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Whoever you vote for, Google gets in

Tony Paulazzo

Google's influence creates some ironies, particularly with libertarian and pro-business groups.

How better to win the 'game' than to play the 'game?

I would rather have Google on 'our' side than theirs and let's face it, SOPA probably would have gone thru' without 'some' powerful friends in the background.

Just maybe their 'do no evil' mantra is taking a look at the long view, maybe, I hope...

Ah fukit! I'd like to be the first to welcome our Googly overlords, please may we have some broadband fibre?

Something to do with lying with dogs and fleas, the sky falling or burning, Romans invading a little Gaulish village.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS

Tony Paulazzo

It issued the following statement in a bid to head of a potential consumer backlash

I think you seriously over estimate the power of a 30 second news report on BBC's Click.

Also, most people will turn off this security features after a few hours as the drag fingerprint sensor (or the one I tried to use at least on an HP laptop), was notoriously crap unless you dragged your finger at precisely the same speed and angle as when it was learning - which probably explains the unlimited tries thing. I mean, if you're going to copy Apple, do it better not worse.

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Snowden-inspired crypto-email service Lavaboom launches

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Their web page is already snooping...

The easy way:

http://www.abelhadigital.com/hostsman

been using it for years, and Noscript is now the only reason I stick with Firefox.

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Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment

Tony Paulazzo

Re: It must be said repeatedly...

When I read the last article about this I went online, deleted all my files on Dropbox then deleted the deleted files (the first deletion doesn't actually delete anything), but I didn't close my account - most of those files are also on MS Onedrive and backed up on Google servers too, so the NSA/GCHQ definitely have a copy (I just consider it probably the safest backup storage available on the planet), but it is important to send Dropbox a message.

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Big Content goes after Kim Dotcom

Tony Paulazzo
Big Brother

Litigators will need to “pierce the corporate veil” to link van der Kolk, Ortmann and Dotcom to the copyright infringement to succeed.

American Corporations who own the entire media take foreigner to American court where it's already be proven the American DOJ is utterly corrupt and morally bankrupt in its search to attain guilty pleas (for lower prison sentences), so as to 'prove' how only the guilty are ever accused...

I personally think Dotcom is a big bully, happy to infringe and who made a lot of money from it, unfortunately he's met an even bigger bully with the colossal resources of the NSA to 'find' anything they need to fuck him over.

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Is Google really mulling building a US cellphone network? Allegedly, yes

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Dear Google

Yea, as much as everyone screams they're black hats in sheeps clothing, they are at least trying to shake up the telecoms industry in their country and introducing new ideas in the tech world.

I for one would welcome the Google overlord in the UK, I doubt they'd be any worse than the current lot - and we'd get free stuff!!! Just use Adblock. ;)

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Is this photo PROOF a Windows 7 Start Menu is coming back?

Tony Paulazzo

Re: LOL

I'll be sticking with the Start Screen, thanks all the same.

And that's great, but now, we all have a choice, which is better.

When my Lenovo is in tablet mode I'm happy using the Start Screen (and even, sometimes, the apps, tho' some of them are beyond craptastic), but when it's in secondary screen mode with primary large screen plugged in and USB keyboard & mouse I prefer the desktop with Start Menu.

It's all about choice.

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Samsung unveils fourth-generation Galaxy Tabs

Tony Paulazzo

Re: ... notoriously unreliable and Samsung can't bother to fix them

After four, count them, four times I've given up. Samsung does not want to replace the device, and refuses to acknowledge any problem because their technicians can't bother to leave a device on long enough to see it.

Film the problem, stick the vid and pics in an email whilst record delivery a letter with dates and times of returns and breakdowns with a threat of small claims court* - the threat is usually enough but be prepared to follow it up.

The reasons companies pull this shit is because we as consumers can't be arsed to follow it up - we have protections but we need to use 'em.

* Assuming you're based in the UK

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Facebook, you fools! Forget Oculus, you could have bought TRON-type headsets

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Interesting take on the 2 ways to solve a problem.

