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* Posts by Richard Wharram

925 posts • joined 7 Apr 2008

Alibaba pushes on with mobile OS plans despite Android setback

Richard Wharram

Re: Does anybody else find Alibaba a disquieting choice of name?

They should rename to AliBongo and be associated with 70s magic.

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In fairness...

...they're not trying to ban it or get fees or damages.

They're just saying that it's part of the agreement of the 'Google Android club' that you can't promote 'non-Google Android'. Acer are free to drop Google Android and user non-Googly Androids but obviously that's not much of a choice.

So, not totally open but not exactly Oracle levels of evil.

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AI game bot HUNTS DOWN ENEMIES, passes Turing Test

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Mushroom

Teach it to play a decent game

There is only one UT. The original. All else is a heresy.

<- Redeemer.

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Japanese boffins unfurl banner above newly-discovered Element 113

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Paris Hilton

Bukakium ?

Obviously

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Microsoft's Bing bods exploit fanbois' Apple maps misery

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No navigation?

Directions seems to be there but not navigation.

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Rolling robot avatar trumps telecommuting

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What happens?

When I'm having a dump?

Does it still sit at my desk showing my face in various states of concentration?

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McFlurry McMisdemeanour costs Welsh lass McJob

Richard Wharram
IT Angle

Why?

Relevance lost on me :/

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Populous

Richard Wharram

Re: Preferred the sequel myself

Oooh yes, exactly that :D Great fun two player.

The only poor mechanic P2 introduced is that you could lightning enemy heroes forever, making them a bit useless except to lock up your opponent's ability to micro.

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Analogue TV snuffs it tonight on UK mainland

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Boffin

I haven't had an aerial on my house since 2004. I could dig my old Game Gear and TV adaptor out of the loft for a final view.

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Brave copper single-handedly chases 'suspicious' Moon

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Coffee/keyboard

Classic

Evenin' all.

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Polish Samsung Galaxy S IIIs first to scoff Jelly Bean update

Richard Wharram

I just got an S3 for the wife.

Unlocked and no carrier-ware. Using her 3 SIM at the minute. How do I update it then? Not that Kies thing is it?

Please not that.

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Meet Shenzhen, tech capital of China

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It's not just hi-tech

Shenzhen is the export hub of Asia. Every product under the sun gets put on big boats there.

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Rambus' patent evidence-shredding slices into Hynix DRAM payout

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Facepalm

Is this still rumbling on?

Must be 10 years ago or more I was being flabbergasted by Intel and Rambus trying to cripple PCs with RDRAM and then Rambus claiming it had patented important parts of DDR anyway but just forgot to tell anyone.

Do these things never go away?

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Christian footie match ends in almighty brawl

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Meh

Of course

It must have been the non-Christians.

Obviously.

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Apple's brilliant plan to fix iOS Maps: Get YOU to do it

Richard Wharram

Re: Jobs

In fact, just seen this:

http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/science-technology/everywhere-in-britain-is-dudley-says-apple-2012092142045/

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Richard Wharram

Re: Jobs

Completely disagree. Steve Jobs would simply be telling us that the towns and landmarks in the real world were wrong and that Apple Maps was right.

And if it looks blurry then you are holding it wrong.

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Climate sceptic? You're probably a 'Birther', don't vaccinate your kids

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Hmmm

I'm pretty sure that antivaxxers are most commonly new-age/green so that one correlation that doesn't stack up.

I think most people who are a bit sceptical about AGW on this side of the pond are the sort of people who don't buy any of the other crazy bullshit lumped with it here. Perhaps in the US where doubts about AGW are commonly held by middle-american church-goers and conservatives it might stack up.

(Not particluarly sceptical about the science myself, just the idiotic proposed solutions like wind farms)

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Viewsonic 22in Android 'tablet' hands-on review

Richard Wharram

It's a monitor.

With Android.

And a battery.

I can't yet think of a use for it...

