* Posts by Alex Walsh

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Dear rioters: Hiding your face with scarves, hats can't fool this AI system

Alex Walsh

Self contradicts itself in the first line

Dear rioters: Hiding your face with scarves, hats CAN'T fool this AI system

ACCURACY IS NOT GREAT – but it's a start for computer-aided crackdowns by cops

Sounds like it can comfortably fool this AI system to me.

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Huawei Honor 8 Pro: Makes iPhone 7 Plus look a bit crap

Alex Walsh

Not convinced about Huawei/Honor updates. I'm still waiting for the Nougat update for my P9. Bearing in mind I got it at the press launch, which was in advance of availability at retail, I'm not very impressed with it.

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Who's behind the Kodi TV streaming stick crackdown?

Alex Walsh

Always reminds me of this excellent Oatmeal strip on piracy. I saw plenty of chatter last week on Twitter from disgruntled Expanse fans when they found out the Netflix broadcast wasn't happening until the series had aired. Lots of people even tweeted Netflix to say they were going to pirate it.

I've got Netflix and Amazon Prime subscriptions and pick up a Now TV pass when something I want to see is specifically on but they don't make it easy do they? It's as bad as the three different car park payment apps I have on my phone- so fragmented and poorly thought out.

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Programmer finds way to liberate ransomware'd Google Smart TVs

Alex Walsh

There's a similar issue with Amazon Kindles and WiFi. Some Kindles just lose the ability to connect to WiFi for no discernible reason but a factory reset sorts them out. So far, so good. However there is another Kindle issue that sees factory reset fail to work, leaving you with a Kindle that you can't reset or connect to WiFi. There's a hidden routine that lets you reset a Kindle via a password but Amazon Customer Support don't ever give this out.

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Whoosh! China shows off J-20 'stealth' fighters and jet drones

Alex Walsh
Alien

Re: Human waves

The Aliens exhausted the supply of ammunition in the Sentry guns, so perhaps James Cameron was on to something.

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Seagate has a flash early Xmas present for Xbox gamers

Alex Walsh

Re: Can you not...

You can do that with your PS4, and I shoved a 2TB HDD inside mine before I booted it for the first time (not an SSD mind you) but the Xbox One is different, and, no, you can't change the internal drive.

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Spinal Tap’s bass player sues former French sewer

Alex Walsh

I love movie accounting. If no film ever made any money, nobody would ever make a movie.

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Lester Haines: RIP

Alex Walsh

RIP Lester. Can't compute the news :(

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Woman charged with blowing AU$4.6m overdraft on 'a lot of handbags'

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Ding-dong, reality calling: iPhone slump is not Apple's doom

Alex Walsh

Bonkers market expectations

Properly don't understand how the market can expect continual everlasting growth out of any business.

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Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

Alex Walsh

Re: Closest thing to a netbook...

My boss bought one (on my recommendation). Been a few firmware issues with battery drain from what he's said but it is exactly the form factor I miss and he's pretty pleased with it. (eee 701, 9001, 1001HA saw me nicely for years).

Ironically, his main use for it is Sky Go as none of his Android tablets are supported by it...

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Alex Walsh

Closest thing to a netbook...

Is probably something like the Toshiba Satellite Click Mini- 8.9 inch Windows tablet with a detachable keyboard and a battery in both bits. Bitterly regret not getting one when Amazon were flogging them for £149 at one point last year.

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Drug-smuggling granny's vagina holds Kinder surprise

Alex Walsh

Something smells fishy

I wonder why she 'fessed up with the stash so well hidden...

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Twitter reduces BBC hacks to tears with redundancy notice

Alex Walsh

Not so much now

Used to be that twitter was even referred to as a micro blogging platform. Nowadays its much more of a messengering client, public and private IMHO.

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Neat but narky at times: Pebble Time colour e-paper watch

Alex Walsh

Had an original Pebble since Christmas and still love it. All I use it for is notifications (email, twitter and FB) but it saves getting my phone out of my pocket every time I get a ping. Still get 5+ days from the battery. Only issue is it's not as pretty as the Steel but since it cost a fraction of the price, I shouldn't complain.

