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37 posts • joined 6 Mar 2008

APPLE FAILS to ditch class action suit over ebook PRICE-FIX fiasco

Daniel Barnes

I don't understand why Apples fine is 5x what the other companies are paying, surely it's a 50/50 blame situation? Or am I missing something?

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Plaintiffs: 'Hey judge! Soak Apple for $840m in ebook price-fixing suit'

Daniel Barnes

I don't understand, if it wasn't proven conclusively wouldn't that have resulted in a not guilty verdict?

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El Reg's contraptions confessional no.3: the Apple G4 Cube

Daniel Barnes

The design of the cube still impresses me, the convection cooling was a great idea which has sort-of been reused in the new Mac Pro.

It still puts a little smile on my face when I open one up. Flip it upside down, press the handle in, it pops out and you can lift all the guts out of the enclosure.

Although it started life as a 400mhz machine, mine's been modded with a 3rd party 1.5ghz cpu and a geforce 6200 which greatly improved performance over the stock config.

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DEATH-PROOF your old XP netbook: 5 OSes to bring it back to life

Daniel Barnes

The S10e makes a good little hackintosh on snow leopard, comparable performance-wise to the 12" powerbook 1.5ghz. Check out mymacnetbook.com, it has a great comparison chart of compatible netbooks.

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Full Steam Ahead: Valve unwraps plans for gaming hardware

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I would imagine each game would run a mini-benchmark on first run and automatically select the graphic level settings optimal for that machine. Very similar to how a lot of PC games work today. Hopefully they will still allow users to tweak the settings if they so wish.

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NEW ITV Player app IS HERE ... for Samsung fandroids only. Ha ha

Daniel Barnes

Upvoted for the cinepak/MegaCD reference.

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Can't beat the Nexus 7? Join it: Nook tablet gets Google Play store

Daniel Barnes

I picked up the Nook HD+ for my brother in law for the bargain price of £60, second hand but boxed and like new. I was pleasantly surprised by the build quality and the screen is really nice. I got it running cyanogen 10 and he was happy as larry!

With it now being able to access the play store and other googly apps I would probably recommend it to anyone after a mid-range android tab.

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Ten ten-inch tablets

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Apple's skinny new iMac line: Farewell, optical drives

Daniel Barnes

I'm a huge Apple fan, have been for many years (before they were 'cool' even). I love my macbook pro, iPhone, mini, iMac. I also love my windows gaming rig.

But I think removing the optical drive on a desktop machine is just daft when it doesn't change the footprint of the machine. It takes up the same amount of space whether it is 2 inches or 2 centimeters thick! It would have been nice for them to have included a blu-ray drive.

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Apple iPhone 5 review

Daniel Barnes

Being the rabid Apple fanboi that I am, you would have thought I would like this review, but I don't!

It's far too gushy and seemingly one-sided. There are no negative points, the new map app should be highlighted as a serious negative, I'm sure in the coming months it will be fixed and be great, but in the here-and-now it's crap!

There are a lot of good things about the iPhone 5, the cpu looks very tasty indeed and even though on paper it looks like it is sub-par compared to the likes of the S3, in reality it smokes it, but that is to be expected, it's a newer device. In a few months time an Android phone will be released that beats this one, that's just how technology works!

I like Apple products, have done since I was young, but I've also owned and enjoyed Android devices and before the iPhone came along I owned various Windows mobile devices too that I also enjoyed (apart from the spv e200, which had a horrendous joystick that kept breaking).

I've got an iPhone 5 on order, should be with me in a few days, it'll be a nice upgrade to my iPhone 4, but that's all it is, a phone upgrade. Nothing to get too excited or foaming-at-the-mouth about (for or against!).

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iPhone 5: skinny li'l fella with better display, camera, software

Daniel Barnes

Re: I'd hoped this was the progression of the iPhone...

To be honest, even being 6'6" with proportionate sized hands, the Galaxy S3 felt too wide (bought outright and sold a few days later), I went back to my iPhone 4. I'm looking forward to upgrading to the iPhone 5 when my contract runs out in December.

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Daniel Barnes
Happy

UltraHLE!

It just turned up out of the blue one day with emulation way ahead of competing emulators then was discontinued hours later. Even though I had an N64 at the time I remember being amazed at playing mario64 on my computer, even though using keyboard controls sucked!

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

Daniel Barnes
Happy

I've got an iPhone (jailbroken of course), I think it's great, it does everything I need it to do. I've had several Android (rooted and custom rom'd of course) handsets, I thought they were great too.

The way I see it is that without one, the other would not be as good. When the iPhone came out it was revolutionary, you may argue with that statement, but Apple took influence from loads of different places, tidied them up and put them all in 1 device. Which made a lot of established phone makers sit up and take notice and change direction with what they were doing (as seen in the evidence of the Apple vs Samsung trial).

