* Posts by I Like Heckling

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ASA slaps Ebuyer AGAIN - this time for ignoring regulator

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Ebuyer - Probably the worst online retailer I've dealt with

I've used ebuyer before... quite a few times. But out of the 6 times I've purchased from them and with each order normally being in excess of the £100 mark... 50% of those orders have encountered issues... and 100% of the customer service staff have been ignorant, unhelpful and/or downright rude.

1: The graphics card that turned up was not the one ordered and delivery (which was 2 days late) was refused. Had to fight for a refund which took a further three weeks.

2: Hard drive that failed after 10 days and which they denied they were responsible for, even had a member of their staff suggest I was trying to fob off an old on them until I offered to send him a pic of the serial numbers that proved it was manufactured just a couple of months earlier (according to the manufacturers website). Tried to tell me I had to go to them for a replacement... until I started quoting the exact parts of the sale and supply of goods act to them and making sure that they knew I was aware of the law and in fact obviously knew more than them.

3: Monitor that they claimed had been sent and was delayed due to problems with their courier... had not in fact been sent at all and their staff couldn't even get their stories straight giving me three different versions of events in an order that would have been impossible to happen in real life.

They deactivate peoples accounts out of spite if they complain, they try and report people on forums if they say things against them... So I fully expect their down votes on this comment.

The true measure of any company is what they do when things go wrong... and ebuyer have failed entirely in that regard. As such I have never spent another penny with them... even if they were cheaper. I would rather spend more with a company I know for a fact gives much better customer service... Like aria, scan... hell even amazon have a top notch customer service dept in my book. ebuyer are a joke outfit and I will gladly point people to their competitors and inform them not to trust ebuyer at all.

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Star Wars: Episode VII trailer lands. You call that a lightsaber? THIS is a lightsaber

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If only there was an Exibit icon

YO!... I heard you like lightsabres, so we added lightsabres to your lightsabre, so you can lightsabre whilst lightsabering.

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Sony quietly POODLE-proofs Playstations

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I suspect that the author just really likes being able to use the word POODLE in an IT article... Either it's a slow news day, or they're very easily amus.... SQUIRREL!!!

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Far Cry 4 REVIEW: It's a far cry from Far Cry 3

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After spending a few hours playing FC4... all I can say is that it's just FC3.5... The locations have changed as have the NPC's. But essentially it's exactly the same. Gain skill points to unlock new attributes, craft goodies from plants and animal skins, unlock broadcast towers and complete missions.

It looks ok... except for the fact that the game has been released with some major bugs, the visuals were awful until you messed around with settings. Shadows were pitch black and you were unable to see anything and there's a bug which makes the map black completely. As you tinker with the settings trying to get something that works... the game looks awful if you can't use the highest settings, especially the lighting ones... without that it looks like shite.

Plus the game can be completed in under 30 mins... just wait for Pagan Min to come back about 8-10 mins after he leaves and he takes you to where you were heading and you can complete the game that way... without ever doing a mission.

But the worst thing about this game is that you cannot skip through cut scenes at all... and the first cut scene is around 10 mins long... after that they can be a little shorter but die or fail a mission and you have to suffer it again and again and again...

Unfortunately on the PC...it runs like a bag of sand unless you have the very latest hadware. I'm running a Phenom II X4 955BE @ 3.75ghz and 2x 5770 in Xfire and even at 1280x720 with settings on high (2 levels down from max) it's struggling to get an average 35fps... Which makes it unplayable really... Yes I know my hardware is a little old, but until this game I have been able to play everything I've thrown at it @1920x1080 and settings pretty much at max levels.

It reminds me of when GTAIV was released for PC and it ran like utter crap... I had the latest hardware back then as I'd built a new PC just 2 months before it came out. Couldn't get a playable frame rate at 1280x10124 then (old 4:3 LCD monitor) and Rockstar made the pathetic statement that the game had been designed to run on hardware that wasn't out yet... when in reality it was just a badly optomised port of the Xbox version and ran like complete crap... I left the game until I built this one 2yrs later and you know what I found... even on hardware that wasn't around at the time... it still ran like crap.

But this time it's Ubisoft... and I know how they screw games up... so my money is waiting to see if they fix the problems that are wrong in the... erm... evaluation version I've tried.

All of the other FC games I own on steam, and FC3 is a basty on that because Ubisoft won't remove the uplay crap, nor will they patch the game to stop it trying to connect to their nonexistent servers every time you open the in game menu... which takes about a min to fail so you can carry on... Never had that problem in the evaluation versions out there.

and this ladies and gents... is exactly why piracy exists, because they have a better gaming experience than those that actually purchase them.

At the moment... I'll do what I did with FC3... wait for the summer sale on steam and pick it up for £5. :)

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I'M SO SORRY, sobs Rosetta Brit boffin in 'sexist' sexy shirt storm

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He should never have apologised in the first place because he's got nothing to be sorry about... His crime was not having much in the way of 'acceptable' fashion sense... and by acceptable, I mean those pathetic types who actually judge a person based on their attire.

The only thing this has proved is that the online faux outrage community... otherwise known as 'Bullies' have proven yet again that if you shout loud enough and pretend to be outraged enough.. You can attempt to humiliate and upset a person so much that they think about changing who they are... when the person they already are is perfectly fine already.

