* Posts by David Paul Morgan

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Radiohead hides ZX Spectrum proggie in OK Computer re-release

David Paul Morgan

Re: C90 cassette, as that medium was the dominant way? No!

good old OPD/QL

We had one briefly in our office, as our junior operator 'inherited' one from an uncle in BT [cough]

we had a lot of fun with it - the precursor of things we take for granted today, but do via our pocketslabs

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Wowee, it's Samsung's next me-too AI gizmo: The Apple HomePod

David Paul Morgan

Re: Mono?

doesn't matter for google home.

you just say "hey google, play bbc radio 4 on lounge" and the sound goes through my sound bar,

or "... on Kitchen" to play on the kitchen stereo brick

These things work better as part of their own eco-system.

For listening to radio in the morning "hey google, play planet rock radio (on itself)" the sound is fine when pottering about.

Presumable, the Apple device will not play well with others?

Now, is there such a combination chromecast led speaker light bulb..?

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TVs are now tablet computers without a touchscreen

David Paul Morgan
Unhappy

my hdmi chain 'broke' sort-of

my fairly old panasonic hdtv is basically plugged only into the sony sound bar.

It has three hdmi inputs: humax freesat, PS3/blueray & 2xhdmi chromecast/multi-region-DVD (which PS does not do).

However, do NOT try and play back a 3-D film in the PS3 as it doesn't come up on the TV.

The sound-bar correctly handshakes with the PS3 and says "3-D? OK"

however, the TV is old enough to not know about 3-D hdmi, so you get sound but no picture.

ho hum.

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Up close with the 'New Psion' Gemini: Specs, pics, and genesis of this QWERTY pocketbook

David Paul Morgan

Re: $600

... perhaps, if the concept gets 'leaked' to the lower brand Chinese manufacturers, they might turn up on ebay etc for < £$€250 ?

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David Paul Morgan

I'd like one of these

or at least an up-to date version.

http://cdn2.knowyourmobile.com/sites/knowyourmobilecom/files/styles/insert_main_wide_image/public/Array/clie03.jpg?itok=fB69QE2U

well, maybe call it the Sony Xperia Flip - Nougat or 'Oreo' o/s,

microSD slot and hdmi / chromecast output and 'sync' to your cloud of choice.

The windows 10 version could be called the Sony Vaio Flip (yes, I know they sold /that/ brand...

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UK's Virgin Media subscribers suffer fresh email blocking misery

David Paul Morgan

old NTL world here...

I had several NTLWorld accounts, which were subsequently transferred to Virgin Media (still with the old NTLWorld.Com domain).

Unfortunately they managed to lose 3 of the sub-mailboxes and finally managed to lock me out of the prime account - so I can manage my virgin statements, but I can't 'manage' my own e-mail sub-accounts.

I've given up and moved my seperate accounts to gmail.com, outlook.com and , yes, yahoo.co.uk who all, surprisingly, seem to have pretty good anti-spam/phishing policies.

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Annoyingly precocious teen who ruined Trek is now an asteroid

David Paul Morgan

when his marquis ship was blown up in Caretaker...

... who saved his mystical prayer wheel/carpet/stones/flute?

Or where they in his backpack..?

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David Paul Morgan

Re: Blame the EU?

I blame the Universal Translator.

I love the way it 'fails' and people who are dying, seem to utter their dying phrases in their native language. (DS9, the hispanic guy who gets shot, for example).

Best use: when Julian Bashir switches it OFF to analyse a cardassian conference with his guest geniuses.

Also, when the Ferengi are back on earth causing the roswell incident, and they have to reboot using a hairpin.

Whuich then begs the question, where does Odo keep his universal translator/communicator...

