* Posts by I understand now

46 posts • joined 18 Aug 2011

Lovefilm buys right to stream Sony Pictures content

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Currently trying out

A free 1 month trial of lovefilm stream-only with the intention of watching on my xbox.

Totally agree with what you're saying. The range is.. weak. I'm checking how much they're adding as it's a young service, so far about 15 titles a week.

I'm not much of a film buff, but only 3% of the titles on there are recognisable as 'big films'.

Also struggling to find films that are less than 5 years old.

If it has it's full dvd catalogue available for streaming by January, I'll keep subbing, but right now it's very much a trial and forget affair.

2011's Best... HD TVs

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Find a review under 50%

I'd hope that anything being reviewed as a TV actually IS a TV. There's not been a TV review under 50% this year. What's the point in using a score out of 100 if it's only out of 50?

If they're all high quality, those missing 50 percentage points will show their use.

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Mouldy metrics

Sort out your metrics already. the percentage score seems to be no good at differentiating anything on this site.

The best Christmas gift tellies, all rated between 80-90%.

Ten Monster Tellies, all rated between 80-90%

Ten small screen HD TVs, all but 2 rated between 75-90.%, and the ones that are below 75% are blatantly bargain basement brands anyway.

Lets make 50% == 0% and work it out from there, or if everything is perfectly adequate, just point out what's crap - rather than what to go for.

Ofcom squeezes local TV into 20 cities' tight White Spaces

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Article good, idea bad.

Why must they continue with this? Surely there something much more useful to do with these frequencies?

Microsoft slips out Silverlight 5

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Sitting amongst the flowers and leaks

I guess you've not experienced how fickle Silverlight is to code with, particularly when it comes to memory management.

World population's appetite TO DOUBLE by 2050, boffin warns

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Intensively farmed land..

Reduces biodiversity, which is why in the UK, farmers are/were paid subsidies to have proper hedgerows instead of gigantic fields or wooden fences that maximise land space.

Biodiversity is good right? So moving to intensive farming isn't the only answer.

Nokia's next Windows Phone leaked in dev ad

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Accidentally indeed..

Who do they think they are they kidding?

Amazon prepping cheap-as-dirt smartphone?

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Kindle, Fire

Briquette? Coal? Match?

Jobs mulled building own mobile network for iPhones

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All IPhones work only on the _exclusive_ apple network which you must provide yourself by buying a small base station.

This is a feature! Didn't you read? Exclusive!

UK broadband speeds crippled during 'rush hour'

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Hang on..

Surprised this is reported on the register (in a serious manner anyway). It's only news to the masses who think they will get 24mbps internet guaranteed, and if they dont, it's because they need a new computer.

Though what you say about living near a university building or business district confuses me, particularly the former.

Are you actually saying that students don't use much bandwidth?

Mm, Silverlight, what's that smell? Yes, it's death

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Silverlight to die?

No flowers.

Spanish firm brings 20MW solar ‘ranch’ online in Arizona

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18.5% efficient eh?

Lofty figures. Wonder if that's at optimum temperature. The hotter a solar cell, the lower the efficiency, which is why a solar cell in a British summer could give just as much power out as one sat in the desert sun.

World of Warcraft subscriptions slip

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Fantasy mmo settings?

Oh really?

Not sure how or why i consider some sci fi to have more scientific basis than others, but star wars is firmly entrenched in fantasy other than the droids.

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Conversely, the main reason is that there's been a distinct lack of actual content this expac, with features delayed, dropped or simply recycled.

You either raid (which can be done 3 hours in 1 night), or pvp. There's nothing else now.

Russian probe engines crap out on way to Mars

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Did it have planes?

New pics of giant black sphere hurtling toward Earth

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space rabbits


Perfectly round. And dark.

Go figure.

Common brain parasite 'can affect host's actions'

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So that explains the existence of Cat people.

How do I get this thing out of my head then?

Eclipse Xtends Java

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http://xkcd.com/927/ This is relevant as ever.

Battlefield 3

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Just looking at the screenshots, I can see this game will fulfil your yearly quota for lens flare/bloom

Beeb measures Blighty in doormats

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How useful. I feel thoroughly enlightened

97% of Three's network traffic is data

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Unsure how they quantify this. Utilisation time? Bandwidth usage?

Either way would give data a bias.

Details of all internet traffic should be logged – MEP

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Swings and roundabouts.

