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MARS NEEDS WOMEN, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less

Colin Ritchie
Coat

Facebook's take on it.

"Houston, we have a problem."

"What?"

"Never Mind."

"What's the problem?"

"Nothing."

"Please tell us."

"I'm fine."

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Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Cans are a very personal choice.

I use Grado SR60i for domestic sounds and Sennheiser PX100 - II foldaways for traveling. Bleats or Bozos are way overpriced for the quality and Apple buds are a pain in the canals imho. Each to their own.

Picking up a pair of Rogers LS6a speakers very soon, they will destroy even some of the most expensive earwarmers.

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Is Apple incubating a Macbook, iPad bastard child?

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: This sounds like Windows 8 territory

"Called Launchpad and turned up in OS7."

Called Launcher and first appeared in System 7 about 23 years ago. To be precise.

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Our Vultures peck at new Doctor Who: Exterminate or, er ... carrion?

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Docter Who?

Capaldi combines echoes of Hartnell and Pertwee while creating his own irascible persona for the Doctor.

In a post Saville BEEB an older timelord is duty bound to not approve of the hugging.

Liking the chemistry but the scripts need more work I feel.

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TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: >> Thin, mostly plastic objects are snappy.

We discovered that you could shatter shatterproof rulers at about -24ºc with enough sudden force applied with a blunt metal object or a concrete floor and a 50 ft drop. Safety goggles were an after thought but we all survived. :)

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BENDY iPhone 6, you say? Pah, warp claims are bent out of shape: Consumer Reports

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: Headline should read "Note 3 Twice as Strong as iPhone 6"

Thanks for the link Cray, very interesting stuff and a good point from an engineering perspective. I am merely paraphrasing the test shown in the article, the plastic phones bend and break at the same time/force, ergo they don't bend until they break from the point of view of this test.

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Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: Headline should read "Note 3 Twice as Strong as iPhone 6"

Metal bends before it breaks, plastic doesn't. Thin metal is weaker than thick plastic. News at 11!

Materials technology is at its limit when designers insist on thinner, smaller and lighter.

In the bike industry they say "You can have Light, Strong or Cheap. Pick two.".

I chose plastic too, a Moto 4G with rubber back plate. Robust is how you make it.

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A Norsified Linux for Windows and OS X wobblers

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: Bottom Dock/Panel

In OS X you can have the dock left or right mounted too, it is just at the bottom by default. Like the new Linux flavour, I might even build one one day.

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Scotland wins WORLD RECORD as voters head to referendum polls

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Computer Engineers.

Designing a system's performance within the power limits, how revolutionary. ;)

Grats to the Burgh, well played indeed.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: Meeeh

Great backbone, ideas of a jellyfish. FTFY

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Be afraid.

Señor Dabbs, I would get worried if the missus uses the same excuse to research the word cockcage....

"Yes dear, apparently it measures the number of Sales Guys on a single office floor."

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Ballmer PERSONALLY wrote Windows' Blue Screen of Death text

Colin Ritchie
Windows

BSoAD

Ballmer's instructions are very concise, unfortunately the fame of its familiarity to practically every Windows user in creation is more than a little Pyrrhic.

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Lenovorola TRIPLE-ola: New Moto G, Moto X and 360 wristputer UNZIPPED

Colin Ritchie
Windows

4G Moto G is the sweet spot.

I have the 4G 4.5" screen Moto G it is the best of both worlds and expandable with up to 32 Gb SD cards.

Love it and it fits in my pocket, only £110 on O2 payg and switching to Giff Gaff to save on the bill. The bigger one has 3G only and doesn't fit my jeans.

No improvement.

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Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: @MacroRodent

Judging by Sinofsky's payout when he left M$, you may find that the names have been changed to protect the guilty.

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Weekend reads to tickle your intellectual palate: From Nazis to Invisibility

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Wordsmith alert!

Spat, the perfect word for a disagreement between punks.

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Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: I bought the last of the non retina range.

Fast is relative, the "crappy" 6 Gbps (not 3 on the 2011+ models, please do your homework properly) interface still gives a much faster boot time and app launch with an SSD over the original HDD.

Note: I am comparing these 2 items in terms of speed relative to each other.

Furthermore I expect to be able to replace/upgrade faulty RAM and HDDs myself, hence my desire for the older design. The lifespans of these machines are greatly increased by replaceable items at low cost.

Our last repair that Applecare picked up the bill for was £750 worth of logic board failure on a 2007 MBP 15, half the original cost of the Macbook.

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Colin Ritchie
Windows

I bought the last of the non retina range.

