* Posts by Gordon 10

2910 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

Sony KDL-55HX853 55in 3D LED TV

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WTF?

Motion Resolution

What on earth is this? Is it some marketing metric aimed at the gullible or is it something thats actually measurable? What is all this talk of lines like its some 1990's CRT?

Not that I necessarily care either way I would just like to know. Im not one of these frequent commentards who feels you cant have a subjective review and demands an objective one - but I would like to understand the whether its techno babble or marketese.

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Jabra Clipper

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Meh

Meh

Given that you have been able to get similar clips on ebay for years for peanuts and with longer battery life Im not sure what the USP is.

Unless of course it has a specially shortened QUALITY set of earbuds. the only problem I found for the aforementioned ones on ebay was having to tie my sennheiser core up with a bag tie to shorten the cable.

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Dell may fatten up software offering by swallowing Quest

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Live and die by toad.

Unfortunately no matter how good the rest of the product line they are just living off the reputation of toad. The software that launched a million oracle dba's and another million users that shouldn't have access.

2bn acquisition on 2.7m profit says it all.

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Belkin YourType Folio

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Meh

what are the keys made of?

glass scratchiing easy typing hardness

glass friendly nasty typing softness

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How zombie LulzSec exposed privates' love lives with PHP hack

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One hopes

That members of scumsec are outed and run into some of their victims down a dark alley.....

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Fake Angry Birds app makers fined £50k for shock cash suck

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Re: Fined??

Just checked - their site is on an .ru domain.

Chance of fine being paid = 0.

Of course ofcom would mention that as 'Russian malware maker given pretend fine' doesn't make the same headlines.

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Fined??

So were those responsible actually tracked down or was this 'fine' delivered in abscentia to a post box somewhere.

As other posters have said there should be prosecutions brought. I suspect the lack of them may be due to the culprits not being tracked down.

Now off to google to investigate my suppositions! Post first repent later.

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SpaceX does what it HASN'T done before: Dragon in close ISS flyby

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Go SpaceX

Feel like my parents must have watching the Lunar landings.

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Boffins cram binary data into living cells' DNA

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Meh

Re: It'll still be susceptible to viruses.

or even PCillin

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Apple design chief Jony Ive knighted - but not by the Queen

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Stop

Re: so few republicans

I'd rather have Queenie and Philip - if only for the comedy value than any of the pond scum we call politicians. Just to wind you up a bit further Im pro House of Lord too for the same reasons.

And as for throwing over the inheritance laws - good luck with that. Most of the UK would lynch you.

" know I am in the minority it makes me so sad and makes me want to leave the country."

Dont let us hold you up.

What still here?

Maybe a foreign trip would do you good - or at least educate you that there are many worse places to live.

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Ten... Mi-Fi HSPA 3G wireless mini-routers

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Re: Don't understand

Your telco can put anything they like in their contracts - as long as it is not illegal in itself. A lot of phone OSes also include functionality to tell the Telco that you are tethering. The telco's usually manage by sending you through a different APN.

Most of the Telco's have tethering clauses these days.

Interestingly enough - in contrast to the other Poster I dont believe 3 do charge extra for tether - I know they didnt up to Feb when I last used it for my ipad. It was one of the reasons I left vodafone for Three.

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Apple's trial experts are 'slavish fanbois who believe in magic'

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FAIL

Re: RE: Who but an expert ...@Vic 4

Thats rubbish. In these sort of cases the "experts" are all little better than paid for shills - whether from Samsung or Apple.

All these "experts" will have ultimately the same bias - that for folding green....

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Virgin Media mauls UK.gov for pumping millions into BT

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Much as it pains me

Im with BT on this one. For all their slurping in the trough they actually are willing to entertain new areas.

When was the last big roll out (to potential new areas) from VM.

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Sony's customisable Xperia U hits retail

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Is there even a market?

For a smartphone this compromised on Storage?

And from Sony of all people.

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Waterstones stores surrender to Amazonian invaders

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WTF?

Cutting their own throat?

Surely a deal with B&N to get the nook onboard would have been better to protect their bricks and mortar business?

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Met bobbies get CSI kit to probe perps' mobes

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Black Helicopters

attack of the mutant clippies.

I can just see the Rozzer Clippy now.

"Good Morning! What would you like to do today?"

1. Upload kiddie pron to Perps phone.

2. Upload call records and texts from Al Qaeda

3. Text "ICE- Wife" with Saucy Suzie Call.

4. Just fusck up the phone.

5. All of the above?

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Vodafone turns to AWS for cricket streaming app

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You have to admire Amazon

For all IBM's decade old wittering about Grid computing the only ones with the vision to truly implement it on a global scale were Amazon. Not the first, not the best - but close enough to both to make it a winner and have a considerable lead over the rest.

