* Posts by phr0g

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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

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Re: @phrog

"At any rate, if the file(s) you have were examples of that, the experiment proves nothing except (possibly) that upscaled CD audio is little better than regular quality. And even that's assuming the test was experimentally sound."

No, I specifically chose music that was 1. Recommended to me by "audiophiles" and 2. Examples of "demo" HD music that was being used as "advertisement" of the wares of the particular, very respectable purveyor of quality music.

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Re: Overcutting their artists...

I bought some 24/96 music to do a test recently. I downsampled it to 16/44.1 and null tested the files (this involves making an inverse copy of one and combining them...which if you did with identical files would produce a file consisting of nothing).

There was absolutely nothing audible in the difference file. 4 minutes or so of complete silence.

It did have information in it, but that was a small amount at around 17 KHz and -80dB (one, it's a higher frequency than most can hear, 2, it's at a level well below that of "silence" in a normal listening room (or even studio)). There was some other stuff in the difference file, at over 20 KHz and at between -100 and -120 dB.

I have done this test a few times now and it's always the same story.

A CD is enough to give any human the absolute maximum fidelity they can perceive.

The problem is that in recent years, CDs have been over compressed (dynamically) and often to the point of clipping (the peaks are simply cut off). This gives them an initial LOUD sound which is apparently great for radio, but makes them sound bloody awful.

I have a stack of HD recordings now, which are all better than the CD. But each and every one of them sounds equally good when downsampled and burned back to CD.

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Amazon sets FIRE to your living room in bid to shake up TV streaming

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Re: "unlimited content for kids aged 3 to 8 at a cost of $2.99 per youngster"

I would imagine that would be "other devices connected on a different account"?

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Samsung Galaxy S5 in El Reg's claws: This time the 'S' is for 'sensible'

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Meh

Re: Huh?

Never understood this argument. I have my private Note 2 and my works iPhone 5 in the same pocket.

Do you wear leggings?

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Despite Microsoft Surface RT debacle, second-gen model in the works

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Re: Wow, it truly is amazing the mis-steps Microsoft is making.

What a load of cock.

Gmail sucks. Really sucks. And I say that as someone who has his main email on Gmail. Business uses Outlook. We do, many others do, and the chasmistic difference in usefulness Outlook has over Gmail (or any other third rate webmail service) is like saying I would forward my pint of Guiness to a glass of cat piss.

Jesus H on a bike.

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Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Ultrabook: Your new summer convertible?

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Re: oh, ffs

A small orange weighs the same as my Android phone yet costs 1000x less...Your point is?

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US Navy coughs $34.5m for hyper-kill railgun that DOESN'T self-destruct

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Re: Game changing?

The rail gun was king in Q2 though (Which was "my" game) :)

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A simple SSL tweak could protect you from GCHQ/NSA snooping

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Angel

Re: Key exchange for dummies.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/06/03/quantum_boffins_get_spooky_with_time/

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When Apple needs speed and security in Mac OS X, it turns to Microsoft

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Re: Hmmmmmmmm

I can see loads of managers going for "compatible" kit that costs 1.5 to 2x as much for the same underlying hardware...not.

May increase BYOD sales in the shiny, difficult to upgrade laptops though.

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Cold, dead hands of Steve Jobs slip from iPhones: The Cult of Ive is upon us

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Re: Lowercase keyboard?

Quite different. I imagine most people rarely use the caps lock on a real keyboard (except Eadon), rather they simply press shift at the same time therefore it is rather difficult to not realise you're typing in uppercase, whereas on a screen keyboard most will indeed press caps lock.

It is very useful to see what is being typed. And more to the point, it's possible so why not? Or at least have a choice.

I have an HTC One X and an iPhone 5. The HTC keyboard is a masterpiece in comparison to one on iOS. And what's more, I can change it to any number of other keyboards.

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Reports: New Xbox could DOOM second-hand games market

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FAIL

silly argument

"New" Steam games cost a lot more than in the shops or online. When they get old they go on sale.

just like the games that you buy in the shop or online.

It is exactly the same.

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Another Chinese thing you can see from space: Lenovo's sales

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Re: That is becasue they offer all their machine pre downgraded to Windows 7 from Windows 8.

We only buy Lenovo. And strangely enough they come with Windows 7. And immediately get upgraded to 8 and Office 2013.

