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HTC One M8: Reg man takes spin in Alfa Romeo of smartphone world

Hairy Spod

Re: Hmm on the Alfa analogy

I've always thought of HTC as more SAAB than Alfa

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GNOME 3.12: Pixel perfect ... but homeless

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FAIL

Re: DOS

No,

They havent open sourced it, it has been made available to look at and study, it hasnt been made open to any changes :-p

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Gr8, it's the new M8! Ideal for that celebrity funeral selfie

Hairy Spod

Re: Are they going to bother to advertise it like Samsung will the GS5?

Where does that myth come from?

I must have seen the jumping out of an plane skydiving and making a documentary on the phone advert for the One X about a million times after it was released a couple of years ago

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Hey, Glasshole: That cool app? It has turned you into a SPY DRONE

Hairy Spod

I'd like to think that the data usage of sending a picture every 10 seconds would show up somewhere. I'd certainly notice that on my phone.

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Win XP holdouts storm eBay and licence brokers, hiss: Give us all your Windows 7

Hairy Spod

Re: Viruses and malware

Anyone remember the updated mini clubman.....

At least British Leyland had the sense to continue updating the mechanicals of their original design along side that 'update'. Infact the original outlasted is successor by 20 years.

Does this make Microsoft bigger lumbering giant than BL?

Fact of the matter is that the UI used by XP and many of the non Unity/Gnome3 Linux desktop environments are pretty much close to the optimal for getting work done with a mouse and key board, if it aint broke dont fix it.

Give us something newer that appears a bit older please.

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Bill Gates-backed SOLAR POO RAYGUN COMMODE unveiled

Hairy Spod
FAIL

Ermm target market

"It's meant for users in hot equatorial areas where water is scarce and so, sadly, is proper sanitation in many cases."

Sorry to be an arse but most of the wettests places on the planet are on the equator, even in Africa, where for some reason most people assume that its really arid?

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Battery vendors push ultracapacitor wrappers to give Li-ions more bite

Hairy Spod

could you use this tech to give electric cars their own equivalent to a 'fast and the furious' style petrol nitro boost?

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Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked

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Re: I don't get it

I'm about to do a clean reinstall on my main hobby system after trying out almost all of the various desktops from what was initally a lubuntu but now has open box, unity, gnome, mate, xfce on top.

I'm no expert at apt getting stuff, but I have access tp google and use it where I can although I always seem to invevitibly break something. They work for a while, but I ended up installing loads of duplicate applications as part of the process (the prefferred programs for each varient) and my updates then go a a bit a iffy along with system stability.

Prolly going to stick to Xubuntu as I dont have a problem with the classic XP style desktop interface.

I REALLY like the way the older style desktops keep all the internet, multimedia, graphics etc groups seperate. Privacy issues aside I'd stick with Vanilla ubuntu if I didnt get frustrated finding what I want to launch. Even after messing with Linux for 2 or 3 years I cant remember the names all of all the programs and find 'quick launch' very irrirating.

I might give van

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Windows XP market share GROWS AGAIN, outstrips Win 8.1 surge

Hairy Spod
Windows

Or....

Could it just be that everyone is just dusting off their old laptops, reformatting and reinstalling them to factory fresh states and flogging (or trying to flog) them off quick on e-bay before the average punter on the street finally understands what is happening?

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Massive new AIRSHIP to enter commercial service at British dirigible base

Hairy Spod

Re: Question to someone sciencey.

For something that carries cargo measured in tonnes, I'm sure that there must be the potential to have something fairly hefty and/or a complex system for compressing and reusing the gas.

Surley it wouldnt need to compress it back into a liquid form or anything extreeme?

Perhaps come up with something that could dynamically alter the shape of the structure slightly from an efficient cylender shape to something more eleptical, just enough to keep the area of the envelope the same but reduce its overall volume to take the edge off of the bouyancy for loading and altitude control. You might be able to increase efficiency by doing that along side some of the other techniques that have been described.

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Frenchman eyes ocean domination with floating, mobile Bond villain lair

Hairy Spod

Re: "the only vessel in the world allowing […] long-term missions of the open sea and the abyss"

I think that's what the pressured living quarters below decks are all about. Presumably divers can spend more time diving and less time pressuring and despressurising?

