* Posts by jason 7

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Microsoft ejects DVD playback from Windows 8

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Re: Could it have something to do with...

No bizzarely the Zune Movie selection is far far superior to Netflix or Lovefilm.

It has all the latest releases in it which both the others lack. I've had Lovefilm on the Xbox for three months now and I've seen no new major movies added to it in that time.

I just don't like having to buy MS points to rent the movies. Bit expensive.

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I've tried to get to grips with linux as all the linux guys tell me over and over I should use it.

I then ask the linux guys a question and I get told to "fuck off and stick to Windows noob!"

You can't win with the mentally imbalanced I guess.

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Re: Dubble duh

No idea why you are getting downvoted on that piece of logic. I'd love to know why.

I havent used MS's native DVD playback or Media Centre in years. I just install VLC as standard on any PC I build.

Although I also cant remember the last time I watched a DVD on my PC. Most of my PCs sit within 10 feet of the TV which is a better solution for playback.

Once again this is another example of herd rage over nothing.

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Can I just mention......

Malwarebtyes is next to useless.

I get infected PCs to clean two or three times a week.

I take the HDD out of the PC and scan it on another machine using about 4 different products. Only way to be sure short of rebuilding it from scratch.

For quite a while Malwarebytes was one of those and it did a fair job.

However, for the past 6 months it hasn't found a thing where the other products have.

So I've dropped it from my AV scan regime.

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I fix PCs for a living.

What brand of AV software arrives at my doorstep to be cleaned of virus attacks the most often.

McAfee and thats the truth.

Next to useless.

I make a living uninstalling this crap.

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Hunt tosses 27 cities into broadband cash bunfight

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It's enough to have roaming bands of private Tech consultants to come in and take it all away with nothing to show for it at the end.

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MP blasts 'ineffective' games regulation

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Vaz

As mentioned this guy is so predictable and such a media whore it's embarrassing.

I just wish he'd jump off a cliff rather than on any easy target he can find while reading the papers.

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Samsung shows 'designed for humans' handset

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Inductive charging.

My other half asked if her Galaxy Note she ordered would have a super inductive magnetic docking station like my Palm Pre 2.

I just laughed at her for an hour.

That told her.

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Bought a new Mac Pro? 1-in-100 chance it'll destroy your data

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Re: Mac Pro Towers?

..just...face/palm.

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Mac Pro Towers?

So chances are only 100 folks have actually bought one?

So lot of fuss for one person?

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Telly is becoming moving wallpaper for constantly online Brits

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Re: ****ING Repeats!

Yeah as well as any of those "Return to.." versions of Supersize/Grand Designs etc.

There you are, intrigued to see whats happened in the year or two since you saw them and then the show just repeats 95% of the original show you saw the year previous and then does a two minute montage of what's going on now/since.

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I agree.

If you are a bloke with slightly above average intelligence and beyond, little interest in celebrities cooking or home improvement, likes a slightly challenging/edgy documentary/comedy or drama then you are shit out of luck usually.

Why is it that the TV companies feel compelled to just produce safe cheap TV for the folks with a double digit IQ?

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Re: I miss...

I must say if the choice was internet or TV I would choose Internet.

Oh and FFS please drop the "You were lucky!" sketch bollocks. It was funny the first time Feldman/Chapman/Cleese et al did it but it hasn't been funny since.

It's as funny now as bloody Delboy falling through the bar.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ew0qiozLtpU

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I miss...

...the way TV was a national pastime like it was when we had but 4 channels to watch.

You went to school the next day and everyone would be talking about watching the same thing.

I can still remember the buzz next day at school after Jaws was shown on TV for the first time or the discussions after an episode of Blackadder first aired.

Golden age of television.

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Star Trek's Wesley Crusher blasts Google+ landgrab

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Ermmm hang on....

(adopts Stewie Griffin incredulous voice)....you 'hang out' at these places?

I always thought the use of the word 'social' with such services was tenuous but 'hanging out'?!

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Why embossed credit cards are here to stay

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Still some countries behind the curve.

I took a pre-paid cash card on holiday to Canada/USA last year which was smooth rather than the usual raised letters.

3 out of every 4 attempts to use it got odd looks and "is this card for real?"

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GCSE, A-level science exams ARE dumbed down - watchdog

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The scary thing is where it all ends.

There you are aged 70, laying on a operating table for your heart bypass. When in walks the surgeon and he/she has the brain power of Jade Goody.

