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So, who ought to be the next Doctor Who? It's up to YOU...

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Re: Wot, no Sheridan Smith?

I know the list contained Billie Piper too, but surely anyone who has been a companion is out?

I think the plot contortions needed are too much.

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Fighting Fantasy and fantastic fights in tights

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Nice Larry Niven reference

I always loved the ideas in the Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex essay

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Review: Sony Xperia Z

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Re: Why is it £500?

More components (e.g. either individual or combined 2G, 3G and LTE radio).

Smaller case requiring more compact hardware designs that don't overheat, requiring more prototyping.

As already said, more testing (both software, baseband, firmware and hardware).

More certification.

Many more licenses for intellectual property.

That said, does it add up to a £300 price differential over a Nexus 7?

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Twenty classic arcade games

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Re: Oh no Space Harrier?

Welcome to the fantasy zone... Get Ready!

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John Sweeney: Why Church of Scientology's gravest threat is the 'net

Craig Chambers
WTF?

Re: Sweeney

I'll take the bait.

I question and I dismiss all of the above *because* they don't adequately describe what I can see with my own eyes.

I don't look for an emergent 'Truth'. Facts are perfectly good for me.

Consequently I just happen to believe in one fewer god than most people.

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iPad? Pah. Behold the EYEPAD, patented by Sony for the 'PS4'

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USB keyboard

£5 for a decent USB keyboard from a supermarket. Significantly cheaper for the task you describe, and already works on the PS3.

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Nursing watchdog fined £150k for confidential unencrypted DVD loss

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Re: Thats the real issue..

They don't think, agreed.

But this shouldn't be about DVD copying/protection mechanisms. The video files should have been on the DVD as data files, not as transport/packet streams, i.e. readable and (un)encryptable by a computer, not playable on a DVD player.

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Nokia's Elopocalypse two years on: Has Microsoft kept its side of the bargain?

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Re: ELOP FAIL

Umm, Psion is/was not an OS. The OS was EPOC, which morphed into Symbian.

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Rogue Squadron: Unit of X-wings Kickstarts in response to Death Star

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WTF?

Re: Supraluminal?

Unless donning a spacesuit involves major abdominal surgery, I doubt that it involves colostomy bags.

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Harry Potter's Filch conjures Doctor Who's dead first time-lord

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Re: Twelve Doctors?

I also picked this up when it was on Radio 4 extra - cracking stuff, and he's every bit the Doctor as any others.

p.s. is it sad that I recognise the Hartnell photograph as one of the stills from the missing Marco Polo story?

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Google donates 15,000 Raspberry Pis to UK schools

Craig Chambers
Headmaster

Virii?

Plural of virius?

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Windows Media Center EPG has SWITCHED OFF, wail Euro users

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Did I miss something?

Freeview in the UK uses MPEG2/MP2 for SD content and h.264 and AC3 for HD content...

DVDs primarily use... MPEG2/AC3, though there is sometimes DTS and also CSS that you probably have to pay a license to unscramble.

These are the same decoders, other than the CSS and DTS, so I'm unsure how TV could work without the DVD codecs?

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The best smartphones for Christmas

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Re: @Frank Bough

Do not feed the trolls!

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Pong creator turns nose up at Nintendo Wii U

Craig Chambers
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Re: This from the founder of the company that created the Atari Lynx?

Yes, I remember that advert. I believe that it showed them playing the surfing section of California games.

I loved my Lynx, but it was a bugger for burning the batteries. As a student, I couldn't afford to keep buying Lithium batteries, and my rechargeables only gave me 40 minutes of play time for an 8 hour charge, so you were stuck to playing while plugged into the mains adaptor. This vs a GameBoy that ran for 8 hours on rechargeables, sold for half the price and had a ton more games.

It was only recently that I met another former owner, prior to that no-one else I knew had also owned one. Hence despite the name of the console my link cable was never used.

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Court blocks 12 websites for 'misleading' Olympic ticket sales

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Re: @Version 1.0 - TOTAL POLICING

Absolutely Voter Colonel

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Dell readies Linux Ultrabook for autumn release

Craig Chambers
WTF?

