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Judge strikes down Apple attempt to bar Samsung's 'untrue' patent comments

Sampler

Any one else see this as tarnishing the Apple brand?

If the they keep having to resort to petty suits and apparently lies to strangle the competition it reflects that they fear the competition and are not sure in their own product.

Which having to use an iPhone5 for six months before I could cajole my boss into letting me pick my own Android device (plumped for an Xperia Z1, not as good as my OneX UI wise but the tech's nice) I can quite see.

I've not had an iPhone before that point, maybe they were once ahead of the curve, but definitely not now, "annoyingly restrictive" is my lasting impression.

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Samsung unveils fourth-generation Galaxy Tabs

Sampler

I was going to lament the same..

Still not the resolution of the Nexus 10 which iirc they made?

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HTC One M8: Reg man takes spin in Alfa Romeo of smartphone world

Sampler

Not waterproof?

Aww, with both Samsung and Sony going waterproof I was hoping HTC would too (and include wireless charging as that seems a no-brainer to go with the waterproofing).

My OneX is getting close to needing to be updated and the Xperia Z1 work have handed out kind of shows that up, however I'm not sold on Sony's UI and would like to stick with HTC, having used sense since the Windows Mobile days I'm kinda used to it ;)

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Facebook, you fools! Forget Oculus, you could have bought TRON-type headsets

Sampler

Re: No root needed for wired PS3 controller

Additionally some Sony phones come with wireless support for PS3 pads (such as the Xperia Z1 work gave me).

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NSW government gets into the smartphone case business

Sampler

Re: Shirley opal could be a case study for pay by bonk

This was my first thought when I came to the country and saw they were introducing Opal cards but already had paypass infrastructure in place, surely a pre-authorisation of maximum fair when you swipe in and then exact charge when you swipe out?

Though this doesn't generate the large amounts of cash to sit in the Opal card accounts and gather interest I guess.

Also, where's my NFC phone app to replace the card?

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Blinking good: LG launches smart light bulb for Android/iOS

Sampler

Colour Change?

This would be awesome (especially for the christmas party) if the bulbs could change colour via the app - presuming if they're LED bulbs that should be possible?

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Surrender your crypto keys or you're off to chokey, says Australia

Sampler

Shadow moves

One thing that struck me is recently we had to overhaul our privacy laws to notify our customers we store their data overseas (as our company is based out of the UK it's cheaper for us to borrow their infrastructure than to plant local servers - if albeit a little laggy).

So one week they make it so it's better for businesses to host data within the country (as you need to inform a customer data is going overseas which may alarm the weak minded) and the next they're saying we have to hand it over in a legible format if they ask for it.

Well, bravo.

Second thing, I've just been reading this sad news:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/03/18/romania_ransomware_murder_suicide/

I wonder if there's call for a fake CryptoLocker ransomware actual encryption, so you can claim your hacked and can't access the data yourself =)

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Australia doubts ICANN is ready to run the internet

Sampler

I'm posting this on a lousy 7mb connection in the heart of one of Australia's major cities and that's the best available to buy.

Maybe he should look at sorting his own shambles out before bothering the world stage.

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Big Content wants Aussies blocked from Netflix

Sampler
Coat

hang on a second

There's Australians with internet access good enough to stream netflix?

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Optus sparks broadband HYPEGASM with gigasite trial

Sampler

Would be nice if they could manage to stream a youtube vid on their 4G service when you have four our of five bars rather than prat around with pointless boastings..

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Former HTC staffers charged with fraud, leaking company secrets

Sampler

Re: Sense is garbage

Each to their own, I liked how Sense improved the windows mobile experience and still enjoy it on android with none of this lag you speak of, but then I've always gone for the flagship models (Prophet, Kaiser, Rhodium, Desire, Desire Z and now a OneX). It's actually made me resistant to purchasing a phone from another provider, especially when seeing stock android on my partners Nexus4, even though it's time to pick one up - maybe I'll wait for the new model mentioned in the article.

One thing I do like is the Galaxy S4 Active and Experia Z1 are both waterproof, a feature I hope HTC will 'innovate' into their next model, I'm getting the Sony for a work phone so we'll see how living without Sense UI goes along..

