* Posts by MJI

5205 posts • joined 5 Mar 2009

Brits not buying into Freeview HD

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Should have researched Freesat

Pity you had to go to Sky, I wanted HD so ended up with Freesat HD

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And the Freesat HD angle

A lot of us bought Freesat HD when it came out in 2008, after spending £300 on a box and £50 or so on a dish and quad LNB, why will we want to buy Freeview HD?

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WTF?

Umm Freesat HD here

Via a Humax HDR

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My wife watchs SCD

And it does look a lot better in HD

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Mozilla upsets net world order with Bing on Firefox

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Not Tinplate trains

That is what a lot of use know of Bing for.

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Kiss frontman gives file-sharers tongue-lashing

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FAIL

People actually download it!

Kiss were dreadful, most of my friends and I considered them a joke, and an embarrasment to the world of Heavy Rock.

This was back in the heyday of Heavy Rock and Heavy Metal in the 1980s, you had bands like Van Halen (Running with the Devil), Scorpions (Blackout), and of course all the many New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) bands such as Iron Maiden, Saxon, & Def Leppard. And what did Kiss do - a silly disco song.

So basically the reason noone is buying Kiss stuff is we prefer decent bands.

Fail because they should.

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Logitech unveils first Google TV box

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Rather use a PS3

At least you can play games on it as well

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Little Chef in 'I ♥ Charlie' t-shirt outrage

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Vietcong here too

That was my first thought!

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Good clowns battle evil at the 'Carnival of Screams'

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Clowns are a 10

From 1 to 10 of scary clowns are at 10

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Jaguar celebrates 75th year with e-supercar concept

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Hybrid Train

Here it is, note that Brush prototypes usually have bird of prey names.

http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/single-view/view/hybrid-high-speed-train-unveiled.html

http://www.jbce.org/cms_documents/hitachipresentation.pdf

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Straight Diesel Electric

I think you mean Deltics.

Both Deltics and HSTs are straight Diesel Electrics.

Case 1) 2 x Napier D18/25 connected to 2 DC generators which drive 6 traction motors with various amouts of field weakening to go faster, they were basically full power from about 30 to 100 when they throttled off. When built were worlds most powerful Diesel loco.

Case 2) 2 power cars, each with a 2250bhp engine (Was Paxman Valenta V12s now a mix of MTU and newer Paxman 12VP185) driving an alternator, I don't think they use field weakening. But they can get to nearly 150mph when derestricted, also in Guiness records for speed.

Like all UK Diesel Electrics (except the Hayabusa experiment) they are straight Diesel Electric using electricity for transmission. They use field weakening as a sort of gearing to allow the motors to rev faster, (look up back EMF)

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FAIL

Sad individual

Must be pretty sad to downmark comments like that

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Want

Beautiful - I want RHD please!

Micro turbine generators - very good idea

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Sony Bravia KDL-46EX403 46in LCD TV

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Interesting my older Sony panel is good

I have a 2 year old 46" W series Sony but it cost a lot more.

Are cost reductions starting to become apparent?

Are they using a cheaper panel?

I know mine is 10bit colour.

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EU sues UK.gov over Phorm trials

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Don't make current government pay

Make BT, Phorm, C.O.L. Police and the Ministers involved pay.

Nothing to do with Cameron & Clegg, all to do with Nulab.

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HABITABLE ALIEN WORLD discovered 20 light-years away!

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Alien

They are probably scared of us but wondering why we haven't visited

Well they have seen the films of our spaceships.

They are probably wondering why the Enterprise hasn't visited yet.

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Miliband retains Labour line on DNA and CCTV

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Which Ed?

Ed the duck?

Ed Bol***ks

Oh Ed Millipede who actually is he?

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Terminator

Not a fan - actually he is creepy

Something seems odd about Mr Millipede. I do know the unions selected him.

But I just hope he never gets to be PM.

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New Euro multicopter aims bitchslap at American X2, V-22

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Rotodyne

My thoughts exactly!

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WD Livewire four-port powerline Ethernet adaptor

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FAIL

I prefer cabling

I had a couple from BT, thought they were a horrible idea and never used them.

