* Posts by MJI

4700 posts • joined 5 Mar 2009

Microsoft Germany says Windows 7 already unfit for business users

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MS Access

Is a toy, who would use that?

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Games Machine

Actually I would choose a Playstation rather than a Xbox, no offence to Phil Spencer

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PlayStation 4 probs: Gamers struggle with PSVR headset blackouts

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Re: Reset expectations

I have had good customer service from them

1st gen IDTV - updated regularly, once had a tuner mod by an engineer when the sound was wrong way round

Video camera - CCD chip fault bad glue batch, repaired at quite an age for free.

Digital camera - CCD chip replaced for free

PS4 - faulty PSU on launch day unit, swapped out for new one

And I still have a working 1982 VCR

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BBC surrenders 'linear' exclusivity to compete with binge-watch Netflix

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Re: Content is king

Aghhh

I forgot Planet Earth 2

BBR Bristol and David Attenborough

Why other nature documentries fail in the UK

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Re: Content is king - Amazon Prime

I found it VERY easy to use and set up.

I trialed a few days before Grand Tour.

Literally went down menu to Amazon placeholder, X it installed, I opened up, entered log in details, watched a free sample programme in HD, DD5.2 and NO LOGOS.

Back to PC, paid Amazon £59, back to PS4, searched everything, following day watched Man In High Castle. Then just after it finished, oh look The Grand Tour was up.

I did hold back on joining until TGT even though I have wanted to watch TMITHC for a while.

It is easy to use.

On Thursdays one minute I can be bashing Cabal with Gjallarhorns and the next be watching Clarkson Hammond and May.

I am impressed with Amazon Prime and there is enough content for a programme a night.

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Re: Content is king

There is still some decent stuff, Sherlock is worth a watch, I enjoyed a James May reassembly programme last night, then watched the model railway documentry afterwards

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Re: Well done Ofcom

I cannot use ITV player at all, STV one worked until recently as long as you deleted a few web pag elements.

Anyway BBC and C4 work on both consoles, shITV abandoned them. So anything the PVR fails to record gets missed or I torrent it. (For my wife BTW)

Just remember this online TV providers, your system MUST be easier to use than a bittorrent client.

I do not even bother checking the schedule with C5 as they do not want me as a viewer.

I worked out 99% of my viewing is from the following

BBC1 HD Freesat

BBC4 HD Freesat

BBC2 HD Freesat

C4 SD Freesat

Film 4 SD Freesat

BBC News24 Freeview

Oh and Amazon Prime via PS4

BBC Iplayer is OK but the quality is a bit pants

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Re: If they want to do well

Tell ITV that

They are terrible

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What happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas: Razer prototypes nicked

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Panic over it isn't

The famous Robot Wars robot.

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Pharma hate figure Martin Shkreli suspended from Twitter

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That drug

Is still pretty cheap elsewhere.

UK for example.

There is no reason for tosspots company to get the money

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Could YOU survive a zombie apocalypse? Uni eggheads say you'd last just 100 days

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Re: UK - Zombies Win. USA - Zombies LOSE

Nope, we have plenty of defences.

No need for guns, a cricket bat should be enough

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The wait is over ... Nokia's BACK!

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Nokia branded but not Nokia

Just a generic mobile telephone with a Nokia sticker on it.

I remember the N8 fondly

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My fortnight eating Blighty's own human fart-powder

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Re: Ginsters

I take it then that you have never tried Pork Farms or Walls.

Ginsters are not great but they are better than a lot of similar packeted foods.

We can't all live in Cornwall.

Ginsters 5/10, Pork Farms 2/10, Rowes 9/10, my Mums were 10/10

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Programmer finds way to liberate ransomware'd Google Smart TVs

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Re: If I wanted my bloody TV to be smart...

I do the same, but got a PS4 as well.

A boy has also worked out how to avoid malware sites, he goes there first on his Vita and looks for web page errors.

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Re: I'll stick to...

Seen those and wondered, now I know why they are so cheap.

I paid a lot for top end picture processing, good upscaling and good build quality.

Oh and mine runs a form of Linux and the network is not plugged into it.

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Stupid law of the week: South Carolina wants anti-porno chips in PCs that cost $20 to disable

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If I was a PC seller

I just would not bother selling there

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Murdoch's 21st Century Fox agrees £18.5bn Sky takeover deal

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Don't blame me!

