* Posts by MJI

4408 posts • joined 5 Mar 2009

BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

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Re: Then start showing ads

What about us current TVL holders with multiple appliances?

I use I Player on 2 consoles, my wife uses the TV.

I HAVE to use the PS3 for shITV as their Iplayer analogue is pretty shite but worse than that missing from PS4.

IPlayer though was hopeless on my Freesat box

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Hillary Clinton private email server probe winding up – reports

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Re: IMG Do not understand the issue

OK I know nothing about Clinton Foundation

Nothing about US aid to Haiti

This is why I was asking what the issue was, they seemed to be going a bit postal over an email server.

This is the equivalent of a US person asking about the EU referendum.

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Re: Do not understand the issue

But no deaths, no thefts, no injuries, it is a lot more trivial than say a nutter shooting up a school.

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Re: Do not understand the issue

OK now I see

Not really that big an issue as she was only doing what other people have done before.

I suppose being at a home, it is a lot safer from hackers!

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Do not understand the issue

I am British.

This appears to me to be pretty trivial, what actually is the issue?

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More and more Brits are using ad-blockers, says survey

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Re: Message to advertisers

I detest moving ads one of the moain reasons along with popups I usually block ads.

I also have this with moving channel logos, ordinary channel logos bad enough, but moving ones!!!!!!!!!!!

Despite having a Freesat HD PVR I prefer to watch C4 than C4HD.

Haven't watched C5 since their logo returned, I told them at the time that viewers were more important than branding, but they are morons.

And if logos on TV channels are so important why take them off in the ads when all ad channels look the same.

Some of the TV ads are more watchable than the dross around them. As I FF rather than skip I stop to have a look if an ad grabs my attention.

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Re: Like it or not...

Same here.

Popups and hoverovers.

I blame the admongers

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Facebook

My wife moaned at me because I had FB in HOSTS to 127.0.0.1

Simply because other sites linked to it and it was putting crap on the PC

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Re: Turn it off? Not no way, no chance, no how.

I will admit I get ratty when I see likes to that site.

Why can't google news automatically filter out paywalls and the like?

Or could I configure my browser to look like a robot?

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NASA funds new supersonic airliner research

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Would Airbus be a better bet?

Well they do have previous!

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Re: Supersonic flight

Concordes sonic boom

I think a lot of us didn't mind because it was Concorde, one of the most beautiful aircraft ever, and is pretty British.

However if there had been hundreds would people have thought the same?

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Re: The big difference with Concorde...

Or did research start earlier?

Rumours of some German WW2 research involved

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Donald Trump promises 'such trouble' for Jeff Bezos and Amazon

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Re: he just needs to switch to an antifungal shampoo

Oh shit he is becoming a clicker!

http://thelastofus.wikia.com/wiki/The_Infected

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Re: It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world...

You are all wrong, the hair is the alien and uses the idiot underneath as transport

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Donald Fart

I am not sure who is more stupid, the small furry creature called Donald or his pet buffoon who carries him around on his head.

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Who hit you, HP Inc? 'Windows 10! It's all Windows 10's fault'

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Re: "(normally people buy a new machine to get a new Microsoft OS)"

And the rest, my current PC was rebuilt built just at the end of Win Vista.

Still works well, components said Vista compatable, check still XP compatable.

Until I see a reason to change (I know about SSD) I will let it run

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NASA boffin wants FRIKKIN LASERS to propel lightsails

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I think the Culture vessels used something like this.

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Sir Clive Sinclair in tech tin-rattle triumph

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Re: Wake me up

I had a VIC 20 and my favourite smart phone ran Symbian

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Confused as to WTF is happening with Apple, the FBI and a killer's iPhone? Let's fix that

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Just thought

Kept company phone, destroyed two other phones.

I bet there is nothing to do with this case on the phone.

Finding the remains of the old phones and trying to extract off them could produce more info.

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Good thing this dev quit. I'd have fired him. Out of a cannon. Into the sun

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I am allergic to VB6

I cannot touch the stuff, I have had to help maintain some and I detest it.

I try to neatly line up = when assigning variables and it removes the white space.

Used an external editor, it broke my code again.

The only module I had to write has EVERY VARIABLE NAME the same length in characters.

There is a special place in hell for IDE writers like that.