Has iOS copied some things from Android, yes, absolutely, has Android copied things from iOS, yes, of course.

I don't care 1 bit, as long as both camps spur the other on to make a better OS/device then we are all winners.

I Like Apples 'walled-garden' approach, it stops my Mum and other family members and friends pestering me every other day asking if this or that program is safe to install because it's asking to have access to data on the phone and I know they are fairly safe from virus or malware attack as long as they stay within those walls! Which means there's one less thing for me to worry about.

Why can't we all just get along and stop bitching at each other? Can't we all just moan about Microsoft like the good old days?

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Cook's 'values' memo shows Apple has lost its soul

Daniel Barnes

Re: iPhone was a big risk, iPad was a big risk.

You are kidding, right?

I think you'll find releasing any product onto any market is a risk, a calculated risk probably, but a risk nonetheless.

The ipod didn't copy anything, it did the same basic function (play music) but as a whole package did it in a better way than the competition.

The iPhone included many features that smartphones already did, but did them better in most cases and wrapped it up in a sexy shell. Did you use a Windows phone pre-iphone? I sure did, I had quite a few, my favourite being the HTC Universal, great for typing on the move. But they were clunky and not very user friendly for anyone who wasn't a techie. What Apple did was make the user experience so much better and easier that even my nan could use it.

How many tablet computers were around before the iPad? Loads

Were they any good? No

They were laptops without the keyboard, with the some OS as laptops so they were clunky too and the user experience was awful.

If these Apple devices are just copies why did the industry suddenly decide to start releasing tablets for the masses and phones with capacitive screens and no physical keyboard until AFTER apple did? Because Apple led the way in user experience.

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Samsung: 'Apple's proto-iPhone Jony is a Sony phone phoney'

Daniel Barnes

I don't see what's so damning of Apple, it's not like they got hold of a Sony prototype sketch and copied it, one of Apple's designers was simply sketching ideas and asked himself "what would I design if I was working for sony?".

Personally I think these companies should stop wasting energy suing each other and just make great products, there are hardly any 100% original ideas anymore, just improvements.

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LG chisels wedge-shaped Ultrabook

Daniel Barnes

Has the side-on view picture even got a silver bezel around the screen? You can get the same spec macbook air for $1300, which has a higher res screen and a slightly faster cpu. Even if they didn't look the same why would you not get the Apple?

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'Apple's iPhone 4S ate our SIM cards'

Daniel Barnes

I love these topics, people take their selected choice of phone way too seriously. Most people on here are fairly intelligent (at least as far as tech goes), yet it always deteriorates into childish, schoolyard-type name-calling.

I have an iPhone 4 and have never had any problems with it, neither do I know anyone who has.

However I know that that doesn't mean other people aren't experiencing problems with theirs, it's the same as any mass-produced product, there will always be some bad ones slip through the net.

We all know it's the same for Android phones as well, and with the added fragmentation the platform has also, it's not surprising that lots of phones go without updates from operators, luckily the sterling work that Android communities do supporting these 'forgotten phones' negates a lot of this, but only for people like us who are tech savvy, you try talking your Nan through a custom rom install, you might as well teach her how to to program her VCR while you're at it.

On the flip side Apple's 'walled garden', while preventing non Apple-sanctioned apps, rogue apps and virus's to spread is a closed system, which has it's positive and negative issues that can also be negated by tech savvy people like ourselves in the form of jailbreaking.

I've been an Apple fan since the mid 90's, but I've also been a Windows user for many years and have supported a few Windows networks in my time. I've tried to like Linux (I really have!) But I think it's fragmentation issues have hindered it being adopted more widely and I don't think it will start gaining ground until there is just one linux or at least a reduced amount of distro's with the same underpinnings (package manager formats especially).

So in summary: Stop bitching at each other about the choices each other makes. Every platform has it's positive and negative points, just be happy with the choices you make for yourself.

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iPhone 4S pre-orders obliterate sales records

Daniel Barnes

1- Yes, it is good to look at, I'd have preferred a metal back like the original iPhone but that's down to personal preference.

2- It is a great UI, but if you want to change it, you can. There are plenty of shell replacements.

3- I'll agree with you on that one, it does have a lovely screen.

4- Can't comment on that as I've only got the galaxy to compare the cameras on (iPhone wins in comparison though)

5- If "most people" use a holster for their phone why is it when I walk down the street I don't see any holsters? According to you over half of people should be wearing a holster.

6- I've had 2 iphones and both have had brilliant build quality. think of foxconn like a baked bean company, they make beans for loads of different brands and at different qualities, so comparing your smart price beans to heinz and arguing they are both the same is pointless.

7- I've never had a problem with the battery in either of my iphones.

