* Posts by werdsmith

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'Revenge porn' bully told not to post people's nude pics online. That's it. That's his punishment

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Re: What I do not understand..

"£36 I just got stung to get my address changed "

That's the "please take your business elsewhere" hint.

And a very effective one.

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SamSUNK! Korean giant's electronics biz takes punch to the smartphone profits

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Nobody has really sustained a challenge to the iPhone yet. I don't think a lot of people realise that the charm of an iPhone is that it practically disappears as it should being the platform for what you want to do with it - hard to explain, but I'm trying to say that it is the supporting role, the chorus line and the lead actor is the apps that run on it. Whereas with all my Samsung phones it has been the device and the OS that seem to command attention all the time, not its useful purpose.

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ZX81 BEATEN at last as dev claims smallest Chess code crown

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Re: "remember how you had to get the RAM pack balanced just right?"

I could only just stretch to affording a ZX-81, the RAM PACK was beyond my means.

I did desolder the RAM chip and replace it with a 2KB 6116 RAM chip. The DIL thru-holes were there in the PCB already, as this was the spec for the USA Timex version. And a soldered jumper link if I recall right.

Pimp my Sinclair 1982 style.

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"Our school had this RML-380Z "

Yes, a couple of years later when I was doing day release at college we had an 8080 based CP/M thing which was like a stack hi-fi in a frame in layers.

We did assembly language on converted cash registers, wrote a flow chart, wrote out the assembly on paper, hand assembled the assembly to hex codes on paper, then punched them in on the keypad - volatile storage. Switch them off and it's gone. Which was pretty OK as that was how I was programming the ZX-81 (set up a loop to put the hand assembled hex codes into memory with a POKE command).

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Re: "remember how you had to get the RAM pack balanced just right?"

I've looked up that a BBC Model B cost £399 the equivalent of £1300 by the RPI, or £1700 relative to 2015 salaries. That's Apple MacBook money.

The ZX-81 was initially £69.95 kit a/ £99.95 assembled, but came into my clutches when the price dropped to £69.95 assembled. Equivalent to £250 now, the Sinclair was the only way that I was going to get near a usable computer with a display/process/ram/storage.

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The ZX81 changed my life!

Literally, there was one TRS-80 in my school and it was kept in a dark locked roomed and only ever touched by an elite clique of sixth form under-geeks. I was never allowed near it.

Then one kind science teacher brought his own ZX-81 into school and allowed us nobodies all over it during lunchtimes. That led to me being determined to own one (they cost the equivalent of today's XBOX One at the time) and so started a career that has kept me comfortable since. Before that I was literally going nowhere messing up O Levels and couldn't see how I was going to make my way in the world.

I've still got the ZX81, I still code for minimal footprint (on the rare occasion that I write code these days). I still find chess tedious.

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Google Translate MEAT GRINDER turns gay into 'faggot', 'poof', 'queen'

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Re: *facepalm*

It wasn't unusual not so long ago to hear someone ask if they could "bum a fag off you".

There are enough Americans that visit the UK that have taken photos of Mr Brains products in the freezer section and posted it on their Facebook. Gets very tired soon enough.

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Re: Does it turn

The acceptable words to denote a particular race seem to change over time.

Woe betide anyone that doesn't keep up or isn't immersed in US culture so they have no idea what the latest most fashionable sanctimony trigger is.

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Re: Oh not not again.

"But gay also meant prostitute."

I know a family with that surname. I had no idea it was an occupational derived one like Smith.

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Linux chaps want to recycle your mobe as a supercomputer

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"I am puzzled by the reference to batteries, because I was under the impression that they were the piece of hardware with the shortest useful lifespan. Am I out of date?"

In my experience, the layer of glass on the top of the display/touchscreen lasts about 2 days.

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Horrifying iPhone sales bring Apple $18bn profit A QUARTER

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A two piece version with a docking keyboard case, that can run OSX with an SSD in would do it. A sort of iSurface Pro. Not an Air, I mean one that would work without the keyboard.

I am still using an iPad 2 from many years ago, running iOS8 with transition and transparency effect disabled works just fine.

