be joining them, I have not been too bothered about not watching half the races, maybe next year I can give up F1 completely.

That would make Bernie even happier

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Dyson alleges spy stole 'leccy motor secrets for Bosch

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Re: World beating

Same aerial same transmitter.

Analogue was not as great as people thought, what is broadcast is NOT what is transferred around in the studios,

Digital definately looked better, much better colour, resolution was similar.

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Re: World beating

If digital is worse why was digital TV better at picture than analogue.

I did the head to head quite a few years ago. TV was widescreen and IDTV.

BBC1 on 1 was clear, detailed, looked like a DVD.

BBC1 on 91 was noisy, not widescreen, even with edge enhancement lowered it looked poorer.

Definately not as good now as when it was first introduced, when they still used bit rates at DVD level.

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Re: Vaccum maker?

Call a Dyson a Hoover and James will hunt you down, he HATES that term.

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Re: re: Have I stumbled into the "Which" forums?

No but we do want clean carpets and clothes you know!

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Re: Washing machines

It was the drum bearing, went up a LOT so they stopped making them.

But since they cost a lot people do not like to throw them away.

Ours is getting F13 but the water still gets hot, then spin is OK.

I think we will be taking up the M-I-L offer of a new washing machine, but what do we get?

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Re: unwashably clogged

I am, but are you?

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Re: Borrowed time

Just had a letter from Dyson today, no more support from mid December, no spares from end of December and an offer of £50 off at Comet if you pay more than £450.

OK El Reg, can we have washing machine reviews please?

Oh and the M-I-L has offered to pay - again.

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Re: Is it just me

Don't think so.

I am disappointed at the espionage.

Had products from both happy with both except for the washing machine near EOL and disintegrating fridge freezer plastics

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Re: Will Apple be next in line?

I think he means the ballbarrow not the other chap!

Or if he does, learn you Dysons, James is the engineer, and Freeman is Gordons dad.

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Re: unwashably clogged

I removed the yellow plastic things filter, it was totally clogged and was not cleaning very well.

It does mean I have to clean the other filters more, but I will stick a new one in sometime.

Stripping the cyclone down every couple of years and airlining it clean helps a lot too.

Our other vacuum cleaner has a bag, never replaced, as it is rarely used dry.

Vax 4000 we use it 90% as a carpet washer, 9% drain unblocker, 1% I could not find the DC02. Also the only vacuum cleaner we have had which needed a holiday in a repair place (pump went).

Dyson products are interesting technically, he makes good use of engineering plastics.

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Re: Re - I used to think dyson was a prick...

But unlike you he made the connection and worked for a long time to make it work.

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Cyclones

A common concept, been used for Diesel loco air filters, JD saw it on wood saws.

James Dyson is VERY good at thinking of new uses for established ideas. The cyclone vacuum cleaner is so obvious once you see one, but he produced one first.

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Re: I can say

Well we would get our washing machine checked but how long before the drum bearing fails and it is scrap.

Never needed support for the vacuums, I just strip and clean occasionally and they keep going.

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Re: World beating

At first digital was much better, then they started slashing the bit rate.

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Re: Bah!

Ours is fine too, just needs a new foam filter base

So far I have had to strip and clean the cyclone once in all the time we had it, why we got it is funny.

My wife wanted a Dyson we had a DC02 (I think, now in garage, power head worn out, but fine for car), her mum bought a purple newer model, but it gave her back ache as the metal pipe was too short. So she bought something else and my wife grabbed the Dyson.

My wife then extended the metal pipe and it was fine.

We still use it.

3 Dyson products, support can be good, but as before the washing machine is on borrowed time.

I am disappointed with Bosch, they are good enough to do this them selves, why espionage?

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Re: I can't say

Our vacuum cleaner is not that new and works well (Dyson)

The CR01 or 02 is about 10 years old, and limps along.

The Fridge Freezer (Bosch) is about 14 years old but the door handles have gone brittle.

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Re: That sucks...

Don't know, but they employ a lot more people now

Pity they dropped out of the washing machine market

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Re: My wife's washing machine

Well it is, it was a present from her mum, for her, therefore it is her washing machine.

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Re: I like both brands.

Our vacuum cleaner works well, had to slightly modify the foam filter as it was unwashably clogged.

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Interesting

We have goods from both.

I am not particularly happy with Dyson at the moment. My wife's washing machine is getting tatty but spares are getting difficult, it comes up with faults but we cannot afford the callout as it is on borrowed time anyway, we would spend the £100 or so then the bearing could fail the following day and we would have wasted it.

We were considering Bosch as our fridge freezer, oven hob and car ECU are all Bosch, and reliable.

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Hitachi buys Horizon to save UK's nuclear future

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Rail

At least when they try things out they use our local companies, look up the Hayabusa project, a Hybrid Diesel locomotive, used Brush to do all the heavy work converted a HST power car, Brush name their prototypes after birds of prey, Hitachi thought about this.

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Hitachi

Like a lot of Japanese companies, seem to like working here quite a bit.

They also like working with UK companies.

Should be interesting

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Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid car review

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DIY LPG

I followed COP II, I had it inspected afterwards. It passed.

I have seen very poor professional installs, including routing wiring next to exhaust components.

The you must have a professional install for LPG is rubbish, it is not that difficult, if you can do serious car maintenance you can do it.

Seven years on a DIY install still working, I am happy. I took my time and did it properly, no running wiring under the car, I took it through the insides, I managed to very carefully route the piping and tuck it out of the way.

I know of quite a few DIY installs and they are all a lot better sorted than a lot of professional installs.

A lot of professional installs do not even remove the inlet manifold to drill it, so any swarf that drops in goes in the engine.