Seeing the way Apple want to lock down all the components now; I bought the non soldered and glued non retina models instead. My mum's one got 8 Gb RAM for £38 and will have a nice fast SSD when the HDD dies. My cousin's MBP 13 will get the same treatment when needed.

The main drawback to the newer kit is, you have to hand it back to Apple for any hardware replacement and Applecare is almost mandatory.

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Microsoft cries UNINSTALL in the wake of Blue Screens of Death™

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Break it anyway with ABP, NoScript and DoNotTrackMe.

What M$ ads?

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Hackers' Paradise: The rise of soft options and the demise of hard choices

Colin Ritchie
Windows

I have a question.

How do MMUs relate to the Windows Registry?

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XBOX One will learn to play media from USB and DLNA sources

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Can't think why they want to make it more useful.

8.1 million PS 4 buyers versus 4.5 million Xboners, Sony making M$ look unattractive never goes down well.

http://www.statista.com/statistics/268966/total-number-of-game-consoles-sold-worldwide-by-console-type/

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Microsoft: Just what the world needs – a $25 Nokia dumbphone

Colin Ritchie
Windows

These things still sell?

My Motorola Razer V3i from 2004 did all that and more for £36 (secondhand) and folded up so you didn't make calls from yer pocket. 130 million sold, the world's most popular clam shell phone. Hope the 3rd world is ready for such a Nokia game changer.....

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Robot snaps on yellow RUBBER GLOVES, preps to invade Canada

Colin Ritchie
Windows

I'm wondering if you meant wandering robot?

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X marks the chop: Microsoft takes axe to Nokia's Android venture

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Shooting X makes sense to the Win Borg.

Today M$ celebrates ridding the world of one more Android competitor while retaining all the R&D and patents they wanted. Now they just need to buy up and kill Motorola, HTC, Sony and all the other little league Androids to make it a 3 horse race properly. Apple, Samsung, Microsoft choose your masques.

Meanwhile the Moto G 4G continues to frustrate their budget ambitions.

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Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Chaosium over TSR any day.

I played a lot of RPGs, the system I liked best was Chaosium's Runequest, used in many other iterations: Call of Cthuhlu, Stormbringer etc.

Gumshoe, the original game was an awesome concept but not enough people play. Shame.

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Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Go NADs indeed.

I attached my Mac Pro 3,1 to my ancient NAD 3020e via an optical cable and an ARCAM rDAC.

The Rogers LS2a speakers (also venerable) sound fantastic fed this way and I will happily pass the speakers and amp to the next generation when I'm too deaf to enjoy them.

Tell me about this sound bar malarky again, none of them I've heard are a patch on the £250 worth of ebay audio amp & speaker combo above.

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Apple OS X Yosemite 4 TIMES more popular than Mavericks

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Mavericks doesn't need love.

Running Snowy, Mounty and Mavy on 3 different machines, they all do what is needed and run very nicely but Mavericks is the least inspiring of the 3 to use. No noticeable improvements over ML and both had Rosetta removed so Snowy is the winner for backwards compatibility. Why bovver I thought.

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Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 world conquest plan: folders!

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Folders in a UI who'da thunk it?

I think the first folder I created on a workbench was in AmigaOS on a 500 about 1988, or maybe an Atari ST, can't remember...

Since then I kinda took it for granted that any Folder based UI would have creatable folders in it.... like all of them.

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Fearful of the drone-filled skies? Get some protection

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: So how does this connect ...

GE's Minigun is for pussies, Goalkeeper is the real deal for swatting undesirables from your personal airspace:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goalkeeper_CIWS

The GAU-8/A Avenger 30 mm Gatling gun, as used by the A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft, was selected for the system. The 30 mm round has a greater mass than the M61 Vulcan used in the Phalanx CIWS, so it provides much greater destructive power with similar muzzle velocity and range.

The system's reaction time to a Mach 2 sea-skimming missile such as the Russian SS-N-22 Sunburn from automatic detection to kill is reported to be 5.5 seconds with the firing synchronized to start the engagement at a range of 1,500 m and ending with a kill at 300 m.

Them Cloggies know the score when it comes to lead curtains.

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Top 10 tech essentials for the festival season

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Hmm Solar Bag.

Sod festivals, that bag is going on my back as my Ninja's new bikelock holder. The No Fear one I have worn to death over 12 years has had it and can't charge my tat either.

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'Cortana-gate' ruins Satya Nadella's Microsoft honeymoon

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: compete with Apple's Siri and Google Now

"why do MS insist on having location turned on for even the most trivial tasks?"

