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Review: Samsung Series 5 Ultra Touch Ultrabook

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Re: Still struggling to see any laptops that are like my (couple of year old) Sony Vaio Z12

Sigh... Yes...

I have the last version of that machine.

256 (as RAID 0 and blindingly fast) - would have loved the 512 but ouch! on the price!

Quad core hyper threaded 3rd gen i7

Full HD (and pin sharp!)

< 1.2KG (but you lose the discrete graphics - you need the PMD for that)

As small as a MacBook Air, but with way more power and a little lighter. And all for the price if a high spec'd ultrabook that it would pummel into the ground.

But I guess they did not sell enough - Sony doesn't make anything like it now either :(

I hope it lasts a long time, as there is nothing on the market at the moment that comes close for me...

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Re: Can someone please enlighen me @AC

Because you appreciate the extra desktop real estate?

I love my 13" Full HD monitor. Everything is pin sharp and crystal clear, and I can get what I want on the screen without having to carry around a 17" laptop with me.

Hell, even when I RDP from my Transformer Infinity to my desktop everything is still perfectly readable - and that's only 10"

I find a crap 15" 1366*768 much harder to read, and much more fatiguing than a high quality, high res smaller screen.

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Review: Pure Jongo S3 multiroom speakers

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Sound quality

I found the line 'sound quality is fine, if you lower your expectations' interesting. Is that a translation of 'sound quality sucks'?

I know 170 isn't a *high* price in the grand scheme of music systems, but neither is it throw away money for 'hey I want music in the garden / study / kitchen on the cheap'...

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Marks & Sparks accused of silently bonking punters over the tills

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Re: Whoever thought security through proximity was a good idea.

WTF??? You can now pay for things without having to enter your pin? Wow...

I appreciate that I can steal a card and order on-line, or over the phone, and not have to enter a pin, but at least them for it to be useful to me I have to have it delivered to an address which makes it somewhat traceable.

But to be able to get hold of a card and then use it straight away, on the high street without having to enter a code is just insanity... How much is card crime going to jump now?

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Microsoft: All RIGHT, you can have your Start button back

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Meh

Upvoted because, yes, that is annoying!

But it's not limited to a single OS - that is more limited to the admin settings for the machines. We have a selection of servers here and some can be restarted normally, where as others have to be restarted using the shutdown -r command. And yes it is annoying. When I VPN from home to the office I also loose the ability to simply restart the workstation and need that command.

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UK.gov's love affair with ID cards: Curse or farce?

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Re: The sad thing about ID cards

Be thankfu it's only 77 gbp... I just renewed mine from abroad and it was close to 200 euros... (Up from 50 10 years ago IIRC)

The reason why, as explained on their site is that they have been busy streamlining their system, to make it easier for a person to get a passport and reduce the cost of making it.

Quite how that translates to having to post your passport from Holland to Paris, where they perform some checks (I don't know what, when I asked the passport office they refused to tell me what the checks were, just that my application had to be correct enough to pass them or they would keep my 200 euros and return it to me) before sending it to Cardiff for more, and different, checks (also secret!). Where it would be made and posted to me back here.

Much easier than 10 years ago when I went to the consulate, filled in a form with the help of the clerk, went back a week later and picked it up. And with the reduced costs obviously 200 euros is a better price than 50.

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Fanbois vs fandroids: Punters display 'tribal loyalty'

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Re: Apps

Which phone do you have!

Non-DRM player. There is a music player that is built in that plays MP3s - albeit quite a sucky one (on a par with the standard Android one). If you buy a Nokia then you also get the Nokia Music app by default, and is one of the best music apps I have had on any phone.

17 hour battery life... Wow... I get a few days (if the battery graph is to be believed) if I have background data, Bluetooth (used to connect to the car's hands free system) and WiFi turned on with Facebook push, twitter push, and 4 email accounts checked every 30 minutes. It has 40% to 75% left when it gets plugged in at the end of a (17 hour) day depending on just how intensely I have been using it. Are you on Windows Phone 8, or 7.5? I know a colleague has the Nokia 710 on 7.5 and does have to have it on charge almost constantly, I have the 820 on WP8 and you can see above how bad it is.

