* Posts by James 51

1504 posts • joined 23 Jun 2009

Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

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Re: Worth every penny...

Atlantis was so so but In The Flesh was bloody good. Certainly beats what I've seen of 'I survived the zombie apocalypse'.

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Boffin: Use my bionic breakthrough for good, and not super cyborgs

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Re: Hands? Pah! Kiddie stuff

The brain ages just like everything else. You might buy yourself more time but you eventually you'd end up with a brain tumour, injury or dementia.

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Intel's Atoms gain new (cosmetic) X-Factor

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It would be nice not to have to rely on notebookcheck to compare cpus.

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Soz SMEs, we're not interested in your direct biz

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If you can meet your goal, move the posts. I thought this was standard operating procedure for big projects.

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Finally, a decent use for big data: Weeding out crooked City traders

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Iif that predictive coding really works that well, after building the profile surely it could replace those traders.

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AMD's new Carrizo: The x86 notebook processor that thinks it's a GPU

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I was looking for something to replace my netbook but netbooks and laptops with AMD chips were either underpowered or expensive. Not AMD's fault but there it is.

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Wake up! BlackBerry QUIETLY updates BB10

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Re: And Blackberry Assistant

Part of it is stuff that was there before e.g. typing 'txt xyz This is a text' sent the text for you. You have to agree to the voice recognition and I didn't so it isn't running.

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OLPC spin-off teases modular 'Infinity' computer

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Forget the kids, I want one. Keyboard died on my netbook and it was too slow to run windows 7. Being able to replace the keyboard and cpu like that is the way things should be.

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Something Coming Through – aliens, LA noir, techno-thriller, dystopia ALL in the mix

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£2 for the ebook? If correct +1 sale on the back of this review.

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Ready to fill out your US taxes? Cool. Got ObamaCare? Not so fast

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Which one?

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Another reason to be glad for the NHS.

Hopefully it will be sorted out for next year.

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Hoping for spy reforms? Jeb Bush, dangerously close to being the next US prez, backs the NSA

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Sometimes I wonder if Bush Sr. Just takes his heads in his hands and shakes it in despair.

And for the record, the US government is not the family business to be passed on from father to son.

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A cookie with a 7,984-year lifespan. Blimey, Roy Batty only got 4!

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Re: clean your own house

If you have no scruples there are still ways to track users if they have cookies disabled. There are just some people/companies that just seem to regard it as their right to spy on people and I'm taking about commercial entities here, not the traditional no such agencies.

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I erase the history and cookies everytime I finish using a browser. Force of habit now.

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Hate sites like games workshop that won't let you browse them unless you let them infest your machine with cookies.

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TV Idol star's keyboard upstart idolizes our gear too much – BlackBerry

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I am still wondering how apple managed that with rounded corners.

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Big Brother in SPAACE: Mars One picks first 100 morons to suffocate, er, settle on Red Planet

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Re: Nigel Kneale would be proud ...

That show is credited with creating the concept of reality television. Pity about the name. When I try to explain what it is they automatically assume I think that the 'dirty digger' controlled TV in the 60s and stop listening.

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There was a reality TV show (on C4 I think) that mixed actors and real morons and pretended to send them into space. Thankfully after half an episode even my wife found it too painful to watch and turned it off. Perhaps this is the reboot. Found it:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Cadets_(TV_series)

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Cadets_(TV_series)Found

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SCREW YOU, BRITS: We're going through with UK independence ANYWAY – Scotland

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"It remains a mystery why Scottish voters didn't put their homegrown politicians in charge of the entire country and economy"

Probably because Cameron and every other politician in Labour and the Lib Dems promised them more devolution. Then the following morning Cameron looked over his right shoulder and saw UKIP accelerating so decided to back track and throw in lots of umss, ahhhs and conditions he hadn't mentioned before. If the promises aren't kept the SNP would be completely justified in asking for a new referendum and I think they would win under those circumstances. Certainly bad for the rump but then we'd have no one to blame but ourselves.

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Home Office wins appeal against £224m e-Borders payout

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With TTIP it could mean foreign companies failing their way to the bank. The company will probably make more profit if it wins than if it had completed the contract.

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Boffins grasp Big Knob, get ready to go ALL THE WAY at the LHC proton-punisher

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There has got to be a way to convince the BBC to create a documentary on CERN. It would be cool to see the various aspects of the operation in action.

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California mulls law to protect your e-privates from warrant-free cops

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Yes there are loop holes not the least of which is have someone else steal it for you but hopefully once the principal is established it will be clearer that officials are abusing due process and more pressure will be used to stop that.

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Russian revolution: YotaPhone 2 double-screen JANUS MOBE

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I wonder if there is an e-ink other half for the jolla phone.

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Brit boffins want £50 million to launch exoplanet observatory

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Re: How much?

I think in principle the trainset is important but it sounds like another monumental foul-up and the price of examining exo-planets is barely a rounding error on it's spreadsheet. Perhaps with India's low price mission to Mars stuff like this will be pushed to the fore.

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£50,000,000 is nothing for this type of project. Can't help but feel if it was £500,000,000 he would be more likely to get the funding.

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TalkTalk may begin making 'Three style' low-cost mobile moves

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I had sky but just didn't watch enough to justify paying for the TV part. With the likes of amazon and netflix fast, reliable broadband is what would tempt me to switch providers. Of course living in a relatively new town only BT have any sort of infrastructure round here so everyone is piggybacking on them. Sky is incredibly slow as they have over 95% of the market share here. Switching to BT did help.

