* Posts by PaulR79

668 posts • joined 21 Aug 2009

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HTC Vive Pro virtually stripped. OK, we mean actually stripped. (It’s a VR headset, geddit?)

PaulR79

Re: Top Failure is MS Windows 10.

"Sorry, but £500+ is too expensive for this stuff. Even adjusting for inflation, that's more than the console, every controller and every game I've bought for a console, for every console I did ever own in my life."

If you haven't spent more than £500 on consoles, peripherals and games in your life then I would say you are not the target market. What you spend is your choice but in terms of total cost that is not a lot at all.

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Looking to nab Nvidia's GeForce chips? You need cash and patience

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Set a reminder for one year: don't buy any second-hand nVidia graphics cards as they're likely close to being burned out from mining.

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Yeah. I highly doubt you'll see nVidia in any Apple products for quite a while after the problems they had in a few laptops requiring those long running repair extension programs. It's currently a competition of who can be the most stubborn so I'm eager to see if they can beat my record of around 16 years with Scan for failing to honour a next day delivery order that *they* screwed up and still charged me for next day delivery despite delivering it 3 days later.

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We sent a vulture to find the relaunched Atari box – and all he got was this lousy baseball cap

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Meh

Re: Aaaahhhh come on....

@Prst. V.Jeltz

Mike, it's ok to use your real name. Tell us the truth now and get it all out.

In all seriousness why bother holding an event where you can shed no light on the problems or give any worthwhile information? Why was it delayed? Has that problem been fixed? When can it be expected? For someone in charge of it to know so little would tell me this is something to be avoided if I was even remotely interested. Which I'm not.

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Brit retailer Currys PC World says sorry for Know How scam

PaulR79

Decent experience

I see all these horror stories and I've heard them over the years but the few times I've gone to PC World (as it was then) I knew what I wanted, what it cost online and got it. There was sometimes mention of warranty extension which I declined but the store never pushed anything.

In fact I had one of the most "wow" positive experiences when buying a laptop. It was £800 for a pretty decent spec, sales guy knew which of a few had the newer CPU and it fit my budget so I took it. I don't remember why but I was looking at their site and saw the same laptop being offered with £100 cashback less than a week later. I had nothing to lose so went into the shop and pointed out I'd bought it just a week prior and asked if they could do anything about it. They refunded the original charge, redid the sale with a new receipt and printed out the thing I needed for the £100 cashback which I later got.

Is my experience unique? I doubt it but I do know that they have a terrible reputation for all the things in the comments here. I just wanted to show that although rare there are exceptions.

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It's Pi day: Care to stuff a brand new Raspberry one in your wallet?

PaulR79

Re: Dates

I always thought it funny that Americans use MM/DD except for "4th July" when they celebrate Independence Day....... by using the format we use here (UK).

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Fresh docs detail 10-year link between Geek Squad informers and Feds

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I do wonder what would happen if someone has an album on their computer of their kids and a few of them happen to be in some state of undress. Whether it's showing them playing in a bath with bubbles all over their head or covered in mud looking grumpy because you stopped them. Do they get their life turned upside down by someone only wondering what they will spend their 'reward' on?

I have no idea why you'd have pics of your own kids naked as I don't have any but those at least seem plausible to me.

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Ofcom to probe Three and Vodafone over network throttling

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Curious about Three's tethering

I'm looking forward to seeing what (if anything!) happens because there are very strict limits on tethering for me and once that allowance is used I have to wait until my next billing cycle. The limit is about 4GB a month and I rarely ever need it but if my home broadband dies as happened recently then I'm reliant on that until it's fixed.

Do I want to use tethering constantly? No. However, I would like to be able to use it without thinking, "Can I watch this video or will I run out of data on my 'unlimited' plan?" It's only made more absurd because YouTube on my phone is 4K and there are supposedly no limits on that use while it's only 1080P on my laptop which must be monitored so I don't impact others with my usage.

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Java EE renamed 'Jakarta EE' after Big Red brand spat

PaulR79
Coat

"The renaming became necessary after Oracle moved Java EE to the Eclipse Foundation, a shift it hoped would see developers become more engaged with the project."

Nothing says "we support and endorse this" quite like withholding the rights to use the name of the product upon which it's based. In their defense they really do like money.

Icon = Oracle looking for cash

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UK peers: Is this what you call governance of facial recog tech? A 'few scattered papers'!

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@Adrian 4 - That'll never catch on. Imagine how empty Parliament would be with such laws!

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Sony Xperia XZ2: High-res audio but no headphone jack

PaulR79

Re: Sony doesn't care about mobile phones

A massive 11.1mm thick and weighing 198g! Those are not negatives to me. I like my phones to feel solid and the weight isn't going to cause me to slump to one side. How is 3180mAh measly?

