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* Posts by Martin

751 posts • joined 17 Jan 2008

Toshiba AT300 10in Android tablet review

Martin
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Well done, Toshiba!

Now that's more like it.

A reasonable 10" tablet by a well-known maker at less than three hundred notes. And an SD card expansion slot too.

I don't happen to have £300 spare at the moment, but if I did, I'd be looking at this with considerable interest.

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Apple's brilliant plan to fix iOS Maps: Get YOU to do it

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Re: OMG They are talking to el'reg?

Since the Reg started publishing sycophantic reviews of their phones.

http://www.reghardware.com/2012/09/21/apple_iphone_5_review/

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So many devices, so little policy

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Re: Sailors

Arrgh, me hearties, 'tis Talk like a Pirate day!

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Virgin Media STILL working on fix for SuperHub corrupt downloads glitch

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"The only issues I have experienced lately..."???

Was this sarcasm?

The first doesn't matter, but the last two would be complete show-stoppers for me.

Which is why my box is set up in modem mode and I use a linux-based firewall/router instead.

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Acer Iconia Tab A700 32GB HD Android tablet review

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FAIL

Too expensive...

Four hundred quid is a reasonable price?

Seriously, in this day and age, when exceptional 7" tablets are available for significantly less than two hundred quid, 10" tablets should be a sight cheaper than four hundred quid.

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Dropbox drops JavaScript, brews CoffeeScript

Martin
WTF?

Re: if it ain't broke

Which is why the Post Office was still using pulse-based dialling in the eighties...

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Haynes Build Your Own Computer book review

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Happy

My favourite Haynes text....

35 steps to do a procedure....

36. Reassembly is the reverse of the procedure.

Happy days. Glad I don't do my own car servicing any more.

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Fanboi beats 'e-trespassing' rap after using GPS to find stolen iPad

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Re: Coveted item

"If it had been an Android tablet the would never have been caught, he'd have left it behind and taken the telly instead."

I think several people above have had a serious sense of humour failure here.

It was a joke, and it made me smile, even though I own an Android table and really don't like anything to do with Apple.

(It was a joke, right?)

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UK ice boffin: 'Arctic melt equivalent to 20 years of CO2'

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Re: More self-agrandizing nonesense

"My point is that debating the science, the statistics, is irrelevant now. People don't believe in AGW any more."

"Unfortunately for you, it's game over. You lost."

Belief in Darwinism is actually dropping in the US, as the creationists take hold. Are you honestly suggesting that we should just accept that?

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Why is the iPhone so successful? 'Cause people love 'em

Martin
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Re: No Sony on the list

No - it's that they couldn't find a single person who had anything good to say about their Sony phone.

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Martin
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Oh, for heaven's sake....

It's a generally well known phenomenon that the more money people spend on their purchases, the more they are likely to convince themselves that they like them. (Citation:- the wonderful book "Mistakes were made (but not by me)" by Tavris and Aronson, which discusses the whole gamut of self-justification.)

iPhones cost more than the rest. Therefore, people are more likely to like them.

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Why I've got a sync'ing feeling about Amazon's new Kindle Fire

Martin
WTF?

Apple? You've got competition.

A new genre appears - the Amazon fanboi.

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Nokia apologizes for faking Lumia 920 ad

Martin
FAIL

Re: Oh Dear!

If you're going to be pedantic, be correctly pedantic.

As has been pointed out, it's actually from King John. And it's actually "To gild refined gold, to paint the lily".

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Kobo revamps e-reader line, intros mini model

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Happy

Re: The next generation

Or reading in the bath. I think this is a brilliant idea.

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Third of iPad owners want smaller slabs

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Happy

"...and if you don't like it, it's because you're holding it wrong."

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Dodgy audio connections conceal more than just words

Martin
WTF?

blcollier - so it's OK to commit a little fraud...?

I didn't say that, or even imply it.

Nor, as far as I can see, did anyone who replied to my post.

So what are you referring to?

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Martin
WTF?

Oh, ffs...

I'm all in favour of trying to identify fraud, but honestly....

Why stop there? Why not insist we all write our claim forms by hand and employ graphologists? Or get us to send in photos of our heads and employ phrenologists?

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Cheer up, Samsung: Tokyo judge bins Apple's sync patent claim

Martin
WTF?

Flapple?

Even if it was funny the first time (which it wasn't), it became pretty damn irritating by the eighth time it was used.

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Amazon: Time for a new Kindle Fire, this one's sold out

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Re: Anyone fancy a Kindle Fire 2?

Hear hear.