"Hiyaaaa I dunt know much abahht all vis heart ser...serg...fixin' but I ave the sertificates and stuff! Funny innit!"

Is that what you want? Cos that's what'll happen!

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Re: Grade Inflation (Jason 7)

Yeah my passes in 1987 were pretty general as I didn't have a clue what I wanted to do after school. -

Eng Lang

Maths

Physics

Geography

History

Computer Studies

Art

General Studies (sat at Sixth Form)

The only two I didn't pass were Eng Lit (D) and Electronics (U) I only did that to avoid doing French or German.

I cant imagine what else kids would have time to cram in?!

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Re: Grade Inflation

My two N grades and dismal E grade in History from 1989 would probably get an A and two B passes now.

I did really well at O level in 1987 with 8 good passes so it was a bit of a shock.

I remember my sixth form year only a few kids got A passes at A Level. The rest scraped C and D grades.

Now I rarely hear of anyone getting lower than a B.

Is it against the law to let kids experience fail nowadays?

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HTC peeves punters with One X woes

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I've had a few HTC phones.

C500 types and the like. They were okay, bit slow.

The one however that was a total nightmare and lasted about 3 weeks of use before it was dumped on the dinosaur shelf was the HTC Touch 3G.

Awful, just awful.

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Nokia's 41Mp cameraphone shoots towards retail

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Re: hmmm lets see

Well as long as they don't come in at 900kb an image.

Always been disappointed with camera phones that promise high MP counts but then apply 90% compression to render it useless.

Always said I'd rather be able to take just 30 quality images than 3000 blocky crap ones.

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Textgram

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Simply....

....why?

Is this just for the skinny jean and white plimmy brigade?

Maybe that's why I just don't see the need for 98% of the apps one these stores.

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Freed Facebook hack Brit vents fury at $200k cleanup claim

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I'm impressed...

...not a mention of Aspergers or autism anywhere.

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YouView: You're delayed - Sugar

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How long does it take....

...to cobble together a bunch of off the shelf components that back in 2008 maybe cost £50 but now in 2012 sit on one £5 chip?

Or are they deliberating on how awful and unusable they can make the UI as seems to be the norm with such devices?

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Ten... two-bay Nas boxes

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Re: These are just for the lazy and technical illiterates.

Exactly, some of us have lives, factors and other people around us that help absorb our time.

I weep when I see some twenty something stating proudly that he spent an entire week in his mum's basement tweaking his RAM CAS timings, running benchmarks over and over again to gain a 'massive' 0.1FPS over the 132FPS he was already getting at stock settings.

What a waste of life!

If a £300 simple set and forget box does the job then do it and get on with something more important. Your friends and family are not impressed with your homebrew Frankenstein box and are just being kind if they say so.

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Re: Zyxel NSA221

I think I picked one of the single bay versions up for a customer for around £60 with a 500GB HDD in it. They wanted a USB HDD but for £10 extra and as I was setting it up for them why not.

I explained to them what it was and what it did and they were quite impressed, especially as it could be hidden behind the TV where the Virgin router box was rather than on their office desk.

Compared to a lot of NAS boxes was surprised how easy it was to setup. Had it set up and running a Cobian backup in less than 10 minutes from switch on. Done and dusted.

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Re: These are just for the lazy and technical illiterates.

Always amazed that the technically literate still are not clever enough to realise that most folks out there are not technically literate hence why most IT projects fail and hardware purchases never realise their full value.

The Tech Literates never bother to give the less able what they actually need and just push the wrong solution.

I have seen many small businesses languishing in tech nightmare with a £3000 Windows 2008 server that some Tech guru said they needed (then cleared off when they got too small for him to bother with) when in fact a £400 NAS would have worked perfectly for their simple file sharing needs with a little redundancy.

Tech Literates? Muppets who like wasting other peoples money more like!

Know your customer and work with them. If they trust you you can raise them up from IT befuddlement. It just takes a little time.

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I still dont get the use of iTunes server?

When you can just point iTunes on whatever PC to the iTunes folder on the NAS.

Whats the benefit?

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Windows Phone 7 'not fit for big biz ... unlike Android, iOS'

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Whilst as a WebOS user....

...I just shake my head, wipe away a tear as three inferior phone OS battle it out.

Oh how it could have been.....

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Woz says Windows Phone 'sets the mark' for mobile UI

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Make your mind up man!

That is all.

