* Posts by NB

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Another lick of Lollipop: Google updates latest Android to 5.0.1

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FAIL

Sorry but lollipop simply isn't a consistent experience across devices.

Runs like a dream on my N4, runs like a 3 legged dog with congenital syphillis on my N7(2012), graphically great on my N10 but the wireless on that device no longer does more than 60kb/s making it useless since it's primary function used to be for streaming media.

Just because there are negative reports about an android update doesn't mean apple fanboys are trolling. There are some very real problems with this release that google needs to address.

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Dutch firm passes the world's first e-spliff to the left hand side

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Why the nice flavours?

Because why the fuck not? I'm an adult and my favourite flavours of e-liquid are watermelon and blackcurrant.

If we're going to get stupid about nice tasting e-liquids we'd better go all the way on the dumbfuck train and ban any alcoholic drinks that don't taste like shite while we're at it.

WON'T SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN?

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Google forges a Silver bullet for Android, aims it at Samsung's heart

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Re: Undaunted

Sailfish is Jolla's OS iirc.

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: Great changes, but sssh don't mention the...

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Re: Which flavor folks?

Do you know your way around a Linux system? Are you comfortable with CLI based installation procedures? Then try Arch linux. It takes a bit longer to set it up but once that's out of the way it's a power users dream machine.

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Facebook to BLAST the web with AUTO-PLAYING VIDEO ads

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*shrugs* Adblock Plus works in firefox on my desktop and my phone.

Fuck you Zuck. Fuck. You.

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We'll predict your EVERY MOVE! Facebook's new AI brain talks to El Reg

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Facebook has ads? I adblocked the shit out of it and everything in the right hand column (especially that creepy stalker ticker) ages ago and I use the mobile site with Firefox for Android (because it also has adblock). I also have ghostery so the creepy cunts can't track me online.

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Oracle showers gold on OpenStack, dreams of open-source splashback

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Not that it really needs to be said but Oracle are a parastic bunch of cunts. They contribute nothing and ruin everything they touch.

R.I.P OpenStack.

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Google unveils ten-year plan to build its ROBOT ARMY of the future

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Skynet in 3... 2... 1...

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Here's what YOU WON'T be able to do with your PlayStation 4

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Re: Storefront Technology

> Which begs the question...

No. To beg the question is to assume it has already been answered. This raises the question. It does not beg it.

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Apple's first iPhone now COSTS MORE than golden mobe 5S

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Fucking hipsters

Seriously... Fucking hipsters.

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Ubuntu 13.10: Meet the Linux distro with a bizarre Britney Spears fixation

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Meh

I already have an excellent search function.

It's called find.

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Google whips the sheet off new Gmail interface

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Meh

Re: They've reinvented the portal!

Pepperidge Farm remembers...

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Nokia shareholder tells CEO Elop he's going to hell

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Re: Oh Dear

> Meego looked awesome but they refused to sell it in the UK also presumably as part of this agreement

Umm, I got a N900 a couple of years ago with Meego from carphone warehouse in the UK, I still have it at home in a drawer. At what point did they refuse to sell it?

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Ubuntu 13.04: No privacy controls as promised, but hey - photo search!

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Boffin

Enough

Personally I've had enough of *buntu, even Xubuntu 13.04 has been bloated with zeitgeist and loads of gnome and unity dependencies that have no logical reason to be there. I've jumped ship to Arch and couldn't be happier. It's fast, stable, does what I want, how I want and doesn't fuck about.

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First batch of Firefox OS phones sells out in hours

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Joke

Re: I'll wait...

Debian? Pah! Real men use Arch ;)

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Google shreds Reader in new round of 'spring cleaning'

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I honestly can't see how twitter could ever replace RSS for feed aggregation. The twitter stream always inevitably ends up getting horribly polluted with shit and the 140 character limit is just too limited for a news feed model. Does anyone know of any other good web based RSS aggregators that work across multiple platforms and devices? (Windows, linux and android preferably).