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Google snags patent on price discrimination

Richard Wharram

What's new?

Insurance companies have been using customer data to work out what they think they can get away with charging for years. What's different about this?

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Ten 15in notebooks for under 400 quid

Richard Wharram

Re: Actually since there are refurbished notebooks...

Ordered a Thinkpad T400 with WXGA+ screen (900 lines) and dedicated graphics card for £300 delivered from Canada. Should even be able to game on it when Steam is released for Ubuntu (planning to use as a Linux plaything.)

That res for that money just doesn't happen in these budget laptops and neither will they survive being thrown around like a Thinkpad will. Better option all round.

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Hipsters hacking on PostgreSQL

Richard Wharram

Rails

You can use it with next to no experience in Rails :)

*duck*`

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Ten movies inspired by video games

Richard Wharram

Silent Hill wasn't bad.

...and I'm quite a fan of the games. I just accept that the film is nothing like the games. Not that the games are all that connected either.

+1 on SF: The Anime. Top quality.

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Windows Azure adds code-free data services for mobile apps

Richard Wharram

Re: Keep windows out of data centres

Point -> .

*large distance*

You -> \o/

It's Microsoft's data centre, not yours. You don't have to care about any of that. It's a wizard that exposes a simple DB via a set of APIs. Don't like the price or SLA, then don't pay for it.

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Apple demands a quickie, aims its torpedo at 8 Samsung mobes

Richard Wharram

Re: "The jury reached its decision in just three days"

Title should have read @dx :)

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Richard Wharram

Re: "The jury reached its decision in just three days"

You seem to imagine that the competitor analysis slides with the iPhone were the only design work done on the Galaxy S. Obviously it was only a part of the design process and it's a perfectly normal thing to do.

Secondly there are plenty of instances in that slide deck that don't end up with the Galaxy aping the iPhone. The notification system for instance. It just says to make the colour a more distinctive one. It doesn't move from the top bar to the icons like on an iPhone.

In other cases it's just a comparison like the size of font on a field where the iPhone had a more legible size so they recommend making the equivalent field also a legible size. What are they infringing there?

It's not a smoking gun, it's just business reality.

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New US rule aims to crack down on Congolese capacitors

Richard Wharram

Re: It's not all about the manufacturers

I don't know the exact details but US Retailers are doing something with this.

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Richard Wharram

It's not all about the manufacturers

Surely this act applies to the retailers too. Getting a bit of a fine is small fry compared to having major retailers not able to sell your goods.

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Facebook updates iOS app, still poking around for mobile dollars

Richard Wharram

Just updated to the new one on the wife's Galaxy S Bods and it was dogshit but since I'm used to the old iOS one this didn't shock exactly.

P.S. CTFOADOA :)

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Richard Wharram

It is much better

Anyone who's seen my posts here about the previous iOS app will know that I regarded it as the buggiest, slowest piece of dog-egg that I've ever used. It is MUCH better now in the bits they've updated. However, they haven't updated it all. The Messages functionality is still pretty much unusable. I suspect that a lot of the other less-used parts of the app are still in need of a re-code too.

Overall, a B+.

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Only 3% of UK's TV oglers want more sex

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Re: Innuendo

Many years ago I watched the Chuckle Brothers (no idea why) and they walked into a shop they'd previously been in:

Paul: "I must apologise for the little fracas."

Barry: "I can apologise for myself!"

I nearly shat.

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Richard Wharram

Re: What about adverts

Back in the 90s they had adverts with boobs in. What happened to them?

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Richard Wharram

Who needs smutty telly these days?

Wirelessly delivered broadband and laptops/tablets means you can be sat on the sofa with the telly on but still be ogling everything from celebrity nip-slips to goats being fisted by chimps in rubber.

...

On reflection, I should have finished that sentence a bit earlier :(

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We're raising generations of MUTANT KIDS, says Icelandic study

Richard Wharram

Re: '2 wrongs make a right' ladies

Are they the same as the '2 girls 1 cup' ladies?

