* Posts by MJI

5295 posts • joined 5 Mar 2009

Gifts for the Geeks

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aghh not clear so stretch bolts on the cam shaft pulley

It only jumped 180 degrees as well

Passenger BANK BTW aghhhh

Yes a V6

Yes proper wheel drive

Yes I had to remove heads originally to replace oil seals all 24 of the little pests.

And stretch bolts are used on the pulleys to cams

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Boffin

Only if you have a laptop, and it is small enough.

I instantly though car maintenance.

Would have saved lifting a head when I had a passenger back inlet cam sproket jump last year to check valves, all 6 were fine.

Moral is alway use new stretch bolts.

Boffin pic. because fitting cam timing belts is at that level!

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Endoscope

What diameter is it?

Could be great for peering into car engines

National Identity Card holding chumps have buyer's remorse

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A fool and his money are easily parted.

The writing was on the wall before they were implemented so no refunds.

Sony PlayStation Network vs MS Xbox Live

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Beta & Vhs

Definately.

The owners of Sonys top end VCRs were rather critical of the opposition.

Mind you the 4 top end VCRs were THAT good.

The first smallish portable, the first full featured home deck, the first Beta HiFi, the ultimate fully loaded SuperBeta.

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Pretty interesting

With 6 PSN accounts we wouldn't be able to afford XBL.

I will say that I only got into online gaming due to the fact it was free, if I had to have paid I don't think I would have bothered.

Regardless of console more dedicated games servers are required, P to P can be so laggy.

But the online generation consoles have all increased chatting to people you would never have met.

All in all PSN and XBL are good things.

ITV, C4 catch-up players coming to PS3

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I think they managed a couple this year.

I did enjoy Downtown Abbey, and er what was the other?

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Bye Bye BT Vision Replay

All this for free compared to paying BT £3 and they lose C5 replay.

Xbox 360 outsells PS3 2:1

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Quad core rules

Nothing wrong with PCs for gaming, I like Valve stuff.

Orange box keeps me amused through all the reality gumpf on TV

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Feel a prat regardless of controller

Lets think.

Wave around like a wally?

Wave around like a wally with a sex toy?

Wave around like a wally with hand held fridge lookalike?

Sit down with sex toy and point at TV?

All we want is a lightsabre and a game we can use it with.

Or sit down with conventional controller.

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Prefer but not blinded AC-11:21

It is the constant downvoting cracking me up!

I have one very important thing to say.

ALL THAT MATTERS ARE THE GAMES.

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A sensible post - Fisher39

You like what you have.

Good.

I will admit to 2 series on 360 I would not mind, but can't afford all the games I want anyway.

My comments haven't been to inflame. But you would think half the readers of this thread work for MS.

I have no issues either way with 360s, not overyly impressed with the camera - it is a shadow of what it could have been. I do know the 360 is very popular for FPS, good, I can also see why the 360 controller is better for FPS and the Sony controller for TPS (all to do with camera).

But the game developers think this fan war is ridiculous.

As before I think the downvoting is hilarious.

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FAIL

I have caught a fool

Oh look one of the fools we were warned about has downvoted me.

The joke is on you not me.

I am laughing at your foolishness.

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THIS is the answer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtWxRM_Vw3w&feature=player_embedded

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This time for games I think it is

For the PS3 2007-8-9 were good, LBP in 2008 was very interesting. 2009 for UC2 again. Only really a few this year - GOW3 (GOD this time), Heavy Rain, GT5.

But there are a large amount coming out next year of established series, and third party developers not called Insomniac have finally got a handle on PS3.

I just happen to see what is being released and think - how can I afford them all.

3D - I think it will stay but not be popular.

Motion here to stay but hopefully optional, the best to use being the 360 Dancer, PS3 sports and PSN Tumble.

Bye the way casual games bore me - I want to be transported off to some exotic location and play as an interesting character, don't care if Soldier, Spaceman, Lombax, Assassin, or fortune hunter, just entertain and astonish me.

The huge this generation third person games to me are my favourites.

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WTF?

Poor ports - hopefully soon gone, anyway gamers win.

With the change from 360 lead to PS3 lead multiplatforms seem to be getting better for everyone, regardless of format, learning to program for the Cell is improving code for the Xenon.

DLC - seems to be half 360 half PS3, no real difference in the end.

