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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

davemcwish

Re: A good whine

Don't forget your £1600 1m ethernet cable

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My work-from-home setup's better than the office. It's GLORIOUS

davemcwish

Chicken Choking

Is this a dig by a sub-editor who knows Storagebod's behaviours when 'working from home' ?

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Yes! New company smartphones! ... But I don't WANT one

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Too much selection...

Looking at the current offerings, albeit from an end/personal user I can understand Trevor's position. Being a 4s user I've got locked into the iTunes/iOS app ecosystem so changing would be difficult but not impossible. I've been very happy and to be honest, apart from the lack of storage (yes I'd like more than 64Gb) and my use case changing towards needing a bigger screen (I mainly use it as a small portable tablet with a phone attached) a slightly larger screen would help. Given that it would be a single device a large phablet (e..g Sony Xperia Z Ultra) would be too large; 5" would probably be sufficient.Other than that there's nothing currently out their that has a compelling case for me to change; even if it breaks, a 4s from fleabay, where I got my corrent one from, would be the obvious choice dependent on 5s availability/cost. I don't really see a compelling vision to move to the Android ecosystem.

As others have said, the win pc/laptop market lost traction as it got to maturity with functionality broadly similar with very little differentiation other than the case, badge and screen size. I suspect that the handset is getting to a similar position much quicker and I can't really see what the next big jump will be.

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Sandisk breaks 128GB barrier with new $199 MICROSD card

davemcwish

Re: "The Cloud"

The utility/service model, with costs for 100Gb are ~$10/month, is the one the industry wants you to have with its ongoing payments, uncertain terms and conditions and dubious privacy policy. Had I a non fruity device that could make use of external cards I would use them, not just because I don't trust the cloud providers. The other factor is connectivity with UK providers seeming to prefer well-populated areas so they can flog their premium priced 4G product at them and leaving those out in the 'arse-end of nowhere' (everywhere they can't make a big fat profit) to cope with a barely functional 3G if they're lucky.

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Retiring greybeards force firms to retrain Java, .NET bods as mainframe sysadmins

davemcwish

Re: COBOL

And TELON....

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Better late than never: Monster 15-core Xeon chips let loose by Intel

davemcwish
Paris Hilton

Wither 'Lockstep'

For Paris and us uneducated plebs, why is 'Lockstep' (or equivalent marketing buzzword) important and why specifically for Financial transactions ?

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It's big, it's expensive and it's an audiophile's dream: The Sonos Sub

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We've had to save up our pennies

Don't you have enough clout to blag a review sample ?

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Volunteers slam plans to turn Bletchley Park into 'geeky Disneyland'

davemcwish

Re: Time for The Register to weigh in methinks.

Another reason is that he's done an introduction to the 'multimedia visitors guide'.

http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/news/v.rhtm/New_for_Summer_2013_Multimedia_Guide-697252.html

I suspect that the ultimate aim is to dispense with the warm bodies and use gadgets instead.

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davemcwish

Re: Whilst I want Bletchley to keep going

@fixit_f There's also a sequel to that book called "Far From the Sodding Crowd", have got both. Agree with all the comments. The success, or otherwise, of these places is that it's the knowledge of the guides that crucial not some standard script designed to maximize the throughput of guests by minimizing questions for which a detailed answer is required.

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Achtung NIMBYs! BT splurges extra £50m on fibre broadband rollout

davemcwish

Rake in the £15+ per month per install in line rental

it's not just BT that do this.

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Alcatel-Lucent and BT unveil super fat pipe, splurt out 1.4Tb per second across London

davemcwish

Re: Another way of looking at it...

130 for me...

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davemcwish

Re: 5-month-long grumble flick

"21 and a half weeks" (sequel to the Kim Basinger effort)

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Plusnet is working on a network-level filter to block pirate sites

davemcwish

Re: You've been barrelled

I've been with Zen for the last 10 years and with only 1 minor outage been very happy. I won't upgrade to fibre as they want £4.50 / month premium unless I also take their phone package.

If/when the time comes that I need fibre I'll probably have to go elsewhere.

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Haribo gummy bears implicated in 'gastric exorcism'

davemcwish

'news' paper for stupid people in the UK.....

@ISYS Daily Mail surely ?

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iPhone fanbois outsmart fandroids in totally reliable test of brain power

davemcwish

Re: Not what it's cracked up to be

Glad someone else spotted the mistake with the 9s question. I made the same assumption only I'm not a coward...