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Hairy Spod
Boffin

turbine effect

Will someone with some understanding of aerodynamics kindly explain to me what effect the big wind turbine will have on free floating vessel in deep water?

Will it help to propel it along in the direction of the wind or resist against it?

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Another climate change myth DEBUNKED by proper climate scientists

Hairy Spod

is it not a bit simpler..

Green house effect = an increased amount of energy in the system.

More heat energy to dissapate and transfer around the globe would logically result in increased winds and storms

Surely that then limits the debate to arguments about how much more energy is in the system and where on the planet it's effects are most likely to be felt, not is it happening or not?

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Reports pump fuel into iCar gossip: Apple in 'talks' with Tesla

Hairy Spod

Re: iCar GS

Will I also suddenly find that after 2 service updates, that although my pride and joy now has new seat covers that it can now only out accelerate snails and asthmatic tortoises?

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Ninten-DOH! Japanese giant slashes Wii U sales forecasts by 70%

Hairy Spod

Dont write them off yet.

If Sony and Microsoft want their existing consoles to be in the market place for 10 years, but havent produced something that can generate high quality 4K moving (not static) images. Ninty could still end up smelling of roses by treating the U as a stop gap and releasing something rather more potent in 2 or 3 years.

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Bill Gates is once again the richest man on Earth

Hairy Spod

Worthless stats

Wealth in comparison to the GDP of Wales please..

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Brit inventors' GRAVITY POWERED LIGHT ships out after just 1 year

Hairy Spod

interesting but...

This looks like a good idea and I'm sure that there must be one, but could someone please tell me what's the advantage of this over existing wind up devices is?

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DON'T PANIC: No FM Death Date next month, minister confirms

Hairy Spod

Re: 50% of what?

dont worry it will take ages to get to 50% of all listeners.

10 + 10% is still only 11 people with a DAB set

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Mass Effect: Ten lightweight laptops that won’t bust your back

Hairy Spod

Re: How about some cheapies?

..and that allow you install a distro of your choice with the minimum of fuss

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The ULTIMATE cuppa showdown: And the winner is...

Hairy Spod

Re: Typhoo! WTF?

like the adverts from the 80s said, you only get an oo with Typhoo

lovely stuff

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Google RIPS aside curtain, exposes Nexus 5 phone, KitKat Android 4.4 coupling

Hairy Spod
Facepalm

Re: Of COURSE it has USB connector!!!!

if isnt apple and it didnt have USB you would have a VERY hard time charging it up!!!!!

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Google's leaky ship spills new Nexus 5 photos, $349 price tags all over web

Hairy Spod

Re: Why all the pixels

Whats wrong with it is the aspect ratio which helps define its dimensions and those dimensions don't fit inside a coat pocket. If you shrank one so that it could fit, it would just end up the size of an odd shaped phablet.

Widescreen tab like the Nexus fit nicely in your pocket and have the added bonus of being easier to hold with one hand.

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Billionaire vows to turn 007's Lotus Esprit into actual SUBMARINE CAR

Hairy Spod

Why so many comments about batteries and water. Its a submarine and most submarines run on batteries.

Its no crazier than having a car that has petrol in it, petrol that can burn in air.

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Price rises and power cuts by 2016? Thank the EU's energy policy

Hairy Spod

Re: It's great having ideals......... But we can't afford eat, heat or have a bath.

I'm pretty sure that the original fuel escalator and quite a few other environmental taxes and initiatives were actually brought in by Maggie and Major.

FWIW I still think they are good idea. We've known the framework for quite some time, surely someone worthy of their bonus can start to make plans based upon rather than around it.

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21st Century Elite remake to support Oculus Rift virtual reality rig

Hairy Spod
Megaphone

and while you are all waiting

Go and download oolite from http://www.oolite.org/

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Brits spend one in every 12 waking minutes online, say beancounters

Hairy Spod
Paris Hilton

I totally misread that opening line

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There's ONE country that really likes the iPhone 5c as well as the 5s

Hairy Spod

valid statistics?