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Wait, that's no moon 21.5-inch monitor, it's an all-in-one LG Chromebase PC

Sampler

depending on price

I like the idea, it has an HDMI input so still useful as a monitor, if the keyboard and mouse can be used on other devices too that means you have a handy set to go with your pc, just want to browse something quickly and not boot up the rig, chrome in your monitor, computers busted, chrome in your monitor to google fixes.

Yeah, your phone can do this, but still nice to have the big screen, if it's not going to add a lot to the price, then I'd be happy for monitors to include chrome os as standard. Actually, I'd like that for "smart tv's" too whom all seem to have their own build with disparate apps - if something like chrome or android became standard across TV's that would help the ecosystem and potentially even make them useful, rather than just having my PI wired to the back of one using the USB to power it and a spare HDMI to view it.

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Super-stealth FLYING CAR prototype seen outside GOOGLE HQ

Sampler

Google connection

An automated drone to update google maps?

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Apple wins patent for entrance to retail store

Sampler

Erm..

Did Apple just patent the greenhouse?

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OUCH: Google preps ad goo injection for Android mobile Gmail app

Sampler

Bandwidth

Will we be recompensed for the cost of downloading these adverts? I know this isn't a big issue for folk who have unlimited/high data allowances and plenty of wifi failover - but not all places are equal.

With any luck I'll be getting the internet fitted today in my apartment, I've been in Australia for three months and have had to rely on mobile data access (neither home nor work have wifi or any open/pay for services available - hell work have 35GB limit on internet fullstop, for an office of seven). The best data packages I've seen are 2GB allowance a month and north of $80 a month.

Not being made of money (especially as changing countries is expensive) I've been trying to get by on 500mb (with unlimited free Facebook & Twitter) and it's been a bind, even careful use has me down to zero a week before the end of the month.

Looks like I'll be switching to the native mail client with pop/imap instead of the gmail app then.

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EU move to standardise phone chargers is bad news for Apple

Sampler

Re: Apple's not the bad guy here

Back in 2007 I was on my second HTC which was still using mini-usb, they changed to micro when I got my fourth as it was around the time the EU decided that was the way to go and stuck since - so if you're claiming anyone had commonsense when it came to chargers you'll have to look at the fallen.

(yes, I know they had their own version of mini-usb but that was just for their dongles and a standard adaptor would work perfectly fine)

Oddly though, the lightening connector on my works iPhone5 is about the only thing I like about it, good size and doesn't mind which way around you stick it in (not that that's a massive issue, just nice not to try and connect, turn it around, try it again, turn it around, straight in...every...time..)

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Travel much? DON'T buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Sampler

lost sale

Well, that's one lost sale, I was contemplating an S4 Active as my next phone; I use sports tracking a lot and putting my OneX in a baggy for swimming or even cycling and running (in case of rain) is a bit of a chore, so a naturally water proof phone would be ideal.

Not ideal if I can't use it when I visit home in the UK and don't want to pay the high cost of my Australian sim and simply want to swap out to a prepay. I brought my OneX to Aus and swapped the sims without an issue when I emigrated, I guess I'm back to sitting and waiting to see if HTC make a waterproof One.

I'm guessing it's not a massive market that A) has this need and B) will be aware when buying their next phone but I can imagine this'll tarnish Sammy's image and lose more than just my sale.

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Fanbois shun 'crappy plastic' iPhone 5C

Sampler

to be fair..

..if you're going to buy a 5c you're not likely to be that bothered to camp over night (like the loons outside the Bondi Junction store I walked past last night, glass front adorned in duck-taped black-out curtains in a very cheap looking manner) or those who queued around two blocks for the CBD store and were on my works doorstep when I came in this morning.

You'll probably wait until Sunday, as you can't afford to take the time off work to get the latest shiny shiny and have to wait until your one free day in the week to pay for the lowest entry point your months of scrimping allows you to get..

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I, for one, welcome our robotic communist jobless future

Sampler

It's nice to think we'll get a tipping point where machines can do everything and usurp us all, but as the past few decades have shown, such robots are short coming.

Instead, it's going to be a matter of degrees - train drivers are already being replaced, next the drivers as google car (or whoever) replaces taxis, truckers and bus drivers. Pilot's after now drones are proving reliable (plus, imagine the sales pitch, who can hijack a plane with no stick?).

Machine's will start to replace most manual labour jobs given time, anything production line has mostly switched to bots already, I could foresee more people going when their role becomes cost efficient.