It's yet another example of misandry being mistaken for feminism... but in the most basic terms... It's simple prejudice and bigotry towards someone just because they don't like something he was wearing... people like that are pathetic little individuals with so little meaning in their lives that bulling a person in this manner is their only means of satisfaction.

The internet has many great things about it... but the ability to act and berate people in this manner is one of them that I wish didn't exist... Stupid, moronic, pathetic little scrotes the lot of them.

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Nexus 9: Google and HTC deliver Android 5.0 'Lollipop' at iPad prices

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I bought one of the original Tesco Hudl tablets last year, and it's done exactly what I need it to at a fraction of the cost. I don't really play games on my phone or tablet... that's why I have a PC (also used for work).

It still does what I need it too... So the only reasons I can see for anyone to replace their tablet are thus.

1: They're the lame types that 'have to have' the latest stuff regardless of whether what they have is still of use.

2: They want Android Lollipop

I like my gadgets, and I like to get new ones when I can... However I don't believe in wasting money on replacing stuff that works perfectly well. If anyone I know makes any attempt to point out that what I have is 'old'... I simply mock them for their gullible devotion to consumerism and suggest that if they don't already own one... to buy something from Apple like the good little sheeple they are. :)

My phone was released in Nov 2010 and still works well, does everything I need it to and when it breaks, I'll replace it. My computer was built in 2010, and because I looked ahead and invested in Xfire graphics, still plays anything I throw at it in full HD.

The only thing I was considering replacing was my TV, it's only 32" and was bought so long ago that it's 720p and 1080i... and I do so much now that requires proper 1080p. But as I was given another 32" that is 1080p... theres no need to replace it at all and the old one was put to use in the bedroom.

The one thing that does bug me about the Hudl though, and it goes for every phone manufacturer out there... and this could be the best and most honest reason to change a device... Manufacture bloatware and refusal to upgrade the OS on devices.

I've suffered from this and it pisses me of a great deal... So much that when I do need to replace my phone, the only alternative I would consider is a Nexus device... the same goes for my tablet.

But NOT because they are the new 'shiny' gadget out there, but because of the lack of bloatware and the speed at which updates become available... I don't imagine I'll be doing any of that soon, I have better things to spend my money on than the latest toy that isn't needed.

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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Re: Even simple maintenance helps

True... just keeping on top of maintenance, with oil changes every year regardless of mileage (I average less than 5k a year), keeping the fluids and pressures at optimum, or as is the case with tyres, a fraction above optimum... So as mine is supposed to be 32 psi, I keep them at 34 psi.

Manufacturer specs my Mondeo diesel at 58mpg, yet on long motorway trips using the cruise control... I've averaged 64 mpg at times.

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Interesting article, but ultimately pointless in some regards... I do agree that keeping an older car on the road is more cost effective than trading it in for a newer and more economical one. though, I've done that myself to a certain degree.

I used to own a nice V6 coupe, 200bhp (import version) and according to manufacturers specs, capable of 32mpg extra urban. Now bear in mind that when I got my hands on it, it was already 14yrs old and had been neglected a fair bit.

I replaced the knackered clutch with an uprated one, and fitted a lightened flywheel shaving 9lbs of it's 23lb weight. I fitted larger and yet lighter wheels, I improved suspension and braking, added extra torsion stiffness front and rear and fitted a fully stainless system with custom manifolds. I also improved airflow into the engine and fitted a larger catalytic convertor (jap ones were a third smaller than EU ones). I then set about making sure the engine was in tip top condition. Luckily these engines are pretty bullet proof and after some new gaskets,a proper flush, new O2 sensors, plugs and leads... I took it to the Nurburgring. On the 450 mile trip from the UK to Germany and with a car full of camping gear and 2 people, we averaged just over 35 mpg. We travelled at an average of 60mph, with occasional blasts up to 80 mph for overtaking, or just a little fun. If we'd stuck with a steady 60 the entire way, that could easily have been 36-38 mpg. In an unloaded car with only the driver, on a 250 mile motorway journey, she averaged 37 mpg. When put on a rolling road she topped out at 223 bhp.

I imagine that had I removed the aircon pump, and gone to electric steering and a more efficient alternator... I took could have seen 40+ mpg.

But the problem is... it's no fun owning a sports car and then driving it like a doddery old fool out for a Sunday drive at the slowest speed you can get away with. These cars were meant to be driven, and 90% of my driving was short journeys of around 25 miles at a time... and I averaged around 24-25 mpg... Because blasting around country roads on the way to see people is a lot more fun than driving in a car convoy of friends on the way to a racing track and trying to save as much money on the trip out, because you knew you'd be wasting all that fuel on the track.

As for the track time itself... in 7 laps of the Nordschleife I averaged about 17mpg and completed the circuit with a best time of 9 mins 48s... It wasn't the car, but the driver that ran out of nerves and was a little more conservative than I could have been... But that said, Lap one took 11 mins 23s and I improved on each one after that shaving 1 min 35s of my time. With more practice time, more money and better tires... Who knows how much more I could have shaved off.

