* Posts by Cosmo

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Speaking in Tech: Android 5.0 Lollipop is a TRAIN WRECK

Cosmo

Lollipop - Form over function?

I've put lollipop on my Nexus 7 (2012) and Nexus 4.

The Nexus 7 struggles, but I thought it would. It was struggling with Kit Kat so that's not a surprise. I am bitterly disappointed with some of the design decisions though.

If you just open up your phone / tablet and gaze at it, then Lollipop does look beautiful - but I feel that some of these form factors make actually attempting to use the thing more difficult.

For instance - notifications on the lock screen. They look great and line up perfectly. But if you're using Google Music you can't skip backwards to the start of the track / a previous track anymore. Plus an mentioned in the podcast, you shouldn't need to have an engineering degree to setup your notifications grrrr

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Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop

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Nexus 2012

Last weekend I flashed my Nexus 2012 with Lollipop, so all the apps were removed and reinstalled afterwards.

I have noticed a few odd things. Like the poster above, I once did manage to "skip" the password lock screen which is worrying, but I haven't managed to reproduce it

I haven't had any crashes yet. iPlayer works properly now with no stuttering after ~25 mins. However, the tablet in general has slowed to a crawl. I can open the magnetic cover and wait around 10 seconds before I can enter my lock code. What is it doing! It's almost as if the NAND controller has a 5 second sleep built into it

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SLURP! Flick your TONGUE around our LOLLIPOP – Google

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Re: Original Moto G?

Thanks for that link. It looks like the Moto E is getting Lollipop too. That is fantastic news for £89

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iPlayer

Apparently Android Lollipop fixes the HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) bug that was affecting iPlayer downloads, so I'm gagging to get it ASAP

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My HOUSE used to be a PUB: How to save the UK high street

Cosmo

Pubs already being converted

Where I live, a big chunk of the old-man's boozers have been shut and converted into either flats, Co-Ops or Spars.

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Nexus 9: Google and HTC deliver Android 5.0 'Lollipop' at iPad prices

Cosmo

In my current 16GB Nexus 7 I have:

3.4GB of Apps and app data

4 GB of music

2GB of iPlayer videos

1GB of gallery pictures/videos

With the OS overhead, that is pretty full, and I wouldn't call myself a power user.

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Cosmo

I'm not sure about this....

I have an original Nexus 7 that is just over two years old now, and has served me extremely well on my daily ~1hr commute. When I heard rumours of the new Nexus 8/9 I was already prepping my credit card. But hmmmm I'm just not sure.

So this is £319 for 16GB and £399 for 32GB. The iPad Mini 2 is £239 for 16GB and £279 for 32GB and the iPad Mini 3 is £319 for 16GB and £399 for 64GB.

Once you lose ~3GB for the OS, the 16GB version might struggle for space, so if I wanted the 32GB version, I might as well buy a 64GB iPad Mini 3 for the same price?

Or going slightly leftfield, I could by a Hudl 2 for £129 and shove in a 32GB card for a tenner to have a slightly inferior tablet for £139...

If the prices don't drop (and I can't see that happening for a while) then I'm not entirely sure that I can justify it :-/

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No nudity, please, we're GAMING: Twitch asks players to cover up

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Joke

Pasties

Who knew that wearing Cornish pasties could get you banned!

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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

Cosmo

Tempted

My original Nexus 7 is beginning to get a little bit long in the tooth. I was waiting patiently for the Nexus 8/9 but rumours of the price makes me thing that I may opt for the Hudl. With a couple of Tesco vouchers knocking around, I can get it for under £100, which would possibly be under a third of a price for the new Nexus.

However, I do like the no nonsense quick updates that a Nexus device can give you, so I may wait until the Nexus appears and make a decision then...

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Top Gear Tigers and Bingo Boilers: Farewell then, Phones4U

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Miss Breezers

"...They have attitude & aspire to be the next Footballer's Wife. Unrealistic expectations."

Harsh!

But also kinda true, seeing some of the tramp-stamped, perma-tanned "beauties" around these parts.

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Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer

Cosmo

Toys'R'Us? ;-)

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Cosmo

Phones4U

Phones4U used to be awful and their marketing seemed to be aimed at the more erm... chav infested end of the market, but they did get better and I bought my Moto E backup phone from them online without any trouble.

Although you can argue that these phone shops such as Phones4U and CPW are just middle men, they did provide one important thing - Unlocked phones on the High Street.

Not everyone has the money for an iPhone from an Apple shop or a Nexus from Google, so giving people the ability to select their own phone and own network is an important thing, and it is a shame that one more shop has gone that provided that. I hope that they do find a buyer and get bought out from administration.