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Ant-Man: Big ideas, small payoff

Alex Walsh

OTOH

Loved it. Best Marvel film in years; it's a heist movie with a superhero flavouring. The script is often laugh out loud funny, the two Michael Pena "tip" scenes are comedy gold, and the action is very well handled. The movies pacing is also good, there is plenty going on and since it's not wall to wall action, there is texture to it all, rather than an Age of Ultron style endless action sequence. Yes, it's not Citizen Cane but then it is a summer blockbuster, and one that will probably not be topped this summer either.

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Shadow of the Beast: Amiga classic returns from the darkness

Alex Walsh

Re: Ooops, pet peeve triggered

Surely a result of limited storage media/memory? In the tape days, games were short but bloody hard because you couldn't get much into 16/48/64k of RAM and lets face it, there were too many multi-load games that you'd load the next bit with one life, die immediately and then have to rewind the tape and reload the level you'd just finished. Used to get fed up with disk swapping on the 16bit home computers too :/

Today games are long, not necessarily hard.

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Chinese takeaway, hold the Google: Xiaomi Mi4 LTE Android

Alex Walsh

That looks expensive for a Chinese phone. Constantly see bargain websites full of stuff like this:

Elephone P8000- 3GB RAM, 16GB ROM, 64 bit Octa-core CPU, 4150mAh, fingerprint scanner, Slot for 128GB expandable memory, 2G+3G+4G, 5.5" FHD, Lollipop OS- £110 (with code).

God knows the quality or the (non existent) after sales support though.

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What an eyeful: Apple's cut price 27in iMac with Retina Display

Alex Walsh

Re: Good idea

Our first Bosch washing machine cost us around £400 and lasted ten years (the last 3 with two small kids). Had to replace the brushes in the motor at one point but that was very painless to do thanks to an instructional video on YouTube.

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Microsoft's Surface 3 is sweet – but I wouldn't tickle my nads with it

Alex Walsh

I ended up getting one of these (John Lewis price-matched the Currys deal, so I got the higher end machine with the keyboard cover for £525) because everything I was reading about the Surface Pro 4 made it look like it was heading towards a Intel M processor, which for my use wasn't enough of an improvement over the Cherrytrail to warrant the price difference. Looking at a lot of benchmarks, the S3 isn't much outperformed by the i3 variant of the S3Pro, mostly due to thermal throttling constraints, and performance wise I've no complaints so far.

I needed a new machine as my ASUS S2000, had died. The ASUS UX305 was top of my hit list but I'd read there were a lot of issues with the intel video driver that hadn't been resolved, so it put me off. In the end, after looking at various other bits of kit (Toshiba Click Mini, Transformer Chi, Dell Chrombooks), I opted for the S3 and have to say I'm pleased with it.

It's not cheap but it's not Apple expensive either. it's surprisingly difficult to get a high res screen on anything this small, which is also a limiting factor. Far too many of the smaller screened devices feature x768 as part of the res, which in this day and age is naughty.

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Drone penetrates Virgin's shapely space arse

Alex Walsh

Hope that's a poor thought our press mock up picture (the one with the dotted lines) as I'd like my GoPro in some sort of protective housing...

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Ex-cop: Holborn fireball comms outage cover for £200m bling heist gang

Alex Walsh

I'm guessing he's former Flying Squad because the Flying Squad doesn't exist any more?

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Steely wonder? It's blind to 4G and needs armour: Samsung Galaxy S6

Alex Walsh

Competition

Can't imagine spending £600 on a phone. I thought what I spent on the Nexus 5 was a large price increase over the Nexus 4. When I see people at work spending £40-£50 a month on a 24 month contract just to have an iPhone 6, it always strikes me as a bit mad. I'd rather spend up to £300 on a phone off contract and £15 a month on a SIM only deal myself- just makes more sense to me. Over a similar 2 year period the monthly cost would still top out at well under £30, and lets face it phones are getting cheaper with better features away from the flagship end of the market.

