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* Posts by Fuzz

818 posts • joined 25 Jul 2007

Troll sues Apple for daring to plug headphones into iPhone

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2008?

Not that the iPhone was the first (by a long long long way) but the iPhone itself was released before this patent was granted. How do they expect it to stand up in court?

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MIDI: 30 years old... almost

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Sys-EX

I remember part of the midi spec that allowed the transfer of samples over the midi interface using system exclusive messages. I had a yamaha keyboard that claimed to support this, copying out to the sequencer went fine but I never managed to restore the samples back to the keyboard.

I did a gig once with two desktop PCs running windows 95, keyboard and drum machine all nicely synced with midi not even a slight hiccup.

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Google Adwords scammer charged premium to call NHS Direct

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Refunds?

I take it the £50000 is used to refund all the people who dialled the number?

I also presume that the company and it's owners are banned from owning a premium rate number for the next few years.

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.WTF? Governments object to .sucks, .army and .airforce

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dvorak

This whole thing reminds me of the dvorak keyboard.

The dvorak layout was invented to speed up typing, but because people had got so used to typing on a qwerty it actually slowed them down.

This is a similar thing. if I want to go to Amazon I know the address is amazon.com because after more than 15 years using the Internet the standard tlds are very much engrained. Also web browsers will auto complete tlds for you, Google chrome looks up the addresses as you type, most people go to websites via a search engine.

It's just a solution looking for a problem.

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YARR! Library Wi-Fi PIRATES can't be touched by Queen's men!

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awesome

So, do I need to register myself as a public Wi-Fi network provider or can I just open a network on my AP?

What about FON? If I get a FON router does that exempt me?

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Facebook starts going encrypted by default in North America

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Re: Twitter already is https

and posts on twitter are private how?

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Apple, Spotify, Amazon: All your Cloud are belong to us, says firm

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Why bother?

First up, why bother patenting this? It's a system where a customer can order some music or other data and at that point the data is written to a CD-R and posted out to the customer.

Thing is years ago the companies that make the CDs worked out roughly how many they needed to make and then made that number. That works out cheaper than maintaining the equipment required to automatically produce CDs on demand.

So what we have here are patents for a process that is

1. Obvious

2. Unnecessary

3. Nothing to do with an on-demand music streaming service

Also, Internet radio stations.

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Microsoft offers 60-day free trial of Office 2013

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700MB download

I don't get it,

I have the 2013 preview installed and the initial download was 489KB.

Then running the install downloads the rest of the suite as it installs. Don't tell me they've got rid of this option for the final release and are making people download the whole product.

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Brits swallow Google Nexus 4 supply 'in 30 minutes'

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Re: In the meantime.

simple reason for this, Nokia aren't selling the Lumia 920 sim free for £279. If they were I have no doubt it sell at a similar rate.

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When GiffGaff falls over, is it even news any more?

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Re: WTF is GiffGaff

People want it because it's cheap. £10 a month covers all my phone and data usage. You can set the goodybag to automatic and auto top up for your credit, so it becomes like having a contact with no minimum term and no notice period.

The network is quite unreliable and the website extremely unreliable but it works well enough for the money I pay. It helps if you have a few people you contact regularly using the service as it costs you nothing to call or text them. It's a great network for groups of kids, if they all get their friends to join each one gets £5 credit and they only have to top up £5 every three months to talk to each other for free.

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Teen project sparks WORLD-WIDE PEE-POWERED HYPEGASM!

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Re: Quick calculations

You see, I've looked at this and to me it does stack up. Your calculations show it is perfectly plausible.

They're not cracking hydrogen out of water, the hydrogen comes from the urea which requires a lot less energy. There probably is enough energy in the urea to power the generator for the times given.

You don't need to pressurise your gas if you don't intend to store it, remember they aren't making hydrogen for use later, the generator is running off of the hydrogen as it's produced.

So instead of rubbishing the work and saying it doesn't work, these girls should be applauded for doing some pretty neat science.

