* Posts by Fuzz

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Wi-Fi warping wallpaper hardens homes to hackers

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Re: Windows?

All new windows are K glass or an equivalent I doubt very much it is causing your mobile reception problem.

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Samsung outs Ivy Bridge notebooks

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Re: Theory

but that's fine, I think most people would be happy with a 1080p 15" screen.

Thing is I don't think TVs are to blame, I can't remember the last time I saw a TV smaller than 19", all laptop screens are smaller than this so they are produced for laptops. The real problem is that there is simply no choice.

5 years ago if you bought a laptop from Dell, you could choose to have a high resolution screen for extra cost, this was available on most of their laptops I had a look last week and couldn't find a single laptop where the screen was available in different resolutions.

Hopefully Apple will put out new macbooks with high res screens and the other manufacturers will copy their lead.

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Hunt tosses 27 cities into broadband cash bunfight

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£5 million

is £5 million enough to build a fibre broadband network for a city?

If so then surely it's economically viable for commercial business to build their own with no need for government funds. If not then this is a superficial waste of time.

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iOS Rock Band gets back together

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why not admit to it?

Surely people would respect the company far more if they said, "we listened to our customers and we've changed our mind"

Saying it was an error is just treating your customers like idiots, the message is carefully worded to give the required information whilst at the same time advertising the EA brand and products, that doesn't happen by mistake.

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Dell sneaks out Ivy Bridge special edition Inspirons

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hang on there

Do my eyes deceive me? 1080 vertical pixels on a 15" screen?

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UK ad watchdog probes Apple iPad '4G' boasts

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What's the issue

If you feel you've been cheated then take your device back to the store and they will give you a refund.

Years ago I bought an Ericsson T39, it was one of the first phones to support GPRS and was advertised as such. At the time there wasn't a single network in the UK supporting GPRS.

the terms 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G are meaningless to most people aside from, is it faster than the old one?

Sure technically it's not 4G but if they want to call it that, why stop them?

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Twelve... classic 1980s 8-bit micros

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Re: Left out again.

I played a football game on the Electron based around the 1990 world cup. There was no real gameplay you just picked a team and the game played out without interaction. The first level was qualifying, if you got past that you had then had to save your game to tape so the electron could load level 2 which was the actual competition. Then you would load your saved game from your tape. I never saw level 2.

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Microsoft unveils paid SkyDrive options

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Re: Existing subscribers all get 25GB

Not me,

Just logged in now, I've had a skydrive account for ages and I've been bumped down to 7GB, maybe you only get to keep the 25GB if you're already using more than 7?

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Hands on with the Nikon D3200 DSLR

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Re: And still no built in GPS

There are several reasons for this

1. Most people don't give a shit about having GPS on their camera

2. In a smartphone the GPS is provided by the SOC in a camera it has to be separate so the cost is higher

3. If it's built in Nikon can't sell people their overpriced accessory.

by the way I have both a decent GPS from China (which broke after a couple of months due to a poor socket design) and Nikon's mediocre GP-1 (which is still rock solid and reliable after 3 years heavy use)

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Re: So it's jsut more Mp then..

The sensor is the same one in recent Sony cameras. Low light performance at print sizes will be better than the D3100.

The most improvement for this model though is the new LCD screen which is finally the same as the D300 released in 2007.

I've been after a small Nikon for a while, coupled with the 35/1.8 it makes for a very high quality device in a small package.

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John Lewis Broadband - genius or foolhardy?

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Re: Meh

Plusnet also use thomson routers and the weird caps point towards plusnet

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Gemini outs trio of budget Android 4 tablets

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Re: Interesting ...

Disappointing only 512Kb RAM though.

Same as my Amstrad 8512? Probably should be MB

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10x power boost for Freeview as London analogue signal cut

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Re: Better reception?

All the BBC channels are on the same multiplex, if you can get one of them you can get them all.

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Ten... smartphone survival accessories

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Re: Femto cells??

The suresignal cells from vodafone are tied to a postcode and will only work in that postcode.