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Google wins High Court fight with StreetMap over search results self-pluggery

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Re: OS maps

Multimap was my favourite!

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Re: More bile

That was missing when I did my head to head.

May be a Firefox thing.

Oh and one final thing, for reasons of wanting my eyes to last with Windows and similar WIMP OSes I need to crank brightness back down to prevent dazzle.

Some people suggest upping brightness with Google maps - not an option

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More bile

MS - allow me to remove that pile of junk from the left so I can fill the screen with map.

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I bl00dy hate google maps

It just annoys me

They restrict the URL call for showing things on the map, then cut down the details.

They show lanes as white on light grey, very difficult to see zoomed out. If I zoom out to see my commute I cannot see 3/4 of the route.

As to streetmap - I want a bigger/wider map! Then I could zoom in more.

OS - p155 poor compared to their printed maps, completely wasted opportunity

MS - white/grey stop copying google - but then it has OS overlays like the paper maps, OK it ONLY usable with OS overlay.

For all the online mapping agencies take this piece of advice for free, we do want to see routes we take, we want to see more than a yellow line with nothing off it, go to a map shop and pick up the following types 1/50000 Landranger (Purple) and 1/25000 Explorer (orange & yellow)

These are clear, easy to read and usable.

OS - USE YOUR MAP STYLE ON YOUR ONLINE MAP.

For all of you, use the German tinplate toy map site ran by MS and select OS overlay, I can see my whole commute, all roads clear, even footpaths, green lanes, and very importantly pubs

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Blighty cops nab Brit teen for 'hacking' CIA Brennan's AOL email

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Re: No rendition

So if he lives there perhaps he could apply for a job at the other end of Golden Valley By Pass

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Firemen free chap's todger from four-ring chokehold

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Re: Oh dear sir,

Does the US figure include the height of donald trump?

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Re: I think they are used to help with softness

No just wondered why people did it

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I think they are used to help with softness

So they get better erections, or get one in the first place, but sounds like they were too small.

The idea of them stuck on scares me!

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This is why copy'n'paste should be banned from developers' IDEs

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Re: Code Review

I once merged a lot of code into one set, replaced around 60 tab pages with ONE base version inheriting into 10 so specific ones.

Shrunk by a lot and so much easier for ME to maintain.

The original writer found it confusing, but I did have to add a new feature to every page, took about 40 minutes rather than hours

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Microsoft quits giving us the silent treatment on Windows 10 updates

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Mobile phone

I am currently trying to get my old N8 operational again.

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Starting to feel vindicated

For not bothering to move from XP on my home PC, well I am moving but not to another MS OS

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Silent Nork satellite tumbling in orbit

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Tumbling

Have they gone from washing machines to tumble driers now?

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Fleet of 4.77MHz LCD laptops with 8088 CPUs still alive after 30 years

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Wish it was true but.

Electrolytic capacitors are a common fail point, then there is the nightmare of lead free solder.

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We're going to use your toothbrush to snoop on you, says US spy boss

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Funny really

But tech people are often like this. Often programmers get bored with PCs so find other things to play with. I used to be an early adopter, not so much now, only when it is something I really really want.

IoT will pass me by as I have no use for it. Smart TVs, well mine is just a bit thick rather than dumb, but network cable not plugged in.

I early adopt when it benefits ME.

Digital TV, more channels and anamorphic, so bought one.

DVD, no contest, if I wanted to watch films I needed one.

Blu Ray, wanted HDTV so a good place to start, also wanted newer gaming device.

Not so bothered

Smart phones, not bothered, waited until work bought them.

MP3 players. bypassed that totally.

Tried and gave up on pay TV twice, one was very cheap but went bump, it also worked on my TV via a CAM, the other I never used except for BBC downloading, but got a free (but now dead) PVR from my ISP.

Streaming, not impressed, worse than broadcast normally, but I will join Amazon prime for ONE show, (as well as delivery options)

IoT will join this as well.

Finally the amount of companies trying to stop me using the internet is getting ridiculous. Here are a few.

Mozilla - Australis.

Google - Chrome no menus, searching privacy warning needing logging in or cookie retention.

Paypal - dumbing down to telephone screens.

Ebay - also started the downgrade.

MS - ribbon menu, the mobilifaction of windows.