Sorry with LPG I am getting it done properly, by me.

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Re: Manifold drilling

That was not difficult, took me about an hour.

4 weekends to convert a 6 cylinder car with fuel injection to a SGI LPG system

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Re: Are they environmentally friendly?

But they create very little in pollutants.

Don't know about scooters (wouldn't touch them) but my 4 stroke moped was pretty clean.

200mpg on a bad day is what I would call clean, pity it only did about 40

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Re: Elephant in the room

I use LPG.

It saves me about £150 a month

As to fitting I prefer DIY

Injection cars are easier the electrical systems piggyback

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Re: Are they environmentally friendly?

Very much so, my last one I had did 200mpg on a bad day back in the 70s

The 250cc bikes I used for years would do 60mpg being thrashed and 80mpg at 80mph.

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Re: What I find objectionable is

Yes but why do mopeds pay it?

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What I find objectionable is

Why these cars which clog the roads up and damage the road surface just like any other car pay no road tax.

I think it is obscene.

Yet a moped has to pay, bloody ridiculous.

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Jimmy Savile ringtones still selling like hot cakes on iTunes

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Re: Wait. What?

I haev never bought any, but managed to find a ring ring for my work phone.

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Thats was similar to the technique used to

get rid of blue LED lights on cars.

I think it was a gay dating thing, they invented.

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Dr No, Thunderball, Casino Royale? Vote now for the best Bond film

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Too difficult

Can you wait until I have rewatched them all?

Got a few DVDs to sell now as well.

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Latest PS3 hack hits Sony with massive migraine

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Re: most companies missread this.

All the big companies including Sony, Pioneer, Phillips, ect were chasing quality with SACD and DVD-Audio, they thought it was the future, so did a lot of people.

But instead mp3 sadly won.

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Re: Rootkit & studios

Didn't the parent company get very annoyed at this?

AFAIR it was BMG. And Japan hated it.

As to copy protection, yes I have come across it, not a Sony studio (most of their acts are useless), but I replaced it 4 or 5 times because my DVD player would not play it.

It was a Sony player (1st gen) and would only play red book CDs.

I ended up ripping and burning it!

I would say a lot of Sonys issues now are due to media problems, such as BMG, personally I like their games studios, but the rest is causing problems. And you know whose fault it is, all those people who bought the wrong VCRs.

So if you bought a Vhs VCR rather than a Beta VCR that is why Sony bought studios. I still have an indestructable Sanyo working.

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James Bond doesn't do CGI: Inside 007's amazing real-world action

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Octopussy jet sequence

I remember this well, it was on the UK Beta HiFi demo tape.

Lots of people looking surprised at the picture and sound, cannot find any online, I might have to dig it out and transfer to the PC.

Can't remember if it was with my VTCM40 or my SLHF950

My first taste of home cinema sound.

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Windows 8: Is Microsoft's new OS too odd to handle?

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Re:the ribbon

Why should I go to the effort? I have been able to use MS Word since it first appeared in Windows, I use it occasionally, like once or twice a week.

Where is File Save, File Saveas, something I am used to on lots of programs?

I have much more important things to do with my time than waste it on learning a tool I only need to use very occasionally, and one I knew how to use before they messed it up.

If I am going to sit there learning, I would rather learn something usefull, like improving my C knowleage. Now what is more useful to me, learning ribbon and what each pretty little picture does,or XML and JSON.

On my new work PC (Win7 64bit) I wanted to look at newsgroups, but I could not make head nor tail of the Win 7 Outlook Express replacement, so I took the easy route and downloaded Thunderbird. Most ribbon infected programs have non ribbon infected shareware or freeware alternatives

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Re: Ribbon

Yes it still makes no sense what so ever to me.

File Edit FTW

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BBC pulls plug Ceefax ahead of analogue TV's end tonight

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Performance

Well I have seen varying

Worst - I think the Nokia dodgy box was slow, IDTV was slightly better when Sony got round to writing the text software (RIP TVonics*).

After Ondodgy went bump the loan Nokia failed before they could reclaim it# So got a Pace Twin and retired the Sanyo M40, now the Pace (POS) was quicker than the TV.

Humax HDR Freesat Text, similar to the Pace, not THAT quick, rarely use it.

New Sony LCD, well that has the quickest digital text I have used.

* Where do you think TVonics came from? A few of them were from the Sony IDTV development team.

There was a time Sony bought in a cheapo PVR and rebadged, yet made a PVR badged as TVonics

# Only loan until my CAM arrived, and the software was updated to handle it. I had a first generation IDTV.

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Digital text or press green to eff off.

Ah the press record rubbish.

Digital text has been here since early 2000s, I think it was 2001 or similar, a bit slow at first but later decoders were faster.

I do not press red that is very silly, I always use the text button, anyway BBC it should say press green.

For a month or 2 I had to watch BBC news on delay, until a complaint got them to mention green.

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Publicity Stunt of the Week: Ten bizarre phone insurance claims

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Cow

A vet.

Must not make a call while rearranging a calf.

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Car roof

Am I the only person more worried about paint damage than dropping a phone?

Put something on the roof?

What!!!! you might scratch the paint!!!!!

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Brazilians strip Google News bare: News barons decide to pull out

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I like google news

An easy way of finding all thenews articles I want to read.

And I never go to sites not linked onthere as they don't exist.

Type in a common new search term eg Saville, Badger, Flooding or something like that, and see what comes up.

And more which sites do NOT come up.

BBC, Telegraph, Guardian, Independant ALWAYS come up

Mail, Yahoo, Metro, ITV OFTEN come up

Local papers here.

Mirror, Scum SOMETIMES come up

Express, Times, Star RARELY come up

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