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* Posts by Steve Evans

2354 posts • joined 17 Apr 2007

Apple orders millions of iPhone 5s for September release

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re: Keyboard

"Personally I want a bloody phone with a phone keyboard not a qwerty virtual thing, but that will never happen now."

Maybe you should take your Fanboi blinkers off...

Android: Menu, settings, Language & Keyboard, Touch Input, Keyboard types = Phone keypad.

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Aussie retailer accuses UK shops of HDMI 'scam'

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Re: Unleash the audiophiles!

Ah, now be careful, SCART is an analogue signal, so a high quality cable will give an improved signal. How much will depend on the length of the cable. You probably won't see the different mind, but there will be one. It's not like a digital signal where it's either there intact or gone.

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Indeed...

I've long thought this.

Oxygen free copper/silver wires and gold connectors are all well and good if you are an anally retentive analogue audio purist running cables over an excessive distance, but in the digital world of 1's and 0's a 40% loss in signal still won't turn a 1 into a 0 or vice versa. Does your motherboard have gold tracks connecting the RAM to the chipset? Nope. Is your Sata of Pata cable oxygen free? Nope. Yet they happily move seriously large volumes of data about in an environment flooded with digital noise - and Pata isn't even screened!

I don't think I have an HDMI cable in my house which cost more than £5, and I defy anyone to tell the difference.

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Spooks made 1,061 bugging errors in 2010

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Excellent...

Thanks to the NOTW phone "hacking" we now have a going rate for illegally listening to telephone calls, so where do we go to find if we were affected, and if so, how quickly can we expect the cheque?

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One per cent of world's web browsing happens on iPad

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@Martin Hill

Yet another sign? Weird, all the other signs I've seen have Android passing iOS on the phone platform and accelerating into the distance.

All these figures show is that Apple has moved on from dominating the mobile market, to dominating the tablet market instead. Android is still playing catchup in that market with it's tablet version of the OS only just out the door and restricted to select partners.

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Blighty gets gold-dispensing ATM

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Re: um....what's the point?

Because the value of gold has been steadily rising for years, pretty much from the moment Gordon Broon flogged of the UK reserves at the all-time low.

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Microsoft bags two more Android patent deals

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Which patents...

If the tom-tom one is anything to go by, they're patents for the FAT32 file system, which is required if you want to plug your device into a windows box and use it as a flash drive.

Windows doesn't natively support any file systems which they haven't incumbered with patents, so it's catch 22.

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Strike hits police, ICO and the Rev

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FAIL

How to lose any support you might have had...

Publicise it would make the taxman's life better.

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Lenovo Thinkpad X220T 12.5in tablet PC

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Wide screen on a business laptop = fail * 2

Lenovo, stop copying everyone else. I want a 4:3 screen. This is a machine to work on, not play movies!

I'm still using the Thinkpad R52 which I've had more years than I care to remember because it has a 4:3 screen which is 1400x1050 pixels, and still only 15". Incidentally I bought it myself, with my own money to replace the Thinkpad A30 which I had also bought with my own money, but unfortunately stood on after many years of reliable service :'(

The only way I can get that kind of vertical resolution on a laptop these days is to buy something which is 1920x1080, and the size of a f*cking aircraft carrier's flight deck.

Please please please be a little different, stop being a sheep, and give me a good upgrade path, because at the moment I'm seriously looking at bi-passing the sata/pata bridge chip you put in this machine so I can install a sata SSD to get some more speed out of it and run it for another 5 years!

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Canada buys Obama's reject Brit choppers for spare parts

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Re: And the sales rep?

I'm sure they did.

Govt contracts seem to work in a completely different way to "normal" ones. Estimates/quotes mean nothing. Say what you like, win the contract, then triple the price halfway through the development process.

Same goes for delivery schedules.

And if after 5 years of very expensive development it doesn't work and is scrapped, don't worry, you're still in the money, and you'll probably get the next contract that comes up for bidding anyway.

Feel free to correct me if I've missed anything!

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Moderatrix kisses the Reg goodbye

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Oh no!

Who let you play with the crayons?!

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Wimbledon grunters turned down by viewers

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Hmmm...

I thought this sounded like a good idea, although it would be nice to have the ball noises whilst gagging Sharapova. Unfortunately as it's the radio feed, the commentators talk way too much.

Looks like I'm stuck with the TV coverage audio feed for now. Please, someone put Billy Jean King on a separate audio feed!

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Smartphone security gets better: Blanket bans no longer inevitable

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Meh

Unbiased...

"Built-in mobile device security is better than that of PCs, but still insufficient, according to (insert name of company which sells security software here)"

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Hackers pierce network with jerry-rigged mouse

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Okay...

Hands up who's just taken their mouse apart to check?

My excuse was it needed a clean ;-)

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Very clever...