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A Bombe Called Christopher, or A Very Poor Imitation

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"Anyone going to a movie, any movie, expecting anything other than fiction is already in the wrong place."

Indeed, it is not really intended to retell a story that 10% of people already know. Instead it creates a new story based loosely on the real one in order to entertain the 90% that only have a vague idea that somebody cracked some secret codes.

Therefore, as is the way with films, it will become historical fact for the 90% that are only capable of being educated by spoon-fed soft information that has been heavily sugared.

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Re: SPOILER ALERT - This is almost exactly the script from the movie.

Come on, everyone knows it's not an Euler, it's an Eule. An Euler is someone that eules a country.

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Nexus 6 would have had a fingerprint reader, but Apple RUINED IT ALL

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Finer Controls in Addition

It has already to some extent. After a power down it will insist on a typed password being entered on restart, and then before it goes into any iCloud service or app store / app update etc it will insist on the typed password again. And, of course, you can choose not to allow the fingerprint ID to authorise access at all, just stick with conventional typed passwords that people can read over your shoulder.

However, anyone breaking into my phone, and I suspect 90% of all phones is going to be very disappointed with the content even if they have managed to get the thing into airplane mode before the kill signal arrives.

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Landlines: The tech that just won't die

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Re: Still use our landline

I still have a landline, I can see no reason to keep using it, but some kind of block stops me from getting rid of it.

I also still like to watch broadcast TV when it is broadcast, even pre-recorded programmes and repeats.

It's an age thing.

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Re: Call filtering

Some time ago I worked for a company that provided data-mining tech for direct marketers. TPS was applied religiously to the point of disciplinary action for failure, along with other suppressions such as Mortascreen (so people wouldn't call to speak to the recently deceased). It's not hard to do, but it does cost money and I suspect some are cutting corners to save cash.

There is even an indicator to restrict calling to "not during live football" or "not during Coronation Street" etc.

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Chunky Swedish ice maiden: Volvo XC60 D4 Manual EE Lux Nav

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Re: So, just how big is this car?

I enjoyed the way that the car user interface was reviewed, but the rest of it made me wonder if the author had ever seen or driven a car before.

As for "Ford should learn from this". Why just Ford? Other car makers are available.

I'd also have made the comparisons for X3, X5 and Q5 etc, rather than RR/LR products.

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Then there were 3: Another UK mobile network borged ...

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WTF ?!?!

Hutchison created the useless Rabbit which became Orange, but Hutchison also created Three 3G.

Mercury 1-2-1 became T-Mobile that joined with Orange (Hutchison - see above) to become EE.

then

BT Cellnet becomes O2 which it dumps on Telefonica which they sell to Hutchison.

BT Then takes over EE.

It's like some corporate billion dollar game of musical chairs, but effectively BT and Hutchison have swapped BT Cellnet for Orange and 1-2-1.

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Re: cool phone number Implanted

Like 01 801 8055

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LEAKED: Samsung's iPHONE 6 KILLER... the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Re: Why should Apple be worried?

More useless pixels per cm and more processor clock cycles aren't going to help people post to Facebook and send text message any better.

When phone companies start to make phones that are: able to survive dropping 6 feet on to concrete, able to survive being dropped in a toilet, good sunlight readability, good signal reception in fringe areas, long long battery life- stuff that is actually genuinely beneficial and not just bigger numbers for the sake of selling to dimwits, then I will take notice.

I need more pixels on my screen like I need more wheels on my car,

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Is Windows RT not invited to the Windows 10 upgrade party?

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Re: Windows in all the usual places, not everywhere...

" Intel's subsidies aren't going to last forever though."

True, but they will last until they have sufficiently slowed the rise of ARM. Maybe its time for another anti-competitive case. Go EU!

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Microsoft will give away Windows 10 FREE - for ONE year

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Re: I'm free!

Subscription Windows is coming, like Subscription Office365. Two to three years from now it will be necessary to pay to keep your Windows licensed IF you want it.

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Snowden SLAMS iPhone, claims 'special software' tracks users

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Somebody might be able to track where my phone it?