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Amazon files patent for 'Death Star' flying warehouse

David Paul Morgan
Coat

Amazon (Cloud) Base

Gerry Anderson Lawyers, line one!

or Skyship One from the film...

https://goo.gl/images/f8iYnH

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2016: The Rise of the Intelligent (cloud) Machines

David Paul Morgan
Terminator

Re: A.I. could free humanity... @W Donelson

upvote for the acronym I.AM.IN.LOVE

IntelAIgent Machines in Live Operational Virtual Environments,

:-)

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Blue sky basic income thinking is b****cks

David Paul Morgan
Facepalm

Re: Mixed feelings

we've been talking about this really since the late 70's / Early 80's.

What could have been an opportunity to use automation and re-skilling to share the benefits of a more 'leisured society' became the selfish race to the bottom of Thatcherism/Reaganomics. We know now that pure unfettered capitalism will NOT filter down benefits to the less fortunate, less able and less skilled. (ironic that manual labour and ditch digging still has not been fully automated, but many middle class 'white collar' skills have!).

In terms of 'the work shy' there will always be a very very small number that don't want to participate. let them. we can carry a small amount of slack. However, my issue with a fixed income is that it's too crude. I would suggest 'negative income tax' and scrap all other allowances and benefits.

eg. Everyone would have a 'tax code' which would factor in their circumstances. In order to bring them 'up to' a level of income guaranteeing a level of dignity in society, they would receive the correct 'negative income tax' in their payslip. Then, as they are able or skilled to take on more work, eventually, they would get to the 'zero' point and then as their income increases, then 10k @5%, up to 25k @10% etc up to 50% 'private' income tax bands. A better continuum.

This would all require a re-negotiation of "the social contract". what does industry expect from society (workforc & politics) - what do the workforce expect from their governments? I think at the moment, no-one knows their roles and are too confrontational, rather than cooperative - and in the UK 9& USA?) our political system is 'adversarial' rather than altruistic.

Of course, underlining this is the fact that we have way to big a population to sustain any of this. An elephant in the room, consuming resources. We need a big push to encourage population shrinkage - especially in the more resource-hungry rich 'west' and as a way to improve people's standard of living in poorer countries.

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Basic income after automation? That’s not how capitalism works

David Paul Morgan
Coat

Re: Errrm

there's a phrase in economics - something called 'inferior' goods?

anyway, certain products become so inexpensive to make, that, theoretically, at zero 'cost' goods should tend to 'infinite consumption'. clearly, if bread is 'zero' there's only so much you can 'consume'.

For TV's, as an example, the key here was the technology and the patents. When europe switched to colour, Philips, Thorn et.al. kept hold of the PAL patents, allowing Europe to keep its manufacturing base. Hence, Philips, Ferguson (Thomson, JVC [J2T]) and (yes!) Sony TV's made in europe. (at one time, Sony near Bridgend made most of their Trinitrons for the euro market here). However, come flatscreen and HD, all the TV's are made in China and Korea.

Once a 'good' becomes a commodity, then yes, you can own 2, 3 or 4 at low cost, but they quickly reach saturation point. But, 'robots', to quote Henry Ford, don't buy cars - people do.

I've forgotten my point now...

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iPhone fatigue and fading Samsung. This planet is bored with big brand phones

David Paul Morgan

I've recently 'jumped ship'...

... long time Sony-Ericsson/Sony for handsets.

I've just sold on my Xperia Z3 Compact (superb, btw) and my daily driver is now the OnePlus Three. (My other daily driver is the dual sim Doogee X5Pro which was £65 on ebay and runs the Good for Enterprise mail client, for work).

My partner will be picking up his Pixel tomorrow (Sat) as he's taken the Google Shilling. We'll sell on his Xperia Z3C too.

We will continue to use our Z2 & Z4 tablets which are very very good.

Clearly, the market is now mature/saturated and, for android at least, the market has become commodity.

"what features do you want, what software do you need, how much are you prepared to pay?"

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Good God, we've found a Google thing we like – the Pixel iPhone killer

David Paul Morgan

Re: DUAL SIM

have you checked out the One+ Three?

