* Posts by PTR

34 posts • joined 26 Feb 2010

HP re-elects all directors


Hang on, you're saying the purchase of EDS in 2008 is somehow relevant to the re-voting in of the current board in 2013.

That makes loads of sense :-S

Linux kernel dumps 386 chip support


Re: 486?


Wow, I'd forgot my first PC had one of their chips!

Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro gets laptop-level price


At a guess, I think the idea is to run the Metro apps in Tablet mode, which won't really tax the i5 at all.

It would use "full power" when in full Win8 mode.



Re: Tears

The RT version is the comparable product to the iPad, not the Pro.

The Pro doesn't have a mobile phone CPU in it!

If anything, we should be impressed that MS have built a fully-powered laptop into a 10" full HD touchscreen and runs "proper" windows.


Re: Strategists and Economists

Does the keyboard not have a track pad on it?

If not, you can connect some kind of mouse, surely?


"The new Surface models' high price tags mean they'll be hard-pressed to win over fans of the top-selling tablet to date, Apple's iPad."

But its not supposed to compete with an iPad, that's what the RT version is for. The Pro appears to me, at least, to be all things to all men. Its a tablet when you want it to be, then its also a fully-fledged Ultrabook when you want to do some real work.

For £650-700, that's a pretty good deal - not much if any more than current Ultrabooks. You can also plug it into a proper monitor, when you're at home, so it could replace your desktop too.

I'm very interested!

Apple ships 'completely redesigned' iTunes 11


"Apple has released what it modestly deems to be "the best iTunes yet.""

I should hope so too, otherwise they've made a massive mistake in releasing something worse than something they had done in the past. Bizarre statement, but one apple uses all the time. Remember the "best iPhone ever" advert?

Autonomy to HP: bollocks


It was blindingly obvious that they overpaid for it.

Then HP did what HP do, take something that works, and totally destroy it.





German city dumping OpenOffice for Microsoft


Must admit, when I moved to OpenOffice, the first "project" I did was immensely frustrating.

It might be better now, but back then, it was a PITA to use. (2 years ago) I ended up buying (really!) Office 2010 student edition (wife was doing a part time degree)

4K vs OLED: and the winner is...


Nobody in the UK even broadcasts in 1080p yet. Why on earth would I want a 4K TV?

OLED seemed like a good idea, 3 years ago - but it seems like its not going to be the cheap-but-better alternative to LCD/Plasma that it was originally touted to be.

3D with glasses is gimmick.

Still see no reason to start saving to replace my Panny Plasma.

Toshiba swaps skinny Android tablet's CPU


Not quite. With the Penta-Core, if demand is low, it runs on only the low power 5th core - thus saving battery hugely.

Only uses the big guns when needed.

Headbanger plays Star Trek theme on floppy drives

IT Angle

Big Ideas: Don't get any - Radiohead cover by James Houston

Nothing ever came close to the ZX Spectrum Radiohead track, as it was actually controlled by a program written on the spectrum.


Samsung opens up the Ice Cream Sandwich


I'll still take the Samsung ICS first. But may well consider a CM9 version down the line.

So, what IS the worst film ever made?


Judge Dredd

That was a right stinker!

Sub-£400 svelte lappies hurled in Ultrabook preemptive strike


If people want an ultrabook light, then buy an HP DM1, and install an SSD in it. I just did. 24s to boot from cold, then a further 13s to your browser homepage. £370 well spent imo.

HP Pavilion dm1-4125ea 11.6in netbook


Re: Great size and features

Not quite true. The Cedar Trail N2600 or N2800 have higher resolution options and have HDMI outputs, IIRC.

New Turing petition calls for criminal pardon



Thanks to El Reg for bring this to my attention.

Signed and sent to friends.

Microsoft to offer dual upgrade path for Windows 8



Why would anyone want to upgrade an OS?

By the time a new OS is available, its waaaay past time for a rebuild anyway. I can't think of anything more daft that upgrading. A nice clean fresh install for me please, every single time.

