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14 posts • joined 17 Jul 2007

Sennheiser MM50 for iPhone stereo headset

Matt Owen
Flame

Stock iPod ear-phones

It's not that the stock ipod ear-phones are bad, it's that they seem to leak more music into the air around you, than into your ears. Mostly when I'm standing within 5 feet of someone with an ipod and the stock 'phones i can always hear exactly what song they are listening to. Of course on Londons tubes and trains, 5 feet apart from your fellow commuter is a physical impossibility, so I say this to ALL iPod users who are still using those leaky-noisy stock ear-phones (the one's it came with) - GO OUT AND BUY SOME DECENT EAR-PHONES. Please. Or I'll have to stab you with my brolly...

Thanks,

-Jar

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UK IT should 'fire men first', says Kate Craig-Wood

Matt Owen
Unhappy

Unbelievable!

No, Not Kate. You Lot.

I've never met a bunch of more sexist idiots in my life. I notice that a lot of you posted as AC... too afraid to stand by your offensive remarks are we ?

Kate makes a valid point, IF employers wont pay pay their women equal monies, THEN they can save on costs (remember we ARE in a recession) by firing the men, as they ARE paid more. As a point it stands. It may not be right... but there is a more deep rooted issue - and that's the lack of equality in the workplace (not just in IT).

And as far as Kates personal history goes - WTF has that got to do with the article ? Gay/Straight/Male/Female who cares as long as they are good at their job ?

I am saddened by all the responses here. It truely re-enforces why I love my Job, but hate the Industry.

-Jar

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Dabs.com courier goes titsup

Matt Owen
Unhappy

Who still uses Dabs?

I stopped using Dabs years ago, main due to their awful courier system. It was always Amtrak in my area, and as we all know Amtrak are the bottom feeders of the courier market; they wouldn't take alternate instructions, they wouldn't leave without a sig, they wouldn't deliver on Saturdays...

Also, these days, the Dabs website is so slow, it's like navigating through a river of treacle.

To be honest I'm surprised that Dabs are still going.

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Librarian of child abuse networking site jailed indefinitely

Matt Owen
Unhappy

Is he REALLY a Librarian ?

Was this guy an actual Librarian ? if not, please don't call him one. You wouldn't call someone who sits at the back of a court room all day a Lawyer, or someone who balances their bank accounts an Accountant would you?

A Librarian is a qualified (and sometimes chartered) recognised professional, just the same as Lawyers, Accountants, Architects etc..

Sorry to nit pick, but I live with a Chartered Librarian so I know how unjustly the world views their profession.

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Quantum porn engine foiled by strawberries and muffins

Matt Owen
Gates Halo

@Trix

I complained about the random image alongside my website entry also, It seems today that cuil is no longer showing these random images alongside results...

So... it's now only 99.9% crap.

-Matt

PS. Chose Bill because even Live.com search is better...

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Next Ubuntu LTS in 2010, unless Linuxes synchronize

Matt Owen
Boffin

Linux is Broken.

Until the following is fixed, Linux will NEVER be mainstream.

1. Common Kernel across all distros - managed and developed by an independent Kernel Developers Group

2. The removal of X as the GUI engine. X was designed as a remote graphical engine, allowing users to run GUIs on dumb terminals connected over networks to the main multiuser *nix machines. Desktop Linux does not have this requirement. Apple realised this, and re-write a new GUI engine for OSX.

3. A standardised application deployment/installation system. Loads of bloated shell scripts just don't cut it, you need something like MSI (used on Windows) that can install a standard application package onto ANY distro.

Fix those three things, and then, maybe, you'll have something your granny can use.

-Jar

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Twittercide results in banality bloodbath

Matt Owen
Stop

Um, IRC in a new coat?

I understand what Twitter is.... it's a web frontend to a private IRC server isn't it ? I bet it is...

