* Posts by DuncanL

154 posts • joined 1 Feb 2010

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ZX Spectrum 'Hobbit' revival sparks developer dispute

DuncanL

Re: Extra graphical capabilities of the spectrum 128 ?

The original 48k game's graphics were drawn (slowly) as vectors (because there wasn't enough RAM to store bitmaps).

It looks like the new version has taken the bitmap graphics from the PC CGA version and tweaked and coloured them for the Spectrum palette.

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Microsoft: Free Windows 10 for THIEVES and PIRATES? They can GET STUFFED

DuncanL

re: reply to the highest appearing post with a complete non-sequitur..

Erm - Mister AC wasn't being random - Brazil, India, China

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Tesla Powerwall: not much cheaper and also a bit wimpier than existing batteries

DuncanL

Re: What does company mean?

LMGTFY.... http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/company

Senses 2 and 3

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Facebook fiddles with News Feed algo. Brace yourself for CONTENTGEDDON

DuncanL

If (IF..) this mean you get less crap from days ago then maybe it's good?

(I still keep mine in "Most Recent" order, but they took it away on mobile ages ago and probably will on the desktop if this new ordering works for them....)

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Would YOU touch-type on this chunk-tastic keyboard?

DuncanL

Available in the “early spring of 2015”?

Erm - surely it is early spring 2015? Seems like a short timescale to go from pre-production to selling it in a week or two?

Or (more likely) they mean 2016?

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: El Reg eggs Benedict

DuncanL

Re: Just for clarification?

Not the same thing - semolina is derived from wheat, polenta is cornmeal. You can get polenta from any supermarket - just make sure to get the raw stuff; not the pre-cooked slabs!.

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Death becomes it: Grim Fandango Remastered

DuncanL

Tank controls?

For those of us who never played the original, give us clue what this means and why it's bad? Ta.

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Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

DuncanL

Re: silly question from someone who knows zip....

The internet says yes...

http://www.tinkernut.com/portfolio/make-raspberry-pi-nas-network-attached-storage/

(I've not tried this...)

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DuncanL

Re: Video playback

However it will run (at some unspecified point in the future) Windows 10; so if you're desperate to stay in the Windows world; that will be the only route for a Pi based solution.

Though I would say to try XMBC or its derivatives - the UI is about as simple as you can get.

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DuncanL

Re: *Really* Open Source now ?

The fact that the Pi even exists is because most of the team work from Broadcom and managed to get a deal from their employers to use the SOC at a rate that nobody else could get.

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Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish

DuncanL

Re: RTM

In addition to being wrong about the subscription; I'm afraid to say you're also wrong about this:

(I read that you can't turn automatic Windows Update off) to future versions.

That's only the case in the Technical Preview, so they can ensure everyone is testing the current fixed versions - the final release will have exactly the same options as 7/8/8.1

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Samsung's 850 EVO 1TB SSD appears live ... in 3D

DuncanL

Re: Correction!

From the Samsung data sheet:

DRAM Cache Memory - 256MB (120GB) or 512MB (250GB&500GB) or 1GB (1TB) LPDDR2

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

DuncanL

Re: Assuming jigawatts is a bad pronunciation of gigawatts

I believe the phrase "Whooosh!" was invented for situations such as these....

(Hint; watch "Back To The Future")

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RIP Microsoft Clip Art – now you can fill your slides with web cat pics

DuncanL

Re: It's a pity they didn't kill of Powerpoint

But presumably it works for them - £800 million profit in 2013!

PowerPoint may well be the wrong tool; but sometimes using the "wrong" tool is better in terms of actual results. Have you ever tried to use actual project planning software? An utter nightmare unless you have a degree in project management.

It's the same principle as the reason a vast percentage of businesses run on Excel sheets for everything - it works as far as they need and doesn't have a million features they don't.

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BOUNCY BOUNCY: Comet probot Philae landed TWICE

DuncanL

My lander is full of eels.

Would you like to come back to my comet, bouncy, bouncy?

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Online tat bazaar eBay collapses in UK

DuncanL

Seems to have eaten mails - just chased someone I was arranging to collect from and got a curt message that he had replied to my mail this morning - however nothing in eBay's messages or email notifications.

Either that or he hadn't actually sent the earlier message I suppose!