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Brit knits jumper for NASA space chicken

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Call Lester and the SPB

Someone should find out what the trigger was to capture the balloon burst. The SPB might be able to use it for Lohan.

Unless its just a video stream still of course. Even then a camera focused on the balloon with a simple contrast detection routine might be usable for Lohan.

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Yahoo! gets! $7.1bn! injection! from! Alibaba! stake! sale!

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FAIL

Way to go guys

So Yahoo are dying on their feet - albeit slowly and the best thing they can think to do with the cash from this is "return it to shareholders".

Way to go guys - god forbid you might actually use it to fund another round of investment or actually supercharge your R&D. A 700% ROI is pretty good by anyones measure.

/slowhandclap

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UK.gov: ICT in schools ain't dead, it's just resting

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Re: Can anyone give a clear text ...

Why a joke.

How many people even in IT do you know that can touch type? Yet for certain uses it can send your productivity thought the roof.

I'm sure we all know a couple of our colleagues that do the 2 finger hunt and peck.

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Call of Duty hacker behind bars after college burglary

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Re: Sadly.

Agreed why was this little toerag skiddie allowed to complete a computer course anyway. He was obviously not using anything he learnt for good.

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LOHAN starts to feel the barometric pressure

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Re: Fire at point of bursting

Isnt it even easier? Just put a strain gauge or similar on the balloon string. Strain drops to zero > 1 second - fire.

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Mobile fee dodgers will get away with enough cash to bail out Greece

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Surely

If this is a big enough problem some one can use a encryption scheme that the US cannot control? There must be strong open source versions right?

Does ITAR cover all manufacturers world wide operations? ie if I have a sales office in the US and my base station manufacturing in Timbukstan can they still clobber me?

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Child support IT fail: Deadbeat mums 'n' dads off the hook

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WTF?

why is this so hard

Sounds like they are running Access or similar as this "clerical system".

Still the base problem shouldnt be that difficult to correct. You should know when the record was created in the new system. Therefore you can go back to the old system and calculate arrears at that date, and transfer the opening balance across.

Obviously Im sure there are some subtleties not mentioned but it doesnt seem like rocket science.

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HTC phones held up at US ports after Apple patent ban

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Re: Poor HTC

Poor HTC me arse they are no better than any of the rest. Don't forget they were the shills who helped M$ screw over Sendo (an innovative british company) in the early years of Win Mob.

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Sony outs 1080p skinny laptops

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And as a bonus

The Z has a nice array of ports as well. This is what an ultrabook should be.

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Yahoo! CEO! quits! after! CV! row!

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Re: Go TPllc

Only problem there is the assumption that TPIIc were holding Yahoo to account for the sheer altruism of it instead for example because they had something to gain such as control over Yahoo's board even though they have a comparatively minor stake.

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Behind the lens of NASA's self-adapting ISS space telescope

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FAIL

Re: Adapting adaptive optics

Err paranoid much?

Did it every occur to you that the required adaptations for orbital mechanics may be completely different to those compensating for atmospheric interference?

Did it occur to you that this gets around the size requirements for getting big mirrors into orbit?

Did you notice you yourself said "reduce" atmospheric interference - not eliminate.

Did it occur that disregarding AO you can get better images in space.

Did it.....sheesh enough already.

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7.85in 'iPad Mini' said to sport retina screen

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WTF?

Not Plausible

The incremental cost of Flash is tiny compared to the gap in cost between a standard and a retina display with 4x the pixels.

I call BS.

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Best and the Rest: ARM Mini PCs

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Re: Overlooking a lot of devices

Forget tablets. Many Android phones would compete with this lot. Especially ebay'd second hand with damaged screens.

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AMD's Hondo APUs ready for Windows 8 Q4 launch - report

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Re: and still they

Not convinced.

All the APU's have going for them is graphical grunt - which gives absolutely no Edge in Ultrabooks or Tablets which are all about battery life something AMD is notoriously lousy at.

Intels process effeciency (22 vs 32 nm) and power management advantages will kill AMD in every sector of the market.

Platform advantages are spurious and transitory - Ivy Bridge is a drop in replacement for Sandy Bridge in most MB's. Besides both Intel and AMD have a history of socket changes - niether hae managed it well and arguably AMD have done it worse.

I would hesitate to call you a fanboi but those are some mighty AMD tinted specs you wear.

I would dearly love to be wrong but I dont think I am.

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Planet systems with 'hot Jupiters' PULVERISE innocent strays

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Flame

What about age

Is it possible that some hot jupiters are baby brown dwarfs and therefore form *before* the rest of the planets do? ie whilst the main star is still forming.

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Apple and Proview in talks to end IPAD dispute

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FAIL

Crucial difference

Buying something through a third party to get a good price is legal.

