* Posts by Fuzz

849 posts • joined 25 Jul 2007

Windows Blue preview to land at end of June

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office 365

"(4) Office365 - being pushed as the pay-always choice. Not to mention the exposing of all your data to USA law, something that could easily be avoided by client-side encryption before the data leaves your computer. And WTF is Office365 doing when bits of it don't work the same/at all on different browsers?"

Office 365 _doesn't run in a browser_, office 365 is just office, it's installed on your PC like every other version. The difference is that if you stop paying Microsoft then it will stop working.

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Nokia teases world+dog with snap of new 4G Lumia 928

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LTE

the 920 supports bands 1,3,7,8,20 which means it works on 2100,1800,2600,900 and 800MHz. In the US they are using 700,1700 and 1900 for LTE (bands 17,4 and 25), so it looks like the 928 will support LTE in the US but maybe not elsewhere.

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Microsoft: All RIGHT, you can have your Start button back

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Re: We told you it was shit

The ribbon in windows 8 explorer works really well, it takes a few seconds to get used to and then you realise that loads of stuff that used to be buried in menus like show hidden files and show file extensions are now one click actions on the ribbon.

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Micron brandishes sharp new flash blade, lunges at Fusion-io

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2.5" sequential read

Is this a mistake "Sequential read bandwidth up to 1.8GB/sec vs 410MB/sec."

The 2.5" drive must have a SAS interface, isn't 1.8GB/sec too quick for SAS even double ported.

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Redmond probes new IE 8 vulnerability

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Re: It may seem ancient but...

Service packs don't include new versions of IE. This means the original version (IE7 for Vista or IE8 for 7) is supported until end of life. That means the end of support for IE8 (and IE7 due to server 2008 support) isn't until 2020-01-14.

The scary part of all this is that the date you have for XP embedded means that microsoft will continue to support IE6 until the end of 2016 although I'm not sure what the update mechanism is for embedded windows.

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Ofcom probes BT over fibre pricing after repeated gripes from TalkTalk

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sweating copper

I didn't think TT had any copper, surely all the copper is leased from BT.

BT are suggesting that TT should invest in a FTTC infrastructure, maybe they should and then maybe Sky should get one and then all the streets will be lined with endless monolithic green boxes.

What should be happening is for someone to be doing the job properly in the first place and installing an underground fibre network that reaches to the home and can be used easily by ISPs.

BT needs to be broken up it's too easy for the different parts of the business to gain an advantage by trading services. The ISP is one place where this happens but there are others. I have BT maintain one of our telephone systems the engineer that fixes the telephone system is able to call the engineer that fixes the ISDN line, remote access is provided over a dedicated BT line that gets installed without any payment or paperwork.

You just need to look at the state of the Internet in Hull to see why this kind of monopoly is such a bad idea.

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Would you trust crowd-sourced maps? Skobbler releases satnav app

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tracking

"without the cloud following one's every step"

I may be wrong but I was under the impression that if you use location services on a smartphone you agree to let Apple/Google/MS track your movements. The actual app you use is unimportant because it still taps into the location service on the device.

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Review: Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 WinPro 8 tablet

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If tough is what you need

Looks like they've messed up with the screen on this. I have a toughbook with an active digitzer, you can only operate it with the stylus but it's very accurate. It also means it works fine in the rain.

The ability to withstand a 4' drop doesn't sound impressive but it is when you consider what it means. This device will withstand any drop from that height onto a concrete floor. You can do it all day over and over and it won't make any difference. Now with a bit of luck most tablets would survive a 4' fall, possibly on to concrete but if you did it ten times your tablet would be probably be bust. A touchpad will most likely survive much bigger falls, you just can't do it over and over and expect nothing to happen.

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Apple to end support for original iPhone: report

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A few points

1. I wouldn't call the original iPhone supported. The last version of iOS the phone supported was 3, it hasn't had any updates for years. Most apps in the store don't work on it because they require a newer version of iOS. All that's happened here is the Apple have said they won't repair the phone anymore.

