* Posts by MJI

5008 posts • joined 5 Mar 2009

BOFH: Attractive person is attractive. Um, why are your eyes bulging?

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Re: Bad answers.

I can't even remember what colour our curtains are.

I know the carpet is green, and the timber flooring is light, and the tiles are blue.

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Sony set to axe 5,000 workers worldwide as it flings PC biz overboard

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Re: TV and DLNA

Don't knock Opel (Russelheim) they used to make good cars a decade ago.

And they still look nice today apart from the huge dent in the side. Look nicer than the equivalent Audis and BMWs

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Custom laptops

Well those sites look usefull.

Will bear them in mind, also nice to see Win 7 still as an option

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Their market

As a desktop user I am not a laptop expert, you do not do self builds.

So they made nice looking laptops with a premium feel.

What would people recommend for premium laptops now?

My daughter bought one, partly due to being nice looking, and she could play with one, and it was NOT PC world.

My sons will want laptops soon, they are thinking of Alienware but they are expensive

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The revival of survival – the gaming genre that refuses to die

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Re: Steam sale on 'Don't Starve' - Good timing El Reg!

Got it even cheaper (free) a week or so ago on PS+, just after the boys bought it off Steam.

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Android console on the way? Amazon slurps gamehaus Double Helix

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Up against it

When you can buy a previous generation console for under £150, or just £150 more for a next generation console.

Actually for that £200 you could get a Wiii-U. Some good games on it as well.

Never been a better time to buy a PS3.

Hmm think of all those cheap AAA games.

Lots of people I know seem to be doing this. Non gamers, 360 owners, all picking up cheap PS3s

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Greenland glacier QUADRUPLES speed, swells seas

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A few thoughts of mine.

In the near future pollution is more of a worry than CO2.

We cannot make any worthwhile difference while China is expanding their power stations.

We need fusion.

We need to stop clearing land for fuel crops and grow trees.

The best way of dealing with CO2 is with plants using it.

Climates always change but how much effect are we having with it compared to natural causes?

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It's Satya! Microsoft VP Nadella named CEO as Bill Gates steps down

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Re: Bad Servers

Netware was bloody reliable, quick and gave us little issue.

But customers insisted on their Windows servers despite the performance drop when they downgraded.

18 month uptimes were commonplace.

The rot was also forced by MS breaking Netware clients, and the insistance of Novell to add a GUI to the server,

Final death was due to lack of support from our customers hardware support teams.

Our sites with 4.x or 5.x ran reliably for years.

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Re: Bad Servers

And yes they are. We are just pushed into using them.

RIP Netware

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Eurocops want to build remote car-stopper, shared sensor network

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Re: @Mary Jane Bogart re: A.B.S. (Cowturd)

To never activate ABS you must never have driven on an icy road, on snow, nor been forced to brake on a greasy junction.

The odd ABS activation when a wheel hits a bit of slippy road does happen, it is not bad driving, in the past you would have released the brakes or just let it skid a little, ABS controls it.

That said ABS is a pain in snow

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Re: Integration

Locked in a car stationary on the motorway?

No effing way!

Make sure your car is built pre this system!

Bit like buy a pre 2006 for reasonable car tax

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Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

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Re: Potty time dilema

Book, good time for reading!

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BSkyB sees first half pre-tax profit tumble as sales climb

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Re: The solution!

Actually with the Red Bull/Sev Vettel dominance the problem has solved itself.

I just lost interest.

F1 was so much more exciting in the Senna Prost Mansell era, especially with Murray commentating.

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Re: They screw up FTA broadcasters

Actually DVD release was before C5 I do remember that, and I suppose I contributed to the first 4 series by watching on a free to air and ad free channel with anamorphic widescreen on the last widescreen series and no moronic logo.

And I did pay I bought the effing DVD box set!

Used to sit down after tea and watch this. And later on Star Trrek Enterprise on C4.

When you get used to BBC you get annoyed with other broadcasters!

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Re: They screw up FTA broadcasters @MJI 11:57

I was OK watching Lost on C4, but I stopped watching torrents before it finished because it went crap, sitting in a hole pushing a big wheel about, and more and more confusing storylines, so confusing it confused the writers.

BBC had the right idea with Heroes get exclusive deal for life of programme.

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Re: They screw up FTA broadcasters

I am surprised you know the dates, also no way was I going to sign up for a year for one programme.

C5 as well has that moronic 5 in the corner.

And I saw it before Murdoch vision showed it.

And I had the DVD before C5 showed it.

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They screw up FTA broadcasters

New series comes onto free to air TV, we watch it and want to know what happens, then these gits come along and outbid on it so we have to resort to torrenting to continue watching.

