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2763 posts • joined 12 Oct 2007

Apple applies to patent a SIM you can't remove

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Er, my 2007 SonyEriccson W300i handset did report it was in unencrypted mode when I tried to call under such mode. Which handsets axed that reporting?

We can manage to use PAYG sims on our phones w/o problem. Giving away the GSM SIM smartcard is just plain stupid.

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Smartphones rocket past consoles for mobile game sales

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People seem to dismiss that those added game sales are on a demographic that wasn't interested in mobile gaming, and that "mobile gaming" for them used to mean Snake or BrickBreaker.

In other words, its the Wii all over again.

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Google ices native Gmail app for BlackBerry

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awww f@@k

It's how I check my gmail these days. Why Google? If they kill Google Maps I expect an uproar to follow. Ok, I hope it will...

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Apple trains store bosses to ignore deal with unions

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Devil

Same company that hasn't given out any dividends for more than a decade. How's that a good investment? It's only good if you sell the stock before the imminent nosedive...

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If thine brown eye offend thee, blast it with a laser

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Oh dear!

I've just lost the courage to go through laser surgery; that would be the "farewell to glasses" one. Yaaarrrrgh!

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Disk-over-Ethernet startup trousers another $50m

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Meh

Cost?

iSCSI Targets can be implemented, for free, with Linux and a bog-standard x86 server. Hell, it can even be done with the plug computers, NAS appliances with custom firmware and most ARM hardware running Linux. It is also supported out of the box by most OSes, even the creaky ole winXP. Why would we want AoE at all?

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Duke Nukem Forever dev slams unfair reviews

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The fun thing with DNF is that most sites went on saying that it was a 90's FPS that felt dated, blah blah. I found the true problem with DNF to be that it was basically Halo with Duke-themed stuff. The things that hamper DNF are the same ones hampering Halo:

- Linear level design, can't really explore everything: Check

- Carry only two weapons: Check

- Regen health that gets you killed quickly while waiting for refill: Check

I'd add the long loading times, and the surprisingly LESS interaction with the environment compared even to older games like Doom3. Hopefully they'll fix this on a sequel.

Interesting tidbit: my 15 year-old stepson (who was porn after Duke3d came out!) actually liked DNF, sans the loading times. Maybe it isn't that much dated?

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PlayStation Network downloads limited to two devices

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Nice!

While it is pretty bad that we'll lose the 5 PS3 activations, the ability to remotely deactivate PS3s compensates for that. I'm on my third PS3 (first one had defective BD drive, second never got past 3.15 because of the OtherOS issue) so I'd be screwed if they didn't add the deactivation feature!

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Universal Music sued by its artists over downloads dosh

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Oh the irony

The industry has been waving dicks everywhere trying to switch all digital purchases to "licenses". Not just the music industry; the movie & gaming industry has taken steps to do this as well. Now this seems to be backfiring because artists will now have a lot of legal precedents given to them by the labels themselves!

Now if only we could fix copyright terms as well, to lower them back to reasonable timeframes...

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Disk prices double after flood - and could 'double again'

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Of course...

I can extract the HDD from the external one, but buying the external one means I'm paying more for the HDD anyway. Though it might end up being cheaper than the new pricing given for HDDs in the near future...

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At least you got your HDD. I also ignored the first and second warnings; now I had to settle with an external HDD as all the internals have gone poof from the channel :(

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Steve Jobs named most influential game guy – ever

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WTF?

Millions bought a Wii, eclipsing both PS3 and Xbox360... yet a lot of 'em are now gathering dust somewhere. If you want to make a point about flash games ... those have been around for far longer than Apple's iDictatorship. Newgrounds spawned that genre, even if it was free; some actually pulled off transitioning to consoles (Alien Hominid).

If 400 million Angry Birds downloads are to count, what about err... Snake? Tetris? Brickbreaker? Mobile gaming is the gaming dev ghetto, you have to sell 'em cheap or give 'em away for free, with an ad-supported version. The only platforms where this doesn't have to hold true are the DS and PSP ones.

If Jobs and Berners-Lee are influental game guys, we might as well put up Edison right there for providing power to those consoles as well!

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Minnow Android slab maker BEATS Apple in court

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Nice!

Now I'd like to see them slammed by a Samsung countersuit as well. That should send a clear message: if your idea of "competition" is patent trolling your competition out of the market, you WILL be punished.

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Biden: The internet ain't broke, let's not fix it

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Biden...

You should check the House. There's something called SOPA trying to lift the Great Firewall in the US!

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Why can't civil servants keep a grip on their BlackBerrys?

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Joke

All Ministry of Justice laptops and BlackBerrys are encrypted and protected with a complex password

hunter2hunter2hunter2hunter2

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Too many states are crushing net rights, says Foreign Sec

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Clinton abscence

How... convenient. Now that COICA/PROTECT IP has resurfaced yet again as E-PARASITE/PIPA/SOPA.

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Argentina stakes online claim on Falklands

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Politics, mate.