2. The Edge on the iPhone was never considered to be fast, at the time people laughed at the iPhone for not having 3G. People didn't start to buy iPhones in any serious numbers until the 3G came out which brought decent network speeds and installable apps.

3. You can't compare the iPhone (a phone) with Windows XP (a version of an operating system) you could maybe compare iOS with XP. The difference here is that Windows XP can still be installed on computers from 2001 when it was released and they will receive updates from Microsoft right up until April 2014.

The iPhone will be remembered as a game changer but when you actually look back the game only really changed when the 3G was released.

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iPhone 5 totters at the top as Samsung thrusts up UK mobe chart

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Re: Back from the brink?

Everybody at my work as a windows phone so I'm pretty sure their market share is 100% I guess there must be something wrong with the stats because it couldn't be my sample.

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Review: Nokia Lumia 520

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Re: How does it handle multiple imap accounts?

You can have multiple imap accounts. You can choose to group email accounts into combined inboxes. I have two on my phone, one for personal emails, hotmail and gmail and the other for work with 3 exchange accounts grouped together.

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compass not required

Compass tells you which direction you are facing, this isn't required for navigation which only requires GPS or some other sort of satellite location service which this phone has.

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Are you being robbed of sleep by badly designed servers?

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another advert for supermicro?

Why is that these articles from Trevor all seem to read like adverts for supermicro? This one starts off masquerading as an article about remote server management. Whilst this kind of stuff might be new to Trevor I can't be alone in thinking this is something I had on the Dell servers I bought in 2003 and every other server I've bought since had either a DRAC card or an iLO and I don't remember paying extra for any of them. In fact I'm pretty sure that the two Dell 4400s I had which were dual Pentium II Xeons and looked like the Jawa Sandcrawler from Return of the Jedi even had DRAC cards.

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How much will Google pay to bring fiber to Provo, Utah? Try $1

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Re: 5Mbps?

It's 5Mbps for the basic package which is supposed to get people online. It's essentially 5Mbps for a one off fee of $30 since they are already paying the $5.35 a month. If they made it 20Mbps or 100Mbps then very few people would pay for the 1Gbps service.

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PEAK APPLE: Fondleslab giant no longer world's biggest biz

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lack of innovation

Apple are losing market share as a result of a lack of innovation. They peaked with the iPhone 4 my iPhone 4 owning friends are all quite happy with their phones and even though they are mostly committed to iOS they see no reason to upgrade because they don't see the 4S or the 5 as offering them anything new.

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T-Mobile UK ordered into humiliating Full Monty strip

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Re: Wait, what?

blocking port 25 should be done by all consumer ISPs. If you want to use port 25 then that should be possible if you can prove you're not relaying spam.

If you run your own SMTP server for clients to connect you should be running it on a different port over SSL with auth.

The reason for blocking port 25 is to stop spam bots from sending emails.

If you don't know this stuff you shouldn't be running an SMTP server.

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Inside Secure snatches BBC iPlayer downloads from Adobe

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Re: What's the point of DRM?

forget the sky box and DVD recorder, we're only talking about BBC here so a DVB-T2 tuner plugged into a PC will get you HD streams recorded directly onto your hard drive.

The point of the DRM is that you are only allowed to watch the programmes for as long as the BBC say you can. At the end of that time period they are deleted. If you want to keep your files for longer, see above.

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Logitech launches MEGA-PRICEY 15-in-1 remote

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Re: Concordance....

my understanding was that this was possible. I seem to remember a cli utility that allowed you to push the downloaded settings file onto the remote. The remote itself is just a standard hid device. However this is going back a while and everything may well have changed since then.

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logitech encourage you to install the crappy software but you can program the remote via the web site.

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Re: Really?

I think the idea is if you use your games console as a bluray or other media player then you can control it with the same remote you use to watch the TV.

Of course this particular remote is expensive but the logitech remotes in general are very good, mine cost about £35 and does a great job controlling TV, media centre, surround amp, squeezebox etc.

