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What's the nature of your emergency, Vodafone?

Tiny Iota
Facepalm

Re: Don't do it like that

"I especially like it when someone’s expensive iThing is out-done by my cheapo Moto G."

Great trolling. You did well to ignore that TuGo has been available on iOS for ages. You could well out-do someone's expensive iThing, but only if they are on O2 and they have chosen not to download and use TuGo.

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Diary note: Pluto's close-up is a year from … now!

Tiny Iota
Headmaster

Re: Pluto Energetic Particle Spectrometer Science Investigation

I’d hazard a guess at zero. Or at least if they did, they’d be annoyed that the rather redundant “Science” was stuck in there to give the acronym another “S”, making it nice and non-trademarked

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India’s Karbonn launches £26 Android phone

Tiny Iota
Pint

Re: Speakers...

You sometimes don’t even need any speaker at all.

When I was in India in 2006, I was sitting on the rooftop of a hotel overlooking the Taj Mahal on a day when England had done something impressive Vs the Indians in the Test Match. A local journalist and photographer was in the hotel interviewing people about the cricket (I don’t know why) and asked me to pose for a photo to go in the paper. I was asked to hold up my digital camera (in its case) to my ear, pretending I was listening to the match on a little radio, look happy and hold up a few fingers for the number of wickets just taken. I still have the paper as a cool if not somewhat random souvenir, although I have no idea what the article says as its all written in Hindi. I sometimes wonder if the first two words are “gullible tourist…”

Anyway, nothing to do with the article, but I put it out there as a rival to it for your interest

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Spanish struggle to control spelling of 'WhatsApp'

Tiny Iota
Headmaster

Why translate?

Isn’t it a proper noun? Why would it need translating? I know of course there are translations of names, (Londres is London for example) but this is an invented trademark.

Genuine question, as I’m surprised there would be official advice on alternative spellings as companies normally protect their trademarks to the hilt.

Is it just because of the difficulty of pronouncing it? Wouldn't they trademark an official re-name for Spanish speaking countries?

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27 Data-Slurping Facts BuzzFeed Doesn't Want You To Know!

Tiny Iota
Mushroom

Re: What's the problem?

People are stupid...

http://xkcd.com/1386/

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Star Wars museum to land in Chicago

Tiny Iota

Re: On the Other Hand

Oklahoma...

"Oklahoma" was at least no worse a movie. Where will that museum go?

...and so on and so forth...

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Top 10 tech essentials for the festival season

Tiny Iota
Coat

"There is a slight whiff of more money than sense about this thing, but I still want one"

But what about the stove the iPhone's plugged into?

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TalkTalk whips BT with riding crop over sport fibs in telly ad

Tiny Iota
Trollface

Re: The Watchdog is wrong too

What have you got against lawnmowers?

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Google reaches into own silicon brain to slash electricity bill

Tiny Iota
Coat

Greetings Alien Lifeform. Always Capitulate Totally If Commentards Attack!

or just say something snarky and downvote.

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WORLD HISTORY in SELFIES: So AMAZEBALLS your EYES will EXPLODE

Tiny Iota
Pint

There's a heck of a lot of WHOOOSH in here

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Shazam! Record labels shovel $9m into name-that-song app

Tiny Iota
WTF?

Via text message?

I remember in the good old pre-smartphone days you could do it by dialling a number, but on a smartphone surely you just use the app and not a text message (I take text message to mean SMS).

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SMASH AND GRAB iThieves run car through front of Berkeley's Apple Store

Tiny Iota
FAIL

Re: form over function Mantra catching up with Apple

Yes, because the function of any shop is to prevent ram-raids, instead of enticing customers.

