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* Posts by Silverburn

1601 posts • joined 24 May 2011

Carphone Warehouse outs LG-made Google Nexus 4 smartphone

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Anyone else think these "leaks" are strategic ways of increasing click rates, and/or biasing user to visit the vendors site first for these new phones?

Just me? oh. Mines the one with the tinfoil hat.

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Microsoft's 'official' Windows 8 Survival Guide leaks

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Re: A suggested subtitle...

Alternatively:

"Stay calm and carry on"

{using w7}

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Renault Clio IV and R-Link Android console hands-on preview

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FAIL

Renault

Renault always scored well on the journalist reviews, because they only test them for a day or two. Not even that sometimes.

This conveniently skirts the small issue that nearly all Renaults change their badge to LOTUS at exactly 3 years or 60,000 miles.

LOTUS in the contect of Lots Of Trouble, Usually Serious.

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New Mac mini: Business in the front, party at the back

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Re: optical drives

Welcome to 201x, where optical media is getting replaced with DRM'ed downloads and streaming. Technically superior? Better quality? Probably not, but it does suit the media companies who 'claim' piracy of conventional media is ruining their business. Yeah right.

That and the small niggle that Apple don't support Blu-ray playback, and you're not likely to be buying crappy low res DVD's these days anyway if you're a media buff.

Re: laptop vs Mini...you do realise this is a desktop machine, right? And your laptop might be thinner, but it will be deeper and wider. But it's irrelevant as this is a desktop, remember...

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Re: Afordable?

* rabid. Doh.

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Re: Afordable?

Worth is perceptive.

To some of the more rapid fans, they'll be paying only half of what it's "worth".

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Re: 500MB hard disk eh?

For those with old mac mini's there's a very high probability they've got external storage attached. I'm one of them. So they'll probably save cash and go for 500gb.

It's nice that Apple thought about us oldies with Firewire 800's, but what about the display port? I've got an old 24" DVI Apple display which now needs an adaptor :-(

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Apple unsheathes MacBook 13-incher

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Never mind the length, feel the...

oh never mind.

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Silverburn

Re: The only snag...

For consumers, I doubt the ethernet is a big loss - most people use wifi, and only the towers/gaming rigs have cables hanging off them.

For corporates (who *do* use ethernet), it's not a big deal either - Apples corporate penetration is the exact square root of jack shit and they know it, so no great loss there.

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LG Vu 5in Android phone-tablet review

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Alien

Re: Lower PPI = usability

That's not how it works.

An button that's 0.5 cm across on iPad 1 is still 0.5 cm across on iPad 3.

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Researchers find not all EC2 instances are created equal

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Re: Stop comparing Amazon with your DC

- It will never solve the issue of data confidentiality but, eventually, it will make us get used not to worry about it.

Not if you work for a bank. If anything worrying *more* is the current preferred approach.

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I propose a new operating model...

..One where you buy your own kit, and stick it in a DC (your own or 3rd party). That way you know what you're getting, and when it's running, and the costs are fixed. Use your own DC, and you even get added security thrown in.

Surprised nobody has thought of this before....oh wait.

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Apple iPod Touch 5G review

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FAIL

Raised/proud camera lense = scratch-tastic, fancy lens material or not.

Recess the lens please!

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The hoarder's dilemma, or 'Why can't I throw anything away?'

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Re: I found in my dads garage.

and if you're like me, you'll scour ebay to max out the RAM, HD, maybe find a video card...under the vain pretense you can make it relevant and useful again. Only to find Crysis does'nt run.

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Indeed. Cable and connector hoarding is absolutely natural. You never know when you might need that 20m CAT5 ethernet cable. Or that 3m SCART. Or that USB cable with that propriatory terminal (usually Sony). Usually for that 2mp camera...that's in the other box. As a backup, you understand.

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Why James Bond's Aston Martin Top Trumps the rest

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Re: Well....

I personally felt CR earned one of it's downticks for that travesty alone. I mean...Jimmy Bond...in a rented Mundane-o...that isn't being crashed, riddle with bullets or being driven like it was stolen (usually by him).

And I hear the next one means ditching his vodka martini's for...of all things...a Heineken. FFS.

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I believe most of the problems were not that the BMW were bad car per se. It was that they made bad stunt cars. Mainly due to the hardwired electronics not realising that doing a massive power slide, on the rev limiter with the tail out was *intentional*, not accidental.

