* Posts by MrXavia

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

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Re: Maybe I'm I'm weird...

I think its worth it just for the kids channels, i can pretty much guarantee most of the programs will be educational as well as fun for my young kids on CBeebies and CBBC...

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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Re: Fact is

I would love it! they have been experimenting with that tech... enough emitters and you have the holodeck with no glasses!

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Re: They're not TVs anymore.

I can't remember the brand, but there was one I saw a while back...Might have been pioneer?

Although personally, I like having DLNA support in the TV, along with Freeview HD & Freesat HD.

iPlayer is also quite handy.. the voice control? much easier to use the remote than shout at the tv...

What I WOULD love to see is a standard slot for replacing the innards.. so buy any panel you want then plug in any 'guts' you want...

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Phabba-dabba-do: Samsung hypes up Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

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Re: Built in battery, no SD slot, no waterproofing?

Nope its the thundering sound of Samsung owners moving to other brands.. I need a new phone this year and now Samsung have just likely lost my custom, built in Battery I can deal with, no MircoSD though, that is a deal breaker for me....

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Amazon tries to patent 3D printers on trucks

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Re: Help feed a lawyer, file a patent with the USPTO

I read it as 'on a mobile device' .....

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Re: How on Earth is this patentable?

I concur, there is plenty of prior art. I can already go online, choose something from a catalog, have it printed and delivered to my door...

In no way is this patent-able.. NOW there maybe something in the patent I missed when skimming that is a patent-able idea about the process.. but I could not see anything that is non obvious...

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

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Re: "Stross is a long-time Linux user...."

Try finding a good lightweight linux laptop... Or even a nice windows one with all linux drivers available....

I am a fan of Linux, yet I still run windows, not by choice, but for compatibility with hardware and programs (wine is OK, but much of what I run won't work right on it.)

If your a linux user, OSX is a good compromise.

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Wi-Fi beam-steering tech could KILL OFF fixed home networks

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Re: Fixed networks are harder to mess with....

Same here, I would rather have ethernet as an option on any fixed device I buy

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Big Brother in SPAACE: Mars One picks first 100 morons to suffocate, er, settle on Red Planet

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Re: "...on the shortlist to wear red shirts"

Red Shirts?

Why should they wear any clothes apart from space suits? they are unnecessary, plus it would make better TV :-D

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"Growing crops within the proposed habitat could generate dangerously high levels of oxygen,"

I find that constant claim odd...

Oxygen Concentration technology is in daily use in domestic homes for people who need oxygen to live... why not just concentrate the excess oxygen and store it.....

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Raspberry Pi, meet face: You're probably NOT Blighty's biggest PC maker!

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Re: Amstrad

I once brought an Amstrad PC in the early 90's.. I returned it as not fit for purpose a few days later and brought an Amiga

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REPORT: UK needs online eBay-style court for civil justice

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Re: What about evidence ?

there is such as thing as post?

I can see you open a claim online, opposing party has the chance to resolve without involving anyone else, if not escalate to independent adjudicator, post in any evidence/scan and send also...

The problem I see is that the other party will still not pay up if they loose....

and innocents will be trolled for money, taken to court JUST to trick them into paying with threats of bailiffs....

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Jaguar F-Type: A beautiful British thoroughbred

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Jaguars are made in the UK, designed by the British, built by the British, for the world...

Well they have JUST opened a Chinese factory to cope with demand, but they are LHD cars so we won't have to deal with the lower quality workmanship....

Jaguars are lovely cars, inside and out... I can't think of any other brand car I've enjoyed as much.

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Re: How to do it

I agree, as soon as Tata took over, they let the XF become a beautiful car much closer to the original prototype.

I prefer the standard XF body than the 'estate' SportBrake, no idea why the author compared to that.

The pop up gear knob is cool, but I think the opening/closing air vents are even cooler ;-D

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CAR? Check. DRIVER? Nope. OK, let's go, says British govt

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Re: rule 163

Rule 163? I'd be happy if they can get lorry drivers to follow rule 169...

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There are plenty of reasons you might not want to drive, such as you've had a few too many drinks, a bit tired, got a long drive...

I enjoy driving, but being able to have a nap on the way home would be nice on occasion....

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US looks at plan to hand over world's DNS – and screams blue murder

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Re: The simplest and best solution

But is it the best though?

A benevolent dictator can be better than a corrupt republic...

You can be free under a monarchy but oppressed in a democracy...