HP dumps Apotheker for Whitman


But, er, you do run a farm, don't you Andy? ;-)

Oz alkie gets hammered on hospital hand sanitiser


Drink Drive Limit

Why do all journos compare blood levels of drunken people to an arbitraty level that is deemed to be safe.

Its not like there is a level that is "A bit drunk", "very pissed" and then "wankered". Yet they use "perfectly ok to drive a car" as the guideline.

Makes no sense whatsoever.

Dutch courts: Wi-Fi 'hacking' is not a crime



Of course, if you reboot the router remotely at the end of your session, the MAC is lost ;-)

Nationwide customers find online front door shut

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Seems to be working fine now.

BT fibre-up-your-exchange poll in 6-way Mugabe style pileup


Utter Fail!


At least you guys could vote. The system didn't recognise any postcode in our entire town of 60,000 people (Peterlee) !!!

Had to raise 2 tickets with them before they fixed it - I doubt anyone else who went on the site would have bothered to do the same, or bothered to come back again.

Total joke.

Minister 'C*nt' promises £50m to get fabtastic fibre for all


Missing part of my point

Ok, so 10Mb is good for one or two HD streams, fair enough.

But what about the crazyness of limiting usage to the point where they can only download 3-4 HD streams per MONTH anyway!!

Like I said, I saw one package for FTTC that at full speed, would work for 20 minutes before being over your bandwidth allowance for the month :-D



Who needs these superfast speeds?

10mb is plenty fast enought to stream anything.

I saw one package advertised the other day that, at full speed, you could use your broadband for 20 minutes per month before going over your useage allowance hahahaha

Police spent tens of thousands on failed BitTorrent probe


Totally disagree

I've bought many things that I wouldn't have if I hadn't seen or heard the prequel for free.

I've even gone out and bought entire back catalogs on the basis of a download (I even own all the Harry Potter books now!)

And there's no way I would ever have gone to a music festival (£150+ each time) if I coudn't have downloaded an album of a few of the acts beforehand. And I've been to separate gigs for the bands I've seen there too.

Thousands of pounds spent because of "illegal downloading" that would never have been spent without it.

More choosing maths A-Level



Nobody fails A Levels, as they know they have no chance of passing BEFORE the final exam - so they either quit, or retake a previous module and extend into the next year before later passing.

Failing a modular course is near-impossible.


Further Maths

Interesting this one. When I did it (96-98) Futher Maths was the same amount of work as standard Maths, just that it was all of the harder modules.

It certainly wasn't 1/3 of the work of another A Level. In fact, it was probably more difficult than Physics.

More and more people are being forced to do this course, as standard A levels are now practically worthless. If more than 1 in 4 people get an A or A*, how do we know who the best people are?

Add to this that the marks to get each grade are actually fixed using a normal distribution, then its also rediculously easy to see why there is a small inprovement in overall results every year - imagine the outcry if they didn't!

The whole system needs to change, from GCSE to Hon Degrees.

Ton-up speed merchant blames dyslexia



If he stated he can't read the speedo, then surely he is incapable of driving safely, and should be banned from driving for life?

Leicester City councillors eye up iPad to save £90k a year



If they can save £90k by using iPads, imagine how much they can save by using netbooks, which are half the price.

World Cup magic captured in Microsoft Paint

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Classic stuff from the SMB

This thread's had me cracking up for days now. My desk is now covered with this "art" hehehehehe.

PS SEB ;-)

Labour shock pledge: 16.8-meg broadband for ALL by 2012!


Good idea

Yeh, decimate them. Well, at least this is only a factor of 2 out!

Employers call for end to Mickey Mouse degrees

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At last!

It was always a rediculous idea to have 50% of young people going to Uni.

The whole point in a University degree was to allow for the brightest students to prove their abilities - but over the years things have been dumbed down so much that 1 in 2 people are capable of doing them.

So then, the elite 10% end up spending another year doing a Masters, or even 3 doing a PhD just to separate themselves from the pile.

Microsoft slams nails in Windows Vista, XP SP2, 2000


Only affects morons

Who doesn't apply Service Packs to their OS?

Only these people (i.e. morons) will be affected.

Why should MS continue to look after systems they've already essentially re-written and supplied for free?


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