The price is also good I can see a lot of people just buying it to try

Guilty! I tried to stop myself, told myself something better would come along, went and did a bit of googling, then ordered one. I am so weak... Tho' with the 3D films part of it I doubt it'll languish in the cupboard, I'm a total sucker for 3D films (and VR looks to be pretty interesting if you could somehow stream the game from your PC).

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Microsoft issues less-than-helpful tips to XP holdouts

Tony Paulazzo

& don't install the latest Ubuntu on a 2 GB WinXP machine, it'll run like a dog, you need to go back a few iterations with maybe a different flavour - Xubuntu 12.10 worked ok for me on older hardware.

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Virtual reality? Two can play THAT GAME, says Sony: New headset revealed for the PS4

Tony Paulazzo

Re: I'm all for this stuff...

They could get into bed with Microsoft

If Sony are producing this (and get it to market in a reasonable state - price, quality, etc), then MS will need to jump into bed with something - unless they're working on VR in secret.

Consumer in supermarket, 'Will I buy PS4 or Xbone?' Store clerk, 'Well PS4 has more future proofing with this cool 3D VR headset at only an extra $??.?? and has cool six axis whatever the heck that is... Xbone just spies on you in your underwear for the NSA, lols.'

As a committed non console consumer, if they threw one of these in with the PS4 I might just uncommit.

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French novel falls foul of Apple's breast inspectors

Tony Paulazzo

Re: America's distorted view of Freedom®

In the recent 'Dawn of the Dead' remake, a scene showing a half naked female zombie shuffling towards our hero and you see her thru' the windshield. In the UK version you see her fully naked dead breasts but for the American release they had to digitally put blood spatter on the windscreen to hide them.

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Satya Nadella's first act may be to launch Office for iPad

Tony Paulazzo

So, they're going to sell it for £15? Although, if it's gonna be as good as their MS Notes for ipad, they seriously shouldn't even bother. Quickoffice for ipad (now owned by Google), can open, edit and style retain all the latest MS Office formats (Word, Excel & Presentation), ten bucks - been using it for years, I don't need Office (tho' I suppose Outlook would be quite nice - but even there, the ipad email and calender utilities work as well as I need it).

I suppose it's going to be for companies who don't mind paying over the odds for ease of use.

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comiXology's Phantom Zone breached by villainous Haxxor

Tony Paulazzo

I'm buggered if I can remember my login details, the only problem when ipad remembers all that stuff for you.

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Beta tasting: The Elder Scrolls Online preview

Tony Paulazzo

dodging and blocking have saved my life on several occasions but it does take heaps of stamina.

It's the first Elder Scrolls game where stamina was as important as the other two. I thought that was good.

if you pre-order you get this code automatically

Review or advert? and their first paygate.

Overall I had a blast, huge Elder Scrolls fan, from Arena all the way through to Skyrim, MMO newby, only Star Trek Online (and now SWTOR to get used to MMO's).

I loved the crafting, the environments, mostly the quests - tho' they started to feel a little samey after level 7, I found fighting better in third person, exploring in first - awesome sunsets.

Didn't get to PVP.

Dislikes: The three realms felt very... similiar; no Argonian marshlands, no wood elves deep forests, the high elves buildings fusing into the landscape, Redgard deserts. Also the 'You're the hero who will save everyone just like all the other bunny hopping wannabes surrounding you.'

In Star Wars: The old republic, it gives you eight totally unique storylines to play thru for each class, ESO has three (two of them fairly similar up to lvl 10). The Mage, Fighter and Undaunted guilds share the same storyline no matter where you come from.

Swtor gives you choice in quest rewards - or sell for a decent price, ESO appears to delight in giving you great equipment that you can't use or sell for a fraction of it's worth (green text heavy armour sells to you for 650 gold, sellable by you for 8 poxy gold), the economics feels broken. Tho I did craft a really nice medium armour for myself - the crafting looks amazing and deep.