As to exclusives I would put the two flagship IPs as Uncharted and Halo, and Uncharted is as good as it has been hyped to be, a lot of Xbots hate on it simply due to being PS3 exclusive, do I hate on Halo, no, why should I? The developers of those two flagship IPs are actually friends!

Racers Forza / GT5 come down to personal preferences.

The developers do think that people who really knock platforms are fools as they are too busy playing each others games, yes Naughty Dog play Halo and Bungie play Uncharted 2.

Fable was slated this year, sad but true, RDR was not great on PS3 again sad but true.

I point out that 2011 is a great year for Sony launches and I get downvoted, yes it is good for the PS3 next year - best so far this generation, is it a crime? No.

Personally I do feel that the Natal project was short changed into Kinnect. I still think it should have had more processing built in and finger recognition.

I know I have been downvoted for owning a PS3 but it is not a crime.

I will state that if this is downvoted you must one of the fools the developers warn us about.

Finally what exclusive gamer games is the Xbox360 getting next year apart from GEARS* of War 3?

GOW means too many things now!

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Software is important

Will you want to play a dip in type game on the TV, will there be all the good console games on it?

There are already 3 advanced formats to handle for the multi platform.

Will the MS and Sony exclusives go there?

No

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Grenade

Only the Wii has really been a success

You need to remember that a lot has been spent on advertising by MS, I have seen 1 Move advert, too many to count Wiii adverts, and 5 or 6 Kinnect adverts.

As to on BBC news - neither system is main stream newsworthy.

As to worrying about sales - no, I am just going to carry on playing top rated games.

Nate found the grenade!

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Wonder controllers

I think the MS Kinnect games will keep on as party games, I think exercise and dance will be best usage, basically where the camera will track and compare rather than use as controller.

The PS3 will get loads of naff ports of Wii stuff, and a few well used "normal" games.

I don't think either will get dumped but I can see them being the equivalent of the Wii balance board - only used very occasionally.

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Not at all

Both consoles have good games. I just feel that 2011 is the PS3s year. And that Kinect (I hate that name) is a short term but very interesting blip.

I think the Wii will suffer though, a lot of their market will split with active going to MS and passive to Sony.

I think that long term the Sony trend of buying studios will pay off.

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Wait until next year

Looks like most good games of 2011 are PS3 exclusive or multiplatform.

This should solve the problem for Sony.

The "not as good as Project Natal" (I hate the name Kinect and the released version is definately sub Natal unfortunately #) customers are not that likely to buy the traditional 360 games.

With only GEARS* of War 3 as an AAA exclusive for 360 (AFAIR) compared to the 5 or more for PS3 I think next year PS3 will catch up.

Will buyers of the dancing game (reckoned to be best camera game) buy the core 360 audience games?

As to Sony Move - decent games are required.

Whatever 2011 will be interesting.

* Differentiate from GOD

# Revolution & Wii good name becomes naff name

The year's best... console games

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2011 will be better

Having seen the releases for next year I am very excited, this is but a short list, some are for the children.

Killzone 3

Crysis 2

Mass Effect 2 & 3

Little Big Planet 2

Last Guardian

HD version of ICO

Dead Space 2

Sorcery

Resistance 3

Portal 2

and best of all

UNCHARTED 3 : Drakes Deception

And this is a short list. Something there for everyone

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Is your PC powerful?

Some Halos are available on PC.

None of the PS3 exclusives are.

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Bought 4 games this year

Tumble

Assassins Creed Brotherhood

Gran Turismo 5

Killzone 2

and I am still playing Uncharted 2

I think that says a lot about this years games.

Uncharted 3 GOTY 2011

Default judgement FAIL: ACS:Law muffs up in court

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FAIL

Time to fine them out of existance

Over tha data breach

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Are they stil going?

I thought they were shut down!

Channel Five to air Walking Dead

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FAIL

Aghh Channel 5

So it will have a stupid irritating disgusting 5 in the corner.

I HATE LOGOS

The optical media companies love them!

Nick Cave smashes speed camera with Jag

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Is the car OK?

Stuff the scamera - is the car OK?

Gran Turismo 5

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My thoughts

The menu system is painfull.

Still trying to get two steering wheels working in Arcade.

No Nurburgring in Arcade as you buy it (best bit of GT4).

Actual fun - not as good as some other racing games.

Practise does pay off.

For driving good, fun local multiplayer racing Motorstorm Pacific Rift is more fun

Doctor Who: Return to Earth

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What terrible graphics

Haven't seen anything that bad for years.