Great news, maybe they can help me find the bloody thing.

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Want a cheap Office-er-riffic tablet? Microsoft Windows takes on Android

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"Upload 1Gb per movie ? Some of my movies are closer to 5Gb in size, are you serious ? Wanna watch a movie, darling ? Ok, we will have to wait 30 minutes for it to download, darling."

You can always use the little SD card slot on the top for the larger files if really are determined to avoid the huge life-endangering faff with the USB.

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Re: I bought one of these for Christmas

"The Windows operating system is more powerful but less secure, and a few false taps on an email attachment or malicious web site can compromise the device."

I'll be OK then, because I only do true taps.

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Re: Linux?

"And don't pretend you don't like the upvotes either cos thousands wouldn't believe you."

Give me an option to switch them all off (like some other forums have) and I'll do it. I'm sure it's fun for the kids to click a little thumb image but nobody with full mental faculties would take it in any way seriously.

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"Upload 1Gb per movie ? Some of my movies are closer to 5Gb in size, are you serious ? Wanna watch a movie, darling ? Ok, we will have to wait 30 minutes for it to download, darling."

You need a different device then. Something like a telly.

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Re: More a review of Windows than the tablet.

"Considering that the screen is the main input device I'd like to know what it's made of (I know it's not Gorilla glass 'cos everyone mentions that!) how it feels to drag a finger across it, whether it 'feels right' and what the image looks like."

The 10 linx at least comes with a pre-installed screen protector film, and seems to be fine to use with fingertips. I hadn't noticed it being a problem that I've ever thought about.

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Re: Price as a signal

"In 1 GB RAM? Sounds like bollocks to me."

Read the post again then. It says "10 inch version".

The 10 inch has 2GB, and it most definitely works.

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Re: I bought one of these for Christmas

"How much will it be when you've renewed your Office 365 subscription for a couple of years?"

Assuming that people want Office.

There seems to be deals around for the renewals with various prices if you do. £59.95 is the official, but I've seen offers in the £30 ish if you must have it.

However, £80 might just buy a new tablet and pass the old one on.

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Re: Good for the price

The OS Install uses WIMBoot so there is a lot more space remaining than you would think. 32GB good enough for Chromebook, good enough for Win8.1 WIMBoot.

The staples price for the 2GB 10inch was £79.95, plus another £15 if you wanted the matching docking keyboard/mousepad/stand.

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Re: Linux?

Does anyone over 12 years old use the upvote/downvote buttons?

If there was a profile settings option on this website to switch them off and make them invisible I would use it.

I invite anyone to click the down arrow here, I really won't even know or care. Why would anyone?

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Re: Price as a signal

I have one of these as a 10 inch version. Got it from Staples before Christmas for £79.95. The 8 was even cheaper, Staples made some kind of price error and thousands got them for half price. I sent in really old other tablet thing and I am waiting for a cashback making it cost £30.

My linx is running SQL Server Express, and IIS. It is also running one of the Visual Studio Expresses. It does it al flawlessly and without lag. It's very light, has an optional docking keyboard with mousepad and the battery does 7 hours. For £30 it is my first taste of an 8.1 tablet (and Win8.1) and will do nicely for helping me decide if I want to get the Tosh Click Mini when it appears in April.

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"If the user wants to get files to their tablet, they should transfer to a USB key then use the OTG cable to connect to the tablet and copied them to the tablet or add them to a micro SD card and insert directly to the micro SD slot and copy to the tablet from there."

Or just bounce it off a onedrive. Other cloud storage options available.

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US and UK declare red-team CYBER WAR – on EACH OTHER

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If you have enough money you can go on Ebay and purchase your tank.

However I doubt that there are many Ebay traders with Sabot rounds for a Buy-It-Now price.

On the other hand, I am pretty sure that there was plenty of chatter going on during the planning for 9/11.

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But is Gary McKinnon playing for the UK?

It only takes one aspergers guy in his bedroom to completely embarrass the Pentagon so much that they start frenzied extradition proceedings (instead of handsomely rewarding him for carryout a better pen test than their own guys could).