Also, I thought Tamriel was going to be one entire continent - it's not, you can't even walk from zone to zone, I tried, there's an invisible wall blocking your progress - so much for my desire to walk from Daggerfall to Morrowind.

Will I buy it? At £40 and no sub - yes, at £10 a month and free download - yes. But at £40 primary rental price (you stop paying it stops working), £10 a month plus a £20 paygate to get extra's (before release) - no!

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Dark matter killed the dinosaurs, boffins suggest

Tony Paulazzo

Dark Matter, the hypothetical stuff we can't see but which should probably be there in order for our models of reality to work

Best line, ever. Douglas Adams would be proud!

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Windows XP market share GROWS AGAIN, outstrips Win 8.1 surge

Tony Paulazzo

So, when the great central update machine is finally turned off, will Microsoft be removing their DRM (Windows Genuine Advantage) off every copy of XP out there, or when you reinstall XP on an old machine will the activation servers still be running?

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Steve Jobs statue: Ones and ohs and OH NOES – it's POINTING at us

Tony Paulazzo

Looks like a shit creature from John Carpenters 'The Thing' that got edited out in post production.

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Bad luck, n00bs: Mozilla to splurge ADS inside empty Firefox tiles

Tony Paulazzo

For fucks sake!

The Hitchhiker's Travel Guide describes the Marketing Department of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation as:

"A bunch of mindless jerks who'll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes." *

Why don't they put a little 'support us here' button on their toolbar that disappears for 6 months when you do so? If they do this and it circumvents Noscript and Adblock I'm giving up and going back to IE.

* Root canal yesterday, still tender and the Elder Scrolls Online beta finished, so I'm pissed <off>.

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Windows 8.1 becomes world's fourth-most-popular desktop OS

Tony Paulazzo

Re: And what have we learned Microsoft?

I hate Office 2013 interface, it looks like shit - at least Win8.1 has the desktop and a start button (tho the shutdown options are still hidden away, you can at least start typing shutdown in the start screen and the option pops up), there's no prettying up the latest Office.

Whoever designed it should be taken out and beaten up by all the other designers.

Wanker! (missed my meds today:)

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EU warns United States: SHAPE UP on data protection OR ELSE

Tony Paulazzo

Viviane Reding

I fucking love that woman! She's awesome, always sticking up for the proletariat.

Eat the rich - except for Viviane Reding!

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Blocking BitTorrent search sites 'ineffective': Pirate Bay ban lifted for Dutch ISPs

Tony Paulazzo

Overblown sense of entitlement...

Completely different kettle of fish, but I've been playing Star Wars: The Old Republic for two weeks - completely free and completely legitimately, and this morning I paid them for two months subscription.

As a subscriber you do get things the free version doesn't (but importantly nothing that stops you from levelling up - if a little slower), but it's more my desire to support the developers that made me take out my debit card.

They in turn populate the game with more stuff (and other people playing for free to ensure the servers are well stocked - what's an MMO without other players?).

I think what I'm trying to say here is (TL;DR); if you give me what I want then I'll return the favour.

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Lenovo Yoga 10: Mediocre tech, yes, but beautifully fondleable

Tony Paulazzo

the memory card slides all the way into the slot so I only managed to trigger the spring to get it back out with the aid of an expertly bent paper clip

I actually think this is a plus, stick a 64GB card in there and forget about it, and the rounded edge reminds me of the vanished Notion Ink Tablet, which I liked the look of. Great price too.

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HP sticks thumb in Microsoft's eye, extends Windows 7 option for new machines

Tony Paulazzo

Re: User friendliness

Because it does what Microsoft * think* I should want it to do.

This was their only mistake. 8.1 isn't a bad OS, just the UI with no name, and then, only in non-touch screen mode (and maybe those stupid apps).

Choice for the customer, (anyone remember 'the customer is always right'?) - 'How do you want your operating system to work?'

The simple inclusion of a start menu and desktop choice for those wanting it and I reckon the world would have hailed 8.1 as a worthy Windows upgrade.

