* Posts by Fuzz

838 posts • joined 25 Jul 2007

Amazon wires up email-to-Kindle to its gigantic online hard drive

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pretty sure that's right

I think you have two email addresses one sends the files for free but only if your kindle is connected via wifi and the other you have to pay for.

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Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare

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Re: Developer unlocked?

developer unlocking a windows 8 phone is easy you just plug it in to your computer and visit the developer site.

Your windows 7 phone won't run windows 8 though, windows 8 needs a dual core processor.

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

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Re: Not Engineering

"Even at home listening to NS10m's I can tell the difference between a Cubase track made at 16bit/44.1 and a track made at 24bit/96Kh."

The important difference here is that you are listening to a track _made_ at higher resolution. Once you bounce that track down and do your mastering from your 24/96 session. You can convert the file to 16/44.1 and you won't be able to tell the difference.

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no market

There's just no market for this

You've got the set of people who own a bluray player

A subset of those being the people that own a bluray player that isn't just a playstation or an xbox (fan noise from these devices is going to negate any theoretical audio improvement)

A subset of those being people who have their bluray connected to an audio system that isn't just the TV

A subset of those being people who listen to music at all

A subset of those being people who believe that they can tell the difference between music at 24/96 and a CD.

You see the music industry thinks that the reason people bought DVDs over videos was because they were better quality. This isn't true, the main reason for DVDs becoming popular was that you didn't have to rewind them. Same with CDs, they were smaller than vinyl and unlike tapes they didn't get chewed up. Bluray audio is worse than CD for most people, can't play it in the car, can't put it on your iPod, costs more.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini tech specs REVEALED

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mini?

Is it just me that thinks 4.5" isn't particularly mini? The original Galaxy S only had a 4" screen. My HTC Touch Diamond had a 2.8" screen, that was mini.

I'm all for big phones (up to a point) my current phone has a 4.7" screen and I find it useful, but if I want a _mini_ smartphone I kind of expect it to be mini, like the mini car, oh yeah I remember that's not very mini either anymore.

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ISPs' pirate-choking blocking measures ARE effective – music body

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Re: Spotify

"I would buy a whole lot more CDs, if they weren't STILL pricing at £20-£30 a piece even for old school stuff such as I listen to."

Where are you buying your CDs? I can't remember the last time I paid more than £8 for an album and even that is the price you pay on day of release.

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We dig into the GTech GDrive Mobile ... and watch WORST tear-down vid OF ALL TIME

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Thunderbolt

Thunderbolt has some uses, it makes a great universal docking station connector for one.

Using it as an interface for a single portable hard drive via a SATA 3 interface is just stupid. In the future maybe we'll see some sort of PCI-E SSD connected over thunderbolt which would actually take advantage of the speed but ultimately very few people are going to benefit so the price will remain high.

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WOW! Google invents the DIGITAL WATCH: What a time to be alive

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colour screen?

That battery should last at least 10 minutes.

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This record-smashing robot solves a Rubik's Cube in 3.253 seconds

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solving?

My understanding of these kinds of robots is that they don't actually solve the cube. They instead lookup the current state in a database of solutions. The robotics are pretty clever though. A couple of thoughts though, 1. would it be quicker to use 6 hands rather than 4, 2. are they still spinning the cube at the start and using the camera on the phone to read in the current state? If so wouldn't they be better with 6 cameras so they could scan all sides at the same time?

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Alibaba float could make Facebook's look like small change

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Re: Alibaba actaully sells stuff?

Alibaba deal in wholesale. If you've ever bought anything from ebay that orginated in China from cheap audio connectors to no name tablets right through to small diesel generators or hand tools. Chances are it was sold wholesale on Alibaba.

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Huawei: We'll sell a dual-boot Android, Windows 8 smartphone because, well, isn't it obvious?

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"For mobile companies in the bulk / "free" handset segment, selling directly to carriers instead of end-users, Apple and Samsung are not "competitors";"

I agree with you on Apple, but Samsung compete across all phone markets from crappy candy bar handsets that struggle to do much beyond make calls, through a succession of Android devices from the very cheap right up to the S5. They also dabble in other OSes including Windows phone. I'd say Samsung is exactly the company Huawei are trying to compete with.