Surely these statistics would only vailid if the 5S was available rather than sold out everywhere.

The difference might be down to a more limited supply of the 5S to Blighty and plenty of 5C availability and that a few dissapointed punters have temporarily settled for a 5C with an eye to selling it on at a later date rather than actual customer preference?

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Valve shows Linux love with SteamOS for gamers

Hairy Spod

only 10%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ummmmm dont most new consoles only launch with a teeny weeny handful of decent titles?

10% of Steams current collection equates to a pretty hefty number of decent launch titles in my eyes.

More and more games are being added to the Linux section of Steam all of the time. I believe that Steam are helping by providing conversion tools to developers to help speed up the process too.

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Star Wars revival secret: This isn't the celluloid you're looking for

Hairy Spod

laser disc

Is he going to go the whole hog and release the new films on laser disc too.

Actually it might be time for me to dig out my nice han shot first box set...

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Hairy Spod
Stop

Re: Future Digital

....apart from the actual resolution that you can achieve is limited by grain in the film. If you were talking about a larger frame size you might have a point, but he's talking about using 35mm stock film

Have you noticed how the whole film vs digital debate died out in the photography press several years ago.

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Bill Gates's barbed comments pop Google's broadband balloons

Hairy Spod

Re: Intelligence!

I'd rather be given one of Bill's mosquito nets than access to free wi fi for the afternoon.

And what's the point of knowing where the nearest clinic is if I cant afford to see the physician or buy any medicine.

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Smartwatch makers: You need apps to beat Apple

Hairy Spod

Re: Optional

As a bloke the best reason for me and my pebble so far....

Not missing text messages and calls from the wife, or on night out from one of the lads who is trying to find out where we are.

If my phone is in a jacket or sometimes even my jeans I cant always notice it, especially if I'm moving around a lot or somewhere noisey even when its on vibrate.

I can also discretely see the first bit of any message on my phone and tell if its worth rooting around to get out my phone which is especially useful when you are somewhere really busy and getting jostled around (think football, very busy trains, concerts or bars etc)

I expect it would be even more useful for the types of ladies who would have a phone in a handbag or a clutch bag.

As far charging issues, once a week is no hardship given I have to charge my connected smart phone at least every two days

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Nissan to enter 300 kmh electric car in Le Mans endurance race

Hairy Spod

Re: The questions remain ...

also forgot the ecological impact of the airforce bases, fighter jets, carriers etc stationed in the middle east to help insure supply..

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Hairy Spod

Re: Knee-Jerking...

I'm not so sure on the sound point.

When I went to Le mans a few years ago, at the speeds they go at for most of the race the petrol cars just make a lound piercing noise, the diesels on the other hand made an amazing and very cool Star Wars pod racer esk wub wub wub wub noise sounding nothing at all like my mrs's Focus diesel .

I'd be very interested to see what kind of sound the high speed leccy cars would make when thrown into the mix and are either over taking or being overtaken by the other types. I think it will really add to the overall spectacle next year.

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YES, Xbox One DOES need internet, DOES restrict game trading

Hairy Spod
Alert

I'm bracing myself for a thousand downvotes here, but is it just me that thinks that this actually sounds more flexible than Steam?

You know Steam which most people seem to love on their PC's why should it be any different on your console?

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NASA: Trip to Mars would exceed 'fatal cancer' radiation risk

Hairy Spod

shields

I know that Star Trek shield would be out of the question, and I expect that the answer to this next question is no but.....

If we are protected by the earths magnetic field, could a similar one be created by some form of electro magnet?

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Review: Sony Xperia SP

Hairy Spod

@@ auburnman

at roundabout the same time that they started packing higher specced screens and similar processing abilities to laptops from a couple of years ago.

all this with comms abilty and some miniaturisation chucked in for free!

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Firefox 21 ships with performance-profiling Health Report

Hairy Spod
Meh

I know it wasnt the first, but thinking back, I was pretty happy with Netscape 6/7 or whatever number it was where they introduced tabs and smaller navigation buttons (before firefox took over where they left off).

