* Posts by Neil 6

58 publicly visible posts • joined 15 Jun 2009


Radiohead goes out on a limb with 'newspaper album'

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Dead Vulture

Did you even look at the website?


If you pay £30 for the newspaper album it includes the MP3 or WAV download

So they are not asking for you to pay for it twice.

Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 - what's in it for you?

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Thumb Down


SBS2003 was a sound product, it provided a great set of tools for up to 75 users. Coupled with Backup Exec and a good hardware warranty you had all bases covered.

SBS2008 increased the license costs, and the hardware demands making it less affordable, and now 2011 requires 10gb RAM and a quad core CPU?

MS need to get back to basics. What does a small office need? File sharing, email and a good backup. This latest move serves only to push people to exploring other options.

Gamers demand CoD: Black Ops money back

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I'm starting my own petition...

...Paperboy on my Amstrad is nowhere near as good as on my friends Spectrum. Waaaah!

Why Microsoft is Acorn and Symbian is the new CP/M

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You're comparisons fall over with MSX. Microsoft led the MSX project. In the mobile world MS are working on Windows Phone 7, and not competitors OS's.

Brits say 'no, no, no' to 3D TV

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Save me Dirk...

...it's only a matter of time before Dragons Lair in 3D* is released. They love flogging that particular horse.

*the original, not Dragons Lair 3D.

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We all know the drill...

....new TV tech released at high price. Rich idiots lap it up, 18 months later it becomes the norm in all standard TV sets. 100hz, 1080P all the norm in even the cheapest sets now, and 3D will be too.

Top Ten Arcade Classics

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Robotron 2084

The greatest arcade game ever made. I especially like the nod to it in COD BlackOps, if you unlock the Arcade Zombie bonus game it's a SmashTV===>Robotron rip off. Great fun.

Iomega's flashy SSD clones your PC

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No! (just for Bluesxman)

" For sure it should be a whole lot quicker."

This is the kind of sentence I would expect to hear from an Italian racing driver during a post race interview.

Unless English is a second language to you, STOP IT.

"I know with certainty", "I am positive" or "I am sure". Pick one, any one.

Google morphs Chrome OS into netbook thin client

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No thanks

I'd rather have a local OS capable of running cloud apps than a cloud OS incapable of running local apps.

Superslim iPhone 4 enough to fend off Android?

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Is the width (or slimness!) really a FEATURE? Come on that's pushing it a little.

HTC Desire with Android is an absolutely astounding phone, Apple have been caught up if not overtaken with the latest smartphones.

'Steve Jobs' switches to Android

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Jobs Horns


HTC make excellent phones, the legend and desire are great, and if the promises of Android 2.2 deliver then it really will be an Iphone beater.

I have never bought an I phone, I just can't justify the cost of a ticket to hang out in Steve's garden, now Google have caught up, I'll never need to.

Good times

Ubuntu Unity interface flashed for speed freaks

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Chill Cameron

It's just a branch distro looking to make in-roads before Google's OS arrives.

Health records riddled with errors

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BT *shudder*

I sent my opt-out letter this morning to be removed from the database, I wanted out because I heard BT are involved, and the governments track record on data security is laughable.

This story should be the nail in the coffin, opt-out before you end up in one.

Dell bars Win 7 refunds from Linux lovers

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We be burn in

You don't need an OS installed to burn in, you can just use WinPE or linux from a bootable CD or USB stick and run the burn in tools.

Or in Dells case, hit the diagnostics button on POST and run the extended tests built right into it.

Hidden Windows 7 costs worry upgraders

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Gates Halo

It works

I had a situation yesterday where a very old DOS based app wouldn't work on a new Win7 PC. I setup XP mode, and as far as the customer is concerned the virtualised app works just as it did before.

I hope MS continue this trend so that legacy code can be dropped and a more refined and secure OS can be produced while maintaining compatability.

Apple's Mac - the ghostbuster's choice

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Listen carefully...

