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1865 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

We've found it – the ULTIMATE man-cave accessory

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Very expensive for what it is

22" TV - £130 - http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/tv-dvd-blu-ray/televisions/small-screen-tvs-up-to-32/logik-l22fed13-22-led-tv-with-built-in-dvd-player-20374552-pdt.html

Mini fridge - £100 - http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/household-appliances/refrigeration/wine-cooling-mini-refrigeration/husky-el202-budweiser-mini-fridge-red-13828284-pdt.html

Home cinema system - £110 http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/tv-dvd-blu-ray/dvd-blu-ray-home-cinema/home-cinema-systems/sony-davtz140-cek-5-1-dvd-home-cinema-system-12716783-pdt.html

Then you just need to find some sort of drawer unit, £200 at most.

You don't have to get the ones I linked to from Currys. Other suppliers exist and some of them are cheaper. But still you are looking at a maximum of £540.

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SourceForge responds to GIMP grump with crowdsourcing caper

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Re: Crowdsourcing common sense?

You need to disable adblock first. Even Internet Explorer has adblock available for it these days.

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Hackers steal 'FULL credit card details' of 376,000 people from Irish loyalty programme firm

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Re: parent company

They will receive a letter telling them that they are very naughty, and asking that they try not to do it again.

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El avión Buitre 2 rinde homenaje a nuestros amigos españoles

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Ayudar

¿Puedo tener una traducción en Inglés por favor?

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BROADBAND will SAVE THE ECONOMY, shriek UK.gov bods

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Superfast broadband is 24Mbps. The other target is that everyone in the country should be able to get 2Mbps broadband.

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Is it all up for LANDFILL ANDROID? BEHOLD, the Moto G

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Re: Confusing

Or an Apple Store employee called Sam Sung - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/21/sam_sung_the_apple_store_employee/

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Facebook makes Adobe fans change their horrible, horrible passwords

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Password strength

Everyone knows that you can't have a lowercase word as a password anymore, it must be mixed case and numbers. But that is easy, instead of having "password" as your password, you now have "Password1".

I do something very similar for sites where I do not care if someone manages to break in and find my password.

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Android in FOUR out of 5 new smartphones. How d'ya like dem Apples?

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Re: Over it, stop the click baiting!

You can get a Samsung Galaxy Y on pay as you go from Carphone Warehouse for £30. That runs Android. I've no idea how well it does it, but at that price point, they are competing with dumb phones as well as feature phones.

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'Daddy, can I use the BLACK iPAD?': Life with the Surface Pro 2

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Re: unhelpful review

People looking at it think it looks like an iPad, and expect it to work like one. That is the point the article was making.

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Re: Wrong comparison

For the Surface Pro or Surface Pro 2, anything that works on Windows 8.1 works on it. Maybe there are a few things that need more memory, a bigger hard drive or a better graphics card, but other than that, you have an Intel i5 PC with 4 or 8GB of RAM, intel graphics, and whatever sized SSD hard drive you choose. Anything that works on that spec PC will work on it.

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Docking it

There is a mini displayport socket that can be used with the appropriate adapter to connect it to a monitor. The adapters will presumably be the same ones that work with all recent Macs.

There is also a USB port that can be used to attach a keyboard and mouse, or bluetooth if you want to use wireless versions of them.

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Virgin Media to hike broadband prices by nearly 7 per cent

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They target my area heavily as well, possibly because there are very few Virgin Media Customers nearby.

The reason there are very few customers is because they don't offer a service here.

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Re: here we go...

I'm going to bet that they do declare taxable profits in this country if possible.

The reason is that they have massive brought forward losses from the NTL days, and they can offset them against those and not pay any tax. That will be cheaper than paying American Corporate Income Tax.

By the way, they have always been an American owned company. It was a couple of Americans who set up National Transcommunications Ltd and started looking for opportunities to set up cable services. They found an opportunity in the UK, but not in their home country.

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MPAA, RIAA: Kids need to learn 3 Rs – reading, writing and NO RIPPING

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No arithmetic?

Obviously they don't want them to learn arithmetic any more because they they would discover that their "calucations" of "losses" arising from "piracy" are complete rubbish, saying as they assume that every "pirate" would pay full price for every single item they "pirated" if they weren't able to get a copy by the means they did obtain it, and that the money they didn't spend on their CDs and DVDs didn't get spent on anything else either.

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NO! Radio broadcasters snub 'end of FM' DAB radio changeover

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Re: Honest question...

With digital, you have to convert from analogue to digital and back to analogue, which takes time, depends on the codec, but possibly as much as a second.

With satellite, you have the time it takes for the signal to get to up to the bird and back down to the ground again, about another 0.3 seconds.