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Raspberry Pi mini-puter TOO BIG and EXPENSIVE for you? Think AGAIN

DuncanL

Re: Does it still accept power via its USB ports?

No; that's one of the things they fixed in the + versions.

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At last! Now you can STIFLE dull chums you can't really unfriend on Facebook

DuncanL

Re: Not news?

I think this is specifically about adding the function to the FB mobile app; as opposed to the website, where you have indeed been able to do this for ages.

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Yes! It's DRONE PORN. And we don't mean shiny pics of UAVs

DuncanL

Re: I'm confused :(

Yes, yes and no - in that order.

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Jim Beam me up, Scotty! WHISKY from SPAAACE returns to Earth

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Coat

Re: "Well it's -- um -- it's green"

Yours will be the one with the tricorder in the pocket - except that they seem to have done away with pockets in the 22nd century.

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It's a TAB-tastrophe – 83 million fewer units to ship in 2014

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Holmes

Dictionary.com: Gartner

1. [verb] To be paid to produce vague reports that serve only for brief news items and are then discarded; never to be examined in retrospect to avoid embarrassment at the inaccuracies in predictions.

2. [phrase, informal] Expression of mock surprise at an otherwise obvious result or statement. See also "No shit, Sherlock!"

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Windows 10 feedback: 'Microsoft, please do a deal with Google to use its browser'

DuncanL

Re: My Fave Changes...

And finally, I just want to have a normal, local logon account. No fancy, useless Microsoft Live account or whatever it is.

You can - when you're installing, select "Create new account" and then at the bottom of that screen is a tiny text link to create a local account with no Live tie in. This page covers it:

https://www.liberiangeek.net/2013/11/daily-windows-tips-install-windows-8-1-with-local-accounts-only/

And this covers changing an existing account:

http://www.cnet.com/uk/how-to/how-to-switch-your-windows-8-1-log-in-to-a-local-account/

(Sorry - no clickable links for me!)

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Uni boffins: 'Accurate' Android AV app outperforms most rivals

DuncanL

"Who are you and how did you get in here?"

"I'm a locksmith and.... I'm a locksmith"

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NASA on Curiosity bot: Mission accomplished (for now at least)

DuncanL
Coat

Re: Still rolling... still astounded.

Curiosity is enjoying the peace and tranquillity humans can only dream of.

No, Tranquillity is on the Moon...

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Ballmer PERSONALLY wrote Windows' Blue Screen of Death text

DuncanL

Raymond Chen responds..

to kick the Reg's arse over sloppy reporting...

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/oldnewthing/archive/2014/09/09/10556049.aspx

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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

DuncanL

Re: Consistent quality feed required

It's probably a mix of genuine HD content and upscaled SD - ITV do this a lot I have noticed from the EPG.

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DuncanL

Re: They need to release 250GB or 500GB discs for 8K and 4K...

I've got some spare tinfoil here if you need to fashion some new headgear....

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Europe: Apple could NOT care less about kids' in-app cash sprees

DuncanL
Headmaster

re: is there anything else the EU want's?

Mandatory apostrophe usage training?

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Spinning SPACE DUCK is comet-chasing Rosetta probe's PREY

DuncanL

Very small rocks...

Tis witchcraft I tell you.

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Want to legally unlock your phone from its network? The US Senate says that's A-OK

DuncanL

Don't call him a monke....

Did anyone get the number of that donkey cart?

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Reg reader fires up Pi-powered anti-cat garden sprinkler system

DuncanL
Joke

This seems like a better solution...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQDy-5IQvuU

;-)

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Brit celebs' homes VANISH from Google's Street View

DuncanL

Re: But, but, but...

That's a brilliant demonstration of the Streisand Effect in effect!

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India’s Karbonn launches £26 Android phone

DuncanL

Misreading of the title made me think of Marvin The Martian...

"There's supposed to be an Earth shattering Kaboom!"

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KA-BOOOM! Boffins blow up mountain to make way for telescope

DuncanL

Re: wot?

No video? Apart from the one linked from the article you mean?....

http://new.livestream.com/ESOAstronomy/eeltgroundbreaking/videos/54317715

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Japanese finally produce a ROBOT which isn't DEAD INSIDE

DuncanL

Looks like...