It's a shame they are 1920x1080 now mind you. That sucks.

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More than half of Windows 8 users just treat it like Windows 7

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Re: Not surprising

"Be honest here, do you really have a choice?"

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Personally, no, but of course we could leave the systems on Win7 of course, but then Win 8 brings with it the advantages of native Hyper-V support.

All work is done on VMs sitting on our SSD drives which in turn are running various Windows Server versions.

But either way I have Win8 on both my laptop and desktop at home. On one I am testing Classic Shell, but it makes little difference to be honest, apart from slowing down the access to certain functions.

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Happy

Not surprising

If you buy a 2 GUI system that has an almost infinte amount of software of any type you want readily available for the old one and mainly repeat recreational stuff available for the new one then that's gonna be what the majority use.

Hell I am a Windows developer, and we are all swapping to Windows 8 on non-touch machines at work. It's painless enough once you've gone through the first 10 minutes of "What the heck". Some people install Classic shell, some don't. Makes little difference in the scheme of things.

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MYSTERY Nokia Lumia with gazillion-pixel camera 'spotted'

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I'm in.

Definitely interested. I like WP8 and I want a decent camera that can mean I don't carry a compact all the time. I almost bought the 808 despite the crappy OS and screen.

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Steve JOBS finally DEFEATS the PC - from BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Re: Windows 8 destroyed the PC>

"No, it didn't, hasn't and won't."

Totally agree.

My desktop is ancient...upgraded bit by bit every year or so.

My laptop is 30 months old, but an i7 with a fast GPU (Asus G73). That will last at least another couple of years.

PCs and laptops have peaked. They don't need to be any more powerful. They have batteries that can be replaced.

Slabs on the other hand mostly don't have a replaceable battery (which WILL die) and a small amount of storage and memory. They are in their infancy and improving hugely all the time.

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phr0g

Re: Hybrids

"doesn't the android update 4.2 add multi user support on tablets?

Still - I'd love a proper linux on a tablet."

It does.

But access to downloaded apps is per google account. So ultimately useless. I want to be able to download games and apps with my account, and also allow my kids (and SWMBO) to use them, without access to my mail or purchases.

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Re: Hybrids

I thought that too.

I *need* a new tablet as my Samsung 8.9 is going to a sprog :)

I want one with a 10+ " screen, preferably at least fullHD and definitely one with an OS with true multi-usewr support.

That leaves me with Windows 8 (or possibly Linux on a Nexus 10, but then there is no warranty).

So I am toying with the idea of the likes of the Acer W700 or Lenovo Yoga 13. I have until September to decide :)

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phr0g

Re: Prognostication

Give me a 10" Galaxy Note over a glorified app launcher with the wrong shaped screen any day. Even if the note cost more.

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Android is a mess and needs sprucing up, admits chief

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Re: Same article?

Actually I much prefer my HTC One X to vanilla Android. It's nice to have choice. And free launchers on the market will give any handset a stock flavour...Nova, ADW, etc.

On the other hand I hate my iPhone 5 UI. The keyboard is too fiddly for my fingers and I can't change it. ALL the apps must appear on the homescreens which I can't change and I curse every time I want to sent some tunes to it from the "wrong" PC.

Android UE is 10x iPhone imo.

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Spotify spews 'unencrypted' FREE MP3s all over creation

phr0g

CD will give perfect playback of anything in the 0 to 22 KHz range (Nyquists theorum)

Anything more is inaudible.

SACD is only useful for surround encoded music, HD music is only useful for making money from ignorant audiophiles.

(Many SACDs and HD albums DO sound better, but because they have been mastered better, without nasty compression clipping the peaks - The same could be done to the CD, but then they would struggle to charge £20 for it.)

As for MP3 at 320 KBps. It's pretty much transparent to the CD, and perfectly good.

By the way, Spotify use the Ogg codec anyway, which is even better.

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Ten Windows tablets

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Re: Ten Windows Tablets - the Eadon Review

For Eadon they would do well to have a "Put user to bed with Milky bokkle" button.

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Oz shop slaps browsers with $5 just looking fee

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FAIL

Re: Touch Call

So what happens if nothing fits?

They would have to prise it out of my cold, dead hands. Do tell where it is so I and others can avoid going.

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Samsung's new Galaxy S 4: iPhone assassin or Android also-ran?

