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Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect

CADmonkey
Coat

Space...

...the Final Frontier!

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BBC One HD to go live tonight

CADmonkey

My vision is 20/20...

...plus my Philips 28" CRT was a Which? best buy when we bought it in the mid-90s. I think the digital set top box (BT iPlayer! - really quick) is of similar vintage. The picture, both analogue and digital, is excellent. I'm also very close to a transmitter.

From what you describe, it sounds more like it's your signal or your equipment which is poor. Several times over the years I've browsed shops like Currys to see the latest shiniest TVs on display, and saw very, very few which I would say had an acceptable picture.

And for games i use my rather gorgeous 1920x1200 IPS panel.

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@tin2

"people would reject HD if it had the noise and artifacts that are the accepted norm for SD."

If you've noticed this, then you've already got HD and are hardly likely to 'reject it'.

Personally, I haven't noticed this, but then I've still got a CRT. Crystal clear, SD digital signal, but mostly shit programmes. The occasional opportunity to see the all the hairs up someone's nose was hardly an incentive to 'invest' in this tech. Bigger screen? SFW? A good film or show will immerse you, regardless of your diagonal inches or pixel count.

But now all the sheep are rushing off to buy into the latest embryonic unsupported wild-west technology (3D) so the price of simple HD kit should fall through the floor. In a couple of years, when the kids want something other than Cbeebies, it might be worth considering.

Really, what exactly have I been missing out on? Same goes for Blu-ray

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Aircraft bombs may mean end to in-flight Wi-Fi, mobile

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"The ability to use Wi-Fi and cellphones on planes may be curtailed..."

Every cloud....

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Child porn victims seek multimillion-dollar payouts

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Good luck, 'Amy'

I hope you get every penny.

Oh, and Virginia-based deputy sheriff Arthur Weston Staples III? Can't wait to read about your appeal against the damages, you treacherous piece of crap!

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Stay at home and watch telly, trade bodies urge Brits

CADmonkey
Badgers

Snitch

That is all

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Top Ten Retro PC Games

CADmonkey
Headmaster

and what's more...

...thanks to Dosbox, I've just discovered that it now runs on Win7x64!

So much for getting some work done today!

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CADmonkey
Headmaster

I've got this

http://www.mobygames.com/game/williams-arcade-classics

It's a total labour of love. Even sound-effect bugs were re-created. Haven't tried it on Win7 but XP32 managed it.

Also comes with 'Joust'!

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Boffins mount campaign against France's official kilogramme

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Flame

Oi! Metric Sytem!

Represent a third.....go on! What's that? three point three what? LOL

FAIL!

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Nigerian airline ticket fraudster gets 8 years

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WTF?

Oh crap,

OK - who stuck 50p in this idiot and pressed the button?

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Our Moon is wet and welcoming, says excited NASA

CADmonkey
Grenade

I'll be there...

...to wave you off!

Good riddance, you miserable bollocks!

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Jobsian fondle-slab in SEXY FILTHGRAM CRACKDOWN

CADmonkey
Terminator

The long winter evenings....

...must just fly by.

(apologies to E.Blackadder)

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CADmonkey
Headmaster

re "colloquial expression" determination

They will use http://viz.co.uk/profanisaurus.php as the definitive resource.

And so will we. It will lead to an arms race of filthy punnage.

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Guardian super-blogger flames Reg boffinry desk

CADmonkey
FAIL

this, from the rag that gave you, ONLY YESTERDAY:

The HOT news that the latest version of Windows Mobile would at last have a touchscreen, and apps.

Don't go contradicting them, now!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/oct/11/windows-phone-7-microsoft

Guardian readers untie! FWT!!!!!

OLL!

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Doctor Who touches down in US of A

CADmonkey
Headmaster

(someone correct me)

FWIW?

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Kindle users get Zorked out

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WTF?

WTF...

does:

"Even more popular than Zork, and equally text-based, was The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, despite (or because) most of us never made it to the pub. That's available in Java form, and Flash, but not yet in the minimalist HTML interface suitable for rendering on an electronic book - even one that happens to have a keyboard"

...even mean?

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Distressed cock whipped out of wheelie bin

CADmonkey
Happy

Your tiny screaming Caribean island sounds idyllic

What I wouldn't give to be sitting offshore in a boat one night listening to the gunshots, crowing and swearing.

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CADmonkey
Coat

Just wait..