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PaulR79

Expensive? Compared to what?

"Where is it going wrong? One of the issues is that the high-end Xperias are expensive for consumers"

Judging by the prices shown for the previous year's phones I have to question how these are expensive when you have Samsung and Apple fighting to push the 'normal' flagship price to about £800. £550 is where most flagship phones have been for a few years now.

Is it expensive? In general and compared to a mid-range phone or a little known brand yes but for a top-tier well known brand it's priced around what I'd consider reasonable.

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RIP, Swype: Thanks for all the sor--speec--speedy texting

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Downhill with Nuance

When Nuance took over I was prepared for bad things. The first feature to go / change was one I relied on a lot. It was the loop gesture that confirmed you wanted two of whatever letter you were looping on. I know it's still there but in the past it was the clear distinction between "lose" and "loose" because if I didn't loop I got lose as the prediction.

Now I can still do the loop but even if I don't I will get the double letter prediction first almost exclusively. It's a small thing but it impacts on usability negatively. They could have made it a toggle but no they just removed it and went with the standard autocorrection method. It hasn't been the same since and I hate that because it was so good.

I've used Swype, SwiftKey, GBoard and non-swipe keyboard Fleksy. Fleksy is good but I got too lazy to type out messages one-by-one.

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Who wanted a future in which AI can copy your voice and say things you never uttered? Who?!

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Didn't Adobe do this better already?

I seem to recall Adobe demonstrating what they referred to as Photoshop for voice (jokingly, or I thought they did) that basically did what this does but better? I know they had no finished product for it at the time but I'm surprised it's taken this long for anyone to do the same thing.

Looked it up and it is called Adobe VoCo. The cutting and pasting part of the demo seemed like what I'd expect cutting and pasting an audio sample to sound like. It wasn't natural. The way they generated voice to say what they wanted was a lot more impressive.

VoCo demo on YouTube

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Microsoft ends notifications for Win-Phone 7.5 and 8.0

PaulR79
Unhappy

A lost opportunity

I've said a few times and I'll say it again - Windows Phone is / was a good platform. The bad thing is how Microsoft treated it. Instead of regular updates adding features that people wanted they treated it like Windows with big updates once a year at best. Early in Android's life they iterated quickly with features coming thick and fast and I really feel if they'd done similar that it would have had wider adoption.

The UI took a little getting used to but it was clean, quick and suffered none of the normal slowdown or jittery scrolling I'd associate with iOS and Android at the time. It's almost criminal how badly they failed with this but that's Microsoft for you. It probably didn't help that they effectively released an OS that was a dead-end with no upgrade path for phone owners in WinPho 7. Any early adopters were basically screwed in a massive way for giving it a chance. Yes, their phones still worked but most new features were only available to WinPho 8 devices.

I will miss the potential it brought with a fresh take on things. I will not miss how badly Microsoft handled it and failed users, developers and the OS by treating it like Windows in almost every way.

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Google's robo-CTRL-ALT-DEL failed, hung networks and Compute Engine for 90 minutes

PaulR79

Re: Top Failure is MS Windows 10.

The story behind Horizon: Zero Dawn is a little scary to think about in some respects but all I kept thinking was how cool the Focus was an amazing example of widespread Augmented Reality.

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Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing

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Served with dips like a lot of pizzas. The twist is that each dip is inside a normal sized Yorkshire Pudding with a free garlic soaked one in place of garlic bread.

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Meltdown/Spectre fixes made AWS CPUs cry, says SolarWinds

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Coat

Meltdown and Spectre

Were those names chosen because the increased workload would meltdown the CPUs and kill them?

I have manflu, it's the best I can do. Be gentle.

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Google's answer to the Pixel 2 XL CRT-style screen burn in: Lower the brightness

PaulR79

Physical vs on-screen

I've had phones with both over the years and my current handset, an HTC 10, has the middle ground of a navigation bar with touch sensitive buttons. Sometimes I prefer one over the other but if I don't hit a physical, touch sensitive button just right it might not register the key press. That really bothers me. Physical allows more screen to be used for everything else but can look ugly if done badly. On-screen can change to suit what you're viewing but in my experience it rarely, if ever, does.

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AMD sales soar, actually makes a profit, beats expectations, share price... decimated

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Unhappy

Intel - boo, hiss!

I wonder how many other people are similar to me. I am no fan of Intel or their shady methods but until very recently AMD have not been really able to compete on price and / or performance so while I dislike Intel I have had to stick with them. It isn't such a problem for me, the inevitable two chip motherboard before needing a new socket, but that's mainly due to me preferring a laptop.