Is this going to solve he worlds energy problems? Of course not, you have to insert urine at a rate of 1L every 6 hours and since the important component is the urea you going to need proper, first thing in the morning, piss to make it work. That doesn't mean the system itself isn't working.

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Intel plans Core i7 bare bones mini-PCs

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power supply

Once again Intel set off on the wrong path.

The power supply should be internal, especially if they are targeting markets like digital signage. Apple manage to get a PSU inside their mini and they still have enough room for two hard drives.

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Avira 'fesses up: Our software isn't compatible with Windows 8

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Windows Defender

Windows 8 includes the new version of defender which rolls in Security Essentials.

No real need for any other AV at the consumer level.

Also @Efros, windows 8 can mount disc images without the need for a 3rd party driver. Not sure what images are supported but iso works fine.

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Asus pledges Android 4.2 update for Google Nexus 7

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Re: nexus device

My Xoom is also a UK wifi device I installed the US firmware onto it and it promptly upgraded to 4.1

After a bit of messing around mine even has flash working.

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Re: nexus device

I'm guessing that the Motorola Xoom will get 4.2 as well once released as it's a Google experience device.

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The iPhone 5 WILL do 4G magic on Three ... but not until next year

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Not converting yet

Since EE have 120MHz @1800 they've got plenty to share between 4G and 2G.

Once they transfer the 30MHz to three they will no doubt add some 800MHz

I'd expect all the networks to maintain 2G capacity inline with the number of phones they have using it.

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Virgin Media spanked for 'we've already cabled up your house' mailshot

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Re: BT is also guilty

I get two of these a month telling me to sign up to the new "super fast" service but my exchange is at least a year off being upgraded.

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Plextor M5 Pro 256GB SSD review

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£238?

The Samsung 830 and the crucial M4 are both almost as fast and they can be had for around £130 why pay this much

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Petition for Alan Turing on £10 note breaks 20,000 signatures

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Re: Shakespeare

Yes, as are all the other highlighted people on this list. Maybe the highlighting has some significance.

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Philips eyes trendy homemakers for app-controlled e-lights

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Re: Hmm

"Unless of course somebody can tell me it's worth that price per bulb in theoretical energy savings, which I doubt considering the bulbs are 50w compared to the 12w I currently have plugged in."

50W equivalent as in same light output as 50W tungsten bulb. These are LED lights though so much less power usage than your 12W CFLs

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America mounts attempt to top the Register's world record spaceflight

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Re: Excuse me

"And if you're going to convert it, then why not into a unit we all understand.and tell is it soared from the height of 2962.1849 double decker buses. Or 197.4788 Brontosaurus."

I don't think you can use double decker buses or dinosaurs for height only length. I think for height you need to use Nelson's Column so 525x the height of nelson's column.

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N00bs vs Windows 8: We lock six people in a room with new OS

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Re: Charm bar thing....

This was going to be my point, when everyone asked "is there going to be some kind of tutorial?" you forget to tell them "there is but we've neglected to let you see it"

I can't remember when the tutorial is shown but it's either part of the OOB experience or at first log in to a new user account.

If they don't get to see the video how do you expect them to know what to do?

How many of them would have know how to produce the start menu in Windows 95 the first time they saw it if they didn't get to see that weird animated arrow that flies in from the right first time you log in?

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Windows 8 unleashed! Midnight launch for world+dog

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Re: Windows 8, the first Microsoft OS since DOS that needs a keyboard

To get back to the desktop you just drag the charms bar in from the right, hit start then choose desktop.

or

drag the window swticher in from the left side of the screen which lets you toggle back to the desktop.

It's not obvious but there's certainly no need for a keyboard.

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Surface tablets snapped up on pre-order, but no camping in the street

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£25 for a box and a couple of DVDs

The boxed version of Windows is £49.99 available to pre-order now. The download version is £24.99, why is there such a difference in cost? Who is going to pay £25 for a box and some DVDs?