I'm very tempted. 64GB internal, too.

I'm torn over this, I really am.. :-(

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David Paul Morgan

Re: You had me at...

I know a lot of people like cabled headphones, but I havn't used them since my Xperia Z1C and my Sony noise-cancelling bluetooth headphones. NFC tap-to-play - brilliant.

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David Paul Morgan

Re: Clearly...

OTG and a memory stick.

Which is why I'm now seriously considering either the oneplus 3 (or will stump up for the 128GB version of the Pixel).

32GB is a bit too small for me.

I like the way that this model shuffles your full quality pictures into Google Photos.

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A year living with the Nexus 5X – the good, the bad, and the Nougat

David Paul Morgan

Re: But why did they use USB-C?

I like MHL/HDMI output as I like to plug my Xperias into the TV.

The One+ Three does not support MHL. Is it a USB-C 'thing'?

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Paper mountain, hidden Brexit: How'd you say immigration control would work?

David Paul Morgan

Re: Simple is best

West Berlin might have been a better analogy.

Or 'turn UK into East Germany'?

It was West Berlin that was 'cut off' from the main part of Germany.

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David Paul Morgan

Re: Simple is best

NI can just join Ireland - NI/UK citizens are already allowed to be Irish Republic citizens. Good Friday agreements etc.

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No, the VCR is not about to die. It died years ago. Now it's VHS/DVD combo boxes' turn

David Paul Morgan

later models had rgb/s-vhs connections

I had this:

"There was a Philips Matchline S-VHS machine (VR813) from the early nineties that could be set to output RGB in the setup menu. The picture in RGB wasn't that great as it tended to enhance the flaws in the VHS format (such as poor blue colour reproduction and dot crawl etc).

It was quite a feature packed machine in its day, as it also had an on-board Fastext decoder, which meant it could record and play back subtitles and teletext pages from S-VHS recordings. You could even use it to set timer recordings via Ceefax by selecting the desired program with a cursor"

which was able to supply RGB to my Philips TV

It also had the 'S' connector https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S-Video

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David Paul Morgan

Re: I think I was waiting for the VHS to be invented!

Mackross was off queen street - became Allders? Sort of where Halifax BS/Queens Arcade entrance is now.

defo not Maskreys - now also recently gone, I think.

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David Paul Morgan

I think I was waiting for the VHS to be invented!

I remember when I saw a demo of the Philips 1500 in Mackross (sp) Cardiff when I was 11 - 1972

http://www.rewindmuseum.com/philips.htm

When I asked my dad when we were getting one, he said "no chance".

Fast Forward (see what I did there?) to very early eighties and I was home for christmas - either Dec 1980 or 1981. My cousin worked for DER and my dad had managed to 'borrow' a Fergusson 3v22 from him (purple clock, big piano keys, tapes £15/E-180.)

We liked it so much, we went shopping at the weekend and came home with an Hitachi VT8000 vhs. It had nice silver touch-solenoid controls and the air-damped eject tray 'sighed' when you ejected the casssette.

so, for a while, we had 2 VHS recorders! the bees knees or what - one in each lounge.

You had to leave a £50 cheques as a deposit when you rented a film from one of the VHS rental boutiques. I think the first one we rented was Carrie! happy days

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David Paul Morgan

Re: Actually VCRs still exist

The other industrial derivative was Hawkeye or M-Wrap.

While the Hawkeye uses the same size cassette as VHS, it incorporated new circuit technology, etc. The wrap had at times been referred to as “M” wrap.

Also, VHS is short for "Video Home System"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VHS

hence, "I'll record that on the VHS"

(in the USA, they seemed to use VCR - Video cassette Recorder?)