Even if you could just plug it in anywhere and have it work, if there's a 1Mb broadband connection that you can use and no mobile reception then I'm guessing there's also going to be a phone line.

This has got to be the worst survival accessory going.

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WD lets loose ferocious 1TB VelociRaptor

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Re: Momentus

you do realise that most servers these days are using 2.5" drives? The smaller drives generally have faster access times because the heads move less distance. The only reason for using larger drives is capacity, if the 2.5" drive provides the capacity you need then there's no reason to use it in your workstation.

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Cellco execs lay into Nokia's Lumia

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Re: It's not about the price.

"Not being able to block web sites with a hosts file positively sucks. "

This is an awesome comment, only on the register will you find someone moaning that they can't edit the hosts file on their phone.

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Google G-drive app leak sparks 5GB file vault riddle

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Re: This is news?

who downvoted you?

Skydrive is 25GB of free online storage, 5GB of which can be used for live mesh which works in a similar way to dropbox.

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ISPs should get 'up to' full fee for 'up to' broadband

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far more complicated than they are making out

First we have sync speed, this is affected by two things, line quality and line length. Now line quality is down to openreach so it seem fair enough that if your quality isn't right you shouldn't have to pay. Line length is down to the physical locations of the property and the exchange whose fault is that? If the line is correctly sold, i.e. you are told at the time what speed to expect then I don't see a problem.

Next you have contention, oversubscribed exchanges, backhaul peering, how do you test for that on an individual basis.

Then you have slow websites, my Internet in my house runs happily at around 12Mbps but I don't see that all the time and it's not down to my ISP.

However there is something else that is far less complicated to solve and that's use of the word unlimited. The best way to solve that is the same way that the mobile providers have with broadband dongles by selling a fixed amount of data.

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Ten... Kitchen Gadget Treats

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knife

Why is this knife on the list? It's basically just a steel bladed knife. If you're going to have a knife on the list, and I'm not sure you should have anything that doesn't require power, it should be a Kyocera ceramic one.

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UK retailers start taking Nokia Lumia 900 orders

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Re: Owneer of Lumia 800... Avoid like plague

Don't know what's wrong with your phone but

1. Tethering, works fine on my HTC Mozart and the Radars we have at work

2. Auto time, Again on my mozart, settings->date+time change set automatically to on.

3. email search, I can directly search the server on my gmail account and my exchange account, but for some reason not my hotmail account so I'm guessing it's a problem with the provider rather than the phone.

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Eight... Rugged Cameras

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Re: Nikon Coolpix AW100

This camera comes in 3 colours, one of them is bright orange for people like you who are in the habit of leaving their camera lying around in fields.

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Samsung rolls out ultra high-speed microSD cards

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Re: Class 4 good enough for me

The point of faster cards is to speed up data transfer to/from the card.

e.g. when you put a faster card into a digital camera it generally won't make the camera faster, however it will make it faster to get the pictures off of your card onto your computer.

The same is true here, a faster card should make it quicker to copy your DVDs onto the phone, very useful when you're trying to grab a few movies to watch on a trip when you should be walking out the door.

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Sky joins BBC for Olympics coverage

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Freesat?

I take it these channels are encrypted. Why aren't they transmitted in the clear so that freesat viewers can watch them as well?

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BBC iPlayer added to Xbox

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great, can we have one for media centre now please?

Tunerfree MCE is pretty good but it's a bit buggy, especially with the flash streams for HD. Also the way it caches the info from the net was probably necessary when it was first written but now I'm sure there are better ways to get live data rather than finding the program you want to watch is never there.

Of course technically Microsoft could just use the same interface as you get on Freeview HD.

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Belkin Dual-Band Travel Router

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why?

what exactly makes this better than any other router for this purpose?

As Powelly has said, they should have put a 3G card in it that way it's more use than a normal router. As it is you're just paying a lot of money for router in a bag.

