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* Posts by jason 7

1556 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

The Dragon 32 is 30

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Re: Was the UK that far ahead of US?

The difference between the UK and USA markets was the price.

In the USA you had Apple II/IBMs being pushed for $1000+ and a few lesser machines.

In the UK you had a mass of machines being pushed in the £200-£400 bracket. Xmas 1983 was a major turning point for many UK kids including many of us here.

Plus there was a big educational push in the UK around that time on the BBC TV about what the 'microcomputer revolution' could do which helped kids leverage their parents into buying one.

By 1984 indeed most of my friends had a 48K Spectrum. The tape swapping was constant.

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Stick in a disc??!!

Hello Grandad!

Heheheee

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Windows 8 'bad' for desktop users - Gartner's one-word review

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I handed my Windows 8 laptop to my old Boss......

...yesterday.

Told him to switch it on and try to do some stuff and then shut it down.

This is a guy who has been working with computers for 30+ years.

Was like watching a new born foal on a ice rink.

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Re: I wonder.....

Well the current release that we have all seen of Windows 8 actually has all the Start Button code removed so a reg key wont work. Nothing short of a whole new UI upgrade will give that functionality back, hence why I wonder if there are 'two versions' in parallel development just in case.

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I wonder.....

.....if there are two development channels at MS for Windows 8.

1 is the current version of 8 we are seeing and that MS wants to push.

2 is a version of 8 that has the Start menu etc. still incorporated and could be pushed out a few months later as Windows 8 Sp1 should the press/market reaction be totally diabolical.

We shall see.

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Re: Another Vista?

Sorry the only part you got right there was piss poor driver support.

That wasn't really MS's fault, just lazy companies that had plenty of warning but had got lazy with XP being in the channel so long.

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What happens when Facebook follows MySpace?

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FAIL

And you totally missed the real point of my post.

Basically, what's important to preserve for you, means jack/garbage to everyone else.

So why bother if it only need to last as long as you do.

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jason 7
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Mushroom

Yeah everyone is worried about the contents of their trivial lives being available for thousands of years like the tombs of the Pharaohs.

On one audio forum I post on they often ask which brand of blank CD gives the longest archive life for playback.

I mentioned that they only have to last for their lifetime. They were perplexed as to why I wouldn't want them to last say 200 years+.

They only have to last your lifetime because as soon as you die, Grandad's dusty old collection of 5000 obscure jazz LP needledrops will be heading for a skip! Same goes for most of your prized possessions.

No one wants old people's crap anymore, just the money, the house and the jewellery if there is any.

Some found that hard to comprehend and others enlightening.

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FAIL

It's hilarious really.

Move on a thousand years and most likely historians will know far less about the first half of the 21st century than any other due to the loss of digital records and data.

By the 22nd century I bet there will be less actual usable archive material from the 21st Century then the 19th and 20th.

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Re: Why not just...

Do you know what...folks would only want to see maybe 5 of them if they are honest.

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Why British TV drama is crap – and why this matters to tech firms

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Re: So what about these?

Exactly, not many on that list made in the past 5 years let alone 10.

The quality has nosedived. Those that are mentioned are so processed and reconstituted to appeal to the US market its not funny.

And Dr Who.....is total bumgravy. Emperors new clothes or what? You had Tennant running around shouting "Oh the human race is sooo marrrvellous!" and gurning like Les Dawson then you have Matt Smith doing his best Three Stooges impression, the joke being..there is only one of them. (I nicked that line from a well known comedy from an age when the BBC had good comedy).

Current BBC drama motto - Look depressed and shout so loud some spit comes out and folks will think it's quality.

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I can't really comment.....

...as I havent watched any British drama on BBC or ITV is some years.

The same goes for comedy.

What I have seen on advert previews does look like flashy angles and lighting and little else.

What do we watch? Well all the US imports and a lot of the Euro imports such as Spiral/Wallander etc.

British TV is now largely irrelevant.

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Darth Vader is a pansy

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Re: "excuse me The Black Hole is an Awesome movie"

I'm sorry but Slim Pickens doing anything is extremely cool. He WAS a cowboy old-timer!

He could have just read the phone book and it would have been entertaining.

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Watching Olympics at work? How to avoid a £1k telly-tax fine

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Instead of worrying about the legal issues...

..why not just do some work like you are bloody paid to do?