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Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

David Paul Morgan
Coat

Re: Nahh, the old Star Trek was for nerds...

that's this one: The Game

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Game_(Star_Trek:_The_Next_Generation)

bet there have been a few treasure hunt episodes.

eg The Chase where they hunt DNA fragments in competition with Romulans, Cardassians and Klingons (Oh My)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chase_(Star_Trek:_The_Next_Generation)

or Gambit, where Picard does his archaological pirate bit looking for a vulcan/romulan artifact?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gambit_(Star_Trek:_The_Next_Generation)

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Steve Jobs, MS Office, Israel, and a basic feature Microsoft took 13 years to install

David Paul Morgan
Happy

and then there's Yiddish too!

Written RTL but a transliterated germanic language!

Yiddish גוּט טַק אִים בְּטַגְֿא שְ וַיר דִּיש מַחֲזוֹר אִין בֵּיתֿ הַכְּנֶסֶתֿ טְרַגְֿא

Transliterated gut tak im betage se vaer dis makhazor in beis hakneses trage

Translated May a good day come to him who carries this prayer book into the synagogue.

(from Wikipaedia)

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Apple's 'lappable' iPad Pro concept is far from laughable

David Paul Morgan
Coat

5 word question

Where is the mouse pad?

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Dutch students serve up world's first 'drone café'

David Paul Morgan
Pint

As a regular visitor to Amsterdam...

I sincerely hope it never gets introduced here

http://cafegollem.nl/raamsteeg/

or here!

http://beertemple.nl/

to name just two of my favourite watering holes!

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3D printers set for lift off? Yes, yes, yes... at some point in the future

David Paul Morgan

In a post-oil economy...

Each neighbourhood would have its own replication units, where consumer goods could be fabricated from bio-materials, sourced locally.

I don't see the requirement for domestic units, but on industrial and commercial business parks, it could work.

Some raw materials could come from recycled rubbish from the Council with electricity coming from wind, solar, tide and Energy-From-Waste plants.

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Contactless payments come to in-flight entertainment units

David Paul Morgan

how about...

getting the programming supplied by Google, Netflix or Amazon and being able to use your existing account (commission to go to the airline).

HOWEVER, I'd expect the quality to be seriously better than the crap screens available atm.

Ideal use for in-flight VR headsets?

(however, on the budget airlines: pay-and-display seating. coin-operated oxygen masks [Oh, you'd like to /breathe/ during the flight, sir?] )

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Google tried to be funny, cocked it up, everyone thought it was a bug

David Paul Morgan
FAIL

I don't get it.

what does it mean?

the phrase 'mic drop' I mean.

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Apple stuns world with Donald Trump iPhone

David Paul Morgan
Happy

Re: Good phone makers start to recognize there's a market for 4" devices...

when I was between handsets, I had to use my HTC Desire - too small for me now, (He's 55, you know...?) if compared to my Z1Compact & now Xperia Z3 Compact, which seems to be the optimum.

It just seems to me that all iDevices are the 'wrong shape' somehow.

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One in five PCs will be a tablet with detachable keyboard by 2020

David Paul Morgan

Re: To be fair

it's horses for courses.

I had the transformer tf101 and my partner had a tf201.

I always used mine undocked and he used his docked.

I now use my Xperia Z2 occasionally with the 'sort of matching' PS3 keyboard and my partner uses his Z4 with the matching keyboard as a mini-laptop - he does a lot of typing on the train.

I've been using my trust asus 1050 , but upgraded it to Win7/SSD and now win10.

I think my next PC will be a Win10, but 12" screen combo.

It really depends on what applications you want to use and that determines the platform.

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LG builds a DAB+ digital radio radio into a smartmobe

David Paul Morgan
Go

Re: Bad for the Consumer

... but if you use the Amazon music player, then anything you buy as CD becomes available in your prime cloud library?

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David Paul Morgan
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Re: DAB would have some great potential if you get propper equipment

I love DAB for the extra stations.

Yes, I'm disappointed that the PVR functions have not become widely available.

The DAB stations like BBC 6 Music and Planet Rock have actually encouraged me to buy more music - and on vinyl, no less.