It was a case of both countries waving their dicks to stop their freefalling popularity. The Junta was pretty much on a low point by 1982, so they needed to do something popular, counting on the UK not responding. What they *didn't* see was that Thatcher was also in a very, very low point and was probably going to lose to Labour, thus *also* needing to do something popular.

Ironically, the Argentines were the ones who ended up better off after the Malvinas/Falklands war; they got to overthrow the Junta, while the UK went on and voted Conservative. So the UK won the war, but ended up getting 10 more years of Thatcher, culminating in Labour turning into "NuLabour".

Ouch.

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Ultrabook sales 'falling short of targets'

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Intel? I'll pass.

Last year, we were promised on a good thing called the Smartbook, which was supposed to be a netbook, only running Linux on ARM. Then came that stupid iSlab that killed the market for the Smartbook and we're once again stuck with shit Intel stuff. I ended up buying a craptel netbook.

Now they're selling something called an 'Ultrabook' which might look nice .. except it still has Intel turds inside and coming at fruity prices ... no thanks. I'm sticking to the netbook and my full-blown laptop for now. As much as I'd like to see Apple take a beating, I'd wish it were an actual good product and not yet another WINTEL garbage computer. Meh.

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Farewell then, Sony Ericsson

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Good ole SE

They used to be the cool phones back in 2004-2007. My first "colorful, internetty" handset was the W300i, which was the first phone I got that actually had music playback capability, AM/FM radio and an integrated camera. That phone is almost 5 years old, and it is still working! SE however blew it because they phased out the clamshell handsets. I refused to buy a "candybar" phone, I hated big phones until I got a Blackberry. At least I could do much more stuff on that one than a standard candybar phone.

SE failed to cash in on its huge market circa 2006, the whole slew of smartphones and the iBones took over its main market overnight. Sad for them.

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Adventures in Tech: Taking the plunge into IPv6

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Err FAIL

NAT is security theather. The only reason that IT newcomers *think* it is secure is because NAT devices have default firewall rules that block incoming traffic. But NAT by itself won't protect you. If you do want to have stuff inaccessible to the internet, that's what the site scope was made for. People asking for NAT on IPv6 actually fail at grasping IPv6.

NAT is a cheap hack added to IPv4, intended to alleviate the addy space exhaustion; it breaks a LOT of stuff but ppl don't see the breakage because of cheap hacks made on apps to "fix" it.

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Demand for Ruby, Hadoop and HTML5 rockets, C devs still best paid

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Java does sell.

A Java-only dev will find a job. If anything, the financial sector is always searching for Java devs...

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Man builds smartphone dock into arm

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Happy

ARM powered

Now that's a one true ARM-powered smartphone!

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US decommissions massive Cold War nuke

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Wasn't that the Castle that used that term?

It does look like something Agatha and/or Gil would build, though!

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Father of Lisp and AI John McCarthy has died

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Something's worng

You know something's wrong when even XKCD seems to make a Jobs memorial, but completely ignores Ritchie and McCarthy. Especially since LISP has been featured in xkcd...

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Apple shouldn't bother with TV...

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Happy

Except for the lack of tuners, you just described my PS3. It's been the media player at home for years. Oh, and you can buy an official BT remote for it, which has all the options needed for most things. Now if they could only add a tuner, it'd be perfect!

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5 SECONDS to bypass an iPad 2 password

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Boffin

Nice!

That means that the Blackberry is still the only one actually caring about security. The app launches at idle time, always.

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How Jobs bent reality with LSD, Apple hype

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Meh

Slight difference...

"A cousin of mine is currently using a combination of macrobiotic foods and chemo to deal with an inoperable brain tumour."

Notice the "and chemo" part. That's why it works, it isn't replacing the other stuff and actually helps the chemo process. Jobs not only had an operable thing, he neglected everything for his diet stuff. Having already lost someone near to our family to "switch chemo for naturist solution", I know that anyone doing this switch is probably a Darwin Award nominee.

Doing the naturist stuff + chemo does seem to work. But don't cut the treatment!!!

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US radio evangelist: Apocalypse now

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Stupidlicious

Of course, anyone should see that this particular "doom day" must be out as the Christian counter to the Mayan 2012 "doom day". Hell, even the site had 2012 encircled by the "NO" symbol.

Of course, the only thing they are doing is either making an ass of themselves, or duping people into selling all their stuff and ending up broke because the world WON'T end.

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WTF is... Bluetooth 4.0?

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Security Settings

BT has a "High Security" setting which forces the device to do "device pairing" before being able to connect to the other device. Some smartphones are even locked into said mode for security reasons.

You mean the iPhone can't do that?

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Re: How old??

Have you tried to send/receive files to/from another handset, one that isn't an iPhone? THAT is the thing that doesn't work. And yes, we tried to do this with an iPhone4.

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Jobs was 'working on future product day before he died'

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Yes, reallyi.

The problem being that Ritchie was rarely mentioned, if at all, in the news while Jobs' death "shook the world". Jobs was both a good salesman and a First Class Jerk. While he has done stuff worthy of admiration, hs bad stuff has been pretty bad.

You can't talk about Good Steve without talking about Bad Steve.

