* Posts by Fuzz

898 posts • joined 25 Jul 2007

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What's copying your music really worth to you?

Fuzz

Re: Forced format shifting apathy....

format obsolescence is not generally caused by manufacturers.

Tapes became popular alongside vinyl because they were portable. The quality wasn't as good and all that rewinding was a pain so they never took over from vinyl.

CDs are considered better than vinyl by most people because they are easier to use and allow you to jump forwards and backwards across the disc accurately and instantly. They didn't completely replace tape because they weren't as good on the move.

mp3s have replaced tapes because they're better in every way. For some people they've replaced CDs, for others CDs are still useful as a way to buy uncompressed DRM free music.

DVDs combined with PVRs have replaced VCRs because again in almost all use cases the new product is better.

examples of products that are their purely to line pockets are minidisc, DCC and bluray, these are products that have benefits over their predecessors but not enough to warrant going out and repurchasing music or video collections to take advantage of.

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UK mobile broadband carriers compared

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t-mobile pay upfront

t-mobile do a pay upfront option where you get 90 days + a dongle for £30, if you're using it all the time then that's very cheap.

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Re: All you can eat on 3?

This is a phone plan, you can't use 3 phone sims in dongles you just get a message to say it doesn't work like that and you need to put it in a phone. However there is no problem with tethering so for mobile broadband that seems like a decent option.

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Sony outs 1080p skinny laptops

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Re: Typical Reg

If you go to the Sony website you can order one. No idea how many ports it's got although I know it definitely has at least hdmi and 1 each usb 2 and 3. There is an add on dock with an optical drive and some sort of AMD graphics. I'm guessing this connects over thunderbolt so there must be one of those onboard too.

Standard display is 1600x900 the 1080p screen is an extra £40.

Standard disk is a 128GB SSD (listed as 3rd generation I'm guessing one of the newer sandforce based drives) 256GB is £410 512GB is £1100!!!!!

Standard RAM is 4GB you can opt for 8GB for an extra £110 but only if you also get a 256GB SSD

The 3G option is 14Mbps for £110

backlit keyboard is an extra £25

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Re: Screen resolution

If you go and look at the Sony store, you can configure one of these latops. The standard screen is 1600x900, the 1080p is an optional extra.

However the cost of the 1080p screen is only £40 and this is on a price list where doubling the size of your SSD from 128 to 256 (would be about £100-150 in the shops) will cost you £410. So this just shows how stupid the whole 1366x768 screen issue is.

I am very tempted to order one of these, it's exactly what I want, shame about the cost.

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Lenovo intros carbon-fibre ThinkPad Ultrabook

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one problem

same stupid issue, after all these years the ctrl + fn keys are still the wrong way round. Lenovo have fixed this on their other laptops but the thinkpads are remaining the same.

If it wasn't for this stupid mistake the X1 looks great, would have prefered 1680x1050, those extra 150 pixels make a lot of difference.

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Freecom Hard Drive Sq 2TB

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Re: The drive needs to be re-formatted?

The review doesn't make this at all clear but this is a format that Sony TVs use for recording. Other TVs will use different formats, possibly standard, possibly not.

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Apple drops '4G' label from new iPad

Fuzz

The problem here is that 4G isn't a properly understood standard. When 2G phones came out, no one called them 2G, they just said they supported GPRS.

When 3G phones came out, they were clearly different from everything else, they were big and had lousy battery life. The LTE phones that have come out so far are nothing like this, they look and perform similarly to 3G phones.

For Apple this is just about advertising, it's not possible to look at the 4G label and decide what that means. I don't understand why Apple don't simply advertise the product as "80Mbps mobile data" or what ever speed the ipad can reach when it's sat next to an unused mobile cell.

The whole labelling things as 2G, 3G 20G etc. is stupid. It started off seeming like a good idea, but it very quickly gets out of hand. Much the same as the naming for USB, does anybody buy USB devices looking for ones that are super speed, hi-speed or full speed?

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Colour Kindle incoming says mole

Fuzz

already in colour

kindle books are already in colour, if you read them on a tablet or PC you get colour images

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail on Blu-ray

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Re: Film grain vs compression

Maybe it's different for video but that kind of colour banding is referred to as posterization on digital images.

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Ten... Ultrabooks

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The thing Intel got wrong

They should have specified a minimum screen resolution for each screen size. I just don't get how you can copy the air in the basic style but not take a look at the specs to see what kind of screens these devices should have.

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Wi-Fi warping wallpaper hardens homes to hackers

Fuzz

Re: Insulation

On modern builds the insulation comes attached to the breeze blocks and has the foil layer included.

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Fuzz

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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Unhappy

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

Fuzz

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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Fuzz

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?

Fuzz

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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Headmaster

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

Fuzz

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

Fuzz

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

Fuzz

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

Fuzz

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

Fuzz

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

Fuzz

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

Fuzz

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

Fuzz

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

Fuzz

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

Fuzz

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

Fuzz

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

Fuzz

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

Fuzz

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

Fuzz

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

Fuzz

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

Fuzz

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

Fuzz

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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Fuzz

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

Fuzz

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

Fuzz

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

Fuzz

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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Fuzz

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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