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Lenovo IdeaPad U410 14in Ultrabook review

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more reviews like this please

laptop with fairly decent performance but let down by everything else not sure it even deserves the 65% but it's a good start. Poor reviews for their products are the best way to get through to manufacturers that this isn't what people are after.

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EC: Microsoft didn't honour browser-choice commitment

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Re: browser choice? from Handle

Chrome and Skyfire are front ends for the iOS webkit browser, neither of them is a fully functioning browser.

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Apple's skinny new iMac line: Farewell, optical drives

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optical drives

I don't use my optical drive for installing software any more as it comes downloaded from the Internet these days. I also don't use it for burning discs, it's much easier to use online storage or a USB drive.

I do however use my drive all the time for ripping CDs, DVDs and BluRays.

Now the number of CDs I'm buying is decreasing as mp3 prices fall but I think we're a way off having DRM free downloadable films so my desktop computer will have a bluray drive for the foreseeable future.

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Apple unveils iPad mini, upgrades its big brother

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UK pricing

£269 for the cheapest model, £80 between each model and £100 extra for 3/4G

compared to £190 for the Nexus and £160 for the ad supported kindle fire HD. You'd have to be very committed to Apple/iOS to go for the ipad.

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Apple adds Fusion Drive IO to iMac

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very easy to do on other hardware

I think most new intel chipsets have this functionality built in. You build your system on to the big spinning drive and then in the intel storage management you combine in the SSD, the driver takes care of the rest.

I think I'd rather have the drives separate, use the big disk for storage and the SSD for the system.

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Everything Everywhere prices up UK 4G

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EE site

If you look at the EE site it seems the pricing is a little more complicated.

e.g if you already have a 4G phone and you want a sim only deal 5GB a month is £36, still expensive but not as bad.

If you just want data you can get a data only plan which according to the website is significantly cheaper for 18 months than it is for 24 months - £26 for 5GB over 18 months or £36 for 5GB over 24 months.

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fallback

The problem here is that EE don't have a nationwide 4G network this means that if they did give you 100GB of data to use you would need to be able to consume it on 4G and 3G and 2G.

Now they could say you can have 100GB of data on 4G and 500MB on legacy networks but this would be a hugely confusing model for most people.

I take it all these packages are advertised as unlimited?

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BBC pulls plug Ceefax ahead of analogue TV's end tonight

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a little bit lives on

A little bit of ceefax still lives on in the form of the page numbers on the digital service. Football is still on 302 with the brief stories on 312.

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Apple banishes Java from Mac browsers

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UAC

if your program requires access write access to its own install folder then it is up to the program to set those permissions when it installs. If it doesn't set the permissions then it is the fault of the program not Windows.

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Windows 8 'bad' analyst says Store is a weakness

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differentiators

I take it this guy hasn't realised that you can plug a mouse into an android tablet? Also most Android tablets support USB OTG you just need the correct adaptor and you can plug your USB accessory in.

As far as I can see the differentiators are the interface which some people will like and some will hate and the full versions of office programs which are irrelevant since the only reason for having Microsoft Office is Excel VBA which you don't get on the arm version.

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Microsoft Surface: Designed to win, priced to fail

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USP

Microsoft had a USP with the keyboard cover but it stops being a USP if you have to pay extra for it. They should have priced it $499 including the keyboard. I also think the 16:9 ratio is a mistake.

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Manchester plods cop £120k fine for USB-stick-inna-wallet data gaffe

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"A[sic] unencrypted stick amnesty by the force's data controller.."

So the force has a data controller? Sounds like a good place to start with the redundancies then. If your job is to look after the data and you are not then you should loose your job. This is a basic point, no sensitive data leaves the systems unless it has been encrypted.

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Metric versus imperial: Reg readers weigh in

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inches

The problem with inches arises when things get small, I can't stand hardware reviews that tell me a laptop is 0.6 inches thick or a phone is 0.35 inches.