The ethernet cable I used instead cost less than the power the adaptors would use in one year, and I got a good price for them on Ebay.

They are horrible things and I am glad I was able to not use them.

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US Navy says electric jet-flinger tech looking good

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WTF?

Just keep the Harriers

Excellent kit and can we reinstate the Sea Harriers as well?

Some of them were only a few years old.

And they were combat proven.

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No one needs Blu-ray, says Microsoft exec

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All my BDs play fine

Never had any issues with my oldest BD or any others - they all work fine no matter what firmware is in use.

Our BD player is a games console.

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And here

There is something about owning the media rather downloading. The fun of picking up a disc and putting into the device you want.

That is part of the experience. Along with looking at the cover notes ect

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Great film

Looks VERY good on a 1080P TV.

It was my first BluRay as well.

And I got a decent price for the poorly mastered original DVD in a car boot sale as well.

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Some points

1 - Price shop around for them - plenty are discounted, players are getting cheaper.

2 - Differences, a lot of people CAN tell the difference.

3 - Players are getting cheaper.

4 - I haven't noticed TBH

5 - The players are also very usefull for other media uses.

6 - They load quick I find, from loading in the slot to sitting down - it is loaded

7 - The players are good for games

8 - Never come across this

As to quality a good BD is astonishingly good.

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Already are

PS3 exclusives do not care, Uncharted 2 is about 25GB and God Of War is supposed to be about 50GB.

A few cross platform games are limited on the XBox version eg the last Final Fantasy

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Blighty's carriers to field Windows Phone 7

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So did I

aghh!!!

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Thieves jam key-fob lock signals in mystery car thefts

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Unlock is shorter

Lock is continous while you hold the button down, often a feature to shut windows.

Unlock is a quick broadcast.

More chance for lock to work

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Microsoft: IE9 will never run on Windows XP

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Stop

Does anyone still run IE on XP?

Made the move to Firefox on XP years ago.

W7 PC at work - Firefox

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Shoot-em-ups make you think faster

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That seemed to be all about driving

as above

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FPS or TPS

I play a well known TPS online a lot, does the survey notice any differences between the two shootemup versions?

And they do wake you up, as to Sims I think watching paint dry is more fun.

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Cyberlink v. Nero media authoring suites

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IMGBURN here as well

Nero kept producing coasters, ImgBurn just worked.

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ID fraudsters sell stolen Aus house

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Why is the original owner out of pocket?

Shouldn't it be the new buyer?

Receiving stolen goods

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TVonics debuts Freeview HD DVR

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I think I might buy one

I am after a Freeview HD PVR as I need a portable DSO compatible Freeview tuner and my only semi portable one has the name Pace on it, so of course it will not work properly post DSO. By portable I mean not my 46" TV, nor my Freesat HD PVR nor the internet needing BT Vision box.

While on holiday the stupid Pace would not record the Grand Prix.

So this ticks the HD box, the HDD box (Humax is too expensive and might clash with the HDR), the not Pace box (so it will get supported after DSO), and it is designed by the old Sony IDTV team (who were pretty good).

Anyway this looks favourite to replace the Pace Twin when it finally fails at DSO.

BTW ther is a limit to what you can do in Cornwall when it is wet.

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Clegg's taking away Your Freedom

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Then there is Wallace

During the election I had this weird vision of a Party Political Broadcast of Nick Clegg riding in the sidecar in A Close Shave, to the W&G theme music.

This really leaves some strange thoughts - I still can't help but hum the theme music to W&G when I see him on TV.

Sometimes the mind does some weird stuff!

To all the non UK posters Norman Clegg in LOTSW was played by Peter Sallis who also plays Wallace in W&G.

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All CO2-spewing kit now in existence is OK for the planet

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Looking at my next car.

Hmm the VXR8s are getting a lot cheaper now. 6l V8, what is not to love?

Oh and then LPG convert it.

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MS prices up Xbox 360 Kinect console combo

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Why do they change names?

Project Natal sounded quite cool. Kinect sounds cack.

Nintendo Revolution also sounded cool. Wii sounds corny.

I reckon it will get renamed 'Kinell' when people see the price.

