* Posts by Lamont Cranston

1293 posts • joined 27 Apr 2010

Vinyl-fetish hipsters might just have a point

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Damn, that was an annoying trick!

Almost as bad was the trick of hiding tracks before the first, so you had to skip the CD down to -1, or whatever, which wasn't always possible, depending on hardware.

If it's something worth hearing, include it on the album proper - if not, just leave it off, and save it for a b-side.

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Carphone Warehouse, Dixons embroiled in £3.7bn merger rumour

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I was in Carphone Warehouse, during lunch,

where the staff were refereshingly non-pushy ("you could buy this, but you probably wouldn't like it") - how are they going to explain this to the Currys sales-droids?

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How Google's Android Silver could become 'Wintel for phones'

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Silver-certified handsets for the wealthy (fighting it out with Apple),

Cyanogenmod-certified handsets for the techie. Nokia can probably pick-up the remainder (poor people and non-conformists need phones too!).

Sounds OK to me, particularly the part that promises death to the Android overlays.

Not hard to imagine it all going catastrophically wrong, though.

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OUCH... right in the Androids! Google hit by another antitrust sueball

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"...not achieved this monopoly through offering a better search engine"

Except that's exactly how Google made its way to a monopoly position. I wouldn't argue against the case that Google is cementing its position by having its own services baked in to Android (in much the same way as Microsoft tied Windows to Internet Explorer), but Google became number one in search by being better at it than everyone else.

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Behold! World's smallest 3D-printer pen Lix artists into shape – literally

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Kids might well love this.

But how am I supposed to attach a 3d sketch to the fridge?

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Stone the crows, Bouncer! BT defends TV recorder upgrade DELETION snafu

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Re: I have a silver one

If it weren't for its dependance on an approved internet connection, I'd have liked to have kept my old silver Vision box. Much better than everything I've used since. Massive, though!

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Re: TVHeadEnd

I might have to give this another go (tried to get it going on my old Mint box, but the tuner card wouldn't play nice with Linux), as I've been using RaspMC to watch ripped DVDs and it really is a very nice piece of software. Every Freeview box/PVR that I've used has sufficient faults to put me off ever purchasing another one (I really want to like the TVonics box that I bought a couple of years ago, but it's depressingly prone to freezing up).

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Quid-a-day Reg nosh posse chap faces starvation diet

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Re: Think 3rd world...

Not in the UK, they don't! No guns (for the most part), bow and arrow is illegal for hunting purposes, and we're not allowed to run things over on purpose. That only leaves trapping, and most of us wouldn't know where to start.

Anyone fancy wrestling a deer to death?

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Re: I often

Take some of the stuff out of your freezer, and eat it for lunch? Unless you're stockpiling for the inevitable collapse of society...

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Google Glass teardown puts rock-bottom price on hardware

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Re: Does it matter?

Finding out what is inside the device, and what they cost, is just curiosity - there's no harm in looking. I think it was made pretty clear in the article that the determination of the BOM was not a passing of judgement on the retail price.

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Google in NOT EVIL shocker: Bins student email ad scanning

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It's bad enough that my Council Tax gets spent on local schools,

now the ad revenue that I generate for Google is being spent on them, too!

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Google forges a Silver bullet for Android, aims it at Samsung's heart

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Re: storm in a tea-cup (@ M Gale)

I'd contend that a great many people neither know, nor care, which version of Android their device is running. After 2-3 years, their contract renews, and they get a new handset from their network operator.

Conversely, the subset of the population that posts on these forums, is probably very interested. Pop the Silver brand on a low end Galaxy, and ask me to pony up a few extra quid in return for a less shit phone - I'd be interested!

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BBC hacks – tweet the crap out of the news, cries tech-dazzled Trust

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Re: Actually...

Was encouraging "answers on a postcard" part of a sinister plot to put money in the pocket of the Royal Mail?

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Re: Tabloid

I make a point of not watching TV news, as I almost always end up angry about something when I do, so prefer to get mine from the radio (probably due to the style of reporting, I dunno). This preference for radio is probably why, if I do choose to watch TV news, I'd much rather have a sensible presenter/reporter, talking about the subject, rather than a whizzy infographic. If BBC News goes infographic-heavy, it's basically losing its USP, at least in my eyes.

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Dell charges £5 to switch on power-saving for new PCs (it takes 5 clicks)

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Re: OH NOES THINK OF THE CHILDREN

I think my opinion of car mechanics has been soured, ever since I bought a Service Plan from Ford. Everytime I took the car in for its service, they would offer to top up the washer fluid (for some extravagant fee). Anyone who has bothered to look under the bonnet, would know that there is no need for this, so I can only assume that Ford, like Dell in this case, were seeking to profit off of the ignorance of their customers by carrying out unnecessary work. I'm not a massive fan of that sort of practice, and so am generally in favour of the light of publicity being shone on such things, so that the general public may become more aware.