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NSA: It's TRUE, we grab 200 MILLION of your text messages A DAY globally

Tony Paulazzo

Eat the rich!

Ewige Blumenkraft und ewige Schlangenkraft

Two thirds of the world are still going hungry or cold, whilst one third of the world are eating themselves to death whilst making the very air we breath toxic - and they say the lizards aren't in charge.

Always cry "Theater" in a crowded fire. 'Bob Dobbs - Church of the Subgenius.'

Slack is where it's at!

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Fine! We'll keep updating WinXP's malware sniffer after April, says Microsoft

Tony Paulazzo

Old systems still working

What about all those old systems that are still working but simply can't run Vista/7/8.1. I've come across people running XP with the original 512MBs. MS is effectively saying dump 'em and buy new systems, not very eco friendly in a world suffering unseasonable weather effects that may be due to climate change (not saying it is), to just put more stuff in the landfills. With their billions in profits how much is it costing them to just keep XP security updated anyway?

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Cassini spots MEGA-METHANE SEAS on the north pole of Titan

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Star Citizen

That landed one with the people under her nose looks awesome.

Someone really should get all the meticulously mapped parts of our neighbours and turn them into flight sims. I really want to fly along Mars Valles Marineris... Hoping David Braben (Elite) will get that stuff in.

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I KNOW how to SAVE Microsoft. Give Windows 8 away for FREE – analyst

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Pah!

Or perhaps they should consider continuing the free upgrade policy to 8.2

This!

In fact, if they don't do this then MS deserve everything they get. They should have done it for Vista to 7, generated a lot of good will and probably gotten a better response to the abomination that is 8, knowing we could trust 'em to fix it... eventually.

DISCLAIMER I'm running a touchscreen netbook / tablet with Win8.1 full and don't hate it - spend most of my time on the desktop.

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Lantern lights the way to web freedom for Great Firewall prisoners

Tony Paulazzo

Uh, hello, hello?

Oh, hi kettle, this is pot. Black!

Tho' from reading the article, will it protect from spying? if the Chinese government can, I'm sure the US & UK will join in. We really need a (Star Trek nerd reference coming up), fractal encryption key to be released into the wild - who's gonna break Gods own invention?

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Eurocrats recommend right to sue American companies over snooping

Tony Paulazzo

I bet the NSA and FBI have shitloads of data on Viviane Reding, she's just so outspoken, and usually on the peoples side. Man I wished she were running the British government - she'd tell GCHQ to tell the NSA to FUCK OFF AND DIE!

Not anonymous as... well, what's the point really.

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Don't PANIC, but these SMARTWATCH-stuffed boxes are going NOWHERE

Tony Paulazzo

Re: A smart watch would be of interest to me if...

They just stick to the basics

eink tech and bluetooth with battery lasting weeks, not hours since most info is just text based.

touch screen so you can scroll thru and read emails, texts etc, and mic & speakers to answer phone still in pocket.

Price point: £50 (maybe given away free with phones, like bluetooth headsets).

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Supreme Court can't find barge pole long enough to touch NSA lawsuit

Tony Paulazzo

How brave of the supreme court to uphold the constitution they were created to protect.

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Indonesia turns Twitter into very leaky diplomatic bag

Tony Paulazzo

So, it's UK, USA & AUS all fucking with democracy and spying on their 'friends', also, all countries El Reg residing in, synchronicity? or are you the oil in the fly in the ointment? uppity serfs want to know...

Also, who the fcuk are Indonesia, do they make our iProducts or own oil - or do they hold a <shudder>, special relationship with China?

Wouldn't it be funny if the European Union threw us (UK), out for having alleged ties with American expansionism & creeping tyranny, and created their own internet which we couldn't access. Being that the Europeans have a healthy regard for consensual adult entertainment it would be better than ours and still child friendly.