What on earth is there to downvote about that post? (Unless you bought a Kindle Fire from the US just before the Nexus 7 came out...?)

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Why the Apple-Samsung verdict is good for you, your kids and tech

Martin
Headmaster

Actually...

...it's xenophobia, not xenophobism.

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Ten netbooks

Martin
Unhappy

Still too expensive...

When netbooks first came out three or four years ago, they were £229 or thereabouts. And they are STILL that sort of price. They've got slightly better specs - but that's all.

They seem to be the only form of computer life which doesn't go down in price. I cannot see any good reason why they shouldn't be sub-£150 these days.

It would be interesting to see what would happen if Asus or Acer were to produce a fairly minimal spec box for £149. I reckon it would fly off the shelves.

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Samsung Galaxy Beam Android projector phone review

Martin
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@Helena Handcart: If you're going to put pictures like that into a phone review...

Others have made similar points, but as I made the original post, I ought to reply to your comment.

I don't have a boss who is a puritan. I don't wear a tie at work, though I consider wearing a t-shirt to be unprofessional in my office. I love life, and I'm not afraid of authority. And I have no objection, in general, to the unclothed female (or male) form.

But I see no reason why I should offend other people in my office - particularly women - who may not actually WANT to look at a picture like this at work.

If you really work in an office where displaying this sort of picture is acceptable, I wonder how many women would find it comfortable to work there?

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Martin
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If you're going to put pictures like that into a phone review...

...would you please mark it as NSFW?

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Sex rating Facebook page publishers jailed

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Re: I need three hands here

"Personally I think an age of consent of around 13-14 is about right..." is presumably what was meant.

Having a fourteen year old daughter, I totally and utterly disagree with you. She may THINK she's old enough to consent, but she isn't.

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Barnes & Noble Nooks bound for Blighty

Martin
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Re: The problem is...

Amazon may "lock you down" but (a) the Kindle ebooks are frequently cheaper than the ePub equivalents and (b) are frequently the only format available. Add to that the sheer ease of buying Kindle books (one click, and a minute later you start reading it on your Kindle) and it's no wonder that Kindles lead the market.

I have a Sony Reader, a Kobo Touch and a Kindle. I am not just being a Kindle fanboi here. I'd love it if buying books on the Kobo Touch were as easy as it is on the Kindle. (It claims to be, but it isn't really in the same class...)

If you really hate being locked down, I believe that there are ways of stripping the DRM from Kindle books and reading them on other readers. Not that I'd know how to do anything like that, or in any way endorse it, you understand.

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News Ltd's Australian chief demands copyright overhaul

Martin
FAIL

And as usual...

...a figure is plucked from the air - in this case, AUD$1.37 billion - which is presumably based on the totally and utterly flawed assumption that every illegal download is a lost sale.

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Amazon UK to offer collection service at corner shops

Martin
FAIL

Re: Deliver to office/workplace?

Hmm.

That's fine, until someone abuses it. I heard a story (possibly here on el reg comments?) about someone who got four motor tyres delivered to his place of work. Unsurprisingly, the workplace clamped down on getting personal mail delivered to work.

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WikiLeaks haters launch DDoS assault on Russia Today

Martin

And typically...

...when you point out an error in spelling or grammar, you'll make one yourself.

"Is that signing as in an a signature...."

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US flags from the 1970s SEEN ON MOON

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Re: Hubble

"The moon is a difficult target for Hubble because it moves across the sky faster than Hubble can track it and is very dim in ultraviolet light."

That's a quote from this interesting page. - http://www.nasa.gov/vision/universe/solarsystem/hubble_moon.html

Fantastic resource, the internet.

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What happens when Facebook follows MySpace?

Martin
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I keep my photos on my own drive...

...and back them up (a) locally, and (b) using Dropbox. If (when?) Dropbox dies, I'll switch to another cloud backup solution. If my own local drive or server dies, I'll buy another one.

I don't really understand what the problem is here.

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Brooks, Coulson to be CHARGED over phone-hacking

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Re: Conviction? Pah...

Jeffrey Archer went to prison for perjury.

Jonathan Aitken went to prison for perjury.

At least three MPs went to prison for fiddling their expenses.

And the CPS, you may be assured, will be paying their own hot lawyers too.

I think there is a very good chance they will go down.

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HTC disses Dr Dre by diluting Beats deal

Martin
WTF?

People who wear Beats headphones have always baffled me anyway...

You spend over a hundred quid for - presumably - superior sound. Then you wear them OVER your hoodie.

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Techie accused of snooping wife's email cleared of wrongdoing

Martin
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Re: A friend of mine...

"A friend of mine hacked into his (then) girlfriend's account...."