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Canonical announces Mir display server to replace X Windows

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Stop

And even after

All this is done, Unity will still be a horrible piece of shit to use on the desktop. Change for the sake of change is just fucking stupid especially when your projects goal is to create a Linux distribution that is easy for people to come to and pick up. Creating a 3rd desktop paradigm (that's a hideous piece of shit and a resource hog to boot) does not do anything for these goals.

It's as if OSX and Windows 7 had a filthy, shameful liason and Unity was the deformed bastard offspring of that unholy union. And that's why Ubuntu is hemorrhaging users who are all going to Xubuntu and Mint. Because those desktops are actually fucking usable.

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Python-lovers sling 'death threats' at UK ISP in trademark row

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Re: Extraordinary

Reminds me of this: http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2003/06/30

:)

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Ubuntu? Fedora? Mint? Debian? We'll find you the right Linux to swallow

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Xubuntu gets my vote

Fast light and the DE doesn't get in my way and is infinitely configurable. I've always found Unity to be horribly buggy and one of those terrible design mistakes that occur when some management type decides it's time to changes for changes sake.

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Apple rubbishes rumours of iPhone for the masses

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"smartphone leader"

Might have to actually start innovating and stop playing catch-up to Androids features if they want to do that. The Apple ecosystem has been stagnating for the last couple of years with each product really just being a rather unimpressive minor improvement on the last and with nothing new that hasn't already been done by the competition.

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Judge: There'll be no US Samsung ban, BUT no new trial with Apple either

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Boffin

Re: My word...

@AC 10:27

Wow, that's an awful lot of kool-aid you've drunk.

The answer to "It's the software" is very, very simple. Get a nexus device. They're cheaper than most of the competition (even the other android devices), they get all the software updates for Android and they outperform all of apples current offerings.

The apps are there for getting damn near anything and everything done on them. I code, manage servers on the go and even DJ at nightclubs on my Nexus 7. I've used it to write reports, RPG campaigns (google docs+drive integration is awesome for that), I can write quick apps in html5 straight to dropbox or googledrive and quickly deploy them to webservers using sftp in the ES filemanager. All of this on a non-rooted device and by the way, speech recognition software is much, much better on Android and as for Siri? Check out Google Now sometime. And then weep at the ineptitude of Siri.

Just sayin'.

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Valve chief confirms Steam-centric console-killing PC

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Re: Come on Valve, work on linux, ...

Not sure what your hardware setup is like but win8 + latest stable nvidia drivers works like a dream for me. Performance is just fine and if anything better than it was on win7. I'm just using a laptop with an nVidia 525GTX and I've been playing borderlands 2 with no problems at all.

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Evildoers can now turn all sites on a Linux server into silent hell-pits

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Boffin

Re: Bazinga

Actually it's 'Squeeze'

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Ten Linux apps you must install

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FAIL

Re: Most important thing any Linux user needs to install:

0/10

jimmies remain unrustled.

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Apple's poisonous Touch silently kills the GNOMEs of Linux Forest

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FAIL

Re: WOW!

Dude... You never go full retard.

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Monty Python legend Eric Idle and rockstar boffin Cox write a song

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Re: 14 Billion Years

That's awesome but I fear the internet has jaded me. I was actually surprised when it didn't end with a drawing of a fat woman and the words "Your mum".

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Privacy group damns Ubuntu's Amazon search marriage

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Xubuntu it is then.

Was considering an upgrade to 12.10 but it looks like I'll be doing clean root partition installs of xubuntu instead.

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Valve taps testers for Linux Steam

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Meh

Re: This is going to be funny

Obvious troll is obvious, 0/10.

And not a single jimmy was rustled that day...

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Windows 8 unleashed! Midnight launch for world+dog

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Re: I've got...(Not so) Funny joke

>>Sadly you're right because the real world consists mainly of real dupes [sic] who need to be led. For us "fantasists", who think before we buy, there's Linux to do all that Windows brags about (and some more). But thinking is required...