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Batman in the frame to take on Steve Jobs

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Yeah that's what we need

'Another' film about him... I didn't bother seeing the last one and I won't bother with this one... I'm that uninterested that I won't even bother to pirate it. :)

I'd rather watch 'John Carter 2' or 'Noah 2: The Clean Up' or 'The Lone Ranger: Not Really Lone After All' or 'Milk 2: Really Trying to Milk It Now' or 'Transformers 5: Look I'm An iPhone Now'

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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

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Re: Hmmmm

I also have a Hudl, cost me about £50 after I doubled up some vouchers, battery life is reasonable and I've had no complaints with it at all over the last 12 months. It can be a little slow at times and the wifi can be a little flaky when the signal is weak... But aside from that it's been excellent value for money.

I'm very tempted to get the Hudl2, I noticed the original hudl had dropped to just £79 and was considering getting one for my mum this xmas. She would find it handy for reading and shopping and she doesn't need the best on the market... Then I figured I might just get the new one for myself and give her my old one instead.

If the new one is as good as the reviews suggest I'll get one, but I'm annoyed by the fact that tesco have doubled the price of a proper leather case for this one over the old one. Pushing the price of the tablet and case to £155. My vouchers are a little light this year, and if I double them I've only got about £70 towards it.

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

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I like Capaldi, I think he's bringing a much needed darker edge to the role after 2 much lighter ones.

But the bad writing and plots has not helped, and it's a testament to how good he's been that he's been able to shine through so much dirge.

I for one can live without Clara, I've never warmed to the character at all... it's like they are simply trying to paper over the flaws in her character in this season. Trying desperately to give her more depth and make her more interesting... It's not working.

As for the schoolchild... please... no more.

But there's one thing that annoys me more than anything this season... and that's the damn theme tune. It's simply dreadful, a symphony of noise that forces it's way into my ears screaming 'oooh, listen to me, aren't I completely different from the previous theme tunes, doesn't that make me special and great'... NO IT DOESN'T... The theme tune is like some one took some bad 80's synth pop and threw in a bit of orchestra to be clever... and even added a little bit of vibrato on some of the high notes... because that must make it cool right.

Then there's the visual opening sequence... which is really, really tacky... oooh look spiral clocks... because he's a time lord... geddit... nudge nudge, wink wink, say no more, say no more.

As for the trailer for the next episode... Titanic in space... sorry, Orient Express in space with space mummies... give me a friggin break. But no Clara... that might just make it work.

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Atlas snubbed! Ad blocker says it can kill Facebook's stalker tech

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Re: Not with a bang, but with a whimper

I too use the following plugins/extentions/addons.

2 ad blockers

2 script blockers

1 anti-tracker tool

This is alongside the antivirus, firewall and peerblocking programs I use.

I also use incognito/privacy modes quite often, and through my old hotmail (now outlook) account I create email aliases specifically for each website (should I need to sign up for something).

I always opt out of marketing and contact, and don't allow/tolerate my info being sold... So any email addy that suddenly starts getting spammed... The source is easily identified, and the company blacklisted and loses any future business.

I may not be able to do anything about the big picture... But I can protect myself as best I can and refuse to do business with any company that sells my data onwards without my explicit consent.

As for facebook... I have that blocked at the router level and it won't even load the little fb icons and can no longer be used to track me... those that do are immediately blocked.

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George Clooney, WikiLeaks' lawyer wife hand out burner phones to wedding guests

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Irony indeed

"Day 4: 'News'-papers STILL rammed with Clooney nuptials"

Oooh the irony... Could easily have been

"3yrs later - Register still spouting on about Steve Jobs"

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Galaxy Note 4 latest: Samsung rushes iPhone 6 Plus rival to China as Apple flails in dark

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I agree

"But are the newer options really worth committing into a contract that means I wouldn't be able to upgrade again for a long time?"

I agree with your comments entirely, I'm still using a HTC Desire HD (released end of 2010) that I picked up in 2011 from a friend who had it as an upgrade. It was far, far cheaper than buying a new phone or signing up for a contract.

I stick to very cheap contracts without much commitment. I currently pay £9.90 for my contract which gives me all the minutes, text & data that I need... I'm on wifi 90% of the time, so it's only when out and about that I need it... Yet to hit the 1gb limit each month.

The phone can be slow compared to others, and I know it's never going to be upgraded past Android 2.3.5... But it does what I need it to and although I am considering a replacement shortly. It's likely to be a Nexus device free from carrier bloatware. But it's got a great little camera and can still do 720p video, so it's still good for snaps when out and about.

I have always refused to pay through the nose for a subsidised phone and be tied to a long term contract and I cannot understand those who so willing throw away silly amounts of money on the latest piece of fashion tech (no matter who makes it).... and before anyone suggests I can't afford it... I can, I just have far better things to do with it.

But then again... I've always conformed to non-conformity ever since I was a teenager.

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Hey, Mac fanbois. HGST wants you drooling over its HUGE desktop RACK

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My Mediaserver could soon need that.

"What vast digital media repository could possibly need 64 TERABYTES?"

I'm currently running my mediaserver with 12TB of storage, and with only 2TB of space left over the 4 drives. So I'll certainly be looking to replace the 3TB drives with at least 4TB ones soon... I'm slowly replacing all of my DVD rips with Bluray ones... and it's hard having to compress files due to storage concerns. At the moment the best films are done at between 10-20GB and the ones that I don't really care about as much are done at 4-8GB.

Then on top of that there are the TV shows that I've not even started on yet and want on the server.