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Re: OH NOES THINK OF THE CHILDREN

Yes, and when the mechanically ignorant take their car to the mechanic, and he makes up a load of unnecessary work to bill them for, they should be happy to pay because it's good for the economy.

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DeSENSORtised: Why the 'Internet of Things' will FAIL without IPv6

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Re: the lightbulb moment...

Couldn't help but assume that we're all going to get so fat that reaching up to flick the lightswitch will be beyond us, and that the (IPv6 compatible) lightbulb will automatically order a replacement for itself when it's about to die - and then you'll find out exactly how many technicians it takes to change a lightbulb.

Wall-E was a documentary, right?

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TalkTalk's catch-up telly fib silenced by ad watchdog

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Re: a catchup for Dave?

Sure there is - Dave the next day/week/month/year, until the end of time.

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Re: Hang on.

It'd be nice to think that a collaborative effort, like the YouView consortium, could get their act together and tag the relevant content for local recording.

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Re: Hang on.

Thanks for clearing that up, Lazlo. Looks like I'm going to have to side with TalkTalk on this - the complainants are idiots.

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Hang on.

If YouView doesn't give you access to iPlayer/itvPlayer/4OD/Demand5 via scrolling back through the EPG, what does it do?

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Zuck talks up mobile shift as Facebook money mill rolls on

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Someone must be clicking on all those ads.

Not likely to be anyone from here, though.

Judging by the ads I get served up, facebook appears to have moved on from "you're looking to get laid" to "you're fat". Can't say I'm particularly delighted by their profiling of me.

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Happy 25th birthday, Game Boy!

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Re: latency of the LCD screen

This is a good point. I got hold of my sister-in-law's old GameBoy, a couple of years back, with the intent of giving it to the kids - ditched it sharpish when I found that playing Mario (or anything that involved moving scenery) just turned the screen into an indistinct blur.

Having read the comments on here, I'm starting to wonder if I could have done something to make it better, now. Ho hum.

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Slip your finger in this ring and unlock your backdoor, phone, etc

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NFC enabled door locks sound great,

until you get locked in/out during a powercut.

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Dell Wyse Cloud Connect: Pocket Android desktop

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Even as a lower-power corporate desktop

a Pi seems like a better choice.

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NORKS' own smartmobe pegged as Chinese landfill Android

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Jelly Bean with no TouchWiz-style overlay?

I'd buy that for a Won!

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Wookiee! CHEWIE'S BACK in Star Wars Ep VII – blab Hollywood 'sources'

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Help me, Mr Farrage,

you're my only hope.

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Re: Cherchez les geeks

I made sure to inflict Star Wars upon my spawn at an early age (mainly through Lego videogames, they're not all that bothered about the films). Any child who can pick up a long stick and not immediately start making "zumm... wumm" noises, well, that's not childhood at all, in my opinion.

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"one ... will be the offspring of original stars Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker"

You can keep your slashfic, thanks.

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Google kills fake anti-virus app that hit No. 1 on Play charts

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Re: Nerdy tweaks etc... Mostly have a place

Upvote for Fix Broken Power Button - lifesaver when my Desire S had this problem. Turned out to be a "known issue", and the fix was to upgrade from Gingerbread to ICS. I like HTC handsets, but that was a bit of a glaring flaw.

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Puking! protester! forces! Yahoo! 'techie! scum!' to! ride! vile! bile! barf! bus! to! work!

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Re: "simply market forces in action"

I'd agree that it's the landlords who are to blame, for upping their rents, but I don't see the "trickle down" argument.

If you're living in rented accomodation, and earning minimum wage from Starbucks, when the rent goes up, you'll be out on your ear. Starbucks might do very well out of selling lattes to the incoming "techie scum", but I doubt that they'll be "trickling down" the profits to you.

Maybe the protesters are picking on the big corps, because the big corps have the resources necessary to behave in a socially responsible fashion? They could picket the landlords, but I doubt they'll give them back their houses.

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Three daddy Hutch has no interest in O2

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Can I take issue with the notion that Three are "well run"?

All their customer facing staff appear to be a bunch of cowboys.

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BlackBerry sucker-punches TV star Ryan Seacrest in patent brawl

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Given that BBM is available on non-BB handsets,

maybe BB are about to release their own keyboard add-on for other manufacturers' handsets?

Even if that is the case, this "we own the concept of QWERTY keyboards for mobiles" smacks somewhat of sour grapes.

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OkCupid falls out of love with 'anti-gay' Firefox, tells people to see other browsers

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Re: Product != CEO

@Hollerith 1

I'd really like to upvote this more than once.

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Candy Crush King sees IPO go sour as stock price heads south

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Re: $7Bn? Really?

I don't think anyone would be surprised to learn that the stock market is rigged.

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Life support turned off: NHS Direct dies silent, undignified death

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Re: Fitting.

It was a nice idea, but would almost invariably advise the user to contact a health professional, as it had to err on the side of caution. Told me I was having a heart attack, once (I had cold).