Next week will be 'Tits in a bin" maybe followed by a bum, or even a knob

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ToryDems nearly swallow Labour blueprint of equality for all

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Joke

"resonable steps must be provided"

i think you mean 'ramp'

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Ofcom imposes new rules on silent callers

CADmonkey
Go

TPS

YMMV, but I set this up for my septugenerian in-laws when I visited them in upstate New York. They were getting calls at all hours. It took one very pleasant phone-call to the Telco (that I found in their phone-book) and just asked them if such a service existed. About 4 weeks later the calls all but stopped. My in-laws remain delighted to this day and I am #1 son-in-law. (like Alfred E.Newman, #1 in a field of 1)

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Paris brushes off Japanese ejection over coke bust

CADmonkey
Paris Hilton

The last word in luxury..

..is to stay the night at "a hotel airport"

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Google Instant blacklists the Slutskys

CADmonkey

Google it

the mice don't like it

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CADmonkey
Headmaster

Still working...

beef curtains

balls

bollix

feck

fiddlesticks

flapdoodle

frak

shite

turnip

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Happiness: Yours for £50k a year

CADmonkey

In the words of Spike Milligan

"Money doesn't buy you friends, but you get a better class of enemy"

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Judge Dredd returns to the silver screen

CADmonkey
Grenade

<pops beercan>

who the hell is this Dredd loser, like, anyway?

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DR and Quinch

Like, yeah.

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Glasses-less 3D TV by Xmas? Not likely, says 3D TV exec

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Flame

"...We've all forked out on new HD TVs,"

LOL not all of us.

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Boffins baffled by mysterious Martian crater

CADmonkey
Alien

Or maybe....

...it was Dave 'Cinzano Bianco' Lister.

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PA school district avoids charges over webcam spy scandal

CADmonkey

Insulating tape and Apple products

is there no end to their usefulness?

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Google, boffins crack Rubik's Cube mystery

CADmonkey
Paris Hilton

Nope

48 moves to stick them all back on again (assuming you leave the middle ones alone)

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The Great Beast's shag pad: Yours for €1.5m

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Alert

ooooooEEEEEEEooooooo

I'm in town right now! Chills!

I might go have a peek...maybe they'll take an offer. Looks like it needs a good coat of paint, though.

The Great Rock ('La Rocca') really is that. Apparently, if Crowley thought any of his minions were getting too big for their boots, he'd make them climb it, so as to make them feel insignificant. It works.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1b/Cefalu-bjs2007-01.jpg

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Feds admit storing pervscanner pics

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FAIL

what...

...a lot of cock

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Nude trampolinist bounces free from court

CADmonkey
FAIL

Not possible

At least one elbow would be required

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Her Maj gets Flickred up

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Welcome

May I be the first....

...to welcome our Imperial Windsorian overlords!

Oh, wait...

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Steve Jobs death-grips iPhone 4 reality

CADmonkey
Jobs Horns

If Chewbacca lives on Endor, you must acquit!

Look at the monkey, look at the monkey!

(Where's the 'head explodes' icon when you need one?)

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Yorks cops charge Segway rider under 1835 road law

CADmonkey
Boffin

offensive weapons

An arrow, even if notched into the string of the bow, isn't an offensive weapon until you draw it.

Apparently.

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Apple iPhone forums gripped by deleted thread paranoia

CADmonkey
Jobs Horns

Don't get your toes wet.

Steve Jobs is now officially King Canute? (or at least a partial anagram of 'Canute'...)

silly man....

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Hillier appeals to transgender community to save ID cards

CADmonkey
Coat

Imagine the Hilarity...

...when a lady being scanned appears to be concealing 3 WW2 hand grenades (2 'english' type, 1 'german') in her lady kex.

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Telco sets honey pot for nuisance marketers

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Go

For an extra twist of the knife.....

...make sure the pages are all coloured solid black.

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El Reg marks Steve Jobs for termination

CADmonkey
Heart

"You make us look bad to the rest of the world."

I'd been wondering who that was.

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'The internet's completely over', declares petulant Prince

CADmonkey
Joke

From the Spitting Image mid-80s book thing Pop trivia pages

"contrary to popular opinion, in his private life, Prince is a pratt"

I can't hear his name without thinking of that line. That's over 25 years, & counting.

I love my brain.

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Euro mobile data best buys

CADmonkey
FAIL

What kind of f**kery is this?

It's daylight robbery, is what it is. The sliding scale should be from 'bad' to 'awful'. Basically, it's either an Idiot's tax, or a way of gouging anyone who has limited choice in the matter.