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UK.gov's minimum booze price dream demolished

Richard Wharram

Re: Tyranny of the do-gooders

If I could rep that quote more than once I would :)

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Richard Wharram

Re: VAT

I mentioned that in my reply to myself but it's worth noting that VAT is charged on most goods. If consumers increase their expenditure on alcohol then presumably it will replace some of their spending on other goods. Unless those goods were zero-rated like basic food or kids clothes or one of the reduced rate goods then it makes no difference to UK coffers.

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Richard Wharram

Re: Not a tax

I forgot to mention the extra VAT goes to the gov't although if they anticipate lower sales then it should all come out in the wash.

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Richard Wharram

Not a tax

Whatever else this is, it is not a tax. It simply inreases the retail price that must be charged for alcohol. The money stays with the retailer, although a proportion will also be lost by the retailer due to increased wastage. (Noone will buy any damaged or short-dated stock of items priced at or near the minimum as it cannot be reduced by law to shift it. The customer will have no incentive to buy the less desirable stock so will buy the pristine stock instead. Hence it must simply be binned. No possibility of markdown for any reason will cause quite significant wastage.)

Back to the main point, I'm somewhat ashamed to be a Sheefield Uni grad with the amount of crap they put out about alcohol. I hope they all man up and accept responsibility when the meths deaths start.

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New nuclear fuel source would power human race until 5000AD

Richard Wharram

Cool

That is all.

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Cloud engineering could SAVE HUMANITY, suggests boffin

Richard Wharram

Re: "So, fast forwarding to 2112, what will we see?"

"Our world is doing fine."

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'SEX and the FEMALE BRAIN are CONNECTED' - shock discovery

Richard Wharram
WTF?

Re: Dosage

Well how much do I need to put in my cat to make it happy?

Honestly I think he'll be pissed off rather than blissed out.

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Richard Wharram

Ew

I'm not eating in your restaurant :/

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Richard Wharram
Paris Hilton

Re: I've soooooo many comments

Does it matter which bit of a lady the semen is deposited in?

Do they get different emotions for each 'place'?

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Zabulon Skipper: Butterfly harbinger of climate biodiversity DOOM?

Richard Wharram

Re: Seriously?

OK, it was pretty obvious I've not read the research hence my jocular phrasing and use of question marks. Secondly your quote mentions evolution in the past, not adaptation in future; but again, I have not read the research.

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Richard Wharram
WTF?

Seriously?

Not to play down the risks at all but a load of biologists just forgot about evolution? Are they all creationists?

My mind is boggling.

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Apple accuses Samsung of abusing its 3G power

Richard Wharram
Happy

@Allicorn

You've won the internet :)

\o/

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Judge begs Apple, Samsung to get a room, or trial will end in tears

Richard Wharram

Re: I'm missing an argument in all these 'copy' lawsuits

Samsungs always have "Samsung" boldly pasted on the front. Not easy to miss.

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Richard Wharram

Showing her bias...

When she opines that Apple and Samsung should cross-license when Samsung's case is that Apple's patents are invalid.

(Not taking sides here; I love my iPhone)

(And my CM9 android)

(And you. Yes, you. Personally. And physically. Mmmmmm)

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Shops 'mislead punters' over phone contract prices

Richard Wharram

Re: Obligatory Giffgaff mention

Can't understand why anyone would downvote my post there. I wasn't saying "Giffgaff > * loosers \o/" or anything.

Anyway, you just reminded me of another + point for GG. Free 0800 and 0808 calls. Saves me a fortune calling into conf calls. (I have no desk phone at work and no company mobe) I use it for hours at the moment.

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Richard Wharram

Obligatory Giffgaff mention

And if they do treat me badly, I can just leave.

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Reg readers scrap over ultimate bacon sarnie

Richard Wharram
Meh

Re: Daddies Sauce

Bacon is salty enough without that thanks :/

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