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You’re NOT fired: The story of Amstrad’s amazing CPC 464

Bit Brain

I think the large borders were to accommodate the amount of overscan on some cheaper TVs.

Some programmers were able to use nonstandard resolutions though; the Amstrad version of Arkanoid used a full-screen mode for its intro (albeit only displaying a starfield and some scrolly text) and portrait mode for the game.

http://youtu.be/y_aD7gfomQo

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El Reg Contraption Confessional No.1: The Dragon 32 micro

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Re: I've still got my Dragon32

Never had a Dragon 32 but I did have another short-lived Welsh-made home micro, the MGT Sam Coupé. Still have that one in the loft in its original box. :)

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Microsoft bans XXXXBOX gamers for CURSING in online combat

Bit Brain

BZZZZZT!

You are fined one credit for a violation of the Verbal Morality Statute.

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Radioaficionados españoles: Echadnos una mano

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Ethethethetheth sminky pinky Chris Waddle.

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Reelin' in the years: Tracking the history of magnetic tape

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Re: @RobHib - It's not only remanence, remember the Ampex 456 scandal.

There's a good article on Wendy Carlos' site about this problem. Luckily she was able to rescue the master tapes for her Tron soundtrack. :D

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Virgin Media signs 3-year telly deal with BT Sport

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Not too fussed about the BT Sports channels…

…but I'm so glad to have ESPN back. I was getting withdrawals after ESPN America closed down. Luckily I have an Apple TV and a subscription to MLB.tv but missed shows like Baseball Tonight.

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Webcam stripper strikes back at vicious 4Chan trolls after year of bullying

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FAIL

Re: Go girl ......

I think you mis-typed the URL for the Daily Mail website.

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Virgin Media blames scruffy students for HUGE drop in cable subscribers

Bit Brain

They're going to notice another large drop now that they've fucked up getting BT Sports on cable.

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Mozilla to Apple: we don't care about iOS

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Setting default apps

"> Any link in email or another app therefore opens in Safari, even when Chrome is present.

The Android approach is to present the user a choice every time a relevant link or file is tapped... ie, click a link, and asked which browser to use. Is there any way to set a 'default action' in Android?"

Either click the checkbox for "always use" or click the "always use" or "this time only" button, depending on how old a verzion of Android you're using. IIRC the latter method is valid for ICS and later.

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Kirk to beam up chat with ISS astronaut on Thursday

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Re: Look, lets sort this out...

Now that's a reality show I'd actually watch.

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Little spider makes big-spider-puppet CLONE of itself out of dirt

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Trollface

4/1?

"Agreed - 4/1 come late this year? It's not like we've never seen boffins pulling our collective legs before after all..."

What does the 4th of January have to do with anything?

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Google to devs: Fragmenting Android is AGAINST THE RULES

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Re: RAM issue

Jelly Bean (in the form of CyanogenMod 10) runs quite nicely on my creaky old Galaxy S.

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Sony turned off by CEA's 'Ultra HD' TV label

Bit Brain

How about Retina TV. Oh, wait…

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iPad Mini vs Nexus 7: inch makes all the difference, says Apple CEO

Bit Brain

Re: Dear Tim Cook,

Anyone who's been using Apple kit for any length of time knows that you never buy any 1st gen Apple device anyway; you always wait for rev.2 kit.

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Iffy image said to signify incoming 10in Google tablet

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Re: hope it's true

No need to queue overnight if Ebuyer send them out a week early again like they did with the N7.

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US said to designate Assange 'enemy' of the state

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Re: Optional @John 104

Last time I checked he's not a US citizen, so how the fuck can he be a traitor?

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HTML5 isn't Facebook's 'biggest mistake'

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Re: HTML5 is actually a mistake

Good grief! Do you actually talk like that?

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The iPHONE 5 UNDERMINES western DEMOCRACY: 5 reasons why

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Re: Preaching to the wrong crowd...

“Print is dead!”

Thank you, Dr Spengler.

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Joke

“…their two penneth worth…”

Brought to you by the Department for Redundancy Department.

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Bit Brain
Facepalm

Are you 12 years old or something?

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

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Trollface

Re: Buy an old N64 just for this? Naah

“I’d buy an N64 just for Goldeneye, so if i can grab this game for 15 quid too, massive bonus.”

You spelled “Perfect Dark” incorrectly. ;-)

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BBC dishes out fanboi-only telly downloads ahead of ITV plans

Bit Brain

Re: "Soon" ?

Flash may be back, but it’s not available for devices running Jelly Bean.

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Jury awards Apple $1bn damages in Samsung patent case

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FAIL

Re: google groupies, hankies to the ready!

Didn’t have the balls to post under your username then?

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Apple accuses Samsung of abusing its 3G power

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Re: I'm beginning to like the BOFH solution

"We take representatives from Apple and Samsung, and while we're at it, representatives from the Patent office and other litigious patent holders. We lock them in a room with a half brick each and declare the last man standing as the winner…”

…and then engage the halon system.

