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Aboard the GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP, there's a Mobe and a Slab and a TELLYBOX

Richard 81

Re: Disappointing

"4:3 aspect ratio makes video playing crap, why have all those lovely pixels and waste a good chunk of them when you're using the damn thing?"

Unless you're trying to do work on it, in which case it's ideal.

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Richard 81

Re: there's now an Amazon Prime Android app

The issue with the Roku is very suspicious, since it's on the US version but not the UK one where BSkyB have a stake. In the case of this Google doo-dar, it's more likely to be Amazon's fault.

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Richard 81

Re: Google TV

...unless you already own a Roko or similar, in which case that revolution came and went.

I was kind of interested in this until I realised Amazon aren't putting Prime on it (for now). That's currently the only shortcoming of the Roku (in the UK), as either Amazon are withholding Prime or BSkyB are using their shares in Roku to block it.

Mind you, there's now an Amazon Prime Android app, so maybe it'll find its way to Google's puck.

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Mobile coverage on trains really is pants

Richard 81
Headmaster

Re: Hogwart's Express

They say it's King's Cross, but in the movies they used St. Pancras.

...neither of which look much like they are described.

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Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city

Richard 81
Trollface

It's a little bit unique.

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4chan outraged by Emma Watson nudie photo leak SCAM

Richard 81

Re: Thrown the book at them

"Make them eat English breakfasts 3 times a day"

I thought you wanted to punish them.

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Samsung abandons Chromebooks, laptops, PCs in Europe

Richard 81

Re: Where to buy?

You're forgetting screens and TVs, which are quite common, priced well and of good quality. Otherwise your point stands.

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Speaking in Tech: 'I'm an Apple guy and I COULD CARE LESS about the iWatch'

Richard 81

"I COULD CARE LESS"

That's it, you just made the list.

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

Richard 81

Re: Consumers who care about quality?

I hate the reverse too. I can't stand watching a lot of long heads talking.

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

Richard 81

OK, so they're playing catchup, but the important thing is START MENU!

As long as the upgrade from Win8 isn't too pricey this might even be a day-one purchase for the wife's laptop.

Unless there's a very good reason, my Win7 machine can stay as it is. I'll probably wait to see what impact it has on games anyway, particularly older ones.

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Bloat-free, unlocked Moto X to be dubbed 'Pure Edition', says report

Richard 81

Don't forget the Met Office. He hates them too.

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Larger iPad could target big biz, save Apple from low-end scrum

Richard 81

"[Microsoft] may drop the attempt to create a unified experience across both architectures."

We can only hope!

If Windows 9 undoes some of the horrible UI mistakes MS has made I, will go out and buy it to replace Win 8 on my wife's laptop. I might even be tempted to put it on my own machine.

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Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media

Richard 81

Re: Yeah, well, like, you know.

To what the hell are you referring?

What innocent American citizen? What drone strike?

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Chomp that sausage: Brits just LOVE scoffing a Full Monty

Richard 81

Re: So basiclly, @ Mark 85

Underpants? No. A tea cosy however...

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Richard 81

Re: So basiclly, @Dalek Dave

M&S?!? Try just going to your local butcher's shop.

Of course, if you consider a butcher's choice pork and apple sausage to be anything less than a piece of heaven in piggy form, then I'm afraid you just don't know what good food is.

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Richard 81

Re: So basiclly, @Dalek Dave

Chris W, you're buying the wrong British sausages. When Yank sausages are the right kind they can be very good, since they're rather like German sausages. Those sausage meat patties are rubbish though.

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Richard 81

Re: Carbs are the killers

Unfortunately khisanth is right. Those veggies don't eat any animal fat, which is pure energy.

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Richard 81

Re: Wikipedia Rules

Nope, it was tea. Tea served us very well in the old imperial days. Without knowing about microbes our troop's tendency to boil water to make tea made us less likely to suffer disease than, say, the French.

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Richard 81

Re: So basiclly,

"Black Pudding (Americans really do not want to know what is in this)"

I believe our American cousins call this blood sausage. It's supposedly quite popular in some quarters.

"Fried Slice (A king amongst bread products, and we do not put sugar in our bread)"

For a moment there I thought you were having a go at French toast, which you may know as eggy bread. I've tried eggy bread with maple syrup at home and it's not to be sniffed at.

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Stephen Hawking biopic: Big on romance, not so much with the science?

Richard 81

Re: Mr Hawking – Over-rated - Big Bang Mythology

"All so called experts like to bamboozle"

No, they're used to talking to people who have learned their particular technical language, the use of which provides the most concise way of conveying an idea. OK, if you read a few PhD theses you'll find examples of unnecessarily complex language, but then these are written by insecure junior scientists. Once you get to Hawking's level, you no longer have anything prove and you use big words not to show off or confuse but because you have big ideas to convey.

Finally, I'd like to know your alternative hypothesis, gary27. I'd hate to think I'm wasting my time on a loony.

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Richard 81

Thought it was good. Interesting and touching, without Hollywood fluff. I've no way of knowing how accurate a portrayal it is though.

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African samba queen: Don't cut off pirates' net connections – cut off their FINGERS

Richard 81

Progressive

It's so refreshing to see good honest medieval policies. Perhaps serial offenders could be hanged, drawn and quartered?

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BANGKOK-BLOCKED: Thailand's dictators 'ban dictator sim Tropico 5'

Richard 81

The Tropico games have a South American dictatorship theme, but really they're city building games. You usually only resort to jackbooted face stomping if things are going badly.

Tropico 2 was an exception, since you played the king of a pirate island. It didn't really work though.

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EE rolls out London bus pay-by-bonk app – only fandoids need apply

Richard 81

fandoids?

Fans of Andoid?

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Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?