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

Alex Walsh

If you watch live TV over iplayer or on a website, you still need a license though. I'd imagine if you have a TV with a tuner in it capable of picking up telly signals the effort in convincing the TV licensing bods you don't watch any live TV is probably more effort than the £145 saving. Pointing out you don't watch live telly to the bailiffs or the chaps in the court when the summons arrives is probably a lot of aggro too?

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Alex Walsh

Remember the good old days when science programmes weren't full of gratuitous SFX and structured like a whodunnit?

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

Alex Walsh

Wonder what the What HiFi review will be like

Based on the stuff quoted in Wat Hifi http://wathifi.tumblr.com/ I bet they'd love it!

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

Alex Walsh

Don't blame MS for the lack of innovation in the hardware market since W7 was released. My i7 3770 is heading towards 3 years old yet is still more than enough for anything I do on the desktop and I have no compelling reason to upgrade the system as a whole in the near future either.

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Want a cheap Office-er-riffic tablet? Microsoft Windows takes on Android

Alex Walsh

I've used a Windows tablet (a Lenovo Miix 2) for a few months now and I think it's almost the opposite of an android tablet. With Android you get a pretty decent tablet experience and can do some traditional computing stuff but it doesn't work brilliantly at it because it's not really what it's designed for (I'm thinking of my experiences with my TransformerPad here). With a Windows 8.1 tablet you get a computer that sort of does the tablet experience well enough to get by with. There are silly things missing, like no live tile for toggling BT on/off and far too few apps or programmes properly designed for touch operation.

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Acer Chromebook 13: The best Googletop on the market?

Alex Walsh

I'm more interested in the Toshiba Click Mini- 8.9 inch Windows tablet, with a keyboard dock (with built in battery). Combined battery life of 16 hours, out 1st quarter for £250. Hoping it looks as tasty as it has in the CES hands on in real life...

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

Alex Walsh

Re: If only..

I remember the head of future tech at a large energy company once telling me that Dairy Milk has a higher energy density than any battery technology either available or predicted to come to market.

It's now the biggest thing holding back tech developments IMHO :/

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Is living with Dolby Atmos worth the faff?

Alex Walsh

Re: Well it's not just the hassle and faff is it?

Found myself looking at virtual 5.1/7.1 headphones recently for a very similar reason. Any time I turn the surround sound up to a level that it actually works well, one of the kids comes downstairs and tells me to turn it down :/

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Alex Walsh

Re: Pure H2O versus Flavoured drinks

I can still smell the bacon cooking when I listen to Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast :)

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Virgin Media DOUBLE-PUNCHED by BSkyB AND BT over ad fibs

Alex Walsh

Cable speed is good

Recently got my free upgrade from 120Mbps to 150Mbps from Virgin Media. Click along to speedtest.net last night (9pm, so peak usage time) and it benched at 149.93Mbps. Must say I can't grumble on that aspect of the service. Since I don't watch movies or paid sports channels, they do what I want them to very well :)

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US astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson: US is losing science race

Alex Walsh

I've often wondered who this bloke is. I see quite a lot of photos of him looked excited at a lectern with some quote next to him. Is he a sort of mobile version of Stephen Hawking?

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Yahoo!... Our Alibaba stake's worth BILLIONS. Oh – our shares are in the toilet

Alex Walsh

Any one else remember when M&S was had a market value well below the book value of it's property portfolio? Sometimes the market does my nut.

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In a spin: Samsung accuses LG exec of washing machine SABOTAGE

Alex Walsh

When the locking mechanism broke on our Bosch it was a faff to replace it but the hinge itself was solid as anything. Our previous Bosch has issues with the brushes, which I was quite proud I replaced myself, but a month or so later the logic board went so we ended up replacing it.

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Apple's Watch is basically electric perfume

Alex Walsh

Never mind the gadget crash...