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Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

davemcwish

Way back when I were a youth

I (like John Naismith) sat my 'O' grades one of which was Arithmetic - a completely separate exam to 'Mathematics' and all we were allowed was the little grey paper book of log tables.

As for devices I still have my Casio 7000G & 8000G and a Ti-89 Titanium all working.

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Unlocking CryptoLocker: How infosec bods hunt the fiends behind it

davemcwish

Re: Offer a reward

I suspect that if that was offered, the actual reward will be:-

life of anonymous luxury = encaration in a United States Naval Station

on some hot island = Guantánamo Bay, Cuba

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No anon pr0n for you: BT's network-level 'smut' filters will catch proxy servers too

davemcwish

Re: This is going to end badly

Twilight Zone was better IMHO

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Analogue radio will CONTINUE in Blighty as Minister of Fun dodges D-Day death sentence

davemcwish

Is there still a significant use case?

Given the high costs of DAB licences and the content providers' (can we silll call them broadcasters) ability to stream in higher quality, is there a compelling case for DAB these days ? I'm not sure even in a car the case holds as it's technically possible, though not yet prevalent, to pair your car audio to your phone (assuming that it's got sufficient internet connectivity).

It seems that internet streaming is where things are headed; I don't have the comparitive costs compared with AM/FM/DAB licencing so maybe I'm wrong..

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Station to station: Ten DAB-Bluetooth combo radios

davemcwish

Re: Why spend a fortune on BT DAB dock

Probably because it assums that you've got an internet connection for your device. I suspect that the use case for these is for those occations where you don't.

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Thought of in-flight mobile calls fills you with dread? Never fear, US Dept of Transport is here

davemcwish

Reminds me on that great scene from The West Wing

FLIGHT ATTENDANT 3

Mr. Ziegler? A message was just patched up to the cockpit for you. I'm not sure I've got it right. POTUS in a bicycle accident?

TOBY

[stops typing and looks up] You got it right. [reaches for his cell phone]

FLIGHT ATTENDANT 2

You can't use your phone until we land, sir.

TOBY

We're flying in a Lockheed eagle series L-1011. It came off the line 20 months ago and carries a Sim-5 Transponder tracking system. Are you telling me I can still flummox this thing with something I bought at Radio Shack?

FLIGHT ATTENDANT 2

You can call when we land, sir.

TOBY

[calling as she walks away] Also, I never got my peanuts.

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Ten top tech toys to interface with a techie’s Christmas stocking

davemcwish

Re: re: that's when Betty is on most channels...

Re:Phil

Nope Brenda's (QE2) husband was 'Keith'.

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Microsoft touts SCROOGLE merch: Hopes YOU'LL PAY to dump on rival

davemcwish

c) Do nothing

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Right, that's IT: We'll encrypt INTERNAL traffic to thwart NSA - Yahoo

davemcwish

Who cares ?

IMHO this is, for the majority of people, a non issue because they don't comprehend the issue, have better things to do or as a US collegue I was talking to last week believes, there are so many bad guys out there that there is the need for the government (the good guys) to do whatever it takes to keep him safe.

As for CEO Marissa Meyer's comments, they are just PR to the semi-litterate on the subject; the NSA doesn't need access to her datacentre when as AC indicates, they can just tap into the IXPs. We just need to accept that governments have unlimited resources and expertise so anything we do on the internet can be traced. The same goes for the commercial organizations we give our data via our usage and buying habits; that's before I get started on 'loyalty cards'.

If you really are that paranoid then you should stay as anonymous as possible starting with getting off the internet.

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

davemcwish

As for the food

I need to find a better chippie, the Spanish example puts most of my local establishments to shame.

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BT Sport scores own goal with £897m Champions League footie rights deal

davemcwish

Rural Broadband

Shouldn't they be concentrating on spending the £1.2bn of public money on rural broadband like they were supposed to or doesn't that give them the required media exposure ?

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

davemcwish

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

@Duncant You do know that 'The latest Ford Escort' is now a decade or so old don't you ? Other than pristine ones for vintage collectors and the Cossie variant, provided it's not been ragged, they are a bit rubbish compated to their modern equivalents, made by FMC or not.

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Alarming tales: What goes on INSIDE Reg hack's hi-tech bedroom

davemcwish

Re: Great business idea!