Strikes me that if your friend felt the need to hack into his girlfriend's account, the relationship might as well be over whether or not she was having an affair.

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Can you judge a man by his Twitter followers?

Martin
Big Brother

Re: Social vs Commercial Networking

"I recently hit this dilemma when I left a personal review (using a personal account) of a product which had been purchased by the company I work for"

The product had been purchased by your company, not by you. You had presumably used the product as part of your work. I'm not saying the suppliers of the product were right to issue a "cease and desist" letter. But in this situation, I don't think you can realisitically separate your "private" persona from your "company representative" persona. It was you, as a company representative, who used the product. It was you, as a private individual, who left the review. They are both the same "you..."

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Full Tilt Poker boss arrested over $430m 'Ponzi scheme'

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Why not gamble on-line?

In the case of casino games, or even horse-racing (unless you're REALLY an expert), I agree - it's a reliable way of losing money.

But I am sure it's possible, if you're smart, to earn money playing poker on-line. I think it was Steve Davis who pointed out that most people who play on-line poker are dumb or drunk or both. Assuming you're smart and stay sober, you will win. I wouldn't mind betting that more than a few students help themselves through uni by playing poker.

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B&O Beoplay A3

Martin
Facepalm

Four hundred and fifty quid?

Are you joking?

To give an iPad a stand and better sound?

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Brit global warming skeptics now outnumber believers

Martin

Re: That's what you get when you cram it down our throats..

"or that anything 'green initiaive' will have any real impact!"

Hole in ozone layer over Antartica was huge.

CFC's were banned.

Hole in ozone layer significantly reduced.

Just one example, but a pretty good one.

Climate change is slow, and you might not see any effect in several years directly. Also, consider that HAD we not been doing all the "green" stuff, things might have been even worse.

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Fujitsu raises UK minimum wage to £14k

Martin
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Re: Private sector?

What has the fact that they are in the private sector got to do with anything? There have been unions in private sector companies for years - frequently welcomed there, as it's easier for the management to deal with union reps than it is to deal with all the people individually.

And where, exactly, are these "better paid jobs"? Noticed the recent unemployment figures? They are not ALL workshy scroungers, you know.

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Antarctic ice shelves not melting at all, new field data show

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Re: Antarctica is not melting

In other news, the Earth is only 6000 years old.

http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2005/06/01/evidence-for-young-world

(Well, it's from as unbiassed a source as yours was.)

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Interestingly^U Unsurprisingly

Lewis omitted the word "Some" from the beginning of his title.

FTFY

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Gov mulls ban on wallet-draining charges for card payments

Martin

While they are at it...

...they could look at the "booking fee" scam for theatre and concert tickets....

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Legendary sci-fi fantasy author Ray Bradbury exits planet Earth

Martin

He didn't just write science fiction....

Many of his "straight" short stories are quite lovely. "The Beautiful Ice-Cream Suit" is one that springs to mind. He also had a wonderful ability to get into the minds of children - there's one story (can't remember which, unfortunately) which had a glorious description of what it's like to be a running child - to run, just because you can, and because it's fun.

Wonderful writer.

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1930s photos show Greenland glaciers retreating faster than today

Martin
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Re: The 1930's vs the 2010's

I hope they will LOL at us - I'd like nothing better.

But I suspect that they are more likely to say "How the FUCK could our grandparents have been so stupid as to let this happen without at least trying to do something about it?"

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450-year-old football was hard to kick

Martin

No, they're not....

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Martin
Pint

Re: I never did understand why ...

So you have never argued about sports trivia? Or film trivial? Or TV trivia? or any other trivia? Ever? Even after a few pints, when your opinion on what is right and wrong suddenly seems one of the most vitally important things in the world, and it is ESSENTIAL that the other guy's point of view is corrected?

Well, OK. It's your life. You stay there and look condescendingly down at us normal humans if you like. I for one LOVE bickering over a pint or two about something that can't be proved one way or the other - and so do most people.

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Fedora 17: Mm.. this stew of beefy source tastes just right

Martin

Improved scrolling?

What on earth is improved scrolling?

You grab the scroll bar, and drag it up or down - and it works. That's what I've just done.

It's worked for twenty years or more. What on earth is there to improve?

And the "improved" scrolling has "harder to grab" scrollbars, which may be harder to use for some users. That's improved how, exactly? (At least they haven't gone for the disappearing/magically reappearing sometimes scrollbars that Ubuntu invented...)

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Ten... tablet survival accessories

Martin
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Re: 5 pages?!

Ah, but it looks better on a fondleslab as five separate pages.

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