Having just built a new mediaserver 6 months ago, which should see me through the next 5yrs (last one did me 4yrs and would still be going strong if I hadn't placed it precariously on the edge of the sofa when moving stuff around and cleaning... so that it fell to the floor upside down wrenching the heatsink free which duly smashed into the ram damaging both a stick of ram and the dimm slot... necessitating the upgrade)... I'm hoping that by the time I do want to rebuild again... I can simply buy a few 6-8TB drives at reasonable prices. My storage needs are increasing by around 4-5TB a year at the moment, so in 5yrs I'll be needing close to 30TB I reckon.... and a raid5 array would be ideal to cover loss of data.

and no... I am nether a student, nor is it all porn... I have a seperate 500gb drive just for the porn. :P

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Straight to video: Facebook to add 'view counts' to autoplay newsfeed vids

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Re: No wonder ..

HTC were complete basties for hard coding facebook and twitter into their phones... Then on top of that you had their sense overlay versions... which meant you had two facebook apps that couldn't be uninstalled.

Thankfully I left facebook several years ago after using google+ in the beta more than 3yrs ago now... It's everything that facebook isn't... a decent social media platform that allows you to make new connections based on shared interests without having to see all the crap... no ads, no intrusion, seamless integration of vids, gifs and images. It's great for content creators and the best part of it is the video hangouts where up to 10 people can sit around and chat in real time with HD quality video.

and before anyone says it's a ghost town... learn to use it properly and you'll understand why it's so good.

No... I do not work for google, I just appreciate a social platform that does what it's supposed to without being a blight on the user.

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Just in case? Unverified 'supersize me' iPhone 6 pics in sneak leak peek

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I have to weigh in... because it's important dammit.

The whole Opal fruit/starburst issue needs to be settled once and for all... Because they are NOT basically the same.

They removed the lemon and the lime and instead combined them into a single lemon & lime, so they could add the disgusting blackcurrent.

As a result, I will no longer buy them... they were the only packet of flavoured sweets I would buy and be able to eat every single flavour. The perfect treat during a movie, now they are polluted with the hideous blackcurrent flavour which means left over sweets... or worse still... a blackcurrent sweet being consumed in the dark by mistake.

Flavours may be different in other countries I guess... But they're British dammit and they ruined them by tampering with the flavours, I can live with the name change but not the flavour one.

Oh and Moya used to Opal Fruit out of danger before the damn marketing people got their hands on the damn scripts. :)

Oh... you though I was going to talk about an iphone.... This is far more important than some fruity symbol phone.

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Wetsuits, sunshine, bikini babes and a competitive streak: Epyx California Games

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The memories come flooding back.

I too have fond memories of this game, and others like it on the C64. Both of the Summer games, Winter games, Track & Field and Hyper Sports and of course the one everyone seems to forget about Daley Thompsons Decathlon... which was one of the best sports sims around in my opinion... Sure it was a total joystick killer, I must have gone through 4 or 5 on that game alone... But it was the first game I ever saw that had a loading graphic that drew a picture on the screen as it loaded from tape... Stunning for the early 80's.

But then I have very fond memories of the C64 and the hundreds of games I accumulated between 84 and 91 when i finally sold it on and replaced with an Amiga and an Atari ST.

Cheap games like Kickstart I & II which cost £2.99 and provided hours and hours of entertainment, creating your own scramble courses and so forth.

It's one of the reasons I have a MAME setup. :)

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

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Re: Platooooooon - HALT!

JustWondering "How about everyone in the queue pay attention to the light, and also the car in front of them?"

Well that's obvious... I said focus on the car in front, not 'devote 100% of your time to the car in front'

In the same way that you focus on the road ahead whilst driving, yet are able to flick your eyes to mirrors and your speedo... At least that's what I do, along with every other person who can drive properly. It's about being aware of what's going on around you... and if your focus is not on the car/road in front of you... that's when accidents happen.

Or were you just being pedantic?

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Re: Platooooooon - HALT!

Anyone who starts to move when the light turns green without checking to see if the car in front has begun to move is an idiot who shouldn't be driving in the first place. It's simply basic common sense, and it's morons like this who cause shunts at lights and then try to blame the person in front for not being quick enough to move when the lights changed colour.

Drivers should be focused on the vehicle in front at lights, it's down to the person at the front of the queue to be aware of when the lights change... everyone else in the queue can see the car in front move and follow accordingly.

It's basic common sense that people seem to have either forgotten or simply ignored because they feel more entitled to be on the road that others... A tone that this entire article is dripping with.

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Apple: You're a copycat! Samsung: This is really about Google, isn't it?

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Re: Meh

I still have in my drawer next to me, a Sony Ericsson P990i that I used up to 2011 (because I don't give a crap about changing my phone every 12-18 months and on average make them last 3-4yrs).

I never upgraded because it wasn't needed... The iphone always seemed like a fashion statement rather than a desirable piece of tech and the early android phones were much the same with both sides having underdeveloped operating systems that in some cases couldn't even do things my aging P990i could.

When I did upgrade in 2011 I went for the HTC Desire HD, which even then was considered 'old' technology... But when you realise what it cost me and was unlocked and contract free... and came from a friend who got it as a free upgrade for peanuts.

I'm still using it, and although I do wish I could upgrade the OS to 4 and above (but HTC have a habit of screwing over owners with a lack of upgrades).. But when I upgrade to a new phone... it won't be an Apple and it won't be a Samsung... because I for one am sick and tired of the fanboy behaviour on both sides and want no part of it.