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Everything's going to be all white: Google Nexus 5 mobe expected Friday

Tony Paulazzo

Re: No sale

sd slot and removable battery

Since using Google Play and having my entire music library up there and it streaming well, my demands for an SD slot on the phone have vanished (I don't watch vids on my phone or play games - that's what my iPad's for (which taught me how to live without an SD card)). As long as there's space for a few favourite albums when online is off, I'm good - and I've never replaced a battery (tho' I'd trade a couple of millimetres extra thickness for a more powerful battery).

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TWO THIRDS of Retina iPad mini shoppers will weep this holiday season

Tony Paulazzo

I'm still with iPad3. Cannot stand the widescreen aspect that most of the tablet market follows. Not too tempted by the air tho', no fingerprint unlock and I don't really play any games that need that power omph, and no extra battery life. I'm also lucky enough to be strong enough that I can hold the iPad3 in one hand for some time before becoming fatigued.

Ideal tablet still waiting for: 4.3 ratio, pressure sensitive with pen included @ a Google price with offline voice and text recognition.

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Windows 8.1: A bit square, sure, but WAIT! It has a Start button

Tony Paulazzo

Windows 3.1 had more flexibility than Windows 8. When windows XP came out there was an option to make it look like Windows 98. From an aesthetic point of view Windows 8 looks worse than iOS seven. If customers want a start menu, give them a start menu, if a start screen is better they will eventually start to use that instead, but never force a customer into doing something they don't want to do. Economic's 101.

I use Ubuntu 13.04 (dual booting with Windows 7), and I prefer Unity and iOS 7 over Not Metro. I am dictating this on my iPad 3 and have an android phone (cyanogen mod 10.2). I love technology and operating systems that make hardware dance - but I dislike Not Metro (loved 98SE, XP and 7, IBM OS2 & Warp, MS and DR DOS).

And it's not because I'm too stupid to find the shutdown option in the 'Charms' menu, or the missing Start menu, or too lazy to press the start button on the keyboard, or the fact that it's become a bit of a spyware program in its own right, or the clusterfuck that is UEFI, it is simply that Microsoft have stopped listening to me, to allow me to work the way I want.

Having said all that, I'll probably still check out 8.1, as I do like a challenge.

EOL.

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Google's leaky ship spills new Nexus 5 photos, $349 price tags all over web

Tony Paulazzo

I want one, as my htc sensation with cyanogenmod 10.2 is getting kind of long in the tooth (hardware wise), and tends to shut down whenever I use sat nav. But I do want to know if it come's with uk offline dictation as I'm getting used to talking to my phone and it annoys me when you can't reach the google or apple servers.

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A $17.3bn fine, you say? Samsung begs for five-year patent war truce

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Sad Situation

Are you American?

Nothing of value is ever free in life. Anyone who is willing to work hard, should reap the rewards of their labor. Not the lazy POS watching from the side and giving opinions on how to do things.

Consider the fucking lillies in the field... A Quote - although, I don't actually disagree with you, work hard & get rewarded, unfortunately in our present economic climate, those that do (or want to) work hard are generally the ones getting shafted whilst the tricksters and shysters running companies & banks (and Hollywood) are getting all the rewards - it's not the pretty girl behind the counter at your favourite bank that's pulling down a billion a year, she's the one likely to be laid off at the first sign of trouble.

You need to either read the book "Atlas Shrugged" or watch the movies to get a clue.

You need to watch / play any distopian film / game where corporations are in charge. It's not pretty - eg. Weyland Yutani.

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Snowden: NSA whacks US in the WALLET, slurps millions of contacts books

Tony Paulazzo

America is slowly sinking into the sea of irrelevance - the death cries of a civilisation are always loudest near the end, but if you have children I would ensure that they learn to speak Chinese for the future. End of line.

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Billionaire dumps Apple stock because Steve Jobs was 'really awful' guy

Tony Paulazzo

Or, maybe, he knows something the rest of us don't about the markets

Yea, from what I hear...

http://www.moneynews.com/Outbrain/billionaires-dump-economist-stock/2012/08/29/id/450265?PROMO_CODE=FE8A-1

there's a few of 'em...