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MC Hammer getting into search business

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The first thing that happened when I read "MC Hammer search engine" was that my mind started playing U can't touch this with "U can't search this".

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Sony names PlayStation Vita release day

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Happy

The 3DS was a lackluster because people don't give a flying fudge for 3D, and aren't going to pay the 3D tax optiong for a DSi or PSP instead.

PS Vita might actually have a good chance among gamers.

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Daniel B.
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FAIL

who U calling fanboi, iFanboi?

Both the DS and PSP mobile console lines have been chugging along pretty well. Detractors saying that the 3DS lackluster reception spells DOOOOOM to Nintendo and Sony are ignoring the fact that the DSi has sold pretty well, and that one came after the release of the Jesus Phone; the PSP has been selling pretty well during all this time.

Also, some of the titles are PS3 ports (like MGS4) or based on already bestselling titles like Uncharted or God of War, so it isn't like the roster is full of unknown games. It also helps that the big iOS games are also on the PS3/PSP (Angry Birds, Plants vs. Zombies). Even buying an iToy doesn't exclude someone from having a portable gaming console! Same argument was given with the Wii when the truth was that most people buying a Wii were actually outside the traditional "gamer" market. Sony and MS are still selling consoles.

"Millions of game sales put you on the wrong end of this argument." Millions of Big Macs are sold daily. Does that make them the best burgers in the world? Nope. They're cheaper, so they sell more.

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Gulf of California terrorized by ONE-EYED MUTANT SHARK!

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How did that shark manage to look like Mike Wozawski?

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Boffins whip up SELF-WIRING chip

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Terminator

You wanted to build A.M.? Yipes. Just don't hook it up to the nukes...

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RIM hopes to distract punters with free pretties

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Meh

Remote Control over mobile devices

I suppose you can do a Remote Wipe through IMAP then.

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Apple, tech titans lead US brands to world domination

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HSBC is British

That's why they relocated to the UK.

In fact, that's why they even exist at all! As a bank to do trade between British Hong Kong and mainland China, hence the Hong Kong-Shanghai Banking Corp.

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It's official: Microsoft, Skype marriage consummated

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Boffin

it depends

Video conferencing has been possible for years now; even during the dialup era we had crappy videoconf capabilities using crappy webcams. My laptop totes a webcam as well... and it has never been used.

Most of us smartphone-toting people tend to use email/IM/SMS much more than actual calls. It is less intrusive than a call, never mind a videocall. Yes, I sometimes wish we had "Total Recall" or even "Evangelion" style vidphones, but it seems that they took long enough for people to simply not care about them now that we do have the tech.

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Hadoop: A Linux even Microsoft likes

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Linux

Server Side.

It might not be really visible on desktop PCs, but Linux has taken over what could've been a juicy server market for MS. It is a threat to existing Windows Servers, especially when there are OSS stacks that are capable of serving as a drop-in substitute for Active Directory.

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Energy minister gives grudging nuke endorsement

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Boffin

However....

ITER is being built, and the roadmap to DEMO is pretty much outlined to be on schedule by 2050. Unless NIF beats ITER to the game, which would bring fusion closer...

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Dennis Ritchie: The C man who booted Unix

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Stallman?

every time you run a GNU tool, it'll happily show the GNU credits. It isn't Linus' fault that the GNU project got stalled short of releasing the full GNU OS.

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Valve chief says Apple will own your living room

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Joke

The Apple is a lie!

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PS3

Yup. Apple would simply release a console that's too expensive, lacking in games (or full of non-brand generic games) and be even more restrictive than XBox360 (which itself is more restrictive than PS3). Not many outside the iFan sphere would buy it.

Also, Apple has already failed once in that market: Pippin.

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Re: Closed mind

"So if Apple released a product that did EXACTLY what you wanted and was at a price that you were willing to pay, you wouldn't buy it just because Apple did it?"

Given that as long as Apple clings to the SJ walled garden policy, it won't release a true open system, I doubt *any* Apple product will do EXACTLY what I want.

You sir, fail at logic.

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C and Unix pioneer Dennis Ritchie reported dead

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Flame

Dennis Ritchie

Given the media coverage of Jobs, you'd think he invented boolean logic. Yet Ritchie has much, much, much more to do with modern OS and programming, yet he is being overshadowed by the iCult.

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free(dmr);

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Apple wins for now: no Galaxy 10.1 in Oz

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Trollface

... says a follower of the iCult.

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Win 8 haters are just scared of change, say MS bosses

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Meh

Relevant.

Apple made the "clusterfuck of icons in the background" popular, hence Microsoft copying the UI over. But true, it is more of a case of passing off the touch interface into non-touch devices.

But wait, Apple is *also* doing that in Lion: reverse scrolling.

Meh.

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RIM stands, staggers, falls again

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FAIL

Crash!

Having been mostly unaffected by the Blackberry disservice ... today, we've been hit. HARD.

Most of the day my BB icon has been showing ... but I haven't been able to actually SEND or RECEIVE messages. ARRRGH!!!

RIM, Fix This Thing! I can't get others to buy into BB if the damn thing loses connectivity while convincing new people! :P

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