I've only ever upgraded my browsers to stop nag messages or for better (or hopefully better) security since then

These days I switch between Chrome, Firefox, and IE on a variety of different machines without fuss. Although I'm sure something very important happens in the back ground of every release, I cant think of any new feature that any web browser has introduced that I use on a daily basis since the days of Netscape.

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Review: Renault Zoe electric car

Hairy Spod
FAIL

Re: @thegrouch

erm no.

The draw back of fossil fuels is that that they still generate power when there in no demand for them at say 3am. Although they can be turned down a little coal fired stations keep runnning at night because it takes ages for them to get up to temeprature and generate power ready for peak demand.

A hydro plant on the other hand can be stopped at night, you can even happily let the water level behind the dam start to build up and then turn them on almost at at the flick of switch at times of peak demand.

A lot of electrity that is currently generated at night is wasted. Cars being charged overnight would actually help minimise waste by evening out the demand for power!

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Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

Hairy Spod
Coat

I've always thought Pitch Black was underrated as a serious film and as a reflection on society. (Possibly because of it's lead actor)

I also like Starship Troopers and Robocop, even though they might be accused of visually catering for the lowest common denominators they have some clever themes and relections on the direction of society and the media too.

Am I on my own?

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Twenty classic arcade games

Hairy Spod

Golden age of racing games

Its all very well putting in chase HQ, but surely the golden age of racing games was the 90's when you could finally race your mates on two player with a bit of force feedback in the steering wheel. Sega rally for my money.

And how about bit of puzzle bobble in the students union anyone?

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O2 pops out vital new feature: Making phone calls from phones

Hairy Spod

erm thats exactly what it does!!

I have very little O2 coverage in my house, but thanks to installing Tu Go over the weekend and linking my phone to my own wifi I can make and receive calls/text messages.

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Nexus 1 put in orbit to prove 'in space, no one can hear you scream'

Hairy Spod

A stupid question....

Even if sound isn't heard up in space, given the lack of other vibration sources and that the movement of the speaker cant be transferred into any air.... I wonder would the microphone be able to pick up the vibrations created by the speaker as they go through the phone?

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Ubuntu? Fedora? Mint? Debian? We'll find you the right Linux to swallow

Hairy Spod
Linux

guide for

"If you've ever thought about abandoning Windows or Mac OS X for Linux, but stopped short because you weren't sure which variety of Linux to choose, this guide is for you."

Any guide like this needs to take more time explaining the relationship between the distro and the desktop. It took me an embarresing length of time to even figure out what Gnome or KDE were and why the different distros worked so differently when I first tried Linux a couple of years ago.

Although the article mentions many by name goes on to mention some of their features, it doesnt really say enough about what they are and how they seem different to a good guide to a beginner.

Apple and Windows users dont have a choice of desktop environment so it's a fairly alien concept to majority of casual users these days

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Classic game 'Elite' returns … on Kickstarter

Hairy Spod

Re: Big disappointment

There's also the issue of Oolite being open source. I'm assuming that David wants to make a few quid out of this..

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Virgin Media's blighted SuperHub NOW comes with extra squeal (oink)

Hairy Spod
FAIL

Re: Mine does this, and has done since day one

does sticking it in modem mode mean that you don’t need a noisy power supply anymore?

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UK electric car funding - another subsidy for the RICH, say MPs

Hairy Spod

no, don't get started on fuel cells.

Fuel cell devleopment schemes are just a way for rich and poor tax payers alike to support large industrial giants to produce limited runs of technically feasible but massively prohibitively expensive vehicles that can never be mass market..... which suits them rather well as in the mean time they can keep selling you normal cars and masses of spare parts.

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Boffin named Jubb to fire whopping hybrid thruster

Hairy Spod

Re: Not the first

and i think it also had 3 wheels not 4 which I also think makes it ineligible for the land speed title as its currently defined.

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Viewsonic 22in Android 'tablet' hands-on review

Hairy Spod

on a wall with reciepe widget on one side and with a tv widget and/or twitter/facebook/news feeds on the other side of the screen this could make up part of one very cool kitchen...

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Ten movies inspired by video games

Hairy Spod

Re: I kinda liked...

I liked that Wing Commander film, if only because they resused the cockpits and bodys of my all time favourite jet fighter the BAC lightning as props!

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