IRC has been around forever, and with your own [free] IRC server and a natty [free] webclient, you and all your friends can have free group chats that aren't restricted to 140 characters (hell, even SMS is 160!).

But what do I know? IRC doesn't have a clever name like 'Twitter' and wasn't [re]invented last week by some spotty oik fresh out of MIT.

-Jar.

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Terminator Salvation is go for May 2009 release

Matt Owen
IT Angle

@fruitloop

Fruitloop - you really need to see the end of T3 - yes it's not a good movie, but it will explain how they are managing to make a fourth film, and keep within the cannon.

-Jar

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Official: Toshiba discontinues HD DVD

Matt Owen
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I bought HD-DVD...

... I'm a proud.

I own a 360 (and a Wii but that's by-the-by), so the cheapest way for me to easily enjoy HD films was by buying the 360 addon HD-DVD drive. I also bought about 5 HD-DVD films and sent off for my 5 free HD-DVDs from Toshiba.

I don't see my self out of pocket, because I can always rip the HD-DVDs to my PC at the same resultion and audio bit rate, and watch them that way. I'll be buying blu-ray within the year so can focus on blu-ray discs, then. In the mean time, I'll be picking up the remaining HD-DVD films I want to see at rock bottom prices as vendor rush to clear stocks...

Overall I'm happy the war is over. Now lets hope the BDA start releasing some decent classic films finally and not all the shite from the past two years like they've been doing.

Although, I am worried that Star Trek and 2001 will now take forever to make it to blu-ray :(

-Jar

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Shocked Shatner shunted from Star Trek XI

Matt Owen
Alien

Lost In Space

I LOVE the 1999 Lost In Space Movie.

No seriously, it's great. Matt le Blanc rocks in it, and Gary Oldman is as usual in fine form. Even the slightly ropey plot couldn't keep this great film down. If you haven't seen it again since it cmae out, I really do suggest you dust it off and give it another airing!

At the moment tho, I am really loving Stargate:Atlantis. No reason, just am.

-Jar

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US boffins demo steampunk artificial arm

Matt Owen

Terminator 2 style

Personally, if I were unfortunate to lose an arm, I'd want the replacement to be all shiny metal with lots of rods and servos and gears exposed and whirring away whenever I used it.

It's not a real arm, it's artificial and should look artificial. I have a belief that people would be more accepting of prosthetics if they looked more honest, instead trying to look 'lifelike' but end up looking like a spare part from a shop dummy factory. I'd sooner shake a metal hand than a creepy rubber version.

Additionally, the wearer has to carry this dead weight around all day, so the lighter it is the better. Plus there would be the added benefit of easy access compartments for things like pens, car keys, and ipods.

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First Airbus seats to be auctioned for charity

Matt Owen

Seat Configuration?

As I understand it, the 380 can have a myriad of seat configurations. Which layout has Singapore Airlines gone for? Will all these eBay bids be for the cramped and nasty Economy seats?

At the end of the day, it's just a commercial aircraft; a big bus with wings. Nothing special about it, except that it's got an upper deck. Oh, sorry, that's not special, London Double-Deckers have had those for years, AND you get better leg room.

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Buffy and Neighbours thesps join Torchwood

Matt Owen

@Everyone @Me

Because... I can't seem to get an elreg RSS Feed with JUST 'Entertainment' omitted. :(

I clicked on this story, purely to whinge about it. :)

My main point IS tho, please keep the spoilers OUT of the headlines...

Cheers.

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Matt Owen

STOP with the non-tech Entertainment News!

Now, don't get me wrong. I am a HUGE Dr Who fan. I also love Torchwood even though it has it's detractors.

I read good old el'reg for tech news. If I wanted entertainment news, I'd go and read BBC Entertainment section, or worse, pick up a grubby copy of The Sun.

So, please, stop with these stories. They have no place here, and even worse, your headlines for the recent Dr Who cast changes have contained spoilers, which simply isn't cricket.

Don't make me come down there and chastise you in person!

Thanks.

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