Saying that, the size of some of their shops are ridiculously huge! I have no idea why a shop selling mobile phones has to be the size of a car showroom...

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'Sony and Twitch' hacking crew Lizard Squad: 'We quit'

Cosmo

"we are just a bunch of guys with too much free time"

Yep, I think that sums it up pretty damn well.

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Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?

Cosmo

Re: Two girls and a cup

I knew EXACTLY what I was going to see when I watched two girls, one cup....

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BMW i8 plug-in hybrid: It's a supercar, Jim, but not as we know it

Cosmo

The advert

A great write-up and I love the car, but the advert for it that I saw on the telly was so mind-numbingly pretentiously wanky that I almost threw my remote at the screen!

"I am the impossible. I am the blank page" *vomit*

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Maplin Electronics sold for £85m to Rutland Partners

Cosmo

I knew that had got expensive... but not THAT expensive!

Out of the goodness of my heart, I donated my last VGA to VGA cable to a friend. When I needed one at very short notice, I made the 5 minute drive to Maplin to buy one. I wasn't assuming I could get Amazon or eBay prices, or anything, but I didn't think a VGA cable could be that expensive right?

Wrong! The cheapest one was a tenner! Ranging upto something stupid like 27 quid, It was cheaper to order one off Amazon with next day deliver. Ridiculous.

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Look, pal, it’s YOUR password so it’s YOUR fault that it's gone AWOL

Cosmo

Happened to me with Vodafone

A very similar thing happened to me with Vodafone. To be fair, their security system worked reasonably well. Two days after the HTC One M8 was released, I got a text message telling me that one was ordered and on its way soon. Great! Except that I hadn't ordered one.

So I log into my account to find out that someone has logged in, ordered a phone in my name, but changed my address to one in Purfleet in Essex. I fortunately got the order cancelled and got my account reset.

However, I then had the hassle of creating a new account, mating it to my phone and then found out that Vodafone had helpfully reset my content control settings, so I was blocked from putting on a cheeky bet on the Grand National. Grrr.

This happened just before the Heartbleed saga kicked off, but I think that it's more likely that a rogue employee fancied himself a shiny new phone and picked some details at random to "borrow"

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Moto E pops up with £89 price tag – alongside new LTE Moto G cuz

Cosmo

I ordered one...

...from Phones4U. I never thought I would utter those words!

I've been looking for a backup Android phone that I can use for my running and cycling without worrying too much about it getting drenched in sweat or accidentally covered in gloopy gels.

My only concern is the interaction between the SD card and the main memory. It has been poor in previous Android configurations and Operation Systems, so it will be interesting to see if a Moto E + SD Card + KitKat integration is any better

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BBC hacks – tweet the crap out of the news, cries tech-dazzled Trust

Cosmo

Disappointed by the BBC recently

I don't watch much of the BBC news on the telly, but I've been really disappointed and frustrated by the BBC website recently.

A poster above mentioned that it was reading more like a sensationalist magazine and I think that really is the case. It's starting to look more like a cross between Buzzfeed and the Daily Mail. As I look at the top ten stories now - here are some of them

* The man with 42 hours to get home

* The return of the dimpled pint glass

* We are all monkeys

* Has wealth made Qatar happy?

Just lots and lots of puff pieces really. Plus the BBC's inability to mention a news story without padding half of it with what someone or other said on Twitter is just frustrating.

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Reg tries out Google's Chromecast: Yep, we even tested smut sites

Cosmo

Ordered mine from the Google Play store

it has just arrived, so I'll attempt to put mine through its paces this weekend :)

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

Cosmo

Never 6ft away from pliers

You are never 6ft away from a set of pliers...

Unless you really need a set of pliers.

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Florida bloke cuffed for pit bull shag outrage

Cosmo
Linux

Those eyes! They will give me nightmares...

That is all.

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You’re NOT fired: The story of Amstrad’s amazing CPC 464

Cosmo

Great article

The CPC464 was the first computer that I ever owned. It's still in my parent's attic somewhere. The only thing I didn't like about it (not the fault of the computer obviously) was the fragile joysticks. I went through more joysticks that underwear in my time. Those micro-switches didn't switch for very long

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App to manage Android app permissions

Cosmo

I'm normally quite relaxed about updating apps...

...but when I saw that request that Facebook wanted to be able to read my SMS/MMS messages, I rapidly pulled the plug. I'm tempted to uninstall it completely and just use the browser on FireFox on my phone from now on.

I'm not installing this app though. It sounds like ransom ware to me

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Sega’s Out Run: Even better than the wheel thing

Cosmo

My favourite arcade game

Awww I have fond memories of OutRun.