While we're on the subject can we start a campaign for tool manufactures to make tape measures with metric on top and inches on the bottom? Or better still ones without inches at all.

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Six months under water and iPhone 4 STILL WORKS

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fresh water

Fresh water rarely does any damage.

most water damage to phones is caused by the phones being turned on before they're dry.

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Microsoft fast-tracks Windows 8 Service Pack updates

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update instructions

I see the update instructions tell you to go to "install optional updates" to install the update. For those who haven't used Windows 8, the install optional updates shortcut takes you to the desktop windows vista/7 style updates application. There is also a metro style update app which doesn't seem to be recommended by Microsoft.

I guess this is similar to any instructions from Microsoft dealing with the control panel in XP, the next instruction after opening the control panel is always "click the link to switch to classic view"

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Apple to spice up Blighty iPads with 4G

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and it will be called?

new new ipad

newer ipad

newest ipad

next ipad

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Lenovo unfolds smaller Yoga tablet-laptop hybrid

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too big

11.6" is too big for a useful tablet, 13" is crazy

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Copper-obsessed BT means UK misses out on ultrafast fibre gold

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FTTH is a waste of time

Current FTTH is a waste of time just have a look at BTs current service offerings.

Infinity Option 2 (FTTC) 76Mb down 19Mb up £26 per month (plus telephone line rental)

Infinity Option 3 (FTTH) 100Mb down 15Mb up £35 per month (plus telephone line rental)

The FTTH service isn't worth it until they offer symmetric upload speeds which should be one of the benefits of a fibre connection. Of course the other benefit should be that you no longer need a phone line but for some reason BT make you take one anyway.

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View 21 IPTV Freeview+HD DVR review

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still think a windows media centre is a better choice

A bit more expensive I think mine was around £300 once you factor in tuners and remote but it has access to all on-line services and there are no restrictions about where you can watch content. Also can play back anything you throw at it. Mine even has a DVD drive in case you're feeling nostalgic.

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New Zealand issues Hobbit money

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Re: Calligraphically Challenged

"I'm curious how Jackson made three movies out of that skinny book. I couldn't make it last six hours if I had to copy it out by hand."

I'm guessing a lot of walking

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Big Blue beats off rivals to push out first LTO-6 tape drive

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Re: Scaling

Also they should have graphed the rate of increase rather than the actual values as that is what the graph is trying to show.

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Happy 20th Birthday, IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad

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ctrl key

I see at least two of the machines shown here have the ctrl key in the right place. Why did they ever decide to move it? It's the only thing really wrong with the the current thinkpads.

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Pastafarians: Get your noodly appendages off that Facebook suspect

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blasphemy

Oh those crazy Greeks with their blasphemy law.

Turns out blasphemy was still a crime in the UK until 2008 and remains a crime in Northern Ireland so maybe they're not the only crazy ones.

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Ofcom tries to chop months off EE's 4G exclusive

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larger cities?

Do Offcom really have such little understanding of how TV is transmitted?

Don't they realise that TV is transmitted in large groups of antennas each one covering at least one major city and all the surrounding towns, villages etc.

What qualifies as a major city? Most of the transmitters needing a retune are in Scotland and Wales it's only really Winter Hill that covers a few big cities.

Of course it should be easy to sort out if you simply do one a week rather than one a month.

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HP Spectre XT 13in Ivy Bridge Ultrabook review

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stopping reviewing these favourably

£900 + 1366x768 screen should automatically mean a harsh review hopefully containing words like unacceptable, useless, waste of money.

I talked to a Toshiba guy at a trade fair and asked him why the screen resolutions were so low, he had no idea it was a problem and I can only blame the press for that.

If people are playing a premium price they want a premium product. That means not only a high resolution screen but also 8GB of RAM.

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Nokia lops UK Lumia prices ahead of Win 8 phones

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Re: What is AT&T U-Verse

Certain "special" apps get to have double size tiles on WP7. My phone has the HTC hub which displays a double width tile with the current weather where I am (yes I know).

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