Re: Unnh

Let me see...

Open terminal app

Type "sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop"

Log out;

Select Xfce or Xubuntu session;

Log in.

Done

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E-Cat pitching cold fusion to Australians

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Or perhaps a web app development platform?

I'm afraid Macromedia (now Adobe) beat you to it. Naming your band Cold Fusion to me sounds the same as naming your band Photoshop. Alright, it's a slightly less well known product, but the same outcome.

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Google makes money on Nexus 7... just

Craig Chambers
Headmaster

Re: Ye Typo

:-)

But actually, not unless you want 'sire' to punish you for lack of respect. Thee, thy, thine etc. are the informal second person pronouns. In English we dropped these for the formal you and your in all circumstances, thus removing the chance of slighting your betters with informal pronouns. This being the case, it would never have been proper to refer to someone of the title 'sire' with thine

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It seems to me, the reason that people make this mistake is threefold:

1) The constant usage of thee, thou etc. when referring to God in the King James bible - apparently this is because one always uses the informal when referring to God due to the personal relationship with him.

2) Poetic usage of the terms (especially in Shakespeare). Actually when used, they are either intimate relationships, or used deliberately to be offensive. The context is everything.

3) We aren't taught any of this stuff in school.

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Burnt Samsung Galaxy S III singed by external source, probe reveals

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Re: Darwin nominee

Exactly how did either of them remove themselves from the gene pool?

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YouView launches with pricey premium DVR

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Freesat version??

Anyone know if they are planning a satellite version for those of us with poor Freeview?

I live in a valley served by a redirector tower for terrestrial TV, and as such have been subjected to the Sky tax to get more channels for the 10 years I've lived in my current location. While the switch to digital improved the terrestrial service where I live, it offers minimal choice compared to Freesat (although thinking about it we rarely watch anything outside of BBC and C4 content anyway).

/Craig

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Google wingmen rain Project Glass on San Francisco

Craig Chambers
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Was this article edited?

Ignoring the actual content, the article is littered with typos, random capitalisation (including whole words), missing spaces, missing letters and extra words. I can understand that sometimes an article is submitted from a mobile device by a reporter in the field, but surely that is why there is an editorial staff?

It's way below The Reg's usual standards.

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Successful remnant of Motorola acquires successful remains of Psion

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Meh

Re: MX deathtrap

I used my Series 5 extensively while at Uni and working part time on nights, for word processing, spreadsheets, programming in OPL and playing classic Speccie games (Elite and Chuckie Egg being favourite). Perhaps I was fortunate, but I never had any issues with the screen flexi.

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John Lewis Broadband - genius or foolhardy?

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Re: It's more expensive than Zen.

Pretty much speaks for me, except I'll have been with Zen for ADSL for 10 years this year.

I was surprised recently to see the Firefox add-on tell me I now had 103 GB of allowance for the month, but I think that they specifically monitor my activity and up the allowance every time I exceed the monthly cap and buy a top-up... I've only done that twice and on both occasions the monthly cap was increased the following month. Coincidence?? ;-)

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WTF... should I pay to download BBC shows?

Craig Chambers
WTF?

I don't get it

I, and presumably a lot of other people paid plenty of money to get BBC content on both video and DVD. In what way is charging the consumer for the same content via an online method any different?

I admit that when the beeb started releasing materials on video there were no online fora for commentards to kick up a storm, but I personally though it was great that I could suddenly have a copy of my favourite shows to play back any time I liked. Shock, horror I had to PAY for them!

Back then pirate copies were usually pretty bad and you still had to pay some guy at a market stall to buy them, rather than a 100% faithful copy downloaded via a torrent.

So other than pirate copies being very accurate and available more anonymously, can anyone explain to me exactly what is different about paying the BBC for a video/DVD and paying for a download?

I'm not saying I'm whiter than white, but I don't delude myself that the two are really any different simply because copying and redistributing have become both easier and more socially acceptable.

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Ericsson flashes wallet, beds hot Wi-Fi and billing bizes

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Ericsson was always free of Sony

In saying that Ericsson is now free of Sony you seem to be confusing a small subdivision of Ericsson called Ericsson Mobile Communications (or EMC), that made handsets and was merged with the Sony handset division to form a joint venture called SEMC, with the behemoth that is Ericsson in general.

