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5284 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Here's the $4.99 utility that might just have saved Windows 8

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Re: Worked for me

Maybe MS will just buy it and make available as a powertool or whatever they call those things.

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The DIY spy-in-the-sky: From kites to octocopters

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A bit hard to legislate that, unless local councils decide individually somehow?

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Draganflyer X-4

They also don't seem to list a price, and since they are keen to point out it's cheap compared to a plane, I guess it's not cheap at all.

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BAN SMUT, rage MEPs: Purpose of internet must be EXTERMINATED

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Well there's a surprise

IT workers outraged at idea of banning porn :)

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>>it's based on the idea that all pornography is male abuse of women

No it isn't. It's based on the idea that this is an accurate GENERALISATION. In the same way that saying "women earn less than men in the UK" doesn't precude some women earning more than most men.

So you have to decide if the generalisation is a load of BS or not.

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World's 'smallest' mobe unveiled in Japan

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One 6th the size?

A 1" screen is not 1/6 the size of a 6" screen.

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Holy crap! EMC gives Vatican Library 2.8PB to store manuscripts

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Re: 150MB per page!?

Even so that's a lot assuming compression is used. I suppose it's not simply "you may not always be sure that's an "e" and not an "G"" but being able to zoom in and look at the type of ink/paper/whatever.

Cool project anyway.

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Reg readers brew up the ultimate cuppa

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Re: @JDX

>>Let's be honest: If you're drinking less than half a dozen, then you don't really have any grounds for lecturing us pros on how we should be doing it.

On that logic I can't know anything about whisky unless I drink at least a half dozen drams a day? Or about sex unless I do it six times a day?

as Eadon would say, LOGIC FAIL

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Re: Brewing time

It depends if you want it to taste of tea, or just tannin. Maybe the problem is your taste buds' sensitivity.

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Re: It all depends on the water!

I believe that the big companies tweak their product depending where in the country it is being sold?

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Re: Brewing Time

Why would you feed tea to pigs, it has little nutritional value.

I guess Tetley is the Coldplay of tea... actually nothing wrong with it but it's cool to jump on the bandwagon and express loathing towards it.

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3-4min

Meh. 30s of gentle agitation - don't mash the bag but keep it moving - does the same thing. Or using the string if it's that type of tea-bag.

Pyramidal bags are scientifically proven to infuse a LOT faster than regular ones too.

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SimCity 3000

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Re: Dons cynical hat

Yes, it's almost like they're doing a series on SimCity, thinking it might be of interest to reminisce on the dawn of the new game.

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Re: Dons cynical hat

You mean like a new game has reminded the writers to go back and reminisce about the classic ones?

How very dare they.

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I never placed 3000 even though I loved 2000. Does it use proper 3D meaning I can run it at a decent resolution on a modern PC?

also, wikipedia says "A version of SimCity 3000, known simply as SimCity for iPhone, was released in 2011 for the iPhone and iPod Touch"

If anyone can confirm it runs well on W7 I am going to find a copy on eBay!

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Google to offer 'same-day delivery' Amazon Prime killer - report

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Re: O happy day...

If you feel so bad about it than rather than boycotting them, why don't you buy from amazon, work out the CT they haven't paid and therefore lowered their prices by, and then give it to HMRC directly (yes they do accept donations).

I'm guessing the reason why not is that you're a hypocrite who is happy to be outraged and moralistic about others, as long as it doesn't hurt their own pocket.

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I thought Amazon were already on schedule (in the US) to have free same day delivery as standard in major cities, by having massive warehouses?

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Sounds messy

So I have to search a whole list of shops for the product I want, then check if the cheapest is part of Google Express, then order? If it is delayed or doesn't turn up, who do I chase up?

Whereas with Amazon I just go to their site, order it and chase Amazon if there is an issue, and they will undoubtedly ship a replacement immediately, rather than wait to see where the original turns up.

I find Google product search is pretty annoying to start with, but maybe that's just my shopping habits.

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Re: Free delivery better

Nope. Everything arrives next day or the day after depending when I order.

Although I will say their free delivery is pretty good, way better than play.com.

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Next Windows 8 version can ditch bits of Metro

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Server 2012 uses Metro.

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Re: The headline sounded better than it was.

Why would you think they're not already working on W9?

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I like the Kinect bit

That could be kinda cool on an embedded system if it works well.

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Re: Making Windows 8 look like Windows 7 isn't a climbdown?

>>Making Windows 8 look like Windows 7 isn't a climbdown?

How is disabling some W8 features making it like W7? They aren't putting the start-button back, just disabling features to stop people being able to run up applications.

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Microsoft about-face: Office 2013 license IS transferable now

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Re: Too late

Good to know you're making decisions rationally James. The facts change but your decision doesn't, way to run a business based on spite and emotion.

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Saving face maybe, but many big corporations would just stick their feet in the mud and their fingers in their ears and ignore the complaints. So, well done MS, I guess. Sort of. Ish.