I have a Pure portable DAB which I use when out and about, rather than use data.

I think this LG proposal is quite interesting. I've certainly used the built-in FM radios on my HTC and Sony handsets.

Most useful is the 'listen again' functionality in the BBC Radio and individual stations 'apps' for the shows you've missed. sort of makes live recording redundant...

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$17 smartwatch sends something to random Chinese IP address

David Paul Morgan

Re: It's the app that leaks, right?

Beware of leaks bearing gifs?

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Apple hasn't announced the new iPhone 5SE and pundits already hate it

David Paul Morgan
Happy

Re: The 5C was different

I agree. the Z1/Z3 compact screen size is 'right' for me.

I had to go back to using my HTC Desire 3.7in screen when between handsets and it was way too small (or I'm getting older as I need my reading glasses to view all the screens these days!)

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Microsoft buys SwiftKey, Britain's 'stealthiest software startup'

David Paul Morgan
Happy

call me old-fashioned

but Swype and (Palm) Graffiti are my favourites.

I can get quite a speed up with a stylus and graffiti

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You've seen things people wouldn't believe – so tell us your programming horrors

David Paul Morgan

My first "real job" mess-up

My first job from college was as 'junior operator/programmer' for a carpet manufacturer. My manager was a fearsome ex Midland Bank executive - she was good as gold once I got to know her - and my technical manager Bob, was a really cool ex USAF guy from Colorado.

I was responsible for the end of day and lunchtime orders consolidation batchwork.

ICL ME29 a bit like this https://www.flickr.com/photos/wades_world/4385072758/ with EDS-80 'exchangeable' disk packs for backup. (72MB formatted!!!!)

Anyway, I'd inherited the JCL and CL command files. The command to backup to disc was CRAFTSEC and the command to restore the files was CRAFTREST - note that you can type them with the left hand...

Of course, on the afternoon shift, I typed CRAFTREST instead of CRAFTSEC and overwrote the afternoons data files.

Fortunately, I was able to restore the lunchtime backup and 'roll forward' the afternoons TPMS transaction log files! (once I'd worked out how the system hung together - phew...)

Needless to say, I changed the names of the commands to something harder to type and rewrote the content to something a little more robust on the checking.

Nice machines the ME29's.

reset - enter - load - enter

to reboot it.

LD #ABCD

GO 21

to start a program from the console!

8" floppy discs for loading microcode updates and for me to keep copies of my COBOL programs!

I have a lot of respect for the old-school ICL engineers. The South Wales guys were bonkers, and great company. They really knew how to look after the hardware and the customers.

[sigh] I still miss my ICL VME Series39 machines too! but that's another day...

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David Paul Morgan
Alert

Re: rm -rf /etc /bin /usr

yep, done that one.

We had a set of near identical ICL DRS TeamServers same monitors, same chassis etc.

I was housekeeping on machine-a , turned around and was distracted by something, turned back and ran the rm command on the machine-b (I think it was development housing allocation, so not production, phew).

but, yes, was able to boot from the tape cartridge and recover from the most recent backup!

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Boeing just about gives up on the 747

David Paul Morgan
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nostalgia ahoy!

This reminds me of my first 747 experience.

I'd won a competition prize-draw for a trip to India.

1993, I think.

My mother and I were 'VIP' guests of the Gov. of India tourist board and our Air-India flight was on a very new 747-400.

The interior surfaces were decorated with a traditional flower design and when the inflight monitor/displays were not in use, they used the same motifs as on-screen wallpaper, which I thought was a nice touch.

I've been on a few El-Al 747's since and a Heathrow to San Francisco but it's the Air India flight that sticks in my mind.

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Friends Reunited to shut down. What do you mean, 'is it still going?'

David Paul Morgan
Happy

Funny things, social networking sites

I reckon one of the first 'modern' sites was out "out in the UK" which became "out everywhere" and was primarily for gay mane, at the time. Emphasis was on going out and meeting people via "coffee posses" which were very popular ISTR. All this was soon after 1995. It too has died a death mainly due to (a) Facebook & (b) hand-held dating apps.