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Sounds great

If only I had waited and not got my One X back in July. The One X is a great phone,but I miss the replaceable battery and card slot.

I love the idea of air gestures, and having played with the S3 I think more should be made of the ability Samsung have added to have more than one app on the screen.

IAs an expat, the translation thing might have been useful had it included the language of my chosen home.

It'll undoubtedly sell like hotcakes.

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Amazon yanks SimCity download from store

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FAIL

a rock and a hard place

I'd love to give up EA, but just about the only game I play these days is Fifa on the PS3, and I need to buy it once a year.

I'd go to PES, but they don't have all the naming licenses. ;(

It does suck though. It sucks Donkey balls.

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Reg readers brew up the ultimate cuppa

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Swedish COOP own brand English Breakfast tea for me.

Brew time 30 seconds with much stirring and squashing

milk, semi skimmed

sugar DEFINITELY (1 spoon)

Bacon butty or snus.

ha!

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Quantum computer one step closer after ‘true’ quantum calculation

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"I think you guys should take this more seriously - there's a lot you can do with one bit. Or is there? (Answer Y or N)"

My answer would be "YN"

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FIFA stages shoot-out between British and German goal line tech

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2 things.

I wish they would stop mentioning the Ukraine incident. Yes, the ball went over the line, but they were offside. It was "rightly" ruled out for the "wrong" reason.

I think Hawkeye will get used personally. But long-term a sensor-type system may be the better bet. May even lead to offside tech too?

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Android? Like Marvin the robot? Samsung eclipses Google OS - Gartner

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Re: Dunno, really.

What's an Offcice?

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BlackBerry Q10: This quirky QWERTY will keep loyalists perky

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Joke

Ye'mann

Gonna luk sweeet wi mi nu Burberry cap n all. respec. init.

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Review: Dell XPS 10 Windows RT tablet and dock

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My next machine will be a hybrid, or a damn good tablet. One thing it must have for me is proper multi-user support. I even went through the pain of "upgrading" my current Samsung Galaxy 8.9 to Android 4.2, and Google have blown it with that. Multi-user,yes, but other users cannot use the same apps unless you use the main accounts gmail, which kind of defeats the object. So, can anyone tell me if RT works the same way as WIndows proper in that all apps can be available to all users? If so then that's the path I'll take.

XPS 10, 12, Lenovo Yoga...dunno. I'll wait a bit.

Price. Reasonable really if you compare to apple.

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Reg Hardware Awards 2012: The Winners...

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Paris Hilton

It's obvious.

Laptops is essentially Mac v Windows. The Windows market is "infinitely" more fragmented than the Mac one. So I would have been extra surprised if a Mac variant had not won. The other markets are also fragmented but in the case of mobile phones has coalesced around one very good product, enough to steal the crown (and same for tablets). Essentially people vote for what the have (or want to have) in the case of the positive votes, and for what they hate most in the case of negative (Dodo) votes.

Ergo Apple have a product in the (now) quite boring category of laptops and lose out on the major battlefields due to being overtaken by single stand out products,

They were voted down in the Dodo award because they are now the single most hated company (as well as probably the single most loved company) in the world. The football analogy would be Manchester United.

Paris - Loved AND hated for different reasons.

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Windows RT jailbreak smash: Run ANY app on Surface slabs

phr0g

Re: "there are other options"

"Lack of familiarity". Ha, more like when you Google for help on something you get a page full of Unix commands to execute. User friendly Linux isn't.

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Victory on mobile belongs to Google in 2013

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Coat

Re: Indeed

But while they say "You can't polish a turd", Apple seem to do just that a couple of times a year...

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Dexter malware targets point of sale systems worldwide

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Re: @Big-nosed Pengie

Absolutely, nothing wrong with "pled". I nearly leapt out of my chair when I saw that good old English word dissed. I wouldn't regard it as obsolete either.

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Lawyer sues Microsoft rather than slot an SD card into his Surface

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MS should just post him a free sdcard

A 16GB one.

In fact they should bundle one too. Then everyone is happy.

In fact if I was MS I would post him a 16GB, and everyone else who bought one, a 32GB one, and then bundle it in future.

How much would it really take out of the profit?

Saying that I don't think he has a leg to stand on. I went through all this nonsense with my "64K" Commodore 64, which has around 38K if I remember rightly.

