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You’re NOT fired: The story of Amstrad’s amazing CPC 464

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I must admit myself and my friends (all Spectrum/C64 owners) viewed the 464 machines with suspicion. Even back then Amstrad was known for corner cutting (we knew Sinclair was too but they were more known for tech products than cheap hi-fi) and after all the flurry of promotion the shortcomings became all too apparent and none of us felt like switching. I can't recall anyone at high school having one.

I think the thing that frustrated all of us most were the appalling screen res modes machines were still coming out with. It was all "Oh yes you can have 16 colours but we'll only let you have Duplo brick graphics with them!" We hungered for better.

The later machines improved but by then we were older and so was the tech. The stuff coming over from the US was looking far more interesting once again.

However, looking back it was all good fun.

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Kaspersky rips The Mask from sneaky Spanish spy campaign

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Re: "The use of Spanish by the hackers […] doesn't narrow down the field very much."

Well I'd say its a good way of covering your tracks, using a different language to your own, different methods, locations and by initially racking up a load of hits against countries you aren't actually interested in. Then you make a few pointed attacks on the real target and they get ignored in the sheer numbers elsewhere.

I would assume if you were hitting certain targets someone would extrapolate that data to find the 'likely culprit' so why not muddy the data with a load of other random targets.

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Mars rover Curiosity snaps 'pale blue dot' image of Earth, Moon

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Curious to know...

...did they put a decent microphone on the rover?

Just wondering what it sounds like on another planet. I suppose not much but the sound of wind or whatever would be interesting.

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Satya Nadella is 'a sheep, a follower' says ex-Microsoft exec

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Re: Unfair criticism

"Good for you I say - I've had 20 years of being messed around by Microsoft and their shit software. I don't care who's in charge, I just want to beat them with a big stick!"

Maybe a change of career is in order?

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A song sprang to mind when I read that...

"It Should Have Been Me!!"

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Asus unveils dirt-cheap Chromebox desktops with Haswell chips

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Re: I really like my C720 Chromebook but ...

Well you dont think all those people with the Lovefilm 'all the DVDs you can rent' subs are actually watching all those DVDs before they are sent back?

No most rip them the minute they arrive in the post and slip them in the postbox 30 minutes later once ripped. 48 hours later another two arrive...

Or nip to your local lending library rent all the current releases for £2 each and rip them...

You're a bit behind the curve. Great if you have the time, I just prefer to stream from Netflix. Fed up having loads of physical media and data laying around.

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Re: I really like my C720 Chromebook but ...

Do like most of us already have.

Rip the DVDs you might actually watch more than once and give the rest to Oxfam or similar.

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Re: 16GB, really?

@Ketlan

You still haven't worked out the usage model for a Chrome PC yet have you?

ChromeOS isn't about local storage. Do keep up!

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The revival of survival – the gaming genre that refuses to die

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Re: How about a game called...1%?

Fantastic! I look forward to the re-written Mantle enabled versions!

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Re: How about a game called...1%?

However, to offer a balance game you can also choose to play as the 1%'s supporters.

You get to take on the uprising using your AR-15, getting battery upgrades for your mobility scooter, refills for your breathing tanks and a supply of 'Diabeetus' medication that keeps you alive. If you fail the meds get taken away slowly till you die.

Kickstarter here we come.....

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Re: How about a game called...1%?

Ahhh yes and you also have to fight against the 1%'s brainwashed impoverished supporters bent on satisfying their masters needs in the hope they are dragged up from the pit.

They never will though.

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How about a game called...1%?

Where your job is to reduce the numbers of 1%'ers and the money they have gets redistributed to the 99% lifting them from poverty and eventual full slavery before it's too late?

Too soon?

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Bletchley Park spat 'halts work on rare German cipher machine'

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Re: Brittas Empire?

Plus Brittas, whilst annoying did have his heart in the right place and tried his best for everyone.

This individual seems to have a very different agenda.

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So I wonder if anyone...

...is hoping that the TNMOC goes under and then the wonderful equipment in there has to go somewhere obviously. Hmmm how about next door to Bletchley Park Trust!!

Well wouldn't that be convenient! Everything under one happy roof! No more need for fences and gates eh.

Donate! Donate now!