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Apple iOS 8 'will put end' to crap map app rap flap misery

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will it have downloadable maps?

One of the really useful features of the nokia here maps on my windows phone is that you can choose to download a region of maps to the phone. This means you can download a map of a foreign city you are visiting and actually use some of the features of your smartphone without needing to hunt down a wifi hotspot.

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Neil Young touts MP3 player that's no Piece of Crap

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Re: “high resolution” albums

forget $1000 power cords, you're not going to get any kind of decent quality unless you use £1600 Ethernet cables http://www.chord.co.uk/product/chord-sarum-ethernet-tuned-aray/

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Microsoft hardens EMET security tool: OK, it's not invulnerable, but it's free

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Re: Reinventing the wheel?

"But when taking closer look at the actual explanation it becomes even more bothersome. For starters this thing is for i386 (32bit) environments only, that doesn't sound too reassuring to me. I also don't quite grasp the potential of this still being a userland process."

Where to start with this?

First up EMET runs fine on 64bit systems, some of the mitigations are only available for 32bit processes. The ASR mitigation (the one that deals with java in the browser) is available for both 32bit and 64bit processes. However modern versions of IE don't have 32bit and 64bit versions, they run as 64bit and spawn 32bit processes as required to run plugins.

The article you linked to concerns EMET 4.1 and includes a paragraph at the bottom thanking Microsoft for working with with them and I would expect the new release 5.0 to include fixes for the workarounds Bromium labs presented.

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Re: More security is a good thing

A lot of the functionality in EMET is already built in to Windows 7, the toolkit is there either to allow you to configure it on a more granular basis or to add that functionality in to XP or Vista.

Also this is a technical preview of version 5.0 of the tool. Version 4.1 (the current release version) is fully ready for the enterprise.

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IBM stuffs 64Gbps of traffic down 'low quality' fibres

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57 Metres

Seems like quite a short link, what kind of speed can they get over 500m or 2Km of multimode?

If you've only got 60 metres of fibre then it's not going to be a big cost to replace it with singlemode if the need arises.

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Cable thieves hang up on BT, cause MAJOR outage

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Re: Terrorism

Judge - "How does 15 years suit you, you selfish little fuck? <Bangs gavel.> Take him down..."

sounds like a great system, of course UK judges don't have gavels.

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Sandisk breaks 128GB barrier with new $199 MICROSD card

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Re: Still far too slow

This is a micro SD card, it's not for putting in your £2000 camera, it's for phones.

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Re: I'd love to get a couple.

Also, this is news because it's the first _micro_ SD card that holds 128GB. You can already get fullsize 128GB SD cards and they are massively faster than this so would be far more suitable for readyboost.

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Microsoft tries to re-invent GPS with cloudy offloads

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Can't think of many applications for this

The only thing I can think of so far is a digital camera. Pictures can be geotagged whilst you're out without waiting for acquisition times and without draining the battery too much. Then when you transfer the pictures on to your computer you can calculate the actual locations.

It doesn't work for any kind of live GPS system because your power saving is going to be outweighed by the power use from the data send/receive. Also GPS will stop working if you have no mobile signal.

There's no point for anything with an engine because the power used by GPS is peanuts compared to that generated by the engine.

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Amazon fuses LoveFilm, subs service, calls it Prime Instant Video

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Re: Prime one-day delivery? Ha!

as above, I've never had a problem with prime. They've even started delivering items on Sunday that you ordered on Saturday.

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Re: Meh

seems to be some confusion here

Lovefilm by post = huge selection, pretty much any movie you want

Lovefilm instant = poor selection of both old and new films

If lovefilm instant had the selection of lovefilm by post, I'd sign up straight away, and I'd pay more than £5.99 a month. For £15 a month you can get a cineworld cinema pass that lets you watch every film that gets shown in the cinema. It should be possible to produce a streaming service that does the same and includes old films.

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Apple Safari, Mail and more hit by SSL spying bug on OS X, fix 'soon'

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that's not how it works

PTR records have nothing to do with SSL certificates. I'd bet most websites have either PTR records that don't match the A record or have no PTR record at all.

