* Posts by Pete 6

53 posts • joined 11 Jul 2009

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Review: Renault Zoe electric car

Pete 6
FAIL

Re: Dodgy Renault Electrics?

> clinging to 70s stereotypes much?!

Hardly! A colleague of mine would regularly carry around in his Megane spare coil packs and spare bulbs (they blew in the rain). The radio would refuse to work when it was "a bit cold" and the electric window motors were replaced twice under warranty as they would seize and generate vast quantities of smoke as they burned out, in both his and his wife's car.

I think the stereotype is still justified.

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Virgin Media STILL working on fix for SuperHub corrupt downloads glitch

Pete 6
Gimp

You can try, but

You can take my VMNG300 modem from my cold, dead hands. It's working fine, even at 100mbit. Saw 12MB/s today from Steam which will do me fine. I don't want, or need the superhub for that extra 20mbit that Virgin keep promising me.

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Android hackers mull rooted mobe app marketplace

Pete 6

Works on the Galaxy Note too

Swipe the screen with your palm or double tap the screen with the S-Pen whilst holding the pen button.

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Google to join Wednesday's anti-SOPA protest

Pete 6
Trollface

Use IE6

Thanks to creaky old IE6 I was browsing Wikipedia at work and didn't notice any difference.

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Bit-part actress slings sueball at IMDb over age gripe

Pete 6
IT Angle

And all this talking has her rocketing into the top 100 actors on IMDB already. Was at #99 as of this posting.

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Lovefilm knocks a pound off streaming sub

Pete 6
Pirate

Bah

I tried to shed the piratey ways so I tried Lovefilm's streaming service a while ago, using my free month that I got on the PS3, and the quality was abysmal. They claim 'DVD Quality' but to believe that you must be blind and deaf. Horrible low resolution blocky video and truly awful compressed-to-death audio.

I phoned up to cancel on the same day, I didn't even have the subscription for 3 hours.

I'd gladly pay for a service that can offer HD streaming, Youtube manages just fine for free, so why can't a paid for service?

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Opera spruces up email client in 11.60 browser cut

Pete 6

I'm pretty sure they fixed them the release after the "broken" version. I've not had any issues in any recent versions anyway, they work just as well as they always used to.

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Star Wars 3D holo displays becomes a reality

Pete 6
Megaphone

In the video, they said it was filled with water. A higher power laser is required to display images in air.

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Microsoft merges Windows 8 with Xbox Live

Pete 6
Childcatcher

It already exists, it's called "Games for Windows Marketplace". It might be half decent if they get rid of the having to pay for "Microsoft Points" to buy things with.

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Logitech Touch Lapdesk N600

Pete 6
Facepalm

Seriously?

How hard is it to use your right hand? It's only a trackpad. I'm pretty sure I'm not the most ambidextrous person in the world but I don't find it at all difficult to use the trackpad on my laptop with either hand.

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'Satnavs are definitely not doomed', insists TomTom man

Pete 6
Mushroom

The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

I tried using my phone as an MP3 player, but the hissy output, meagre storage and crap battery life are somewhat of a disadvantage.

I'll stick with my old 160GB ipod. As much as I'd like to get something else (as the battery is now a little ropey, it used to be fantastic, but it is nearly 5 years old) there's nothing that does the job as well. Shame itunes is such a bloated pile of slow garbage.

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Pete 6
WTF?

The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

I've also got an N900, and seeing as Nokia have basically abandoned it, the sat nav on it is utter garbage and so lacking in features it's worthless. As the userbase is so small, you can't get anything decent for it.

I'll be sticking with my Tomtom for now. I can wait 30 seconds for it to kick off, when I'm driving I generally know the general direction I'm heading for at least that long, I'm not a total vegetable that needs my hand holding right from my doorstep.

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Sony Tablet P in pictures

Pete 6
Facepalm

Yawn

The PS3 ran linux like crap. I don't understand where the obsession ever was.

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It's official: IE users are dumb as a bag of hammers

Pete 6
Trollface

I already use Opera

Where's the "smug" icon?

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Dragon-owned Expansys bemoans weak UK gadget lust

Pete 6
Thumb Down

Pretty much what's already been said...

I've only ever really clicked a few ads on El Reg that linked me there. I had a browse, saw how overpriced everything was, and shopped from elsewhere.

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Xperia Play gets new games boost

Pete 6
Thumb Down

Minecraft?

No, it's rubbish.

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Peugeot compo cam aids amateur espionage

Pete 6
FAIL

Bah!

19/20... Where are you #20?!

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Creative set to follow Cisco out of camcorders

Pete 6
WTF?

Creative still exist?

Does anyone buy any of their shoddy wares anymore?

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Windows 7 service pack 1 set to lift off today

Pete 6

It's there now

Just checked Windows Update and it's there in the optional updates, around 90 to 900 MB download.

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Virgin Media busts £1bn a quarter

Pete 6
Stop

Proof of what

Of course a help forum is going to be full of people complaining about faults with their connection.

I'm very happy with my 50 Meg virgin line, I've had no trouble with it since I had it installed years ago.

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Seagate tells flash bigots to get real

Pete 6
WTF?

Erm, sorry

I already swapped out the 250gb drive in my netbook for a 120gb OCZ flash drive. Best decision ever.

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China announces Skype ban to protect telco revenues

Pete 6
WTF?

No really

I wouldn't give a toss if it imploded, never to be seen again.

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Europe's broadband bird goes up tonight

Pete 6
WTF?

The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

what?

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Windows malware dominates Mac malware detection chart

Pete 6
Stop

The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

Virus free since 1996 and long may it continue!