I think I'll get a pure Nexus direct instead... for a lot less than either of the others charge.

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BT scratches its head over MYSTERY Home Hub disconnections

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Sky Hub does something similar too.

Almost every night between 2-3am (if I am up, which is quite often) I lose internet access for a few minutes. It normally comes back up right away, occasionally a reboot of the router is required.

Sky are of no help at all, they replaced the router about 6 months ago but the same thing happens.

It's no big deal, unless you happen to be in the middle of a live stream of the Nye vs Ham debate like I was a few hrs ago or if you're in a video hangout with friends in the US as I often am.... But the frequency of it does get annoying.

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University boffins build snoop-spotting snitch app

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This is why....

I only turn on my GPS when I'm actually using the GPS functions like navigation.

I also check permissions and if an app wants too many of them, I won't install it.

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'F-CK YOU GOOGLE+' ukelele missy scoops BIG WAD of $$ - for Google

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Think of it from the other side

Instead of looking at this from the youtube side of things, take a moment to look at it from the G+ users perspective.

Most of us don't want comments from our shares of YT videos posted to that site, conversations on shares often digress and having them posted on YT isn't wanted. So a lot of G+ users are pissed off about that, because not only are your public shares now posted on YT... it's retroactive, so all of your past shares are on there now.

But the worst part is that those trolls, spammers and so forth that remain posting now show up as comments in your G+ posts... A lot of use don't like that either and wish there was an option to turn it off.

I actually went back through my past shares and deleted all YT videos I had shared, which is a lot.

There is a simple way around it though, don't share public, just share to your extended circles.

But there is a good side to this change that I completely understand, forcing users to use real names (like they can't just make up a fake name ffs) is an attempt to limit the trolls and spammers... If it helps get rid of the 12yr old bigots and other idiots then I count that as a good thing.

As for the lady in the vid, she isn't looking at the wider picture... G+ is a perfect platform for people like her, it's full or artists and musicians and is the perfect place for her to expand her limited view of social media. I have personally seen talented people go from doing crappy jobs to becoming artists full time because of the people and support they found on G+.

I know... a post telling you about the virtues of G+ will go over like a lead balloon on a forum that allows anonymous comments, so I fully expect the downvote fairies to do their worst. But FB and G+ are different types of social platforms. FB is for connecting with people you already know and slowly expanding that, but you have to friend people in return. G+ is for connecting to new people who have similar interests and you can circle who you like without the need for them to circle you back... There's no 'Like this page before you can view it' mentality... sure the data mining still goes on, but without intrusive ads, which is a much better way of doing it that FB in my book.

There's a reason I left FB and moved to G+... and it's not because it's a ghost town, I have friends who have hundreds of thousands of followers and the latest statistics show in excess of 300 million unique users using it daily.

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HTC woes prompts 'leave now' tweet from former staffer

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Once Bitten... and so forth.

Like others I'm a current HTC owner... Desire HD that I've had for almost 2yrs now.

I'm happy with the phone, it does everything I need it to and reasonably reliable and battery life can last me around 20-30hrs.

Last year they announced that the Desire HD would be getting ICS... then they backtracked and wouldn't update it, in spite of the fact the lesser spec Desire S was going to.

That annoyed me because they then push out another version of their sense overlay... but not ICS.

Because of that, when I change my phone I shall be looking elsewhere I think.

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BSkyB punters drown in MASSIVE MYSTERY Yahoo! mail! migration!

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FAIL

Nothing wrong with the ISP - However....

Been happily using sky for an ISP for 7 years or so, it's truly unlimited, speeds are good and uptime is excellent.... if you can find me the same level of service (18mb) with a true unlimited bandwidth for £7.50 a month... Please do.

But the snafu with the email was a nightmare to sort out. I got deluged with around 20,000 emails... duplicates and deleted... and it seems the junk filters aren't working very well either.

Just spent 2hrs going through and getting on top of it... not best pleased... but what can you do.

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Hate being stalked by Facebook? Why not try Google+ stalking

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Tired of the G+ barren wasteland bullsh*t

Let's get one thing straight... G+ is not barren, it's not a wasteland... it's the fastest growing social platform at the moment and has achieved far more than facebook had in the same amount of time. It's grown to about 50% of the size of FB and has a higher number of active daily users (people spend more time on G+ than they do on fb).

On G+ you are not bombarded with ads, the look is cleaner and easier to manage... and it doesn't require you to friend everyone. I've got several thousand people following me, and less than 500 that I follow... In that regard it's like twitter.

But what's different about G+ is that it's more about creating new connections instead of trying to reconnect with old ones that you probably lost touch with for a reason. It's about content creation and sharing.

It's obvious to anyone who has taken the time to actually use G+ and discover it's merits... but instead you still get sloppy attempts at journalism that can only regurgitate tired and inaccurate bullsh*t that was only true when it launched.

I've made so many new friends n G+, some of them i've met in real life and others I plan on travelling half around the world to meet at some point.

The killer app for G+ is the hangouts... up to 10 people at a time video chatting and having fun. In almost 2yrs using the site (I joined in beta in July 2011) I have met some amazing people, I'm now friends with people who are celebrities in their fields... beit tv, music and the arts. I've become friends with scientists, chemists, biologists. The people I've become closest too have been the ones I've met through hangouts.