Maybe they think Winphone and Surface owners are so special they have to know where you are at all times. I think we may have to spell special another way here.

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Alienware says it WILL ship a Steam Machine in 2014 – running Windows

Colin Ritchie
Windows

2 USB ports?

If you wander over to sites with a rear view of the Alpha you will find another 4 USB on the back.

Not as useful as front mounted ones granted.

Having looked at an X51 and its paltry 330w PSU trying to drive an i5 and a GTX660 (it runs dry eventually) I wouldn't recommend a Dellienware to anyone. How the mighty fall.

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Dell bulks up its low end with tablet and convertible updates

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Too many TLAs

Europe, the Middle East and Africa, usually abbreviated as EMEA.

APJ? No idea... Australia, Pacific and Japan possibly?

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Chuh. Heavy, dude: HP ZBook 17 mobile workstation

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Mobile workstation?

Until they fix the Quadro drivers I will refer to it as the Fat Laptop with the Dodgy Screen.

Shame cos the Z1 workstation looks fantastic compared but is deskbound.

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: Hard to know what to buy

Sennheiser PX-100 foldaway headphones are about £40 and sound great, Grados SR60i headphones are even better but about £100 a pop. Pays yer money takes yer choice, I use both.

http://www.whathifi.com/review/sennheiser-px100-ii

http://www.whathifi.com/review/grado-sr60i

I didn't down vote anyone btw.

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Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: Pono Player

I think the Moto 4G will fix that for ≠Spartacus:

http://www.trustedreviews.com/opinions/moto-g-4g-vs-moto-g.

The article is not wrong in the 40 years of Audio Stagnation, my NAD 3020 amp and Rogers LS2a speakers still sound as good now as they did when built... about 40 years ago. The upside of this is good hi-fi is about £100 a lump on ebay and easy to use. Apple make nice looking stuff and their top end kit is found in recording studios often, buying up another music industry playa's business is probably just consolidation of the M$ of music rep it wants.

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The weird and wonderful mind of H.R Giger is no more

Colin Ritchie
Windows

RIP

The term visionary is often overused, except in the case of Herr Giger. Nuff said.

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Dell charges £5 to switch on power-saving for new PCs (it takes 5 clicks)

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Good job they don't charge for Customer Care too.

We have plenty of Dell laptops and desktops at work and they all work to a given level of performance. Slow, generally flaky and frustratingly old at times they do deliver a service for a very low price.

The real weak point in Dell's arsenal seems to be attempting to buy anything off them in the first place or trying to get anything fixed afterwards. Fortunately our IT Dept is extremely good at fixing stuff back up without Dell's help.

If you peruse all the customer reviews of recent Dell and Alienware products you will find a solid percentage of punters with a gripe on either or both subjects. Machines sent out DOA, with the wrong spec or an annoying flaw/incompatibility previously not mentioned and the huge amount of amusement caused by Customer Care trying to rectify the cock up.

Fair play to Dell for keeping the bad ones displayed along with the fawning and drooling reviews, but they do stack them up in number of stars order so all the crappy reviews are at the back of the list.

Go read then consider if cheap is worth it.

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Nothing's as SCARY as an overly aggressive SOFTWARE PIMP

Colin Ritchie
Windows

£90 for an En-gerr-land shirt?

Seems a bit steep, they could get a bellend tattooed on their forehead for half that much I'm sure. Wouldn't need upgrading next World Cup either...

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iFixit boss: Apple has 'done everything it can to put repair guys out of business'

Colin Ritchie
Windows

No need to imagine.

I bought a 60GB iPod Photo which lasted 7 years on 2 replacement batteries, no screens and no clickwheels needed, PC World replaced it with a 160GB iPod Classic under warranty when the hard drive finally went senile. £2 a month insurance ftw!

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Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: class action lawsuit

That legal spat is 10 years old, back then I was replacing iPod batteries myself with a £15 kit from eBay (fresh battery included), far cheaper than fighting a megacorp in court.

Today Apple offer a battery replacement service by giving you a new or refurbished iThing for a modest fee. Apple now control the disposal of your old device this way. How many landfill Android devices have the same service on offer? Not something to be very smug about at all.

http://support.apple.com/kb/index?page=servicefaq&geo=United_Kingdom&product=ipod&select=BATTERY_REPLACEMENT

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Colin Ritchie
Windows

Apple want you to buy AppleCare.

I have owned 3 iMacs and 1 Mac Pro, my GF's son has had 2 MacBook Pros and we have had 4 iPods between us. When the iMacs were easy to open and fix myself that is exactly what I did, the Mac Pro was the same, no need for a 3 year warranty. The MacBooks were the opposite in approach. AppleCare for both of them, and well worth the money as it proved. A knackered logic board after 2 and a half years would have been £750 to repair but the warranty meant free. The iPods have died from drops and old age, warranties meant we only paid for the original pod not the replacement.

