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* Posts by Steve Evans

2378 posts • joined 17 Apr 2007

Nick Clegg: Snooper's Charter 'isn't going to happen'

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Re: Err, I thought a coalition was in government, now Clegg says his lot are in charge

As in charge as they were when they stopped the tuition fees...

Oh.

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Apple fanbois' accidental bonking ruled too obvious by watchdog

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Re: Call me paranoid

I can only assume the US patent office charges less for rejecting a patent than accepting one.

So it's better business to just approve everything, and let the lawyers (who are probably from the same lodge) sort it out.

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Sord drawn: The story of the M5 micro

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Re: 30th anniversary of every man and his dog releasing a Spectrum-basher

ARM, which started life as a project at Acorn, the manufacturers of the Atom, BBC Micro and Electron.

Acorn didn't die, it evolved by designing a chip they wanted instead of compromising on an existing processor.

And didn't it work out well!

Funny the think the low power consumption was actually an accident of design!

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Review: Disgo 8400G 7.9in Android tablet

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"Disgo quotes 512MB of RAM but apparently this is shared with the Adreno 203 GPU, with the system info showing around 384MB left for the CPU."

There's your bottle neck. My old mobile has enough of a problem running Gingerbread with that amount of RAM, let alone Jellybean.

If they'd just been a bit less tight and spent a couple more $ to make it 1gig, and it might have been a contender.

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Inside Secure snatches BBC iPlayer downloads from Adobe

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Re: BBC Android developers are incompetent.

"You don't need a TV license for this...."

Are you sure about that.

IIRC when you start iPlayer for the first time it specifically reminds you that you need a TV licence.

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@Captain Underpants..

Too right. Blaming the withdrawl of flash, when the iPhone never had it to begin with, is completely illogical.

I still think I'll stick to get_iplayer though... A nice uncluttered mp4 I can copy over from my home server (thanks BT infinity) and store/play indefinitely on my phone no matter what flavour I choose.

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P2P badboys The Pirate Bay kicked out of Greenland: Took under 48 hours

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Re: .so

It's a pity the military forces don't go after the Somalian pirates with the same kind of drive the lawyers have for TPB. Which is a little absurd as last time I checked, TPB had never killed anyone.

(FYI, Somalian pirates have a habit of throwing all the AK47s over the side and claiming to be fishermen when intercepted).

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The ten SEXIEST computers of ALL TIME

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Spectrum and ZX81 sexy?

They looked exactly what they were... Cheap!

Maybe that's how you define sexy...

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Review: Intel Next Unit of Computing barebones desktop PC

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Power lead...

I thought it was a legal requirement to provide a UK plug on all goods sold in the UK intended to be connected to the mains.

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Merde! Dummkopf! Google Translate used as spam cloak

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Re: " because it may easily be used to lute users into visiting malware-tainted websites."

We did... But only for a minuet.

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Re: " because it may easily be used to lute users into visiting malware-tainted websites."

Ha!

Pot calling the kettle drum black!

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Re: " because it may easily be used to lute users into visiting malware-tainted websites."

Will you lot please remember to conduct yourself in a civilised manner.

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Steve Jobs to supervise iPhone 6 FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Ummm...

"Horace Dediu, who once worked for Nokia and now runs the Asymco consultancy, pointed out that long production cycles were normal in the industry."

And we all know how well that Oil-Tanker of an R&D operation did against the competition don't we... Even under Microsoft's control, sorry, I mean Elop's, HTC released Windows based phones before Nokia.

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Animal Liberation drone surveillance plan draws fire

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Re: Mid Air Collision?

I would suspect that the downdraft of a real helicopter would blow the over-sized toy out of the air... Unless the big chopper happened to fly *under* the toy chopper... Then that could get messy.

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How the iPad ruined the lives of IT architects

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I made it as far as "For IT departments with staff that grew up with 9 to 5 working hours"...

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Inside Adastral: BT's Belgium-sized broadband boffinry base

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Re: I miss working @Adastral

It was probably a cheap Chinese (like their home router gear) lift, so made of this metal so you can free yourself with nothing more than a good kick when it inevitably breaks down twice a week.