So please stop suggesting G+ is barren, a wasteland, a ghost town... You will get out of it what you put in... and the problem is that most people are too lazy to put in the effort and discover how much better than fb it really is.

If you needed any indication of how worried fb is about G+... you only need to look at the changes they made in the last 12 months to copy features from G+, they're even starting to copy layout ideas too.

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Amazon yanks SimCity download from store

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Voting with my wallet

I've been burned before by some of this DRM crap masquerading as 'good for the consumer' when legit customers are penalised whilst people who download it for free can play hassle free.

Anyone remember the starforce cluster f*ck of the early 2000's... the one that killed dvd burners. Because of that I vowed never to legitimately purchase another codemasters or ubisoft game again unless it was free from such drm/protections.

The ubisoft went along the always online drm route a few years ago, and had to backtrack due to that being a clusterf*ck too.

Now ea want to try the cluster f*ck approach... and when it affects sales and a drm free version becomes available online... they'll use that as an excuse for the poor sales.

I like Valves approach to it though... they have a 'city sim sale' going on as I type this and the excellent Cities XL is part of it... Been playing it for a few weeks now and it's great.

F*ck ea and their crappy business practices... it's why I've not legitimately bought an ea game in years... Yet I will gladly buy games from companies that don't treat their customers like crap.

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'Quantum fridge' gets close to absolute zero

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Re: But - is it as cool as....

But what if it's the Fonz jumping the sharks with frickin lasers on their heads?

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BSkyB to flick switch on network-level smut-'n'-violence filters

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Re: another reason

Worst ISP... not by a long shot. Been a Sky broadband subscriber for at least 6yrs now and very happy with the service.

As line speeds have increased, so have mine... always been on the top package which is truly unlimited. I currently get around 18mb of the 20mb and my download speeds hit close to that... In fact I throttle downloads to 1000kB/s to avoid swamping my connection. So Right now I am downloading at 1000kB/s, watching youtube vids in HD and surfing the net quite happily.

I know I can get faster speeds elsewhere... but can anyone say for certain that I can get close to 20mb for £7.50 a month elsewhere?

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Hard drive sales to see double-digit dive this year

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Needs to happen sooner

I've been holding of buying new drives since the floods a few years ago... Prices should have dropped back to pre-flood levels last year, but thanks to a lack of competition, they've remaind higher than they were when sellers started price gouging customers. As soon as the forecasts for higher prices were announced, online sellers immediately hiked their prices on existing stock.

I have an 8TB media server, I want to rebuild it and place all but 1 drive with all 3TB (currently a mix of 2 and 1.5) and make use of a much more effective raid setup... which I can't do at the moment. 3TB drives are still in excess of £100 and 4TB well over £200

Even 1TB drives are more expensive than the two 1.5TB drives I purchased 3yrs ago.

On the plus side, SSD's are dropping to a more affordable level... But I need storage capacity more than I need speed.

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Belkin Power Pack 4000

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I cannae give you any more power cap'n

I don't want to have the need to buy one of these, especially an overpriced one like this. I've seen larger capacity ones on amazon for less.

What I do want is a phone that doesn't need to be charged up every 18hrs if I decide to use it in the manner it's supposed to be. Instead I have to flaff around with apps to turn off everything that drains power, and then flaff around turning it on to do specific items whilst out and about.

What I want is a decent sized battery in the damn phone to begin with... screw making the phone thinner whilst making the screen bigger... just make the battery twice the size so I can use the damn thing for 2 days without the need to buy expensive extra chargers or batteries so I can use the phone in the way it was designed to be used.

I would love to own a phone that just works as advertised... I actually miss my old Sony Ericsson P990i, because until that died a death last year (after 4yrs service) it allowed me to browse the net, make calls and txts and the battery would last for days... oh I wish I had something that reliable again... My current Desire HD can chew through a battery in 12hrs or so if I leave wireless, gps and bluetooth on... even if it's just sat there not making any calls.

My other half has the HTC Sensation, a battery that's about 40-50 larger capacity then the HD... and yet mine still lasts longer... something tells me it's going in the wrong direction...

Remember when phones got smaller and smaller and battery life got longer and longer... we're going in the exact opposite direction now.

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Indiana Jones flicks out on Blu-ray this Fall

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"Will Indy be shooting first?"

He already does... they'll probably give the guy with the sword a walkie talkie or something else instead.

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Facebook denies poaching your text messages on Android

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Excellent recommendation, now installed on my phone, can't uninstall the 2 FB apps that came with it though, one is FB and the other is FB for HTC sense, but at least I can force stop them.

Maybe it's time to look into rooting the phone.

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Sky flaunts F1 app with split-screen functions

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I already had Sky+, as well as phone and internet with them... because it offered the best deal where I lived. I get close to the 20mbs, it's truly unlimited with no caps and I only call landlines on it (use the mobile for mobile calls). So upgrading to HD for the extra £10 and getting the box free and £100 in M&S vouchers was fine with me. It's effectively costing me £20 extra this year as I swapped the vouchers for cash with the folks.

If it goes on a pay basis next year, I won't be buying it and I'll be out of contract by then and will dump the HD pack. I can realign the dish and get a freesat box instead and get the RTL feed and use 5live as others will be doing.

I can then flog the HD box on ebay, they go for around £100 or so. :)

Of course... when I tell sky I'm cancelling... chances are I'll get the F1 for free to stop me leaving.