The rest I have not tried to look for, but I agree the apps are woefully limited at the moment. But as I don't have that many apps on any of my phones it doesn't bother me - if you use lots then, yup, it's an issue!

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Re: Did anyone see....

Yup, saw that - but even better are the fanbois (from all platforms) proving the video right in the comments! ;)

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Re: £20 or £400 @lpf

Why not? I went from my iPhone to a Desire, to an Xperia S and recently switched to a Nokia 820 when i dropped it and smashed the screen. The Andriod platform had every app that I needed (and even a few that the iPhone doesn't have). Both the Android phones were nicer to use - for me.

The windows phone suffers from lack of apps, that's for sure, but other than that its a really nice phone to use.

Maybe the original poster wasn't a Samsung shill, but just someone who wants a phone that works and doesn't care about the make or OS...

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Ten ancestors of the netbook

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Libretto :)

I saw the Libretto in a few shops and loved it instantly. Compact, but also a real machine. It's just a shame I was a lowly student at the time and so I never had the money to get one!

I wonder if it's rose coloured glasses looking back and I would have been disappointed had I managed to get hold of one?

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Master Beats: Why doesn't audio quality matter these days?

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Re: @Stephen Roper I don't have a problem with mp3

On my last system (JVC about the same class as your Technics) I would agree with you. When I upgraded to a Cyrus system with B&W CM9 speakers I heard the difference immediately (to the point where I assumed something was wired up wrong!). Only when I put a CD on did I realise it was the 320kbps MP3s that sounded awful, and not the speakers!

That was the point where I re-encoded all of my CD's. I now use the MP3 player for background music and the FLAC file (or just the CD's) for when I want to actually listen to something.

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Mosaic turns 20: Let's fire up the old girl, show her the web today

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Happy

Takes me back

I first used the internet when I started at Uni in 1994...

Lots of Sun think clients thought the tallest building (I forget the name, but I think they have pulled it down now) at DeMontfort (using those wonderful paternosters to get up and down!). Lowly IT students were had to use the older monochrome machines (software engineering got the colour ones). But the monitors were absolutely crisp and clear even so. Loved those machines (not the shared CPU and internet connection which were woefully under specified!)...

And of course all had Mosaic on them. A couple of years before I was connected at home using IE...

Thanks for bringing the memories back to the surface :)

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Tough luck, lappies: Brits favour fingersome fondleslabs, phones

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Meh

Re: IF notebook sales do stay ahead of tablets???

I'll agree that most people have no need to update their laptops at the moment, and so there is no advantage to upgrading except a new OS, and really, outside of OS geeks who cares? And the geeks will just install the OS on existing computers - so no new sales from there.

But as to a touch screen laptop being ergonomically difficult... I disagree - when I switch from using my Asus Transformer to my laptop I find myself forgetting and poking the screen quite often as it's easier than reaching for a mouse. And actually my best experience is the Transformer, with a mouse. The mouse is great for the more detailed parts and the touch screen for buttons etc. Either one without the other is ergonomically difficult, but combined it's a really nice experience.

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Review: Nokia Lumia 720

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WTF?

Re: Really !!!

I'm struggling to see the issue here from any other phone I have had.

The people hub allows me to find a contact I am looking for - whether that be work, family or friends (I don't want to have three phone books with some overlap).

I have a tile for my work email. One for my home email. And one for my gmail. There is no way to confuse the three. If I see emails from colleagues then I know I am in the inbox for my work account. If I see mails from friends and family then I am in my home account, and if I see order confirmations and SPAM then I am in my gmail account.