Ericsson has always appeared at the MWC in its own capacity on top of any representation by EMC/SEMC considering, as the article points out, they are an enormous player in mobile infrastructure.

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Boy died after satnav fault delays ambulance

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Re: On the positive side...

Feel better after that do you? I doubt that the timely arrival of the ambulance would have helped, but the fact that she has eight other children is entirely irrelevant. Sadly this woman's chronically ill son died slowly in front of her, and you feel it's appropriate to have a tirade about her presumed circumstances?

Speaking as an atheist I find your insensitivity, attack on her presumed religious convictions and lack of empathy disturbing.

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Texan TSA crew accused of nude scanner ogling scheme

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God damn these electric sex pants

Your plan for electric sex pants was envisioned in the IT Crowd already...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfq3B9JvIcQ

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Juror jailed for looking up rape defendant on Google

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Why the downvotes?

The above comment merely reports that a juror told the paper that they had also broken the rules. The downvotes appear to imply that the poster agreed with the juror in question, which they state nowhere in the text.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic

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Not just MMO

These are essentially RPG archetypes and not restricted to online roleplaying. To put things into Dungeons and Dragons terminology, you have Fighter (Tank); Cleric (Healer); Thief (Ranged) and Wizard (Force Lightning Damage).

There are all sorts of combinations that mix and match the above archetypes, and plenty of options for someone in one of the above roles to play a different role in the party, but ultimately a balanced party in any RPG fares better when all of the above roles are met in one way or another.

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Winamp mends trio of old-school security holes

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Oops, subtract one from each of the numbers above! :-)

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Still a great media player IMO

I'm the last to approve of AOL, but my experience of Winamp is far better than that of certain apple shaped media software.

I'm all Linux at home, and am resigned to using iTunes lookalikes (Banshee, Rhythmbox) since I found XMMS2 a pain to find, then set-up on recent versions of Ubuntu and XMMS3 was just not very user-friendly (for my wife).

I still like and use Winamp on Windows machines at work. Their best feature IMO has always been sorting how I want it (Sort by > Path & Filename), but their playlist features are also great. I use it to create playlists for use on my phones, and their support of varied formats is also good. When I re-encoded music to the excellent he-aacv2 format for playback on my phones back in 2007, Winamp was the only player that supported the format.

As for support, once I got my recent defect noticed, it was fixed in what I would call reasonable time and is in the latest version... [aacdec] Detection of parametric stereo for AAC files made with older encoders.

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NASA confirms first Earth candidate in habitable zone

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Water = ice

Any ship not designed to avoid/deflect ice in space is doomed.

I'm no physicist, but I'm not sure how you expect to get (liquid) water in any volume in space.

Liquid water would need to be near to a heat source capable of making it liquid. Free floating in space without something to shield it (e.g. Earth's magnetosphere) , it would be rapidly boiled away by the solar wind (c.f. a comet's tail).

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ICO smacks Welsh council with record £130k fine

Craig Chambers
FAIL

Secure printing?

There have been printers that allow secure printing for quite some time. The printer holds the job until the user is present and inputs a PIN. The user can then ensure that they take all relevant pages and nothing else, thus also preventing anyone else from seeing the contents.

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Reg man the most-flamed recruiter in the UK?

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Or to use the metaphor correctly...

Even a recruiter can't hold back the tide of idiots just by talking to them?

(Cnut's holding back the tide story was a metaphor to show that even the powers of the king have limits, not a serious attempt by a megalomaniac)

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BioWare Baldur's Gate

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Got me back into D&D

Back in 1999 (OK I was a bit late to the party) I picked this up and threw myself back into the D&D world I had given up at age 14. The game was instantly wonderfully immersive, addictive, with a great story line and NPCs that properly interact with you (once I got over the bug that the game constantly paused/unpaused 5 times a second - fixed by pressing the pause button!)

The game introduced me to newsgroups, got me playing online, and being involved with an online community for the first time.