The certificate for https://gofail.com is perfectly valid so that site should load correctly on any computer, what the site tries to do is load a png from another server/vhost hosted on a different port at the domain. That server has a messed up certificate and won't load if your browser works properly. The site then uses a bit of jscript to show/hide an element to tell you if your browser is vulnerable or not.

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Update your iThings NOW: Apple splats scary SSL snooping bug in iOS

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Re: Utter f*cking idiots. Re. iOS 6.1.6

yep, loads of people are still on iOS 6 on there phones because they don't want iOS 7

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Years of AWOL Windows Phone features finally show up in video leaks

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Re: Also missing......

there are loads of podcast apps and I use one of them. Fact is windows phone has built in podcast support with background download over wifi but you can't use it outside of the US which is plain stupid. Even if the podcasts aren't made available in the store they should provide a way to grab the xml link and subscribe that way.

One of the big features on Windows Phone is the integration, you don't need separate apps for facebook or twitter because that stuff is built in to the OS. Podcasts are also built in to the OS just disabled outside of the US

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Ignore the pie-in-the-sky storage roadmaps. This is what's REALLY afoot

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Thing is your clothes stay pretty much the same size, data grows. Photos get bigger, more megapixels. Videos get bigger, HD higher framerates. Emails get bigger, used to be plain text now they're html with images in the signatures. More emails are sent if I want to keep a years worth of emails I need far more space than I did 5 years ago.

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Virgin Media sales flat: Firm bags fewer winter sign-ups than last year

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Re: Virgin Media watched subscriptions to its broadband service plummet?

"My suspicion is no such scheme has been introduced as it's a useful source of income for the Royal Mail."

There's already a system for opting out of un-addressed mail. http://www.royalmail.com/personal/help-and-support/how-do-I-stop-receiving-any-leaflets-or-unaddressed-promotional-material

That should stop the virgin stuff.

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The UNTOLD SUCCESS of Microsoft: Yes, it's Windows 7

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Re: New Wheeze

" It was designed and implemented for single CPU single core 32 bit PCs with less than 1GB of RAM"

XP worked fine with multi-core CPUs. The NT kernel had always been designed to support multiple CPUs. The 64bit criticism is more valid, XP 64bit is actually fine, it's based on Server 2003 (OS version 5.2) and server 2003 64bit is a decent OS. The problem as you've mentioned is drivers, hardly anyone published drivers for 64bit XP.

I'm personally fine with using Windows 8 on my home PCs. I like how quickly it starts up and I like the changes made to the desktop UI, particularly around dual monitor support. However anyone that claims the start screen is OK is either working for Microsoft or only has 5 programs installed. It's fine if you can remember the name of the program, you just hit windows and type same as you do on 7. When you have no idea about the name and all you can remember is which sub folder of the menu it's supposed to come under, you are in trouble also using the whole screen isn't a good thing when a menu is spread over the entire screen it takes longer to move your mouse from one side to the other.

All in all Microsoft have kind of ruined Windows 8 by reputation. They've fixed it up as best they could in 8.1 now they need to draw a line under it and get Windows 9 out

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HP 'clarifies' firmware/support contract rules

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Re: @Lusty

We don't have a 6 year warranty on anything. Goods have to last a reasonable amount of time what that means is going to vary from item to item. The responsibility for this is with the supplier not the manufacturer, I think most people buy their servers from their favourite distributor I know I do so HP aren't liable for anything.

In any case B2B doesn't count.

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Bad luck, n00bs: Mozilla to splurge ADS inside empty Firefox tiles

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Wow

I see most people just like to read the headline then head here for a quick rant.

I can't see any issue with what Mozilla are doing here.

To all the people who can't be bothered to read the article, you'll only see these "Adverts" if you install firefox on a new computer and you will only see them until you have visited 9 different websites.

If you are already using firefox then there will be no change, once you've been using firefox for any normal period of time it will be no different to how it is now.

This is no different to the way the start screen for firefox is a google search page.

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You’re NOT fired: The story of Amstrad’s amazing CPC 464

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Re: Great article

joystick port on the CPC took any standard stick with a 9 pin D connector. I think you only needed the Amstrad sticks if you wanted two joysticks.