I would really like to have given AMD my money to stick it to Intel but they just missed the boat. I needed a new laptop this month and I know what to expect from the Intel and nVidia combination in that form factor.

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Blade Runner 2049: Back to the Future – the movies that showed us what's to come

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Blade Runner = Syndicate Wars for me

I always loved the atmosphere of Blade Runner and the world it helped create in my mind. Syndicate Wars gave me a massive dose of what I had imagined for this world. I wonder if I'm alone in pairing the two together in such a way. The disappointing FPS version is something I try to forget happened since it changed the feel by making it feel too generic.

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Microsoft fixing Windows 10 'stuttering' bugs in Creators Update

PaulR79

Disabled update service before "Creator's Update"

Knowing that MS decided their product could do no wrong I disabled the update service after I installed 10. I'd enable it monthly to update before switching it off again. I managed to avoid the massive cock-up that was the endless boot loop doing this and felt it justified my choice. When I heard about the junk being pushed and privacy being torn out in the Anniversary Update I disabled it before it was pushed out.

As of today I still haven't enabled it again and while I worry about bugs and unpatched exploits I feel less worried about those than MS and their updates. Congratulations MS! You've made it so even people with legitimate versions of your software don't want to update it.

I yearn for the day that a viable alternative to play games on becomes available. Linux is not viable, I don't want to spend as much time configuring the game as I do playing it. I have nothing against Linux but it is not a substitute for Windows when it comes games. It's come a long way but it still isn't going to cut it for me.

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Ad blocking basically doesn't exist on mobile

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Facepalm

Stupid ad hurlers haven't learned - repeating history

I'm going to start blocking ads on mobile and the sites only have themselves to blame just as it started with desktop browser ads.

Sites that have advertising need to have a basic understanding that if I go to their site for any reason it's probably not the best idea to obscure 95% of my view with a random "STAY INFORMED" or other junk pop-up when I land. If I'm at the site for an article I don't mind scrolling past some ads and I don't generally mind video ads either UNTIL they start automatically playing, unmuted and / or follow me when I scroll. Two things will happen the instant any of these things happen.

1. I close the page and find what I wanted elsewhere, or do without.

2. I block *ALL* ads everywhere because I've had enough of this crap just as I did with desktop ads years ago.

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Virgin Media broadband latency headaches still not fixed six months on

PaulR79

Re: Bye bye Virgin

Give them a call and see if you can get your bill down. They do keep raising them and it's a point that made me finally call them to discuss why new customers could get better deals. By the end of that call the bill was almost half what it was prior and by almost I mean around 48%. It doesn't solve the latency issues but you might get extra off until this is fixed. It's worth a shot if you're still thinking of staying.

I guess I'm lucky in that I still have an old SuperHub 2.

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G20 calls for 'lawful and non-arbitrary access to available information' to fight terror

PaulR79
Big Brother

Re: Top Failure is MS Windows 10.

“You must ensure that these dark places can be illuminated by the law so that the freedoms you hold dear will not be stripped away by criminals your technologies have made undetectable.”

When I fear governments stripping away my freedoms far more than any potential criminals and they don't realise this / don't care about this (delete as applicable) it's time to seriously look into as much encryption as possible without adding too much burden to myself. Nothing to fear, nothing to hide bullshit in the extreme.

"Trust us, we have your best interests in mind." If that were true the world would be a far better place. Greed rules, greed and power.

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Russian RATs bite Handbrake OSX download mirror

PaulR79

Re: *smug grin*

@Martin an gof I think the connection itself is broken on the motherboard as no amount of holding that ribbon against it will le it see the drive any longer. I have since tried a replacement cable and that too proved fruitless. I appreciate the idea though.

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Trollface

*smug grin*

"the note states. Windows users aren't affected."

I'm just glad this is actually a thing. How many other WIndows users are happy? HANDS UP!

Seriously though it made me do one of those short "hah" noises through my nose. I'm stuck in Linux running on a USB key after I broke my laptop's HDD cable retention clip. Feel free to laugh at me.

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We're not saying we're living in a simulation but someone's simulated the universe in a computer

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"To create a simulated world this big requires a beefy supercomputer. Piz Daint, at Centro Svizzero di Calcolo Scientifico, Switzerland's national supercomputing center, used over 4,000 Nvidia Tesla P100 16GB GPUs running for about 80 hours."

But can it run Crysis at maximum settings at 60fps in 4k?

An old one, yes, but I tried to keep it relevant with the 60 fups and the forekay!