Not a fan of Sky at all, but I love the F1 and if there's a way to watch it that's not going to cost me loads of money I'll take it... if the price goes up, I'll look for an alternative way.

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Facebook litters Timeline with apps

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I left facebook in Oct and now exclusively use G+, so far about 25 people I know have joined me but they tend to use both still.

But with each passing week, and each change on FB... they are slowly starting to prefer G+.

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George Lucas: 'No more Star Wars'

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I'd like to see more Star Wars movies... just as long as GL wasn't calling the shots. It's time to hand over the franchise to new talent.

There are dozens and dozens of officially sanctioned books set in the world after RotJ and some of them have decent plots and deal with the aftermath of the Emperors death... or what about the 18-20yr gap between ep 3 and 4.

I'd like to see a new trilogy with a slightly darker tone to it, not so child orientated... leave that for the animated cartoons and TV and let the original fans having something they can relate to again.

As for Red Tails... is this telling the same story as the film 'The Tuskagee Airmen' starring Laurence Fishburn that's just getting it's bluray release this month.

I'm grateful for the memories George and I do understand that you think messing with the films 30yrs later is still ok, but don't whinge when fans of your original work complain that the 'additions' don't actually add anything and actually change the tone of characters... Han shot first... it's as simple as that... it explains exactly who he is in a split second and it's the change in his character over the course of the movie and it's sequels that makes you warm to him... and that's what good character development means... Making Greedo shoot first turns him into a pussy and makes Greedo look like a total moron (for not being able to hit his target at 3ft) rather than over confident and inexperienced who under estimates the true nature of his foe.

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The Commodore 64 is 30

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So many good times

I sold my Atari 2600 and all my games to put the money towards a C64 for xmas, the folks chipped in the rest and on xmas morning I unwrapped it.

I was 13yrs old... I set it up, plugged in the tape drive and opened the two games I had been bought. The Hobbit txt based adventure game (which came with the book too, and is my all time fave book) and Jeff Minters Hovver Bovver.

We read the instructions, set it up, plugged in the joystick, switched it on and loaded Hovver Bovver... 5 mins later we discovered the joystick was faulty... this has been a tradition in my family for over 40yrs... something gadgety/electrical would always be broken in some way when opened on xmas day.

So we loaded The Hobbit instead and aside from xmas dinner, the top of the pops special and a few movies... all 5 of us sat around playing the Hobbit.

I tried programming on it, but wasn't very good at it... But I kept the C64 until 1990 and had hundreds of games for it.

I discovered the joys of twin tape decks on my dads stereo, and me and friends would swap games, another friend got a cartridge (can't remember the name), load a game press a button on the back and record it back to tape or disk.

I've lost count on the number of games that cemented my love of video games... that as a 42yr old is only just starting to wane (mainly due to stupid kids, so I stick to single player and RTS type games now)... but I broke more than a few joysticks on Daley Thompsons Decathlon, perfected my skills on Summer Games I/II, Winter Games & California Games, pursued the llamas in Jeff Minters timeless classics,... Uridium, Paradroid... oh the memories have brought a smile to my face on a cold winters night.

I used to go to a computer club on a Monday night, and took my C64 with me... I saw kids with Atari 400's, Speccy 48k's and at the end of my time there a few speccy 128 and C128's.

But every week a crowd would gather around my C64 (or one of the others... depends who got in early and bagged the biggest colour TV (normally me :) )) and play the latest games... or simply load up the voice emulator (something none of us had ever seen or used before) and get it to say the things a group of 12-14yr old boys would. :)

I got an Atari ST 1080 in 1989 and had that for a couple of years, then got a couple of Amigas in the early 90's (one with the 1mb upgrade)... but they never held the same appeal as the C64 did, nor did my Megadrive, SNES... I guess it was my chipped playstation I got in 96 that reinvented console gaming and moved it back along to my age range (mid 20's by this time)... followed by my first CDRW in about 98.

I had a PS2 and an Xbox... but I skipped the 360 and PS3 and just have a Wii for when friends visit as even my 69yr old disabled dad can play the bowling on that... it's the first time he's ever been truly interested in video games in my entire life... same goes for my sister and mother, and if my brother was still alive... he'd have loved it too.

Strange... I'm not enjoying computer games much any more, as my eldery parents and older siblings were.

Happy birthday C64... you gave me and my friends many, many years of fun.

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PC sales forecast slashed on back of disk drive crisis

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Over supply... great, I estimate I'll be needing to upgrade some of my drives to larger ones on the HTPC and NAS around the end of summer next year... I can stretch that out a little longer if needed.

With any luck prices will have fallen back to or be cheaper than before the hikes... a couple of 3TB to replace the 1TB and 1.5TB (my smallest drives) will see me well into 2014 before I need to consider upgrading the other 1.5TB and couple of 2TB drives.

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Rainbow Islands

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Bubble Bobble is King

Whilst I enjoyed Rainbow Islands, it wasn't even close to competing with the king of all arcade games... Bubble Bobble.

I remember playing that game addictively in the 80's, found another guy who was about as good as me and we played together to get all the bonus's and records.

I still occasionally play it on my MAME install along with other classics like the Mr Do series.

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Facebook now has 1,000 times the referrals of Google+

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it's easy

Upload the video to G+ and simply share it with a circle... if your family and friends want to view them, they already have a G+ account if they have a youtube one.

