* Posts by Cosmo

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What took you so long, Twitter? Micro blogging site takes on the trolls

Cosmo

Re: Great idea

I generally support the Samaritans, but they royally shot themselves in the foot by attempting to push out an app that scanned posts on Twitter and would automatically alert you about their services if it "triggered" on certain words

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Good luck with that...

The big problem that Twitter has, is that the definition of trolling has changed over the years and it now means "that person said something that I don't like/agree with". Is calling someone an idiot bullying or trolling? It's a very blurred line.

I'm concerned that Twitter will become (even more of) a hard left-wing platform where anything that doesn't reflect a certain point of view will be flagged as trolling / bullying and the whole thing will turn into a massive echo chamber of little benefit...

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Group rattles tin in bid to snatch TfL licence from Uber's paw

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£600,000 in 8 weeks...

Lawyers start your engines!

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Star Wars Battlefront: Is this the shooter you’re looking for?

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Half finished game - Expensive DLC - typical EA

I was poised to buy this game, but I read the Amazon reviews first, and for all formats the reviews are pretty shocking. The consensus is that this is around £40 - £50 for a half finished game, with an additional "season pass" which will give you more multiplayer maps for another £40!

This is a horrible smash and grab by EA. They know that the Star Wars name will sell this game like hotcakes and it feels like they've deliberately rushed it out before Christmas and the Star Wars release at minimum content and maximum value. I shouldn't be surprised really. I might buy it when it's down to a tenner.

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Let's get to the bottom of in-app purchases that go titsup

Cosmo

Agreed.

I got the same e-mail about a week ago about the LoveFilm by post price hike. It's obvious what's going to happen there. Come February, tons of people will cancel en masse. As a result of that, Amazon will say - "Look! Subscriber numbers for the LoveFilm by post have fallen off a cliff! Oh dear, we had better cancel it then!".

Amazon Video is so difficult to use it's unbelievable. Oohh there are 4 seasons of that series I want to watch. But I can only watch the first three. The last series is pay per stream.

Oh you want to watch that film? Well you can either buy it for £x, or stream it for £y. But wait, now that you want to stream it, you can stream it in HD for £z, which is obviously more that the £y that it was listed at. Morons.

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Laminate this: Inside Argos' ongoing online (r)evolution

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I quite like Argos

In the January sales last year, I was looking for a new camera. Argos had one in stock just down the road from work. I ordered it from my desk and picked it up a couple of hours later on my way home from the station.

I've also used their home delivery on things like mattresses and beds when I bought my house a few years ago and that "just worked" too.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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Sergei!

Arnold Schwarzenegger is on his way up! You know what to do... *wink*

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Anonymous UK 'leader' fined for revealing ID of rape complainant

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Sounds like a right charmer

Shagging about, notches on the bedpost, revealing the name of an alleged (at the time) rape victim?

I think even I would vote for Cameron over him!

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The Honor's a defo gamechanger, but good luck buying one

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Marketing / Brand Recognition is important for the masses

Us tech geeks can look at the specs and price of a phone and use that information to make a decision on the product. But half the reason why Apple / Samsung and Sony hold big swathes of the market is obviously the swanky marketing, but the brand recognition too.

I can guarantee that neither my girlfriend or any of her friends will have even heard of Huawei, and if the Honor 7 isn't available somewhere like CPW or other carrier's stores, then it's not going to get much traction.

As a side note, I did have a Huawei Ascend G300 (and still do as a backup phone) which worked perfectly well when it was my main phone. It started out iwth Gingerbread and did get an upgrade to ICS.

However, in line with other posters, I'm unconvinced about the likeliness of security updates and support. My concern would be, if you attempt to buy this phone directly from Huawei and their website isn't setup to cope with even buying a phone, how would it cope with having to send a phone back, owing to a fault?

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Another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive

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Spider: "I was just looking for a shoulder to cry on"

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Ashley Madison continues its web of deceit

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Yet another Android app security bug: This time 'everything is affected'

Cosmo

An Omnishambles of flaws

Kinda sums it up

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Moto fires BROADSIDE into the flagship phone's waterline with X Play and Style

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Moto X Play

That Moto X Play could be the sweet spot for me. My Nexus 4 is starting to die (more like Lollipop is killing it off) so it's time for something new. I already have the Moto E 1st Gen as a cheapo backup phone and I am a fan of Motorola's no-frills approach to both the design of the phone and leaving Android relatively untouched

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NSPCC: Two nonces nailed by cops every day

Cosmo

Re: Nonce?