8- You're just being silly now, we both know the app store isn't just fart apps and other stupid things. everything in the app store is tested to make sure it works and doesn't contain anything malicious, unlike the android store where malicious code has made it through into the wild.

9- I've never had anything go wrong with either of my iphones but when the dvd drive died in my macbook pro it was back with me in 3 days with a new one fitted. I

10- I'm certainly not "the pretentious or privileged" type, I'm a floor layer.

11- What companies licensing terms are is nothing to do with me, or how good the iphone is.

The way apple have got everything set up is great for "most people" it's easy to use and 'just works' . If you want to play outside of the walled-garden you can jailbreak it and do what you will.

I'm no android hater, infact I quite like it, I've had a couple of android handsets and they were both good, but I prefer iOS.

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Schoolteachers can't teach our kids to code, say engineers

Daniel Barnes

I can't see this working unless the kids actually care about programming and do it as a separate course rather than rolled into a generic IT class.

When I was doing GNVQ IT at school (admittedly a few years ago now) we had 5 lessons a week, 1 lesson was taken by a maths teacher who had a free period and might have had a computer at home, which qualified him to take the class, 2 lessons by a mid-late 20's lady who had a nice pair-sonality and seemed fixated on everything being done in powerpoint presentation format.

The other 2 lessons were taken by someone who actually knew what he was talking about, ran the school network and smelled like tobacco and coffee (he also had a more than passing resemblance to Penfold from dangermouse) he was a great guy.

Unfortunately he had to dumb down the programming section of the course for the normal, non-geeky, students who had a hard time finding the @ key. You know the kind, the one's that type by floating their index finger randomly around above the keyboard until they find the letter they want. We ended up doing DOS batch files as a form of programming!

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Apple MacBook Air 11in Core i5 notebook

Daniel Barnes

It's not about the spec, the same spec can be had for a lot less from other manufacturers, it's about the overall package. The phrase 'The whole is greater than the sum of it's parts' springs to mind.

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Daniel Barnes

I've had mine for a few days now, and it's bloody marvellous! It's nothing like a netbook apart from it's similar size, it's a proper laptop in a smaller form factor. It's lightning fast, much faster than my 15" unibody macbook pro and the screen is lovely, much better than any laptop i've used before.

Yes the battery will die eventually, but it is replaceable by apple for £99, or you could do it yourself if you are out of warranty and by the time that happens these batteries will be churning out of china anyway at a much cheaper price.

I'd recommend one to anyone, even if they did insist on installing (shudder) windows on it.

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Apple breaks location-storing silence

Daniel Barnes
Jobs Halo

I don't get it

What's all the fuss about? Even if they could find out where you are, who cares, really? I certainly don't. Does it really matter or is it just you don't like Apple and/or iPhones so you must have a dig at every thing they do, even if it is innocent and you just didn't get it?

Whether you like it or not Apple and the iPhone have changed tech for the better, even if you don't use them whatever you do use will have been inspired by them in some way.

I have an Iphone 4, works great for me ta, then again so did the htc hero that it succeeded.

My guess is a load of thumbs-down and a couple of thumbs-up....

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Five amazing computers for under £100

Daniel Barnes

o2 joggler

The o2 joggler is a great toy for techies to play with, you can pick them up for around £50 too!

If you're not familiar with it, it's like one of those 7" digital picture frames, but it has a 1.2ghz atom with 512mb ram, gma500 graphics card, network port, wifi and usb and it has a capacitive touchscreen. It's just a shame it uses efi rather than bios otherwise it would run windows fairly well, but it can run linux with both mint and ubuntu 10.10/11.04 both ported to it!

The stock os that o2 bundle with it is ubuntu based with their own gui on top that has various webby things installed (internet radio, bbc iplayer, youtube, etc) plus you can send text messages to/from it.

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Boots punts over-the-counter paternity test

Daniel Barnes

@ indomitable gall

It's because the mother is guaranteed to have a legal right, if the bloke did it and it turns out he wasn't the father then he didn't have the legal right to sign consent.

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Sony sues PlayStation 3 'hackers'

Daniel Barnes

For that to work

Sony would have to replace every disc sold so far and those sitting on shop shelves/in the distribution channel. How long would that take? How pissed off would people get if everyone had to send their entire game collection to sony and wait a couple of months to get new copies back.

I'm not sure how many games have been sold to date but the postage would have to be paid (there and back), storage for all of them, new media, printing, remaking the games, 100's of peoples wages, storage for the new games, loss of sales, no doubt a class action suit in america, some sort of compensation for everyone and probably 100 other things i haven't even thought about.

It would cost them a fortune

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Apple iPad vs... the rest

Daniel Barnes

Crunchpad.....

It's been renamed and released as the JooJoo (which is now also dead, apparently).

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First day WinPho 7 sales top 40k, claims market watcher

Daniel Barnes

Give it some time..

