* Posts by Richard 81

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Sonic BOOM: 10 blast-tastic soundbars

Richard 81

Austerity, we've heard of it.

Only two of these were less than £200; in fact they were £1 less than £200.

I would like to get better speakers for my TV, so a list of options around £100 would be very useful.

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

Richard 81

Re: science eh?

What about all those technologies that came out of war that are now used in civilian life all the time?

Penicillin? Computers? Radar, and microwave ovens as a byproduct?

Of course, there are plenty of technologies that aren't useful for anything other than killing people, but in this case I'm sure there are plenty of civilian applications for big lasers that can burn things as long, safe, distances.

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Virgin Media's ad fibs EXPOSED by bitter rival BT

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Re: The only good thing about BT is....

I'm also a VM customer, and for some reason the only junk mail is from VM trying to sell me a service I already receive. Idiots.

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Amazon DROPS next day delivery amid Cyber Monday MADNESS

Richard 81

Re: So does this affect Amazon Prime Members?

It appears to (as I've said, I've just started the trial), and the best I could get on my purchase today was delivery on Thursday.

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Boo!

I've just started my 1-month trial of Amazon Prime. At best, I'll be getting the first class post option for free.

At least I'm not actually paying for the service I'm not receiving.

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

Richard 81

An article like this is always nice from time to time. The free AV tools people used to suggest are now bloated pieces of junk (I'm looking at you AVG), so pointing out the alternatives to those who haven't been following the trends is always helpful.

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Gates Foundation to insist on Open Access science

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Re: Well done!

Lots of universities are adopting an open access policy though, even for industry-funded projects.

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Apple seeks patent for user-configurable progress bar

Richard 81

Re: And they need it!

"Sometime before the heat-death of the universe"

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Your PHONE is slowly KILLING YOU

Richard 81

Cow-orker?

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@Infernoz

[Citation needed]

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U wot? Silicon Roundabout set to become Silicon U-BEND

Richard 81

Re: I suppose it was inevitable...

"Hey you! Beardo! Mine's a latte!"

The economy will have collapsed, so you'll be lucky if it's Nescafe - *shudder* - Original.

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Re: London is a dirty unfinished shithole

Detroit isn't finished in the same way that Carthage is finished.

...yet

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Re: Isn't it weird...

Not really. It's news about an area of the city getting a revamp. The changes to the road are just to allow that revamp.

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LARGE, ROUND and FEELS SO GOOD in your hand: Yes! It's a Nexus 6

Richard 81

Re: no way

YEAH! Why would you, when you can spend even more money buying a phone that'll just leak your selfies all over the internet?

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My HOUSE used to be a PUB: How to save the UK high street

Richard 81

Re: With you on this

Just as long as that tax doesn't come from wages/salaries. Those are taxed enough as it is, thank you very much.

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Reg mobile man: National roaming plan? Oh UK.gov, you've GOT to be joking

Richard 81

Oh my how they'll complain though.

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Met Office: 2014 was FIFTEENTH WARMEST UK SUMMER on record

Richard 81

Re: Which PHD thesis?

The "unfinished PhD" should not even have been mentioned.

An unfinished PhD is no PhD at all. If you haven't had your viva, then your thesis hasn't been defended and it could be complete tripe.

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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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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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