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eBuyer £1 sale fail: Customers vent fury... on Facebook

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I have had no end of problems with ebuyer over the last couple of years... 50% of the orders have involved some kind of problem.

Like the wrong graphics card turning up and the problems I had getting them to accept it's return, and then the very long delay in refunding.

Then there was the monitor I ordered last xmas, delivery set for before xmas... never turns up, they stop replying to emails and won't answer the phone from the 23rd Dec onwards and I finally get hold of some one on the 28th to find it's not even been sent, although their site says it has and I even got sent a tracking number. By this time I was a little peeved, and after a quick call to another online etailer, I purchased the identical monitor for £3 more and it was delivered the following day. The order was cancelled with ebuyer, but they still decided to send it out a week later, I refused delivery and had to call them again to complain... it took a further 2 weeks to get a refund.

and that's just 2 things in the last 12 months... I've not used them since. I don't care how good the prices are, I'd rather pay an extra couple of quid if I know I'll get good service and that if I need to call due to a problem... it will be resolved quickly.

That's why most of my tech stuff comes from aria... everything else now comes from Amazon.

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iPhone 4S is for failures who work in coffee shops - Samsung

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"But it looks the same

so how can anyone tell it's a Samsung?"

Because it has the word 'SAMSUNG' written on the bloody thing... or are Apple fanbois so 'creative' they can't friggin read and can only understand fruity shaped symbols.

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Breaking news: Man lands on Moon!

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....... and this is why I got rid of my facebook account and moved to G+ in Oct.

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Floods really will bring armageddon in 2012, insist resellers

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FAIL

I started seeing the price gouging start almost immediately, online retailers pushed the prices up immediately the news started suggesting shortages.

One website was showing existing stock of hundreds of units, and still jacked the prices from around £75 to £125 for a 2TB drive... just another reason why I never use this particular buyer of e.

Another retailer that I use that rhymes with 'barrier' did exactly the same thing at the same time as the others.

They saw an opportunity to jack up prices and get more profit from their existing stock before buying in at higher prices.

Thankfully I won't be needing to expand my storage any time in the next 4-6 months, by which time prices should be back to normal.

The fail icon... for all those retailers who are price gouging opportunistic scumbags.

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Go back to the future with Red Dwarf

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Meh

I've both excited and have a deep dark sense of impending doom.

I love the show... well, I love the first 5 series, like the 6th... think the 7th was a huge steaming turd and that the 8th if condensed into 3 episodes could be be quite good.

But I refuse to accept that the 'Back to Earth' series ever happened... it's a total... total... a word has yet to be invented to describe what it is, but it is one and a total one at that.

The good episodes were written by Doug Naylor and Rob Grant... once that partnership ended after series 6... it's been all downhill.

So this news comes with a deep dark sense of foreboding... a feeling that this could very well kill my fondness for the show entirely.

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Nintendo adds Wii U support for second controller

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The Wii was the first console that ever made my dad want to play games, he's now 69 and suffers from Parkinsons... and yet he loves the bowling games, it's about the only ones he can play (when his illness allows him to).

To get my dad interested in a gadget, let alone a games console is nothing short of miraculous. I bought the Wii because I loved Mario Kart on my original SNES (because I'm a 40yr old gamer and remember the original) and the number of games I have can be counted on 1 hand (I game on my PC).

But the Wii allowed my dad to play with the rest of us, and it's appeal goes a lot further than that. My 76yr old Aunt went and bought one, and she loves to play table tennis. Neither her not my father are in good health.

So the Wii U raises a couple of concerns for me... holding the larger pad with touchscreen could be difficult for them, making controlling things more difficult will stop them being able to join in... it was the simplicity of use that made the Wii such a massive hit... I hope Nintendo don't lose sight of that. I was telling my folks about the new Wii U the other week and I could see gleams of interest from both of them... but if it's too complicated it's going to be a waste of time buying it.

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Manufacturers testing wider cars for swingbellies

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I imagine the bigots will be posting on this soon... seems like fat people are the last legitimate target left... can't get done for slagging of the fat people like you can other groups.

Not that it makes those types of bigots any less twatish. :)

I've hired a focus and insignia, both 2011 models and the Focus was not the most comfortable thing to drive, the seats were too hard and narrow... I drive a coupe with more bucket like seats that hug you, the focus's seats dug into the outside edge of your thigh because the seating position doesn't suit a tall person like me, with the seat right back, I still have to bend my legs slightly, which means my knee is against the door... Didn't have to do that in the insignia, nor do I in my own car.

Why not design them for taller people too... I wanted an MX5 at one point, until I realised that with the roof up I cold get in, but not out unless I crawled. :)

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Shock movie upset - Daniel Craig still James Bond 007

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I loved the last 2 films... I think they've brought the character bang into the modern era and given the character a more human and darker edge.

I pretty much love all of the Bond films, each one was fitting for it's time and each one doesn't hold up today.

I would prefer to see some remakes, but only if they were to put them back in chronological order so to speak. In the books On Her Majesty's Secret Service comes before you only live twice and deals with the events of OHMSS, giving a much harder and darker version of JB... Personally I'd love to see Daniel Craig given the opportunity to make those two... although they did touch upon the subjects in CR and QoS.

I was also under the impression that there was going to be a 'trilogy' story with the 3rd taking the underlying story to it's conclusion... no idea if this is still the case or not.

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