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Apple iPad 3 Sim-only contracts compared

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t-mobile

Why would you sign your life away for 18 months? Just buy yourself a prepay dongle, £29.99 gets you 90 days of "unllmited" access and a dongle. At the end of the 90 days just buy yourself a new dongle or have a look around for a better deal. Sell the dongles on ebay to recoup some of the money.

To anybody suggesting giffgaff, give me a break. I have a giffgaff sim in my phone and the data service is appalling.

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Walmart offers $2 digital copies of your DVDs

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Now this is a good idea providing the HD copies

1. are in 1080p

2. contain proper 5.1 surround

I'd gladly pay $5 per disc to upgrade my DVDs to HD.

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DLNA blesses HomePlug Ethernet-over-mains tech

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tried poweline

I had some powerline adaptors I was using to stream video, wifi reception was too poor so this was a good alternative. It worked great for about 12 months then one day the adaptors started showing average or poor signal suddenly it wasn't possible to stream even low quality iplayer, let alone full bluray rips. In the end I just put in a run of outdoor coax, gigabit speeds, perfect reliability.

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Jester hacker brags of mobe attack on Anonymous, baby-kisser

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Re: Anyone who uses a QR code

The same could be said for any url shortening service.

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Panasonic CF-53 Toughbook 14in rugged laptop

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Forgot the customary moan

1366x768? On a 14" screen? This laptop is not for watching films. The screen on this should be 1280x1024 or 1440x900

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Human 4G masts assemble roaming hobonet for pennies

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Re: Shocking as it might sound

"getting wireless coverage at a music festival is a perfect opportunity to pay a (small) amount for utility and charity."

Totally but it would most likely be better to install poles to mount the masts and then give proceeds to charity.

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Is there money in it?

That's the question to ask,

Selling the big issue is fine because it is possible to make money selling magazines on the street, it's a business model that works.

I just can't see that this is a business model that works, who are you targeting? Can't be mobile phone users, if you can get on the mobile network then so can they. Can't be laptop users, to use a laptop to any degree you need to be sat down, if people are sat down, get them some chairs, sell them coffee and attach your wifi to a pole, much cheaper than a person. So that just leaves tablet users who don't also have a cellular connection on their device.

I think that puts this firmly in the degrading camp and is probably a step down from begging.

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Windows 8: Thrown into a multi-tasking mosh pit

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search box

The search box is still there and still works as a run box. Hit the windows key or click the non existent start button and start typing. They've messed one thing up though, in windows 7 you can load programs, documents or control panel just buy hitting start, typing the thing you're after and hitting return. In Windows 8 if you're looking for a control panel item, e.g. you're after power settings so you hit start type "power options" and hit return. On windows 8 if you do this you're told there are no results because by default you can only select the programs loading a control panel item or a document requires a click of the mouse.

I disagree with the author about the metro start being better for finding apps, where are the nested folders?

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iPhone tethering app uses HTML5 to defeat Apple's censors

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clever

So now Apple can have the networks annoyed at them for allowing tethering that hasn't been paid for and they're missing out on 30% of any subscriptions to the app.

Of course this is easily solvable by Apple, is there a need for open incoming ports on a phone?

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Ten... in-car gadgets and accessories

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Re: Where should I start

"It will charge my galaxy s but if I'm using satnav, the screen and GPS use more power than the charger can supply."

That means the charger doesn't have the d+ and d- pins of the USB shorted. Modern phones will only draw minimal power from a USB port unless they know it's a charger. My HTC is the same, I have a similar looking charger for my car capable of supplying 1A. I had to make up a special charging only lead that shorts the pins out. Without this the phone barely charged, and using satnav would cause the phone to slowly discharge. With the new cable charging is the same as from the mains.

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Microsoft shuttering Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace

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Re: WP / WM

Problem is there was no money in it for the device makers. I'm nursing a small collection of WM devices at work that I keep going because of a business critical app we have running. We have to wait and see what the software house turns out as an Android alternative.

I agree that no one is holding onto WM for use as a phone. The things WM always excelled at were email and calendaring.

