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* Posts by Richard 81

803 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Petition for Alan Turing on £10 note breaks 20,000 signatures

Richard 81

Re: "What about Montgomery ?"

I'd vote for William Slim.

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"Richard Branson"

Who suggested him?!?

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Pre-ordered a Microsoft Surface? So SORRY it's late, have a voucher

Richard 81

Aren't they taking their attempt to emulate Apple a little too far?

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Alienware assimilates Dell FROM THE INSIDE!

Richard 81

Cooling

You'd hope gaming rigs would have damn good cooling. Consumer grade regular Dell machines are crap though.

This thing I was bought for work overheats all the time. It had to be stuck in the server room to stop it from shutting down when I last reinstalled Windows.

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Windows RT still haunted by the ghost of Microsoft's 2001 tablet fiasco

Richard 81

Re: The people were the problem

"It's just that the people didn't understand nor believe they wanted one back then."

I have a problem with that statement. It may be perfectly true, but it gives me an icky marketing feeling.

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WTF is... Microsoft Xbox SmartGlass?

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Re: Actually, I approve.

Yes. Thank you for that. I *do* own an XBox. I don't, however, want to have to buy a proprietary tablet or phone made by MS or running Windows to be able to use this feature. I already own perfectly good Android devises and I'm not going to buy anything else just for this.

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Richard 81

Re: Utterly irrelevant

Or indeed the Android version, which would give them even more users :P

I didn't spot the 2013 date for these versions, so I guess I'll completely ignore this until then.

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Richard 81

Actually, I approve.

Being able to use more or less any smartphone as a universal remote sounds like a good idea to me.

So far Apple, Sony and Nintendo only really work with their own proprietorial gadgets. If MS open up xbox compatibility and force others to do the same, so much the better for us. If this functionality required me to buy anything either MS made or running Windows, they could forget it.

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China's Goophone unveils US$99 Android iPad Mini clone

Richard 81

Re: Intrigued

Eh hem "Assuming the build quality isn't absolute pants, of course."

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Richard 81

Top Gear (yes I'm both geek and lowest common denominator) did a good analysis of their car industry a while back. They seem to have same approach to other products.

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Richard 81

Intrigued

I must say I'm intrigued. I don't care that it looks like an iPad, but that's not a bad price for those specs. Assuming the build quality isn't absolute pants, of course.

Is it even possible to buy these in the UK without knowing someone in China? I suppose eBay may be an option.

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Richard 81

Re: Howexactly is this an iPad clone?

Maybe, just maybe, it's because it is explicitly designed to look (nearly) identical. Not like Samsung daring to make something vaguely the same shape. We're talking identical.

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Surface tablets snapped up on pre-order, but no camping in the street

Richard 81

Re: Never too many toys...

Do you plan to buried in a barrow with all of them?

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Microsoft has no plans for a second Windows 7 Service Pack

Richard 81

Re: Learning from XP

Ubuntu used to look like a good candidate. Not so much these days.

It's certainly not going to be a thin browser-only OS.

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Apple's iPad Mini mishap: scratching out the retina screen

Richard 81

Re: 2009 is calling

Can't figure out if that's aimed at the Android haters or lovers. Makes sense if aimed at the haters.

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Skype for Windows 8 is coming: Always on, always in your contacts

Richard 81

Re: Have they spoken to the phone companies?

Unless you're on EE's T-Mobile tentacle. In which case you can't get Skype to work over your mobile internet connection. Or at least I can't.

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BT and Virgin sue over £10m state-funded Birmingham broadband

Richard 81

Re: I would go further

Careful. Last time I suggested putting money into the rural areas I got accused of being a rich country toff and then a liberal peasant-loving townie.

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Richard 81

Re: something is amiss here....

"I'm with Virgin and BT here. BT was privatised because of the simple fact that governments are CRAP at running services like this. Look at the DWP and the NHS for prime examples of just how badly governments run public services, far better for it to be run by a private company that has an interest in keeping it's customers happy and improving services."

Yeah, just like our rail network!

...oh, right.

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Google adds 25 million grey building 'footprints' to Maps

Richard 81

Re: IOS 6

Good joke. Very funny.

"Feeding aerial photos into an algorithm, its engineers used computer vision techniques to render shapes of the building, adding a wealth of information to its maps."

If this is an algorithm they designed, then of course it's bloody innovative. If not, then it's either a novel application or the first large scale application. Either way, Google has the best maps app out there are continuing to improve it. I don't particularly dislike Apple, but no one (other than a raving fanboy) could argue that their map app isn't the worst. It's not even as good as Bing Maps. Yes, I said bloody Bing!

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Richard 81

Re: It has to be said...

Doubt it. The the map app on iOS was Apple built and lacked a lot of features I frequently use on Android. Now whether that's because Google didn't make those features accessible through the API or that Apple just couldn't be bothered to update it, I don't know.

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Apple iPod Touch 5G review

Richard 81
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Is it just me

...or does the black one look an awful lot like a Samsung Galaxy SII?

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Ofcom probe into telcos jacking-up charges halfway through contracts

Richard 81

Re: WHAT ABOUT TV?

I'd like to know this too.

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Valve's Half-Life

Richard 81

Re: Great game

Yeah Uplink was good. Certainly got me hooked.