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Google Nexus 7 shipping cock-up enrages fandroids

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Re: Got mine last friday (13th)

Got mine from Ebuyer last week as well. There are 162 left when I ordered mine.

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Cockfighting Reg hack cursed with cancer

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Trollface

I'll take the chihuahuas please

My pet rats could do with a light snack.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 'a harmful drug', says Apple in ban bid fail

Bit Brain

Oh fuck off, Apple!

(posted from my MacBook)

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Met bobbies get CSI kit to probe perps' mobes

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FAIL

Wow! A whole 5 days' training?

That should prevent any mistakes, right?

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Head over Heels

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One of my favourite games on the Amstrad CPC

I loved this game, although I never managed to complete it.

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Auto-correct cock-up sends schools into lockdown

Bit Brain

Takes "damn you, autocorrect!" to a whole new level.

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Ten... top Android games

Bit Brain

Speedx 3D also deserves a mention

Another great tunnel racer is Speedx 3D.

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.bytestorm.speedx

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Asus teases MWC 'retina display' revelation

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Yes, I've been playing with it (ooo-err!) for a couple of hours now. It's definitely an improvement over Honeycomb. The stock browser is much better and scrolls nicely without the annoying tiling that the HC browser does. The typing lag in the browser seems to be gone as well. Overall, it's a great update.

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Sony BDP-S185 Blu-ray player

Bit Brain

To be fair…

…they seem to have been quite good at providing firmware updates for the Blu-ray player I have (BDP-S370) and haven't removed any functionality, instead adding extra IPTV options.

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Scalextric restarts space race with Star Wars craft

Bit Brain

Yesyesyesyesyes!

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Ice Cream Sandwich

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Gimp

Re: It's a TRON fanboy's wet dream!

You say that like it's a bad thing. ;-)

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TiVo subscriptions go up – for the first time in 4 years

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@bob's hamster

"although when my Virgin connection was down last week I couldn't even watch pre-recorded tv"

Actually you can. Rather than pressing "OK on a programme in your recordings (which, as you've found, doesn't work as it can't bring up the info page to play the programme) just highlight the programme and press "Play" and it'll play just fine.

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Ten... Monster tellies

Bit Brain

Not hard to figure out.

Other than the 21:9 set the screen sizes of the other models are easy enough to figure out by reading the model numbers.

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Should your system offer Mr, Ms ... and Mx?

Bit Brain

@jonathanb

"BTW "they" is the plural version."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singular_they

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Got a non-iPad tablet? Weirdo

Bit Brain

Keyboard

Like this one?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASUS_Eee_Pad_Transformer

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Bit Brain

I have an iPod Touch and an Asus Transformer...

...where does that put me on the weirdometer?

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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Blu-ray extended edition

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Difference in running time

Probably due to the BD versions being 24fps and the PAL DVDs being 25fps.

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Barnsley clamps down on foul-mouthed fu*king locals

Bit Brain

Belgium!

That is all.

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How to... change sleep-screen pics on your Kindle

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Re: Kindle Feedback

Yes I did. Here's the reply I received:

Hello,

Thanks for writing about the Screen saver pictures on Kindle 3.

We're regularly working on improvements to your Kindle experience. I've let the Kindle team know you're interested in loading custom standby pictures to kindle 3 in the future.

Customer feedback like yours helps us continue to improve the service we provide, and we're glad you took time to write to us. The Kindle Team will carefully review your suggestions.

Thanks for your interest in Kindle.

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Virgin Media TV Powered by TiVo

Bit Brain

Oops!

Meant to add a second link. This is the thread where the cause of the problem was identified, with pics to show what's happening. See page 8 onwards for pics.

http://community.virginmedia.com/t5/TiVo/TiVo-Picture-Quality/td-p/460293

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Bit Brain

SD picture problems

Going from the posts on the VM forums it seems that the SD upscaling problems are due to TiVo assuming that PAL SD broadcasts are interlaced in the same order as NTSC ones, so the line order is swapped. VM have stated that they're waiting for a firmware update to fix the issue.

http://community.virginmedia.com/t5/TiVo/Virgin-Media-TV-Powered-by-TiVo-Picture-Quality/td-p/500443

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Microsoft to Apple: 'Oh, yeah? Well, your font is too small'

Bit Brain
Jobs Horns

Reply from Steve Jobs

You're reading it wrong.

Sent from my iPhone

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Steve Jobs unveils iPad 2

Bit Brain

Re: Huge border

We had a couple of iPads at my last job. Most people held it with their fingers curled round the edge. The large border prevents accidental input on the touchscreen.

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Six... budget Blu-ray Disc players

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Composite vs Scart

The problem with using composite is that you don't get any widescreen signalling like you do with Scart so you have to manually tell your TV whether the disc you're playing is 16:9 or 4:3.

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Kindle update to add 'proper' page numbers

Bit Brain

Forget page numbers…

…I just want to be able to load my own standby screens without jailbreaking my Kindle. It's just screaming for a "Don't Panic" standby screen.

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Post-a-puppy woman hit with cruelty charges

Bit Brain

I think they're referring to the sub-title

"Dogs can survive anything but the US Postal Service"

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