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Amazon fuses LoveFilm, subs service, calls it Prime Instant Video

Tom Richardson

Re: Prime one-day delivery? Ha!

Strange, all my Prime deliveries turn up next day and the Amazon Logistics delivery guys are really good, making the effort to do stuff like leave packages with the neighbours if applicable. I even had a call from one of them once offering to bring my package to work for me because it needed signing for.

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Inside IBM's vomit-inducing, noise-free future chip lab

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"Such is the noise-dampening, he reckons if you put one ear close to one of the walls your inner ear will become so unbalanced by the absence sound and you’ll feel dizzy and start vomiting."

... and you'll lose the ability to form a proper sentence?

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Undercover BBC man exposes Amazon worker drone's daily 11-mile trek

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NEWSLASH: Manual, repetitive job sucks

More at 12 from the complete obvious, boring new department.

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Samsung touching up ROUNDED, CURVY plastic enhanced MODEL

Tom Richardson

No discernible unity?

If you move your thumb from side to side you will observe that the tip describes an arc, not a straight line. If the curve on this unit is right, operating it will be a lot ergonomically easier on the hand and thumb to use one-handed. And we all know what's useful for.

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Opera unveils iPad-only browser

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No tabs?

Sod that.

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Women in IT: ‘If you want to be taken seriously, dress like a man’

Tom Richardson

Re: Women are discriminated against

They are in IT.

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It's all in the wrist: How to write apps for the Pebble smartwatch

Tom Richardson

That's a lot of code for a bouncing ball.

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Not work! - Firmware hacks

Tom Richardson
Unhappy

Re: Great hardware, grotty software

I worked as a field test engineer for Moto during this period, and the phrase WORKS AS INTENDED dredges up an old familiar sinking feeling...

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Meet the stealthiest UK startup's app Swiftkey - and its psychic* keyboard

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Feeling poor? WHO took all your money? NOT capitalist bastards?

Tom Richardson
WTF?

Stick to tech

Between your ill-informed climate change denial and your Tory-loving politics you're pretty close to losing a reader here, Reg. Please stick to technology stories. You're at least passable at that.

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What killed Motorola? Not Google! It was Moto's dire software

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Thumb Up

I used to be a Test Engineer working on handsets for Motorola, so thanks for that horrific little wander down memory lane.

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US condom rules 'will cause nasty RED RINGS on porn stars' todgers'

Tom Richardson

Easily fixed.

I have a solution for that one: http://www.theyfit.co.uk/

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WTF is... RF-MEMS?

Tom Richardson
Happy

"because 4G can’t yet to voice properly"

Still using the old monkeys and typewriters approach to writing I see.

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PayPal drops into McDonalds, begs meat-guzzlers to give it a bonk

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FAIL

Somewhat disingenuous....

Pay by bonk *phones* may be available in the UK but there aren't any services you can use them with! That might explain the so called "lack of interest".

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Arcam rPac

Tom Richardson

But...

You could get an M-Audio Fast Track 2 for less money, or a Fast Track Pro for the same money and have a shitload of extra functionality. And it would probably sound better. If you could notice the difference.

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BYOD sync 'n share

Tom Richardson

SpiderOak is better.

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Half of Apple fanbois would bank with the iPad titan

Tom Richardson

If Apple went into banking...

You'd only be able to use your iCards to pay for products and services that approved of.

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Amazon's cloudy vid-tablet breaks cover: Not an iClone

Tom Richardson
WTF?

I don't really know why this is called a Kindle...

...and I think it's diluting the Kindle brand to call it one. A kindle to me is an e-book reader. This Amazon tablet lacks the two things that make the Kindle such a great e-book reader: e-ink and long lasting battery.

I'm also going to hazard a guess that given this tablet's far greater potential for data use, it's not going to have the included forever-free 3G connection that the Kindle has either.

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How to... re-energise your Android smartphone's OS

Tom Richardson
FAIL

Article Title Fail

I already have CM7 on my Desire so it doesn't affect me, but I like that you call an article "How to... re-energise your Android smartphone's OS", and then skip over the "How To" bit entirely.

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Hackers crack crypto for GPRS mobile networks

Tom Richardson

GPRS != your conversations

Cracking GPRS allows you to intercept people's data, not their conversations.

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ASA rules BT Wi-Fi service works with invisible routers

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To be fair to BT

My phone picks up BTOpenZone pretty much everywhere in my home town, and many other places I've been including in the local park, car parks, and walking down the street in residential areas. SO I don't actually think this claim is particularly disingenuous.

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Android and iOS get a little Minecraft love

Tom Richardson
FAIL

Subscription model

Er... not really? You pay once, to own the full game. The demo is free and lacks many features. How is that a subscription model?

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It's official: Nokia bets on Microsoft for smartphones

Tom Richardson

This is a terrible, terrible idea.

Nuff said.

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Apple seeks touchscreen display mouse patent

Tom Richardson
FAIL

Yeah right...

Like they're ever going to bother making these when they haven't even got round to making mice with 2 buttons yet.

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Sony Ericsson lights up Xperia Arc

Tom Richardson
WTF?

No internal storage?

None at all? Are you sure about this? Because unless SE have done some serious fiddling, not all Android apps can be installed to the SD card, are Arc users simpley not going to be able to use these apps? And what about widgets and launchers and things which don't work very well when consigned to external storage, because Android tries to load them before the SD card is properly mounted?

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Angry Birds struggle to take on Androids

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WTF?

What?

"and developers are going to have to spend more time understanding the limitations of the hardware if we're not going to return to the arcane technical requirements that used to adorn the sides of software boxes. "

What on earth are you talking about? I can only assume you're referring to software for desktop machines - you do realise that we still have system requirements for that, right?

