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* Posts by alpine

35 posts • joined 6 Oct 2010

BT scoops up Wales PSN contracts, elbows out Logicalis

alpine

"(although they get paid whoever wins really)"

Precisely.

I don't know why the headline on the front page reads 'one time' telco monopoly.

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China's Jade Rabbit moon rover might have DIED in the NIGHT after 'abnormality'

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Dry bearings?

Oh, a mechanical anomaly?. More of those Chinese bearings they always ship unlubricated for some reason I suppose...

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Britain’s forgotten first home computer pioneer: John Miller-Kirkpatrick

alpine

Well done. An excellent magazine in its time. And responsible I'm sure for the initiation of many of our engineers.

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Coroner suggests cars should block mobile phones

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Re: Talking with passengers

I agree, talking inside cars should be immediately banned.

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Google's Nexus 5: Best smartphone bang for your buck. There, we said it

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Re: MicroSD slot?

Sorry, did a search for 'sd'!!! But a trad nexus device then. So it would have to be OTG...And rooted to get write access.

Of course that's until Google decide to stop rooting.

I've heard that the mysterious barge is actually going to be a prison ship where those who have rooted can be sent for corrective treatment.

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iPad Air not very hot: Apple fanbois SHUN London fondleslab launch

alpine

New technology

The real problem is that there is no new technology applicable in their market area that Apple can pretend to have invented.

What would change the world of course is a viable high definition, daylight readable, colour display technology capable of use in the whole range of display sizes. OLED still seems a bit stuck in a time warp. Something NEW is needed...

The more I think about it, the more I realise I won't be buying any new phone/laptop/tablet until this occurs. All that we now have are annual minor performance increments.

And of course I'll skip the silly watches and glasses entirely.

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First look: Apple iPhone 5S and 5C

alpine

Green

Do you remember when there used to be some GOOD greens in industrial use? Nice blue-greens, deep greens, sea greens etc. But now from M&S to Apple, all they seem to know about is a pale, wishy washy yellow-green single version of the colour. Presumably some international standard. It's very sad.

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Tick-tock, TalkTalk: Users face fourth day of titsup broadband

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Happy

Re: Pay the organ grinder, not the monkey...

Good to see another recommendation for Talktalk, who of course have their own presence in most UK exchanges.

Personally, I get the full expected speed from the line, excellent reliability and subscription price.

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EU-wide mega-Leveson 'needed' to silence Press, bloggers

alpine

Sleep walking into supranational totalitarianism.

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The amazing magical LED: Has it really been fifty years already?

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Re: LED lighting instead of fluorescent 'haz mat'

But the point is that the human eye is more sensitive to the red end of the spectrum rather than the blue. That's why years ago fluorescent lamp manufacturers spent lots of money developing the 'warm' tubes that are more human friendly than the cold raw tubes. The led lamp manufacturers have not yet got to this stage of development, which is why the light from them is currently so 'cold'. I'll start getting them when they make them human friendly!

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2012: The year that netbooks DIED

alpine

Re: Perfect Net Books

Yes, still using my perfect Netbook daily, a Dell Mini 10v with the 1366x768 HD screen option, now running Win 7 Pro, full Aero with a 120GB SS disk. And built in DVB TV. The only addition has been a bluetooth mouse. Runs Office 2000 perfectly well and has a good keyboard. What more can be asked?. I'm sure I'll keep it forever!

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Stob on Quatermass: Was this British TV's finest sci-fi hour?

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Quatermass and the pit

I recall watching this as a young teenager when it was first broadcast, and on a small black and white tv, I have to tell you it was really scarey. The scariest bit was when the ground around the chap who'd been running and fallen could actually be seen rippling.

The Hammer colour film remake is also pretty good.

And finally, a word for the radio series 'Journey into Space', which I heard as a child. The thought of the tapping outside the hull and the automaton's voice 'it is forbidden to proceed beyond this point without wearing protective clothing' still chill me!

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Apple iPad Mini 8in tablet review

alpine

Sheltered Life

The reviewer has clearly led a sheltered life if he/she thinks this out of date device is any good compared to the many cheaper Android tablets around. But then the review is clearly intended to be provocative to help page clicks...

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Sony KD-84X9005 84in ultra-HD TV review

alpine

"The football fraternity.. should lap this thing up"

Says it all really!

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Ten Androids for under 100 quid

alpine

Re: If you don't mind the Vodafone crapware

It's Gorilla glass too.