Personally I think we will be getting Move, like the look of Sorcery and of course KZ3.

I check all the gaming even though we have a PS3.

<---- Why not? Both MS and Sony hate them!

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Two-lane BRIDGE FOUND ON FAR SIDE OF THE MOON!

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We need closeups

Come on space agencies, time to investigate

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Bowers and Wilkins P5 headphones

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I hate MP3s

Most of them sound terrible. However try buying any HD music, all seems to have disappeared. I can listen to both HD-DVD and SACD and both seem to have more depth than CD, and this is through consumer AV kit with decent (Castle) speakers.

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Sony updates PS3 system software

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Impractical anyway

Ours got the update last night, I was panicking as it came in at 17:50 and I needed to be online before 18:00 and the finish of Uncharted 2 lab, JUST made it anyway.

That did annoy we after a hard days work.

Anyway to the point in hand - backing up games, ours is a 40GB - we do need to upgrade as it is nearly full.

No room for a game - example God of War3 is 40GB, also, I found it at a pirate site, 40GB, now how long would it take to download? How much would it cost in ISP rental? How much for the HDD space on the console? I think it is actually cheaper to buy the game new.

I was pleased to find that not many games had made the pirate sites as the over 4GB thing seems to stop them.

People moan about game prices, mid £30s is not a bad price for a top rated game and all the entertainment you get from them. The studios also do put a LOT of work into these titles and they do need to earn a living.

As to duff games - just don't buy them. But you can buy safely sight unseen anything from Naughty Dog, Insomniac, and Evolution Studios.

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DVLA says council snoopers are free to take the WEE

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Use it on the garden

Great fertiliser

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'Larry and Sergey's HTML5 balls drained my resources'

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Bing - what the toy train company?

Haven't used their site I am a modeller not a toy collecter,

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Google home page gives me the creeps

It is that hide the links bit and fading in, I started by changing search engine. Then of course just use the search box in Firefox.

So of course I never see any different logos now.

I often use Google groups and Google news so that is quicker than using the fade in page.

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Diesels greener than electric cars, says Swiss gov report

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LPG is also a waste product

If we don't burn it, it could just get flared off.

So what if it is lower calorific value.

What about the cleanliness of the exhaust, no particulates, and mainy water.

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Can I have a VP185 in mine?

Or a D18-25.

Or an RK280

Even a 16CSVT will do.

You did say Diesel Electric

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LPG as well

But I use it with a V6, costs the same to run as a Diseasle but a fraction of the pollution and a much nicer engine noise.

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Crowds greet A380 at Manchester Airport

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Ringway sounds pants

AVRO sounds better.

Seen the pictures of the prototype Vulcan flying from there.

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One of those A380s

From the dark side (if you are British)

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Lady vicar tells Anglicans to learn from Black Sabbath

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Heavy Metal is a form of rock

There are a lot of sub forms of music under the rock umbrella, but the all the music discussed above is rock music, there is Heavy Metal, NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal - eg Iron Maiden), Heavy Rock - eg Led Zep, I would also class AC/DC as Heavy Rock.

They all appeal to the same people, few Maiden fans would hate a good AC/DC track and vice versa.

You have your favourites, but you generally don't hate other similar music types.

I remember the NWOBHM years very well, and you did not class it as different to the older bands or the more melodic heavy rock bands, it was all good music - better than the New Romantic waffle* which got the most press.

* Excepting some Duran Duran as they were actually rock musicians - remember Powerhouse?

Yes there was a split to some more extreme metal music types (eg Death Metal), but we don't talk much about them.

So basically we al listened to music played to a high standard, based on lead electric guitar, electric base, a singer with a decent range, and all displaying good musicianship.

I think Rock in the 70s and 80s was where the talented musicians went.

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WTF?

Metal is not the stereotypical crap

Listen to a lot of lyrics. Lots of things are sung about. Quick think here.

Motorcycles (pretty common)

Steam Trains (What else did you think Princess of the Night was about)

Aircrashes (same band as above)

Dragons

Knights

Music (yes - lots)

Women

Good vs Evil

Lots based on Arthurian Legends and similar AFAIR

War

Sat down with my record collection I could find a lot more.

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