* Posts by Carrot007

16 posts • joined 21 Jun 2011

We're number two! Microsoft's Edge browser slips past Firefox in latest set of NetMarketShare figures

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"The key feature for Edge is not clear."

Netflix in 1080 without pain?

'Literally a paperweight': Bose users fume at firmware update that 'doesn't fix issues'

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Re: How did we get here exactly?

> LCDs created the need for a soundbar

No that was rewmoving the bezel.

My old 720 lcd with bezel had great sound.

I missed the really crap era where they thought back facinf was a good idea! (your neighbours will love you for it ;-) )

Now they are ok, down facing thoughthe thinness does not help.

If only they could just puit a bezel at the bottom and have decent speakers and a budlge at the back at the bottom.

Oh yes, they can.

Why don't they. Well my current 50 inch LG $K TV being about half the cost (or maybe even less) than my old 720 LG. They needed to find a way to claw bakc the cost. The soundbars probably have a 95% markup.

Remember Windows 8? Microsoft is still trying to reunify the API it split for the touchy OS's benefit

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Re: Actually...

> so I never the horrible and confusing Fisher Price interface

You never used XP? (or you did and turned off the theme?)

Yes ther FPI refers to XP and never to 8.

8 was just, BAG OF SHIT.

But they fixed it in win 10 beta (aka 8.1).

Buying a Chromebook? Don't forget to check that best-before date

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Re: Consumer Rights?

> Given that, in the UK at least, there is a right to a partial refund for up to 6 years if the goods "do not last for a reasonable length of time"

Were you reading legislation drunk again?

You have a right to bring a complaint within 6 years of purchase. There is no specified time that a item should last. That is left up to common sense/the courts.

Now I would find 2 years to be reasonable for most chromebooks (they are cheap, yet also overpriced). However the ridiculous costing ones I would expect to last at least 6 years. But I'm sure they are also supported as long.

Google: All your leaked passwords are belong to us – here's a Chrome extension to find them

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Re: Which password manager to plump for?

Notepad, obviously ;-)

Is your kid looking at GCSE in computer science? It's exam-only from 2022 – Ofqual

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Re: Old skool

> And you're confusing IT (how to drive) with programming (how to build a car).

Now this is why nobody likes car analagies.

IT (being a passenger and not falling out), Programming (how to drive), electrical engineer in computers (how to build a car). But whatever.

Black Friday? Yes, tech vendors might be feeling a bit glum looking at numbers for the UK

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Re: Well what do you expect

I got paid today.

Are you such a muppet you think everyone gets paid at the same time?

Also do you not have any savings?

Still is bollocks though.

Alabama man gets electrocuted after sleeping with iPhone

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Re: and things like chargers tend to have plastic prongs with metal tops.

Your linked picture is not of a BS standard plug.

The eath pin is required to be metal. Even if it is not used. Not that anyone seems to care these days.

You should install smart meters even if they're dumb, says flack

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> nowhere near bright enough

Sucks to be you buying underpowered bulbs.

Moved house last year so all bulbs here are now LED (excepting 1 CFL I had left that I used for one of the lights i put in the loft).

A 6 or 7.5 watt led is much brighter that old bulbs were. And a 4 watt GU10 seems a much better repalcement for all the 50 watt halogen gu10's that came with the multi light fitting i put up and all the halogen gu10's dies within 6 months as usual. The leds are still running and have had no problems.

And FWIW all my LED's are ASDA branded.However I do look to see who made them and only grab if it's a good one/ Maybe some of the cheap ones are not. I guess some people cannot cope with the fact that a led bulb cost more that old bulbs used to and buys low watt or crap.

Not to mention leds come in any colour range you want.

Carrot007

Re: It was damn cold

> No chance of smart gas meter in our house as no chance of signal where meter is sited

The gas meter not having power (running off battery for obvious reasons) is slaved to the electric and sends the electric the reading every minute or so.

So unless your gas meter is in a faraday cage you should be ok.

Carrot007

Re: Just thinking aloud...

Not multi supplier but sort of what you are asking for:

https://www.npowerjobs.com/blog/rwe-npower-gets-set-to-deliver-britains-first-online-energy-shop-blog-53384917506

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Re: I like them

> Please tell us you didn't have a smart meter installed just for the energy monitor.

No one cares about the monitor after 5 minutes.

And you are aware that the clip on monitors and really shit at low usage levels? A real smart meter is not, but even then you unpluf the unit after a day or so.

Carrot007

Re: Need more than one network...

You believe that you can get a mobile signal in 99.9% of the UK.

I have news for you.....

Marks & Sparks accused of silently bonking punters over the tills

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> There ought to be a "confirm" button on the operator's screen.

You mean on the card.

Why trust someone else to confirm you are paying?

Microsoft ejects DVD playback from Windows 8

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Unhappy

VLC is great and I use it whereever I can. However there is something up with the OSX version.

It may just be performace. When playing HD stuff (I only go for 720 since it is an original intel macbook) I get occasional pausing and stuttering. I also note the machien does not heat up so it appears not to be hitting anything near max cpu usage.

i have recently installed mplayer instead and get no such issues, however at times the machine does get hot and the fan comes on as expected.

Apple will 'own games industry'

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WTF?

You mean own A "Games Industry"

There really needs to be some sort of distinction beetween games and distractions.

Games to me are big and involved.

Distractions were always available on computers as well but they are certainly not worth mentioning in the same manor as real games. Games they may be but only in the same way a Fiat Panda and the QE2 are both vechicles.

As much as media likes to shove unrelated things together it makes no sense.

There wil lalways be a real games market. It's just not as big as the distractions market anymore.

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