I was amazed listening to the radio in the car the other day some person was babbling on R4 about how employers might cope with allowing staff time off to see the Olympics.

I thought that was already dealt with by actual annual holiday entitlement and minimum staffing levels.

Essentially -

"Sorry Bob but Dan and Julie already have those two weeks booked off, they got their request in early, so you can have the next two weeks, no problem. Sorry chap!"

Quite why it needs a whole new special holiday strategy I don't know.

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Microsoft 'didn't notice' it had removed Browser Choice for 17 months

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Meh

Still in the updates....

I still keep deleting it from the updates list when I build or configure a new machine.

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Dell Inspiron 17R SE 17in Ivy Bridge notebook review

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Re: 5400rpm drive?

Possibly but I've swapped many such drives for 7200rpm ones with no ill effect.

10p saved here..10 saved there....

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WTF?

5400rpm drive?

Where the hell do they keep finding these?

Is there some Eastern European warehouse somewhere that was discovered full of 2004 technology?

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Behold: First look at Office 2013, with screenshots

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Re: I don't understand

It happens when you stop bringing staff up through the company to the higher management levels.

You bring in others from outside the company (to inject 'new ideas and dynamics') to the decision making roles and it all goes to crap.

The new guys go "Hey guys we are going to make them all red! It's going to be radical and new!"

The guys under them that came up through the company just sit and roll their eyes thinking "Oh jeez we did that 20 years ago and it didn't work!"

If you then put your hand up to say (with all due respect) that it won't work, you get branded 'negative' and thats your career put into the sinbin.

Anyone see 'Undercover Boss' last night about Paddy Power? Classic example of an Executive Board that had never even been in a Betting Office let alone worked in one trying to run such a business. Hopeless.

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MS Office?

Software for Girls!

Real men avoid spreadsheets and presentations.

Its a known fact that if you get rid of Powerpoint in a large organisation you can get rid of 25% of your office/project/managerial staff due to them having nothing to do. Makes the other 75% more productive by not having to look at them.

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Prince Charles whips out jumbo red ball for Blighty's code-breakers

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Re: What would Turing think?

Hmmm I want to vote you both up...tough call.

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Sigma SD1 Merill 46Mp DSLR

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Re: Only the Foveon concept isn't particularly good

I must admit it was a good point that someone mentioned earlier.

There they are these photography enthusiasts that spend £7000+ on a 30+ megapixel digital camera, the finest lenses, going to great lengths to capture that perfect shot, then spend hours tweaking it further in £1000 worth of Photoshop.

To then have to shrink it down, post it up on a website for us to all see via our crappy 6bit TN 1366x768 laptop screens or smartphones. Perfection!

Thanks for all the effort but a pic from a £200 point and shoot would have done most likely.

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BBC mulls seizing the wheel of Local TV

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Waste of time and money.

I live in Norwich and the local TV and BBC Radio Norfolk are terrible. We certainly don't need a Norwich TV channel.

I can just imagine loads of horrible cheap 'community' programs about the plight of local Pensioners/Unemployed/Youth/Drug Addicts/Market sellers etc. etc. Christ how dreary.

When I retune my Freeview box I always go through and delete about 40 channels I never watch. I guess this would be another.

Less is more.

I feel that maybe this kind of 'community' stuff could be better shown via some kind of regional part of iPlayer over the web.

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Apple MacBook Pro 13in

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Re: but still only just managed 30fps when running Far Cry 2

Wow what an article!

Total 100% tech market bumph with zero actual real world results.

You can write all the tech bumph you like about a product but unless you show what it does with real world apps and hardware it means jack. Look at all the AMD hype about Bulldozer for example. Looked like the second coming before launch day and the NDAs expired, then......

Flashy tech flowcharts mean nothing. If you are into GPU stuff we've seen plenty of Intel HD graphics reviews and it 99% of games it gets slaughtered. It's better than the last Intel GPU generation but its still 5 years behind AMD and Nvidia.

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Re: but still only just managed 30fps when running Far Cry 2

Yes the Reg reviewers might want to take a look at HardOCP's graphics card reviews to see what info we really need for "it just managed 30fps" to be valid.

So if it just managed 30FPS I guess 50% of the time it was running in single figures then?

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Oh god no!

This review was going okay then went out the window when you said - "although its 1280 x 800 resolution should perhaps have been tweaked to the slighter more widescreen 1366 x 768 that is now standard amongst 13in PC laptops."