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Sony on the ropes after revising losses UP to $1.3 BEEELLION

Tiny Iota
Gimp

Re: Pride goeth before a fall

If you didn’t see any benefit to it then I have to question your eyesight. The quality of a blu-ray over a normal DVD is immense. I don’t re-buy movies that I already own on DVD, but any new movie I get is blu-ray (apart from the old impulse 2-quidder in HMV back in the day when you could actually find an HMV). Its personal obviously, but on a 5 year old Samsung LCD and a PS3, the picture quality is fantastic. I hope blu-ray doesn’t go titsup as downloading (and storing) full HD movies is, at the moment, and for me, a proper pain in the arse

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Amazon earnings narrowly beat bean counter expectations

Tiny Iota
Pirate

Re: Sheesh

Remember, profit is what's left after costs, and when Amazon UK pays Amazon US for a piece of IP, then that's a cost and profit is reduced, but it's also keeping money within the company without actually making a profit. Yes, Amazon US then has that money, but they then have costs of their own. Maybe to Amazon DI (Desert Island, me hearties!).

And by the way, I have nothing against that. If it's legal, then they should do it, so I suppose privateer is a better term for that icon than pirate.

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New Reg mobile site - feedback here!

Tiny Iota

Re: Where is the content?

It means due to the combined size of the ad and the top pic on the homepage, you have to scroll down an entire screen to even read the first headline. Bit of a pain to be honest (and I would have thought your advertisers would prefer users not to automatically have to scroll away from seeing their ad).

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Tiny Iota
Thumb Down

Re: Where is the content?

"We never run pics above headlines": I am seeing the same thing on an iPhone 5S in Safari.

In order of what I see, top to bottom: Reg banner, massive microsoft ad, "Top Stories/Most Read" banner, big picture, then first headline (Then a few pictures alongside headlines, then normal headline/sub headline list).

Also, there are no icons in the comments section (I know you said you have work to do on the comments, so I hope this is on the list)

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BT Tower to be replaced by 3D printed BT Tower

Tiny Iota
Stop

Great reply, you really addressed all the points of the OP

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'Weev' attempts to overturn AT&T iPad 'hack' conviction

Tiny Iota
Mushroom

Insecure = ok?

So, because the server was insecure and he didn’t have to try very hard to get the data, that gives him the right to get it?

While I know there is an obvious difference between copying and stealing, in that copying doesn’t deprive the original owner of the thing itself, an analogy is if someone steals the plant pots from your front garden, have they not committed a crime, just because it was easy to do? The plant pot wasn’t fixed to the ground. There is no fence around the front of my house. So it was a very insecure plant pot, it was fair game and I deserve it?

No, I don’t think so. I think he’s guilty. Whether it deserves over 3 years in prison is something else, but there’s no way his conviction should be overturned, based on that line of defence at least.

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Chuh! 'Grossly inadequate': Time Warner Cable rejects $62bn hostile takeover bid

Tiny Iota
Holmes

Re: Seems odd, when compared to other tech buyouts

I think the news/rumours of this takeover interest have been known for a while, and so the market would have priced in the premium already. I.e. they got excited about a potential takeover and the price went up, meaning the shares are already trading above what they would normally be if it wasn’t for this takeover interest.

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Apple files foul-up-fixing patent for fumbling slab-fondling flubbers

Tiny Iota
Mushroom

Disrupted dexterity

“While the user and the device is in motion, the user's dexterity with respect to the touch-sensitive display can be disrupted by the motion”

As can their ability to walk in a straight line, maintain a constant speed, not bump into people, not stop suddenly in the middle of the pavement; essentially, not be an annoying PITA.

Non-IT angle? Newspaper and book reader-walkers, I’m looking at you too!

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Samsung loses against Apple ... this time in SOUTH KOREA

Tiny Iota
WTF?

Yeah, what an outdated judiciary they have. They should do what the rest of the world does and only hire foreign judges and fly in people from abroad to sit on juries (none of this “of their peers” nonsense!)

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Tiny Iota
Stop

"As Apple has continued to infringe our patented mobile technologies"

How can they get away with saying that when the Judge has just ruled that they didn't infringe? Until any decision in any appeal does come, Apple did not infringe.

Oh, and I really shouldn't have to do this, but this being an El Reg Apple article, I need to make it clear I am not a fanatic of either company, own products by both and was not paid for my opinion (thus covering the usual gripes of people who simply have a different opinion to mine).