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'Million-strong' zombie army devours Raspberry Pi's crunchy base

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Probably because Pi is using the 'wrong' Linux variant or something equally heinous.

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Review: Toshiba Satellite U920T Ultrabook

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Re: How to judge Win 8 popularity

How true. So many people deliberately won't learn how to use the bloody Ribbon so they can complain it's too difficult, while their parents struggle for an hour or two and then get on with it.

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Re: I tried it, finally

What are you messing about with the GUI for anyway? Aren't you a proper server guy?

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Re: Fugly..

I'm sorry, _Linux_ users are complaining about an OS that doesn't come perfectly tuned to their needs out of the box, and benefits from customisation?! Isn't that exactly the kind of thing you love doing on a Saturday night?

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Eeew

The back side of the tablet looks horrendous from those photos.

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iPhone 5S and lower-cost sibling coming this summer?

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Re: Still with the tincy-wincy liddle screen?

Why would they have to fragment? They could release the iPhone5 resolution on a bigger screen or the iPad mini resolution on a smaller one.

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Re: Yawn...

A bit like Samsung then.

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IT'S HERE: Seagate ships 'affordable' desktop hybrid drive

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Re: "affordable"

Definitely a subject worthy of swear words.

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Tesco: Every little (effort to kill Amazon, Spotify) helps

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Re: Not a chance this will work out for Tesco

I think you're 2nd point is a load of BS. Club card is entirely to make sure you always shop at Tesco not at competitors. They wouldn't put all those deals together for 4X voucher value if getting you to spend the vouchers in-store was their main gambit.

Rather they are much cleverer, and get people hooked to using vouchers as the foundation for their dining out... always buy Tesco 'cos it means we get to eat out for free.

And I'm not sure your first point is much cop either. Amazon is a massive hit in the UK, as is Tesco itself outside the traditional groceries.

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Re: Steam

>>but only "view" one movie at a time.

So now I need an always-on internet connection to view my downloaded content on the move? It's almost like it's more complicated than you naively imagine.

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Re: Meanwhile, Amazon screws the creators

That's ok, nobody wanted to read your books anyway. Which is what's going to happen if you don't go through a big reseller :)

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Re: @Lunatik re Tesco haters

Why Tesco hating rather than Sainsbury or Amazon... Amazon now corner the market in pretty much everything BUT perishable groceries!

Wonder if we'll ever see an Amazon supermarket!

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Re: Greed

Ha.

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Re: Greed

It's about as greedy as you expecting a pay-rise. Seriously, is there some connection between being left-wing and being blindingly stupid?

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Yawn

Blinkbox has some attractive deals and tie-ins (Dominos IIRC) but the service is just not very good IMO. But then, any provider who doesn't have a PS3 app is automatically shot down in my view.

A Tesco MP3/ebook store can't hurt but I think Amazon/Apple have this one sewn up even against Tesco in the UK.

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Re: more Tesco digital stuff

Yeah you wouldn't want low quality bits would you? <rollseyes/>

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Microsoft Surface Pro will land in UK in WEEKS*

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Re: An injection moulded magnesium chassis?

>>There's distinctly more chance of a lithium fire causing a magnesium fire than there is of a couple of protons causing planetary annihalation.

In the same way that there is more chance of being struck by lightning than the LHC destroying the planet. If you get your device into a situation it could catch fire, you already have enough problems.

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Re: DO NOT BUY - Unavoidable limited life

Any component has a limited life.

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Re: An injection moulded magnesium chassis?

In the same way that we shouldn't run the LHC in case it creates a planet-sucking black hole.

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Re: A very expensive mobile computing solution

>>And 80GB is a tiny amount if you are working with modern software and images.

Then it's odd the W7 PC I use 8+ hours a day for my job as a software developer as well as for miscellaneous home PC user stuff is only up to 120Gb after 4 whole years, including all the old git/svn working copies lying around, my personal music collection, and all the crud copied from my last desktop "in case I might need it".

I repeat, you should not be storing everything on your surface in the first place, therefore 80Gb is loads of space... considering most tablets are 16/32Gb it should be pretty blindingly obvious that even 50Gb of free space is plenty, and therefore the couple of GB you lose for a Linux install is hardly a problem... surely your Linux/Win partitions can share files or you could even install Linux on a bootable SD or something along those lines.

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Re: Dell have beaten them to it

Why does anyone want to spend £1k on an ultrabook?

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Microsoft finally ships Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7

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Re: Everything is now Square.

I installed IE10 on Win7. It looks exactly like IE9 to me.

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Need an army of killer zombies? Yours for just $25 per 1,000 PCs

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Re: So...

So you want to make people think Linux is malware by installing it on their PCs via a botnet? Great thinking.

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per day, week, what?

Does this mean one could hire compromised PCs for legitimate distributed computing work more cheaply than EC2?!

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Flexy 'iWatch' glass said to be three years away

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3 years?

Just because Apple have a patent on a bendy watch doesn't mean they are only making bendy watches. After all, people have been making rugged glass-fronted watches for quite a while.

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