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Re: Progress

I don't know what you're smoking but my WP7 lets me edit word and excel documents. It can also open documents stored on sharepoint or skydrive. There are loads of things wrong with WP7 but its abilities with Office documents is not one of them.

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Re: I'd gladly use a WP7 handset

15 years experience enough like HTC?

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Windows 8: Sugar coating on Microsoft's hard-to-swallow tablet

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desktop apps on touchscreen

Microsoft need to take a look at how the Citrix client works. I find that works pretty well on my xoom, it displays the mouse pointer and uses the whole screen as a mouse pad.

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Microsoft drops 'risky' Windows 8 preview on World

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Re: you mean someone actually managed to download it?

really, one thing that I can't complain about was the download speed. 2MB/s throughout.

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Dell has rapier-thin blade server in the works

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HP have had same density for years

The HP blade system can also fit 32 hosts in a 10U chassis. Difference being that HPs layout has 16 half height blades each one containing two, two socket servers. Still if you're aiming for this kind of density I doubt you're buying your servers in 1s.

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Huawei pitches 'first ever' 10in quad-core tablet

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Cost

Looks great from the spec, but what's it going to cost?

1920x1200 screen is great for Android, gives enough room for 16:9 movie @1080p + enough spare pixels for the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen.

The only thing that annoys me about my xoom is that it won't play back h.264 at more than standard definition unless it's encoded in a very specific way. I don't need HD for watching on the tablet but it means that I need to transcode any HD movies I have so that I can watch them.

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Telefonica zaps 100Mbps 4G masts with shrink ray

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This all sounds great

Except.

1. You still need planning permission to put up all those masts and even though

more masts=less radiation people will still oppose them so you won't be able to get the coverage.

2. 100Mbps speed or anything approaching that will only be available if you live under the mast (see 1.)

3. any mobile network based Internet is going to come with tiny bandwidth caps, e.g. 10Gb per month so with your 100Mbps it can be used in 1'40"

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HP caught with SIX Windows 8 PC packages up its sleeve

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Do people buy basic?

I haven't seen a copy of 7 basic. With Vista basic used to appear on crummy laptops that weren't high enough spec to worth buying but I've only seen Home Premium or starter on netbooks.

Also if Ultimate is dropped how will the paranoid home user encrypt their drives?

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Toshiba Portégé Z830-10N 13.3in Ultrabook

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another ultrabook another rubbish screen

I think this would be my choice of ultrabook, I can get it for a decent price and it has a good selection of ports and a proper SSD, only Toshiba decided to fit it with a stupid low resolution screen.

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Dell Latitude E6220 12.5in Core i7 notebook

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Aimed at business

If it's aimed at business, why does it have a 16:9 screen?

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HP previews ProLiant Gen8 servers

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Smart Drive

So this is different to the red lights on bad drives green lights on good drives?

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Phones 4U intros Jump plan to speed smartphone upgrades

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Not really

It's not really any different to now they're just making it easier to do the following dance.

1. Sign up for a 2 year contract with a free phone

2. After 1 year sell the phone you got for free and use that money to pay off the remainder of your 2 year contract

3. Sign a new 2 year contract with a free phone.

The difference is that 2. didn't provide you with enough money to pay off your contract then you get to spread the remainder over the next 2 years. Of course if you do this every 12 months you'll very quickly get to a sizeable monthly sum.

Of course if you can afford to invest the money in a phone upfront it's much cheaper not to bother with a contract, buy a nearly new phone off of ebay and go payg or sim only. I've had my current phone for a year and it has cost me £320 including my line rental so £27 a month for a smartphone, calls, texts and Internet. If I keep the same phone for another year then that will fall to £18 per month.

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Google Wallet PIN security cracked in seconds

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Not much to see here

So to perform this hack you need physical access to the phone? Turns out that if you get hold of my wallet you will have all my credit card numbers, my driving license with my DOB and address. That sounds like a far easier way of obtaining this information.

Of course a nefarious app installed on a rooted phone is a bigger problem has it opens the potential for a remote attack. However I've yet to find a situation where pay by bonk is in any way better than cash or chip and pin.

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