Pretty much as it was on iOS and Android as well - in fact easier as it's three separate tiles by default (you can connect inboxes if you want, but by default each account appears as its own app. On the iPhone you had to open the mail client and then select the inbox you wanted, and on my Desire and Xperia Z it was similar (Gmail had their own app).

The point is that the social networking has been made easier in the hub, which would be the FaceTweetSpace you were talking about. It's not a case of accidentally emailing or texting everyone in your contact list from the social media hub - you want to mail it's still separate, as it should be!

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I wonder how many people slating

Windows Phone 8 have used it enough to actually give the feedback.

When I smashed the screen on my Xperia S about a month back (doh!) I needed a new phone, and rather quickly.

I've had an iPhone, two top end Android phones and so I thought maybe it was time to dip my toes into the Windows Phone 8 water. A colleague has a Lumia 710 (WP 7.5) and loves it (except the battery life) and all the reviews seemed positive enough for the 820.

I went to the shop and spoke to the assistant (who seemed to really know her stuff for a change!) spoke to me for 20 minutes of so about the relative merits of the different phones and OS's. For what I needed (calling, corporate email and occasional surfing) she recommended the Huwai (or how it's spelt) phone as it had the same specs as the 820 but was 200 euros cheaper. Unfortunately that would have mean waiting a week for it to come back into stock. A week I didn't have!

So I plumped for the 820. And have not regretted it for a second since. Easy to use, slick interface and one of the best soft typing experiences I have had.

One niggle is the volume control - whoever thought that one setting for both ringtone and headphones was enough was definitely on drugs.

And there is not a great choice in the app store. Yet. But what is there is really great - the best IMDB experience I have had.

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Re: So much fud in the comments

No, really not. I can from an iPhone, HTC Desire and Sony Xperia Z before my 820 and in (almost) no way do I think that Windows Phone 8 is lacking. Quite the opposite in fact, it is the best phone I have owned since I got my first phone in 1996 (wow, 17 years ago... I feel old!).

I have only 1 niggle with the 820 after nearly a month owning it.

No separate volume controls for keypad, ringtone and headphones (I could live with the first two being combined, but where is the sense in combining the ringtone that you want loud to hear in your pocket / handbag and the headphones that you don't want to deafen you!).

But I just change the volume when plugging in the headphones. It's a pain that I hope they fix, but not the end of the world :)

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'Charge memory' boffins: Hungover Li-Ion batts tell fat whoppers

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Re: @ Stacy @...Pierre

I know I shouldn't but...

Mind you, the _manufacturers_ advise full cycles to avoid charge memory

From this I assumed that you meant a full cycle of nearly empty to full. If you could explain what you mean by full cycle without attacking me I would appreciate it. I used the information presented to me.

My figures were taken from the air yes. Sometimes my battery is nearly empty (warning! your laptop will hibernate if you don't plug in soon!) and needs charging to 80% (when the Sony battery application stops charging). Sometimes it's not and when it plug it in is still has 65% left and charges to 80%. And a whole range in between. I don't wait for my laptop to hit 65% and then charge it, obviously. That would be just a little to much OCD for me.

As for the % left on *whatever* I am charging, I take it from the machine itself. The laptop reports x% charge left, as does my phone. The hours left? That depends on what I am doing. Writing mails takes less processing power than photo editing obviously and so the time to empty changes with current power needs. As a singular example.

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Re: @ Stacy @...Pierre

What you said:

Mind you, the _manufacturers_ advise full cycles to avoid charge memory

What I said:

The battery management software recommends that you only charge to 80%

Since when is charging to 80% the same as a full charge cycle?

Your situation:

Wait till it's nearly empty (10%) and charge to 100%

My situation: It's on 65%, I plug it in and it stops automatically at 80%. That is not a full charge cycle.

Not the same thing. In fact, quite opposite.

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Re: The widespread belief that lithium-ion batteries don't suffer from “charge memory”

Actually, I have quite the opposite from Sony... The battery management software recommends that you only charge to 80% (if you are close to a socket most of the time, which I am) in order to extend the life of the battery - as 100% charges kill the battery over time.