Let me know when Valve have finished porting Steam to linux and the games selection available is as good as that of Windows and then we'll talk. I'm happy to do all the important stuff on Linux, i.e work, coding, servers etc but until the games companies start supporting linux as a priority I'm stuck with windows and win8 is, under the hood, a good improvement on win7 in terms of memory footprint, speed and security. That's why I will be upgrading my windows partitions. It's a little frustrating to see all this crybaby whinging about win8's UI considering that you can just install a 3rd party start button and never see metro again, to me it smacks of bitching and whining purely for the sake of bitching and whining because everyone loves to complain about microsoft.

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Re: The title is too long. Someone please tell me...

Some of use do play minecraft ;) Whilst I hate java with a passion most people can only aspire to, there are (unfortunately) still some quite decent applications that are written in it. I've worked to eliminate java based programs from my desktop so that now I'm only left with minecraft and I've disabled it in my web browsers but it's still there. Lurking like some kind of hideous ghost of christmas past.

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Windows 8: Is Microsoft's new OS too odd to handle?

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ah the knees, methinks they doth jerk too much

I've been running Win 8 on my laptop since the customer release preview was made available and after you install Classic Shell in order to get your start button back and relegate metro to the lowest pits of hell (from whence it is never seen again), Win 8 actually becomes a very good OS.

I only run instances of Windows for gaming and Win 8 has not disappointed me. When I'm not gaming I dual boot into whatever flavour of Linux I'm using at the time (lubuntu atm, I like my desktop minimal and Unity is even more annoying than metro).

I most likely will be upgrading my desktop shortly after release but I'll be doing the usual research into whether or not all my hardware will be well supported and I'll double check my software as well to make sure there aren't any mission critical applications that might be broken in the process.

All this knee jerk hate spewing from the commentard community is, frankly, disappointing. But then I expected reason and temperance, mostly what I see here is a bunch of cry babies screaming for a waaaaaambulance.

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Boffins explain research with interpretive dance

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Pint

Oh look

Apparently all the sour pus wankers who like to piss on everyone's fucking parade are out in force today. Why don't you miserable cunts lighten up and live a little?

Just a suggestion.

Pint glass because apparently a lot of commentards need to chill the fuck out.

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Will you soon be fingering your seven-incher?

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Meh, I already have an excellent 7 incher. It's called a Nexus 7.

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Apple scrambled to hire iOS 6 maps engineers DAYS before launch

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FAIL

Re: google value add

>> Google's stuff stays in beta all the time so they can avoid any warranty issues.

Oh deary me, have you ever actually READ a software EULA? Most of that legalese is the vendor saying in overtly complex terms that their 'warranty' covers sweet fuck all and you as a user can't blame if anything goes wrong.

All software vendors try to avoid warranty issues. At least Google are kind enough not to charge us for the software and services and as always, you have a choice. You don't have to use Google.

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Want a Windows 8 Start Button? Open source to the rescue!

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Re: Isn't it easier

Oh ho, well played sir, judging from the frothing responses you got I'd say you warrant a 7/10 for much rustling of overly-sensitive jimmies.

To the rest of you, you should be ashamed of yourselves. Didn't mummy teach you not to feed the trolls?

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Will Samsung's patent court doc leak backfire spectacularly?

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FAIL

Re: Part of a larger problem.

"'Jury of your peers' is an interesting idea, who decides who your peers are?

My peers would not likely be on a jury, they would refuse as they would loose too much money by being there, which means the people who do jury duty are the lower paid, and usually lower educated people. People who do not have the ability or knowledge to avoid the jury duty.

If I was on trial, I would want the peers to be educated to degree level minimum, from varied backgrounds, with similar standards and ideals to my own...

BUT I am likely to get a jury filled with people who failed GCSE's, work in low paid jobs and think Sky News is the oracle of truth..."

You sir, sound like a pompous arse. Also, it would be to 'lose' too much money, not 'loose'. The next time you arrogantly cast aspersions about the likely level of education of the men and women performing their civic duty you might want to consider being less of an absolute cock about it.

