* Posts by Lallabalalla

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Beware of merging, telcos. CHEAPER SPECTRUM follows

Lallabalalla

No no no

We, the retail consumers, pay for everything. Note: Every. Thing. The multinationals, as noted above, reclaim the cost of the spectrum through lower taxation, any fiscal shortfall is paid for by us. A lot of them don't pay any tax anyway - Vodaphone for example. Oil analogy? When oil goes up, pump prices go up, and usually fail to come down again with any sort of promptness. Fixed costs are passed on to us as a baseline minimum price, on top that it's all profit, which doesn't get taxed because of writing off other costs against tax and moving surpluses offshore, and round we go again.

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Yotaphone 2: The two-faced pocket-stroker with '100 hours' batt life

Lallabalalla

Re: @ Lallabalalla

You're an idiot

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Lallabalalla

Re: @ Lallabalalla

Actually I'm ruminating on its usefulness as an e-reader when compared to a kindle, first and foremost - but don't let actually reading the post stand in the way of an ill-informed and boorish personal attack. This *is* the Internet, after all.

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Re: @ Lallabalalla

No, it's a discussion about whether we are looking at useful innovation or a gimmick, comparing it what is currently available and I know about i.e. the phone I currently use.

If you would like to talk about the need to grow up I think you should look at your pathetic need to resort to cliches like "sheeple" (the use of which immediately marks you out as a brainless drone whether the expression is one you use or one you project onto other people because that's really how you think) and your saddening insecurity that a "clever remark" is somehow therefore invalid over the man-in-the-street stupidity of your own "argument".

So you think having an eInk screen is genuinely clever? Bully for you. You are welcome to your opinion. I think it may be worthwhile but question its real value. That's my opinion and if you don't like it perhaps YOU could grow up enough to argue the toss without arguing like a tosser.

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Lallabalalla

Re: And the best part

Not so sure about using it as an eBook: that curved screen looks like making reading the words either side of the page a PITA in bright light, or side-light, and I find that I have the paperwhite's backlight switched on *always* (at various levels).... my old Kobo didn't have a backlight and that was mostly OK, but having tried a backlit one I'd never go back.

And finally.... I have an iPhone6 which was only £70 more expensive and has 62-odd Gb (of useable memory for apps as well as pics/music) and I really don't have an issue seeing the screen in even the brightest sunlight. Most of the time the brightness is set down to about 1/3rd of full power. Sorry, Apple-haters but the battery life is also very good (2 days+) even with wifi and GPS on permanently. Bring on the downvotes. Haters gonna hate, potaters gonna potate.

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Sonic BOOM: 10 blast-tastic soundbars

Lallabalalla

Cheap option

Any halfway decent computer speaker system - with or without a subwoofer - can be a massive improvement over stock. Just plug it into the headphone socket. From Creative to Hardman Kardon: Expect to pay under a hundred for Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II or Creative A550 (5.1) systems...

Compared to a standard telly they sound great, though I find subwoofers a bit overpowering personally.

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Pebble: The brilliant stealth wearable Apple's Watch doesn't see coming

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Re: Battery Life

It also charges when you look at it. Like others, I wear mine all day and put it on the bedside table at night. It has kept faultless time for 3 years and outlived 2 leather straps: I've fitted a stainless one and find it just as comfortable (the original canvas strap was just horrible).

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Unhappy

Re: Where Pebble fails?

Still fugly.

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PHONDLESLAB-ULOUS: Motorola Moto X Android phablet

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Re: I'll bite

Speaker placement is as much an art as a science, but one thing you *don't* want to do is face them towards each other from either side of a room.

As a rule they should go against the same wall (a short distance out from the wall), a variable distance apart with an amount of "toe-in". The optimum place to sit is where the "cone of sound" from each speaker creates a Venn Diagram-like sound space. Speaker height is also a factor, and all of this depends on the speakers and the room they're in. It's complicated. A good initial placement is an equilateral triangle with the listener at the apex. For floorstanding speakers, try placing them so that they are initially approximately 9 feet from the listener (and 9 feet from each other as well), then adjust from there.

see http://www.gcaudio.com/resources/howtos/speakerplacement.html

also http://howto.wired.com/wiki/Set_Up_Your_Speakers?