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I was wonedring that too...

"an engineering HQ that takes top-flight technology and works out how to deploy and operate it the real world."

So why are they shipping that cheap Chinese Home Hub with all the bugs?

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Freetard den isoHunt loses appeal against search ban

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Canadian website, US judges

Surely it is down to Canadian courts to make this kind of decision?

Or have the Canadians sold themselves down the river to an extent the British government can only dream about?

BTW, this isn't a pro freetard comment, just questioning the legal process.

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Young model ruthlessly fingers upskirt iPad petshop pervert

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"The model lamented the lack of big stick under local law for snapping people's privates."

In that case she might want to consider wearing some knickers.

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BT engineers - missed appointments

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@Goldmember - Re: I used to be with BT...

This goes back to the early days of opening the network... Anyone remember Mercury Communications?

Anyway, Mercury used to lease lines from BT on a massive scale. The problem for BT was that if they even looked like they were giving preference to their own faults, as opposed to ones on Mercury lines, all hell broke lose with the regulators. So when a Mercury line developed a fault it was all hands to the pumps.

I believe this is still the case today, if not worse as the local loop is now opened up.

I'm sure that if Sky/TalkTalk et al get the slightest feeling of second class treatment, they're straight to the big red phone and contacting the regulator.

The result is as a BT customer, your engineer is likely to be pulled off your job (before he arrives) and sent to deal with a Sky customer.

Oh, and yes, I had a no-show for my Infinity install. No call, nothing. Eventually phoned them as 5pm to be told "Oh, he couldn't make it today".

At least that's better than what I see in the offices where I work... Engineers installing lines and cutting off other offices down the hall. Engineers turning up to setup broadband before the line is even live at the exchange... For a communications company they really suck at communication, even internally!

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Android 'splits' into the Good and the lovechild of Bad and Ugly

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Amusing he picks MS as the way to do it... Aren't there a load of recent Nokia customers stuck on 7.5 because their reasonably new handsets won't run 8?

That sounds like fragmentation to me, which is impressive given then minor market share.

(And yes, I'm ignoring all the earlier mobile windows versions).

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BRITAIN MUST DECLARE WAR on Cervinaean menace

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@g e - Re: And can I pop in a vote

Wild boar and venison... Yum yum.

Dammit, now I'm hungry!

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iPhones, 'droids go to WAR: US soldiers invade TOP-SECRET cloud

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"Putting US soldiers in the cloud will give them an edge, added the report:"

Well it'll certainly make capturing some of those trickier portals in Ingress a little easier!

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Brit biz stops coked-up moist pocketstrokers ruining your pub lunch

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Re: Puzzled

You may wish to read the whole article.

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Ten smartphones with tablet ambitions...

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Kogan Agora 5.0

I suspect the Kogan Agora 5.0 would be frustrating to own. Only 512Meg of RAM is going to be a serious restriction.

My old handset used to have 512, and would get bogged down quite easily with Gingerbread. All the modern OS phones/tablets have 1gig+ for a reason.

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Review: Britain's 4G smartphones

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Re: Heh heh heh

Sounds like low expectations - unless it's on a very cold nudest beach.

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Re: 4G scanning

*chortle*

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Boffin shows pics of germs grown on SPOTTY STUDENTS' MOBES

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Don't panic!

We're covered, and full of bacteria. Most of it benign.

A bit of exposure is good for keeping the immune system in tip-top condition.

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Nexus 1 put in orbit to prove 'in space, no one can hear you scream'

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Oh nos!

I hope they left it in flight mode or, as every flight attendant will tell you, everything will explode!

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Blackberry Z10 sales fail to impress analysts

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@Mark - Re: Blame the Marketing Dept

Supply shortages played a part, but the big deal is the public exposure, or lack of it.

The mobile networks don't want to carry it because it's actually cheaper for people to buy it direct and be unlocked. If they start pushing it, people will compare prices, have a WTF moment, and then suddenly they've lost their 24 month locked in customer to a monthly contract.