Very neat attack, although I must admit being told you couldn't use "social networks, telephones, and other social-engineering vectors" is kind of like testing a body armour and saying "Oh, but you can't shoot at the head, arms or legs", i.e. knowing there are already serious shortfalls in the protection in those areas.

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So, how many rhinos does a tram weigh?

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Que?

Sorry, you've lost me. Even several passes of the Monty Python rule book hasn't helped understand why the nationality of the sheep would be important.

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Re: Solved

Are you sure about that? What standardised form of propulsion was used to accelerate said sheep? If it was self propelled, then have you taken into account the extra gaseous nature of very fresh lush grass?

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You should try the Polish ones.

I narrowly missed a tram in Krakow a few years ago. Made the famous Englishman abroad mistake of looking the wrong way (what crazy fools decided to drive on the right?).

The Polish trams leave nothing to the imagination, none of this decorative cladding round the front and sides, there's a dirty big cow-catcher bumper, and the limb severing wheels all nicely on display.

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Darwin

Anyone that doesn't look at a tram as a set of fast moving guillotine wheels with several tons of weight pushing down on them deserves to lose whatever bit gets chopped off.

As for the idiot in the head phones, it doesn't matter what you step in front of on the road, it's going to hurt. The cyclist will punch you in the head for being a pratt, and everything else will crush your bones and probably drive over your inanimate corpse just for good measure.

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Google Chrome extension busts Murdoch paywall

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Google Chrome extension busts Murdoch paywall

Is it too much to hope that they brick it back up again PDQ?

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ITU Gen Sec: Why not speaking English can be a virtue

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In that case...

"If you want to make money on the internet without paying America, your best bet is to refuse to speak English"

I assume the French are raking it in then?

I expect no down votes, doing so would be an admission you speak English, and you don't want to give the game away do you ;-)

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NATO site hacked

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Eh?

NATO e-books?

Best seller list

1: DIY IED defusal

2: How to make friends and influence people

2: How to survive a nuclear winter

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No Gingerbread snack for Desire owners, says HTC

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Memory or RAM?

Your tag line says "RAM" which != memory.

Hopefully they are talking about the storage space for the ROM, the Eeprom. If they really are talking about RAM, then there are going to be some very unhappy Desire Z owners (myself included). The Desire has 576meg of RAM, the Desire Z (which is promised gingerbread within the next month) only has 512meg.

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DRM-free music dream haunts Apple's app-store lock-in

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Phone number portability?

I can only assume you're in the USA, as elsewhere, certainly in Europe, the right to keep your number and take it anywhere you like has been the norm for several years.

The only lock in is when the phone is knobbled to prevent it connecting to another network (this is pure software level, the European market doesn't have any weird networks running systems that require completely different radio hardware like the USA). This carrier lock is annoying, but removable, either by paying a small (but still excessive fee considering how much you have spent during your 24 month contract) to your carrier at the end of your contract, or by visiting a little man in the local independent phone shop who will do it for you for £5. Or you just buy the phone in the first place.

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Apple closes book on iPhone-look jotter

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Pathetic

Honestly, what harm were they doing? Are Apple planning on making a range of notepads themselves now? No. I didn't think so.

If anything it was flattery.

Apple, just grow the f*ck up.

The company should come back with a Nokia themed one, Nokia need every bit of promotion they can get!

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Nokia's Windows phone outed on video

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FAIL

sniff

I wish I could comment, but seeing as that video refuses to play on both my pc running firefox and my android browser, I will just have to take everyone else's option that it's crap.

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Travelodge hacked, investigating

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Re: Maybe a coincidence

Ah, my favourite callers... Kept one of those busy for almost half an hour the other week. I did enjoy myself.

They even called back the next day, but I didn't have time to play that day. Now they don't call... I miss them and feel lonely and unloved.

Pity really, because I've now got a VM all set up and ready to run their dodgy remote access software (plus it has a few manually induced "faults" to keep them entertained).

Maybe I should give my details to Travelodge so I can get back in contact with them :-)

Incidentally, the last time they called was a couple of days after I had been dealing with an Talk-talk's Indian call centre - coincidence?

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Elite UK police agency website downed by Lulzsec

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DDOS...

A DDOS is only slightly higher up the "hacker" scale than the NOTW phone "hackers".

A DDOS is just flooding a server with more requests than it can handle. If I phone you on your mobile, your home phone and then knock on the door, all at the same time, then I have effectively done exactly the same to you as a person.

I only put the DDOS above the NOTW because to do it you generally need access to a large collection of machines and internet connections in order to generate the required volume of traffic from a wide range of IPs to make it work.

A real hack would be getting into things which are locked down and secured (so not mobile voicemails with a default password).

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Mink coat thief conceals booty down knickers

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Re; Re: Wow!

Ewwwwwww!

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Has UK gov lost the census to Lulzsec?