This is how Apple want it and if that is what you want then buy the iThing. When the desktop range went sealed unit too I built a Hackintosh instead.

If you don't, you know what to do. Samsung and Lenovo will happily take your money too.

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Haunted Empire calls Apple 'a cult built around a dead man.' Tim Cook calls it 'nonsense'

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: Who are you calling a cult?

As a Tech agnostic with a home built Hackintosh I claim neutrality on the subject of Apple's influence on the industry. I like OS X but have no wish to donate excessive funds to the cause. As for iOS my phone is Android and augmented by an iPod touch for media use.

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Colin Ritchie
Windows

Who are you calling a cult?

When Steve Jobs was directing Apple's future from the brink of financial and market share obscurity Apple could have been considered a cult. Secretive, expensive, rarely seen in public and with a tiny user base outside specific industries (Video and Audio, 3D CAD etc.) Apple was effectively a cult.

Today they are a colossal business with wealth, popularity of product and high profile in a burgeoning tech market. Jobs is gone and Apple will develop along a different line because of this, their market is established and they are raking the benefits, the cult is over, now it is a mainstream religion.

The fact that some pundit can write a name calling rant and publish it with such high visibility just shows how mainstream this market is.

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Beastie Boys settle with toy maker over Girls copyright dispute

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Re: "encourages stealing from others."

http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/permission-sampled-music-sample-clearance-30165.html

The BBs sampled anyone they could reach, the nature of Hip Hop is to canabalise any other music to make a fresh new sound, ripping off another artist's work without permission is very likely to attract legal attention.

Weird Al Yankovic always asks permission before recording and distributing parody versions of other artist's work. He has never released any of his Prince parodies because Prince refused to let him.

If you respect an artist you should act the same way. Lack of respect leads to litigation.

Go ask the Justified Ancients of Mumu who had to burn the entire stock of their first album 1987 just because ABBA took exception to their baby voice synth version of Dancing Queen, used without permission.

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Colin Ritchie
Windows

I can't stand it, I know ya planned it.

The Beasties will always have a place in my heart for making Rap an acceptable occupation for grumpy old white guys. Any adman messing with their legacy gets what he deserves.

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Crap turnover, sucky margins: TV is a 'terrible business' – Steve Jobs

Colin Ritchie
Windows

Pay for a telly? Soooo 1990s.

My last 2 TVs have been free cast offs, a 36" CRT the size of a fridge and a 42" Toshiba LCD which was deemed "too small" by its owner and replaced with a 50" plasma. Previous to that a tiny Sony Trinitron lasted 20 years thanks to several cheap repair jobs.

Apple's MO doesn't fit a market filled with sub £300 flatscreen units that last at least 5 years on average and can come with Internet channels, on demand and recording hard drives pre built in.

Bang & Olufsen buyers would be Apple's target market and it is tiny.

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Microsoft was 'willing' to buy WhatsApp says Bill Gates

Colin Ritchie
Headmaster

Re: Has Bill gone senile?

I think you mean kowtowing not towing a cow, but I can see how this could be confused when M$ is involved.

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Apple flops out latest OS X Mavericks beta, hopes sound+graphics sorted

Colin Ritchie

Dodging Mavericks till 10.10 arrives.

My Mac Pro 3,1 is staying on Snow Leopard so it can still use my massive library of Rosetta enabled legacy software, my Hackintosh is staying on Mountain Lion until Mavericks is all fixed and abandoned for the next iteration.

As the Dutch say, "The early bird is for the cat.".

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BT caught in data gaffe drama: Whistleblower squeals over alleged email fail

Colin Ritchie
Windows

They demanded I change my password then wouldn't let me.....

I received a phishing attack on my BTmail account claiming that it was about to be suspended. Contacting BT about it, I was instructed to change my password, trying to do so I was bounced by the system because it thought I had already been compromised.

20 minutes on the phone to India got that fixed and I managed to remind them about the £50 voucher they had forgotten to send me when I signed up for Infinity.

Guilty consciences must have kicked in cos the voucher arrived today.

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Fee fie Firefox: Mozilla's lawyers probe Dell over browser install charge

Colin Ritchie
Windows

People still buy Dell?

Desperate times at Dell towers when they have to try and wring another sixteen bucks out of idiots too dumb to install their own browser of choice. Hope they have a better plan in the pipeline...

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