Don't get his TV, nor his papers, definately did not vote for him in June.

And most newspapers now are getting a pain to read with their partisanship

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Easier just to find another interest

I gave up when BBC stopped showing all races live, now I just do not care.

The rush to pay TV is killing the sport

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168 year old paper

So nearly as old as Murdoch then.

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Rogue One: This is the Star Wars back story you've been looking for

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Re: Alistair Reynolds

A very good writer, answers readers, some very clever ideas.

And some horror, especially with the captured pilot in a cylinder.

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Re: Now if someone were to film Ian Banks culture novels

Iain M Banks

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OpenStreetView? You are no longer hostage to Google's car-driven vision

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WTF?

Confusing header in article

OS Map fan

Yes many of us are fans of OS maps

From Ordnance Survey

I spent ages looking for the bit about Ordnance Survey!

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EU dings Sony, Panasonic over rechargeable battery cartel

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One quick question

Do Sony, Panasonic, and Sanyo batteries explode anything like Samsung batteries?

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Higher tech prices ARE here to stay. It's Mr Farage's new Britain

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Re: In the dark ages

That is not the Transit engine, two completely different engines, only thing in common is capacity and maker.

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Re: Brexit means brexit.

Gove did mean well, but he failed. He is not evil, few are. Actually 95% of politicians are there to try to improve the world, 90% fail.

5% are there for reasons of power, not public service.

A few are idiots (Thornberry, Abbot)

Quite a few are lead by religious views (May, Farron, Owen Thingy)

There are a few dinosaurs (Corbyn)

A lot try and fail (Cameron, Clegg)

A small number are power hungry (Blair)

And a very small number are worth listening to (Clarke, Field)

Education, well it has been messed around with for years, a lot of it political dogma overcoming common sense.

I was at a streamed comprehensive, worked pretty well, my daughter a grammar (very good), boys an academy (OK). Now the left hate streaming and helping those of ability, the right support it.

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Re: In the dark ages

Not nice, petrol engines as well, they would have been better off with resonance intakes than swirl flaps.

All the issues modern engines are getting is scary.

Then add in dual mass flywheels, the rush to fewer cylinders will also increase drive train shocks.Then the extended service intervals (this killed quite a few GM V6s).

Beancounters are also a serious threat with their penny pinching costing future owners hundreds of pounds. (GM valve seals, save pence, need replacing), my pet hate is plastic head dowels.

I also reckon dual clutch gearboxes will be a time bomb in a few years.

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Re: In the dark ages

Known Ford engine troubles

2.7 V6 Diesel is unreliable (cranks ect). (In D3)

3.0 V6 Petrol eats little ends (in X Type, owner traded on quickly aftter being told it was common)

2.2 and 2.4 Transit Diseasels are unpleasant and not very long lasting. (In Defender, even TD5 more reliable and definately a nicer engine). Yes done LR experience.

As to BMW

BMW Diesels eat swirl control flaps, But smooth and quiet

That Cologne V6 BTW is underpowered, and not as nice as what GM used in their cars (Senator 3.0 6). - and the DOHC was not as nice as the 2.0 Family 2 either.

I would put GM way ahead on engines over Ford

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Re: Today's Brexit news

@ codejunky

From chats among people I know, no UKIP support I know of, but there is definate interest in LD from both Lab and Con sides.

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Re: Brexit means brexit. Mail & Express

Hopefully Express will shut down soon, I do not know of any purchasers (only ex readers)

I try to avoid both papers commentards as I do not want high blood pressure. (Nor to be lynched)

Best avoided by avoiding both sites.

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Re: Brexit means brexit. Mail & Express

Well his mouth must be pretty foul.

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Re: In the dark ages

Hmm cars

Mine was designed under UK ownership, released under German ownership, sold under US ownership, and the company is now Indian.

At least the engine compartment was too short for a BMW engine, and the Ford engines too unreliable to use.

What a palava.

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Re: Today's Brexit news

It is really bad for the more centrist Conservative supporting Remainers, there is a large number of them, I reckon many on here are as well.

UKIP to them is an extremist party, I expect many are looking at the Lib Dems now with interest.

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Re: Brexit means brexit. Mail & Express

Interesting to see these two

Mail used to be a case of joking about it, not much changed there. Still a joke, obsessed with celebrities. Irrelevant I suppose.