The engineers who crafted the final mix had their speakers set up similar to this, and that is how you reproduce their efforts. Firing them at each other from opposite sides of the room will set up an interference pattern you don't want. What you DO want is for the two outputs to mix rather than clash.

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Bug fixes! Get your APPLE BUG FIXES! iOS and OS X updates right here!

Lallabalalla
FAIL

Brand new iPhone 6 here, with all the latest software

You can open iMovie and Garageband (2 more pointless apps on a phone I can't imagine) and they just crash straight out to nothing every time.

SO impressive.

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up

Lallabalalla

Re: VM outages in North London

I'm in N11 - we've had a few ups and downs over the last 9 months.. mostly ups, once I had complained about the very slow connection (<2.5mbps) after supposedly being "upgraded" to 50mbps and they poked something with a stick*. Didn't notice this latest one at all though, and everything seems normal at >= 50mbps

*BT used to actually do this to jolt an ADSL connection back to life!

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Apple gearing up for Watch BONANZA

Lallabalalla

Re: Sweat sniffing sensor?

No worries: a year down the line and there'll be a sweat-sniffing version available. And we're all supposed to buy a second Watch at that point. Well, maybe. The v.1 will still be worth a lot on eBay I suppose. That's just the way Apple roll.

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

Lallabalalla

That Flexson deck....

It looks *awfully* like my ancient Rega3!! The Rega is an awesome deck, second only to an LP12 IMHO ... hot damn! I know what I want for Xmas now... but we're talking an absolute FORTUNE for all the bits.

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Doctor Who trashing the TARDIS, Clara alone, useless UNIT – Death in Heaven

Lallabalalla

Re: FFS

Haters gonna hate. That's right kids.

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Bendy, but hangs loose too: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10-inch Android tab

Lallabalalla

Re: 2 year warranty

Thumbs down from Kobo lovers, but I'm telling you: We have 2x Kobo Touch and a (13 month old broken) Kobo Glo. Compared to them the Kindle is just awesome. When you touch it, it turns the page. No waiting. No manic stabbing the display. No resetting the device because it froze again. TO coin a phrase - it just works.

Amazon are cheaper than Smiths too. And don't give me crap about "supporting the evil empire" unless you are prepared to live in a cave and eat roadkill, otherwise it's BS. Plus, have you ever tried to FIND any of those 1,000,000 free books on Kobo? Good luck with that.

Anyway, the point is that our Kobo Glo broke after 13 months and Smiths were all "2 year guarantee? No. We don't know the law and we don't care, either".

As far as the Yoga: we have a v1 at work and it's pretty awful, so the bar wasn't very high. I hope the v2 is better as the screen size is decent. I believe the one to beat at the budget end these days is the new Hudl though?

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Lallabalalla

2 year warranty

Same goes for WH Smith and the dire Kobo hardware. If you're wondering if you should get one - just - don't.

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TalkTalk's 'unbeatable signal strength' and 'fastest Wi-Fi tech' FIBS silenced by ad watchdog

Lallabalalla

I have a VM Superhub...

and live in a large brick 3-bed semi. We have the router stuffed down the side of the telly on the floor by the window at one end of the front room, quite close to the numerous plugboards etc that run the 2 stb's the tv, the ps3, the dvd and the phone - in other words, probably the worst possible siting - and we get a passable signal everywhere. In the bathroom, which is as far from it as you can get and involves the floor and at least two brick walls (if you don't count the doorways which are only filled with glass downstairs and wood upstairs (if the doors are shut) we get usually 3 or 4 bars signal strength on any device....allowing me to sit in the bath and download ebooks while hopefully not dropping the kindle.... I think you might want to get them to send an engineer round!

P.S. TalkTalk: Worst. ISP. Ever.

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Samsung slams door on OLED TVs, makes QUANTUM dot LEAP

Lallabalalla

Never seen gogglebox then

A prog which proves beyond doubt that actual real people sit around with a glass of wine and watch tv together. It's a social glue that sticks families and friends together and will never be replaced by 5 people sitting around watching X Factor on their individual screens.

Even if this does come to pass it will not be the equivalent of the current experience and we will be the poorer for it - which is why I don't think it will happen.