But anyway, doubtless we are neck-deep in Cisco kit, and the US spooks will just use their built in back doors.

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Acer Chromebook 13: The best Googletop on the market?

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Re: Damn it, just the one USB port

I find it very refreshing for a reviewer to realise that resolution for resolution's sake is not the be all and end all. A chromebook will never need 1920x1080 for 95% of users. But 95% of users will feel that they need 1920x1080;.

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I'll build a Hyperloop railgun tube-way in Texas, Elon Musk vows

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I'm picturing the new LHC, Large Hyperloop Collider.

Accelerating mass to near supersonic speeds is best done in the higher parts of the atmosphere where it is well out of reach of humans there are fewer things to bump into.

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Toshiba tosses out uber-slim THREE TERABYTE HDD

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Rhode Island only means two things to me, chickens and Family Guy.

Not sure either of those are any good at platter resuscitation.

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I'm going to get two of these, make a RAID 0 pair out of them, copy all my important data on to my wonder 6TB stripe set and then delete it from all other locations so I have only one copy on my super slim storage miracle.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Preserve the concinnity of English, caterwauls American university

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Should'f

Of replaces both have and 've.

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My young daughter (10) wrote "must have been hiding" in her homework.

Her young qualified teacher corrected her and told her that she should have written "must of been hiding".

Apparently this form has superseded the old way.

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iPhone addiction will RUIN YOUR LIFE – if only that were true

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I drove out of the car park at work last Friday, and got 1/4 mile down the road and realised I'd left my iPhone on charge on my desk.

I just kept going. It was still there on Monday, the world hadn't changed.

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India digs deep to bury neutrino-hunting chamber

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Re: mutated neutrinos

Perhaps the down-voter was 12 years old or less, anyone older is unlikely to be interested in the voting feature.

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

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Re: 5 adults AND 2 children?

"5 adults AND 2 children?

Really? Where - in that huge boot?"

Correct! Rear facing child seats.

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Re: More tricks than Ryanair, and a rubbish radio...

"Please note that the *only* country in Europe where DAB is remotely popular is the UK"

Apart from the other countries where it is popular. Particularly Scandinavia - in Norway there is an intended switch off of analogue FM in 2017. It's also quite popular in Germany where it was invented, being pushed by BMW. And the other other countries that are transitioning too.

*Not Wikipedia. WorldDab.org.

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Re: More tricks than Ryanair, and a rubbish radio...

"You realise that DAB is almost unheard of anywhere outside the UK, yes?"

You should have googled that before you wrote it. Some countries are already using DAB+ and the UK are still only talking about it. At least 20 countries are using this German developed broadcast tech.

But the USA have adopted Satellite radio instead of DAB because it better suits the geography. They probably don't bother with LW because there is no interest in Cricket.

Cars in the £50K+ range with a rear wiper? Well you already mentioned one when you wrote "range". It's not a function of the cost of the car, it's a requirement of the shape, having a flat back rather than a boot sticking out results in aerodynamics spraying water on the back window.

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Re: A few downsides

"And as someone previously said, making it less powerful doesn't improve the range at all. You might naturally assume that this is the case because internal combustion engines have this shortcoming, but the electric drivetrain really does not."

So driving it gently and carefully and not using a lead foot will not improve the range I get from a charge then?

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Re: If only..

"By the time you do a purge (O2 + Liquid H2 = Boom), chill the lines down (room temperature to absolute zero plus a smidge), load the H2, reseal the tank, the chap in the Tesla will have unplugged from the supercharger and left."

Or you could use something like one of the Chevrolet Equinox or the Honda FCX Clarity and fill up in a few minutes. From already existing filling stations.

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It's 4K-ing big right now, but it's NOT going to save TV

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Re: is there any content for these screens?

You can buy a GoPro camera and make your own 4K content, in your bedroom if you like.

4K is being phased in I believe, with some features still being decided on - one of those being HDR TV. 4K TVs currently on the market are effectively beta versions.

Personally I find that if the content being shown is good enough then I will happily enjoy it on a 23 inch CRT. If the content is rubbish then even iMax couldn't rescue it.

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