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Going to Mars may give you cancer, warns doc

PaulR79

BodyOS needs updating

“We learned the damaged cells send signals to the surrounding, unaffected cells and likely modify the tissues’ microenvironments. Those signals seem to inspire the healthy cells to mutate, thereby causing additional tumors or cancers,” Cacao said.

That's just terrible design right there. We need to update BodyOS so that cells just do their fricken job and stop trying to be more than they are. Limit their ability to talk to others by enclosing them in 'protective' cubes and keep them there for a minimum period of time while observed by a sort of manager cell. When they show signs of illness and ageing or wanting to leave they are eliminated and replaced with new, younger and corruption-free cells.

Wait... I lost track of what I was thinking. I'm going to lie down.

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US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations

PaulR79

Re: Where will this end?

Ohhhh Viennaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

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Vodafone loses €6bn mainly due to Indian biz writeoff

PaulR79

Well deserved performance

I have only bad memories of Vodafone. The high prices and the condescending store staff who wouldn't even look up from what they were doing when talking to me are just two of my own experiences with them.

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Android O-mg. Google won't kill screen hijack nasties on Android 6, 7 until the summer

PaulR79
FAIL

Taking permissions away is bad

"However, this soon caused problems, as this permission is also used by legitimate apps, such as Facebook, which requires it for its Messenger chat heads feature. Since most users won’t be able to approve the permission manually, such apps could be hurt by it."

I'm sorry but I fail to see the loss here. Here's a thought. If it was impacted they could update their app so it can see if the permission is granted and if it isn't then it points the user to a page where they can read how to give it permission. Instead we've got one door wide open for a few apps that were abusing the feature to begin with.

As someone that uses Google stuff a lot I'm amazed at how short-sighted this 'solution' is to the problem. I'm annoyed that they are seemingly fine with this being left alone until the next version. I couldn't care less if this wiped Facebore off the face of the planet but clearly a bunch of people having to pull down a notification shade to chat is more problematic than a gaping hole in your OS.

I have a solution. Tell Facebore et al to go die in a hole, release patches where possible and promptly give access to documentation on permissions and what they mean. I've thought for a long time now that every app should clearly explain why it needs each permission before you grant it access at install time. Those who get caught by bad malware and scams will ignore it and click accept as they always do (and suffer for it) but everyone else gets to see what they are allowing apps to do. I'd also make it clear that any app update must come with a changelog and not just "Bug fixes and performance improvements".

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Microsoft sparks new war with Google with, er, $999+ lappies for kids

PaulR79
Facepalm

Windows 10 S RT

Let's just call it what it is in all but name. If it's locked to using the Windows Store that is a stupid restriction but could possibly be argued that it's to ensure security. That would be a lot more believable if the thing didn't cost the same as a good gaming laptop with the specs of an average £300 laptop.

It's crazy just how badly a company can mess things up so consistently and still be in business. Any other company would have died after one or two of Microsoft's multibillion dollar failures.

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iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war

PaulR79
Mushroom

Thanks, Apple!

I got back from the shops earlier with a bag of apples and was about to eat one while checking The Register. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be pears! I marched straight back to the shop and demanded satisfaction. It turns out that they didn't know either. I sense there is a greater scam at large and without the fastidious lawyers of Apple we'd never know.

Dear lawyers,

I know you get paid a ridiculous amount of money and know all sorts of obscure verbage in the hopes of confusing those less knowledgeable but it just makes me want to shout at you to speak plain English. I hate you. In the article there is a migraine inducing quote that seems to be saying, "If a person sees this pear shaped logo it'll make them think of Apple". That's perhaps true but it doesn't make any normal person's mind also deduct that they are the same. That's even ignoring that THEY ARE A MAPPING COMPANY.

Can it be Friday already? Please?!

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Another ZX Spectrum modern reboot crowdfunder pops up

PaulR79

Re: Not doubt..

Yes! How dare they expect something they paid for with a clear indication of an expected shipping date. Outrageous.

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Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

PaulR79
Stop

Re: Top Failure is MS Windows 10.

No no no no no. That simply will not do. The number 3 spot belongs solely to Windows ME.

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Nintendo Switch orders delayed: Dun dun dun... dundundun dundundun dadada!

PaulR79
Coat

Re: The Register has asked Nintendo for a comment.

Why would Apple be able to comment on Nintendo's products?

I'm going, I'm going!

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Samsung, the Angel of Death: Exploding Note 7 phones will be bricked

PaulR79

Re: Bring back the customer replaceable battery.

As someone else pointed out the battery is not the issue. They were replaced with other manufacturer's batteries and still had issues because the space around the battery is too small. The battery is not the issue, the size of the battery compartment is the problem. The only feasible fix I could see would be a physically smaller battery but I imagine after two failures Samsung just decided to kill the whole line as trust in their product was gone.