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Intel doubles Thunderbolt speed to 20Gbps

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long cables

I'm kind of struggling to come up with a use for 100m cables. If I wanted to connect to a NAS why wouldn't I use 10Gb Ethernet? If Intel could make the standard operate over cat6 cable then I could see uses for remote displays in offices.

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Office for Mac 2008 support umbilical chopped off

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Re: Unlike your cousins on the PC, you won’t be getting OneNote, Access or Publisher.....

home and student edition of office doesn't include access. also if you actually are a student then you can get a student price on office pro which includes access outlook and publisher for £30.

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China's Beidou satnav will open to mobe-makers

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Re: Four systems

I would guess at everything newer than a 4S and some stuff older than that will support GLONASS.

I have support on my Ativ S.

GLONASS is the only other system worth talking about at the moment as it's the only one that offers worldwide coverage. Once Beidou hits that mark it will become useful.

Once we get to 4 full functioning arrays accuracy should take on a significant improvement

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Microsoft's summer update will be called Windows 8.1

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8.1?

So version 6.3 of windows NT is called Windows 8.1

If Microsoft are going to charge for this service pack then it needs to be cheap and introduce something that people really want (full time desktop mode).

All the real criticism of Windows 8 comes from TIFKAM, if that interface was moved into the background so that it was available for tablets and touchscreens but unseen on desktops and laptops then Windows 8 would become the best windows ever, it's a perfect incremental upgrade to 7.

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Net neutrality? We've heard of it, says Ofcom

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Re: Er, what?

There are only 4 mobile networks, there are plenty of suppliers offering different services. Currently most of them are aimed at the low end of the market but at work we use SIMs from an ISP offering a data only service aimed at businesses who want decent Internet access on mobile devices and are prepared to pay for it.

I use giffgaff on my phone and I will continue to do so because at no point as it prevented me from doing what I needed to do. If at some point they decide I can only go to websites beginning with a g I will go somewhere else. If giffgaff fine enough people that only want to go to those sites, they will survive, if not they will fail.

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Re: Switching ADSL

why not change the way LLU works, put the DSLAM on the openreach network and have that part controlled by openreach. Once your cable is jumpered in you're set and moving ISPs is just a question of reprogramming which back haul service your packets run over.

People said this wasn't possible with mobile phone numbers but you can get those ported inside 24 hours.

Even without changing anything moving ISPs should be a <24 hour job.

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Relaxed Windows 8 rules hint at smaller slabs to come

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total stupidity

There's no need for lower resolutions. The only reason for having a low resolution device is to make it cheap so unless we are going to see RT tablets for £150 or less, this is a pointless exercise. OEMs should be encouraged to use higher resolutions for their devices and Microsoft should be working on making sure that windows can scale to higher resolutions when it's running in its desktop mode.

Then this support needs to be carried over to all the different methods for accessing Windows. If I'm using Windows in a remote desktop or VDI environment I want it to look at the size of my screen and calculate the scaling required for where I am so that I can move from my two 24" screens on my desktop to my 1920x1080 10" laptop without finding that everything becomes microscopic. Higher resolutions should make stuff clearer not smaller.

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Inside Adastral: BT's Belgium-sized broadband boffinry base

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Re: Not a word of truth...

"This piece reads as if it is a rehash of a BT press release"

The phrase "super-fast broadband" is the give away, it's a phrase I've heard used only by ISPs and politicians. It's a meaningless phrase used (currently) to describe any kind of Internet connection faster than around 20Mbps.

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Reg man goes time travelling at iconic observatory

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tools

Last time I was at Jodrell bank the siren sounded indicating the dish was about to move and then, nothing.

After a couple of minutes of nothing a man came running out of the control building he disappeared into a shed next to the telescope and came out a few seconds later with a large hammer. After a few sharp taps on the metal structure he turned and waved to the control room, the siren sounded and the dish began to move.

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SanDisk cops to malfunctioning Micro SDs in Galaxy S3s

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Re: RMA policy

Just give Amazon a ring and they will help you return the cards.