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Researcher hacks aircraft controls with Android smartphone

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Joke

Re: Die Hard II

You mean that wasn't real! And you can't do it by pulling a line down a screen!

My world has just been torn apart

:''(

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Tax man to take a bite of tech employees' free meals?

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Re: Depends on the country

'Tis in The Netherlands too. To compensate for the food, tea, coffee, soft drinks and Friday drinks I have 42 euros added to my salary before tax (the tax man decides the amount).

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Experts agree: Your next car will be smarter than you

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Happy

As Mr Bennet says...

You think that, if it gives you comfort.

The 740 has a few computers in it. And when they break that are quite expensive (as a friend of mine found out)!

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Re: Do not want, and in fact this kind of thing is a fucking 'orrible idea.

Wow, a sensible comment.

This is my biggest concern. The law is going to have to take this sort of thing into consideration and sort through the ramifications.

That said, much as I adore driving, bring it on. Less congestion, more safety! How many hours have the Google cars ran on the public road? How many accidents have they had, and how does this relate to a human driver? Easy way to see the safety.

Those who think it is akin to ABS in that people will adjust to it... How? The human does not take control of the car, there is no risk to take.

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Drunk driving: No more dangerous than talking on handsfree mobe

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Re: "not be on the phone any more"

What do you mean "think"?

;p

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Re: The fact that driving becomes an automatic skill is a good thing

I'd say somewhere in between. Driving should be an automatic skill. Awareness of your surroundings is where your concentration should lie, letting your automatic driving skill deal with what you observe.

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Re: As daft as the test on Myth Busters

Well, thank you for the compliment :)

I would counter the argument though with multiple cases of the same story where no hands free phone was involved and the driver was simply spaced out and not taking any notice of their surroundings. It takes me back to bad drivers will be bad drivers, full stop. I'm sure giving them an extra distraction does not help, but I'm also sure that concentrating on lighting the cigarette, without burning their eyebrows off, or looking the window controls to throw the dog end away (I hate it when people do this, you want to smoke in your car, keep your rubbish in there with you!) and trying to throw it out without it coming back in and setting fire to the car is also a bad idea.

I like the though of the idea of the context of the conversation though, very interesting thought...

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Re: Ackcherly...

I may have to give this a try then!

Thanks

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Re: Ackcherly...

Except for the fact that I can't stand Tetris I want to try this.

Can I say to the person I am talking to "this is getting complex, hold on" the same as I do on the car phone though to make it exactly the same? Or do I have to fudge the results by forcing myself to talk though the complex bits which I would normally not do?

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As daft as the test on Myth Busters

I watched the test on Myth Busters where they concluded that driving whilst talking on the phone was as dangerous as drunk driving.

What were they doing? Driving around a complex course whilst putting complex logical and mathematical problems at the driver. And they were not allowed to say 'Hold on a second, the road is getting a little complex.'

Removing your concentration from the road is dangerous. Full stop. Be that fiddling with the radio, sat nav, phone, seat, mirror or being distracted by passengers or people outside of the car.

I do use a hands free kit in the car, and you know what, just the same as when I have a passenger I can say "Give me a sec" and ignore the call completely. The only difference I can see with a passenger conversation is that assuming they have two brain cells they will shut up automatically and not need the "hold on" comment.

The problem of dangerous driving comes from people who just do not know how dangerous cars are and so don't give them the respect they reserve. Stopping them using hands free is not going to stop that problem - they will still be dangerous drivers if they don't know the amount of concentration they need to drive safely!

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Microsoft Surface Pro sales CANNIBALIZING Surface RT

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Meh

With the exception of the low res screen

I actually really like it.

I thought it was not going to be great, but then I played with one, and yes. It works really well.

Still, 700 euros is a bit much when I already have a Transformer Infinity... (Though if I was buying today I would accept the lower resolution and take the RT).

