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Philips Cinema 21:9 Gold 50in ultra widescreen TV

Fuzz

Back to the future

Back to the future was shot in 16:9 (well 1.85:1 but close enough). I don't think any new DVD releases are panned and scanned these days, there's no point. People are quite used to seeing the letterbox and most people have TVs big enough to cope.

But this TV has serious issues, it's great for watching films in 21:9 ratio, but only films are really shot in this ratio and if you spend a lot of time watching films then a significant proportion of them are going to be in 1.85:1 suddenly the TV doesn't look so great. Then you have the fact that the resolution of the screen is 2560x1080. This means that to watch a film filling the screen it has to be upscaled by the TV 1.3x in each direction.

If you're that serious about films and you have the money then you'd be better off with a nice projector that doesn't suffer these issues. Or you could just get a bigger 16:9 TV and not worry about the letter boxing.

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ICANN snubs critics, opens domain extension floodgates

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cybersquatting and brand protection

I think some people are not understanding the problem this is going to cause. It's not that you have to protect your trademarks and brands by buying .brandname it's buying them at other peoples tlds.

e.g. Some company registers .hotel, now everyone who owns a hotel has to go to that company and buy brandname.hotel at what ever price the owner thinks they can get away with.

London buys .london, you own a business in London? best pay Boris what ever he asks for business.london or someone else may get there first.

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Pure Highway 300Di in-car digital radio kit

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Seeing as the free fitting offer has expired and my car already has mp3 playback from USB and ipod control. Is this item worth £205 just to add DAB radio, I really like listening to 6 Music and it would be nice to have sports extra for the cricket and 5 live in decent quality. What I'd really like is a DAB radio that connects via bluetooth and allows changing the stations using track forward reverse.
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Windows 8 to get self-healing 'Storage Spaces'

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Not the same as LVM

To all the people saying this is like LVM, it isn't. Windows already has LVM type features, they're called dynamic disks and can be built across physical discs with mirroring or parity type fault tolerance.

In this new feature (which isn't new as is pointed out in the article just new to windows) first you allocate a bunch of disks. Lets say you have 8 500GB disks. Then you create a storage space on your pool of disks and choose a fault tolerance level. Lets say that's a 3TB space with mirroring. Now in an LVM setup or a typical Raid array 8 500GB disks with mirroring (RAID 1+0) would yield a maximum partition size of 2TB so there's a difference. Now we start filling up the storage space, we add 1TB of data. One day a disk fails, note we have no hot spare, the system automatically shuffles the data around to rebuild the redundancy we've lost by using the spare space on each disk. As soon as this process is complete you're protected against failure again without replacing the failed drive.

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Kodak heading to Chapter 11

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idiots

Look at the UK box office top 10, you have 3 films shot on 35mm film, 3 shot on digital, 3 digital animations and 1 motion capture. All 3 of the films used Kodak film. Kodak's mistake is attempting to maintain their size. Film may not be the business it once was but Kodak still sell a huge percentage of it.

I could see the film business being rolled off into a smaller company. Whilst I prefer Fuji for my colour reversal film since Kodak killed off kodachrome, my negatives are all shot on Kodak.

The printer business can die, most people have no need to print at home. Photographic printing is cheaper and easier handled by a print shop.

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Ultrabook, tablet shipments to surge

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Two cables

One cable for thunderbolt and one for power. My docking station has no cables to connect to the laptop. I just place the laptop on the docking station and it docks.

However I don't think any of the current ultrabooks have any kind of docking provision so that's one more tick in the Air column.

If the air came with a proper keyboard with the Ctrl key in the right place and a hash key I'd buy one and just run windows on it.

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Nokia Ace to launch from $100m mountain of ad cash

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WTF?

why?

Two questions.

1. Why would you want to sync your phone directly with outlook? Surely you sync your phone with whichever service provider outlook is getting your emails from.

2. Why would you use Outlook if you didn't have an exchange server?

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Samsung Ultrabook specced up by retailer

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1366x768 and a hybrid drive - yawn

not much else to say, dull dull dull. Nobody wants computers like this, they're too expensive for most people and not high enough spec for people prepared to pay that kind of money.

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Comet 'sold 94,000 pirate Windows CDs', claims Microsoft

Fuzz

This kind of thing is easy for MS to solve

All Microsoft need to do is provide downloads of the correct DVD. You just go on the website, enter your product key from the sticker on your machine and download the ISO. Anyone who manages volume licensing will know that most of this is already in place for VLK customers.

If I need a copy of Windows or any other Microsoft product at work I just go to the website and download.

