* Posts by SteveCo

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Sir Clive Sinclair: Personal computing pioneer missed out on being Britain's Steve Jobs

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Thank you Sir Clive

Indeed. I too wouldn't be where I am now without his product.

I did my A level computer science project on my 48K Spectrum with an Interface-1 attached. Z80 machine code. Before A levels I had no idea what I wanted to do, but using that machine set me firmly on the computing path. 35 years later, I'm still in IT.

RIP Sir Clive.

Every dog has its day – and this one belongs to Boston Dynamic's four-legged good boy Spot


Who will be the first to dress it in a shaggy coat and take it for a walk? Will it stop at kerbs though?

Serious question - guide dog potential?

Voyager 1 passes another milestone: It's now 138AU from home


Doesn't it also get destroyed by a Klingon Cruiser early in one of the movies (Search for Spock maybe?)

Microsoft to spooks: WannaCrypt was inevitable, quit hoarding


Re: Numbers

Precisely what I thought. The use of the term 'devices' almost certainly includes the tens of thousands of tablets that are used now-a-days. Including them would just water down the XP percentage.

TV anchor says live on-air 'Alexa, order me a dollhouse' – guess what happens next


My echo picked up something being said on the TV and suddenly blurted out "do you want me to order your dog food?" and waited for a confirmation. Surprised, I said No and the order attempt was cancelled. Straight after, I disabled the voice ordering. :)

Oh, we don't even have a dog.

I can see someone in advert land rubbing their hands together with glee at the prospect of their new TV ad...

"You too can have the great Widget in your house. And remember you can order through Alexa... Order Widget NOW!.... Yes Don't delay. It will be loved by you and your family".

Honest judge, I didn't realise that would happen.

Programmer finds way to liberate ransomware'd Google Smart TVs


Depends if the TV turns itself on with these two buttons. It sounds similar to android-type safe boots. Press a key, hold it, press power, system boots into safe mode. This might be similar. Granted, the instructions should probably read "press and hold settings, press vol down, tv will boot to same mode...". Or maybe you need to press the power button with both the other buttons held down? Who knows.

Ransomware slams corporate Office 365 users with macro storm



Won't the user just need to click 'previous version' and get back the unencrypted files? Doesn't O365 automatically keep the older versions for you?

It's OK – this was an entirely NEW type of cockup, says RBS


And probably they need to change the transaction date on every item on the file and work out who's owed interest and who's been incorrectly charged for going overdrawn due to the original issue.

Co-op Bank's creaky IT should be flogged off, growls UK.gov


Co-op Bank have been IBM for at least 25 years. They are just upgrading to newer hardware I assume. COBOL FTW!

Let AN EGG tell you what's happened in tech this week!


Good idea - but for crying out loud, lower the volume on that initial vulture screech. My volume was a bit high as the video started and it almost knocked me off my chair!

Brit kids match 45-year-old fogies' tech skill level by the age of 6


I challenge any 6-year old to program a VCR better than I can!

Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear


I still have the Sinclair TV in a cupboard. I took it out a while ago to have a look. Seems in good nick, but the one battery I'd put aside with it was pretty much dead. They used odd mini-crisp-packet shaped batteries back then, cost a bomb too.

Mind you, with the big digital tv switch a few years back there'd be nothing to watch now :(

Here's what YOU WON'T be able to do with your PlayStation 4


Re: 300 MB update

7200rpm = more disk noise and heat = more fan noise.

Personally I'd go for a 1TB 5400prm SSHD hybrid drive... assuming one can be found in 9.5mm thickness.

Chinese 'nauts return to Earth after vigorous space coupling


"The ‘nauts also conducted space medical experiments and technical tests"

Is that code for 'they were the first humans to do it in space'?

Robo-baby Diego-san shows creepy mimicry


The first ones had rubber skins

We spotted them easily...

Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet creator Gerry Anderson dies at 83


Re: So many iconic designs

I was always partial to that big aircraft (Fireflash I think) which was shown in multiple episodes. I saw the one where it had to land on the moving platforms (the pilot episode I think) and was hooked from then on.

Such a cool design with it's drop wings, although I doubt it would be able to fly in real life!


RIP Gerry

Angel One - Immediate Launch.

Ubisoft: 'Vast majority of PC gamers are PIRATES'


Re: Geography

Exactly what I was thinking. I read a recent article on rampant Android piracy. Turns out that the worldwide figures look so bad because there is no Google Play market in China, forcing people to resort to piracy and there are an awful lot of Android devices behind the Great Wall...

Outlook.com launch a gold rush for jokers, spammers

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Re: Does Outlook.com support POP3?

When I added my @outlook.com email into Gmail it already knew all the settings for the pop3 server, you just needed to type in your email and outlook password.