And that is just for starters

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EU could force countries to allocate 700 MHz band to mobile by mid-2020

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Re: Stupid frequencies

And also why can't the spectrum be used for more HD? or UHD?

Why is it always TV spectrum taken?

As to receivers, can't see the point in ones without HDDs.

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Re: Stupid frequencies

Why should I?

Had broadcast TV on these frequencies for many years, millions of people use it, not everyone can get cable, not satellite, some prefer terrestrial to satellite (in the early days BBC looked better on Digital Terretrial than Digital Satellite).

On the satellite side, not everyone can have a dish, not everyone can afford a Humax PVR on top of their TV.

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Stupid frequencies

This would take large chunks out of broadcast spectrum.

Why does data on a telephone take prioirty over TV broadcasting?

That said there would be some large jamming stations around!

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AdBlock Plus, websites draft peace deal so ads can bypass blockade

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How come some sites can manage aderts properly?

A few sites I use, I see ads, I click on them, I buy from them.

Why?

Because they are from companies directly applicable to that site, a forum for x has adverts from companies involved in x. And they are small banners.

eg a model railway forum has adverts from model shops, manufacturers, magazines, auction houses.

OK not the last but "ooh a nice new wagon kit I need that" gets a sale and my click through helps pay for the site.

If every site was like that ad blockers would not be needed.

Oh and I could not boycot the advertisers without getting a different hobby!

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Mozilla: Five... Four... Three... Two... One... Thunderbirds are – gone

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Re: They got it the wrong way round

I built 2 PCs for my sons. TB email client.

Boot in Windows 7, check emails, reboot PC into Mint 17 check emails, same email database.

That is just what you need, same accounts on all OSes on a PC

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Re: Escape from Lemming Mode

Webmail, just not possible at home.

When we check mail it goes through 2 addresses on one server, 3 on another, then one other, on OE, and one on TB.

The logging in would be a nightmare.

Proper email clients will always be needed by someone.

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Re: Coupling?

Am I alone in dreading updates for Firefox?

Firstly Australis

Secondly messing up the search box

Thirdly timing out extensions

If it wasn't for Classic Theme Restorer I would have dumped Firefox a couple of years ago.

Now what do I replace TB with?

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Did you know ... Stephen Fry has founded a tech startup?

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After watching my children play

He will for ever be the voice of Sackboy

http://littlebigplanet.wikia.com/wiki/Stephen_Fry

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BT broadband is down: Former state monopoly goes TITSUP UK-wide

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Re: Mine's fine

My wife was using it all day, no problems

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Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

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Re: Sigh - Not again

Games

There are many many games not using Direct X, but they are not PC games.

My consoles have NOTHING to do with Windows yet have plenty of games.

A build for BSD or Linux should be reasonably easy.

Mentioned BSD first as many consoles use a fork of it.

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Re: I upgraded back in November, and Windows 10 is working great.

Multicore

I run XP on my quad home and 7 on quad work

BOTH multi task fine.

At home I can watch an MPEG encoder happily use 2 or more cores while burning software uses a little of another core.

Yes my PC is powerful enough to MPEG encode, and burn a DVD of a previous encode at the same time.

Only one I stuck to single process was capturing.

I was converting a large number of old tapes to DVD.

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Re: A few. .

I have disabled updates on my work PC, IT IS STAYING WIN 7

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Re: It's like a fish taken out of the water...

My current home PC was built just before the release of 7 so of course was built with XP, it still runs well as I overspecced it when I built it.

Terabytes of HDD

Quad core

lots of RAM (all XP can use)

It runs really well and it is old.

Why should I replace it when it works well?

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Land Rover Defender dies: Production finally halted by EU rules

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Re: Safety?

Depends on the Discovery, the D1 is very similar to the original Range Rover and the 90/110, the D2 was the last new live axled design and I was surprised the axles did not end up on Defenders. (But the engine & manual gerabox did).

D2, D3 are very different, independant suspension, and a transmission unrelated to anything before.

The D1 and D2 are both about 100" WB so are between the 90 and 110 in size.

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Re: With two fingers up to the Eurocrats, I bought a V8

Slow - take the big lumps of metal out of the inlet maniold, instant power upgrade.

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Windows 10 overtakes Windows 8.1's market share

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Re: Let's face facts

Or they have reliable computers built with high spec components and are locked down.

XP works well on quad cores, it is so quick at MPEG encoding

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