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Nokia slips out Designed By Community handset

Tom Richardson

Nah...

It's only really similar to the N8 in that it's a touch screen slate. And I'll bet the OS they're referring to is not Symbian (hint: come on it's really obvious what it is).

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Google warns Chrome Canary is only for the brave

Tom Richardson
Go

That's odd....

I've been using it all day and haven't had a single issue yet...

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'Minimalist, whimsical' Google search given Bing-like overhaul

Tom Richardson
FAIL

Yeah

I don't see any of this stuff either.

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LHC particle-punisher in record 7 TeV hypercollisions

Tom Richardson
Flame

Paging Dr. Freeman...

There'll be a resonance cascade by bedtime, you mark my words.

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Google auto-alerts Gmailers to suspicious log-ins

Tom Richardson
FAIL

Great...

I've already seen this page once, my work involves my connecting to different VPNs at different times and Google seems to see this as me bouncing around over the globe.

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Brits take iTablet moniker for 12in iPad rival

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Jobs Horns

pwned.

Although it always takes Apple to get the marketing right. I expect now that they have broken the concept of the tablet PC with the general public, other manufacturers will have a much easier time selling them. Much like they did with the mp3 player.

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Designer pitches iPad gaming wheel

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Megaphone

Is it really called iDift?

Or should that be iDrift?

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Government expects £277m from vetting scheme

Tom Richardson
FAIL

CRB checks are a joke

A friend of mine is currently waiting to start work with mentally challenged adults. I say currently waiting because he cannot start until he has his CRB check done - something that was requested half way through November and is still not complete. Meanwhile, he is unable to earn any money in the job he has already got because he cannot work. Just to help financial matters he his girlfriend is pregnant and is due in a matter of weeks. Well done, government.

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NASA CO2 scan satellite launch fails

Tom Richardson

So...

What happens to the satellite, does it fall back to earth now or what?

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Ten of the best... noise-isolating earphones

Tom Richardson

@Pete

While what you say is true, you're making an assumption that everyone's using these in exactly the same way. Yeah, I do listen to some 128kbps mp3s through my Sennheisers CX500s, but I also use them for listening to FLACS, and for auditioning mixes from my studio in .wav format to get an idea what they're going to sound like on consumer earbuds as opposed to my monitors. But that aside, I don't see anyone claiming that they are going to magically improve the quality of your source. They do a great job of filtering outside noise and I haven't seen anyone claim anything more than that. That filtering of noise greatly enhances the *perceived* sound quality.

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Tom Richardson

What?

No mentioned of Sennheiser's CX300, 400 or 500s? You've failed.

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iPhone and iPod Touch dominate handheld web traffic race

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Thumb Up

User Agents

@ Paul, AC. When using Opera Mini, to some sites it sends a generic Opera Mini user agent, to others, it makes a combined Opera Mini/handset specific user agent generated by the proxy. Try it on a couple of those "what's my IP" sites, you'll see. Even when it's just the generic opera mini one though, your device is still being identified in the header seperately fromthe user agent by "X-Opera-Mini-Phone-UA=<original deviceUA" and "OperaMiniPhone = <device name>".

Maybe this is different if you've installed OM yourself rather than getting a phone with it reloaded.

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Tom Richardson

V3?

I'd seriously question the V3 usage stats. Not least because on some handsets combined with certain builds of Opera Mini, the Opera Mini proxy just defaults to sending a Motorola V3 user agent instead of the one for the handset you're actually using.

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HTC waves wand, pulls second Android phone out of hat

Tom Richardson

So...

I assume they've implemented a touch screen keyboard then? Since the G1 doesn't actually have one.

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Motorola swings axe again

Tom Richardson

Beaten to it..

I came here to post exactly what Ralph B did.

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Pirates pee on Amazon's MP3 parade

Tom Richardson

It's not exactly clear...

Does this plugin just search for the same track on the pirate bay and direct you to a torrent of it, or actually allow you to steal it directly from Amazon?

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Nintendo in profit on each Wii sold

Tom Richardson

@Ian Michael Grumby

You can boot up Linux on a Wii, that's no great feat mate. I think engineering a device that enterprising hackers *aren't* able to get Linux running on would be more of an achievement.

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Lori Drew guilty in MySpace bully trial

Tom Richardson

Good old British journalism...

El Reg's headline is "Lori Drew guilty in MySpace bully trial" while the BBC lead with "Woman cleared of MySpace bullying". What a confusing start to my day.

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Nokia introduces second 6260

Tom Richardson

Yeah..

Nokia have recycled quite a lot of their model numbers recently, I have no idea why. Very irritating for carriers who have to set them all up on content provisioning and device management systems when there are already phones call the same thing.

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(Real estate) developer sues Apple over Jesus Phone browser

Tom Richardson

Opera have been doing this longer

With Opera Mini. Oh wait, they don't have as much money as Apple do they?

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Warcraft player suffers seizure after marathon gaming session

Tom Richardson

I'm confused..

As to how this is a hardware story. Wetware, maybe.

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BlackBerry Javelin to spear RIM's Bold and Curve?

Tom Richardson
Thumb Down

Are you sure?

Last I heard, the Javelin didn't have 3G.

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Tragic Twitterers tweet goodbye to family life

Tom Richardson
Paris Hilton

Er...

That picture you've captioned "Rory Cellan-Jones" is actually Rob Brydon.

Paris because she is also stupid.

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Apple bans iPhone app for changing version number

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@Richard Cartledge

The cellular network is not suitable for streaming relatively low bitrate audio?! Better tell that to all the people using Youtube on their phones then, oh and T-Mobile UK with the mobile IPTV streaming services. If it can't handle audio it definitely can't do video.

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