Slash for cash: boozers' bladders primed for Olympic pee game


Has anyone ever tried adding a dynamo to these things and generating green energy from your trip to the loo?

Not that mine's green or anything!

Amazon's Lovefilm to stream Universal films


Re: DVDs

My thoughts too. I think I have four titles on my rental list that are all 'currently unavailable' due to the Universal strop.

Amazon Kindle Touch touches down early


Our Touch arrived on Saturday. It's so much better for moving books in and out of collections. It is 3/4 of the weight (in the case) and is smaller than our current one. Our Keyboard version has now been passed to a relative for further use - and some book sharing!

Only issue I've found so far is that the Touch cannot process a Calibre Catalogue file for more than a few page turns. It totally freezes up and needs a hard-reset (power button for 20 seconds) to restore control. The keyboard Kindle reads the same file without issue.

Samsung slips on Ice Cream Sandwich

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Re: They appear to be having problems with ICS

See here for the reason why: http://crave.cnet.co.uk/mobiles/galaxy-s2-sim-free-owners-last-to-get-ics-samsung-admits-50007550/

Basically, your phone has less software on it, so needs the most testing!

The seven types of online commenter


Re: Taxonomous

Indeed - point 6 is too vague in that list.

'Something bad' usually relates to either a direct attack on the poster, either ridiculing the poster for their lack of knowledge, grammar, general noobness. Or an attack on the forum in general by posting such an inflammatory statement that people go off topic and the thread descends into a flame war.

Where does 'the Administrator' fit into this list?

Osun MushRoom Green Zero USB charger


Say what now?

So if the charger cuts out once the phone is at 100%, doesn't that mean that the phone will start discharging again straight away?

You could plug your phone in at night, with 95% charge. A hour later it's charged and turns off. When you wake up, the phone is now 7 hours discharged.

Movie-goer punts 3D-to-2D cinema specs



So would those polarized driving specs work or do those 2D specs work differently?

Will anyone produce specs that block out the git in the row in front texting his mates?

TiVo calls time on ageing set-tops


Lifetime of the Service.

Those that are complaining of the 'I bought a lifetime sub and I'm still alive' issue should know that the contract specified the 'lifetime sub' refers to the lifetime of the EPG service Tivo/BSkyB were putting out. Tivo needed to give just 30 days notice of closure of the service. In the end we've been given a little more notice than that.

Not that I'm defending the decision by any means - it sucks. I'm a 10+ year Tivo user and it's still the best SD PVR you can run at the moment. The VM offer (which fortunately I can, and have, taken up) will only soften the blow for people in cabled areas - it's about 50% of the country ISTR.

One glimmer, as mentioned above, is the ability to hack your S1 Tivo to get data from elsewhere. The Aussies do it, so do the Dutch. Here's hoping we get a UK version soon.

Motorola confirms Xoom tablet is Blighty-bound


Will it also require a data plan?

Reports from the US say this will need a 1 month data plan from the network so they can activate the wifi option. Yes, you read that right.




Paying for his bail

Do they take VISA?

Virgin unwraps three-tuner über set-top


I'll repeat that

This always assumes that the program data we'll be getting for this is better than the crappy data that we get on the current Series 1 Tivo. I long ago turned off the 'first run' option after missing episodes where some numpty had forgotten to tick the right box when setting up the data initially.

Tivo is great and all that - but it's Achilles heel is the program data.

US man slips into perv scanner-busting undies

Big Brother


Do kilt wearing gents get searched?

Virgin Media readies 1TB TiVo set-top for Brits

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And don't forget the 'hidden' ad skip button on the version1


This gave you a handy 30 second forward jump. 6 presses and 3 minutes of ads disappear in a flash!

Somehow, I doubt that feature will make it into the new version.

Hope they keep the 'live tv' feature from the original, so useful to have it continually record for you, not just when you press PAUSE like on the V+ box.

My V1 Tivo is still going, recording away on it's single tuner. Although I think it's (expanded) HD is on the way out now as every couple of months it'll reboot (yes, MONTHS). My ability to program it over the internet is still going though - and has been for about 8 years.

I'll be in line for this too.

Demon's Souls


Title eh?

I loved level 2-1, the prison. One of the scariest levels in the whole game.

This game took well over 100 hours of my life - until RDR forced me to hang up my sword for a while. I've still got my US version at home... so perhaps one day I'll return. :)

Superslim iPhone 4 enough to fend off Android?


Hands Off!

Is it less safe to have the antenna on the outside of a phone, actually touching your hand?

'iPhone 4G' found on floor of bar



So I take it that this new 4G iPhone doesn't come with a timed lock on it then? Would Apple really allow bods out into the worlds with the lock NOT engaged? I don't think so.

As for the reported phone itself. Meh - doesn't do anything for me over the latest Android phones. What's happened to the _innovation_ ?