The media (talking TV news here) make a huge song and dance about a new iphone coming out and even the BB gets a mention, but a price-busting device like the N4 doesn't get a mention.

Sometimes I feel like I'm walking round with the world's best kept secret in my pocket!

I've had one for a few weeks, and I've heard every "is that the new ........" you can think of, including BB, but not a single person has said Nexus (unless I've been holding it up with the huge "NEXUS" brand on the back visible, which results in a "What's a nexus?" question). Once told the price most jaws hit the floor. I really should get a commission for the number which have been sold off the back of people playing with mine.

Or maybe I should just hold a stock of them in boot of my car!

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Hardly a shock.

Every BB owner/fan I know wants a real keyboard, and that version isn't going to be release until Q3. Unfortunately all they have released so far is an iphone/android-a-like with little app support.

Pity, as the BB does have some nice features, and a bit of competition is always good for progress (27,000 lawyers permitting).

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US woman cuffed for 'booking strippers for 16th birthday bash'

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Re: Give an automatic rifle

"Young men can join the air force and fly combat missions where they get to drop bombs on people while they're still considered too young to drink."

I think that has more to do with the oddly high (from the British point of view) drinking age in the US than an oddly low "you can drop bombs on people" age.

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Re: Give an automatic rifle

Is the USA driving age still strangely low?

In which case this lad could drive several tons of steel at lethal speed, but not look at naked women.

I saw the first boobs of my adult life below that age and it hasn't caused me any ill effects

B( . Y . )bies!

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Twitter opens ad API... awaits cash TSUNAMI from ad-slingers

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Time to delete that account then...

During my few ventures onto Twitter it seems a strange place. People who think they have a service to provide you follow you. It seems back-to-front! One of my accounts says "photographer", I ended up with loads of Photoshop gurus and make-up artists following me, and that was without ever posting anything!

It's all a bit strange, and full of people with such a poor grasp of English that it makes my eyes bleed.

If it's about to degenerate further I think the "delete account" button will become very popular.

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So you won a 4G licence. The Freeview interference squad wants a word

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"In most cases that won't be an issue: the leakage from 4G into Freeview will be minimal, but where the viewer is receiving a weak Freeview signal, and using a cheap signal booster, then the effect of boosting both will knock out Freeview reception."

I can't help but wonder what the bleed-over effect will be the other way round. If you live in Crystal Palace, should you expect a 4G dead-spot due to the slightly enormous mast pushing out a subtle 200Kw on each of the 6 local freeview transponders frequencies.

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Foxconn: Our hiring freeze has nothing to do with iPhone 5

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Well...

Given the Chinese one child policy, maybe the country has just run out of cheap labour available for hire?

Mine's the flame proof one - try it!

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WTF is... Miracast?

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Right...

Where's the Raspberry Pi Miracast project?

Nice little add on to RaspBMC for someone who knows what they are doing.

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Brit robot programmers banged up for £500,000 tax evasion

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Re: £500,000 goes a long way

That's what I thought... For 15 extra months inside I get to be £300K richer - Sign me up!

In fact, it's even better than that. On the extended, keep the money, 30 months sentence, good behaviour release would be at 2/3rds, so keep your nose clean and you're out in 20 months, with your £300K safe (or at least not in £300K worth of debt).

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This 320-gigapixel snap of London is size of Buckingham Palace

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Re: What's that in square fettuccine? And who owns the patent on the file format?

*Phew* I'm glad I'm not the only one that thinks the controls are reversed.

Pretty impressive, even more so given they used those plastic Canon cameras ;-)

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Microsoft: Office 2013 license is for just one PC, FOREVER

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Re: FFS

Yup, it's the windows licensing fun all over again...

Change your HDD to an SSD, chuck in some bigger RAM whilst you're at it, and upgrade the GPU and "oh dear" different magic number generated, so it must be a different machine.

*rolls eyes*

Then remembers he's been using Open/Libre Office for years anyway due to the influx of .docx emails he couldn't open in Office 2003 which he received from people stupid enough to use the preinstalled 3 months free Smack, sorry Office 2007.

Note to self to increase the anti-third person medication.