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Look behind you, WD: Seagate's turned up, and it has 3 biz drives

Silverburn

Theoretically, I can now max out my drobo at last. And my credit card at the same time.

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New Oz road rules forbid touching mobes

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Unhappy

You got to retire???

You're one of the lucky ones. Us youngers will be dead long before we hit our retirement ages. Not that our pensions will be worth jack shit anyway.

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Apple ordered to open its books on iPhone, iPad profits

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On a serious note, this could be important. Apple will need to prove direct damage to their bottom line by the introduction of these "offending" Samsung products.

And even worse, they'd need to prove that it's the design from the violated patent that cause Samsung to gain market share at the expense of Apple.

If the judge has any sense, he'll tell Apple to take a hike with their multi-bn claim, and peg it at $1.

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Apple loses UK 'Samsung copied us' appeal: Must publicly GROVEL

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Happy

Re: Still smiling

You always know where you are with Samsung

In court, fighting Apple?

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Valve's Half-Life

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Black Helicopters

HL3

Just waiting for Hl2.3/3 to round it all off now...C'mon Gabe, get your finger out!

helicopters...'cos the set peice with the apaches & the rocket launcher was great.

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Mission to Pluto faces DEEP SPACE DEBRIS PERIL

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Credit where it's due

Acts of micrometeorite aside, navigating something travelling at 30,000 on a journey of a million miles and parking it in orbit at it's destination deserves some kudos.

Bravo chaps.

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Microsoft Surface priced up for Blighty

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Windows

Magnetic power supply...

Apple lawyers on standby.

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Microsoft Surface: Designed to win, priced to fail

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Re: Fandroid name

It was probably the same guy who came up with Fanboi; the aim being to cleverly cause equal amount of afrontage to those as rabid about Android as those rabid about Apple.

if being insulted by being called a Fanboi or a Fandroid, it means either:

a) You need to worry less

b) You need think about whether your love of a particular platform is perhaps not as objective as it should be

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Global notebook sales tank in recent months

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Linux

Re: Linux laptops

Linux might be the funky monkey as far as OS'es go, but with only 1% of the audience using it, you'd really need a strong offer to go into this vertical market (by providing a native linux build) and hopefully make a profit.

The margins really are wafer thin at the best of times, and the additional overhead of building a 2nd channel into your production model purely for linux builds (and then there's the issue of which one to use) for only 1% of the market probably isn't that cost effective for all but the largest of vendors. You - as the customer - won't see any significant cost savings.

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British car parks start reading number plates

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Should the car park really be a worry then travel by motorcycle, as SwishPARK admits that the lack of front plate makes two-wheeled transport invisible to them

That and the fact most (but not all) council motorbike parks are still free anyway. And probably closer.

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How very "unsporting"

No more the calculated gamble of being a few minutes later for the meter (c'mon...who *hasn't* done this?)...instead, the second you go overdue you get fined.

Once again, technology has taken the fun out of another of life's games. Gone now is the chance of a small victory celebration as you go overdue by 5 minutes yet avoid a ticket.

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Wanted! 4m-plus PC purchases to halt industry decline

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Facepalm

Re: To all the computer OEMs

- A minimum of at least 8MB of RAM or better.

I think we broke the "standard 8mb RAM" barrier some time ago...

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WTF is... NFC

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Black Helicopters

Security

Article could do with more information on native security of NFC, and security weaknesses?

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Tibetan STATUE found by 1930s NAZI expedition is of ALIEN ORIGIN

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Boffin

However, the ethnological and art historical details of the “iron man” sculpture, as well as the timing of the sculpturing, currently remain speculative

I love the way Scientists come out with statements like this. Why can't he just say it properly? ie:

"That's just a load of total bollox innt?"

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Event Horizon Telescope spots source of black hole jets

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Universe = depressingly vast

At 50 millions years, even if we *could" travel at 10 x 'c' as NASA would like, it would still take us 5 million years to get there and see this with our own eyes.

Note to NASA: 10 x c (or equivalent) will not be enough...space/time dimensional tunnelling required methinks...

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Space Station ready to SWERVE sat junk hurtling towards it

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Re: Space-cleaners

A sound concept, except a lot of the (detectable) crap up there is only a couple of inches across, making recovery tricky and high cost. And getting hit by a metallic object at 500 m/sec is gonna do damage whether it's 2 inches or 20 feet in size.

And thus the NASA dilema on how to clean it all up.