But the Express, used to be an OK paper, a bit better than Mail and a bit obsessed with Princess Diana, but now, it is nothing but a hate rag, I feel dirty just seeing the headlines, same feeling as you get from a bad copy of the Sun. You get the feeling they want to line any non hard exit from EU people up against the wall and shoot them. What the hell went on there to turn it from OK (not good, not shit), straight past gutter and right into sewer press.

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Kentucky pried chicken: Fried grease chain's loyalty club hacked

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Make McDonalds look like quality food

Greasy fatty chicken which has died of old age.

I don't understand why it is so popular

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Was not in military

So call him Mr

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Pluck-over-success underdog hires Olympic ski jumper as Xmas bash speaker

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Are you sure?

He was not there to plaster the place?

Good plasterer I have heard and loves not being recognised.

Oh and Cheltenham based.

Was a local hero

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Busted Windows 8, 10 update blamed for breaking Brits' DHCP

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BT Home hub here

Works fine here on XP, 7, Mint, Orbis OS, Cell OS, and what ever is on a Vita

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HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'

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Re: This website has ruined my life

errr

isn't it railway station?

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Brits think broadband more important than mobes, cars or savings

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Re: "Great" Britain and the USA have so much in common

>> Where do you get your porn?

The hedge?

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Fewer young people learning to drive

But use their internet all the time.

This will skew the figures over time as well.

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90 per cent of the UK's NHS is STILL relying on Windows XP

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Blame MS for writing a working OS with XP

They produce an operating system which runs programs.

A program I ran on my XP machine produces

Unsupported 16-Bit Application

then too much blurb for me to type in.

The language was extrememly popular in the 90s for database applications, I know of at least one large hospital system written in it (I knew the head programmer).

DOS 6.22

MUDOS fine

Real/32 fine*

WFW fine*

95 fine*

98 fine*

NT4 with some issues*

2000 fine*

XP fine*

Vista 32 with some major issues*

W7 32 with showstopping issues (NETBIOS)

W7 64 no hope

* running client server as well!

W7 32 was killed off due to killing off IP support for the program which provides client server access.

We do factory software.

So what did we do in the real world?

Vista - upgrade to XP, or run in a low resolution mode

W7 - tough, we tried, at first use your XP PCs, later test our new Windows software.

Huge DOS system, it took over 5 years to get into a viable WIN32 version. MS does not understand the software industry, you buy software to do a job, not because it is written in X.

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It did not help that.

MS broke a lot of compatalitiy with Vista onwards.

Our old system runs on DOS based systems, 2000 and XP, our current system XP and on.

XP can run more software than almost any other OS.

This is why it refuses to go away

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Take that, creationists: Boffins witness birth of new species in the lab

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Some organisations who understand evolution.

Church of England

Catholic Church

CofE is interesting as they split religion and science.

And this is an interesting link

http://episcopalscience.org/creation-science/

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What's in Hammond's box? Autumn fallout for Britain's tech SMBs

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I was hoping it may have been about

Richard

With his annoying car.

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Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

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Re: Is there a petition to insist that we DON'T change the new £5 note?

signed

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parts per million

So why are they moaning?

Do they eat the money?

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Windows 10 market share growth just barely has a pulse

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I wonder where XP is currently

Especially as it refuses to die

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Brexit means Brexit: What the heck does that mean...

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Re: Goldsmith lost in Richmond because of it. Apparently.

Yes it was a full 4% for her to be the MP until the end of time.

get it tight a referendum <> vote for an MP

One is a permanent change the other a 5 year term

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Tobacco giant predicts the end of smoking. Panic ensues

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I just do not trust tobacco companies at all

Completely not trusted, they are only in it for themselves and no one else.

As to enclosed spaces, smoking is bad, but when it comes to obnoxious smells not enough exposure to vapers to know yet, but no one mentions the strong perfume/aftershave, the egg sandwich addict, these are pretty horrible in an enclosed room.

So you have a few groups.

The anti tobacco people

The anti smoking AND vaping people

The anti air pollution people

If someone is anti vaping AND trapped with egg sandwiches OK, but if they hate vaping and accept those sandwiches, they are being anti the people.

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UK Parliament waves through 'porn-blocking' Digital Economy Bill

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They wanted to go even further

With their databases, ID cards, and 28 day detention

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