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Ten... Satnavs to suit all budgets

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TomTom have lost the plot.

I'm still told to drive down roads and turnings that haven't existed for nearly 10 years on a 2011 map.

Just not good enough really.

Another bizarre UI fail is that on the old TomTom One with its small screen when you went to put in a postcode you had the letters and numbers on the same screen so input was quick and easy in one step. Perfect.

On the new Via Live with the much larger screen the numbers are on a separate selection like on a mobile phone so you have to switch back and forth which just takes longer and is a true backwards step. Mad.

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I still prefer...

.....my TomTom One mk1.

Simple and to the point as such devices go.

I got a new TomTom Via Live and I really dont like it. Sure the Traffic updates are handy but there are so many annoying features and the UI is pretty poor (you'd think they would have that fixed by now). Plus it bugs you to update the maps if its a few months old etc.

The TomTom one was pure simplicity.

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Basic instinct: how we used to code

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1987 Computer studies O Level

I remember spending a lot of time messing around with the network Mr Yarnall installed that year. Then finding out that out projects had to be handed in end of the week!

I went home that night and wrote out my project in longhand (I had a Spectrum and not a BBC B) then got my mate who had an Electron to check it over (paid him two Mars bars) and then typed it in that lunchtime in the Computer studies room.

We only had one decent printer so it was a hassle to get it all printed out but it worked. I made a little file server application. Maybe 50 lines of code? I still have the project folder in my cupboard.

I never wrote any code again. I just didnt get it. Still don't.

Oh and I got a C pass thanks for asking.

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Re: xmas morning 1983, age 12

I too am part of the aged 12 xmas morning 1983 club!

We should all get together to talk about it. What a day going through the Sinclair Horizons demo tape. I still remember sitting watching the foxes and rabbits thing...why???? Never did that again.

I remember that supply was very limited. Dad had his name on a waiting list since October and got a call a week before xmas that his name was up! He had to sneak out of work in the afternoon to drive into town to buy it.

Xmas 1984 was a bit flat in comparison with that one.

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Nintendo: PS3 rules Europe, Xbox tops US

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Nice to see the PS3...

start to sell just as it's to be replaced in around 18 months.

Better late than never eh.

As for buying a PS3 for its BD player, that was a valid argument (barely) about 5 years ago but when you can pick up a BD player now for £70 (probably £50 by the end of the year) it looks an expensive way to go about it.

All the consoles should cost under £120 tops by now.

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Ten... eight-bit classic games

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Re: Elite on the Spectrum

My memory of that bug was that it instantly sent you to the station you had set course for so you didn't actually have to travel all the way there. Turned it into a faster trading game which I enjoyed far more.

Space pirates didn't interest me.

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Re: Because it's all we had.

Exactly, back then 12-14 year olds didn't get everything they whined for like they do today to shut them up cos mum and dad are too busy 'working' and forget that kids are not a lifestyle accessory to be ignored when the novelty wares off.

So finding £5 to £8 for your next game was not an instant option.

God I remember saving up £15 to buy Valhalla. Talk about disappointment.

I'd still like my money back.

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Crytek: Schemes to strike second-hand games biz 'awesome'

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The problem modern gaming has is simple....

....it's not piracy, it's not the second hand market. It's an ever dwindling level of originality.

what percentage of releases each year are just version 3, 4 or 13 of a previous release? 80% or more?

The gameplay for many games hasn't changed since the 8bit days 30+ years ago. All that's really changed is the polygon count, the colour depth and masses of pointless FMV. Oh and less and less quality playing time till it's finished. I couldn't imagine playing a game on my Spectrum that would only deliver about 12 hours of game time till it was complete. A £5 game would last you several weeks.

The market will only tolerate paying £40-£50 a time for the same old thing so many times. Maybe we have reached that point?

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Expect foot in mouth, cringing U-Turn apology in three...two...

.....you know the score.

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Microsoft unveils Windows 8 'release preview' for June

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The issue I have...with touching

...is that for the past 40 years of my life touching your TV/PC screen is akin to something disgusting.

Like licking your CDs or cleaning your glasses with your dirty hankie.

It's just not done. Fine for a tablet (though I actually hate using someone's tablet as they all look grubby and greasy) I guess as its designed for that. But touch screens for desktop PCs, just seems wrong and a OCD sufferers nightmare.

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Re: What is the point ?

Exactly, it's total BS from folks that know jack about what they are talking about.