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Boffin

that the red zone is a 50 km square, 1.5 km deep, surrounding the ISS.

Given Space is 3D, surely a sphere would be be more logical? In fact, surely it would be rugby ball shaped, with the long axis on the path of travel?

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Japanese boffins unfurl banner above newly-discovered Element 113

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Re: half life?

Yes.

You're maybe thinking of whether it should be called an element if it cannot survive in natural conditions...anywhere in the universe.

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Hobbyist star-gazer cops amazing eyeful of Jupiter's space ball

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Re: It's an 11" Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain

I don't think DSLR's can maintain the necessarily framerate, and given most of the image processing is done by the telescope, the SLR part is mostly overkill.

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Silverburn

Given you can now blow £10k on a top end road bicycle (never mind the accessories or clothing), it's fair to say that hobby spending - any hobby - really knows no limits.

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Rumour: Asus rejects $99 Nexus 7... rumour

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...assuming they can prove it is indeed subsidised, of course.

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Unhappy

Permanently subsided products to sell them at below cost and gain market share = anti-competitive.

Guaranteed Satan's minions (aka Apple lawyers) are standing by on this one.

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McFlurry McMisdemeanour costs Welsh lass McJob

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Re: Wasted talent

and that *despite* her UK university education.

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Re: McBastards

McShite?

That wasn't chocolate she sprinkled on...

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Skydiver sets date for 'supersonic' edge-of-space PLUNGE

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Re: Mach 3

oh man. Brown trouser moment there.

Though I understand a flight in the SR71 was typically just a series of brown trouser moments.

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Apple MacBook Air 13in review

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Re: Next up...

I'm sure el reg could have tested within 24hrs of release had they wanted to.

But - just like the car mags - the real value comes in the long term tests, where they are exposed to real world usage. And given the stupendous prices Apple charges, you'd really want to be extra sure you were making a good investment.

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Re: External drives?

Not really - unless you're planning to video edit a 1080p holywood blockbuster, or finalising that nuclear reactor design in AUTOCAD while sitting in starbucks. Which I doubt. For 90% of users, what they do while portable will not be the same as the stuff they do at their desk.

For most, the most storage intensive stuff (while mobile) will be showing off family vids and photo's and watching/listening to a few (not all) of their media files while travelling, whereas Word and powerpoint stuff will barely register. So the Authors comments about iphoto and itunes are pertinent for the majority of users.

And if you're the minority who wants more while portable, why are you even looking at the Air? Surely a fully specced retina or Win box with conventional high capacity spinning media is more your thing?

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I have the same itunes/iphoto problems, with a 160gb and 560gb respectively. I solved this through setting up 2 external drives, and storing stuff there.

- for itunes stuff, I just transfer the stuff (videos/tv shows mainly) to the internal drive locally when it's needed. Plays just fine using quicktime; itunes itself is not needed.

- for iphoto, I leave it all on the external, and use the photostream feature for stuff you want portable, though it's a bit hit and miss.

- 2nd drive is for time machine.

Not an ideal setup I admit, but at these sizes of both libraries not many laptops (win or OSX) can take both completely.

No, the real problem is imovie. It's a storage bitch if you plan to be portable.

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Mighty quake shook ENTIRE PLANET, broke tectonic plate

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Happy

Doomed!

We're doomed! All doomed! Doomed I tell ya!

Oh wait - maybe not.

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Apple weekend iPhone 5 sales miss forecasts

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Boffin

I know exactly how this analyst did this, because I just did it myself.

1. Look around office, and shout out "so who's getting a new iP5 then. once it's announced?"

2. Count number of responses. Count both the "yes" and "meh"'s as YES

3. Faint surprise when the "meh"'s don't buy once phone spec is actually announced

4. Rationalise the "meh" responses down to the reason that since most are 4/4S users already and probably running IOS6, there's no real reason (aka killer new feature) to upgrade for.

Where do I send my analyst invoice to...?

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Pirate Party takes Mayor's chair in Swiss city

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that the organization is in disarray in that country. Earlier this month, reports emerged of organizational problems – including non-payment of fees, in-fighting, and poor strategy.

Until they add "embezzlement of public funds", "moral flexibility" and "corruption" to the list, they'll never be a real political party. Looks like they're halfway there though...

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Events in stratosphere can affect Earth's entire climate

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Boffin

So popping off a few nukes in the high atmosphere is still ok, right...?

http://www.john-daly.com/bigbangs.htm

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