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Meet the stealthiest UK startup's app Swiftkey - and its psychic* keyboard

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Re: Hope it works then...

I know what you mean.

Whilst modern smartphones have far more power than my old capacitive screened mobile, I do miss the ability to accurate tap with a fingernail. With a capacitive you can't, you have to use the huge squidgy end of your finger, which immediately obstructs the view of whatever it is you are trying to press!

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Apple FINALLY fills gaping Java hole that pwned its own devs

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Given the general Apple device bent of the BBC, I'm amazed they haven't been completely pwned too...

Then again, maybe the whole NUJ strike the other day was just a cover?

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Tesla vs Media AGAIN as Model S craps out on journo - on the highway

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Re: Maybe...

I didn't intend to start a "west-side "east-side" conflict here (so put the gold chains away and stop holding those 9mm sideways). I was just commenting that CA has a climate which generally further removed from the cold which is known to really bugger up rechargeable batteries.

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Maybe...

Electric vehicles are all well and good, but they are far from perfect. As mentioned in the article, cold weather murders them. Not only do the lights and heating suck valuable power from the batteries, but the batteries themselves lose a lot of capacity just from being chilly. This is nothing new. Anyone who's used a digital camera in snowy weather will be familiar with this, and often carry two of three batteries which can be kept in an almost constant camera, warm pocket, rotation.

So whilst I'm sure the car is perfect in California, it's in trouble when it meets the far more real world environment of the North East Coast.

Just a thought...

Maybe if they spent a little more on R&D, and a little less on lawyers...???

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Psst, wanna block nuisance calls? BT'll do it... for a price

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Re: Useless really

I believe the reason BT strip the CLI from SIP originated calls is because such SIP CLI is generally about as trustworthy as two dozen politicians holding expenses forms.

I have yet to have such a stripped CLI call ring on my home phone which isn't exactly what I expect - namely yet another company ignoring TPS.

BTW, personal favourite is "Microsoft" calling because my computer has reported a fault to them. These calls seem to go through phases, and me and several friends have a competition going to see how long we can string them along for. Unfortunately I'm not currently winning (I had to cut the call short at 35 minutes, I was on the way out the door at the time). So please *do* call back. Your call is important to me (I need to beat Dave's 50 minute epic!).

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Netbooks were a GOOD thing and we threw them under a bus

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Re: Personal testimonial--realtime

Many a true word!

Several years ago I bought my mother an atom powered Lenovo S10e netbook. She wanted something small and portable just for checking emails. It even came with a large (6 cell I think) battery. It seems to last forever even when set on performance.

Despite owning smart phones and tablets, guess what happens whenever I go away? Yup, I go and borrow the S10e. As the OP said, it's small enough to slip in hand luggage on the plane, it has blue tooth, wifi, a couple of USB ports and a whopping 160gig hard drive for storing all my 12Mb raw photos from my Nikon collection (this accounts for the rest of my hand luggage!).

I've even been known to do a bit of photo post processing on the netbook - although it's not something I wish to make a habit of! Slooooow! However, at least it's an option if I really have to.

All for less than £300 new. Bargain.

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Reg Hardware Awards 2012: The Winners...

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Re: Lemmings

"you'll regret that"

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Is your Surface Pro a bit full? Slot in an SD card, it's not from Apple

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Re: Tablet computer has slot for SD card

No, just Lewis trolling the Apple fans.

Oh God, look what he just made me do... Defend Apple fans!

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Worst broadband notspots in the UK named and shamed

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Re: Broadband Speeds

A lot of the streaming TV services have issues beyond your connection speed.

I'm lucky enough to have FTTC, and 38mbs into the house, but 4OD often stutters and fails to stream smoothly even in the silly "real programmer" hours.

The other night even iplayer was being moody playing live TV, yet the TV catchup app on my Nexus 7 connected to my wifi was able to stream the same channel without issue.

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Iran develops working ICBM: Intercontinental Ballistic Monkey

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Re: Jewsish sabbath, was Muslims in Space

Even if he did obey the sabbath every 10.5 hours, if would hardly have been the end of the world. If would have only last 90 minutes.

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