Maybe not with the cream, but you can, at least in my part of England, get porridge that only needs water. So all you need to do is to dig out your retro teasmade and you're done.

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BBC's Clangers returns in £5m 'New Age' remake

davemcwish

"Reinvention"

Quote:-

The new Clangers will explore themes including "community and caring for the planet", with Firmin pere promising "a new Clangers for a New Age."

Oh dear....

I do understand that that the original series had some similar themes but it sounds like they'll spoil it by going overboard ......

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Why a Robin Hood tax on filthy rich City types is the very LAST thing needed

davemcwish

Purpose?

You state that "Central to the Robin Hood folks' logic is that there's such a thing as too much financial speculation."

It is mentioned but on looking at the Robin Hood Tax website it's clear to me that this is just a tax raising measure due to:-

"The financial sector is responsible for a big part of the mess we're in. So our merry band of hundreds of thousands of Robin Hood supporters believe that banks, hedge funds and the rest of the sector should pay their fair share to clear up the mess they helped create."

In other words, those groups are making too much profit and we want some of it. I'll skip ofer the fact that they seem to have forgotten that poor regulation was also a contributer.

This site mentions a load of 'worthy causes' but we all know what happens when governments get their hands on other peoples money...

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Let police track you through your mobe - it's for your OWN GOOD

davemcwish

Coverage?

I haven't read the report but is coverage addressed? All the operators are piling in 4G kit but only where there is a high density of users where they can make a tidy profit. I was ~4 miles from the centre of Romford, yes that Essex town, and had nothing from my provider. I appreciate that my iPhone has an emergency call button and probably could jump onto another providers network but could be an issue in rural areas wheer the providers can't be bothered to put up even a 2g cell cos it isn't profitable.

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davemcwish

Re: The AA have an app for that

Tried that once to see how well it worked, it didn't as the operator didn't know where I was and had to provide details.

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MS Word deserves DEATH says Brit SciFi author Charles Stross

davemcwish

Publishers Workflow

On looking at the article, it seems that he's equally upset with his publisher using Microsoft workflow. Given that, why not talk to them about accepting ascii or change publisher that uses OSX workflow or will accept his precious Scrivener or vim source format ? Or is this another click-bait post so the fruity fanbois can go 'told you M$ is ****".

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US spy court says internet firms can't report surveillance requests

davemcwish

Re: err ,,,,

IMHO RIPA (2000), Sec. 2 & Sec. 21 and Intelligence Services Act (1994) Sec. 5

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4 Brits cuffed after shutdown of internet drug shop Silk Road

davemcwish

PR Exercise

I suspect that in addition to giving them media coverage in combatting the Internet, see also the anti-Guardian comments by MI6, other reason is that the site and its users was easy to trace and apprehend. Much safer than going out onto the streets and confronting dealers in person. IMHO, if these drugs are such a problem why not just get flatten the fields of the South American & Asian countries where is grown. That should gave been one of the objectives of that war but a s*** load of money and lives was expended and bugger all happened....

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Hollywood: How do we secure high-def 4K content? Easy. Just BRAND the pirates

davemcwish

"The alternative? Type "Next Big Film Title* 1080p torrent" into a search engine**, wait 20 minutes, copy to WDTV box, away we go, and for free! "

4Gb in 20 minutes really ? What are you on ? My crappy copper would* take ages....

*haven't tried so is just a guess based on how long downloading large files from a single source as opposed to the overhead torrents have.

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Universal's High Fidelity Pure Audio trickles onto Blighty’s Blu-Ray hi-fis

davemcwish

Re: Woah

Given the 25Gb capacity how come no lossless (FLAC) ?

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iPhone 5S: Apple, you're BORING us to DEATH (And you too, Samsung)

davemcwish

Re: No. Just no.

Maybe but those 'slight improvements' have been more than enough to make their products desirable and profitable with not just the sheeple fanbois being enticed to upgrade.

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davemcwish

Where Next?

I think @Dan Paul amongst others has got it right. As a 4s owner I don't have a compelling reason to upgrate to anything at the moment for a variety of reasons:-

1. My current offering, although perfect is good enough

2. To upgrade, they'd need to have features that I'd value. Biometric scanner that's only restricted to unlocking and iTunes purchases isn't it. The camera might as I think that's the way to go rather than have pixel wars, but I'd like to see real world usage first. The techies may drool over 64 bit but for the majority of users it's irrelevant. having said that the PC Mag article points at a rationale (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2424300,00.asp). I do run Win 7 64 bit but as I'm not using more that 4Gb RAM it's been irrelevant except for the 32 bit apps that don't work. As Dan Paul indicated, extra storage would, imho, be more appealing to those that have lauge music collections on variants of iPod Classics (mines an 80Gb 5th Gen video) which are not likely to be replaced.