It also led to me pick pen and paper D&D back up, and I'm still playing this weekly online with folks I met in the alt.game.baldurs-gate newsgroup.

The game and its sequel BG2 had a thriving mod community, and lots of replay value. I sometimes wish I could blank my memory of the game so that I could discover it all over again.

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Seagate pulls out the biggest hard one in the industry

Craig Chambers
WTF?

Same as up to xxx MP3s

Bitrate may not be as important as the codec used, but it's still a major factor.

I'd query where you get your figures from on DVR recording bitrates.

H264 1080i HD broadcasts from the BBC over Freesat average about 3GB an hour when recorded to my PC - or about the same as an SD MPEG2 from a DVD. Given how much room HD content takes on my SkyHD box I'd be surprised if they are re-encoding it to reduce the size before storing it. It adds a lot of complexity and adds an extra point of failure to what should be a fairly simple process (take the transport stream and store it directly).

By comparison, my Blu-ray of Watchmen (also H264, but now 1080p) is 38GB for a film of about 2.5 hours, or around 15 GB an hour. Admittedly this is an extreme, other rips are around 25 GB per film.

Given this I calculate I'd manage 160 HD films at BD quality (4000/25), or 800 HD films at broadcast quality (4000/5). Obviously these are rough figures and ignore the 1024/1000 rounding that disk manufacturers get away with.

I personally would argue that anything supposedly in HD that is at less then broadcast quality is bordering on being no better than scaled good quality SD. All that real estate demands a decent bitrate, and squeezing a HD film into 2 GB (or in fact significantly less when you factor in a 384 kbps 5.1 soundtrack) does not sound like quality to me.

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US judge tells Levi's to take its Euro problems to Europe

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Levis jeans are good quality, but too expensive in Europe

As someone who is on the larger side, I would always go for a pair of Levi jeans as they are always (in my experience) well made and resilient. Getting them at a good price and in my size is something that American stockists do, but UK ones don't.

Last time I tried to get some, I put in an order at JC Penney (something I had successfully done 2 years before) only to receive an email telling me that they are not allowed to export to Europe. So I'm back to the lesser quality stuff I can get in Debenhams (for about the same price as imported Levi's) that wear through in areas of contact in about 1/3 of the time.

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HP's UK PC boss: We're going nowhere

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Not compatible with Marketplace

As these cheapo tab manufacturers are I will hazard a guess not paying Google for their upsells, but simply using the free version of Android, they will not have Android Marketplace (nor Google Maps, GMail etc.) so your assertion is more than likely incorrect.

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Sony preps Luke Skywalker-style digital binoculars

Craig Chambers
Facepalm

Must get my eyes tested

Initially read that as "Imperial wankers"

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DARPA drops another HTV-2

Craig Chambers
WTF?

Umm, isn't research all about predictions?

I don't know about hardware engineering, but in the basis of scientific research *is* prediction. If your experiment is that unpredictable, then it's probably not very good science. Science generally deals in very small, but very accurate increments in the amount of knowledge that we have. There are very few paradigm shifts, or giant leaps.

Admittedly in some cases the extrapolations used to make the prediction are wildly wrong, and some experiments suffer from lots of unknown variables, but this does not change the fact that scientific research relies on proving or disproving a prediction made with as much prior information as possible.

I'm not saying that this DARPA experiment is bad science either, just refuting the idea that research deals with the unpredictable.

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Google left out of $4.5bn Nortel patent deal

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Shame about Modu

It's a shame to see an inoovative company like Modu go under. I saw their products at the GSMA in 2008 (back when Android was nothing but whispers), and theirs were in my opinion the most innovative concepts for mobile phones at the conference.

Granted I have no idea about how well executed the final products were/would have been, but they seemed to be trying to create something genuinely new, which was a bit of a breath of fresh air.

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Has UK gov lost the census to Lulzsec?

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Your critique of their English seems a bit harsh

Other than an extra comma in the first sentence that imposes a pause after "Bravo" and renders the word "chaps" as a little orphan it doesn't look too bad to me.