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Show us your Cook: Size is everything for Apple iWatch fans, apparently

Tiny Iota
Stop

Re: I was unfortunate enough ....

Calm down mate, they're just a consumer electronics company. Buy it if you like it, don't if you don't. I know it's not really the done thing around here to have an apathetic view of Apple and its rivals, but some of us just can't get angry at a gadget company.

Plus, it's an advert. They are hardly going to say their product is a relatively minor iterative update are they. That's how adverts work. It's the same as getting angry at John Lewis for using a cutsie-poo animal friendship in their ads. It’s all bollocks and we're all free to shop where we please for whatever reason we choose.

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Microsoft's EAT-your-OWN-YOUNG management system AXED

Tiny Iota
FAIL

It's this sort of bollocks that makes me happy I'm a contractor (and not at Microsoft too)

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Netscape daddy's VC firm dumps $60m of Facebook stock

Tiny Iota
Mushroom

Re: Conflict of Interest anyone?

Err, no. A conflict of interest may arise if he held shares in a direct competitor. Loads of employees have shares in the company they work for. They are an incentive for you to contribute to the company's performance to help get the share price up. If you are wondering about insider dealing, directors of listed companies in the US at least have to declare in advance their plans to buy and sell stock in their own company. This is publicly available info and can be quite interesting ("oh look, the finance director must have needed a new house")

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BlackBerry flings John Chen $89 MILLION to save troubled firm

Tiny Iota
Coat

I’m sure they were both very annoyed

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iPad 4 is so OVER: 5 times as many fanbois now using iPad Air - survey

Tiny Iota
Windows

Re: I suppose...

Last flight I took I watched “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” and it seems I still had a better time than you did

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Facebook tests sinister CURSOR-TRACKING in hunt for more ad bucks

Tiny Iota
Thumb Up

Re: Sorry to be so blunt...

try http://m.theregister.co.uk/

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Just HALF of 10m iPhone, Android BlackBerry BBM app downloads activated

Tiny Iota
Holmes

Re: Installed and Dumped

Why use anything else really?

Cost - Not everyone has a contract with inclusive “free” SMS

International - Even with a contract, texting to international numbers can cost (if it works at all – in my personal experience I have had problems with international SMS)

International – Same deal when you yourself are abroad sending back home

Sending media - Even with a contract, sending a photo, for example (MMS) can cost

Group messages - SMS can send to multiple people at once but they all receive the message individually, I think.

Yes, there are things like email to get around these limitations, but an app that is free or has limited cost and can be used “free” (yes, you might be paying for the data connection/wifi) is much more appealing.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX: Bezos dives into tech-support MONEY PIT

Tiny Iota
Holmes

Re: Good luck finding support staff

The article says the video chats are one way only

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Need the loo AND need to build a website? There's an app for that

Tiny Iota
Stop

Dedicated web presence

"In these days of social media it seems slightly archaic for small organisations to have a dedicated web presence at all"

If a company tries to get me to visit their Facebook page rather than their own website, they don't get a visit from me!

Regards,

A grumpy not-that-old-yet man!

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Science of the lambs: Boffins grow GLOW-IN-THE-DARK sheep

Tiny Iota
Thumb Up

I’m really glad you only went with “rustled”

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Intel's Centrino notebook platform is 10 years old

Tiny Iota
Pint

I was there...

I was working for Intel on my Uni year in industry when Centrino came out. I still probably have a lot of the branded marketing guff if I dig around. For some reason we all wanted the Bunnymen (little toys of the protective-suited folks in the Fabs) rather than the mouse mats and whatnot. This doesn’t add much to the discussion I suppose but as I sit here in corporateland, its fun to reminisce about being paid like a proper worker but still getting to act like a student.

**snaps out of nostalgic fuzz to remember we were not paid like proper workers, but booze money was still booze money**

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Outsourcing your own job much more common than first thought

Tiny Iota
Meh

Call me crazy

While it may seem great to be paid for doing nothing, I get bored out of my brain when I have nothing to do at work for longer than a day or so. There’s only so much out there on the internet (that can get through corporate firewalls, at least). Maybe I’m weird, but I would rather have done the work myself and kept all the money, rather than pay someone else to ensure I spend my days watching the clock slowly tick away in boredom.