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Samsung's new co-CEO: 'Windows isn't selling very well'

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Re: Half-arsed effort so far - at least with the Activ S

I bought an Ativ S over a 920 for 4 reasons.

1. Cost - £100 cheaper than the Nokia when bought outright

2. Size and weight - both slimmer and lighter than the Nokia by quite a margin

3. Expandable storage - SDXC support means I've added and extra 64GB of storage for £40

4. Replaceable battery - this is a nice option to have.

It's just a shame Samsung couldn't think of anything interesting to do with the design. Also 2-4 apply to the HTC 8X

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Intel's Centrino notebook platform is 10 years old

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Re: Of course, whether a laptop was "Centrino" branded was not the point.

Didn't even have to use the chipset,

I had a 12" HP, the processor was pentium M and the wifi was intel but the chipset was from ATI which gave me half decent graphics.

Also I think the centrino brand still exists if you buy a new core i whatever and it has intel wifi then it will be centrino branded. It's just that most laptops these days have different wifi so you don't see the centrino logo so much.

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1 in 7 WinXP-using biz bods DON'T KNOW Microsoft is pulling the plug

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@Bill the Sys Admin Re: Supprised companies on XP

I guess your "sys admin" role doesn't involve administration of Windows systems. XP runs IE 8

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'Wireless charging' in Galaxy S4 will betray Samsung's best pal

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Re: Since the charger needs a wire

It stops being a gimmick once it becomes ubiquitous. When you can stick your phone on your desk at work, your coffee table in your house, your bedside table, on the table in the pub or on the dashboard of your car and have it charge without you needing to plug it in it becomes useful.

If the only way of using it is as currently, via a special charger, then it's no better than the desktop charger on the MicroTAC http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorola_MicroTAC

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Oracle trowels more plaster over flawed Java browser plugin

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Re: last java 6 update?

It said that after 6u41 so who knows when the actual last version of 6 will happen.

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White House comes out in favor of legal mobe unlocking

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Doesn't go far enough

It should be illegal to lock mobile phones to a provider.

When you sign up to a 24 month contract with a provider you have agreed to give them an amount of money every month for that duration. If you choose to take the phone you're given and use it on a different network then that should be your choice, you're still paying for the contract.

We have the same stupid system in the UK, your phone is locked to the contract, at the end of the contract you can request your provider to unlock the phone. The provider is allowed to charge you an "administration fee" for this service. I think Orange currently charge £30.

Locking phones to networks is anti-competitive and should fall foul of competition laws.

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Global smartphones sales set to outpace standard handsets in 2013

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very vague

It can't be anything to do with data or having a browser, I've had data on every phone I've owned and GPRS since my T39. I definitely had email on an early Sony Ericsson, maybe the K700. The original iPhone didn't have GPS so that can't be a requirement. The original iPhone also had no way to handle 3rd party apps (how's that going to take off?) and most phones can handle java apps including web browsers and maps.

It seems that a smartphone is one that has an OS, but that would mean that what we think of as feature phones are most likely smartphones.

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4G operators move into new homes in the spectrum 'hood

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Re: For those of us less technical.....

If you buy something with integrated freeview HD then you're sorted for the time being. The only time this issue is likely to arise is if you're using an amplifier on your TV antenna. If you are using an amplifier, stop because it most likely isn't doing you any good at all unless it's on the mast or you're using it for distribution.

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Keyboard, you're not my type

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Re: Microswitches

The Dell keyboards were re-badged IBM model Ms

I got rid of mine because of A. the noise and B the footprint on the desk.

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Moscow's speed cameras 'knackered' by MYSTERY malware

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Re: In the UK

whilst diesel isn't as flammable as petrol it most certainly burns once you get it a little warm, if diesel didn't burn it would make the diesel engine much harder to achieve.

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Review: Sony Vaio Duo 11 Ultrabook

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Price

This is pretty close to being a decent machine but I don't really want a tablet/laptop hybrid so all the compromises that have been made to make that possible are just going to annoy me. Give me a 1080p screen on either an 11.6" or 13.3" laptop with 8GB Ram and either a 256GB SSD for a sensible price or a cheap 2.5" HDD that I can swap out myself.