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Creationists are infiltrating US geology circles

Craig Chambers
Devil

Error in calculation

You seem to have missed that there were actually seven of some animals (according to Genesis). Obviously this is enough to balance the equation ;-)

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Nokia betas some DLNA love

Craig Chambers
FAIL

DLNA org say it's not their fault... because they are powerless fools

It really is as shit as all that. My experience is as stated above, DLNA renderers simply reject outright anything that is even slightly at variance from a very limited spec. Implementations of other formats than MPEG2, MP3, LPCM, and JPG are riddled with non-standard DLNA-PNs that cause the server vendors to have to handle every client differently.

I *DO* have TBs of MPEG2 on my home server (rips of all my hundreds of DVDs), and it is all served to my DLNA rendering TV, and it works (very well thank you very much). I do appreciate that I am a lone voice crying out of the wilderness on this one. One of the few with an entire library of DLNA compliant media. The reason for this? I am geeky enough to have got in on DLNA early and in the days before transcoding servers. I also didn't really have any downloaded videos (except Red vs Blue series 1-4 in avi), so I could build my library from scratch.

What the manufacturers behind DLNA and the DLNA.org seem to fail to appreciate is that mandating only MPEG2 video to get a compliance sticker is simply not going to wash with the general public. The majority out there want to see the mp4s that their phones have recorded and any number of other formats that they have created or acquired over the years, and they shouldn't have to jump through hoops because the device (which someone stated above can play the files locally) won't play that media type via DLNA.

One solution is to use a transcoding server, but this is only possible on servers that have some grunt available to them, i.e. a desktop PC. It is not possible on an always-on, low-power DLNA server on a NAS, i.e. the sort of device likely to be on when you want to watch your videos in bed.

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Digital Stream DPS-1000 BBC iPlayer set-top box

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H264 is supported

I'm pretty certain from posts on the miniDLNA Sourceforge forums that the BDP-S370 does support h264 in 1080p. However, it only supports it in an MPEG2 transport stream (i.e. m2ts) along with an AC3 (AKA Dolby Digital) or MP2 audio track. I suggest that you try using PS3MediaServer to try viewing the files as this should be able to remux them into an appropriate container on the fly. Your other option is to manually remux them using something like TSMuxer.

Your irritation is founded, but its cause is more the pathetic DLNA certification process which only mandates a very limited subset of formats to gain certification. Anything above and beyond these formats is entirely a the manufacturer's discretion, and is generally implemented in one or another way that is different from how any other manufacturers handle that file type.

/craig

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See my earlier reply about m2ts

See above

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Sony Bravia KDL-EX524 40in LED TV

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Locked to this TV only

"in the process locking any content it records to the host TV." means what, exactly?

It means that anything you record onto the USB drive can only be played back by this TV. You can't plug the drive into another TV, or PC and view it.

IIRC this is a requirement for any device that can directly record HD channels from Freesat HD that wants to display the logo (though my understanding is that the encryption strictly only applies to HD content and not SD) - I'm going to extrapolate that either it also applies to Freeview HD, or that Sony decided to do it this way to use identical functionality when they release the Freesat versions of these TVs.

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Craig Chambers
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XMB - not on PS3 first

Point of order - The XMB first appeared on the PSP, about 2 years before the PS3 was released.

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Apple to support reps: Don't confirm Mac infections

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Replacement policy

I have an iPod photo that went in to the Genius bar 3 times in my year's warranty period. It never got abused, but periodically the hard disk would make lots of spinning noises, then it would display the take me back to the shop sad face picture. Every time it was immediately replaced.

When it did it again after the warranty expired I took it back and was told by someone who to me did not look like they knew what they were doing that the hard disk needed replacing and it would cost me £100. I balked at this and decided to source one online. In the meantime, I disconnected the battery and disk drive. Out of curiosity a couple of days later, I reassembled it, and it worked again! Now, ever 4 months or so (when sad face shows up), I have to go through this process again.

Easy replacement under warranty aside, I've been reluctant to buy another Apple product since this as I feel the crapware will die soon after warranty and I may be left with a pretty brick.

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Supposed Anonymous hack 'unmasks members'

Craig Chambers
Joke

Hit the North

Damn, I was certain he was referring to Mark E Smith et al.

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