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Net neutrality: Someone WILL sue. So will the FCC's rules hold up?

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*sigh* isn't just enough to make you lose your faith in humanity. Perhaps if cable companies hadn't convinced lots of local government in the US to legislate against allowing local government to provide competition or simply plug the holes in their coverage stuff like this wouldn't be necessary.

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Likes of Google to have undue influence in Brussels, say activists

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I'd agree to the sue for profits if governments could sue companies for increase costs i.e. you just made 1,000 people redundant, that will be £x,xxx,xxx for the next year to pay for their benefits and if they are still unemployed we'll come back next year. Oh and parent companies and shareholders are fully liable with no kind of tax dodging shielding allowed.

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UK boffins DOUBLE distance of fiber data: London to New York WITHOUT a repeater

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BT might get round to installing fibre to home around 2200 now with tech like this to spur them on.

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Red-spattered Android figures sinkhole Sony's healthy financials

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Re: Good phones but slightly annoying software...

Z3 compact is the first andriod phone since the xperia mini pro to make me even think about buying something tied into Google. Pity that the software is half baked but then that's often Sony's down fall. I remember some software that shipped with an excellent portable CD player, it was worse even than itunes.

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Hey kids! If you vote Facebook will give you EXTRA LIKES*

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A none of the above option would be nice. It's a pity single transferable vote didn't get through. It's a simple system, don't know why everyone on the TV said otherwise.

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Abuse of health data deserves JAIL, thunders ethics body

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Add unlimited fines to the companies involved and you might start to get somewhere.

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Breaking news: BBC FINALLY spots millions of mugshots on cop database

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When people talking about old fashioned police work, I doubt that had phrenology in mind.

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DARPA: We KNOW WHO YOU ARE... by the WAY you MOVE your MOUSE

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My desktop has a mouse, my laptop has a trackpad and my tablet and phone have touch screens. If you get a new mouse, try out a trackball or get a touch screen monitor it would change your profile.

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Drunk on Friday night? Then YOU probably DIDN'T spot Facebook's privacy tweak

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Re: Is this racist...

Given their history with secret police they are all too aware of how stuff like this can be misused and try to stay on top of it so I am going to hazard a yes.

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Living with a Renault Twizy: Pah! Bring out the HOVERCRAFT

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Re: Weather and price

The reason I compare it to a scooter is that I have seen similar scooter chassis in warmer climates. I remember a review which stated that it couldn't have weather proof doors and windows because it would be taxed at a higher rate.

No one is suggesting that golf carts are a practical vehicle to take out on the road and live with day to day. Never played it but I am guessing when the weather is that bad people are parked at the 19th hole.

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Eight grand for a glorified electric scooter? Yea. Nice try but in the last week I've seen snow, sleet, rain and gale force winds. Not that practical in places that actually have weather.

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Windows 10: The Microsoft rule-o-three holds, THIS time it's looking DECENT

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I have used 8 and 8.1 without a touchscreen and DOS was less opaque and frustrating (and bloody stupid by design).

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My PC doesn't have a touch screen and I don't have a microphone either. How is it going to cope on low/mid level powered systems without those features.

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Hola HoloLens: Reg man gets face time with Microsoft's holographic headset

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Won't help spreadsheets or word processing much but think about OO code displayed in three dimentions. You could view the structure of the relationship and when you open up a class nested code could be indented in three dimentions. It would be tricky to get the GUI right but it has potential.

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Microsoft just saved Windows Phone... Now stop whining

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Re: Maemo

Where's my N901 with mameo and preview camera?

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Microsoft wants LAMP for wireless mobe charger

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How would this interact with using bulbs to transmit data?

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OTHER EARTHS may be orbiting our Sun beyond Neptune

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Any idea of their size? If they're Pluto sized or smaller then they'll be planatoids/dwarf planets.

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Kim Jong-Un shoot-em-up Glorious Leader! yanked

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No off line back ups? Hope the admin is taking this opportunity to make a few sharp points (assuming that he doesn't have to fall on one).

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Samsung and BlackBerry: Coming together? Not at this price

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Always thought a lot of this kind of speculation is stoked by people who sell reports or would make money in fees if it was even considered or went ahead.

It's also difficult to see samsung taking on BB10 on top of all the other OS they currently support.

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SpaceX in ROCKET HOVERSHIP PRANG: 'Close – but no cigar,' says Musk

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In the long term yes but in the next ten years/the next generation of rockets will the extra mass that will go into what goes up and goes down again cost more in payload capicity, maintance and reliability that (presumably) simpler single use engines? It's cool and I hope it works sooner rather than later but I wonder if it would be better to put this into the next generation of SpaceX rockets.

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Good luck to them. Not sure how much practical benefit there is over a splash down landing in the short to medium term but it's nice to see someone try something new.

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An e-reader you HAVEN'T heard of: Cybook Ocean 8"

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Re: Inkpad

Calibre is free and does a good job of converting between mobi and epub.

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Re: Inkpad

My prs-t3 does a good job on pdfs. Screen is reasonable though the cover with the light is both fragile and expensive .

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BlackBerry: Internet of Things! Smartwatches! Anything but the sound of a flushing toilet

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Re: QNX may be one of the better systems in the closed source embedded market...

Ah yes, the four sprung duck technique but that applies to QNX as well as FOSS. FOSS is ideologically purer but many companies will still choose to pay for support or go with closed software to lessen the burden of bringing products to market and keeping them there.

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