The thing is you can't win, I have a Toshiba laptop, it came with Vista preinstalled and recovery CDs to reinstall XP or Vista. Do I know where those CDs are? Hell no.

My Acer Revo had a recovery partition but I wanted the space back it was taking up and the Revo doesn't have a DVD burner to produce the discs so that recovery media is gone.

If both these copies of windows were available in the cloud we'd be fine. Microsoft could limit the number of downloads per key to stop abuse. If you need to download the CD more than 5 times you're probably doing something wrong.

If Microsoft don't want to do this themselves maybe they should provide it as a service to the OEMs. Then the OEM can advertise that as part of their product. I for one would make sure I only bought computers from an OEM that offered the service.

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Samsung Series 9 900X3A laptop

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another nearly

Looks nice, decent size, well made not too heavy.

Stupid screen resolution and really what use is a microSD port to anyone?

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LG to show 55in, 4mm-thick OLED TV at CES

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border

It looks impressive but I think I want to have some kind of frame around my TV. For the same reason that pictures are put in mounts inside frames it helps block out anything distracting immediately next to the screen.

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Apple to appeal Italian warranty fine

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Did you buy your netbook from Toshiba?

I think it is the company you purchased from who has to uphold the warranty rather than the manufacturer. In the Apple case Apple are both the manufacturer and the retailer.

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Wi-Fi Protected Setup easily unlocked by security flaw

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wps button

I thought that wps required you to press a button on the router before a connection was initiated. I've never used it and it's disabled on my router.

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China pumps CCTV into Freeview HD boxes

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doesn't work on my TV

I have a fairly new Samsung set and the channels don't load, I just get a your equipment is not supported message. Also iplayer on freeview HD? I don't think this has anything to do with freeview HD really, just smart connected TVs.

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Wi-Fi desk rodents break free from oppressive cabling

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If it's as tempremental as bluetooth then forget it

In my experience bluetooth mice and keyboards constant require reparing to make them work, they also suck batteries.

Wireless mice and keyboards can be bought now that operate on 2.4GHz so they work from a decent range

they require no setup you just plug in the dongle and you're off

One dongle supports a keyboard and mouse

the dongles are tiny, they can be left connected to a laptop full time without fear of damaging the USB port

most importantly batteries will last a couple of years in a keyboard and over a year in a mouse. Bluetooth is good for handsfree in the car, that's the market these people should be aiming for.

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Hasbro sues Asus over Transformer Prime moniker

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Do Hasbro think that:-

a) the kids will go out looking to buy a new transformer toy and come home with a tablet with detachable screen by mistake

OR

b) there's a chance that they can make some money on the side by forcing Asus to license the name from them.

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TalkTalk, 3UK scratched off Ofcom's Xmas card list

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BT catching up

The interesting thing about the report this quarter is how close BT are to that top crown for broadband complaints. It's a shame the report only has the providers listed, it would be good to know how some of the other major networks fair, O2, BE, plusnet etc.

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Five firms to create HD-centric DRM for SD cards

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And it will work in every device

What's that? Oh old devices aren't compatible, every new device then? Oh really, just the devices and software that have paid license fees to the consortium.

Guess we'll just stick to circumventing the bluray encryption then.

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Homeland Sec., RIAA Torrent lists published

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me too

I have a lot of pictures of the night sky that need printing out.

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Ten... inkjet photo printers

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Turned off printers

This is never discussed. I had several Epson printers because they could be bought for a decent price, you could get cheap 3rd party ink and the print quality was excellent. Every single one of those printers (about 5 over the years) had to be thrown out because the ink dried up in the heads, to begin with you can clean the heads which uses about 25% of your ink. After time this becomes less and less effective. Sometimes the printer can be revived with cartridge flush. Eventually though they all become irrevocably blocked and not worth fixing.

About 3 years ago I bought an HP photosmart C5800. I use it infrequently, have never cleaned the heads other than when the printer decides to do this itself, and it prints as perfectly as the day I bought it. It's also extremely frugal on ink. My understanding is that the ink used in cleaning is recycled back into the cartridges. I've also only ever used official HP cartridges which are expensive but offer a consistent quality.

When printers are tested in reviews the cost per page is calculated by printing a page continuously until the ink runs out. Nobody prints like this, a better test should be created.