But Doctor's, going to be a while before they're redundant and I can't imagine many volunteering in the new work free utopia, or at least I wouldn't feel comfortable being operated on by someone who's biggest qualification is they're stupid enough to work when they could be exercising their minds with bigger issues as the world's now their oyster.

Hell, even what I do, the lofty title of Data Account Manager for a Market Research firm (basically, move numbers around and try not to lose any) can be vastly automated, as I've already started writing my own scripts, but there's still an area of critical thinking involved where judgement calls have to be made and until you've got an AI that can do that (ie, a long way off) I'm still going to be a slave to the wage.

So we're going to end up in a world with fewer and fewer jobs due to increasing automation but still be a long way from a work free utopia, at which point I believe we all go to hell as the proletariat do what they do best and think with their fists against those deemed valued enough to be employed and it all gets burned to the ground.

The upshot with that though is at least we can all go back to work.

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THE TRUTH about beaver arse milk in your cakes: There's nothing vanilla about vanilla

Sampler

Contemplating getting the carton for the vanilla protein shake I had this morning out the bin and checking the ingredients now..

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Modular smartphones floated by Dutch designer chap

Sampler

I've seen a similar idea before - that though had a block you kept in your pocket which was essentially the phone - radios, cpu, memory etc.. and connected via bluetooth to a screen, one was the size of a regular phone and acted as it (mic's, speaker and it's own power), another was tablet size and then scaled to a desktop at home.

All connected to the same block, the same source, so apps and experience was sync'd across the devices.

I liked the sound of that, it has the benefit of this system (can replace screen/camera without replacing the rest, or visa versa) but has the added benefit of everything sync'ing along.

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Intel reveals 14nm PC, declares Moore's Law 'alive and well'

Sampler

if only..

..there were third party vendors that would cater to your needs, wouldn't that be a thing..

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Bin half-baked Raspberry Pi hubs, says Pimoroni: Try our upper-crust kit

Sampler

Nice idea...but

Wouldn't it have been a good idea to add a USB socket or an extra micro USB cable coming out of the PiHub's power supply so you can directly power the Pi without losing a port on the USB hub or having to use a separate adapter - as this is being marketed to use with the Pi?

Also, making it a Pi case would also be a winner, so four additional USB ports below the Pi board, holding the board in place by taking the lower USB socket.

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Xbox One users will have to pay extra for Skype and gamer-gratifying DVR

Sampler

fugly offspring of a PS2 and a VCR

Nice PS3 touch sensitive button to switch on too

I owned every UK games console released since (and including) the NES before I emigrated to Aus and there's not a thing that's made me want to buy a current generation games console since I got here and the next generation leaves me so far actively disliking it.

Think I'll hang out more at SG bar in Sydney who have an Atari 2600 (with original wooden veneer finish) set-up and running in the back

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Hooker in Dudley man's car 'just helping to buy tomatoes'

Sampler

woah, woah, woah, woah

As a former Micra owner I can assure you this man is innocent, there is zero chance of him getting a quick grumble in such confined quarters..

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Google buys speech rec patents from SR Tech

Sampler

Or sue Apple

"Siri search for x"

They mention they only share the patent with other company (seemingly there own) so this patent isn't licensed to Apple who's technology clearly infringes on it.

Well, may be not to sue Apple but at least to be held in the warchest incase Apple try and sue them or their customers again?

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Burger-rage horse dumps on McDonald's: Rider saddled with fat fine

Sampler

I've been served at the drive-thru on my bicycle before but also refused at a different "restaurant" so it seems to be a poorly implemented policy. When cycling through France I was once asked to take my bike outside the store too.

Though I suppose you have to be a special type of retard to think taking a horse in is a good idea.

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Curiosity team: Massive collision may have killed Red Planet

Sampler
Alien

Re: Lets face it,

but still they come!

dun-dun-durrrr

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Wi-Fi Alliance takes grid place, revs engine in race to 802.11ac

Sampler
Trollface

Re: Can someone explain...

At a guess, they're the revision number in letters - AC being 29...I say 'at a guess' but what I really mean is I read it in the article

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REVEALED: The gizmo leaker Snowden used to smuggle out NSA files

Sampler

Why not 2?

Let's face it, for the cost, why don't they have two guys, one does the job, the other watches.

They're rotated on a regular basis to prevent familiarity and prevents one doing something they shouldn't, healthy paranoia on whether the other guy will grass you in will keep the guys in line.