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No Notch niche: Minecraft man in rift with Oculus after Facebook gobble

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Re: Thanks Notch

I remember playing some VR game at the Trocadero, towards the end of the 90's. Looked like crap and gave me a headache, much like 3D gaming did when I tried it out on an Xbox360.

Bah, and indeed, humbug.

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Ancient telly, check. Sonos sound system, check. OMG WOAH

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I'd like to upgrade from the speakers in my TV.

I've owned a couple of Philips Home Cinema (DVD player + 5.1) set-ps, each of which has died an ignominious death (and frustrated me with the cabling). Pretty sure a £600 soundbar, that needs extra hardware to actually get hold of the audio, isn't the answer I was looking for!

Nice to see I'm not the only curmudgeon, with a wallet full of moths, on the forum today.

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Improbable: YOU gave model Lily Cole £200k for her Impossible.com whimsy-site

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Re: In a nutshell

Celebrities can be very useful, if they ally themselves with a charity or a cause - they're most likely invaluable when it comes to raising the profile of said cause, and encouraging the masses to donate/get involved.

But then we make the mistake of assuming that they know what they're talking about, and they seldom do.

Matt Damon was interviewed on the radio, recently, in his capacity as the token celebrity for a water charity, and he was refreshingly honest about his involvement, deferring to the charity head on the details, and admitting that he's baiscally just there to put a pretty face on it all.

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Android update process gives malware a leg-up to evil: Indiana U

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Re: theoretical non-event

My Desire S went from Gingerbread to ICS, but this wasn't over the air, and it wiped the phone in the process. My wife's Xperia Mini never got off of Gingerbread.

I won't claim that these two phones are representative, but they do balance out your examples.

My Nexus 7 gets all the updates, and I slightly regret letting KitKat on.

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Move over Microsoft: RealNetworks has a GOOGLE problem

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Re: Wow, RealPlayer.

Quite. I assumed that consumer stopped using RealPlayer because it was awful, and likewise content providers stopped using RealNetworks' proprietary formats because consumers didn't want to use RealPlayer (because it was awful).

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Virtual reality? Two can play THAT GAME, says Sony: New headset revealed for the PS4

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@Vector

Yup, something like the Matrix might work, as it removes all that "wearing silly headgear and flailing about" business. Still not convinced that a move to totally immersive gaming is actually desireable, though.

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Re: A few problems with these things

I'd hope Sony would know better than to promise that which isn't technically acheiveable (remember the hype around the PS2 promising "movie quality visuals"?), but I think the biggest problem with the whole VR-helmet idea is that nobody want one.

Cue flood of comments explaining that they do, in fact, want one. Just remember, if you're wearing a VR-helmet, you'll look like a helmet.

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Whitehall and Microsoft thrashing out 1-year NHS WinXP lifeline

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Re: "such a project would cost and take decades"

And there we have it. No government is going to spend all that cash now, only for a completely different government to reap the benefits (or have the whole thing crash and burn, again), unless they're sufficiently ideologically invested, I suppose (the Tories aren't, and Labour won't want a repear of last time - *cough cough* NPfiT *cough cough*).

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@JurassicPark

Just because NPfiT was a massive cock-up (let's throw more money at Accenture, et al.!), doesn't mean that it had to be.

Whilst I was quite glad to see the back of it, I don't think that it was a bad idea in principle, just very poorly handled.

As for green screens and UNIX-based PAS systems, they went out of fashion at the turn of the century (see, it's cutting edge in the NHS!).

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Xenon: Bitmap Brothers' (mega)blast from the past

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Re: Namco Xevious

Thank you - I know I played Zenon (or at least watched it on the telly!), but I never owned it. Thank you for reminding me what I did have a copy of!

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MPs urge UK.gov to use 1950s obscenity law to stifle online stiffies

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As one of the few people on this forum

who was broadly in favour of the "default filtering" proposal (which still hasn't been enabled on my BT broadband - I really must find the password and find out how to turn it on for myself), even I think our MPs are getting a bit carried away, now.

Whilst I appreciate the availability of universal filtering (even if it is a bit crap/easily bypassed/not actually switched on), that's enough - I've no desire to devolve all responsibility for my children's wellbeing to the state. Boys will be boys, so they're going to get to the porn eventually, but I'd rather they weren't encouraged to half-inch my credit card at the same time.

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Think drone delivery is hot air? A BREWERY just proved you wrong

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Winter lager?

I don't think I want to know what that is.

Can we have a proper beer icon, please?

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NZ bloke's drunken poker bet ends in 99-letter name

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Re: Worra laff

Lovely. My middle name (and that of my first born) are taken from my paternal grandfather. Your son gets his from his mother's birth canal.

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Takeaway order spewer Just Eat plans to raise £100 MEEELLION in IPO

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On the small number of occassions that I've used them,

I've found it to be a handy service. I do worry that they're just leaching money away from independant businesses, but I do appreciate the convenience of not having to try to make myself understood over the phone (I've not the greatest diction, so getting the wrong order is not unknow).

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