When the iphone came out it was revolutionary, that's why so many people camped out to buy one and why it was sold out everywhere for ages. These days there are lots of good touchscreen devices around so the release of windows phone devices was always going to be a bit 'meh'.

This doesn't mean that it is rubbish, it just means that you cannot expect it to fly off the shelves like the iphone did/does. I'm sure uptake will be slow but steady and lots of people will get one when their contract runs out.

I won't be buying one myself, i'll stick with my HTC hero till it dies (or i get bored of it and fancy a new gadget) in which case I'll probably get another iphone. Not because I'm an apple fanboy (I am an apple fan however), but because I think it is a good device and does what i want it to do.

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First data fines on the way, says ICO

Daniel Barnes
FAIL

pointless

Would there be any point in the ICO fining public sector organisations? It's not like the money will be coming from their profits like it would a private company, instead it will come from our pockets the next year in the form of increased tax. Maybe instead they should be given the power to fire the useless numpties responsible and change the procedures, like disallowing sensitive information to be taken outside the secured offices via laptop/memory stick.

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Apple to sell 420,000 11.6in MacBook Airs this quarter

Daniel Barnes

RE: How can iPhans afford all these goodies in a single year?

While some people can afford to buy everything apple release most people will have bought one device or the other based on what they needed. Also, what do you mean by vapourware Lion? It's only just been announced, maybe you should look up the definition of vapourware.

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Swindon prepares for pill-popping, ghost-fleeing tournament

Daniel Barnes

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Sony claims 'lightest notebook' crown

Daniel Barnes
FAIL

How much?!

You can get a macbook air for that sort of cash. You'd get a better processor, better graphics card and a backlit keyboard, on top of that the air looks far, far better and is more than likely has a much better build quality!

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Lenovo IdeaPad S10e netbook

Daniel Barnes

Fair review

I've been using the S10e for about two weeks now, it's about the same as all the other netbooks on the market. I find the build quality and keyboard feel slightly better than most models. OSX runs a treat on it as well, bar the wired ethernet.

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'Lenny': Debian for the masses?

Daniel Barnes

I love reading these windows/linux bash threads

they're funny. Both Windows and Linux have legitimate uses but Linux will not become mainstream until it is unified, having 100 different distros all claiming to be the best does not help anything. Different package managers, different package types, different repositories (and not just one repository, lots of different ones, in different places holding different bits of the puzzle needed to install something).

Users simply won't be able to get their heads 'round it.

For example I want to install a piece of software, in windows or mac I go to the website, download it and install, that is it, job done. In linux I have to google for a bit to find what repositories I need access to, create/modify the repository list on my computer, run a package manager which will download the source, compile the source and finally install. why!?!

I can't be arsed with it, and I like to tinker. How are my grandparents going to do that, or my mum or most of my friends! It simply wont happen until there is one linux, or at the very least one way of doing everything, one type of package, one package manager and one big repository( or just an install file you can download from the programs website). I like linux, but I'm not devoted to it, like some people, I can just take a step back from it and see it for what it is, flawed.

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Apple unveils 17in MacBook, iLife tweaks, Tony Bennett

Daniel Barnes
Unhappy

D'oh

I love Apple, I think their hardware and software are top-notch. I've had ibooks, powerbooks, macbooks, iphones, I have a mac mini under my tv and have hacked osx onto my main pc, which works fantastically.

Having a non-replaceable battery on a laptop is a bad, bad move. With the build quality of their top-end hardware it could last 10 years! But if you can't replace the battery this laptop will soon become as portable as the length of the extension lead you have it plugged into! I am gutted about this cock up.

If Apple offer to replace the battery for the cost of a current new 17" battery (~£100) then fair enough, but if they charge for installing it I can see a lot of other mac fans being outraged by this as well!

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Shuttle X27D

Daniel Barnes

The cube rocked!

" Hmm, where have we seen that before?"

The difference being the G4 cube is absolutely gorgeous, a work of modern art and at the time of release it was actually quite powerful. This on the other hand is ugly and seriously underpowered in comparison.

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Scrap PCs smuggled, dumped in Africa, China

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Computer Vendors?

"The group also hit out at computer vendors (though it didn’t name names), saying that some have “shirked responsibility” for their equipment dumped in developing countries."

I don't think you can blame Dell or any other computer manufacturer for what happens after the customer has had enough of their machine, it's like blaming Cadbury's If I threw my dairy milk wrapper on the floor.

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Biometrics plan for London Olympic builders

Daniel Barnes

That's almost £20 per person!

I cannot believe how much this government is spending on the olympics, it's just a bunch of games that I couldn't give a rats ass about! £20 is just on security (that's bound to increase), how much more money are they going to waste in bringing the olympic games to london? If the government started using the money we give them on things we need, like schools/hospitals/police/etc rather than things THEY want then this country would be a much better place to be.

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