No.

1366x768 is a total curse in the laptop world. It's the lowest of the low for laptop screen res.

The screen would be better as a 1400x900 or higher for the price.

For a device that probably will mainly be used for browsing you don't really want to lower the depth do you!

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CSC bundles NHS IT fiasco staff out the door

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Re: I too was thinking the same thing....

Sorry that sounds like the usual failing management mumbo jumbo BS used to cover ones tracks.

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I too was thinking the same thing....

...and you beat me to it.

Amazes me that the dickheads responsible for faliure get to ruin another project and the poor sods that fought against them to do it properly get the bullet.

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Microsoft sets October date for Windows 8 release

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Re: MS can afford to sell this OS cheap.

Because like you and most others have totally missed the point about what Windows 8 is all about.

Its not about getting rid of the Start button. Its not about all the UI changes.

Its all about pushing folks to buy Metro Apps. The changes are just to push folks into Metro land. There they will buy all the fart apps they so desire, cos if Android and Apple App Stores are anything to go by, people love to buy crap. MS wants in on that big time.

MS knows full well that Windows 8 is not going to be the corporate OS of choice. It's mainly going to be domestic. So they get the Metro infrastructure incorporated into employees homes and media devices and that then gains acceptance into the corporate field through familiarity and ubiquity for Windows 9 (basically Windows 8 Corporate edition).

Windows 9 may not even have a 'desktop'.

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jason 7
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MS can afford to sell this OS cheap.

And no not because most of us here think its a bit lacking in a few areas.

But because they aim to make 30% on all the apps they are hoping folks will buy through Metro land.

This is the first OS that MS can make money from the customer all the way through the life of the OS.

I'm wondering what their projected revenue per Windows 8 user is? Probably a bit more then the usual £70 OEM copy gypsy like myself.

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Your over confidence astounds me!

"Her boss Steve Ballmer claimed that Windows 8 would be the biggest deal for Microsoft in 17 years, since the launch of Windows 95."

Oh dear, someone's going to be a bit disappointed come October.

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YouView recommends radio hams' pet peeve

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Mushroom

Have to say I'm kind of in agreement. I don't know anyone that's a ham radio user or would admit to it.

I don't know any dodos or sabre tooth tigers either. I guess they all died out.

I do know many many folks that need to push their data round their houses so I guess they win over these mythical Hams.

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Seagate fscks up: Disk drive sales fall short by $500m

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Holmes

Screw customers......

...they screw you back.

Oh and SSDs are just so hot right now.

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BBC TV boss George Entwistle nabs director general post

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Re: So where does he stand on....

I'm amazed that two people so far feel the need to defend "Celebrity Dancing Arseholes for Dinner on Ice".

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So where does he stand on....

Quality drama, decent news, properly researched documentaries, ground breaking comedy etc.?

Or is he just going to dish out more "Celebrity Dancing Arseholes for Dinner on Ice?

The BBC have just given up.

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War On Standby: Do the figures actually stack up?

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Getting back to showers.

I've found getting your showering down to 3 minutes makes a big saving.

3 minutes is actually plenty long enough to wash all the important stuff.

It is noticeable.

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LG 55LM960V 55in Smart TV

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Just one question.....

...just how good does 1080p look at 50"+?

Thats getting pretty low on the old DPI. I can imagine 1080p looking okay up to 42" 5 years ago but surely its looking a little crappy on the larger screens?

Wouldn't 1440p have been a better top end standard?

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Microsoft: Don't overclock Windows 8 unless you like our new BSOD

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Re: And as for a Unix Server

Yep and I bet it runs through a decent built in PSU and also a lovely filtered UPS etc. etc.

It's really not difficult to build stable hardware running any OS as long as you spend a bit.

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Yes they are.

The often use lower power mobile versions of the CPUs and the GPUs (if installed) are often clocked far lower then their similar numbered desktop variant.

Sometimes they used to pull tricks like only allowing ram to work in single channel mode rather than dual channel etc. etc.

If it helps get another 20 mins or so out of the battery for say 10% less overall performance.....

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FFS! Its got nothing to do with overclocking, ram etc.

It's more likely to do with the $5 firebox 300W PSUs they install in the crappy white box machines.

It's all in the PSU.

Never spend less than £30 is my motto.

I average around £40-£50 in my machines. Never a BSOD to be seen. Thing of the past.

