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Comment Re:Depends on your perspective and tastes (Score 1) 410

I've lived in Sheffield for just under 18 years. I love to visit London (tend to come down at least a couple of times a year) but I could never live there - too crowded and too noisy for my tastes. Sheffield's a great place to live (like a lot of folk, I came here for the university and then never left).

Comment Re: Contracting? (Score 1) 477

I would say these days most folk have HDTV's rather than SDTV (at least among my family and friends that's certainly true) but *most* of them don't have access to a HD playback device - there are a decent number of PS3 owners out there (including myself) that use that for BR playback but I only know one guy with a dedicated BR player - everyone else seems happy to stick to DVD (or Netflix/Lovefilm/Sky Now)

Comment Re:Itunes, not even remotely good. (Score 1, Flamebait) 519

The service runs in the background and launches iTunes when the phone is plugged in. It's quite handy.

That's your opinion. I always found it to be incredibly annoying, as it launches that shitty app every time you plug it in. You can't charge your Ipad without firing off ITunes. Yet another example of Apple's holier than thou concept of design: "We know better than you do, about how you want to use our products."

You can turn that behavior off on a per-device basis:

  1. Plug in device and load iTunes
  2. Find and select device in sidebar
  3. On the device summary screen untick "automatically sync this $iShiny when connected"
  4. Click 'apply'

Comment Re:Great Deal (Score 1) 308

You're slightly out of date here - as of late last year you can now pre-book online with Unlimited cards and then use the card machines in the foyer to collect them.

My wife and I have been Unlimited members for ages now and we find it's really handy, particularly as I work right next to the local Cineworld cinema, a 20-screen monster including an IMAX screen (not *true* IMAX but the IMAX Digital system which, while not as good, is certainly good enough to make it no longer worth the long drive to the nearest true IMAX theatre which is a couple of cities away). Unfortunately the IMAX screen isn't free with the Unlimited card but you do get a hefty discount.

There are a few value-adds to the subscription that are quite nice too - for example there are semi-regular preview shows that are open to cardholders only and a number of money-off deals for food both at the cinema and local restaurants.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 330

FWIW I got in the habit of adding the disc number to the track number (both ID3 and filename). (ie "203 - foo.mp3" would be disk 2 track 3). I've found this method was most tolerant of a wide variety of players (some of which don't handle discnumber all that well).

In terms of file/folder structure I use "album artist/album name/track number - track name.ext"

MP3Tag on Windows (mentioned elsewhere) makes this trivial to do.

Comment Re:Don't complain about crime then (Score 2) 254

Respectfully, I suggest you try reading it a little more carefully:

"The last time I took the wheel in the UK I made a 220 km journey, over mostly M roads, in an hour"

If the journey took an hour and the distance was 220km then speed (well, mean speed over the distance) is 220km (which as you say is just under twice the speed limit on the M-roads he mentioned).

Personally I think that's a load of bollocks - you can get away with around 80mph on the motorway (limit is 70) without pissing off the police here in the UK but 137mph? no chance at all - that far in excess of the limit puts at risk of immediate ban and charges of dangerous driving are likely at that point.

Comment Re:seriously? (Score 1) 826

Change back from what? From the original blog post one of the things the transit security wombles picked up on was that she had a different name to him:

The female transit cop found it more than a little bit suspicious that this woman claiming to be my wife didnâ(TM)t share my last name. She proceeded to question me about it further. âoeAnd sheâ(TM)s your wife? How long have you been married? And she refused to take your name? "WHY wouldn't she?â


Admittedly that's being pretty pedantic for which I apologize, but it did catch my attention...

Comment Re:The Curse of Star Wars (Score 1) 99

No matter what your other achievements, if you appeared in Star Wars that is what gets talked about when you die.

I wonder if reports of Alec Guinness' death talked about "the actor who immortalised Obi-Wan Kenobi".

Yes, extensively the obits I read for Alec Guinness at the time of his death in 2000 focused on his role in Star Wars. I often wondered what he would have thought about that given his later distate for the role and the attention it brought on him.

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