What I don't get is the stealth launch. Everyone knows the iPad. Most know Samsumg / Asus tablets. No one outside of an IT professionals who I know about the surface. If you don't even tell people about a product how on earth are they ever going to buy it...

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Here's the $4.99 utility that might just have saved Windows 8

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I really don't get the problem...

I've used a couple of Windows 8 machines, and was that impressed I am currently getting everything together to upgrade my Windows 7 laptop.

Sure, the Metro works best with a touch screen - that is what it was designed for, and my next laptop will have a touch screen (as I found out from my Infinity the combination of keyboard, mouse and touch screen is hugely superior to just keyboard and mouse).

But even in it's current guise it works really quite well (in fact almost the same as Windows 7). you click the windows key and start typing the name of the app you want and 'ting' it's there for you. Where is the problem?

My only question on it, is whether you can make the task bar smaller and move it around as you could in Windows 7. I have tiny icons and the bar on the side as I prefer to lose some of the 1920 pixels than the 1080 pixels to it.

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Health pros: Alcohol is EVIL – raise its price, ban its ads

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Re: Make it more expensive in supermarkets

Or get the pubs to stay open so people don't have to pre-drink and educate (it's not going to happen overnight) so that people don't order 4 pints at closing time!

Leave the price in the supermarket alone! Assuming the people who are priced out of drinking don't turn to drinking fermented Ribena (the drink of choice for many when I was at Uni as beer was too expensive) then you will only affect a very small amount of people. The rest will simply have to pay more.

Trying to get people to drink responsibly is the problem. When I first moved to Holland it was very noticeable that most of the real drunks were not Dutch, but the English expats who didn't know how to drink. Expensive beer (in 2000 a fiver a pint) did nothing to stop the expats drinking themselves silly!

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Re: Advertising

Hear, hear!

Living in Holland it's easy to get hold of really nice Trappist or micro brewery beers that are sold on word of mouth not advertising. I offered to bring some back to the UK for a relative and was told, "Don't bother, the in drink here is Bud at the moment, so I wouldn't drink anything other than that. I know it's crap - but it's trendy, ain't it!"

Unreal to choose that over something that tastes wonderful!

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Apple, Facebook, Google: Same-sex marriage 'a business imperative'

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Re: Why?

You post stated:

I'm all for equal opportunities, but only in the most minimum fashion possible. Therefore, nobody gets married. Everybody wins.

Equality for all.

I don't see that as a everyone wins situation, I see that as a very unhappy dystopian future that George Orwell warned against in 'Animal Farm' and '1984' where everyone loses.

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Why?

So because people are campaigning for the equal rights around marriage the only best way forward is to ban it for everyone?

That's like a child smashing something up because they have been told to share! If I can't have it exclusively, then no one can have it!

What I do think is that it should be completely separated from the church. Everyone should have to get married in a civil marriage ceremony to make them married in the eyes of the law. Should some people also wish to be married in the eyes of their religion then they are free to have a purely religious ceremony after the civil one.

It's the way that it works in The Netherlands, and I think it's a very good system. Complete separation of church and state on the issue. If the churches with to say no to people for their religious ceremony then that is their call - it has no impact on non-religious people any more.

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Review: Sony Vaio Duo 11 Ultrabook

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Meh

Re: Intel HD graphics

Because this is basically an ultra portable (hence the cost) with stunning pace for business and media use.

If you start to put discrete graphics in there you a) lose battery life and b) generate a lot of heat.

It is not a gaming rig, and you are not paying the price for a gaming rig. You are paying the price for a fully fledged computer to be squeezed into a package the size of an 11" screen whilst keeping 6 hour basic usage battery life.

It will not match an Alienware of the same cost, but then the Alienware will not have a long battery life or be light enough to take everywhere with you.

Horses for courses.

That said it does seem to have too many foibles to be useful (but then my last two Vaio's also got poor reviews on the reg and the two best laptops I have ever owned...)