Richard 81

Re: Realism

If faced with a rational argument, spout patriotic poetry. Got it.

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Asteroid's DINO KILLING SPREE just bad luck – boffins

Richard 81

Re: Genuine question

I'm sure you mean Yellowstone Park. Jellystone Park is famous for its population of unusually intelligent, but no less greedy, bears.

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Cave pits, ideal for human bases, FOUND ON MOON

Richard 81

Try to not land in the soup.

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NEW Raspberry Pi B+, NOW with - count them - FOUR USB ports

Richard 81

Bearing in mind it has to be powered from a micro USB and mustn't cost more than £50, what core would you suggest?

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Physicist proposes 1,000-foot state-sized walls to stop tornadoes

Richard 81

Re: If we are going to build a wall

"Who is going to do the work?"

How about the unemployed? This could be the new Hoover Dam.

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Freeze, Glasshole! Stop spying on me at the ATM

Richard 81

Re: I prefer the infra-red camera trick

Use a PIN with one number repeated.

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REVEALED: Reg trails claw along Apple's 'austerity' 21.5-inch iMac

Richard 81

Re: Mac Mini

Thott.

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Fearful of the drone-filled skies? Get some protection

Richard 81

Re: This isn't PROtection... it's just DEtection...

"Just combine the damn thing with a signal jammer"

...and you'll find yourself on the wrong side of the law.

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Traffic lights, fridges and how they've all got it in for us

Richard 81

Re: Connected fridge - a small subset of first world problem

Mostly agree.

The potential reduction in food wastage could (and should) be achieved by teaching people that just because their carrot is past its Sell By date doesn't mean it's bad, that mouldy cheese can be shaved, milk is only off when it smells/looks/tastes nasty etc.

Being able to detect pathogens and alert the user could save lives and productivity, but the tricky bit detecting them, not Tweeting that they've been detected.

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Wolfenstein: The New Order ... BLAM-BLAM! That guard did Nazi that coming

Richard 81

Re: Sir

It's out on PC, PS 3, PS 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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Motorola Moto E: Brill budget blower with one bothersome blunder

Richard 81

Re: webcam

Me too. I almost never use the larger camera at the back*, but I use the webcam whenever I'm away for business. No webcam means no sale for me.

*I'm not into to taking photos of my dinner at restaurants.

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Archos ArcBook: An Android netbook for a measly hundred-and-seventy clams

Richard 81

Re: It's a start

Except that this time we have at least one alternative OS that lots of consumers are happy to use. In the old days your choice was between running a Linux distribution or Windows. Linux failed because... well it wasn't Windows, and Windows failed because it was horribly bloated.

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UK's pirate-nagging VCAP scheme WON'T have penalties – report

Richard 81

Re: "and create the best possible customer experience online.”

...or because Sky et al. hold exclusive rights that make it unavailable elsewhere.

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Ancient Fear of, er, a CHEESE-TASTIC title?

Richard 81

Re: Can we have a little sanity here?

You know, it is possible to not read every article that appears on a news site, paper, or blog etc.

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Microsoft Research adds interactivity to Windows 8 Live Tiles

Richard 81

Re: Amazing

Whoosh.

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Every little helps: Dirty MOLE BANDITS clean out Tesco ATM from BELOW

Richard 81

Re: Ah for £86k I'd soil myself too....

"...they might have earned more money digging for a road crew than they earned from this."

Maybe, but this will be tax free.

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Microsoft DirectX 12 pushes gaming code closer to GPU bare metal

Richard 81

I think you'll find there are quite a few: Wiki

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It's a BLOCKBUSTER: Minecraft heads to the silver screen

Richard 81

Re: Why?

Fair enough. Shame the game is a PlayStation exclusive. Minecraft is just about supported on the Xbox 360, but it's largely a PC thing.

Has anyone made a fully programmable computer yet?

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Richard 81

Re: Why?

It's Lego and an exploration/survival game.

I've hardly played it at all so you can hardly call me a fanboy, but the things people have done in Minecraft are amazing. Can you make a fully functional copy of Conway's game of life in LittleBigPlanet? You can in Minecraft.

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Virgin Media sales flat: Firm bags fewer winter sign-ups than last year

Richard 81

Re: Dear Householder ...

It's (perhaps) even more frustrating for someone who already has broadband, TV, land line and mobile with them to keep receiving their letterbox spam.

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BBC, ITV gang up on YouView with 'FreeView Connect'

Richard 81

If you can receive a terrestrial signal, and so can get freeview at all, consider yourself lucky. I don't live the the sticks either; I live in a city in a block of flats with no aerial and signal on portable aerials.

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Richard 81

Re: I hate set-top boxes

@dogged: I'm sure it's possible to port YouView to the XBox, but MS would still want you to shell out for a Live Gold account to use it.

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Minecraft developer kills Kickstarted Minecraft movie

Richard 81

Re: Idiot film-makers

"Oh - and to the guy complaining about no minecraft on Windows RT... stop trying to make Windows RT happen - it's going into the dustbin of history just like Windows CE."

And Notch is doing his bit to help it into its grave. Good on him!

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Friends don't do tech support for friends running Windows XP

Richard 81

Re: I've been helping friends (and businesses) upgrade from XP to ...

CentOS? Blech!

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James Dyson plans ROBOT ARMY to take over the world

Richard 81

Re: In the UK?!

"Even a block of Cadbury's Dairy Milk has a hidden mic inside."

The NSA and GCHQ are listening to the inside of your colon as we speak.

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Gamers in a flap as Vietnamese dev pulls Flappy Bird

Richard 81

Re: "an open source remake"

Is it OK to rip off Nintendo's art assets though?

Also, if he's not selling it anymore, how is he being ripped off?

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