It's also a term that Google (at least) use in some of their API calls to indicate a number / string that should just be used once.

It does seem quite odd having nonces in your code, but there you go!

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Cops turn Download Festival into an ORWELLIAN SPY PARADISE

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Sounds like it's broken

Am I allowed to post a link from the INQ?

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2412704/download-festival-goers-left-hungry-as-cashless-system-goes-to-borksville

Who could have possibly envisaged a cashless only system going tits up!

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Spanish TV journo leaves subordinates cowering after verbal shoeings

Cosmo

I'm learning Spanish at the moment...

...and it's great to hear some "real world" Spanish with swearing and threats to kill :D It's stuff like this that comes in handy!

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Google blames Flash for hobbling Chrome, says it sucks (too much power)

Cosmo

I speak for everyone when I say

Flash. Arrrrrrgggghhhhh! Pain in the arse of the universe

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KFC takes legal axe to eight-legged mutant chicken claims

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Coat

Re: Centi-Chicken

What about the chicken centipede?

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Android M's Now on Tap cyber-secretary is like Clippy on Class A drugs

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Nexus 4 not supported?

The Developer preview talk about the Nexus 5,6 and 9. Does that mean that the Nexus 4 won't be supported?

I have loved my Nexus 4, but the update to Lollipop is doing its best to kill it. I frequently get the BSOD (Black screen of death) where the notification LED still works, but nothing else. Also, since updating to Lollipop 5.1 I lose my data connection when moving out of range of the Wifi. I hope that this isn't one of the "deep sleeps" that Google are promoting with Android M, as it makes your phone about as useful as a paperweight.

At this point, I'm not sure whether to hold onto wait until Android M comes out, or revert back to KitKat...

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Election? Pah. Here's the REAL question: Who’s the SEXIEST MP?

Cosmo

Penny Mordaunt FTW

Hell yeah!

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SOD TABLETS, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a LAPTOP

Cosmo

Re: Wrong tablet

I have an iPad Mini 2 and a Tesco Hudl2. Naturally the iPad is a nicer tablet, but I have almost frisbeed it out of the window on numerous occasions due to the very limited syncing that Apple allows you to do.

With the Hudl, I can take the memory card out of my camera, remove it from the adapter and place it directly into the memory card slot, tinker with the pictures and then save them elsewhere. ES File Manager does work very well for that, but I agree with another poster that trying to select a subset of pictures from a large directory is frustrating.

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Fed-up Colorado man takes 9mm PISTOL to vexing Dell PC

Cosmo

This reminds me of an old Reg article!

It took me a while to find it, but here it is!

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/02/10/it_bloke_shoots_daughters_laptop/

Basically, a dad gets narked at his daughter's rant on FaceBook, so he takes the laptop that he prepped for her out the back and puts about 6 bullets into it. Youtube video included!

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Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in Vulture's claws: we find looks AND brains

Cosmo

It would be interesting to see the stats..

Although Reg readers are more likely to be "power users", it would be interesting to see what the stats are for people buying Samsung phones and to see what percentage take advantage of the memory card slot and removable battery.

My GF had an S3 and then upgraded to the S5. She has never removed the battery, and never installed an SD card. If the vast majority of punters are the same, then maybe this is why Samsung have decided to dispense with these options.

I wonder also how many support calls Samsung have received due to someone putting a slow/poor quality/corrupted SD card in their phone and then having a go at Samsung because of it.

I have a Nexus 4, so am used to the no removable battery and no SD card. However, my Hudl 2 does have an SD card, but obviously no removable battery.

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Tinder Plus charges oldies MORE to ogle young hotties' pics

Cosmo

Dating apps really hate the over 30s

There was a website called FaceParty (remember them?) who did a similar thing years ago, by deleting the accounts of everyone aged over 35.

I can't imagine any self-respecting over-30 to want to pay hundreds of pounds a year for a hot-or-not swipe app...

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Twitter triples abuse team, knocks dox

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Joke

Tripled the abuse team...

From 1 to 3?

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How good a techie are you? Objective about yourself and your skills?

Cosmo

Montreal?

I don't know where you are in Canada. I have been a few times both for business and pleasure and I understand it to be a little bit bigger than the size of the UK.. but if you're not in Montreal, can you move there?

There are a ridiculous amount of tech companies there which cover a wide range of areas in IT

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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

Cosmo

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

Cosmo

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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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

Cosmo

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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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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