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Apple files 'iWatch' patent application

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Re: Didn't Nokia have a video of something like this

Oh dear... Is that not prior art? Flexible display that can be worn as a watch?

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Tesla vs Media AGAIN as Model S craps out on journo - on the highway

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Re:@ Jake @Stacy (was: Maybe...)

Thanks for the info! The car is currently at the stage of the body restoration is finished - bonnet and chassis are still to come before it gets its nice new paint.

The engine was the last item on my list - depending on finances the slightly modified lump will remain with bearings and shells replaced or a new engine will go in. If the RX engine is an easy switch then it is really worth considering... I was considering a stage 2.5 engine - harsh, but still drivable on the road); but it's always nice to have other options to look into.

I don't suppose you have any info do you?

To all: Sorry for the high jack :)

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Re: Maybe...

I could handle having to recharge after 100 miles of spirited driving in what is basically a track car.

What I couldn't take is the long recharge times before I can drive again. I can't wait for when I can swap my petrol engine for an electric one. Unfortunately I can't see that happening any time soon :(

Or even better - converting my old Spitfire to use an electric motor rather than the 1950s designed lump it uses! But I can't see that any time soon either...

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Re: In what way

I thought that the report (if you can call anything on Top Gear a report) said there was a problem with the car, not that the car ran out of charge...

And everyone knows that if you are pushing a car around a race track you are not going to get the range you would on the motorway... Petrol or electric!

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Review: HP Spectre XT TouchSmart

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WTF?

Ethernet (not gigabit, unfortunately)

Really? What on earth were they thinking?

Leave it off for more space (not my preference, but not everyone wants an Ethernet port these days) or put in a gigabit port minimum. Especially on a 1200 machine!

That, lack of SSD and the sub par camera on a machine this expensive just seems like someone looking to make a failure!

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British games company says it owns the idea of space marines

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WTF?

Aliens...

Were they not "inspired" just a little bit for the Genestealers by the Aliens themselves?

There is certainly a resemblance...

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OCZ omnishambles leaves flash chippery biz on knife-edge

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Re: Pretty sad really

Absolutely! I replaced the 7200rpm HDD in my Vaio with a Vertex 4 and it has made it a completely different machine in terms of responsiveness.

Shame to see that bad management may mean that my next drive won't be the same :(

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Schoolgirl's Hello Kitty catonaut soars to 93,000ft

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Re: Top work

Note to self... Learn to proof read! :)

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Re: Top work

I'm not sure I agree totally.

Yes we need more *people* and those people should be the most competent of the available selection, but we should be doing more to get girls interested at an age where they can do something about becoming one of those competent applicants.

And not get comments like 'What do you mean you work in <insert mail dominated profession here>, you're a woman.'

The amount of times I have had to explain myself for picking my career is not fun (admittedly it is mainly from the ageing generation and not people my own age...)

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BBC: What YOU spent on our lawyers in Secret Climate 28 debacle

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BBC Trust

You have to love the oxymoron don't you?

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Belkin buys Linksys from Cisco

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Re: I avoid Belkin like the plague

Exactly what I was thinking. I've used Linksys since I started putting a wireless network in my home, and it has always been the easiest and most reliable kit I've used.

Friends and relatives on the other hand who have no idea what they are buying went with the cheaper Belkin (why would you choose to spend more? "Stace your insane when it comes to buying gadgets, you always spend too much") and then expected me to spend hours sorting out why the hell they would not work. In the end I refused to spend my time sorting our their cheapness and told them to get the kit I recommended if they wanted me to spend my afternoons fixing their network.

What on earth do I tell them to buy now :(

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'Leccy-starved Reg hack: 'How I survive on 1.5kW'

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Re: That's 100A per phase...

@Stoneshop! What! They never told me that (then again in the beginning they never said that there was anything other then the 3*80 either!)

Thanks, something to bear in mind should we add any other big kit :)

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