* Posts by jason 7

1952 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Seagate makes CES splash with $99 drive, 'personal' cloud offerings

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Please...

...don't let them have custom SATA connectors inside the case!

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Healthcare: Look anywhere you like for answers, just not the US

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I don't get the mentality of the US healthcare consumers.

I was staying in Oregon a few years ago and some of the locals were asking me about life in the UK.

"You have the NHS over there? What's that all about?"

I just explained that through a manageable level of taxation I was eligible for free healthcare, so if I had to have open heart surgery it would all be done free of charge etc. etc.

"Wow!" they said. "We have to pay over $7000 a year for the pair of us!"

You think if it's that expensive then why are so many Americans against paying for something like the NHS through taxation? Surely it would have been far less than $7000 a year out of their pocket?

Just sounds a bit of a mess.

Plus I've never considered such things as the NHS as socialist or communist (daft). I just think it's a basic requirement for a country to consider itself civilised in this day and age.

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Re: Thoughts

The big problem for the NHS is mainly inefficiency on the clerical side.

People can't make booking for when it's best for them. They advise the clerical person they will be on holiday for the first week of June and two weeks later when they get their appointment letter through it says...yes, it's the first week of June. Go back to Start.

The GP will say "You need to see biomechanics!" The person will try to book with biomechanics but will be pushed to chiropody due to the biomechanics list being too long (they only have one specialist). Person goes to see the chiropodist to be told they should see biomechanics and have to start the booking process again. Finally goes to see biomechanic and they don't have enough time to do the job properly so it just gets worse and more expensive over time. Person resorts to going private instead.

Many cases where treatment A is the best course of action but the patient for some reason has to go through treatments B, C and D due to the clerical dept's insistence/ineptitude before finally having to go back to treatment A.

In most cases the treatment is okay, it's the total clusterf**k of actually getting to that point that's the problem. Most non-medical people in the NHS just aren't smart enough for what's required.

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Re: France

Sounds a better way to do it to be honest.

I know several people here in the UK that were issued new crutches, braces etc. that were marvels of stainless steel and engineering and must cost quite a lot of money.

None of this stuff was internal, just external use kit.

When they were finished using them they asked about returning them.

"Oh we don't them back!" was the hospital's reply.

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Renault Captur: Nobody who knows about cars will buy this

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You get the cars the conditions demand.

Is driving all that exciting/fun anymore?

Petrol costs (excluding OPEC's current strangle hold on the US oil), speed bumps, restricted limits, speed vans, mums in 4x4's blocking the roads at school time, lorries everywhere, morons driving and texting etc. etc.

Most just want something that looks nice, will get from A to B, is comfy, hassle free servicing/warranty and has a few gadgets.

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Google unveils Windows 8.1 zero-day vuln – complete with exploit code

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Indeed, with ChromeOS on the rise...

...it's only going to get nastier.

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Brit iPad sellers feel the pain of VAT-free imports

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This is another one of those situations...

...where the world is just too small a place for regulations and practices that worked fine when it was 'much larger'.

Like "this content is not available in your country!" Okay I'll look it up in HD on YouTube!

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UK retailers in TABLET PRICE SLASH BONANZA

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Yeah I got the 64GB real cheap too a couple of years ago. I don't use it for web etc. now but its still an awesome music and video player and while the screen res isn't much the colour quality etc. is superb. As others mentioned the HDMI out boosts its media use.

A tablet from the time before they started cutting corners. Good for keeping in the car with some Disney/Pixer movies on for the kids.

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Kim Dotcom vows to KILL SKYPE with encrypted MegaChat

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Re: I thought this guy went bust?

Slow news day!

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Re: Good

Too right re. the interface. I haven't used Skype in years but had to set it up for a customer yesterday.

It's a bloomin mess! I don't remember it being that awful say 5 years ago.

Not very intuitive, stuff all over the place.

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Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO

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Bit two dimensional on the colour issue.

Do as I have done before with laptops for ladies.

Buy the right plain laptop for the job.

Go to Decal Girl and get the snazzy vinyl covers for it.

Score major brownie points.

Job done.

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: The long-ago geek gifts that made us what we are

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Re: Obligatory Rant...

I was talking about Lego at dinner today. I pointed out that Lego has far too many custom parts nowadays so kids don't have to try.

When I was a kid in the 70's Lego would get you 75% of the way, then another 10 with bodging and the other 15% you had to fill in with imagination.

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GCHQ: We can't track crims any more thanks to Snowden

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Re: Suggestion for law enforcement

I live in a city centre so get a lot of anti-social thuggery going on.