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Elite Systems pulls ZX Spectrum games after deluge of 'unpaid royalties' complaints

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Reminds me of that Big Train sketch...

...where the boss keeps distracting the employees by juggling or opening a drawer full of puppies before making his escape.

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This THREESOME is a HANDFUL: It’s the Asus Transformer Book Trio

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Re: Linux

Indeed, I'm still yet to come across any business or domestic using Linux in the wild. Its 95% Windows and 5% OSX.

I have a lot of customers too. Maybe the Reg should start doing interviews with any businesses of reasonable size that have switched totally to Linux as I would be intrigued to hear their story.

If they exist that is.

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Re: Just wish @ jason 7

@rm rf

Sorry I didn't feel I needed to point out the irony of the last line in that post.

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Re: Just wish

And then after you'd tested it with Linux..you'd be told you used the wrong distro.

Let them stump up the £900 and find out for themselves.

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EVE Online erects mashed-up memorial to biggest space fight in history

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Re: Can be the most intense game ever.

Domi - A battleship.

POS - Player Owned Station

NYCHMS! - No You Can't Have My Stuff! An oft used used phrase to quitting Eve players is "Can I have your stuff?"

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Re: False sense of achievement maxed out...

...and if people are having fun doing it though...

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Re: Glad this doesn't happen everytime someone forgets to pay the bills

Oh yeah I remember Eve Shaky Hand (and body usually) Syndrome. Made accurate split second clicking to get your pod out all the more difficult.

Interceptors were a godsend for running the gauntlet.

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Re: False sense of achievement maxed out...

Actually if you check out Eve really closely you may well find that the warfare side is about 10% of the time spent in it. A lot of people happily run missions or get a group together to mine asteroids in the belts while drinking beer and chatting, then there is the trading, research, manufacturing....

It's not all pew pew pew.

I still have a binder pad that I used when I was a CEO of a small corp and its full of mining numbers, ore prices, blueprint buffing, costs and fees for this and that, fuel numbers for running our own space station, divvying up ISK earned, you name it.

Eve is one hell of a game that can be played from so many ways and angles. Untill you play it for more than a month you really can't imagine it. Makes WoW look like noughts and crosses.

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Can be the most intense game ever.

I played from 2006 to 2010 and now my Domi and other ships all sit collecting dust in a station somewhere.

NYCHMS!

I remember one time my little 5 man corp got wardecced over our POS (not what you think it means). We had next to zero fighting experience but we managed to get our POS down while under fire and took out two of the attacking corps battleships with zero losses on our side. All done with no smack talk and no hard feelings. I think they underestimated our "Well what the hell?!" tactics.

Took about 4 hours in all. I couldn't sleep that night, found out the next day that none of the other guys in the corp could either. Was a rush!

Hmmm am I tempted to go back in...

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HP offers $150,000 for 'exploit unicorn' in Pwn2Own hacker competition

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Re: Oracle Cheapskates; Java's Worst In Class Security

The amazing thing about Java is that 90% of the machines it's installed on and compromising don't actually need it installed in the first place.

If someone wrote a 'virus' that just simply uninstalled Java without the user noticing, it would be the biggest step forward in computer security to date.

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Re: I'm surprised that more vendors aren't involved

Or more than AMD would spend in a year!

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Re: EMET - a utility that helps prevent vulnerabilities in software blah blah

No it does work and works very well. Unfortunately a lot of companies and domestics are using old software and old code that isnt approved for use with modern memory security standards and other standard techniques that EMET employs. Most of what EMET enforces should have been standard coding practice for the past 10 years or so.

If MS installed it as standard set to maximum there would be mass carnage and complaints as corporations found that Office 2003 and other such vintage software or even their own badly written in-house application would no longer work. Sure you can tweak EMET to allow them to work but it would be too much for Joe Average.

I wish they would install it as standard but the IT press would slaughter them. Damned if you do....

I've been using it on a lot of my machines for about a year now.

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Yes, HP will still sue you if you make cartridges for its inkjet printers

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I remember once before the turn of the century...

... we were a small 5 man IT team that used to look after the (then) small mobile workforce and other oddities within a huge global financial company. We got in some new HP inkjets for the sales guys to use at home so we installed a couple on some Windows 3.1 desktops (Pre NT4/Y2K remember) to check they printed okay and the setup was easy enough.