With internet, you have to buffer the stream to allow for the fact that speed can vary and packets can get lost in transit. That can add up to 30 seconds.

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Internet Explorer 11 for Win7 bods: Soz, no HTML5 fun for you

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Google didn't dump flash support on Android. Adobe dumped flash support on Android.

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Given that everyone uses chrome these days, except for the few people like me that use firefox, yes it is unthinkable that Microsoft could try that.

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BT Sport scores own goal with £897m Champions League footie rights deal

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Re: To be Fair

BT beat a joint Sky / ITV bid. The free matches went on ITV and there will be less free matches on BT than there were on ITV.

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Re: Can I opt out?

Plusnet (owned by BT) is cheaper, but doesn't come with BT Sport. That is your deduction for unsubscribing.

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GoDaddy kicks off gTLD land rush with first domain sales

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Re: I'm baffled by this...

Most people don't even know that you can type in domains directly. They type things like "facebook.com" into the google search box.

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Re: Uno

I would generally look to .es sites for Spanish language content, or of course the domains from the other Spanish speaking countries.

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IT finance bod coughs to slurping £130k from customers' accounts

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Re: I thought CISCO only leaked data, not cash

What I don't understand is firstly, why was the person tasked with collecting direct debits from customers allowed to make payments out of the bank account. Secondly, the only payments going out of the collections account should be to the main current account, and that should be managed by the payables department, not the receivables department.

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One of the things auditors look for is accounts staff that never take holidays. The fact that he was caught while on holiday is significant.

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Smut-spreading copyright trolls told to return cash extracted from victims

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Re: Fraud, and the only punishment is paying court costs for the defendants?

I don't agree about 6 decades in prison. You put people in jail for one of two reasons, to deter others from doing the same thing, or for public safety, because if they are locked up, they can't harm the public with their crimes.

You can deal with the public safety aspect by banning them from practicing as lawyers ever again. 3 months with early release after 6 weeks if they behave themselves inside probably is enough of a deterrent for most lawyers who are thinking of doing the same thing, provided it is combined with criminal asset recovery and the lifetime ban on practicing as a lawyer I referred to earlier. You would leave them inside for longer if they don't reveal where all their assets are, that is pretty normal in these sorts of cases.

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Re: Fraud, and the only punishment is paying court costs for the defendants?

Jail time would be more appropriate.

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Lavabit, secure email? Hardly, says infosec wizard Moxie Marlinspike

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Re: This Annoyed the Hell out of Me

My timings are for downloading https://www.google.co.uk are as follows:

On Windows 7

Firefox - 1 second

IE 11 - 1 second

Chrome - 2 seconds

Opera (with turbo mode) 3 seconds

Opera (without turbo mode) 5 seconds

On Mavericks

Safari - considerably less than 1 second, but it seems to be preloaded, other sites aren't as quick

Chrome - 1 second

Firefox - 1 second

Opera (with turbo mode) 5 seconds

Opera (without turbo mode) 8 seconds

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Twitter co-founder chats to banks about floating ANOTHER profitless firm

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Re: Competition

In the UK, you do go to your bank if you want a card processing account.

Either way, there is an established mechanism out there to allow customers to pay retailers electronically using some sort of plastic card. Those people have an advantage over everyone else should they want to add the facility to pay using your phone to that.

As someone who sometimes pays using plastic cards, I would trust a bank supplied app for phone based payments more than I would trust some tech startup I've never heard of.

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Virgin Media suffers growing pains as Cable Cowboy daddy settles in

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Re: What this really means...

Depreciation and amortisation are not allowable expenses for tax purposes. Instead you get capital allowances and an annual investment allowance.

Share based payments are not allowable for tax purposes except in circumstances where they are taxable income in the hands of the recipient - http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/budget2013/ct-relief-employee-shares.pdf

Virgin Media has massive historical losses going back to the NTL days. These can be carried forward and set off against future profits, so they are not going to be paying any tax any time soon. Any company that makes those sorts of losses and somehow manages to survive gets the same benefits.

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Cost saving idea

Here's a cost saving idea for anyone at Virgin Media who wants to listen

Either

1. Stop bombarding my street with junk mail advertising your products

or

2. Put some actual cables along the street so that people who want your products can actually sign up for them.

What the point of advertising to people who can't buy your product because you won't sell it to them? I just don't get it.

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I survived Spiceworld 2013, heat and all: Here's how I did it

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Re: tl;dr

I was going to say exactly the same thing. To be fair, even google's first thought on the word "spiceworld" is the 1997 film about the girl band.

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Google's Nexus 5: Best smartphone bang for your buck. There, we said it

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Re: MicroSD slot?

