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11 posts • joined 24 Nov 2010

Apple TV tops connected set-top box chart

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Alternatively you can leave the TV switched off, and simply press and hold the un marked button in the middle of the cursor (the select button I think) on the Apple Remote until the light blinks and the Apple TV will now be in stand by.

Hope this helps.

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Has your account been pwned? New website will tell you

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Read on past the first paragraph...

"Data entered is not stored, re-used, or given to any third parties," the terms and conditions of the site explain. Tech savvy users can submit a SHA-512 hash of their email address or username as input instead of the plaintext version.

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Onkyo TX-NR609 AV network receiver

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"Tape Loop"

On the subject of the recording loop, and this is just based on looking at the image of the rear of the device, I would assume the 'vcr/dvr' section replaces the more traditional 'tape loop' but would still work in the same way but with the option of video too.

Again this is just based on the image nothing else.

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ICT classes in school should be binned – IT biz body

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Couldn't agree more...

The qwerty keyboard is now one of the main input devices for most things in modern life - being able to use it quickly and efficiently is a great skill (one I don't have) but the fact that it is no longer taught in school is kind of rediculous...

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Apple should grant TV makers licence to stream

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Not Exactly

"It also alows any file type to be played, not just the ones apple tell you you can use."

DLNA may work on general principal that any format can be supported, but the actual formats supported are still dictated by the device manufacturer. My DLNA Samsung TV, for example, will not play many HD formats and the issue existed with my previous set top DLNA client.

There is no way to add new codecs to either and so the DLNA functinality became pretty useless within a few months and has been replaced by a jailbroken Apple TV running XBMC.

I do think that DLNA is the way forward, but it isn't just Apple who restrict the formats supported.

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Ex-PM blocked Steve Jobs knighthood

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Honorary Knighthood

People who are not British and are awared a KBE actually get an honorary knighthood.

From what I can recall they are not allowed to be refered to as 'Sir' but they can put the letters KBE after their names. Bob Geldof, an Irish citizen, was awarded an honorary knight hood (although he is often refered to incorrectly as Sir Bob Geldof) as was Terry Wogan. The key difference between the two is that Wogan applied to become a British Citizen (as he was born before 1948 in Ireland he was automatically entitled to do so) and as a result he could then be awared an non-honorary kighthood and use the title 'Sir'.

So in answer to your question, nationality (and specifically not being British) does have a bearing on how the honour can be applied but not on who it can be applied too.

In general I agree with many here that Jobs wouldn't have deserved one anyway, surely a better candidate for an hour would be Jonathan Ive (the British man who designed many of the Apple products). Having just checked, it turns out he got a CBE in 2006.

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BBC apologises for Top Gear outrage

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title?

That warning would obviously need to be preceeded by the standard:

"This program contains string language from the offset."

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Google pinpoints bugs that send texts to wrong people

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I'm used to it

After two different (lower end) android phones in 6 months I've become used to waiting a bit before trying to use any feature.

My favourite is when the phone comes out of being locked you shouldn't check the clock for a few seconds because it will still be showing the time the phone was locked.

Roll on july when I can upgrade to a basic Nokia again!

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SWAT team besieges Illinois school in 'butt dialling' incident

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Hindsight is always 20/20

It is very easy to say now that the search was pointless now as we know exactly what happened.

However they (the SWAT team) had to be sure that the people holding him (the teacher) hostage hadn't foud out that he had managed to raise the alarm. Sent him home and told him to tell his wife it was all a misunderstanding so she would call off the SWAT team and they (the 'terrorists') could escape from their failed attempt without being caught.

Ideally the woman wouldn't have called the SWAT team in the first place and all this could have been avoided.

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ASSANGE ARRESTED in London - in court later today

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Erm...

I'm no legal expert, and maybe one can correct me if I'm wrong, but the hearing today is in realtion to an extradiation request, not the crimes themselves.

In the cases you mention, "serial rapists, mass murders etc" the authorituies need time to collate evidence for and a against i.e make sure they have enough information to put the person in prison (similarly the defence needs time to prove innocence if applicable).

I the case of Mr Assange, they simply need to determine that he is the man that the extradition is for (he handed himself in so we can assume that is covered) and that he will be given a fair trial if he is handed over.

Again, I'm no legal expert, but this is why I believe the case can be heard so quickly.

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Privacy-protecting social network opens up

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Real browser?

Erm, my browser seems pretty real to me!

The main problem with Diaspora is the name, 'Facebook' is made up of two easy to spell everyday words. It is relatively safe to assume that most users have a face and own at least one book (if Heat magazine counts as a book). So if you say to someone, 'Are you on Facebook?' they stand a chance of remembering and spelling the name.

However, if you ask some one 'Are they on Diaspora?' they will most like not have heard the word before (unless Cheryl Cole/Tweedy used it on X-Factor last week) and stand little chance of spelling it. I'm having enough trouble spelling it myself for this post.

Also they don't seem to own Diaspora.com which I think dooms them to failure.

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