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Lulz twitter speaks:

"LulzSec

I'm not seeing "we hacked the UK census" on our twitter feed or website... why does the media believe we hacked the UK census? #confusion"

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Blimee...

Well given how the small print added by HM Govt allowed world+dog to delve into information which used to be kept secret for 100 years, it would come as no surprise to find that at least one of those departments leaks like a sieve.

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Bloke pissing in reservoir prompts 8m gallon flush

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OH NOOOOS!

Wait until they spot birds crapping in it... And the fish, have they no shame?!!!

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Refusal to unveil scuppers French refusal-to-unveil trial

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Surely...

IIRC, their ill-founded belief that covering is required by their religion, only applies to hiding themselves from men, so just stick them in front of a female magistrate. Slap with fine.

Simples.

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Go Daddy sued over email alerts

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Re: 1999 remember

There is another part (which doesn't seem to apply to US patents). The patent should not be for the "bleedin'" obvious (that's my phasing).

Sending a renewal reminder email is just a modern version of sending a mail reminder by post. Something which anyone who would like to keep receiving your money has been doing since the dawn of time.

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HTC U-turns over Desire Android 2.3 update

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@Tony Smith

You mean Flash, as in Flash memory, as opposed to Read Only Memory and Random Access Memory...

See the problem?

Your original article translated "memory" to RAM, which is dodgy at best, especially when dealing with non technical press releases from someone at HTC who probably doesn't have English as a first language! Chinese whispers in its most literal form.

Best to avoid using the word "memory", as it is completely misused by world + dog.

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Re: LOL

Actually Giles, they never said RAM, they said memory. El Reg were the ones who thought memory = RAM (n00bs!).

If RAM was the issue, the Desire Z, which is scheduled for Gingerbread + Sense this month, would be in trouble, it only has 512meg of RAM whilst the original Desire has 576meg.

I believe the issue (if it was technical, and not laziness) is/was with the flash storage, the Desire only has half a gig, the Desire Z has 1.5.

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Steve Evans
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Hey guys!

It's okay, I found some more memory, it was down the back of the sofa all the time!

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Citigroup hack exploited easy-to-detect web flaw

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@doperative

I have no idea, I notice even the most innocent comment can attracts down votes on here.

I probably upset someone on here and they now have some kind of petty down voting vengeance going on! Oh well, if it keeps them off the streets. :-)

Thanks for coming to my defence though :-)

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Not sure about the analogy...

“Think of it as a mansion with a high-tech security system – that the front door wasn't locked tight,”

Given that a valid login session was required, I think it might be better described as given a new resident the keys to their house, which happens to fit every other lock in the city if they care to go and try!

However you describe it, it's a pitifully bad way of securing any website, let alone a financial one!

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ARM exec: Open standards will make us all rich

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re: One Way to Start

"Admittedly, with the existing pool of Windows software, it's probably overoptimistic to think that the x86 architecture could just go away."

And the existing, even larger pool, of ARM devices isn't hardly going to go away either!

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Earth may be headed into a mini Ice Age within a decade

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Coat

Woohoo!

I'll wax up my snowboard, Scotland finally has a purpose!

Mines the breathable one with a snow skirt and flame retardant coating.

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Dam Busters dog dubbed 'Digger'

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Re: Boy?

Indeed, and that's where they got the audio for the cut... But they pasted it into every other occurrence of the dog's name.

That's ITV on a Sunday afternoon for you.

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Re: Why do a remake?

Actually, last time I saw the original one Sunday afternoon, I noticed Nigger had suddenly become "Boy"... A bit of cut and paste of the audio track by the PC police.

I can't remember what the code word had changed to, but it obviously ruined the whole relevance.

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Re: I'd like to complain....

I'm called Steve, and I dislike people not called Steve being known by my given name.

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I hereby suggest...

All Brits should look horrified and offended whenever they hear the name "Palin"... We'll see how well they like it back up 'em...

Oh hang on, we already do.

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Dolphin Browser HD

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re: new version

I just downloaded and installed from the QR, and the side swipe works.

Incidentally, Firefox mobile does this too.

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@Code Monkey and Lloyd

You should give it a try then, I just loaded it up and tested it for you...

Text-jiggling operational.

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Guy spills on girl in weird Huawei tablet teaser

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Also...

It seems to have a magically jumping red lanyard/cable which instantly swaps sides.

I bet the ipad can't do that.

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IATA: this iPad could BRING DOWN A PLANE

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RF interference

I find it hard to believe RF interference could down a plane given the amount of RF that you find round airports. I remember owning a cheap walkman which would buzz every few seconds whenever I was within a few miles of Heathrow. It was only when I got near the airport that I noticed the buzz was synchronised with the rotating radar pointing in my direction... I think it's safe to assume that planes are quite well screened or the airports would be surrounded by wreckage!

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