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Google Chrome app offers guided tour of known universe

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Happy

very cool.

But does El Reg really think the Universe ends at the tip of the Milky Way?

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Windows Phone 8: Everything you need to know at a glance

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I want one. A 920.

I am definitely not a shill but I confess to being an ABA (Anything but Apple). I own an HTC One X. Great phone with problems. Trouble is I have 2 yrs contract left!

How do I get this one past the missus?

hmm.

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Forgetting Microsoft: How Steve Ballmer's Surface could win

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FAIL

Re: Baahhhaaa

I say this as a fan of MS on many levels, and as a developer for serious stuff. ie NOT iOS or Android.

I say this as someone who now runs W8 on laptop and desktop and wants a Surface and a Nokia 920.

But when I did a MS C# course recently I went back to the office and needed to download the some extra course material. I inadvertently fired up IE9 and typed my search using the MS code for the course and some text relating to extra material. Bing gave me ZERO results. Fired up Google and it was the first hit, of many.

Bing is crap, really crap, it can't even find Microsoft's own stuff!

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Samsung ships two smartphones for every one Apple sells

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Re: Twice as many but....

All that shows is how much more Apple charge for the same thing.

And I'd go with Samsung makes everything from Skodas to BMWs, Apple makes BMWs minus the sunroof, ABS and on-board computer and fits a platinum gear-knob and Kobe-skin seats, puts a square opening on the petrol filler cap and charges accordingly.

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On-demand streamed music services compared

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Meh

I like Music Unlimited, but the quality is way down on that of Spotify. Also, the apps in Spotify are a big bonus IMO, as well as LastFM scrobbling support.

WiMP in Nordic countries is also very high quality.

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AI game bot HUNTS DOWN ENEMIES, passes Turing Test

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Re: Teach it to play a decent game

It was good, but I was heavily addicted to Quake2 at the time. Even installed ISDN to get a better ping.

But realistic bots is a fantastic step forward. How shite was Quake3 Arena offline?

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Customers dumping Samsung phones in wake of Apple suit

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Paris Hilton

Possibly

and I mean "possibly".

Well. A large proportion of smartphone users, especially iPhone users buy more for fashion and to be seen to be cool.

In recent times Samsung has started to seen to be cool, possibly in a geek chic kind of way amongst the shallower members of the public.

Now, In Merica, losing is seen as something only losers do. two plus two etc?

Probably complete dren, but just an idea.

Paris...typical airhead likes shiny precious things.

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Visual Studio 2012: 50 Shades of Grey by Microsoft

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Meh

Re: Microsoft loves developers

Eclipse is good value for money(!). But it cannot compare with VS.I use Eclipse, VS2008, 2010, and played with 2012.

I personally prefer 2012, but understand that some people prefer flashy colourful eye-candy. Me, I'd rather get on with coding and have the colour highlight the things that need highlighting.

As for coding in vi or notepad...I'd rather chew my own arms off.

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Windows 8: Download it, then speak YOUR brains

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Re: "click the corner, type the name of the program I want and up it pops"

Jesus H.

The point is, the start menu isn't "missing", it just looks different, and has added functionality, such as an app store and the ability to use it nicely on a touch screen. And even on a non-touch screen, some of the apps are rather nice. Dare I admit it but I like the recipe app in glorious fullscreeniness.

The only real difference is that there isn't a physical button.

Amazing I got downvoted just for liking it too. MS haters, iSheep? who knows?

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Been using on my laptop since the consumer preview.

I like it. The "metro" screen I treat as a full screen start button. Works exactly the same but with extra functionality imo. ie, click the corner, type the name of the program I want and up it pops. Or use one of the ones that I have sitting as a link. I even like some of the free apps that come with the new UI.

Biggest bonus, I can reboot and be typing in a search box in my browser within 30 seconds. It was at least 3 times that with Win7.

It also feels quicker.

I will be taking the opportunity to upgrade cheaply when the full version hits.

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Reg readers scrap over ultimate bacon sarnie

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Alert

by the way

HP is the only true brown sauce. If you use anything else you might as well get it from Aldi. That includes the abomination that is Daddies.

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Happy

Simple

Warburtons medium white (having been nowhere near a toaster), buttered, streaky bacon and lashing of HP for me. Preferably with a Cumberland sausage and a soft fried egg. A dash of Tabasco in my case too :)

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