I once said the to the Police Inspector in charge of the city centre night time crime division at a public forum that I thought it would be a good idea to have a couple of officers on a Friday/Saturday night do a tour of the roads and residential back streets from the main nightclubs areas like security guards do.

Basically just making sure folks knew there was a Police presence keeping an eye on the darker streets and lanes in the residential areas in an effort to reduce the anti-social goings on. Drunks get up to all sorts when they see a dark alley or lane off the main street.

She looked puzzled and stated "I do not want officers patrolling in areas where there is nothing going on!"

I replied "With all due respect but as a resident living in this difficult area, 'nothing going on' is exactly what I want!"

She had no clue about preventative policing. All she understood was clocking up figures to slap on monthly performance reports. Creating a safe, crime free area just did not compute with her.

What are they teaching at Hendon these days?

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Hipsters ahoy! Top Ten BOARD games for festive family fun

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We used to play their Dark Future Mad Max type game a lot about 20+ years ago. Was fun to mod up your own old Matchbox cars to include the weapons you added to the stock included cars.

http://oldschoolworkshop.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/playing-dark-future-introduction.html

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Microsoft shutters Office 365's free web site service

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Re: Taking away?

The sensible thing to have done would be to come clean and say "As only 357 websites have been created through this service than the planned 3,570,000 we created the infrastructure for, we felt it wasn't worth continuing!"

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Apple's DIRTY SECRET isn't that secret, or that dirty

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Re: I did watch Panorama

Quite right. All this 'monitoring' of communications for terrorism is all cobblers. It's the 1% being able to find/remove the future 'trouble makers' and dissenters that will stir up the masses to take back what's really theirs.

The 1% are terrified of a similar situation that happened in the old Soviet Union in the early 90's happening elsewhere. Mainly in the west.

You'll see in a few years we'll have laws that outlaw making fun of politicians and other such figures. Then soon after having differing political views will be classed as illegal or extremist.

If folks are willing to get upset and vote over smoke screen stuff like immigration that actually have zero effect on their lives, they'll vote for whatever they are told.

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If Apple really really cared about workers conditions...

...then wouldn't they have their own western inspectors visiting or monitoring working and factory conditions as part of their 'caring' attitude? Making sure the contractors and workers are not being abused or exposed to risk.

Well it's what I would do if I really cared. After all I sure Apple could afford a team of people to do that.

However, it appears they do not, so really it all boils down to bulls*it PR stunts.

As mentioned by the previous poster, sure other companies use these same factories but they are not the ones going on record over and over again every time this comes up saying "oh we really really care!"

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Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde: Fun, but not for all

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Cover over the badge...

...I'd think it a Mazda to be honest.

Does look fun however.

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Disk areal density: Not a constant, consistent platter

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Short strokin'!

Love my first 100GB on a single platter 1TB drive.

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London teen pleads guilty to Spamhaus DDoS

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Kid's these days...

...don't learn the lesson of consequences.

When the sh*t finally hits the fan it's then "wahh wahh wahh it's not my fault!"

Tough!

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easyGroup railroads easytrain.com owner

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Sounds like someone got a brown envelope stuffed with cash to me.

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Brit GUN NUT builds WORKING SNIPER RIFLE at home out of scrap metal!

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Re: Funny sizes?

"7 mil rounds have been around for ages"

Indeed, but you'll never find it in a general mass produced infantry weapon on today's battlefield.

Even the quite sexy Enfeld EM-2 was in 7mm but that was experimental.

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Re: Funny sizes?

Apparently 7mm would be the ultimate calibre. Whenever a group of specialists sit down to work out the best round for a general infantry weapon they come back to 7mm.

But as Ian V Hogg states "nobody ever gets a 7mm round as a result of it!"

Too many vested interests and politics basically.

However, it doesn't really matter. After WW2 they poured over masses of infantry reports and injury details and found that in a combat situation you are more likely to get hit by random flak/shrapnel than a aimed bullet over 50m+ range.

So all that's important is to be able to spray as much random lead down range as possible in the hope that something gets hit or keeps their head down. Hence the move to smaller rounds that are easier to carry but don't have the 2000m+ ranges. If it will still hurt at up to 300m it will do.

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Further interesting reading here -

http://www.theboxotruth.com/educational-zone-28-refinishing-a-us-savage-enfield-mk1-4-smle/

http://www.theboxotruth.com/educational-zone-32-refinishing-an-old-rifle/

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Thin plot, great CGI effects

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Are the effects better than the first Hobbit movie? I watched that and was shocked that the film looked worse than the LOTR movies ten years earlier. Some scenes looked like they were done by the team that did Wing Commander game cut scenes from the early 90's.

Shame Jackson got greedy with the rest of them.

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The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three

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Re: Dunno What They're Spending £55m On...