If you want to upgrade this Vaio from a 128GB SSD to 256GB the cost is £250 !!! At a time when a decent 256GB SSD is £130 and top of the range is less than £200. Sony want £250 for an upgrade.

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Four firms pitch hi-def DRM for Flash cards

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How is this better?

So I download a film and put it on memory card. I can then watch that film wherever I like as long as it

1. Has a flash memory slot

2. Supports the DRM scheme.

So can I watch the film on a Google Nexus or an ipad? Doesn't look like it. Can I play it on my no name linux based media playback device connected to the PC? doubt it. Do I have to store all my films on tiny little memory cards? That seems to be the implication. Is this in any way better than buying a DVD or bluray? I don't get that impression.

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Happy birthday, LP: Can you believe it's only 65?

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revisionist history

this article reminds me of that seen in Woody Allen's Sleeper when the scientists from the future are quizzing woody on 20th century artefacts and their knowledge of history is slightly mixed up.

I had a sharp vinyl player, can't really call it a turntable because there was no table part, the vinyl went in vertically and there were two needles. At the end of side one the record direction was reversed and the second needle played the other side.

A friend had a similar device but the records were horizontal and a single needle played the top side then travelled round the edge of the disc and played the second side from below.

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Google takes Chromebook upmarket with touchy-feely Pixel

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3:2

awesome, not 16:9, not even 16:10, 3:2. 1700 pixels of vertical resolution. If it wasn't stuck with 64GB SSD and 4GB RAM I'd buy it to install a proper OS.

Who is making this for Google? Can we petition them to put out a version for windows? Like this but with 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM and a matte screen option.

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So you won a 4G licence. The Freeview interference squad wants a word

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Re: Sigh

"I need Freeview to work, and as all of our channels are at the top end (we're still getting the multiplex with BBC1 on channel 61 at the moment, so will have to retune again at some point I guess), it is very likely we will be affected. And there is no cable installation."

27th March for your retune, down to C49

If you have problems when the 4G goes live then AT800 will sort them out. If the only way of solving your issues is to install freesat in all your rooms then I'd imagine that's what they'll do which is why they have up to £10,000 to spend.

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New blow for Microsoft Surface: Touch Chromebooks 'on sale in 2013'

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Re: "Blow"?

there is one, but it's more than a dollar. It's called the surface 42 and it's made by Samsung.

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This 320-gigapixel snap of London is size of Buckingham Palace

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Flash!!!!

Why the fuck is this done in flash? There are plenty of decent ways of doing this kind of thing in html5 and there are better technologies that don't have that jarring effect when it switches resolutions as you zoom in.

Why in all these panos is 50% of the image sky? 160 Gigapixels of grey clouds; great.

The zoomed out images are horribly sharpened, makes it look like someone has drawn round the outlines of the buildings in marker pen. When you zoom all the way in and the image switches to the full resolution original it suddenly looks much better (although never in the same place as you were actually zooming to)

The image pans left when you drag the mouse left, sounds sensible when you write it down but this is the wrong way round. When you drag your mouse left the image should move left (pan right)

It's such a shame when all that time and effort put into constructing the thing and the viewing of the image is flawed. Perhaps they should speak to Gigapixel or Microsoft who both have technologies for doing this kind of thing that don't suck.

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BBC: Monster cargo ship delivers '863 million tins of baked beans'

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Re: earth to moon is a bit further that reported ...

ISS not moon

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Any storm in a port

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Re: I have no idea what the problem is

I used to think this was the case until a few months ago I bought a new logitech remote control. The USB cable that comes with that is a full size A to micro B (same cable used to charge all non Apple phones), I was amazed to find that logitech had put their own logo on the upper side and USB logo had been relegated to the bottom.

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HP cranks up bandwidth on BladeSystem sheaths, adds pretty platinum stripe

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what do you use the display for?

Don't think I've ever used the display other than setting the initial IP address when the enclosure was first installed.

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