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* Posts by Steve Evans

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Boffins invent miracle pill that counteracts effects of booze

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They'd still say you're nicked as you will still fail a blood and breath test.

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Mozilla forces Firefox 7 on memory diet

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Well my experience of FF7 so far has been pretty good. I generally leave FF open with a zillion tabs in various tab groups on my laptop, and rarely shut the laptop down (takes too long to boot, so it get sleep/hibernate). FF6 would slowly leak and cause me to have to shut down the browser, restart it and then restore tabs, but so far today FF7 is being pretty good. I am seeing a memory footprint approx 40% smaller than before, and during the course of the day it hasn't proceeded to nibble its way through more and more.

So all in all, well done Mozilla guys!

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HeyTell voice messenger

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No impact on call plan...

"How big is each message? The developer reckons about the same as an average e-mail but in the absence of an export option you'll have to take its word for that."

If you installed 3G Watchdog then you'd be able to tell us ;-)

I'm more worried about my data limit than my talk limits. Now if someone could work out a way of grafting an acoustic coupler to a mobile so I could use talk time for internet access...

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Apple staff in UK told to cancel holiday in early October

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IANAL

but I don't think they can legally do that, if they have approved it, then they can't unapproved it.

If they then sack you for taking the holiday anyway, or sending them the bill for the cancelled holiday, then you could have great fun with them with an unfair dismissal hearing... Plus with this being the ever so media attention hungry Apple, I think sending your story "Apple ruined my holiday and then sacked me" to every paper you can think of would be the order of the day.

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Huawei gets charged with juicy Android handset

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Hmmm...

3 days on a 1900MAh battery?

Hmmm... Doubtful in any real world test... Unless they're reduced the radio consumption by a huge margin. Which you can do, but then it becomes useless as a phone unless you're standing on the top of a tall building - next to the mast!

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Red Hat engineer renews attack on Windows 8-certified secure boot

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@Random noise

I agree that for the great unwashed, anything which stops them getting infected is a good move. Although convincing them to install something other than windows would probably do far more good than a locked down BIOS!

A physical link would be a little annoying, a BIOS switch would be enough. There are already ones for protecting the boot sector, so along side that would seem to be a perfect place.

But this *must* be written into the spec from the beginning.

It is a little amusing that whilst M$ are going round trying to lock people into their OS, Android mobile phone manufacturers such at HTC are being forced to open theirs up due to the sheer pressure from handset owners.

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NASA to trial laser-powered space broadband

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"up to 100Mb/s"

Ho ho... We all know what that means in broadband circles don't we...

Lucky to get 20Mb/s.

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Tokyo trains get lightsabre handrails

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So close...

Why couldn't it have been Chuo Chuo?

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Is it too much to ask...

That they light from the bottom up when grabbed, with a satisfying zerwooosh sound?

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45% of Android users to upgrade to rival phone OSes

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@sisk

This isn't a delay from mobile networks, this is a delay from the mobile manufacturers.

Google releases an update, but google doesn't release a ROM image for an HTC phone. HTC have to compile their bits and hardware drivers in with the google source. Only once HTC have done that can we grab a zip (the OTA generally turns up within a day of the zip appearing anyway).

And HTC are slooooooow... To busy releasing 24 phones a month to support any phones from the end of last year.

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@Peter 48

Blimee, and I thought I was cynical!

Damn good point though!

Now can we get El Reg to modify their search so we can put -iphone5 and have the site filtered by default?

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Trollface

<--- Here, you dropped this.

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I agree that Apple do have the "We'll push out an upgrade to *our* customers when we want" attitude sorted. Carriers get no say, which sounds like heaven to me, and being a single supplier of hardware and software means control freak levels of control. It also means you don't get a choice in much at all. Want a Qwerty keyboard, no. Want a better camera, wait for next year. Want a bigger screen, sorry this is it. Want a smaller handset/screen, nope, sorry. It's swings and roundabouts.

With Android you go out and look at the handsets and buy the one you want. With Apple you get what you're offered, or you stick with your current handset.

Anyway, all that aside, I would hardly call Apple updates painless. Google the exact phrase "iphone update problems", including the quotes. 57000 hits. Lose the quotes and you're into the 150million marks.

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Indeed...

How can you survey only 500 people and call it a global study? That's only 2.5 people per country!

You could have surveyed more people by standing at the UBS watercooler all day with a clipboard... Which is probably exactly what they did.

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Attention metal thieves: Buy BT, get 75 MILLION miles of copper

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Re: Ally...

Oh there's plenty of it left, believe me. A large part of my home town has it.

Luckily we've now got FTTC, so the crappy Ally only has to carry the signal a couple of hundred meters, which it seems far better at than carrying the signal 3km from the exchange.

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Capital gets trendy address: .London on its way

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Here here!

Well said that man!

I think you need a few more words to get Echelon beeping... I believe assassinate semtex and Allah akbar usually help.

Now I've got to pop out for a bit and take some photographs in .london

Oh gawd, that's done it!