Well we will get to see our politicians browsing habits. That will be fun.

Once they clock onto that, I'm sure they'll change their tune.

BT cable ballsup hooks up punters to wrong numbers

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BT have never been particularly quick about this stuff. about 10 years ago, half the village I lived in had no useable phone line. Picking up the phone subjected you to white noise. Took them 3 weeks to fix that one!

US carrier smartphone sales slip

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I think the banks are making people hold off for a phone (and plan) that ticks all the boxes, rather than risk getting a so-so phone that they're stuck with for 24 months.

Reg hacks confront really wide Oz load terror

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SI not IS.

Systéme Internationale d'unités.

The accent does it.

Which actor should play Steve in upcoming biopic?

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Samuel L Jackson.

Dubstep ringtone wins Nokia compo

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I'm in my early 20s and I think it's horrific.

Brit boffins' bendy bamboo bike breakthrough

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Fire and water

Surely rain is a very bad thing for this bike.

Also, how combustible is the frame i wonder?

Gay-bashing cult plans picket of Steve Jobs funeral

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They're the ultimate trolls. Even Trolls get smacked down eventually.

*glances at watch*

Can a user really do BI from the desktop?

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The biggest challenge with these systems is getting data into them in such a way that keeps integrity and is effortless to use.

If a fault occurs with a product, is the servicing engineer going to fill out a database form with 50 fields, or are they going to just write an e-mail?

You've got to make data entry rigid enough to make interpretation easy, but not so rigid that some things become difficult to record. As soon as that happens, the end user thinks "stuff it" and switches to e-mail.

Microsoft! touted! to! buy! Yahoo!

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Hm, not sure I see the benefit - other than market share which seems to be stagnant or reducing.

Yahoo!'s brand has always felt somewhat dated to me, but that might be the geocities effect.

Cant see it being strategic either. Yahoo's sinking slowly and will bleed its user base to other companies. Buying it will just mean you bleed instead!

Fibre up, broadband up, IPTV up in Europe

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How depressing. I have a feeling this will bite the UK, Germany etc in the arse sooner rather than later.

MPs label police IT 'not fit for purpose'

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Paris Hilton

The government will probably see this as a good excuse to buy them all ipads.


Lancs shale to yield '15 years' of gas for UK

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Windmills over every hill in the land? that wont do. Might injure some birds or something.

*goes to sit in the dark*

Valve pushes Portal freebie

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It is free in the UK. Go on http://store.steampowered.com/app/400/ and you'll see it just has the option to Install rather than purchase. Beneath it is the orange box, portal bundle and valve complete pack which arent free.

They've not displayed it particularly well admittedly.

Grab it while you can.

BT trying for fibre 'monopoly', claims TalkTalk chief

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perhaps this is why other ISP's are slow offering FTTC?

UK slashes red tape in apprenticeships scheme

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Here! Take this crisp fiver for 2 hours work.

Yahoo! fires! CEO! Carol! Bartz!

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analogy time

I'd think them losing their CEO now would be horrific timing. Yet another restructure and change in direction? Not what they really need.

Akin to splashing and floundering in water rather than doing backstroke, even if it is into a pool of jellyfish.

Freeview HD will deliver new IPTV channels this month

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Local tv

Does anyone, and I mean ANYONE think this is even worth the effort?

DNS hijack hits The Register: All well

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Oh come on!

Didn't you watch Independence Day?

Hackers will one day save the world.

Sid Meier's Civilization

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civ 4 was hard work

Civ 5 seems to be simplified down. I find it more enjoyable than Civ 4 which i felt got a bit too labour-intensive to enjoy.

RAM prices set to 'free fall'

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Still languishing on x86 here so cheap ram isnt going to help me, unless everything else drops down too so i can build a new pc

Here lies /^v.+b$/i

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how about


HP chief bows to Jobsian cult

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Did they really try hard enough?

I can't recall any HP tablet adverts. As for lack of traction, I've heard plenty of "software is great, hardware is okay, but HP/Palm are neglecting it" from reviewers.

I wonder who will fill the void.

Three touts 21.1Mb/s mobile broadband dongle

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How very useful?

I wish these telcos would announce something more useful, like "we have now given all commuter railways a dedicated array of masts so that signal doesn't drop every 25 seconds"

That is something people would really appreciate.

iPhone users richer, brainier, more tasteful than Android-ers

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Funny that,

I was thinking the exact same thing.


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