...a very expensive tablet display stand?

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Waterfront flats plan for IBM's UK HQ as housing market goes bananas

DuncanL

For IBM staffers

it would bring a whole new meaning to working from home...

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Welcome to Heathrow Terminal, er, Samsung Galaxy S5

DuncanL

Re: I'm so worried

And I'm so worried about whether I should go on...

Or whether I shouldn't just stop

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Peak thumb drive is coming in 2016

DuncanL

Re: large thumb drives are bad mmmkay

USB 3 drives are your friend - USB 2 and a 32gig stick are indeed a match made in hell.

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UK.gov chucks £28m at F1 tech for buses and diggers plan

DuncanL
Joke

Cue the bus fans complaining...

...about how the change in engine sound has ruined the sound of the N2 as it goes up Westow Hill!

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WOW! Google invents the DIGITAL WATCH: What a time to be alive

DuncanL

Re: power

The charging is almost certainly via wireless (Qi); so the idea will be that you just dump the watch on your bedside table with a charging pad (along with your smartphone and smart glasses...) and don't worry about pro-actively charging it.

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Plusnet goes titsup for spectacular hour-long wobble

DuncanL

Re: DNS

Sounds like a possible explanation. As anecdotal evidence to back that up; I've been working from home all day on my Plusnet and it's been exactly the same as usual - but I use the Google DNS.

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Snap! Nokia's gyro stabilised camera tech now on open market

DuncanL

Re: Comparing the camera cost to headphones isn't very helpful

Ah - I assumed it was a complete camera unit. Ta!

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DuncanL

Comparing the camera cost to headphones isn't very helpful

Surely a better comparison would be to a standard phone camera component? So we know whether the new one is twice\three\fifteen times as expensive as the part it replaces in a design.

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I've seen the future of car radio - and DAB isn't in it

DuncanL

Re: In 2014?! A new service "offering" 48Khz?!?!?

Sorry; as others have pointed out I made a typo - I meant 48kb/s, not 48Khz

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DuncanL

In 2014?! A new service "offering" 48Khz?!?!?

Are you stone cold barking mad? That must sound like sticking your head in a goldfish bowl. Even with the latest in psycho-acoustic magic there's not enough data there.

For a site that like to bash DAB as often as possible for it's "quantity over quality" approach (and coverage, and cost and anything else...); praising something that poor seems odd.

Plus at least with DAB (and analogue) it's "pay once" and you're done. With this you're forking out hundreds of pounds a year for the privilege of appalling quality sound.

Just connect your MP3 player full of high-quality rips\purchases and be done with it all.

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Ofcom: UK beats the US... in race to buy online tat

DuncanL

"we're used to getting parcels delivered to our homes"

And it gives us a chance to have a good moan about how crap delivery companies are - HDN\Yodel\Hermes name your villain of choice!

And there's nothing us Brits like more than a moan on a forum! ;-)

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World's OLDEST human DNA found in leg bone – but that's not the only boning going on...

DuncanL

Re: African or European?

Denisovan?

Well, I didn't vote for him.

There's some lovely filth over here!

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KRAKOOM! iPad Air EXPLODES in FIREBALL, terrified fanbois FLEE Apple store

DuncanL

"therefore a bit rubbish when you remember how exciting the first one was all those years ago"

I have no fruity devices and no interest in an "fanboi" groupings, but that does seem a bit of a daft dismissal of a device that will sell millions. Surely that's true for just about anything ever - the first version is the game changer; everything that follows are merely refinements

The latest Ford Escort is just a bit better version of a Ford Model T, but plenty of people are still interested in them and certainly doesn't make them "a bit rubbish".

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Japanese pussies slurp 'meow meow' sex wine

DuncanL

Defeats Google translate...

in an amusing fashion...

"It is after it has ended up pussy get along two people in bed, in a dose"

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Windows Phone 8 INFLATED by Microsoft ... to satisfy lonely phablets

DuncanL

Re: 1080

Not where I live. Every HDTV I have ever seen is 1080P.

I think JDX means that HDTV as provided by Freeview and Sky is only transmitted as 1080i (for bandwidth reasons and most people don't notice the difference). Almost all displays are 1080p capable, it's the source material that's generally below par. The only real source of 1080p is Bluray.

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