Selling something you had no rights to sell is fraud.

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Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7-3770K quad-core CPU

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Re: Price?

Really? Care to post some substantiation for those comments?

Without them you just look like a fanboi.

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UK's big-spender councils shovel IT workers into a skip

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Re: Serious contradiction of figures

For the purposes of accuracy most of the jobs mentioned were Outsourced NOT (necessarily)Offshored.

Now Im sure some were both - but the fact that most were done under Tupe and done less than 3 years ago suggests most are still in the UK. This is backed up by the re-hirings noted for those councils that have increased IT staff.

I have as many problems with offshoring as the next Reg reader - but I also have a problem with knee-jerk conclusions that are not supported by the data or a link. Lets not paint the picture blacker than it is.

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Apple updates iOS, mum on Wi-Fi, battery fixes

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Facepalm

Re: Broke my iPhone

Correction. Your statement should read

"Unable to comprehend that you have the fix but you dont want to apply it coz you are waiting for the magic fairies to come and make it all better."

Once you have exhausted the different USB ports/cables, different computers, fresh install of iTunes options you are left with the Aliens option.

"Nuke it from Orbit - its the only way to be sure"

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National Rail Enquiries

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Unhappy

Re: Shameless rip off

Really? When was this? I have had "UK Traintimes" on various iOS devices for at least 2-3 years and only paid once.

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Re: My recommendations

Whole heartedly agree with first para - its worth noting for instance that the Virgin Trains app lets you book any service (not just Virgins) without rooking you for the booking fee that TheTrainLine charge.

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Nokia dinged with shareholder lawsuit over poor Lumia sales

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Right idea wrong choice

Burning platforms was destruction of shareholder value.

Selling a soso smartphone isn't.

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Megan Fox fingers fondleslab in sexy store promo

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Re: Butterfly marks are going to play hell with those silk sheets.

Ok I give up - not even urban dictionary knows what butterfly marks are.

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Sage thrusts small biz tool into Microsoft Azure

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Market watching bollocks

Where is the proof that sage are shedding customers due to a poor cloudy offering.

It could just as easily be that the mass majority of them see no cloudy benefits.

Can I be the first to coin the phrase Cloudorohoea?

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Samsung shows 'designed for humans' handset

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Bloody hell!

So it watches you, and it listens to you? Presumably with a red dot in the middle of the screen at all times?

Can see it now:

"phone unlock"

"I'm sorry Dave I can't allow you to do that"

Bzzzttt!

As the massive battery is discharged into your soon to be twitching corpse.

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Suppressed data on mutant H5N1 human-killer virus PUBLISHED

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Re: Have you ever seen a virus up close?

Have you read Everfree by Nick Sagan (son of Carl) perchance?

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GCHQ's spy death riddle shines light on UK hacker war

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Re: Bizarre

What you mean just like dozens of Anonymous should have known better?

Even if it's your job it's hard to stay paranoid 100% of the time. Especially if you only want to keep things private rather than actually keep things hidden.

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Britain prepares for government by iPad

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Re: So

That depends if how they use their second iPad allowance and flip it between the rest of the family.

BTW just how many pages of a4 do you need to print to exceed the cost of an iPad?

Double btw - how long before an MP looses his iPad with something secret on it?

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Wayward footballer turns to iPod cure

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You should try understanding the Oz vs Paddy compromise rules then :)

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Nokia cries patent 'Havoc!', unleashes dogs of law on two continents

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Happy

Re: I'm guessing Nokia saw the HTC One

Hello Barry. Paranoid much?

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Sony outs its first Ultrabook

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No thanks

I'll stick with my 3 year old vaio TT. As mentioned above its one of the Expensive Sony's. Slightly thicker (23mm) than whats in vogue these days but at 11" much easier to fit in a bag/rucksack corner than a 13". Also approriate screensize for the size (same as the Naffbooks 1366 ish).

An importantly more ports than you can shake a stick at.

2 usb

Firewire 400

Memory Stick

SD

Expresscard 34

HDMI

VGA

And built like an engineering masterpiece inside with the option for Raid SSD's.

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Dell sneaks out Ivy Bridge special edition Inspirons

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WTF?

Not so Special

Why on earth did they waste time creating "special" editions of their most boring and mediocre laptops?

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

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Re: The Bell Curve

Yes but whats actually likely to be the biggest variable Ability or the Content of the course/paper.

I would assume the latter by a significant amount.

I've also seen the bell curve model work well at Uni. We had a radically different, harder course to the previous years Quantum Mechanics course and to cut a long story short the pass mark dropped to around 35% and a first could be had for about 55% if memory serves, yet the number in each of the grades were roughly the same as compared to the previous year.

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