Microsoft and Attachmate were not Novell's destiny

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Dead Vulture

RIP Netware

Fantastic product, fondly remembered. Capable of very good uptimes.

I also remember the start of Windows servers and the degradation of performance, we had a few people move from NT to Netware to go faster.

Our database server vendor tests found a 4x quicker performance with Netware over NT on the same hardware.

But with the selling off of Novell, I think our last Netware using customers will be changing before long.

DDoS attack, sex warrant won't stop Assange's leaky discharge

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Coffee/keyboard

A suet dumpling downvoted you

Who else could it be?

SanDisk, Sony pitch über CompactFlash spec

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Too many formats

CF SD at least 3 MS

Too confusing

I replaced my MiniDV camera (with full size MS) and the replacement HDV uses the min MS, the one in my daughters phone is a micro MS

Blu-ray barely better than DVD

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Very good 1080p TV used

I have the bigger one - SD is good, but HD is brilliant

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VHS was horrid

I have a very rare pre recorded SuperBeta tape - I had to supply the recorder though!

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Blade Runner

Superb job done on it.

Worth buying and I got a decent price for the rather poor DVD at a car boot sale

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Fox DVDs were dreadful

Took ages to get to the film, I had to rip them to watch them.

BluRays - they seem to get playing quick enough

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LCD has caught up with CRT

Took a long time but my new Bravia LCD is better than the old Wega Trinitron it replaced

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28 Days later

Was shot on DV or MiniDV not sure which (just size of tape) but this is a very good standard definition quality home video format for cameras

However if they had used HDV....

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That TV has a good upscaler

I have the 46" and DVD still looks pretty good, but not as good as BluRay

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They chose a TV with good SD performance

The W4500 series TVs are very good with SD resolution but with HD sources they are way better

AV Receivers

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I don't have/want an I-thingy

So other ports are more important to me.

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Back views are more important than front

We need to see the sockets

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High resolution music is why

DVD Audio and SACD are missing from Coax and Optical, only via 5.1. Not worth replacing the player as I can play virtually anything with the DV575 and the PS3.

I don't have many of DVD-A and SACD but they sound great.

I have a set of Castle speakers including a Keep and 2 Pembrokes.

HDMI PVRs got 2 of them, one SD one HD, oldest RGB PVR will be replaced by a Humax Freeview HD next year.

As to new kit an expensive TV, an expensive PVR and an emergency replacement games console eat it up (second YLOD)!

Not too bothered about routing RGB direct to TV as to be honest the DVD player upscaled by DVD is no worse than upscaled by playing on PS3.

Component input is used for my video camera!!!!

I am only allowed to buy new things when the old ones are no longer suitable but I am allowed to buy decent stuff. I normally run TVs for at least 8 years, but it took that long for LCD to reach Wega tube quality.

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How often do you replace kit?

I still have a turntable, a DVD player using RGB Scart, a Minidisc recorder with no digital out.

DVD (Pioneer 575) is connected with 5.1 and coaxial, 5.1 is needed for SACD and DVD Audio.

I do not do any video switching though, all 3 TV HDMI are in use, all RGB kit goes through a decent switcher.

I share the DVD in Coax for DVD Optical for PS3.

With my current kit I would need HDMI switching, digital audio in for at least 6 items, analogue stereo in for 3 or 4 and out for 2 I think.

I am still using a Sony STRDB930 which is over 11 years old and it is getting unreliable.

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Audio inputs (phono sockets)

I noticed a list of video inputs, but what about audio inputs?

Like many I use my HC system for everything, games, TV , films, music.

How many audio ins are there?

Does it support turntable in without a preamp?

Is there a 5.1 in for high resolution music?

Gamers demand CoD: Black Ops money back

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WTF?

Nate says PS3 is more powerful

And so does Kratos.

Can't argue with a top treasure hunter nor a demigod

Axl Rose sues Activision

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WTF?

How pathetic

To whine about someone who played on the tracks,

I hope he loses.

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

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Just got it yesterday.

And I doubt I will play it for a few weeks.

Firstly I need to finish off the AC2 DLC and get to Rome.

Then today another shiny game arrived which will take a lot of time - this time a driving game.

Finally whenever I settle down to play I get this irriristable urge to go online and play Uncharted 2 multiplayer.

Reg Hardware Reader Awards 2010

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Gran Turismo 5

Have played it now so GT5

Unless I am allowed UC2

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