Okay all done back in the boxes they go. 24 hours later the guys from the big IT dept go crazy as they find something is bringing the network to its knees.

Turns out tucked away in the HP drivers install was a 'really useful' printer network app that thought it really clever to hunt out all the other HP printers on the network for sharing purposes.

Unfortunately it was rather 'noisy' in its approach on a 16Mb Token Ring network. So we had to hack the drivers around to get rid of that.

Luckily about a year or so alter we got all new kit with locked down PCs/Laptops and a proper product testing team. Fun times though!

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Re: Yep amazing.... erm, you need to rethink that.

Never mentioned using colour lasers for home. But nevermind. Also I'd say we've mostly moved on from actually needing to print in the first place. I see it as a sign of faliure if I have to print something nowadays.

Bottom line is for most people, if honest, a decent mono laser gives them less hassle, lower costs and better overall printing than the usual crappy £50 or less (or higher) inkjet.

In 20 years of computing I've yet to have a need for a printout that HAS to be in colour at home. Those flight bookings, invoices and Pizza Express coupons just dont need it.

"Oh oh its that one day of the year I want to do a colour print on my inkjet! Oh the cartridges have dried up/expired/run out (delete as applicable)!"

Medium runs of colour printing at home? What are you doing counterfeiting?

Plus you can get ethernet capable mono lasers with Duplex if you really need it for just over £100.

Makes inkjets look like toys.

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Re: Yep amazing.... erm, you need to rethink that.

Well all I can say is I've moved many of my domestics over to lasers and the feedback has been great. I tell them the costs before they go that route but they all agree.

None of them would go back to crappy inkjets now.

For a lot of domestics they don't need colour printing so a £80 laser with a 1500-2000 print toner lasts them 4+ years and then they can either buy anther toner for £50 or just buy another laser this time for £70. Much better than inkjets that 'expire' as and when the like with 60% of the ink still in it.

Crappy inkjet is crappy. Plus why do people still need to print so much at home? I often ask those that say they need colour printing how many photos etc. they have printed in the past year.

"Ermmm hmmmmm none I suppose!" is the usual answer.

Perception and reality.

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Yep amazing....

...that people still buy inkjets.

I've pretty much managed to move all my folks over to laser. If they want to print a photo once a year they email it to Snappysnaps(?) for £2 or whatever. Results are usually better.

I've just told all my customers I will not support wi-fi inkjet issues either. Driving out 15 miles there and back again to type the WPA key back into a £40 printer isn't really worth it for anyone.

Mostly junk.

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Microsoft builds admin tool to spare Office 365 sellers' blushes

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What I love...

...is that Office 365 appears to be two different products.

Oh the confusion.

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Sinclair's ZX Spectrum to LIVE AGAIN!

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I do get the feeling that...

Kickstarter is the new scammers paradise.

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Like so many Kickstarters.....

....will it be excited update after excited update while the funding goes on and then once its reached the target........silence.

Followed by loads of people asking "So when am I going to get...."

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It's big, it's expensive and it's an audiophile's dream: The Sonos Sub

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Not bad for...

...£50 worth of parts.

I meant getting people to pay that much for it. Genius.

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Volunteers slam plans to turn Bletchley Park into 'geeky Disneyland'

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Why dumb something wonderful and intriguing down for the thick people?

After all someone like Joey Essex isn't ever going to go there?

Some of us like to have our intellects tested, stretched and enriched.

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Have these people...

...no honour?

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Facebook app now reads your smartphone's text messages? THE TRUTH

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Either that or....

...we have a world "Just uninstall all the crap apps we don't really need/use' Day.

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So is anyone wrting an App Control App?

You know that lets you list all your apps and the stuff they want access to with a simple Y/N selector?

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

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Oh dear it's just as I feared.

It will become like much of Greenwich. I went there last November and the huge Greenwich exhibit was just bland and soulless. Just a load of pictures and objects with a couple of paragraphs explaining them.

Incredibly dull.

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Take a look at the Twit feed - @BParkCEO

Apparently, it's all crossed wires and misinterpretation by the BBC.

Looks like back peddling Partridge style to me.