@snorlax

The funding for BBC3 goes like this -

£5 million to 'original' content.

£50 million to Seth McFarlane and Fox.

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Cloud Printing from a Chromebook: We try it out on 8 inkjet all-in-ones

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Wi-fi and printers....

I now tell customers I do not support wi-fi printers.Yes I'd tell them what to do and show them but folks still like having their backsides wiped for them.

I got fed up getting called out to drive across the city to spend two minutes typing the WEP key back into the printer to connect it and then charging them £40 for the pleasure.

Especially when the printer cost £30.

I do have scruples. Like I said, get a mono laser with a Ethernet port and be done with it. Inkjets are toys.

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Why do people need colour inkjets still?

I visit a lot of customers. Most if not all have a colour inkjet sitting gathering dust in the corner. They often ask me "What do you recommend for printing?" I always say well if just printing get a £80 mono laserjet. Lasts longer and usually more robust!

"But what about colour printing?" they ask.

I then ask then when they last printed a colour photo or something that actually needed colour. I think only one of them ever had.

Pizza Express vouchers are just as acceptable in black and white folks.

I use a Dell 1260DN mono laser at home and it works fine with Chromebook and Android tablets/phones.

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Misty-eyed Ray Ozzie celebrates 25th birthday of Lotus Notes by tweeting about it ...

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It was okay at first...

..then went downhill from there.

My main hatred was for the cut and paste side that if you moved the mouse more than 8mm it would zoom to select everything all the way to the bottom. Used to make us all swear a lot. Never seemed to get fixed with every version I used from 3 to 6 iirc.

Oh that and the stupid 20MB mailbox limit the admins set for most users.

Unfortunately I worked for a team that evangelised the Notes Database side. I hated it but we ended up in a huge company with hundreds and hundreds of Notes databases that were there because really no other product could do the job as quickly and cheaply. If a team was told 'NO' by everyone else they came to our team and got something they could use. I managed to avoid the Notes database building on the whole but my claim to fame was building a database that if the user used as it should have been would have been a nice little database. However, they decided to use it as a repository for all their Word/Excel docs instead of the built in reports and it ballooned to a whopping (ahem) 1TB by the time I left. Drove the Notes admins crazy having that lump on their servers.

Pleased me greatly.

I think the company dumped Notes a few years ago. They went to some other crappy email system...Outlook I think it's called.

They should go back to carbon paper memo pads IMO.

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VW's Scirocco diesel: A sheep in Wolfsburg’s clothing

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Looks like...

a Golf that's been put in the microwave for 30 seconds.

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The Grandmaster: Epic, heart-melting, oh and there's lots of kung fu

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Not a huge fan of such movies.

But I actually caught the first Donnie Yuen Ip Man movie on Film 4 and really enjoyed it. Also liked the second one.

Nice when movies you wouldn't normally watch surprise you like that.

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Speaking in Tech: Android 5.0 Lollipop is a TRAIN WRECK

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Re: Updated my Nexus 4

Nah...mostly hissy fits.

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I had to clear the Google Services framework cache then did a reboot and the update appeared within a few minutes.

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Re: Updated my Nexus 4

Yeah I did a OTA install on my Nexus 4 and it went on fine but was a little laggy swiping apps off the screen. Then I remembered to clear the cache and it was fine after that.

Lollipop is fine so far. Only disappointment for me as a N4 user is the Camera API wasn't updated to the latest with RAW capability. Might have helped eke out a little more performance from the camera.

Seems to me Tech Journos really aren't the experts they claim to be and now expect everything to work perfect first time. If you are an expert in IT you know that's not likely. It may take a couple more steps to reach perfection.

From what I remember usually when we get a new OS update we usually get another update in a couple of months or so to clear up the bigger bugs and then that's most of us sorted till next time.

"Wahh wahhh I can't get it to work therefore, it must be useless!"

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

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I don't think my Dad...

will be popping into Boots to put his name down for one on the order list before Xmas and then having to sneak out of work at lunchtime to collect it when his name came up four days before Xmas.

Ahhhh Xmas 1983!

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Eat FATTY FOODS to stay THIN. They might even help your heart

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Re: Burgers are good!

Tom,

Mmmm Sunday afternoons round my Nan having to eat a round of Slimsia bread with Stork SB on it before eating anything else (thanks rationing creating bad habits that continued into the 1970's).

Not a fond memory. Eughhh

However, originally margarine wasn't veg spread...something very veggie unfriendly. I doubt modern veg spreads have little in common with the margarines from the 1970's.

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Re: Burgers are good!

I didn't think margarine actually exists anymore? It's either butter or vegetable spread.