....Mary loves Dick

PS3 will outsell Wii by 2013

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all your base

of course they are suggesting they will be around for a long time....they still want people to buy them.

Successors will be well in development by now, I wouldn't be surprised if the 360 successor is announced in early 2011 once christmas is out of the way.

Whatever happened to the email app?

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Why is Thunderbird dismissed in this article as an option for Windows users?

Those lucky Apple users with their "really, really good" software.

Anti-binge drinking ads add to binge drinking

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Paris Hilton

Unplanned sex you say?

I'll drink to that.

Rare NES title takes $43,000 at auction

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There are 6 for sale on ebay right now

The original Akalabeth, now that has got to be worth some serious money.

Acer H5360 3D projector

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I'm guessing but 3D ready probably means it has a refresh rate of 120hz or higher, so it can produce a stereoscopic image at 60hz per eye.

The year of 3D for me was 1996 playing games with a pair of Elsa revelators. Everything was stalled for 15 years while LCD's tried to catch up with CRT quality.

BBC iPlayer rejects open source plugins, takes Flash-only path

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I use XBMC on an Acer Revo because the Atom CPU can't handle 1080p flash in the iPlayer on Windows.

Booting XBMC has allowed me to use the Iplayer HD content perfectly, now that cord has been cut.

Absolute bastards. It's like the BBC telling us we can only watch their channels on a Sony branded TV.

WALL-E spaceliner smart hoverchairs debut in Japan

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Paris Hilton


...know your limits

MS botches Office 2010 prices, hikes Professional by £30

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MS flexing it's monopolistic muscles I see.

I've just tested the new Open Office, it's good, and getting better, but the killer app remains Outlook. Once there is a worth Outlook alternative MS will revise prices, until then, bend over and take it.

Researchers rip iPad apart to reveal Apple's profits

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Yes they did...

... it just didn't take off. http://www.microsoft.com/hk/windowsxp/tabletPC/default.mspx

I think we need a netbook/slate compromise. A dual core Atom based slate with an optional stand/keyboard/optical drive and no vendor lock in. Then people will quickly lose interest in the ipad.

Ballmer locked and loaded for WinMo 7 debut

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Wrong on many levels

OEM vendors are on MS's side and still pushing WinMo's, the majority of HTC's phones are Win, Android is the exception.

The App store on WinMo is new. It has been around for a matter of months. It's significant for the Iphone because it's the only way you can install new programs on the phone, thanks to the Apple walled garden. How do you think apps were installed on WinMo phones before the app store was available? 1000's of downloadable apps on the internet that's how.

Microsoft are not locking down the phone, they would only do that if they produced hardware. They need to allow the vendors to customise the phones to suit, and they do, just look at the HTC front end software.

The only reason this might change is if MS produce a Zune-phone. Otherwise, brace yourself for Windows Mobile 7 for years to come.

Google will build 1Gbps fiber networks to the home

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It will be fun and games...

...until the network becomes self aware, than what?

I'm heading for the hills.

Microsoft erases Windows 8 optimism

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Windows 8

More mind, less blow please

Inside Microsoft's innovation crisis

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A new age

Perhaps the percieved slowdown in innovation is the result of Windows finally maturing. When was the last time you described a Unix update as innovative?

Office on the other hand matured a long time ago, and is now having its limbs hacked off and reattached just for the hell of it.

Brits take iTablet moniker for 12in iPad rival

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An Atom based tablet with an LED (hopefully) display. Add a USB DVD and install whatever OS you want.

bye bye Ipad.

Adobe to Jobs: 'What the Flash do you know?'

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tis true...

...but when a Mac crashes it's Flash's fault. When Windows crashes because of Flash, it's the underlying Windows code that's at fault. Apparantly. Go figure.

Stubborn trojan stashes install file in Windows help

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and 95% free of useful applications. Have fun.

Who ate all the iPies?

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Couldn't have put it better myself...

...no multi-tasking in 2010, brilliant.