...think about the havoc it will wreak on tech sites. Looking at half a dozen sites last night/this morning (Pocketlint, Trusted Reviews, Engadget, Tech Radar, Gizmondo etc), you can see that between the iPhone 6's and the Apple watch, they've got about 40 articles in total on Apples press conference. The iPhone 6 has a news story, a first impression story and several articles comparing it to existing phones, and then one about the bigger version. The iWatch has one about the press conference, a first impressions and then maybe a comparison with the Moto 360. Half of these are on multiple pages as well because it's all about the clicks for audience and ad revenue.

Imagine a world where every Apple launch can't generate your site half a dozen articles and thousands of clicks. Half of them will go out of business...

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Helpdesk/Service Desk Recommendations

Alex Walsh

Re: RT?

Wait, that name sounds familiar. Baz... Mr Bluesky on Lubbs??!

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Xenon: Bitmap Brothers' (mega)blast from the past

Alex Walsh

Main problem with Megablast was is wasn't very fast for a shoot em up. The Megadrive might have been in it's infancy but shooters like Thunderforce II, Forgotten Worlds and even HerzogZwei were so much faster.

Yes, it looked pretty but there was plenty of stuff about that looked a little bit less tasty but was a lot quicker, even on the C64. I bought Megablast (ST) of course, everyone did and it reviewed pretty well (lots of 90%+ marks) but it wasn't as good as all that.

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'Zotob' hacker 'Diabl0' arrested in Bangkok after three-year hunt

Alex Walsh

If it was america that were extraditing him, no doubt it would be a year for every $1 of damage he caused...

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

Alex Walsh

not just about the audio fidelity

The Pono needs to be able to power a decent set of headphones too. My phone can't get a decent volume out of a pair of 545s and they're not even THAT expensive. On the other hand, my £40 pair of Pioneers sound much louder.

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Alex Walsh

Re: The Tintinnabulations Of The Ad-Copy.

What you need then is over a grands worth as Astell & Kern AK120 ;-)

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Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

Alex Walsh

UX50 dammit.

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Alex Walsh

Did Paul Allen's Vulcan PC Flipstart ever make it to market? I had an OQO at the time but that looked impressive.

Sharp did the clamshell form factor with some of it's Zaurus range, and obviously the Sony Clie UX 500 is the ultimate form factor for this, it's a shame it's effectively dead because how cool would that be with linux running on it today?

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Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

Alex Walsh

I had one of those old fashioned jaw drop moments playing super mario 3d world recently. I had to blow on the gamepads microphone to make a propeller driven platform rise up. I was so impressed I called the wife and kids in to show them :)

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LogMeIn: We're stopping our free offering from now

Alex Walsh

I paid a HUGE premium for Logmein Ignition on Android- around 20-40 times the average price of an app- to avoid paying regular subscriptions. What are my choices? Use an app that will no longer be supported or get a temporary discount from the very sort of subscription I paid well over the odds to avoid in the first place?

Hope they go out of business as a result of this.

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Thought sales were in the toilet before? Behold the agony: 2013 was a PC market BLOODBATH

Alex Walsh

There are *so* many people out there with PCs that are two or three years old who have no compelling reason to upgrade. Intel CPUs haven't exactly come on in leaps and bounds in the last two years and in terms of GPUs, nothing at the mid range is notably better to encourage an entire system upgrade above a card (and in some instances a PSU as well).

Same with business. We had our last big round of hardware upgrades a couple of years ago when we finally dumped XP for W7. No compelling reason to do anything similar atm or in the near future.

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Cyanogen grabs $23m, will ship mod-installed N1 smartmobe on Xmas Eve

Alex Walsh

going the way of boxee?

Boxee used to be a great alternative to XBMC. Then they went commercial, released the boxee box and things went downhill from there...

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Sega’s Out Run: Even better than the wheel thing

Alex Walsh

Interesting- didn't realise the saturn version was worth a punt as it's not featured on (m)any buying guides. May have to take to ebay :D

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It's the games, STUPID: Sony makes 'about $18' on each PlayStation 4

Alex Walsh

Oooh, that means over 100% mark up on the controllers then (closer to 200%)

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