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Rovio chucks up Angry Birds successor, hopes it will fly

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Re: Live by the sword...

I was replying to the article and not any other poster.

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FAIL

"It also begs the question of how much..."

No, no it doesn't. To 'beg the question' is to assume that it has already been answered. What you meant was that it "raises the question" which something different altogether.

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FunnyJunk lawyer doubles down on Oatmeal Operation Bear Love

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Happy

Re: Bullet | gun > foot

Sir, you have just made my morning. Have an upvote, hell, have ALL the upvotes!

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Girl Geek Dinner lady: The IT Crowd is putting schoolgirls off tech

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The 50% not believing in evolution thing is pretty much ONLY in the US. I don't know of any European nations that glorify and revel in their ignorance to any where near the same scale as the U.S. Unfortunately, despite secularism being dominant in the UK our teenagers still seem to be under the misguided impression that being intelligent and actually working for things is somehow uncool. It's deifinitely a trend that needs to be reversed and an unfortunate by-product of a couple of generations of over privileged kids being coddled and handed everything on a plate for their entire lives.

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Oracle case crippled after judge rules APIs can’t be copyrighted

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Happy

Re: Incredible

I think it's a tad disingenuous to try to liken this case to the SCO debacle. Oracle isn't going to destroy itself by persuing a fruitless lawsuit to the detriment of their entire business like SCO did. They'll just appeal and drag the case out until they can't any more and *when* they lose they'll be really butthurt about it and the entire tech community will take great satisfaction in watching them moan and bitch.

We all know that Oracle are conscienceless dicks. It's kinda heartwarming to see them getting fucked for once.

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Judge: Big Five ISPs must block The Pirate Bay

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Tor.

Nuff said, also chances are that this will just be dns level so all we need is an IP address and the whole house of cards falls down.

What a crock of shit.

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Microsoft unveils Windows 8 'release preview' for June

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Re: Disaster

Hell no, if I want to use a *nix type OS with lots of eyecandy and shitty support for gaming I'll just install Linux. At least Linux distros actually patch massive security holes as quickly as expediently possible instead of ignoring problems in the hope they'll just go away.

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Educating Rory: Are BBC reporters unteachable?

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FAIL

Re: Err...

It's a markup language, not a programming language. It doesn't even have the most basic of logical constructs. It can't qualify as a programming language when all it is is a wrapper for metadata.

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Leisure Suit Larry set for second coming

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Trollface

Re: Meh

You may want to carefully remove that broom from your back passage and try to relax a bit.

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Ubuntu 12.04 hits beta, brings smooth Unity for marching masses

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meh

I gave up on the standard Ubuntu setup shortly after Unity came out, it and Gnome 3 are utter dogs and just get in my way. I'm absolutely loving Xubuntu at the moment as it gives me all the configurability that a Linux desktop ought to have and doesn't try to dictate anything to me but I'm considering switching my netbook over to Lubuntu just to squeeze a little more performance out of it.

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Third of Blighty stuck on snail-speed broadband

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meh

I live near the center of Cambridge and between the hours 6pm and 10pm we're lucky to get a download rate of more than 60kb/s, it's bloody pathetic.

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Govt tells science to budge up for arts at new hi-tech uni

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Here's a thought

Make core science (maths, chemistry, biology, physics etc) and humanities (literature, history, art - art history can go fuck itself) courses free and only allow Universities to charge for idiotic bullshit courses like Media Studies etc.

Then the state can subsidise the people whose choice of course might actually be of some benefit to the country and the ones who just want to go to uni because it looks like something to do for 3 - 4 years can fuck off...

Just a thought...

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Sth Korean gamers suffer joystick curfew shock

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#

Seems to me that a section of South Korean society has serious issues with facing reality and what the government and people themselves should be doing is addressing this social malaise rather than legilsating to control it. They're only treating symptoms not causes here.

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