I am in contact with quite a few of my primary and secondary school friends on Facebook.

The nicest part is definitely the old photos. Most of the nastiness seems to have gone as peopkle have mellowed with age :-)

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DEAD MAN'S SOCKS and other delightful gifts from clients

David Paul Morgan

when 'on strike' working for a local authority...

during day 2 of a three day strike, we had a powercut in our area.

Naturally, when I received the telephone call, I did NOT reload their IDMS/TPMS systems.

However, I had to pop into my local pharmacy to pick up my prescription...

The locum on duty was an older retired chap and it was not his pharmacy.

They had an Amstrad CPC computer that they used for printing the labels for the medicine - not working after the power came back-on.

I said I'd take a look, otherwise I couldn't have my medicine.

Fortunately, I was able to restart his amstrad, start the labelling program and get my label printing for my medicine.

As a reward, he gave me a bottle of aftershave, that we was going to put out as a tester! Quids In!

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Microsoft shelves 'suicidal' Android-on-Windows plan

David Paul Morgan

Virtual 'Droid?

I'm sure I ran a version of ICS in a VMWare player VM on my 2003 laptop.

If anyone has a dire need to do this, then build a VM or just get a 65GBP Lollipop Smartphone off eBay (other online retailers available)

I am seriously considering getting a transforming Win10 laptop. As long as the common apps are available (facebook, twitter etc) then why bother porting...

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Microsoft is about to launch a UK store within a store

David Paul Morgan
Happy

another vote for CPW here

Dixon group / Carphone Warehouse would be ideal.

They already manage stores on behalf of Samsung.

The high street really needs to have more shop-window/demo space to advertise the goods and services, which people can then buy online.

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Smartphone boutique OnePlus reveals another model you can’t get

David Paul Morgan

Re: Stock android

SWIFT in stock. STORM more stock 4 days...

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Top boffin Freeman Dyson on climate change, interstellar travel, fusion, and more

David Paul Morgan
Happy

Re: Scientists - Dyson 'sphere'

Also name-checked in Larry Niven's "Ringworld" - which is a cut-down Dyson sphere as a 'strip' and also in a joint work with Gregory Benford - and this one is truly awesome!

http://us.macmillan.com/shipstar/gregorybenford

their hemispherical Dyson 'sphere' the self-propelled ShipStar

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Sony phone chief vows to keep losing money forever and ever

David Paul Morgan

Re: Would be a shame too

follow-up.

My Z1C was discharging and not charging properly from the micro-usb.

Went into Carphone Warehouse (18months into 24 month contract)

unfortunately(!) they could not repair OR replace the Z1C, so I had to have a Z3C instead :-)

only realised when we tried to fit the nano sim into the micro-sim slot!

(replaced gratis as I was still under warranty with CPW)

I might still get a pair of Z5C's in March, though...

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David Paul Morgan

Re: Would be a shame too

we have a pair of Z1C Xperias at home. Did almost all our hokliday snaps & videos with them last year. I have the Z2 Tablet and it's great.

I don't have an upgrade until next March, so I hope they'll be around long enought for the Z5 compact! Especially if they persue the minimal Android skinning plan.

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David Paul Morgan
Happy

Re: Z3C owner here

LOL - my emergency backup and travel-sim handset is my trust HTC Desire (aka Bravo?) but with CM7 installed. Tough as old boots and works well as a roaming wifi hotspot. (see above for Xperia comments)

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Wileyfox smartphones: SD card, no bloatware, Cyanogen, big battery – yes to all!

David Paul Morgan
Go

Re: Say it is true

I have "registered my interest".

The price is very right, the features look good.

Very very tempted.

I hope that it supports OTG interface, so you can plug in external memory, keyboard etc and use it with an HDMI TV.

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