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Stop

Those keeping devices are fools at best

From what I've read and seen it is a case of "when", not "if" a Note 7 will combust. The space left around the battery for thermal expansion (correct term to use here?) is so tiny that eventually the battery will fail. Some have gone sooner than others, some may take a day whereas others may last a day or less.

There is a huge and very real risk and anyone that wants to keep their phone is being very foolish. I realise all phones are potentially explosive if the battery is pierced or damaged significantly but that is not the same as risk as merely using or charging. If I was Samsung I would push the update onto all devices with no user opt-out. There are consumer rights and there are safety concerns. I would hope that any drama lovers bringing consumer rights into it would be ignored in favour of the safety concerns.

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Five-a-day energy drink habit turned chap's eyes yellow, urine dark, caused anorexia

PaulR79

Shocked, I am!

"even five a day can hammer the liver."

Damn.. I guess it's back to only four a day for me.

Seriously, who would ever say "only five" or "just five" a day is healthy? I used to drink 2x 330ml cans of Coke or Pepsi a day for a long, long time but I always understood that the sugar and acids in the drinks was bad for me. I have perhaps 1 - 2x 500ml bottles a week now and mostly drink a lot more water or diluted juice. I don't drink tea or coffee*.

*I know how weird that must be for so many to see.

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Virgin Media boss warns Brexit could hamstring broadband investment

PaulR79

Price rises again then?

As they've increased prices a few times already this year with another due in November I can safely assume that this means yet another soon after in the new year. The 'value' in the offering is starting to get very thin on the ground for me. They can increase my broadband as much as they want. I somehow doubt that if they freeze speed increases they will also freeze price increases.

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Third of Donald Trump's debate deplorables are mindless automatons

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Coat

Typo in title

If it's about bots surely they're not deplorables but deployables?

I'm going already, let me code myself out using my well honed programming skills.

10 PRINT exit

20 GOTO 10

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Cyanogen mods self away from full Android alternative

PaulR79
Mushroom

Long may their downfall continue

I was a user of CyanogenMod from the G1 but it increasingly took on a "we know best" mentality up to the millions of <currency> they received when they launched as a company. It always felt like taking advantage of a massive amount of contributions and trying to profit off them and the whole OnePlus mess left a sour taste that will never go away for me. It's a shame because at one point it was the only way I would consider rooting and installing a custom ROM.

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Hubble telescope spies massive 'cannonballs' of fire from dying star

PaulR79
Boffin

Some massively advanced technology at work turning two stars into a limited use plasma gun capable of destroying entire planets in one shot. That or they're playing a stellar game with plasma balls we couldn't possibly comprehend.

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Apple guilty in iPhone ringtone patent rip-off battle with Sony, Nokia

PaulR79

"That led to another trial in which Apple argued [PDF] that the telephone ring patent was invalid because it was too vague."

Good one, Apple! There I was thinking you lot had no sense of humour and you prove me wrong.

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Google GPS grab felt like a feature, was actually a bug

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@bazza "Just as acquisitive? Maybe, but then TomToms don't show ads to you whilst your driving or once you've got there."

I would really like to see proof of this. I have never seen an ad when using Google Maps for navigation or at the end of the route. If you're just making stuff up then I'd ask, why? You only make your other points less valid.

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Forget Khan and Klingons, Star Trek's greatest trick was simply surviving

PaulR79

New series

From what little I've read it seems that the new series is set between the events of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Given what that means I am very much looking forward to it. The potential is there for a lot of touchy engagements with the Klingons as well as other threats of the time. The 50th anniversary has really given me an appetite for more Star Trek after not caring about it much because of the alternate timeline films.

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Florida Man's prized jeep cremated by exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7

PaulR79
Mushroom

Re: In the UK it isn't on sale yet.

@DougS and others regarding the battery source.

I'm surprised that you and others are unaware of the source but it is indeed as you thought. Samsung made the majority of the batteries (around 70% I've read) and they are indeed the self-immolating ones whereas the Chinese non-Samsung manufactured batteries are fine. I had a quiet chuckle to myself about the usual "cheap Chinese import crap" and fire safety when I discovered it was Samsung at fault.

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Retired Philae lander slouches on Comet 67P

PaulR79

Re: Wher Matt 21e's the Trickle Down?

@Matt 21 I can confirm this theory from my extensive testing (1 experience). I lost my disc for a PlayStation 2 game, I can't remember what it was but I looked in all the places I thought it should be with no success. I gave in and bought a used copy for not much money and found the misplaced disc within a day after having looked on and off for a month.

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