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Microsoft copies Google with silent browser updates

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pinning to taskbar is slightly different

In Windows 7 the buttons on the taskbar act as shortcuts to the programs and also the way of selecting open programs. If you pin a site to the taskbar then this indicator is moved to the location of your pin. It's quite useful if you use several web based applications, by default they are all grouped under the IE button on the taskbar together with any other website you have open. Selecting one with the mouse involves hovering over the button and choosing the correct tab from the ones that pop up. If you have aero glass you do this using thumbnails (peak) if you have no aero glass you are stuck with the page titles.

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Asus Zenbook UX31E

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I passed

I went to see one of these in the shop when they came out and passed it up. For me a £999 laptop has to be near enough perfect. A quick play in the shop told me the screen lacks contrast coupled with the poor viewing angle. The touchpad on the model I tried was poor, it seemed very unresponsive and a pain to use. I've also read reviews claiming that typing is uncomfortable due to the sharp edge at the front of the machine, I wasn't able to get a feel for this in the shop.

It's a very nice first attempt, I think I'll wait for the version 2 with ivy bridge. This is the machine that came closest to meeting my spec for a new laptop.

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Is Microsoft brewing a Win8, WinPho code merge?

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"They won't because they can't break the legacy link, unless they are going to give us all a free XP VM to run legacy programmes."

Like the free XP VM you get in Windows 7?

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2011's Best... Smartphones

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Re: Does this even make sense

Makes perfect sense, the Lumia can't do flash because it's a windows phone not because it isn't quick. The monte carlo has flash because it's on Android but the 800MHz CPU makes flash video sluggish.

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Dell XPS 14z 14in Core i5 notebook

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Expensive laptop, crappy screen

One of the good things about Dell was that you could spec your laptop with a high resolution screen. I went to the Dell site to check and this machine has one crappy shiny 1366x768 panel.

I don't get it, I've never heard anybody say, "the thing I really like about my laptop is the way I can use the screen as a mirror"

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2011's Best... Cars

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it is?

"...petrol and diesel are dangerous..."

Petrol definitely, but diesel is anything but dangerous. Unless you choose to drink it, rub it on your body or inhale it, it's only as dangerous as vegetable oil.

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Early 2012 date for UK Kindle Fire debut

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price

Check out the price of the 3G kindle keyboard in the US. $189, over here it's £152. By that logic the fire should be around £160

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Bankrupt Borders flogs 65,536 IP addresses at $12 a pop

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$12 per IP address

It's accepted that the reason you don't give back your /16 is because the cost of renumbering 65000 computers to local addresses would be huge. However, is the cost more than $12 per address because if not, that sounds like a nice money spinner for any companies given these ranges.

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Turn your WinPhone into an Xbox remote

Fuzz

Make this work with Windows Media Centre too

I don't have an Xbox but I'd like this functionality for Media Centre, especially if there was the ability to remotely schedule recordings.

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GCHQ code-breaking challenge cracked by Google search

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How did Google find the page?

Google follows links so is there a link somewhere to the success page?

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Apple Thunderbolt Display 27in monitor

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Vesa mount?

No Vesa mount, and a crappy non height adjustable stand.

Also why are all the ports on the back, surely it would be useful to have at least some on the edge to make plugging and unplugging easier.

£250 more than the equivalent Dell or HP with the same panel and a 3 year onsite warranty. It's a lot of money to pay for something that looks nice.

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Java tops for hackers, warns Microsoft

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updater

Updating java has loads of problems, applications that don't fully support new versions are common in the enterprise environment. Older versions of java were installed side by side I've seen computers where the update program has installed several versions of 5 and 6. The new 6 installer will uninstall older versions of 6 but not anything prior to that.

The updater is also very poor, on newer versions of windows with UAC enabled it pops a UAC request before telling you there's an update available. This happens for administrators and non admin alike. It's so annoying that I would imagine the java updater is simply disabled on most peoples computers.

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Sky's mobile movies move leaves Apple, Amazon gasping

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Lost my custom months back

"Where it couldn’t do this, it played along nicely with whatever hardware people want to use: laptops, phones or tablets."

I used to subscribe to sky player, the forerunner to the sky go service. One nice thing about sky player was that it was integrated into Windows Media Centre. When sky go launched the media centre plugin was withdrawn. I cancelled my subscription. So I guess it's any hardware you want as long as it's on the list of hardware sky want to support.

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Huge mob swarms phone launch – but it's a BLACKBERRY

Fuzz

If you sell a $540 phone at a 50% discount then of course you'll have a huge turn out. I'd talk about going, and then not bother because it was a Friday night/I forgot, just to get one to sell on for profit.

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Nokia promises not one but two Lumia 800 power fix patches

Fuzz

Where's your troll icon?