3. Cost - I got my 64gb for £300 off eBay, there's not enough to compel me to drop £700 on the 5s or £400 - 500 on an Android version. My tariff from Virgin is really good and cheap even if the coverage in cernain areas isn't the best so upgrading to a contract is just a waste of money.

So for my use cases the upgrades I'd be looking for are better camera, especially at night, more that 64Gb storage and a better GPS chip. I'd probably get 2 of the 3 eventually but there's nothing there at the moment.

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davemcwish

Re: Competition

"SD cards. It's one of those eternally-bitched-about things.

What is it about them that makes them so critical? Do SD-card advocates change their phone so frequently that data portability becomes important to the point that cloud storage just isn't fast enough?"

IMHO it's not the portability is the fact that some people, me included, object to the price hike that manufacturer have just to include additional storage capacity as standard. Having a reasonable amount of storage initially, of at least 32Gb, allows with an SD card the capacity to add extra storage relatively cheaply.

For me, if I was going on a long trip and wanted to late a lot of hires pics/videos I'd want the capability to have multiple cards to I can switch them when one is full, just like a propera camera.

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New iPhones: C certainly DOESN'T stand for 'Cheap'

davemcwish

Re: Just shows the Apple magic died with Steve Jobs

"When the apple foums fill up with people screaming they can't do X, Y, Z because their fingers are scanning what do you think apples reply will be?"

Won't happen, at least for the forseeable future as according to All Things Digital, the biometric scanner will be for Apple's use only to unlock the phone and verify iTunes purchases.

http://allthingsd.com/20130910/iphone-developers-wont-get-fingerprint-reader-authentication-option-for-now-anyway/

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davemcwish

Re: Everyone has missed the point

"And now their newly released iPhone has a new "feature"... a fingerprint sensor. So it's never sent to apple... really... how to hell do we know?!"

Keyword here is 'sent'. How do we know that they can't activate a pull mechamism ?

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Apple quietly revives iPhone charging and syncing docks

davemcwish

Re: No good

Yup, its for this reason that a lot of 3rd party cables won't work with my 4s/lifeproof case combination due to the size of the plastic round the male dock connector. I do use 3rd party cables as Apple's offering is too short/expensive (£15 for 1m).

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Apple prepares to unleash iPhone 5S, 5C for the GREAT BRAWL OF CHINA

davemcwish

Re: I have it on great authority...

Not sure I agree, given the cycle IMHO it appears that an upgrade based on the 'S' releases seems to be a better option taking the form factor change and adding additional technical upgrades (camera mainly).

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Opera unveils iPad-only browser

davemcwish

Bookmarks

Will be interesting to see if they sync with my opera account. Given the issues with the removal, in v15, I'm a bit disallusioned with this let's rewrite and have faster release cycle aping Firefox.

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OK, forget the 3D telly fiasco: 4K is gonna blow you away - say tech giants

davemcwish

Subscription Media

I suspect the ultimate aim of this is to wean us off physical media and go to streaming/downloads with the associated subscription payment.

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Anatomy of a killer bug: How just 5 characters can murder iPhone, Mac apps

davemcwish
IT Angle

Technical Article in ElReg ?

Looks like a Mac equivalent to a Mark Russinovich’s technical blog posting. very interesting, even for a non Mac owner.

Must lie down now as am more used to clickbait posts ...

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Give us a break: Next Android version to be called 'KitKat'

davemcwish

Re: Hershey and ilk

Given WallMart's ownership, I noticed recently that they (Hershey's) have inveigled their way in to these shores.

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It's official: Apple sends out invitations for September 10 event

davemcwish

Re: I think it's going to be bigger than expected.

Nope they don't need to. the 'Meh' increments are more than enough to keep web & print interested to provide acres of free publicity. To be honest I don't know why Apple have a marketing budget at all when Vulture Central et al. do that for free.

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davemcwish

Divining

You really want to follow the Oracle's approach and use a goat first. As least you've something to do with the rest.

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