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Yeah every now and then when I want to shift a bit of weight I just cut out the following -

Biscuits

Crisps

Cheese

Beer (maybe a pint a week)

Cut the junk and have a little will power basically.

I just do it for 4 weeks and I can lose 8-10lbs easy. If I want to snack I fill a ramekin with some Shreddies/bran flakes and eat those instead of crisps etc.

I have to say cereal like dry Shreddies are a decent swap for the usual after dinner snacks.

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Re: colour me cynical

Kind of reminds me of removing lead in petrol as it had a link to retardation in children. So they got rid of it and replaced it with more Benzene etc....which doesn't discriminate between old and young.

Much more fair.

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Fiat 500X: A fun-loving Goldilocks who'll get down and dirty

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Re: Nice try

Indeed, I saw a original Mini on the motorway a few days ago. It looked like they were on a suicide mission. I was driving a i10 and felt like I was in a Range Rover by comparison.

Up until 6 months ago I was driving a 2002 Siecento Sporting. Whilst it was a fabulous fun car to drive I never stopped having the niggling fact it had a HALF STAR NCAP rating in the back of my mind. We never dared take that on motorways. Living in Norfolk it was never too much of an issue.

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World of Warcraft then and now: From Orcs and Humans to Warlords of Draenor

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I tried playing it a few months ago.

I'm a die hard Diablo 2/Torchlight/Morrowind fan and played Eve Online for about 6 years (even tried Anarchy Online years and years ago) so thought I'd give WoW a go.

Hmmm.

Well it looked okay and played okay. But I found there was no real way to tweak up my character and alter the stats. Gear was much of a muchness. Combat was just clicking three spell icons over and over till the attacker died. There was little interactive stuff in the surroundings. If you found a building there was nothing you could do with it or objects dotted around. Quests were just rather repetitive.

If you went exploring again you couldn't interact with the surroundings and if you strayed into another area I found that was for higher level players and you just died so that was a no no. So a feeling of being boxed in was all too apparent.

Overall it was just really disappointing from a single player perspective. I got to around level 40 and just walked away. I guess it just wasn't the game for my playing style.

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Festive streamers caught in Vulture's claws: Gadget-ogle for audiophiles, video geeks

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Re: Audio Streamers

Ahhh the Rocki...nice cheap hardware...shame about the awful management team.

Gave up using mine a while ago. Oh what could have been...

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

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Re: Antivirus

The reason why MSE scores low on Virus tests nowadays is because as MS rightly states...it's the baseline for protection. As it's the widest used AV out there it's therefore, the one to beat by the bad guys.

I still use it with no ill effects along with EMET5.1 switched to maximum.

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Re: MalwareBytes & VLC

It's good now (it wasn't about 18 months ago..useless in fact) but don't rely on it to clean up a machine using just one scan from it.

Run a second and many time it will find more stuff. Use two other products and I'll bet they find more that Malwarebytes missed.

Addd Combofix into the final mix and see what that drags up.

I see a lot of folks go "I just used Malwarebytes and it fixed it!"

I bet it didn't.

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BAD SANTA: Don't get ripped off this Christmas

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Re: Further shopping tips

"If you can use Amex..."

And that's the big question. As mentioned does anyone still take that in the UK? We too had to dump it a long time ago as our Corporate expenses card as so many places refused to take it.

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Could YOU identify these 10 cool vintage mobile phones?

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Re: What about Nokia 6310?

I keep a 6310i charged and ready on my shelf at all times. It's my "Apocalypse" phone.

I'll still keep on trucking for a couple of weeks or more while the hordes of wandering masses with iPhone chargers in hand, roam the streets (or is that Heathrow Airport?)

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Philae heads for comet, reports back to mothercraft Rosetta

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Re: The videocast is terrible.

Actually a Brit.

Just looked very amateur and they missed a great opportunity to try to make it look interesting and informative to a wider audience. Just needed one of the team to comment on what was going on from time to time, what they expected, what was going on around them and 500 million miles away.

At a time when science and space research needs all the help it can get, they managed to make it look really really dull.

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Re: The videocast is terrible.

Erm no, but you can have someone who can inform the viewers of the different stages and what the Control folks are looking/waiting for. The Mars lander coverage was fantastic for this, really added to the occasion to know what was going on rather than 6 people standing around looking nervous for 40 minutes then punching the air all of a sudden.

Just looked rather amateurish....and they had 10 years to prepare for it.

Come back James Burke or the likes of Raymond Baxter.

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The videocast is terrible.

No indication of what is going on. No commentary.

They didn't see how they did the Mars Rover I guess.

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The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

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I love these...

..."I can do my 'not very demanding' job on a phone sitting in Starbucks, so everyone else in the world will be too in a years time!" articles.

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