My first ever torrent was Farscape Peace Keeper Wars, after watching 4 series on BBC2. This introduced me to torrents.

Torrents were visited again for Lost until I gave up during the penultimate series.

So to Sky please eff off and leave our TV alone.

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El Reg BuzzFelch: 10 Electrical Connectors You CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!

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Missing are

Phono - essential to every HiFi, BNC for component & composite video is already listed

HDMI

SCART - not nice but for years so usefull for RGB connections.

And of course the BS1363 mains plug

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Japanese quantum boffins 'may have the key to TELEPORTATION'

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Re: It was a triumph....

Well spotted

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UK internet filtering shouldn't rely on knee tappers, says Tory MP

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Re: Rats in a sack

So when it comes to the fight who do you put the money on?

A few ex military in the Conservatives. Labour have John Prescott.

Or does everyone just pile into Ed Millipede and Ed Bollocks (please).

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Re: Sorry... am I reading that right?

Jake the peg?

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We're on the same wavelength! TV stars cosy up to flog spare Hz

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NBC

So that is where Edmonds went!

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HARD ONES: Three new PC games that are BLOODY DIFFICULT

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Don't Starve for free

On Playstation + this month

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Yes, HP will still sue you if you make cartridges for its inkjet printers

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Tried a few and ended up with

Latest Newish Canon.

1st printer Epson heads failed big time guzzled expensive ink.

2nd printer Older Canon, spare parts more expensive than new printer, head went after a lot of use. Wear & Tear.

Kept with Canon due to ink prices, found genuine ink at similar prices to pattern inks and in seperate cartridges. So cheap to run.

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Sony on the ropes after Moody's downgrade to junk

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Re: what ifs

This is why Kaz is the current best choice for CEO.

Media person as CEO - no.

Please remember that people who like Sony hardware do not have to like Sony music.

Also think for every Sony music there is a Naughty Dog.

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Re: Optional

You are right on the cheap crap - I managed to avoid it and I have upset sales staff telling them that.

Now the media side, I blame everyone who bought the crappy Vhs system over the better Beta system.

I have a still working Sanyo Beta HiFi deck and watching rental videos with that was much nicer than some Vhs crap.

Sanyo supported Beta to the end along with Sony, they produced some indestractable decks and the best deck for pre recorded films - why?

There were 3 UK HiFi decks, the Super made no difference for prerecorded and both Sony kept tapes laced, so had greater head wear. the Sanyo and Sony ordinary HiFi decks were very similar in performance.

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Re: Cameras

Of course Nikon and Canon have always been top. But for Video cameras Sony were a top brand, I will admit I stopped at HDV as I wanted tape, and the choice was basically a £800 Sony, a £1500 semi pro Sony, or a £1000 or so semi pro Canon.

Back in the 80s Sony were a no brainer for the portable recorders. But JVC were the top camera.

Mini DV was a great format for SD cameras, there were multiple good manufacturers.

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Re: First digital Walkmans

Well if you look at home they developed them not too surprising.

Basically take a MD Walkman and replace MD with HDD.

The second generation with MP3 support were better but ATRAC sounds better than MP3, They were good, but didn't sell well - too expensive.

I have a MiniDisc Walkman, so can see the similarities.

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Re: Get rid of Cowell for a start

Can't stand the git!

Just to let Sony know, AFAIR I have never bought an alnum off them, nothing which I want for a start, perhaps you should ditch the record company.

Keeping the film studios is a good idea for format reasons (RIP Betamax).

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Made the best video recorders.

Like my 1982 portable, very good deck, or my late 80s home deck with every toy imaginable.

Then early 90s they went rubbish!

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Re: Lost trust

How do they split?

Where do you place for example the first party game studios?

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Re: How the Mighty Have Fallen

Still one of the best, TVs are still very good, but other companies have caught up post Trinitron era, to be honest no other tube TV could match one.

When looking for my current TV I went Sony for price and quality reasons, the Pioneer Plasmas were a lot more, and to be honest at the time, most other LCD TVs were poor (including cheaper Sonys) and most Plasmas looked cack.

Look at their home cinema stuff, still among the best middle range kit, but not many people buying in that market.

PCs well I don't do laptops but a cheap one would do. Tower PCs - build your own. May be best off dropping out of the PC market.

That said I think Kaz can turn them around, probably best person for the job.

I think they will rely on their gaming division for now.

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Prince sues 22 music file-sharers for ONE MEEELLION dollars each

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Aren't concerts on the internet advertising

If he is good you then want to see him.

Does this mean he is terrible and trying to hide it?

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

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Re: I wanted to go.

Oh well it will be a shorter trip.

Colossus is the thing I would most want to see.

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I wanted to go.

But no Colossus no visit.