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I'd remove the last one if I were you, that's more than enough grounds for an early a.m. anti-terror front door removal.

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I think Athens Georgia could be in with a punt though, Greece hasn't got any money left to pay the lawyers with so a US East Coast state should easily be able to out-gun them in the courtroom.

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Microsoft exec departs after tweet about Nokia phone

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Blimee...

Have you guys done some creative editing, or was his entire criticism "I wish it had a larger screen"?

Apart from that it was glowing report!

I know American's have a reputation amongst us Brits for being a bit too enthusiastic, but surely it hasn't got so bad that "only" giving something an 8 is regarded as a total slating?!

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Google+ opened to world+dog

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The latest FB app on Android powers up the GPS to get a location lock the moment you start the app, which really annoys me!

I very very very rarely ever use the location feature, and if I did I would be willing to wait for it to get a lock. I don't appreciate the app trying to get a lock (and doing who-knows-what with the info) and clobbering my battery when all I wanted was to read a message.

A couple of times the GPS has remained active even after I've exited the app, and killed any facebook related processes and services. I had to "turn it off and on again"

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Android bug lets attackers install malware without warning

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For once...

Delays in updates aren't the fault of phone carriers. The phone manufacturers are the biggest bottleneck/slackers. Many of the "older" (aka released last year) HTC handsets have only just received the gingerbread update which Google released at the end of 2010.

I will be amazed if most of these handsets receive another upgrade before being dumped from support, even though owners could still be paying for them on a 24 month contract.

I'm all in favour of continual development, but if manufacturers continue to absolve themselves of any responsibility towards existing owners, I for one will continue hopping to different manufacturers - I'm already keeping tabs on how a few others treat existing customers for when I buy my next phone, and of course their attitude to rooting.

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Games review site goes titsup at launch

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or C&A

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Samsung preps anti-iPhone 5 lawsuit before it's even out

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Sounds good to me.

If there is one thing which might get the US patent office to buck up their ideas it will be their favourite litigant Apple being hoisted by their own petard.

The only people profiting from this are the lawyers. Certainly not the end user. I'm sure there are plenty of small inventors too who just don't bother due to the legal mountain they could face.

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Nigerians panic over killer calls

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Aye... This modern technology wouldn't be able to handle them!

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Actually...

In a electrical storm it is possible, especially with overhead phone lines, but Thor withholds his number.

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How gizmo maker's hack outflanked copyright trolls

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I can think of several uses...

How about in the 24 hours petrol station to tell the numpty, who is in a semi coma watching a film, that the guy by pump number 2, who is jumping up and down and waving his arms, would like the magically locomotion potion to pour from said pump into the containing vessel cunningly built into his 4 wheeled tin box?

That would be useful until they legalise connecting an HT circuit to numpty's family jewels.

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'Leaked' FBI Anonymous/LulzSec psych profile is bogus

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Cutting edge...

"Fellow member Kayla, who poses as a young female online, was said to be a bloke in his early 20s"

Quelle surprise!

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Big Apple fake Apple stores agree to rat out suppliers

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Optional

"Fun Zone and Apple Story have agreed to hand over to Apple all material listed in their inventory with the word Apple: that includes headphones, cases, labels, signs, prints, packages, wrappers, pouches, receptacles and advertising matter."

And the shop assistants packed lunch?

Hell, I'd chuck a granny smith into the box just for the giggle.

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Smut domain scores big bucks for not handling smut

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I would have thought...

I would have thought that standard trademark law would have been enough to have the lawyers writing letters to ICM if a trademark is abused.

Not that I feel any sympathy for lawyers missing out on a 5 course meal or two of course.

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PayPal to move into the shop - without cards or NFC

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Re: Patent

Tell that to the US patent office!

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Hmmmm...

Need a few things fixed first of all.

1) Network coverage into the deepest bowels of the store.

2) Unlimited data contracts (no female could ever manage a single shopping trip on only 500MB!)

3) Improved battery technology so you can use your smart phone to do smart things in the low signal areas without it gasping for a top up after an hour.

Oh, and some protection from Paypal and their rather wild-west banking techniques, although judging from events of the last couple of years, even official banks don't behave any better!

Apart from that, flawless. Patent it.

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DRAM, Flash in same box named after killer mountain

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Bit harsh...

That's a bit harsh calling K2 a killer mountain. It's just a mountain. It's hardly the fault of the mountain that crazy people like to dangle off its frozen sides with varying degrees of success!

Mountains don't kill people, people kill people (usually themselves, but sometimes include the next person attached to the same rope).

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Why Android houses should give Google the 'fork you'

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re: note

"It's not anything to do with the current Galaxy Tab 10.1 and impending 8.9 and 7.7, which seem to be rather more eagerly anticipated."

And judging from Apple's reaction in Europe, I'd say you were right. Nothing says "we're frightened we won't be able to complete" like a herd of lawyers.

- Definitely need a better collective noun for lawyers, "eloquence" makes them sound too civilised... Grasp sounds better.