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B&O Beoplay A3

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WTF?

One of the greatest achievments of the 21st Century

What is it?

It's how the Norwich Branch of B&O is still open for business.

I walk past it every week and I have never seen anyone in there.

Their products just look terribly dated and over priced.

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Half the team at the heart of the RBS disaster WERE in India

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Nationwide and their Mortgagre Quotes System

Back in 1996 I was looking to buy my first flat. As I had some accounts with Nationwide I went in and got three mortgage quotes from them.

I got home and that evening my Dad and I went through them. We couldnt get them to add up.

Just wouldnt work. So I went in the next day and asked the Mortgage lady. She just looked at me as though I was from Mars and then tried to work them out. Three attempts and a lot of odd looks she goes to the Manager. He sits down and just keeps starting at his calculator as he tries to work them out.

He then quickly makes a call.

Seems that their quote software was all wrong. All the quotes they dished out were incorrect. It seems my Dad and I were the only people ever to check them.

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BT Vision beats rivals to honour of being worst UK Pay-TV

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FAIL

Talk Talk = Lazy

My dad used TT for his ISP for several years. It just got worse and worse (getting down to less than 1Mb) and next to useless. I got him to call them up and they just said "Computer says no!" They said nothing could be done.

We tested a new router and that made no difference.

So I got dad to switch over to BT. He cancelled TT, we switched over the ISP details and....

Instant rock solid 6.5Mbps connection!

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Nokia details 808 Pureview release

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Re: Or....

Yes good luck to the 200 or so folks that actually buy this phone.

Especially as it wont have Instagram to instantly crapolate their already crappy photos.

I despair that the early 21st century is going to be recorded visually by crappy pictures that had people had to pay to have them developed, they never would have taken them in the first place.

Good old film was a great filter and defense against having to sit through 566 holiday snaps of a two week holiday.

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Re: Erm yes it is

But if you are marketing this as a 41MP camera to the great unwashed then surely you should be offering 41MP images as the end result?

If not Trading Standards hassles ahoy.

If the end photo comes in as a 5MP size image that's going to disappoint some folks.

Like I said, marketing BS. Instead they should have said "This phone uses an over sized sensor to provide better fidelity 5MP images with greater clarity, depth and less noise.

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FAIL

But it's not really 41MP is it!

Just market BS at it's best.

It would be cool in a manufacturer could make a truly decent 4.1MP camera on a phone let alone 41MP.

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DDR 4 sets the pace for fast memory

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Well the one main benefit of....

....going to DDR2 then 3 and now 4 has just meant that messing around buying Turbo Nutter Mega Ram sticks with 'super low timings' has become largely a waste of time and money.

Just buy the good standard Crucial/Corsair/Kingston stuff and get on with your life.

If you have to buy fancy then just choose which heat spreaders look best with your motherboard.

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Google brings HD sneezing pandas to UK: But why?

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Voice-powered Blu-Ray?

Do I have to talk all the way through the movie then?

Sounds like hard work!

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The Beatles Yellow Submarine restored

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Eddie Yates/Onslow as the voice of Paul

How bizzare.

Nice one Geoff!

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Mcafee gets fierce about resellers (but in a good way)

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Re: Not a good advert really.

Some folks have funny ideas how current virus attacks work.

Basically no AV works to stop the daily written drive-bys that leave the AV companies 24 hours behind. I guess you could install EMET and turn DEP on for everything but thats a lot of work in the enterprise. Not too hard for the individual though.

The sites that get hacked to insert these attacks are usually those that are browsed by folks in their late 40's+ so cruise/holiday websites and financial investments. Not the kind of sites passed by too often in work possibly. But frequented by those all to keen to hand over their credit card details when something goes wrong.

Anyway if the fact that I get mostly infected PCs that have McAfee installed on it isn't exactly a great recommendation for it is it? Domestic or otherwise. One can assume that either McAfee is the most popular AV in which case it still isn't doing its job all that well, or it isn't that popular but is still not up to the task.

Crap software is still crap software whichever way you look at it. Next most useless appears to be Kaspersky followed by Avast then Norton.

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Why I love Microsoft’s vapourware tablet

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Re: Hmmmm tough call.

But why would I want to spend more than £200 for the usage I mentioned above?

You see a lot of people hardly use 20% of the functionality so why spend more for just looking up the odd thing now and then?

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