I think I almost bankrupted my parents by shovelling coins into the arcade machine. It makes me chuckle now about the lack of health and safety. Neither you and you girlfriend wore seatbelts so if you smacked into a tree or a pillar you would end up flying out of the car and onto the road - with magically no injuries.

It was a big task for the 8-bit home computers to recreate and they did struggle. I had a CPC464 and you had to make do with the external audio track and loading each new level on tape which did frustrate somewhat.

I loved the intricacies of the sprites of the car. Even to this day I can remember the juggernauts and the yellow VW Beetles :)

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The latest stupid yoof craze: Taking selfies - while DRIVING

Cosmo

Seen it on Vine as well

I've seen a few videos on vine where people are driving down the road - clearly moving - and taking videos of themselves. To do it in the first place is dumb - To do it and have your face clearly visible doing something dumb and upload it to the interwebs? Words fail me...

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Google's Nexus 5: Best smartphone bang for your buck. There, we said it

Cosmo

I have a 6 month old Nexus 4...

...must resist. It sounds like a fantastic phone, but then again my Nexus 4 hasn't put a foot wrong yet, so I will be strong and keep it for the forseeable future - especially as I'm sure that it will get Kit Kat shortly

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Shopping list for Tesco: Eggs, milk, bread, tablets (the £60 7in Android kind)

Cosmo

How do you pronounce it?

Hoodle?

Huddle?

I guess they are mainly aiming at the Kindle Fire. But at that sort of price, it might be a handy tablet if you want to get something cheap and cheerful for the kids

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Michael Gove: C'mon kids, quit sexting – send love poems instead

Cosmo
Devil

Love Poem

Roses are Red

Violets are Blue

<censored>

<censored>

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It's Grand Theft Auto 5 day: Any of you kids remember GTA the First?

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Fantastic memories

This game came out just as I was finishing my first year at Uni. In those days only the well off kiddies had PCs in their room, so there was literally only 1 on our floor in my halls of residence. Let's put it this way - he was a very popular guy!

The comical over the topness and cartoon brutality was brilliant. I think I enjoyed the sub games more often. I think my favourite one was the "Speed" clone where you had to keep a school bus above a certain speed before it blew you and everyone around it to smithereens.

I also liked the fact that you could pop out the CD when playing, and replace it with your own and you could listen to your own music when playing GTA - Nothing like escaping police to sound hard house or Drum'n'Bass!

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Nokia Lumia 925: The best Windows Phone yet

Cosmo
Mushroom

At sea, things move slowly...

...unless you're on one of Elop's burning platforms in the North Sea. In that case you have 30 seconds and things move very, very quickly

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Snappers binned, mobe-armed hacks drafted at Chicago paper

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Coat

Topless darts was awesome!

Back in the day before pr0n was speedy and ubiquitous on the interwebs, the topless darts were a very enjoyable 5 minutes of an evening.

I'll get my coat... should be a yellow mac really.

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Orange customer clobbered with SIX-FIGURE phone bill

Cosmo
Devil

Re: There's only one way to measure data usage

Mop is good... but I quite like the sound of the Fap

So you could have nano, micro and milliFaps for knocking out a quick one

KiloFaps and MegaFaps for an extremely long sessions!

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Android is a mess and needs sprucing up, admits chief

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Touch screens and greasy mitts: All you need is glove

Cosmo
Go

InstaLube

Your fingers provide instant lubrication? A lot of women will be very interested to hear that...

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Android 'splits' into the Good and the lovechild of Bad and Ugly

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Re: +1

To counter this - I have a Huawei Ascend G300 and it's great!

I paid £100 and have an Android phone running Ice Cream Sarnie with an external SD card slot. Nope it's not fast with it's single core processor, so if you're a power user or want to play more high end games it's not for you. However, for what I want to use it for, I can't see anything else on the market for that price which matches it.

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Twitter row goes to court, beak says man must cough £17,500

Cosmo
Childcatcher

Toby Pedley''s Twitter

I searched through Google to try and look at some of the things Toby Pedley has posted in the past. It looks as if he has some sort of major issue with Carl Harris over a tipping service or something like that. He's going to have a lot of deleting to do

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Love in the time of the internet: A personal memoir

Cosmo
Meh

My experences

I have and am currently on two dating sites - PlentyOfFish which is free, and Match which is a pay site.