Oh and I want elderly people who know the place intimately to show me around.

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

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Re: Student TV

I thought they just watched the Teletubbies.

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Sherlock

But they want to take their time and do it well not churn out a load of crap. We only have one Moffatt and he has to do DW as well

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Multiple tuners - what then?

That said licence fee amount is enough for me.

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Treat yourself to some FA, NFL or 1D action at Wembley Stadium

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For many of us

A waste of money.

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And the winner of the most reliable disk drive award is ...

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Re: Samsung were good drives

Thanks for that

I will investigate them as I need to mirror my C and D drives at home, I don't want to have to recapture hours of footage again.

I do have DVD and BD backups but there is the time aspect as well.

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WHEW! OpenBSD won't CloseBSD (for now) after $100,000 cash windfall

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Re: How many are there?

Thanks

Still seems a bit of a pity they cannot all combine their resources, FreeBSD seems to be doing well.

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How many are there?

It seems there are quite a few BSD companies, can someone explain why please?

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We see ya, Ouya, you tasty Android games console gear

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Re: Everyone seems to have missed a little point

Emulated.

Hmm I think I will just plug in the Megadrive. or the SNES, and I am sure both the PS2 & PS3 plays PS1 games

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Re: Expensive

And try the three best Android games against the three best PS3 games.

Just the chance to play the four Naughty Dog games a PS3 is worth it

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Re: Neat but pointless?

Oh dear - so peer bullying has become part of the marketing ars(e)anal

Pretty silly yes but these are all 14 year olds - they get what they are given, or what their parents give up to shut them up.

I think the XB CODs are just obcessed - one game and stuff the rest, where as I have two boys who have multiple games, they both have Steam accounts, Vitas, DSs, and share the family PS2/3/4 Wiii, even managed to just about get a Megadrive working on a monitor (doubled up screen still to sort).

They will sit on Terreria, Minecraft, or Garys Mod all evening given the chance, or sit there on Warframe, AC4, or Borderlands 2 until we want the TV, one really wants Borderlands 2 for his Vita.

Definately a bit more open than COD.

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Re: Neat but pointless?

Much agreement here. Absolutely pointless. Kids will get these and be shunned by their friends for having a weirdo hipster Dad that buys them a cheap shitty 'droid gaming box instead of a proper one.

Actually there is some right shit thrown around at school, my boys have received a bit for not having Call Of Duty and not having an XBox. They retailiated with the usual arguments against that combination, eg Killzone multiplayer requires a lot more skill (well 2 and 3 did), oh and show them a game which looks better than the output of Naughty Dog, The Last Of Us or CoD 47 - no contest.

So if there is crap thrown for having the use of a Playstation, what chance to kids with a strange device like this have? At least with a PS3 there is plenty to throw back and make the argument starter look very foolish.

Now they can fling PS4 at the XBots at their school.

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What will happen when Vita TV arrives?

Similar price, better controller, known brand.

Will be interesting.

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Sony brings 4K shooting to the masses in weeks

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Re: 4K?

I moved to HDV, pretty good for what it is

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The prices

Are not that bad if you compare to the prices paid in the 1980s.

I paid £400 for a second hand camera and recorder, which were new a £1000 in early 80s, that is the equivalent of £1100 / £2800 in todays money and for that I had a video camera of good picture quality and low number of features (no auto focus), and a heavyish recorder known to be quite light.

I could have spent more if I had the money, a better camera like the JVC GX-N70 with the essential and most popular accessory of 14pin K adaptor, but the recorder was just the best.

Actually the mix and match was good, Sony as an example made the best portable VCR on the UK market by a huge margin SL-F1UB, but their cameras were bare on features (even the HVC4000P 6 x zoom no, AF, no remote control beyond pause), JVC made an excellent camera (GX-N70) but their portable was shite.(cannot remember the model) Same with Panasonic, the NV180 was not fit to be mentioned in the same sentence as the SLF1, but their late model video camera was really good. The cheap cameras from JVC tended to go green, their VCRs could not handle multi generation editing.

In my experience of videoing in the late 80s was that editing on all Sony kit in the domestic market automatically gave you an extra generation to your tapes, basically a Sony master edit tape was better than a JVC or Panasonic camera tape and the duplication copy from a Sony master was better than the edit master from the other two companies.

Part of this was due to the sync pulse handling within Sony kit and part of this was due to the higher resolution of Betamax. I edited onto a SL-HF950, Pro-X tapes all round.

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4K-ing hell! Will your shiny new Ultra HD TV actually display HD telly?

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Re: 2K intermediate

Some of us still watch the SD channel rather than the HD because..........

Some wanker put a sodding great big on screen turd on the HD channel

Channel 4 you are turds!

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