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Richard 81

Pendant

Unless the second shot is from a multiplayer map, it's a scene that never actually features in the game. I remember the screenshots on the box didn't actually look much the game itself either, since they came from a much earlier version.

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Richard 81

Re: No offence

But still... no offence.

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Apple iPod Nano 7G review

Richard 81

Re: Missing from the review.....

"how to transfer content to/from the device"

iTunes. It's an Apple product so it'll only ever be iTunes.

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Retailer leaks iPad Mini price list starting at £200

Richard 81

Off the scent?

Who is going to base their strategic decisions on what Apple is doing now, when all they're doing is play catch-up?

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Fossil reveals spider in mid-strike

Richard 81

Re: Nice find!

Just thought I'd counter the unnecessary down vote you received.

Some people on here seem to be inexplicably negative about perfectly innocuous comments.

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Home-grown drone finds ‘missing’ hiker

Richard 81

Improved accuracy

May I suggest dropping the water while in a steep dive, to improve accuracy. You could also put sirens on the thing reassure the lost traveller that water will soon be arriving.

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Virgin Media's 'bye-bye to buffering' ad nuked by watchdog - AGAIN

Richard 81

Re: [no VM customer receives download speeds of less than 15Mbit/s] ASA

I think they're upgrading everyone, regardless.

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Richard 81

Re: Traffic Shaping!

Unless he hit the 1GB in an hour limit. In which case his connection would be throttled for everything for a few hours.

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Richard 81

Re: ASA - toothless body acting in the interests of advertisers ?

That comes down to the question "what is misleading?" The answer to which is always going to be subjective.

Still, I don't think many people expect toilet paper to be like wiping one's arse on an animal. They could be forgiven for expecting a service they're paying through the nose for to deliver what was promised.

...if promised is the right word, which of course it isn't.

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Brighton marathon munchers banned from all-you-can-eat diner

Richard 81

Re: How much does anyone really want?

Quite common and often notice is given of this policy on the menu.

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AMD, Oracle tag-team on GPU acceleration for Java apps

Richard 81

Re: For Future Control of the Direction of Mankind

Hmm... this appears to be written in English, but I'm not familiar with the dialect.

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Tibetan STATUE found by 1930s NAZI expedition is of ALIEN ORIGIN

Richard 81

Re: What happened to X-files references

"said it was a cross of the X files and Lost."

And that made you want to watch it?

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WTF is... NFC

Richard 81

Re: In my case it's not the lack of will on behalf of the shopper...

Also, which banks actually send out NFC credit cards, and for which accounts?

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Richard 81

Re: Security

OK, so what solution did they come up with?

They probably have thought of it, and maybe they've solved it. Then again, maybe they're so eager for us to buy into what they're trying to sell that they're hoping we won't think to ask such awkward questions.

I find your lack of scepticism disturbing.

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Richard 81

"It's common to see NFC credit card receivers in sandwich shop chains"

Is it? When you say common, do you mean common in the centre of London, or actually common?

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Vote now for the ULTIMATE BACON SARNIE

Richard 81

NSFW

I think a NSFW sign is needed for these pages of porcine pornography.

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Apple iPhone 5 review

Richard 81

Re: Lot of hipstery in this thread so far

"I know lots and lots of people who have iPhones and love them -- and exactly four people with Android handsets, only one of whom even likes it."

Oh for goodness sake. Why does anyone, no matter what side of the argument they're on, think this is somehow credible evidence? It's anecdotal nonsense.

Personally, I know more Android phone owners than iPhone owners, largely due to the relative cost of getting a half-decent one. Most of the people I know who own iPhones like them, but then so do the people who've bought Android phones. I would say, anecdotally, that the Android phone owners I know are more technically minded than the iPhone owners. Take from that what you will.

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Richard 81

Like... maps?

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Richard 81

Best handset of 2011.

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Richard 81

This _is_ a tech. website, remember?

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Richard 81

Re: And the call quality/signal?

I'd have at least a passing interest in her... features though, and not just for looking at either.

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Richard 81

Re: Get a Room

So a review you don't agree with is a bad review? There's possibly an element of that, but this particular article is so gushy you'd be excused for thinking it was written by Stephen Fry.

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Richard 81

Re: Obviously A Fanboi ...

I know you've used the troll icon, but... huh?

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Reg readers serve up bacon sarnie amuse-bouche

Richard 81

Re: You bastards.

I've never found a bought bacon sandwich that is as good as a home made one.

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Richard 81

Re: I have a friend in Spain

"Any comment on the quality of the bacon used in any Spanish tests?"

If it's anything like the bacon they had at hotel I stayed at in Majorca, it's bad. Imagine someone took a whole load of vaguely bacon like bits of meat, pressed them into a block glued together with fat, smoked it and cut it into thin uniform slices. It's like a sausage pretending to be bacon.

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Richard 81

Re: Please Stop !!

What no black market in piggy products?

Alternatively, move somewhere less silly.

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UK electric car funding - another subsidy for the RICH, say MPs

Richard 81

Re: Plug in cars ain't green.

"It's a bit like the proposed 'nuclear bomber' developments of the 50's and 60's where the Soviet Union spent a lot of money trying to get a nuclear reactor into a place before realising you couldn't do it!!"

Yes they could. They just couldn't fit in/get it to lift any radiation shielding.

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