Windows 7 has been the smoothest OS to upgrade to ever. They ditched a load of legacy junk (thank god) which was a good thing.

It's not up to MS to provide driver support for every piece of hardware made since 1995. That responsibility rests with the manufacturer of said hardware. If there isn't a driver for your 8 bit Soundblaster then complain to Creative or stop being a tight-wad and buy a new one that they do support.

Some people just want to go through life having their arses wiped for them I guess.

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How I feel about Vista

Vista isnt actually a bad OS now. If you have a old 2006 vintage Vista laptop that's still got it's original OS install on it then it will be crap. Tha'ts because it didn't play well with all the bloatware that HP/Compaq/Dell etc. installed at the time.

If you install a clean fresh version of Vista on that machine it will run really smoothly without any of the hassles. I've rebuilt many old Vista machines and they all work great afterwards. I'm talking Win7 levels of smooth. Vista is fine.

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Re: Look forward

Whilst I'm not keen on the Metro at all costs and No Start button option. I have to admit (and be mature about this) that to be honest after a week or two it's not that bad and you do get used to it.

I'm not darting bottom left automatically to shut down etc. I can get around now. You just have to stop moaning, man up and get on with it. It's not going to change because I don't like it so get on with it.

I have two laptops sitting in the corner of the living room. One with Windows 7 and the other with Windows 8. When I want to look something up I find I'm grabbing the Windows 8 laptop to use if nothing else for the really fast boot up time. For me that trumps the negatives.

MS really should have given the Start button option but set it to off as default. Then got rid of it in Windows 9 if they had to along with other modifications.

I still however, have zero use for the Metro stuff. I have installed quite a few of the apps and they are either crap or don't really work.

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RIM mulls pimping BlackBerry OS to Samsung – report

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They'll be lucky!

Samsung turned down the best phone OS ever in WebOS.

RIM/BB OS is just a mess now.

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Cameron 'to change his mind' on the one thing he got right in Defence

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Time to simplify things.

Get rid of the RAF/Navy and Army as separate entities and just pull them together under one banner. That way we can also get rid of many more Chiefs/Admirals/Air Marshalls etc. etc. that just breeds masses of in fighting.

No more bizarre arbitrary rules of RAF has access to this type of helicopter/plane but the army can only have that type of helicopter/plane etc. etc.

It really needs to be simplified at the top. Don't we have the most top heavy armed forces in the western world?

But what also amazes me is how those at the top of the Parliamentary chain just cave into deals that blatantly offer poor value for money in the short and long term.

There must be a lot of stuffed brown envelopes flying around or incriminating photos locked away somewhere.

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Minister blows away plans for more turbines

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Re: Would the enviromentalist/Green folks.....

As expected...tumbleweed.

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I read the actual book......

Make Room! Make Room! while on holiday in Canada last year. Very different to the film (Soylent Green isn't made from people and coffin dodgers aren't "processed") but a lot of the points in the book are quite valid in terms of changing weather, growing populations, welfare and food/water shortages. It's basically a simple crime story set in a not very nice future for the masses while the elite live in air conditioned luxury.

Worth a read and could make a interesting and timely remake if closer to Harrison's book.

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Except they wont. As there wont be the jobs to enable them to earn the money to pay it.

Pensions are an illusion that we all keep kidding ourselves with. Give it another 15-20 years with the baby boomers living their 20th year on pension and it will be on the verge of collapse.

There wont be enough people to pay into them to support the growing group that is using them for longer and longer.

Then what about the growing group at the bottom (the underclass) that will never pay in but needs welfare to keep them fed and clothed? Where is the money for that coming from, the few lucky million or so left with a job having to pay 90% tax to pay either end?

We need someone to stand up and say it's not going to work. So maybe controlling the population is the key but no one dares mention that either.

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Would the enviromentalist/Green folks.....

...please once and for all outline their full sensible and sustainable plan for safeguarding the United Kingdom's power needs for the next 50 years?

If we cant use nuclear, oil, coal or gas and cant use tidal ( due to the fact it might affect a breed of shrimp or some reed warbler's nesting site).

So what are the proper workable solutions? C'mon, you've said what we shouldn't be doing so enlighten us. You've had long enough to work out a plan surely? We want some specifics.

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Lesser-spotted Raspberry Pi FINALLY dished up

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Nice work!

Shame someone hasn't brought out a similar but far more hardcore version with a Z80 and just 128k of ram in it.

Compact, neat and tidy code is a good way to start.

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