(I'm a PC)

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Brits say 'no, no, no' to 3D TV

Pete 6
FAIL

Gimmick

Nope, not interested either. It's a fad that will be gone in a couple of years. It's only taken off in the cinema as it makes recording off the screen with a camcorder a difficult task. It all seems rather forced and contrived.

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Virgin Media begins 100Mb upgrades

Pete 6
Badgers

Limits and caps

There is now. The 50mbit service has an upload cap and is subject to throttling on newsgroups/bittorrent at peak hours when the network is congested. Virgin are yet to specify any real details of it yet though. I can say I'm yet to be affected by any of it though, and get 50mbit down and 5mbit up all day and all night.

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Tablets in, netbooks out, forecasts analyst

Pete 6
Stop

No thanks

Quite happy with my netbook thanks very much. Why would I want to cripple myself by buying something less capable like an iPad?

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Intel trials downloadable CPU upgrades

Pete 6
Badgers

And how long....

... before someone releases a keygen so you can upgrade for free? All kinds of brutal and draconian copy protection on games have been beaten within days of release, what's to stop this from going the same way?

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Apple Ping unfriends meanie Facebook

Pete 6
Thumb Down

Also

Every new version of iTunes seems to break something old and useful and introduce something new and garbage.

Admittedly I itunes it for my ipod but I havent updated it in a couple of years. I got sick of hacking it every new version so it would behave in ways previous versions did.

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Nokia seeks to tap the X-Factor

Pete 6
FAIL

Oh jesus

How about some actual useful content? I know i probably brought it on myself by getting an N900 but the Ovi store on that is nigh-on useless. Thank god for the application manager, or we'd never have any software.

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Apple Magic Trackpad

Pete 6

Dongle

It's not as if the dongles for wireless mice are "annoying" because they "stick out". The one I have barely protrudes 5mm from the port and its perfectly happy sitting in one of the 10 usb ports I've got on the back of the computer

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Trojan-ridden warning system implicated in Spanair crash

Pete 6

Erm

Um, they don't? Try reading instead of jumping to zealotry.

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Daily Mail promotes 'the new Betamax'

Pete 6
Grenade

However

I drive up and down the country fairly regularly and I'm yet to find an area (other than deepest darkest Wales, where even FM radio dare not go) that has poor reception in the car. It actually makes sense on the road.

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Microsoft: 'Using IE6 is like drinking 9-year-old milk'

Pete 6
Unhappy

I'm pretty sure

That I'll only see an upgrade to something newer and fancier than IE6 at work, is when MS drop all support for XP.

It can't come soon enough IMO.

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Microsoft defends death of free video in IE 9

Pete 6
WTF?

Why?

Why can't the browser use the codecs installed on the computer like any other media player software? I can play both ogg and h264 in media player without any fuss, why cant my browser do the same? Why does it have to be hardcoded to use exclusively one codec and one codec alone?

If this is a noobish question, i apologise.

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Google opens alphabetti spaghetti with refined spelling in search

Pete 6
Troll

Newbies to what?

The English language?

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Microsoft's Hotmail flicks finger at UK students

Pete 6

Strange

Me too. And I don't think it was a forged "from" address. I have myself in my contacts list and the message is sitting there in the "sent items" folder and was sent to everyone in my hotmail address book.

Something fishy is going on.

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Trojan armed with hardware-based anti-piracy control

Pete 6
Flame

It might be one more reason...

But theres still no good reason at all to get a Mac.

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Opera 10.50 goes from pre-alpha to final in 10 weeks

Pete 6

MLYP

MLYP

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Microsoft slams nails in Windows Vista, XP SP2, 2000

Pete 6
WTF?

£150?

There's no way I'd pay that much for 7 either, that's why I paid £60 to amazon for a copy.

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Pete 6

However

For usability and functionality, use Windows!

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YouTube use makes up 10% of mobile data

Pete 6

You know

I was going to say the same thing

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Anti-Internet Explorer 6 protests grow with online petition

Pete 6
FAIL

Hell why not

For what it's worth (usually very little) I've signed it. I'd like an update if not for the security reasons (though I don't see how you can make it more secure seeing how tightly locked down the internet is on MoD systems) but for the fact that half the internet is broken on IE6 and it's about time we had an update just so I can use Google Maps on a semi reliable basis.

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Faster BT broadband on starting blocks for Olympics - maybe

Pete 6
Badgers

Well,

BT's catchphrase was "It's good to talk", just practicing what they preach I guess.

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Opera update plugs heap big buffer overflow bug

Pete 6
WTF?

Unite actually works well

Been using it for a while in the betas and it beats the hell out of mucking about with flaky file transfers over IM programs. It's not enabled by default, so what's to complain about?

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Windows 7 lessons - the must know before you buy

Pete 6
Badgers

I'll bet that...

... the same people holding onto XP are the same people who initially refused to upgrade to XP from 98 stating the same old reasons again and again.

And you couldn't pay me to use Linux. I happily forked over £65 for 7.

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Kraft cans Vegemite iSnack2.0

Pete 6
Flame

Marmite > Vegimite

Nuff said.

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Dell XPS support takes a catnap

Pete 6
FAIL

@ Matthew 4

An Apple for gaming? LOL

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North Wales Police institute new happiness law

Pete 6
Pint

Personally

I've never had any issues with NWP or any other force, but it's just a matter of time I'm sure, Even if my bike is 100% legal, correct size plate and original exhausts and all.

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Apple gives Palm the boot - again

Pete 6
Badgers

So don't update to itunes 9?

I havent updated my version of itunes in ages, every new release brings a raft of new useless features that I have to hack around in the registry to return to the same way of working as the previous version. You might need it if you have the latest all-singing all-dancing iPhone or iPod but version 7 works fine with my iPod classic.

If you have a Pre don't update to 9 and it'll probably still work fine (just a guess, no actual proof of it working!)

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