- and here in the UK we're looking at future power blackouts because the energy companies profits aren't obscene enough!

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iOS 7 SPANKS Samsung's Android in user-experience rating

Tony Paulazzo

I don't understand

Why is iOS 6 & 7 listed? 7 is just a theme pack with some extra's thrown in...

In addition, its lack of customization contributed to WinPho's poor showing in user-experience friction, as well.

As opposed to ios' inability to change anything you might not like? (locked in browser, user selected colour combinations, missing widgets, not allowed VLC, no fullscreen Safari for ipad, no onscreen customisation aside from folders etc etc etc).

Also, I think Fandroids like to bitch more than iTards.

DISCLAIMER: I own an iPad3 (with iOS7 - which I like) and Cyanogen rooted HTC Sensation (running Jelly Bean 4.2 so sweet).

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it ... Win Phone 8? No, it's APPLE'S iOS 7

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Looks a lot nicer

Still is bookshelves, check out iBooks app.

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Tony Paulazzo

Re: ipad review?

Still no full screen on Safari for iPad users. Why do Apple hate me? And still no touch navigation or choosing your default browser (like icab browser which does do full screen and touch navigation).

CC handily also provides direct access to the Calculator and Camera apps, and the Timer section of the Clock app... ...a button that lets you use the camera’s flash as a torch.

Except on the iPad, timer and camera only.

And as for anti skeuomorphism, there's still notepad, camera and a few others, and the games centre icon imparts no information just bubbles...

Think I'm going back to jail broken 6.1.2.

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Microsoft announces iPad amnesty for fanbois

Tony Paulazzo

The offer will only run until October 27, which presumably is when Surface 2 is slated to hit the streets

Ah... Was almost tempted there for a pico second... alternatively, sell my ipad3 with 32GB for approx £300 on ebay then buy a Surface Pro 2 on release...

British people are not being offered the gift card

Oh, well - Fuck you too Microsoft! I won't bother, I'm obviously not the market you are after.

I'll just keep the ipad and feel safer doing online banking.

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There she blows! Mid-October release date for Windows 8.1 sighted

Tony Paulazzo

Microsoft won't post the release-to-manufacturers (RTM) build on either MSDN or TechNet

So just like Barrack Obama's review on global spying, Microsoft are saying a massive fuck you to, well pretty much everyone...

Well, not their Xbox fans obviously.

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Snowden's secure email provider Lavabit shuts down under gag order

Tony Paulazzo

“it is not necessary to accept everything as true, one must only accept it as necessary.' 'A melancholy conclusion,' said K. 'It turns lying into a universal principle.”

― Franz Kafka, The Trial

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Leaked docs: SOD squad feeds NSA intelligence to drug enforcement plods

Tony Paulazzo

Re: This is funny

Some people act like this is a bad thing.

I think it's more like annoyance that we (the people) can't break the laws whilst those in power shit all over those same laws with utter impunity.

Politicians lie and commit treason by destroying the constitution, soldiers torture suspects, the police murder civilians, bankers destroy the economy and they all get big fat bonuses - meanwhile, you smoke a joint and get placed into the slave trade (ie the American penal system) - get caught three times and lose your liberty for a long while..

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Psst. Want to stop the data drip of leaky clouds but don't know how? Look here

Tony Paulazzo

So what non American options are there El Reg? Is Ubuntu One UK based in place of Dropbox? Is there a Pirate Bay version of Evernote? A Mega email solution. Time to sack American Data Thieves...

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Microsoft Surface sales numbers revealed as SHOCKINGLY HIDEOUS

Tony Paulazzo
Happy

Re: Have you actually used a surface RT?

Yes, because I'm totally going to splash out £279 (£133 for schools natch - but not students or teachers), + £120 for the better keyboard before slagging it off in El Reg's hallowed pages.

Actually, at this point, I'm not sure I'd even buy it at fire sale prices - there's a stink of desperation about it.

Would love a Surface Pro tho'.

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