"Get rid of Pat!"

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It's all part of the plan. To sell the area off.

You spend a little money, tinkering with the place. Get rid of its wartime charm, get rid of the people that have a passion for the place. Turn it into a soulless 'info-graphic activity centre' run by teenagers selling expensive crisps and botanical lemonade in the cafe and let the attendance drop and drop.

You then move the big stuff into a single unit re-brand it and then sell/demolish the rest for housing development and make a huge fortune. That's prime London commuter land there!

I'm glad I went 5 years ago before they ruined it. A great day out and I loved talking to the older guys there. Having people that understand what they are talking about rather than just knowing a script is priceless.

I was also shocked they are getting rid of a lot of the huge Churchill memorabilia collection some guy had graciously lent them for years.

Ungrateful *****!

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Son of Stan made president of Acer's cloud and notebook biz

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Meh

They just need to stop...

...making cheap nasty laptops with shiny black plastic, 5400rpm HDDs and crappy screens.

Grow some balls guys!

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Vile Twitter trolls thrown in the cooler for rape abuse tweet spree

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Re: @bub

Thing is I can count one one hand the 'good hidings' I got from my parents. The smart kids learn quick. Plus when I think back yes I deserved it, I was playing up.

Sure some kids get beat up, that's never going to change and it's unfortunate. But a few swipes taught me to consider others and that my actions...can have serious reactions. Not everyone might think it a huge joke. Made me a more considerate person that doesn't think the world revolves around me. I know if I piss people off I could get a good kicking back.

I always say you'd never bring up a puppy with no training and discipline and a child is no different.

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Re: a great victory for the feminists

Erm a lot of kids go to university now. The fact that 80% of them probably don't need to though is another matter.

University education isn't the same as what it was 20+ years ago. Now it just means the equivalent of maths and English O level.

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Unfortunately. a lot of this trouble comes from....

...youngsters and younger people not having learned the great life lesson of 'Consequences'.

Or as any born before 1982 knows it...'How far can I push parent/teacher before I get a damn good thrashing?'

Knowing this lesson basically gifts you with the ability to think "Hmmm if I do this what could be the consequences?" I know in most cases if I go to do something that could cause issues a few scenarios flash though my head in milliseconds which generally make me not do it or change the plan of action.

But no nowadays with kids allowed to do pretty much as they please by society its all well and good till they stab another kid or abuse like this and then its "Wahh Wahhh It's not my fault!"

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Re: I'm waiting...

I've always said if you don't have the guts to say what you want to say to someones actual face then you don't have the right to say it whether enshrined in law or otherwise.

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

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I get quite tired of all the arguing over funding.

Funding for the NHS, schools, armed forces, BBC etc. etc.

The truth is...ALL of them get more than enough money. They are all generously funded, in fact possibly more then they need to be.

The real problem is that those in charge of them are notoriously crap at spending the funds properly and efficiently.

What we need to do is strive to make those in charge of the purse strings treat the money as though it was theirs rather than 'just tax payers money'*.

I'm sure all the local council authorities could have still provided all the local services with a 20%+ reduction of funds had they got smarter and more efficient, but that takes effort and intelligence. Much easier to just shut the playgroups, toilets and libraries and blame someone else.

* Fully aware that the BBC isn't funded by 'HMRC taxes' as such but still falls in the same category.

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Re: Top Gear, QI, Mock the Week, Horizon,......

Horizon hasn't really been Horizon for some time.

A faded photocopy of it's old self.

Mock the Week hasn't been the same since Frankie left.

QI is getting a bit long in the tooth as well.

As for Top Gear, the joke wore thin long ago.

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Re: Content Generator

Watch this space as Netflix becomes a major creator of drama and content over the next 5 years.

They have already got off to a good start. Plus as they state, they don't have to pander to advertisers also.

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The quality would improve greatly....

....if they cut back to three channels instead of watering down the quality to fill the 8 or so they currently try to make us think they can fill.

How many channels for kids now? Why not get rid of them and let mum and dad take responsibility for entertaining the kid for a while? They might even be able to talk properly by the time they are 4 as well!

Good chance by this time next year we'll have dropped the license and just switch to Netflix for our occasional entertainment needs.

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