Which is why when we travel to Italy (where fortunately we have family and can provide an address) we get a vodafone PAYG tarriff. If I recall it was 20 or 30 euros for a month with a cap of a few gigabytes. Enough not to matter. Upgraded my Nvidia drivers while I was there. The dongle may even have been bundled.

We did the same with Virgin PAYG in the US. That cost more to set up, maybe about $75, but now it just needs top-ups whenever we go, like $20 for a month's whatever.

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Phorm's losses top $100m

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Thanks!

I really needed some good news

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'It's as though I've got Jonathan Ive's personal tool in my...'

CADmonkey
Coat

Fnarr!

Something squashy and squeezable around the lower end?

That's not a bumper - that's a BUM!

iBum?

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Windows 7 SP1 'beta' leaks, hits torrents

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Unhappy

@ all-a-y'all

Advice being the cheapest commodity in the universe, I thank you all for your generosity.

I'm no fanboi of Xp. Nor am I generalising my experience beyond what any self-respecting 'power' user should expect (IMO). I would love 7 to give me what I want. But guess what....I am having problems with all this bleeding-edge tech not playing nicely together.

Lenovo can't help

Autodesk can't help

Nvidia can't help

Microsoft can't help

I admit I didn't try PC World

So I'm left with the Wild West Show that are the Message Boards of these hollowed tubes. See first sentence.

Meanwhile, I have a job to do. But even if Win7 was as stable for me as it is for others, I really struggle to see what I'm missing out on. Aero? USB3? Readyboost? And I haven't even mentioned the fun and games I've had trying to perform filename searches without having to stop for a rest. (fuck that advanced query syntax for a game of soldiers - I don't want a crib sheet stuck up next to my monitor).

Maybe I'm holding it wrong? Who am I to say that I NEED to open 20+ PDFs or JPGs or DWGs in one go? Or track documents by mid-name strings? Or keep 5 or 6 explorer windows open and floating around all day? All of this is either impossible or more complicated in Win7. Was XP so shit it let me develop these crooked workflows?

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CADmonkey
Unhappy

Clean installs all the way

Clean installation on <1yr old Thinkpad w700.

It came with Vista business 64. Acad crashed and crashed.

On went XP64. It never complained and neither did I. Solid as a rock.

In a moment of Cheap Upgrade-induced weakness, on went Windows 7...oh dear. Less productive, less stable, and a royal pain in the arse in many, many respects. Cerainly no improvement for one who favours the Keyboard over the Mouse whenever possible.

f it was stable, I could live with the rest....Just. Hard to think of any of this as an 'upgrade' though.

Autodesk & Lenovo* could easily be just as much to blame. Or Nvidia's Quadro. The frontline of the battle between Direct3d & OpenGL is currently being waged across my desktop, it seems.

*-Lenovo haven't released an official Nvidia driver since December. Can't install anything else.

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CADmonkey
FAIL

Guess I'm waiting for Sp2 then...

...to hopefully turn Windows 7/64 into a workstation-class OS from being a resource hungry unstable consumer's toy. Restrictive workflows, excessive interactions, laughable file management tools, bizarre scattered array of disguised buttons, icons, links, menus, etc..

Today it wouldn't stop crashing the Picture Viewer whilst I was browsing JPEGs I'd just created in MsPaint.

The rest of the time it hangs Autocad about every 20 minutes, 4GB ram notwithstanding. Admittedly, Vista64 was worse.

OTOH, my 'crappy' archaic XP64 desktop eats it all up, day in, day out.

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3D TVs

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Paris Hilton

All I can say is WOW!

To think, the world made it to 2010! FINALLY we have 3D in the Living Room* and frakkin' VIDEO CALLS on a MOBILE PHONE!!!

The future is here! Whatever next? Horseless carriages? The sky's the limit!

*old comics/ album covers / movies from the 60's-90's don't count, because you still had to wear those stupid glasses. Wait...what?

Paris, because any perceived depth is an illusion.

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CADmonkey

A statue is 3d...

...because it doesn't vary with time. Well, not by much. Too slowly even for BBC4.

If it moved, it would be in 4D.

So whilst I agree that the term '3D' is deceptive, 3½D would be more accurate for a moving image.

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iPhone 4: Perfect for everyone, except humans

CADmonkey
Jobs Horns

It's a stitch up..

You need that iGlove thing with the one conductive fingertip

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