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BT scratches its head over MYSTERY Home Hub disconnections

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Re: Serious question: why buy a new router?

Try getting the DHCP server to hand out a custom DNS address.

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

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Re: Bollocks

I agree, I just can't see this working. The technical side alone is full of holes. Currently you pay for 1 license per household, it doesn't matter if you have 1 TV or 10 TVs, or any mixture of TVs set top boxes, USB dongles, PVRs etc.

In a subscription model every one of these devices is going to need a card. Lets say I have Sky, I have a single sky box but also I have 3 TVs in bedrooms upstairs that don't have Sky subs and are currently viewing free to air BBC. Under the new system do I pay my BBC sub to Sky? Do I then have to pay a second sub for my upstairs TVs? Is that per TV or am I covered for the whole house? If I'm covered for the whole house how many cards am I allowed? What stops me from asking for more cards than I need and giving them away or selling them on the black market?

What about all the devices that don't have card slots? My TV has one but my media PC just has USB tuners, will my subscription cover the cost of new tuners for my PC or can I only use a BBC approved PVR?

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Virgin Media's 'little(ish)' book of deals contained BIG FIBS, rules ad watchdog

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Virgin should offer deals without phone

Virgin have a huge advantage over all the DSL providers in that they can provide broadband without a phone line. They should make more of this with deals for Internet only or Internet+TV+mobile which would suit loads of people far better than having to pay for redundant a land line.

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4K-ing hell! Will your shiny new Ultra HD TV actually display HD telly?

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Re: >sit too far from their screens to benefit from HD

"However... freeze frame on a scene involving a letter or a page of a book, held at arms length. Most of the time, you can't read the text from a DVD but you can do that just fine from a BluRay. Or watch Apocalypto, for example, one of the best early movies for HD."

I generally prefer to watch all movies like this. I just pause them and then advance one frame at a time, that way I don't miss anything.

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Re: 2K intermediate

Look at the current UK box office top 10 according to imdb

12 years a slave - shot on 35mm, 2K digital intermediate

American Hustle - shot on 35mm, 4K intermediate

The hobbit - shot on red, 2K intermediate

Frozen - digital animation, 2K intermediate

Last vegas - shot on digital, 2K intermediate

The Railway Man - shot on digital, 2K intermediate

Delivery Man - shot on 35mm, 2K intermediate

Mandela - shot on 35mm

Anchorman 2 - shot on digital, 2K intermediate

Paranormal Activity - unknown

So out of 10 films, only 1 uses a 4K process. My point is that this is totally different to when HD arrived. When 1080p came films were being shot and processed at that resolution so the benefits for new films was there. Now people are being sold 4K TVs and the content they are being sold is actually up-scaled 2K.

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2K intermediate

Where is this 4K content from?

Most cinema is processed at 2K.

4K just strikes me as a way to sell new TVs to idiots.

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HP sticks thumb in Microsoft's eye, extends Windows 7 option for new machines

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Re: 8.1's not bad

"The left and right buttons are incorporated in the one piece surface trackpad. This required extreme accuracy in clicking or the cursor went shooting off"

If the trackpad is like the one on my vaio pro then it's one of the better ones. The trick is to learn to use the gestures, don't use the click it's clunky. Tap the pad to left click, tap with two fingers to right click. Once you get used to it, you'll wonder why this stuff was kept to Apple's for so long.

The downside of having a touchpad that supports gestures is that Microsoft think you would like to have random menus appear when you swipe in from the left or right of the pad with no way provided to completely disable.

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HP EliteBook 840G1: Sometimes it's an Ultrabook, sometimes it's not

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Looks nice but expensive

Information on battery life is in the quickspecs

HP EliteBook 840 G1

hard drive/intel 13 hours 15 minutes

hard drive/AMD 13 hours 15 minutes

SSD/intel 15 hours 15 minutes

SSD/AMD 14 hours 30 minutes

SSD/intel + slice 33 hours 45 minutes

These figures sound somewhat fanciful to me as they don't tie in with the results found in this review. The slice battery adds an extra 780g to the weight.