Or is that a little low tech?

Plus if you've got two they can work as a soundboard and increase efficiency.

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Australia shuts up shop for tech temps

Sampler
Flame

Must be a lucky one

My 457 came through yesterday, with my partner added to be able to work too - just need to find the sun lotion and hop on the plane now =)

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Review: HTC One

Sampler

Re: No microSD AGAIN

I have mine sync to dropbox over wifi, it's simple, free and thoughtless...and doesn't depend on the memory card surviving the toilet dunk..

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Greedy Sky admits: We crippled broadband with TOO MANY users

Sampler
Flame

Re: Most people

I had Sky broadband for a day exactly for that reason. I got an offer, six months three and then the ongoing price being half what I pay Be* it seemed too good to be true - it was.

The naff little sagem router they gave me look like it came out of a kinda surprise. I googled how to dump the firmware to get the login details I needed to use my own router, an N-Spec wifi with gigabit switch (mobile broadband's ace) to no avail so I called them.

Ten minutes on the phone to a customer service monkeh asking for my PPPOA details (or whatever they were) - no, not the router login details, I was informed you're not allowed to use your own device "for better customer service" - I was only calling customer service because they were stopping me doing what I wanted!

It honestly had never occurred to me they'd pull such a dick move, especially as I'd been with Be* for so long, they have a similar policy, they issue a relatively bland router but they also let you use your own. You call customer services, they ask are you using the Be* router, you tell them no and they tell you to plug it in and call back - why couldn't Sky do that?

It has the same benefits to the company of a generalised platform so they don't have to hire intelligent people for the call centre, just those capable of clicking responses on a screen and reading out the next but it has a vastly greater end user experience.

I asked to be put through to cancellations, which they were more than happy to do as it was something they could actually do and put down as an achievement for the day. Cancelled not only the internet but the phone and television (was moving over to the phone with the internet, had the TV for a few years).

Called Be* back up, sobbed it was all such a big mistake and they not only welcomed be back but gave me two months free to sooth the pain. Can't recommend them highly enough either - the service when I've contacted them with enquiries has been superb, never had any peak slowdown (though I guess it's subjective form exchange to exchange) and not had any problems - even used it for remote working that I had a job for eighteen months, two days at home a week without any trouble.

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'Doomsday' asteroid Apophis more massive than first thought

Sampler
Coat

Screw Bruce Willis

There's a lot of talk of sending Brucie up to battle this bad boy - what we really need to remember is to NOT send Steve Buscemi!

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Review: HP ENVY x2 Windows 8 convertible

Sampler

I was hoping for something to replace my aging TX2050 - this looks the part but the CPU & Storage aren't worth the price tag. Plus I'm still not keen on Windows 8 (and for all those who say "have you used it on a touch device", yes, I used it on the TX2050), can always roll back to 7 I guess (driver dependent).

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Drop that can of sweet pop and grab a coffee - for your sanity's sake

Sampler
Holmes

Re: Correlation != causation

Exactly what I came in to post, also, it may be the other way around, those heading towards depression might be looking for the sweet sugar rush given by cans of pop?

(can I have my PHD now please?)

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Dotcom titan funds 'Mark Cuban Chair To Eliminate Stupid Patents'

Sampler
Coat

Did I just read a patent article

That was well reasoned and made sense...maybe those Mayans were on to something..

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A valid use for Windows 8?

Sampler

Tablet

I tried using the consumer preview on my tablet pc (traditional, actual laptop with a swivel touchscreen, not one of the keyboardless/oddless trendy things floating around today) and didn't get along - even though I was probably in the target audience having touchscreen ability I just found it too much hassle to do anything with the new UI making simple tasks harder for a person who's used to desktop work and I think the longest I lasted before rebooting to the win7 partition was two hours. It was just easier in every aspect to do what I wanted.

But that's me, others may differ and I can see it being a hit with the people who don't really know how to use a computer - ie most folk.

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HTC share zoom prior to Apple peace pact under investigation

Sampler

Re: Sense-less

Sense is just a UI - others can be used, you're not tied to it..not that I have, been using sense since early win-mo's back on my Prophet (then Kaiser, them Rhodium, Desire, Desire Z and now OneX), some of us quite like it, but if you don't it shouldn't stop you getting a HTC

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Android games console jumps to Jelly Bean for penultimate test phase

Sampler

I downloaded GTA III the other day as it was 73p (10th Anniversary offer or something) and would say it would be suited for something like this, also games like Dead Trigger would probably work better with a controller than touching the screen - or maybe it's just me being shit at touch screen controls.