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Boxing clever? Amazon Fire TV is SO CLOSE to being excellent

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Re: Wii Console

480p looks poor even on a 28" set :(

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Google Glassholes haven't achieved 'social acceptance' - report

Lallabalalla

The only use-case for me would be....

if the camera in them could overlay the display in realtime with an image corrected for my crappy vision, magnifying at x1.5 for walking around and driving, x2.5 for computer work, x3.5 for reading a book and x5 for real close-up stuff like fixing the gears on my bike. I'd pay $1,000 for that. I'd also want a bifocal option.

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Snapper's decisions: Whatever happened to REAL photography?

Lallabalalla

Re: Interchangeable viewfinders

Our standard 35mm was Nikon F1 with a photomic head, which could be swapped out for a regular finder, and allowed for interchangeable screens too.

The overriding reason for this was true 1-1 WYSIWYG -ness.

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Lallabalalla

Re: 10 x 8

I used to do this too, but we used tungsten lighting/film. The heat meant you had to work quite fast once the set was dressed but the results could be spectacular. <>30 second exposures rather than 30 flashes!

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Lallabalalla

Re: Re-learning Photography

+1 for having a Nikkormat *that still works* - though this might be because you don't use it much!?

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Forget the $2499 5K iMac – today we reveal Apple's most expensive computer to date

Lallabalalla

This may be true in America

but in the UK my opinion is that the moniker "Model T" should go to the Sinclair Spectrum (or the ZX80? Or the BBC Micro?).

Ok never mind.

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Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012

Lallabalalla

If you were a shareholder

you wouldn't question the fact that shares have gone up from 52 to 79, or how that happened.

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Computer misuse: Brits could face LIFE IN PRISON for serious hacking offences

Lallabalalla

Re: "Serious Crime Bill"?

They did a remake - the original was still the 2 Ronnies but with Cleese in The Frost Report. In black and white!

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OnePlus One cut-price Android phone on sale to all... for 1 HOUR

Lallabalalla

Nothing on earth would induce me to buy from this company

They are utter, utter Hoxtons. I thought Apple were bad enough.

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FYI: OS X Yosemite's Spotlight tells Apple EVERYTHING you're looking for

Lallabalalla

Re: I've had enough

Send it to me, I'll give you £20 for the evil spying death machine**

**totally brilliant laptop

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Lallabalalla

Re: Same as iOS 8

"It's for searching you local harddrive."

Of course it is. Or was - now it's for both, and it saves me the trouble of opening a browser and searching Google as well as my local drive. Though it returns Bing results - which IIRC also returns Google results, or used to (?) so I may have to google as well, anyway - but, I'm pleased it does this.

I can understand why the tin-hat brigade, crims, terrorists and kiddie-pornsters would object. Personally I couldn't give a stuff.

Downvote me all you like - I even prefer targeted adverts, because I'd rather see ads for things I'm interested in than stannah stairlifts, trouser presses and goldfish tiaras.

So sue me.

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

Lallabalalla

Re: Very worrying!

Very hard to tell at this stage whether the soft sim is the answer to your prayers or your worst nightmare.

I suppose worst case is you'll have to carry around 5 handsets - rather good news for *somebodys business model - but surely this is precisely the scenario the soft sim was intended to prevent?

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iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac: World feels different today – and it IS

Lallabalalla

"Nothing 'new ' here that gives me a reason"

Nobody asked you to. Move along now.

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

Lallabalalla

Re: Utopian drivel

Presumably electronic ones *can't be spoiled.... so you have to vote for *someone even if you hate them all :(

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Apple hit by INSIDER LEAK: New iPad Mini 3, iPad Air 2 blabbed

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Pint

Re: I don't get the fuss

"There is really nothing about these new ipads that make them worth upgrading to" ...... That depends on which iPad - if any - you currently use. I still have an iPad1 and while I probably will be upgrading it one day, that isn't going to happen any time soon unless my DS drops it in the bath. (tempting fate here, I know).

I don't know where this myth that there are millions of rabid consumers out there who instantly buy everything the day it's released and eBay the old one comes from, but I'm pretty sure that it *is* a myth, perpetrated by those grinches with a cheap point to make and no other way to justify it.

So actually, there IS no fuss. There will always be a few with more money than they know what to do with who upgrade every year, but again - a few. Probably just Stephen Fry and his mates.

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Lallabalalla

Re: ** Yawn **

What would you have them make instead? Really, though?