The ipad is Bill Gates dream circa 1996. Hardware in the lounge tied to cloud and subscription services waiting to be milked dry. I'll wait for the clones to arrive and put a multi-tasking OS on it thanks.

Steve Wozniak, your time is up

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Cure for cancer?....

....he went one better than that, he went on to invent the Universal Remote Control.

Seriously, just because a man hasn't done anything "notable" (i.e. invented an entire field of computing, again) doesn't mean you have to prod your keyboard with the bitter stick.

By the same token you could be writing about how Einstein was a bit of a letdown in the years following his theory of relativity.

Avatar expands 3D TV interest

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Skip it

If we're going to wear glasses then lets go the whole hog and resurrect VR goggles with a good FOV and 6 degrees of movement.

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This is where....

....PC's and consoles step in. All directx games have been viewable in 3D using stereoscopic glasses for a good 12 years. I think this movement was stalled by the popularity of LCD's with low refresh rates.

All Console and PC games should be made with 3D in mind (crosshairs in the right place with the 3d effect on etc), films will soon follow.

Windows 'openness' hailed in Nintendo game defeat

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The difference is...

...the media. Nintendo says you have to use their cartridges under license. Microsoft don't force you to use their own brand of DVD's.

Nintendo have been doing this since the NES, so this ruling is a little late in the day. The next round of consoles will distribute games over teh internets so perhaps consoles will be entirely sealed bricks. No media slots, bluetooth controllers, wifi, just a slot for the powerto plug in and a HDMI cable?

Honda goes NUTs for future micro-car

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A car without pedals...

...is a mobility scooter.

LHC knocked out by ANOTHER power failure

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They did...

....the diesel kicked in. Generators Watson, generators.

Anti-spammers urged to gang up

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Works for me

I use Trend Micros hosted mail security, which delivers to an exchange box with GFI Mail essentials and Trend Mail security installed. Works well, but there's always the problem of finding which of the three quarantines a false positive landed in.

Spam gets right up my nose.

Windows 7 - Microsoft minus the martyrdom

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Windows 7 = Vista Service pack?

Your glass is half empty sir.

I say that Windows Vista was Windows 7 Beta.

Windows 7 saves Dixons

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Back to the future...

"11 new style stores, which combine Currys and PC World "

So....that would be like the old Dixons stores then?

OCZ promising USB 3 desktop SSD

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SSD built into the motherboard....

....with an OS installed on it....just like the days of old when the OS was built into a ROM chip. Amiga, Archimedes countless other computers anyone?

I'm glad to see it's coming back but it has take far too long to get here.

Combat games disrespect war laws, report claims

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What the hell

I agree.

I mean, what was I thinking last night when I used blasting strike to send a tank over a cliff in Battlefield Heros before doing a tarzan impression?

Get a grip. Video games are an ESCAPE from reality, just like books and films.

Microsoft admits Mac was Windows 7 muse

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Now all we need...

...is an admission from Apple that they ripped off Parc Xerox and all will be well in the world.

More than half of touchphone users will go back to buttons

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The Iphone...

...is nice, but you can't beat the keyboard on the HTC Touch Pro 2.

Wintel 7 machines freeze out iPhone

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Typical Apple

Itunes decided to stop recognising my Ipod shuffle about 2 years ago, and I'm not alone. The solution? Buy a newer ipod. No thanks.

Then I found songbird and everything is fine. Itunes is a terrible piece of software.

Windows 7 - The Reg reader review redux

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works for me

Windows 7, quite simply, is a good OS.

If you're happy with XP, stick with it. Nobody is forcing you to upgrade.

I have 7 on a netbook, business desktop on an AD domain and gaming machine at home. It works flawlessly on all of them. Virtual Box runs like a dream on my x64 desktop for Linux.

It's as if people are annoyed with MS for coming up with a good OS. Even the Mac Weekly podcast has admitted that Windows is now in parity with OSX.

Suzuki unwraps Mini-like plug-in hybrid

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I for one....

... will feel greener plugging my car into the grid and charging up from my local coal power plant.