"No tethering"

I don't know why Nokia have chosen not to include tethering, my HTC mozart received an update last week that included it, wifi hotspot for 5 users, works really well.

"No remote desktop"

There are at least two native RD apps in the marketplace, both of which are far superior to the built in client in 6.5. Like all phone RD apps they are essentially useless on such a small screen.

"No simple way to get to the outlook subfolders"

From the email screen, hit folders then subfolders and the list appears, you can choose to sync a folder with your phone, you can even choose to pin the folder as a tile on the start screen so one click takes you straight there and the tile shows the number of new messages in that folder.

"Constantly flickering tiles (not wonder the batteries flat its always jiggling the screen)"

You do realise the tiles only animate whilst you're looking at them, they don't do it for their own amusement in the background whilst you're doing something else or the phone is in your pocket.

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Robot ostrich spy outpaces world’s fastest sprinters

Fuzz

I suggest you upgrade to V1.5 it fixes a bad anvil related issue.

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Brussels: Water cannot be sold as remedy for dehydration

Fuzz

People still buy bottled water? Do they know you can get water out of the tap?

I think there should be a requirement to state this on the side of bottles. Similar to the health warnings on cigarettes. WATER IS ALSO FREELY AVAILABLE FROM THE TAP

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Mobile operators warned on 'unlimited' data gouging

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Typical users

If your connection has a FUP of 500MB and the telco is going to charge you extra if you use more then your connection is 500MB, it's not unlimited and should not be sold as such.

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Rambus tumbles in antitrust reversal

Fuzz

That's around 1.8 million sheets of paper.

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HP unwraps Ultrabook

Fuzz

yawn, another "ultra" book with a 1366x768 screen, what's ultra about that?

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Acer Aspire S3 Core i7 Ultrabook

Fuzz

A £900 laptop shouldn't have parts that aren't quite right, it shouldn't have a keyboard that takes getting used to or a touchpad that is next to useless or a fan that gives you tinnitus. I also don't think it should have a screen where the resolution is a compromise.

We can maybe forgive using a spinning disk (I notice the review doesn't mention the SSD cache or how well it works) but the rest of this stuff needs to be fixed before people are prepared to shell out this amount of money for an Acer laptop.

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Windows 8 aims to make security updates less painful

Fuzz

Not sure where you get that idea

My home PC has the entire drive M: shared maybe it's a pro vs home thing

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Now Barracuda bitten by Thai disk drought disaster

Fuzz

That's nothing

Try a 500GB momentus XT. Before the flood price was around £80, current price £220 that's a 175% increase.

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Vacuum cleaner set Swedish nuke plant on fire

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Vacuuming; not always a good thing.

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Ultrabooks are doomed unless prices tumble

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No, no, no and no

The problem is not the screen size, 13" is fine. The main problem is cost.

The ASUS is £999 for that you get a touchpad with buggy drivers and a screen with 0 contrast.

All of the other ultrabooks are shipping with 1366x768 screens.

Most people aren't going to buy a 1st generation product, everyone in the know is waiting for Ivy Bridge.

The final issue is that they aren't available to buy. The only model I could find in stock near me to look at was the 13" ASUS, couldn't find any of the other offerings.

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Nokia Lumia 800

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Guess you don't have many friends then

Microsoft have decided (don't know why or how they came up with the magic number) that the jump to letter function only appears on both the people hub and the app list when you have more than a specific number of entries.

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Fuzz

Tethering, IE9

The review doesn't make it clear that not supporting tethering is a failure of the Lumina, not windows phone mango. I have an HTC radar at work and it support tethering just fine.

IE9 is fine on my HTC mozart, I've read in another review that the blurry fonts on the lumia are a bi-product of the screen choice.

As has been posted before, can we just get a review of Mango with all the features thrashed out and then review the phones as reviews of the hardware and additional software only.

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The Great Smartphone OS Shoot-out

Fuzz

That's where Windows phone does well. I have 3 email accounts configured on my phone, two of them are personal and I have merged, the third is my work account and I have that separate. You can choose to merge any number of accounts into different groups each group can have its own tile. Or you can choose to leave them all separate (the default).

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Amazon rethinks Kindle Fire 2 screen size

Fuzz

Thumbs up for the war games reference

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Yamaha RX-V471 5.1 AV receiver

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"I just wish there was a standard way of tuning in to internet radio and standard codecs. That might all exist already, never really looked into it. DNS SRV records would be perfect for this as you could just tune in to 6music@bbc.co.uk, then the stream server is located through DNS."

What about a .radio tld then the radio could scan for stations

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