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Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function

Lallabalalla

Re: Cards, text... this is basic stuff

I see from the downvote that the m$ shill is alive and well

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Lallabalalla

Re: Unswayed

I dunno - we could all stand around and wave "byebye"

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Lallabalalla
FAIL

Cards, text... this is basic stuff

Should be titled "My First Web App", this is the sort of stuff 14 year olds are doing for their ICT coursework. and from the sound of it, doing it better.

And - Powerpoint?? For dinosaurs, and the Very Boring. Anyone with an ounce of savvy uses Prezzy these days.

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Virgin Media DOUBLE-PUNCHED by BSkyB AND BT over ad fibs

Lallabalalla

Re: up-to: the scurge of advertisement.

I don't like their set top box either: A friend had one and half the EPG is missing in favour of advertising about crappy virgin "must-have" programming and services. You can't see what is actually on, and the VM stuff is "sticky" at the top of the listings so you're constantly in danger of clicking on the damn thing by mistake.

Freeview rules! Add a "smart TV" (there's an oxymoron for you!) which has built-in catch-up apps from the Beeb, C4 etc and you're good to go. Usually able to plug in a USB stick if you're desperate, though you can usually only record what you're watching as AFAIK there aren't too many twin-tuner TVs out there.

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Lallabalalla

Re: Incomplete information

No it doesn't, I'm pretty sure. I get 50mb broadband and "Talk Unlimited" (which isn't really of course - and which we hardly ever call out on) for £23.50 - but then there's £15.99 whacked on top for the line rental.

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Lallabalalla

I have VM fibre optic broadband: we have a cable coming directly into the house, not a particle of copper in sight. Steady at 50Mbps for 8 months, and holding.

You'll only get FTTC if they don't have an FO cable laid in your street that they can run a spur from.

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Coughing for 4G, getting 2G... Networks' penny-pinching SECRETS REVEALED

Lallabalalla

Survey rated O2 highly?

Really? survey by whom? And compared to what exactly? No signal at all?

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Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express

Lallabalalla

Look on the bright side

at least we didn't have to allow for the inexplicable lezzie lizard woman, her slave maid lover and that annoying rough mechanical phil mitchell lookalike. WTF are they all about anyway?

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Lallabalalla

Bring back a "Leela"

Speaking of Tom Baker....we could really do with a genuinely strong female asst. who makes decisions, goes off-piste, has an effect on the storyline and isn't a complete drip. IMO.

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WOMEN, your 'SUPERPOWER' is ... NOT asking for a RAISE: Satya Nadella

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Flame

Re: the real wow

No he didn't - he claimed to have "said it wrong", not that "it" was wrong. Then he put the onus on "the industry" to put things right instead of taking responsibility to do this himself as head of a huge corporation. He's a weasel dickwad CEO same as the rest of them.

I call shill.

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Ello, 'ello, what's all this then? We take a spin on the new social network driving everyone loopy

Lallabalalla

Invite me, I won't come

12 trendy twats in a small room who don't talk to each other? My idea of hell. I used to work in Hoxton, that was enough.

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Emma Watson should SHUT UP, all this abuse is HER OWN FAULT

Lallabalalla

Re: Who cares about Emma Watson?

That's funny - I thought she was self-conscious, stilted and wooden as an actress whose only real qualifications for the job were that she was a) available b) willing and c) looked like Hermione Granger, but now she's making a rather splendid grown-up who I hope will go far in the mould of say, Shirley Temple.

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Apple iPhone 6 Plus: GORGEOUS FAT pixel density - but it's WASTED

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FAIL

5 months is the new 2 years?

"Also, apple fanbois buy the new phone each time it comes out, my work colleague got an iphone 5 10 months ago, and now, not even needing a 6, she bought one"

If she got a 5 10 months ago she clearly DIDN'T get one as soon as it came out, now did she. Your argument fails.

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iPhone 6: Most exquisite MOBILE? No. It is the Most Exquisite THING. EVER

Lallabalalla
Coat

I don't get it

Very funny, but I could just read the Fry article, it's just as ludicrous.

And, I feel *really* sorry for Roberto.

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iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!

Lallabalalla
FAIL

After what happened after AerialGate....

we can expect to see a few CVs being dusted off I wouldn't wonder.

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First Irish boy band U2. Now Apple pushes ANOTHER thing into iPhones, iPods, iPads

Lallabalalla

Re: "old" iPad 2?

That's not facetious, it's great news. If only they'd stop bothering my iPhone4 with the opportunity to update to iOS7, too.

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