It matters not what the system is, it matters who ends up in power....

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US military finds F-35 software is a buggy mess

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Re: Go (UK) Navy

BAE offered a STOBAR version of the Typhoon to India a few years back, we could go with those on our carrier.. but the F35B was supposed to be the cheaper option...

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Software is a buggy mess?

Maybe that is why they were reluctant to share the code with the UK a few years ago....

When the UK partnered with the USA on a fighter, you just knew it was going to end badly...

I say lets dump the F35 and go with BAE's navel version of the Eurofighter.. Sure they've only made one.. but its a STOBAR, perfect for out new Carrier... PLUS we already fly the Eurofighter, so plenty of already trained engineers/pilots and spare parts....

Of course we should have kept the harrier or partnered with Europe on a VTOL fighter rather than waste money on the F35 project...

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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Re: What does have a more recent OS buy me?

Hopefully something other than the mess that is Windows 8.1

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I'll take a free windows 10 upgrade for my Windows 8.1 Lapotop

Windows 8.1 is just TERRIBLE!!!! the whole metro thing on a laptop? what were they thinking?

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David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

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We will try!

Not sure what good it will do though...

BUT if anyone in IT votes for Cameron this time round? they need a cattle prod up the butt!

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Intel offers big bucks for black women

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Re: surely this is discrimination?

"Then it means your recruitment process is sexist and racist, because society isn't made up of white males."

Racist? Not really, unless you choose a white person because they are white not because they are good for the job... Considering the UK has a White British population of > 82% it stands to reason that the majority of the staff will be White... Add into that the choices of careers will vary based on culture, you will end up with some areas dominated by White British males, others by other colours...

Sexist? not really, in the past 10 years I've not seen a single Female applicants CV to an IT post I've interviewed for. This is a failure of the education system/society possibly a factor of genetics which affects peoples interests.

Men & Women are different, they make different choices.

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surely this is discrimination?

I absolutely HATE any form of positive discrimination and 'targets' such as this in business.

Just hire the right person for the job regardless of sex/colour, if it happens to be your whole office is full of white males, then so what?

I don't care if my colleagues are black/white/green/blue/yellow, or whether they are male/female or somewhere in between, but I do care if they can do the job...

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BILL GATES DRINKS 'boiled and treated' POO. Ah, 'delicious'

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Myself I don't like my H2O too pure, I like my H2O full of minerals.

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The more important bit is this process can work in parts of the world with little natural precipitation, and also if it is small enough, on space stations/ships!

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If Europe is against US's Irish email grab, it must pipe up now

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Re: All Ireland has to do

No, issue an arrest warrant for the judge.... Since they would be the one ultimately responsible for violating the law....

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Ford recalls SUVs … to fix the UI

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Who would buy a car with such a terrible gear layout? Don't Americans test drive cars??

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Ex-Microsoft Bug Bounty dev forced to decrypt laptop for Paris airport official

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Re: My thoughts entirely...

"In the days of almost ubiquitous high speed internet"

I would like to know what world you are living in which has this almost ubiquitous high speed internet?

Sure in the UK I can rely on my 3G, and I have a decent provider so I don't pay a fortune for ever GB... but traveling? have you ever seen roaming charges??

Yes if your doing something that needs minimal data, its fine, but the cloud is only as good as your internet, and internet can be very very spotty...

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El Reg tests portable breathalyzers: Getting drunk so you don't have to

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Re: cheap fun BAC readers too inaccurate

taxis are great, unless you live 20+ miles from town.....

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The Shock of the New: The Register redesign update 4

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Some good changes, but the main article picture still too big, means I can't see any other articles on the same page...

I use a macbook air for viewing the site and have to scroll to see more than the top article...

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Apple v BBC: Fruity firm hits back over Panorama drama

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it is not, they said "a million people in its supply chain, finding that 93 per cent of the instances were compliant."

that means 7% were not compliant, which is 70,000 people were not compliant, that is a hell of a lot!

imho, even 60hours is too long a working week for anyone doing physical labour, especially anything repetitive, like assembling phones etc...

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Space Commanders lock missiles on Elite's Frontier Devs

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Re: If I'd wanted a connected game I'd play Eve

He means the 'mercenary pack' which was a 'buy it early get an advantage' option... gave you a free Eagle...