The price is steep, yes it has 1080p screen and 8GB of RAM but the SSD should really be included in a laptop costing this much money.

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Security holes in Word, the Windows kernel and Adobe Flash. Party like it's Patch Tuesday again

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Tiny

Smallest patch Tuesday I can remember for ages.

1 patch for XP/2003/7/2008R2

2 patches for 7/2008R2

1 for office 2007

1 for word 2003/2007

Should make for easy testing

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Light, fast ... and pricey: Toshiba's Portégé Z30 – now THIS is an Ultrabook

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Think I still prefer my vaio pro

The vaio pro has 1080p screen, weighs less than this, currently is selling for £950 with a pci-e SSD, no vents on the bottom so it won't overheat sitting on your lap or the bed.

The toshiba has better battery life and that's about it, if you want more battery life on the Sony you can get the battery slice and I think it will still only weigh slightly more than the Toshiba. Toshiba should get points for providing upgradeable memory. This shows it is possible on a lightweight machine.

Also as Graham has mentioned above, not just Sony but Toshiba themselves were producing a machine R500/R600 that is lighter than this but included a DVD drive.

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Intel and Asus put the dual boot in, offer 2-in-1 lapslab WinDroid

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Not sure of the point here

This is a 13.3" laptop with a screen that folds back into a tablet form factor. When it's in laptop mode you're going to want to use Windows. When it's in tablet mode it is a pretty big tablet I'm not sure what you're going to use it for that you can't do in Windows. Media players and web browsing are pretty well catered for in Windows 8. That basically leaves games and to me the screen size is too big to be useful on most games. Couple that with the fact that because this is an intel chip running Android, native code has to be emulated.

It's not like you're going to have access to your windows files from Android.

For me my tablet has become redundant, my phone has grown and my laptop has shrunk and that seems to cover everything I used my tablet for.

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Sony seeks mojo reboot with 147-inch 'honey-you-can't-afford-me' 4K home projector

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noise

And how much noise do the fans make keeping it cool?

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I've seen the future of car radio - and DAB isn't in it

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Re: In 2014?! A new service "offering" 48Khz?!?!?

48KHz is fine, that's the sample frequency. It's the 64Kbps that is the concern

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Ubuntu unleashes dual boot tool for Android mobes'n'slabs

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I had windows mobiles that booted 6.5 and an early Android

When any "new" feature is touted for mobile you generally find that either Nokia or Windows mobile had it years ago

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Ho, ho, HOLY CR*P, ebuyer! Etailer rates staff on returns REJECTED

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Pretty sure they're wrong here.

You wanted next day delivery, but you didn't get it. The cost for next day delivery is the total cost for delivery as it's not broken down into e.g. £1 for delivery + £1 for next day it's just £1 for delivery or £2 for next day. Ebuyer cannot substitute an alternative service and then expect you to pay for it.

This said in my experience I've always found ebuyer easy to deal with, everything delivered within agreed timescales, the one return I had to make (faulty SSD) was no problem. I've also had a firmware warning from them to tell me I needed to flash my SSD or risk data loss.

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HP clampdown on 'unauthorised' server fixing to start in January

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reinstall

Quite often after the warrant on a server has expired I will re-purpose that server, either for lab work or for some non critical task. Does this change me I know have to make sure I've got a copy of all the drivers for the server whilst it was still in support and saved them? Currently I would just download the latest DVD from the HP site as required.

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TomTom GO 6000 satnav chews on smarties and tablets

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Nokia 520

A nokia 520 costs £80 and comes with Nokia Here Drive. Why would anyone pay for a tom tom?

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Drawers full of different chargers? The IEC has a one-plug-to-rule-them-all

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Re: Low voltage ring-main anyone?

because you would need cables the thickness of your fingers to be able to transfer the power required at such a low voltage.

You'd be better off putting the PSUs into the wall sockets.

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El Reg's contraptions confessional no.3: the Apple G4 Cube

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Re: Not just beautiful, quiet too

The case doesn't need to massive to cool passively I have my media PC in a streacom case which claims to be able to cool 95W. Worth noting that the PSU is external on this case which helps get rid of a lot of the heat.

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