Both run fine on my HTC OneX so should be fine on this as they're similarly spec'd.

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Samsung Galaxy S III

Sampler

Confused.com

If this is a 1.4GHz quad core vs the OneX 1.5GHz quad core with a companion core how does the Sammy get 12130 Antutu score yet the OneX a 10588?

(source - the OneX review: http://www.reghardware.com/2012/04/06/review_htc_one_x_android_smartphone/page2.html)

It's been a while but last time I looked bigger numbers usually mean better? Or is Antutu just a crap benchmarking app?

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Ten... Qwerty mobiles

Sampler

No Slide outs?

Having had a HTC Kaiser (TyTnII), HTC Rhodium (TouchPro2) and HTC Desire Z I would've liked to see a slide keyboard amongst all the blackberry clones, never been able to get on with the squished compact keyboards like the ones listed.

TouchPro2 had the best keyboard of any phone I've had - though have to say the change to the HTC OneX and losing the physical board hasn't been as jarring as I expected - the bluetooth board I bought has barely been used.

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HTC peeves punters with One X woes

Sampler

Surprised

It seems HTC have a reputation for poor quality reading the comments, I never knew that and I've been using them some seven years:

Prophet (Orange M600)

Kaiser (TyTnII/O2 XDA Stellar)

Rhodium (Touch Pro2)

Desire

DesireZ

OneX

Still have most of them (sold the Desire to fund the DesireZ which I've now given my old man) and they all still work - as the OneX is a little large to fit in my TriBag (http://www.allterraincycles.co.uk/product/105957.html) including the Overboard water proof cover I tend to use the Kaiser or Rhodium (whichever's got enough power at the moment) for GPS tracking when out cycling.

Have many friends and colleagues whom have HTC devices and never heard anything bad either - I know they can't make every device prefect (would be nice) but didn't realise they were supposedly this bad, probably won't stop me getting another one after the onex though as my experience has been great so far.

(though definitely not going Orange again, or T-Mobile I guess now they've bought them out)

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Google Drive stalls on LAUNCH DAY

Sampler

Not just Mac users - mine says it's not read yet either - though it's also trying to install itself to my android phone which is odd as I've not told it to..

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UK government says no to turbo e-bike

Sampler

I can do double that on the push bike! As for the price, I only paid £500 for my car so that's definitely out! (infact, both bikes, car and all vehicles I've owned previous don't come to that price, or even half)

Surely it's a small demographic of people that interested in cycling they're willing to pay £4.5k for a bike but not that into cycling that they're too physically unfit to propel themselves?

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Metro breakdown! Windows 8 UI is little gain for lots of pain

Sampler

Re: Well said Andrew!

"unless it's on a tablet....then fine, make it the only option and remove the classical desktop" How about No.

I've been tinkering with this most of the morning on my tablet but a little over two and half hours in I've rebooted to Win7 because it's simple easier and quicker to do everything I want and need to do - even with Win7 apparently horrible for touch UI that I've never had a problem with.

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FilmOn

Sampler
Terminator

I like living in the future

I clicked the link to the store and hit install, by the time I'd read the comments and took the phone out of my pocket it was installed, fired it up and I'm watching telly on me phone - ain't the future great!

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Windows 8 to get self-healing 'Storage Spaces'

Sampler

Sounds alot like how Windows Home Server works? I haven't tried WHS as I have a RAID5 array but when I was building it I did read up on it and it was a tempting idea for a home storage solution where I wouldn't lose any photo's/videos/work from drive failure.

Being a bit of a nerd I went for the hardware solution but frankly I don't need the performance improvements over the software one - I guess many smaller home/business users wouldn't either.

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Dixons Logik LE423ED11 42in passive 3D TV

Sampler
FAIL

This the same Dixons..

..selling fully branded 51" Active Shutter 3D TV's (albiet without the glasses) for £500 last time I was in? Why would you pay £600 for that borked box?

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Toshiba Regza 32UL863 32in LED TV

Sampler
Facepalm

do you

I thought the whole idea of LED tv's is they emit there own light (the light emitting part of light emitting diode) and therefore require no backlight, edge or otherwise..

I'm with the OP - blatant misrepresentation..

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