It doesn't have one, and the article did say that.

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New US Apple factory will make INVINCIBLE sapphire glass for SHINY iThings

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Re: Beginning of the end?

Lots of companies are reshoring their manufacturing, not just Apple. There are two reasons for that. Firstly, thanks to fracking, energy prices are now much cheaper in the US than in China, so that makes the USA more competitive for energy intensive processes. Secondly, wage rises in China mean that the difference in salaries between Chinese and American workers isn't as high as it used to be.

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Re: Never send a computer guy to do a material scientists job

They use it for the camera lenses, or at least the class the covers the lense, rather than the touch screen.

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Microsoft's Windows Azure Plan B: A hard drive, a courier and a data-centre monkey

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Re: The old classic....

I recon you could get about 60 petabytes of 4TB hard drives in a Ford Transit. A bit less than that if you pack them to avoid damage en route. If you say 15PB and you can get it to its destination next day, that is a lot of bandwidth.

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iPad 4 is so OVER: 5 times as many fanbois now using iPad Air - survey

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Re: I suppose...

If you want to play around with 150 slide powerpoint presentations, then obviously you would use a laptop, not an iPad. You use the right tool for the job.

How long does it take to reach out to your bedside table in the morning, pick up your HP slab, and check emails and news websites on it? From putting my hand round the iPad to having El-Reg's homepage open on it takes me probably somewhere between 1 and 2 seconds. On a laptop, it would take a lot longer.

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Re: I suppose...

I'm quite happy with my iPad 2. In a couple of years time I will probably replace it with the iPad 7 or whatever is out then, but the fact I don't need to buy a new one every year is for me a good thing about Apple kit.

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iPad Air BARES ALL, reveals she's a high maintenance lady

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Re: Is there anybody who approves of this?

To replace the battery? About once a year, though in my case, the only tools I need are a couple of fingernails.

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'It's a joke!' ... Bill Gates slams Mark Zuckerberg's web-for-the-poor dream

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Re: I'm Bill Gates...

I don't agree. Look at China, an example of a country that has done a pretty good job of reducing poverty. Don't you think the fact that people are able to make things and list them for sale on Ali-Baba and EBay might possibly have helped in someway towards reducing poverty?

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HP wants to help you mount a Moonshot

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Solution looking for a problem?

"We're turning the development model upside-down, and we're starting with the solution,"

That generally doesn't work out well.

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Adobe exec puffs cloud shop: Online features are so 'compelling'... What are they again?

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The big problem I guess is camera shake in low light / long exposure photos rather than people not using autofocus.

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Here's what YOU WON'T be able to do with your PlayStation 4

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Re: 500GB

Lots of laptops come with less than 750GB, but it is usually in the form of a solid state disk.

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Google and Samsung bare teeth in battle for LANDFILL ANDROID™

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Re: Comparison of openness

I don't know about the Nexus 5, but on most Android devices, you can side-load apps from outside the Play Store, and that can include apps that let you buy stuff from other competing App stores such as Amazon's. That alone makes it much more open than iOS.

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Re: Why Android?

Microsoft has ported Windows 8 to ARM. It is called Windows RT. The main problem with it is that there are approximately 4 apps available for it, Outlook (new in RT 8.1), Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

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UK.gov forks out £250k to rescue EROTIC novelists and pals from PIRATES

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Re: Good work!

It is just you. It is the same size for me as it always has been.

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Fed up with Windows? Linux too easy? Get weird, go ALTERNATIVE

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Re: latency

There are some people who live in the Southern Hemisphere

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Cinnamon Desktop: Breaks with GNOME, finds beefed-up Nemo

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Re: Edge Snapping == Fail

Mavericks doesn't do edge snapping, and I don't remember it any previous version either. I've used Tiger, Snow Leopard and Mountain Lion.

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Re: file type reassignment?

In other words, it is exactly the same as in Windows, which is not anything like as difficult as how the grandparent poster describes it.

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Big Content says Pirates of the Caribbean do their worst in Australia

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Re: Why not treat us like China then?

Remember that "pirating" probably includes parallel imports of stuff from other English speaking countries where prices are cheaper than Australia. 1 Australian Dollar is approximately equal to 1 US Dollar, but from the prices they charge in Australia, you would think it was more like 40 US cents.

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Do Not Track W3C murder plot fails by handful of votes

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Google wasn't listed as a browser maker on the pro-DNT side or as an ad-broker on the anti-DNT side. Which are they?

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Payday loan firms are the WORST. Ugh, my mobe's FILLED with filthy SPAM

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Re: @#$!!

You need an address to send them an invoice, and asking these people to identify themselves is a very good way to make them hang up on you.

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