"There is a "solo" option, so you don't have to worry about PvP"

Not sure whether it was implemented, but from what I remember of the proposal, when your wanted your forced to play in Open Mode.. I.E. you can't grief then hide in solo mode...

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Same here! (although an Android version would be even more convenient, if hard to play)

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Re: It's worse than that

I do think they should grant refunds to anyone who has not yet played the game, the financial impact would probably be less than the bad press they are getting for not granting them.....

They have shot themselves in the foot with a PR blunder here... but that is what you get when the people running the company are developers...

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: You guys are reminding me of children...

"OK, it would be nice if everyone calmed down. The feedback from people posting here is clear. As I've said before, you're treating the redesign as tantamount to physical assault, which isn't right."

It was an assault for many people, sure not physical, but mentally, an assault on the senses, surely a 'beta' site would have been the way to go, get feedback before giving the new site to the masses..

"All I can say is: we're working on it. If we rush out a change, everyone posting here will go apeshit again."

Just roll it back to a previous version while you work on it...

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Works for me still... but then again Might be browser dependant?

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MY EYES....

Another site re-design that was not-needed by a site I visit daily....

And this is painful on the eyes, too much white, does not fill my browser... Fixed width sites are a curse on the world wide web...... It does NOT resize to fit my browser window when I shrink it!!!

No visual clues to the edge of the content or each article.., making it a big mess...

And those menu drop down hover overs, oh how annoying those are...

Revert please until you can fix the massive flaws

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Give nerds their own PRIVATE TRAIN CARRIAGES, say boffins

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Re: Video conferencing

When I do travel by train to work, I always travel First Class, the amount of work I can do in that 40 minutes each way is amazing, it is pretty damned impossible to work on those tiny seats you get in cattle class..

Sure it costs more to travel, but worth it IF you can afford it..

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EU law bods: New eCall crash system WON'T TRACK YOU. Really

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Re: Old bangers rule

Or you could buy a luxury car now, that will run for 200,000+ miles (well if an old banger can handle 150k, surely a new car can handle 200+, and you can drive in luxury without a tracker...

but instead you drive an old volvo...

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Solar sandwich cooks at 40 per cent efficiency

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Re: Photovoltaics is a one time, one way molecular erosion PARLOR TRICK !

Also did you know the earth is flat?

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What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again

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No chance they will install a smart meter for me then, you need a mobile signal for that, and there is no mobile signal in my house...

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UK slaps 25 per cent 'Google Tax' on tech multinationals

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Re: Apple and Amazon... intangible?

Why not lets have an Apple tax.. tax Apple specifically 25% off the turnover..

Apple users are already used to paying a premium I am sure they wouldn't even notice....

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Hacker dodges FOUR HUNDRED YEARS in cooler for SCANNING sites

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potentially 440 Years? for that?

Wow they are mad in the USA... sure he caused mischief...

BUT he didn't rape/kill/maim/beat anyone or steal/vandalise/deface/destroy anything..

If a computer crime has a worse punishment than the above crimes, then something is seriously wong with the justice system...

His crime is akin to trying to pick a lock and jamming the lock in the process...

Sure punish him, give him community service & fine him a reasonably large amount if he caused financial harm...

and they wonder why people resist any risk of extradition to the USA....

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I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations

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Re: Looper

actually looper made no sense at all to me... the scars 'appearing' when the time traveller would remember all that... and just by being captured could be prevented from jumping back and escaping....

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Re: Scratch that, reverse it Edge of Tomorrow...

He died earlier in the day the last time, and absorbed the omega blood at that time of death, hence the reset to an earlier time relative to the original reset point, a day earlier....

Well that was my take on it anyway, what didn't make sense was the whole 'its dead' thing when the day had been reset...

Surely resetting the day brought the omega right back??

Unless for each reset the omega itself transports itself back through time and transfers the memories back to the alphas, its last dying act being to reset the day... maybe...

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'Snoopers' Charter IS DEAD', Lib Dems claim as party waves through IP address-matching

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Re: It's not nesessary the evil

many of us are old enough to remember the threats and attacks from the medieval terror bastards IRA long before the events of 11/9 and we didn't need our privacy and liberty destroyed to deal with them."

Exactly! We don't need useless legislation that won't even protect us.

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Webcam hacker pervs in MASS HOME INVASION

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Re: Opportunity knocks.

Maybe, but motion detection on even the most expensive cameras is pretty bad....

And they are terrible in changing light conditions... sure ok if your indoor curtains closed, but useless outside..

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