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@James Hughes 1

Actually, that doesn't sound all bad... At least the managers have a vague idea what they are talking about!

I'm sure plenty of us have worked in far more Dilbertesque environments!

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@My Alter Ego

The second colleague actually suffered a double fiddled with whammy.

First HTC put sense on it (which is actually pretty good as far as manufacturer mods go), and then Vodafone install their crap on top of that.

Carriers have a long history of not being able to leave things alone. I don't know of anyone who went with a particular carrier because of something they added. You look at price, how many years you'll be locked in, at the included minutes and data. That's pretty much it. They just won't accept they should be a dumb pipe.

In exchange you get a hideous colour scheme (I'm particularly pointing at Orange here!), and you're lucky if you ever get a firmware update again in the next 2 years (again thinking of Orange and Nokia Symbian handsets).

So yes, there is something worse than a phone manufacturer supporting a fork. The carrier badly adding bits to a fork!

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Hmmm...

"Yes, this requires the handset manufacturers to become highly proficient in software, something they historically have not been".

A rather important point. You only have to see what the once mighty Nokia did to Symbian, a full mobile multitasking operating system. They bought in an OS years ahead of everyone, and still managed to screw it up.

You only have to see the delays handset owners have to currently endure when waiting for Android updates to see how unprepared manufacturers are for providing reasonable software support. Getting an update within 6 months of Google releasing it is currently considered "pretty good". I doubt supporting an entire OS fork will make things any faster or reliable.

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HTC mulls mobile OS buy – but won’t be rushed

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Well...

There are many rumours about a purchase, but since Elop was placed at the head of Nokia it's been pretty safe to class the once mighty Finnish company as having been absorbed into the collective.

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9/11: The day we lost our privacy and power

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Woohoo!

I didn't get arrested, or even questioned.

In fact I actually questioned too cops to confirm the location of the fireworks!

After that I had no interaction, even when I proceeded to climb up over a sea wall, and set the camera up for shots on what can only be described as a health and safety minefield!

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Let's see how free we are...

I'm off into central London with my trusty Nikon and tripod, let's see how much that will make me look like a terrorist today.

Oh, and I haven't had a shave either - living life on the edge!

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Well said...

I can't help but notice all the TV news coverage of the anniversary, and how often the politicians say how [insert nation here] refuses to bend, and how the terrorists cannot break [insert nation here].

Yeah right... I can't even take a 125g jar of marmite on as hand luggage!

(Yes, I know the limit is 100ml, a volume measurement, and 125g is a measurement of mass, but you try explaining that to security at 6am).

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Guardian pratfall swaps homepage for US insurance firm

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@Mark 66

Typo not so likely? You obviously don't read the Gradian very much! Half a dozen letters messed up is a normal service for them!

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Orange Monte Carlo budget Android smartphone

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@Pete 43

Yup, you got it... Did you not hear about the Nokia Beachy Head?

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End of UK local dialling in sight as numbers run out

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@Tony Humphreys

Gonna show my age now, but was that Swap shop?

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@And the rest...

Almost spot on... Technically speaking 020 is now London.

At the moment only 0203, 0207 and 0208 are used, the rest are held in reserve. 0200 and 0201 aren't available due to routing.

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Planning ahead as usual....

Who remembers London being 01?

Yup, most of us I guess... Then they ran out of numbers and made it 071 and 081 for inner and outer London (only doubling the numbers available)... Guess what, soon ran out again, so they made it 0171 and 0181 to give them more room and tidy up the scheme...

Soon ran out, and now it's 0207 and 0208 (catchy for the capital city no?)

All this in the past 20 years! FFS, give someone who isn't terminally myopic the planning job in future!

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Also...

It means they can use multiple dialling (STD) codes for the same city... We have plenty of those. What we are lacking is the 6 or 7 digit local codes.

Say your number is 234567, there can't be another 234567 on your exchange because people dialling it without an STD (no tittering at the back) would mess it up...

If you get people into the habit of always dialling the STD code (like on mobiles), there is no reason someone in the next street can't also be 234567, just as long as your town/city has multiple STD codes and you and the guy round the corner have different ones.

STD codes had an extra digit added a few years ago to tidy up the allocations and make room for new ones. If we went off and built a new city there wouldn't be a problem. The problem occurs when an existing city expands to the point it uses all the available local numbers, that's when it gets messy like it did in London. In that case it got really messy because they changed the numbering scheme several times in only a few years... 01 -> 071/081 -> 0171/0181 -> 020n. At the moment only 0207 and 0208 are used, the others are in reserve.

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Swedish cops free boozy moose from tree

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Oh gawd....

and I thought the Peter jokes yesterday were bad!

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Court bans man called Peter from calling himself Peter

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*phew*

So glad all those terrible jokes seem to have petered out.

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iOS, Mac, Android users still vulnerable to bogus certs

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Re: CyanogenMod

Yup, I just saw that in the change requests. They're pulling them in advance of upstream, and even knocked up a little app to allow you to pull your own certs in future.

Nice one guys.

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