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alpine

Re: If you don't mind the Vodafone crapware

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vodafone-Huawei-Ascend-Smartphone-Silver/dp/B0089C9H4G

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Ten apps to install on your Nexus 7 first

alpine

Re: Get your daily dose of Dilbert, Andy Capp, Peanuts etc

I'd not noticed the whole set of Peanuts here. Excellent, thanks. Go Joe Cool!

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TalkTalk Q1 sales fall as number of broadband punters declines

alpine

Re: The best thing you can do with this company

Of course Plusnet are simply a subsidiary of BT...

However, be that as it may, the important thing with Talktalk is NEVER use the call centre, use the excellent TT staff supporting the on line user forum. I'm surprised that people here don't already know that.

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Axe hovers over John Lewis IT jobs

alpine

Re: If they are JL partners...

Never knowingly over staffed.

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Google Maps takes shelter from the British summer

alpine

Maps?

I do wish they'd stop calling these maps. Ordnance Survey make real maps. Google's stuff, though possibly OK for driving, are merely charts. And in my area, with known inaccuracies.

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Ten... eight-bit classic games

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Miss-Headlined

I opened the article expecting to find an array of 80s devices. But it's just about boring games for kiddies. I had hoped to see a mention of the NewBrain, the most ambitious of those devices. Unfortunately it used, as I recall it, standard TTL and use to overheat as a result.

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Cosmic ray source riddle mystery now even more mysterious

alpine

Superman?

Wow, weird looking place. is that where Superman grew up?

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Apple files patent for 'polished meteorite' keyboard

alpine

Any electronic instrument keyboard...

... is constructed in exactly the same way as this laughable 'patent'. When WILL the US government sort out the incompetents in charge of their patents office>

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Analyst: no 7in tablet at iPad 3 launch

alpine

Too late

And only 3 years after lots of us hackintoshed our netbooks...

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alpine

But...

But smartphones are already too big. So you might as well go that little bit bigger, forget the phone bit and have a smallish tablet.

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Raspberry Pi Linux micro machine enters mass production

alpine

Popcornhour

Same size as the board, and very similiar guts, to my PopcornHour media box. I would assume other systems like the WD Box are similar. The costs come in firmware/ menu development.

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Dell flees netbook market, dumps Minis

alpine

Me too!

Since I got my 1012, with its Broadcom Crystal HD video speedup chip, and 1366x768 screen resolution, Bluetooth mouse etc., I've hardly ever switched my big laptop on. Browses fine, runs Win 7 Home Premium, Office and everything else I want very well. What on earth are those people complaining about browsing speed doing with them?

Come to think of it, the only time I do switch my big one on is when I'm using remote access on it to do video editing on my desktop...

I've also got the earlier mini 1010, running dual boot Win 7 and Snow Leopard.

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Motorola sharpens smartphones with revamped Razr

alpine

Clamshell

Yes, no way I'm going to have a bare piece of glass lying around in my pocket amongst the coins, keys etc. I'll wait until the stupid non clamshell fad passes thanks.

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TalkTalk drags arse in Ofcom ISP survey

alpine

On line support

Provided you can find another means of internet access, in the rare event of a problem, their web user forum, which is staffed very competently is excellent. I would avoid phone support or their top level web page support though, it's the user forum you need.

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LG Optimus Black

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FAIL

Battery Life

One day is the average for the current generation of these things?????!!!! I'll stick to my proper cellphone thanks.

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Samsung NC110 matte-screen netbook

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screen res

My Dell mini 1012 has 1366x768 resolution, and the broadcom graphics speed up chip so it plays HD well. I think only the CPU and RAM are constrained by MS.

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Got a buck to send M Night Shyamalan to film school?

alpine
FAIL

Crop circles one?

Was 'Signs' the crop circle one?. On Sky movies last week. Hilariously bad, they even had kids in tinfoil helmets!!!

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Nissan readies ultra-low CO2 petrol engine for Micra

alpine

Atkinson cycle

They aren't really catching up. Toyota have had an Atkinson cycle petrol engine in the Prius for 10 years now... Miller is just a variant of that though both are different from the standard Otto cycle operation.

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Times celebrates disappearing readers

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Paid once

Or people who just paid £1 once to see what it was like...

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Amazon Kindle 3 e-book reader

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Calibre can email directly

Just thought I'd point out that Calibre can be setup to email converted books directly to the free.amazon address so they appear automatically on your Kindle via wifi. There is no need to connect via USB.

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