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Amazon: IVONA bevy of 'all natural' blabber babes to beat Siri

Tiny Iota
WTF?

eh?

"a 12-year-old startup" ?

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Smooth criminals spared the clink for hacking Sony's Jacko archive

Tiny Iota
Mushroom

Copyright

Its almost as bad as nicking someone else's joke…

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2012/03/05/jackson_catalogue_hack_charges/#c_1335862

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UK Apple cart Square punched in the wallet as sales, profit fall

Tiny Iota
Paris Hilton

I'm learnding

** Me Googles "Vertical market" **

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Spanish airport cops seize cocaine-packed Bulgarian airbags

Tiny Iota
Childcatcher

Would it though?

Cigarettes are legal and there is still a concerted effort to smuggle them, in the UK at least. If it were legal it would be taxed. Taxes could raise prices above current market rates, although obviously smuggling is also pricey and the risk increases prices too, so maybe it would be cheaper.

If this sort of thing gives someone an edge, maybe it would still continue.

I don’t know. I’ve really only got Ben Elton’s High Society to go on as research material, so maybe I should just change track and make boob jokes.

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Sheryl Sandberg offloads $41.5m in Facebook shares in just 6 weeks

Tiny Iota
Black Helicopters

To oversimplify a tad…

…if you don’t sell shares, there’s no point having them (ok, I should have said oversimplify a lot). Dividends are lovely but becoming an instant real (not paper) millionaire is probably quite nice too.

Maybe she wanted to buy a fleet of black helicopters.

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Google defames Reg columnist Verity Stob

Tiny Iota
Headmaster

Very meta

The picture used by Google is actually taken from a previous Register article by Andrew Orlowski (“Verity Stob faces execution, Wikipedia-style” from 2010), so this is a bit of a circular reference. Also, glad to see Google correcting the “Stobb” typo.

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Take-Two praises release breaks for Grand Theft Auto's healthy figure

Tiny Iota
Meh

Why are Wii Sports/Play/Fit allowed to be counted as one, or is it that they have each sold the same as each other and are jointly holding third spot?

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Retina Display detachment

Tiny Iota
Facepalm

email services often imposed a 2MB attachment ceiling

...and floppy disks always imposed a 1.44MB ceiling...

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France's biggest Apple reseller sinks: 'Tech titan crushed us'

Tiny Iota
WTF?

Re: Stores are so last millenia

Really? You call someone a twat for stating they prefer to shop online? Wow, who'd have thought it, we're all twats round here!

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Tube bosses: 'Wireless tickets too slow, we think'

Tiny Iota
Meh

What about travel cards?

So for those of us with travel cards who will still need an Oyster, what will happen if a contactless bank card is stored near the Oyster in a holder or wallet, as a lot of people do? Will the system know to only use the Oyster and not the bank card?

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iPad swipes more of tablet market

Tiny Iota
Devil

Biting satire, probably

I get economically depressed every time I look at my bank balance. Only kidding; I’m an MP

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Printers SMASHED to bits in Office Space copycat revenge vid

Tiny Iota
Pint

Replying to my own post

But I just realised I should really get out more. http://xkcd.com/386/

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Tiny Iota
Holmes

Yep

Yep, it’s the same group but i think it's the track "Still"

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Spotify adds web button: Just push... Play

Tiny Iota
Black Helicopters

"There's very little that YouTube doesn't have"

Providing you’re not trying to access it on an iPhone/iPad where any official music videos are annoyingly missing. Would they prefer you to go to iTunes instead?

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Best Buy shuttering 50 stores, laying off staff in $800m cost slash

Tiny Iota
Headmaster

Best Buy said it wants to improve the customer experience...is a mute point

They must not have said it very loudly then?

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Griffin Reserve Battery Case

Tiny Iota
Holmes

Re: Ratings

you can happily leave it permanently attached, though you’ll need to remove it if you want to use the Dock connector for anything else - it's one downside

Don't think it mentioned any others though

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