The numbers on POF are good, but the quality is very, very low:

* Fake profiles (easy to spot though)

* Unemployed single mums with multiple kids who live in a craphole of an area

* Cougars (Think Dorien from Birds of a Feather) looking for toyboys *shudder*

* Lots of lonely girls who just want to "chat" but have no intention of going on a physical date

Match is a little better but:

* Very expensive for what it is

* You have no idea if the girl you send a message to can actually read your message as she may not be a full member

* Some girls have a list of requirements longer than you arm

* If you live in a non-metropolis area, your options are restricted

Saying that, it sounds like I've had a bad time, but in the last year I've probably had about 12 dates, of which 10 were great and 2 were disasters (old pic and a cat lady). It really is a numbers game though. The only way that you'll get replies as a man is to send as many good quality messages as possible.

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Time to rid ourselves of the tech channel zombies

Cosmo
Pirate

Mix Tapes

I actually miss making mix-tapes. There was nothing like trying to woo a girl when you were young by spending all weekend making her a mix-tape of her favourite stuff and then lovingly writing all of the track information on the inlay card.

It actually worked as well!

Pirate icon as home taping obviously killed music

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Is social networking good for anything more than cat pics?

Cosmo

Re: Twitter can be pretty good

Specials, updated menus, guest beers, which bands are playing this evening, that sort of thing

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Cosmo
Pint

Twitter can be pretty good

I know I'm courting a possible nerd-pasting here, but I find Twitter pretty useful. I don't follow Z-List zelebs or teenage girls spewing their angst all over the interwebs, but it has been really useful for finding out what's happening locally with businesses, pubs, restaurants, events etc. etc.

A lot of small businesses don't seem to have websites nowadays. Or if they do, they can be woefully out of date, so Twitter can be good for receiving "hot off the press" information.

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Facepalm

It did crack me up

I did have a good chortle when I saw people on Facebook and Twitter bragging about being in the top 10% or top 5% of LinkedIn. And then watched their bragging turn to embarrassment when virtually everyone else posted to say they had received the same email

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Björk gives up trying to Kickstart Android music app

Cosmo
Go

£375,000?

Give me £65,000 and I'll do it

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Netbooks were a GOOD thing and we threw them under a bus

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Samsung N120 still going strong

Literally 2 days after I bought my house, my old laptop died. I needed something cheap and reliable to tide me over for a year or so until I got some funds back. I bought the Samsung N120 in September 2010 and it is still going strong as my primary computer.

I've filled up about half of the 320GB hard drive, the battery life is still "OK" (get around 3 hours), it's light, portable and great for doing little things such as touching up pictures, firing off a long e-mail etc. etc.

I have a Nexus 7 now which has taken over some tasks, but I will probably keep the Samsung going until I run it into the ground.

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Huddled immigrant masses face 'British values' quiz

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Happy

1. Start mumbling to yourself and gently rock back and forth. The man that sat next to you will shortly leave. Rinse, wash and repeat for future occurrences.

2. Nothing. Until you get to your stop. Call them a bunch of twats just as you're getting up, and then run for your life.

3. Nothing. If the lift is going up, then stare at the ceiling lights. If the lift is going down then stare at the floor. If there's someone else in the lift, then thank them when getting off at your floor - even if they didn't do anything.

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Cosmo
Devil

Re: I fail.

Living in Portsmouth, I'm not surprised that so many people in Southampton can't speak English. Most of them were born in Southampton though.... :-P

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Have Brits fallen for Netflix, or do they still LoveFilm?

Cosmo
Meh

Fragmentation

I currently am signed up to LoveFilm, but mainly just use it for the DVDs by post service, which is pretty good for my use case.

I am concerned about the amount of fragmentation that is going on in the streaming market though. So it looks like to me you need LoveFilm for film content, NetFlix for TV content, SKY for the most up-to-date content (plus don't they have exclusivity for one of the movie houses?)

So if you wanted to get a broad brush of everything, it means managing lots of subscriptions, plus I feel that over time it'll get worse before it gets better. I feel that broadcast TV is starting to wobble now and is losing its dominance, but I'm worried about having to sign up for service A for TV series A, service B for TV series B, service C for Film C etc. etc.

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O2 refuses to deny plans to offload home broadband product

Cosmo
Meh

Re: Just left BE as they no public FTTC plans

I was the same as Pie. I was with Be for a couple of years and had no trouble at all with the service, billing, contract etc. Unfortunately I live too far from the exchange for a speedy download, so I was stuck at 3Mbps. If Be had announced a FTTC rollout, I would have jumped at the chance, but I had to reluctantly jump ship as trying to use services such as NetFlix and iPlayer was becoming way too stressful

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Toy train company bids for West Coast Mainline

Cosmo
Happy

A Top Letter

And an excellent reply

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No more fun and games for Zynga as Facebook cuts apron strings

Cosmo
Mushroom

Buh-Bye Zynga

It was not nice knowing you

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