* Posts by M Gale

3540 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

Nokia Lumia 1020: It's an imaging BEAST... and it makes calls too

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Re: Seriously...

Calling Google "The Borg" while bigging up Microsoft? That would be some irony right there. Or cluelessness. Or perhaps both.

Really, you think Microsoft won't be ad-tracking you to within an inch of your life as well?

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Windows Phone overtakes Apple's market share ... in India

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Although it must be said, roughly zero of those viruses are present on devices that haven't been rooted or have a bunch of dodgy APKs sideloaded from Pirate Jimbob's Warez Emporium.

Now, being able to re-lock a rooted build with your own damn key, that would be something.

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Office 365 goes to work on an Android

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I could say the same about anybody suggesting a Core i7 lap-scalder for doing letters and spreadsheets with. The Fujitsu Lifebook T731 is not exactly cheap either, unless you want a decrepit "refurbished" one.

So sure, if you have unlimited funds and the desire to throw unlimited amounts of them at some kind of shiny, then you might just barely, so long as you're not using it too hard, get 8 hours out of an x86 Windows tablet PC. Really, well done.

Now if you don't mind, I have a years-old TF201 here to play with. Cost £500 when it was brand spanking new. Goes all day. Like the Duracell Bunny of convertible tablets, it is.

Actually I think, now Microsoft have made the idiot decision to try and turn the desktop into a phone and get the general public used to "duh hooge squares and pretty pictures" phone interfaces, Android could go through just a few modifications to be mouse and multiple-window-friendly and stand a good chance at taking Microsoft on, on their home turf. Wouldn't that be something?

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Duo 13, i7 variant. £1725, before you even go on about the prices Sony will charge for an extra battery, a car charger... well, it doesn't come with it. I also see no battery life figures.

So, we're probably talking somewhere north of two grand, all in. For a jumped up netbook. To write fucking Office documents.

Now what was that I said about extortionately priced? Not to mention that the huge PDAs that we now call "tablets" have a battery life that approaches or exceeds all-day heavy usage already, without any mucking about swapping batteries halfway through.

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So a Windows XP Tablet PC with a ridiculous price tag and a battery life of 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... not the massive PDAs that generally last all day, then?

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Re: Speech recognition

#include <iostream>

int main (int argc, char *argv[])

{

std::cout << "I can see speech recognition working really well here." << std::endl;

return 0;

}

#ifndef SORRY

#define SORRY "I just had to"

#endif

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Re: Related topic...

All of the above, plus keyboard construction. The chiclet thing on a Transformer TF201 is passably decent (even if not Bluetooth). The membrane keyboards straight out of Spectrum 16-land are most certainly not.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it ... Win Phone 8? No, it's APPLE'S iOS 7

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That's not passive aggressive. It's just aggressive.

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Apple iOS 7 remote wipe: Can it defeat the evil scrumper scourge?

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Or...

Just take the thing apart and sell any salvageable bits. Unlock codes won't stop someone with a screwdriver.

I don't think these measures as so much anti-theft as anti-letting-some-scrote-perv-over-your-selfies.

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You thought slinging Photoshop into the cloud would fail? Look who's laughing NOW

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Quark Xpress

Crikey, that thing's still going? Mind you, from what I remember it's an actual honest-to-goodness DTP program as opposed to Illustrator's "good for making glossy leaflets" approach.

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The real reason for the laughing

Yeah, what are you gonna go to instead? The GIMP? Paint Shop Pro?

That's right. You'll pay per month to use the same old shit, and you'll thank us for it, you bitches. Now bend the fuck over and spread those cheeks.

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Google smacks Surface with free Quickoffice for Android, iOS

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Quickoffice files save into Google Drive

Ah. Never mind, then.

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Microsoft no longer a top Linux kernel contributor

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Re: Why do you want my personal details for this?

First name: Micheal

Second name: Mouse

Email address: linuxfoundation@someDisposableWildCardDomain.com

Company: Ha Ha No, Inc.

Job title: Other.

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Re: at this rate

I figured the whole point, if you're in a position to be hugely bothered by the kernel size, is that you can turn off a shitload of options in the kernel headers and compile your own teeny-tiny version, with support just for the hardware you're running it on?

Or just download Ubuntu or some other preconfigured distro where about everything sensible has been switched on.

Would a microkernel end up any smaller after every single driver (sorry, Service) for every possible bit of hardware out there has been included in with the distribution? Don't forget, Windows is a hybrid kernel that does a ton of stuff the microkernel way. Hardly a size 0, is it?

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Ghastly! Yahoo! Groups! gripes! grip! grumpy! gremlin! grumblers!

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Web2.0?

I thought that was round corners?

This is like Web 8.1, surely? And about as welcome?

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Hypertext! Is! Your! Friend Frenemy!

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iPhone 5S: Apple, you're BORING us to DEATH (And you too, Samsung)

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Re: Backed themselves in to a corner

because Android isn't anywhere near flexible enough support anything but the one form factor.

Phones, tablets, smart TVs, dongles to turn a TV into a smart TV, media players, SoC/SoB development platforms, games consoles, and convertible laptops?

Sure seems like a single form-factor to me.

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Re: Where Next?

Unless all you do is write letters and other not-very-demandingt stuff, 64 bit CPUs do provide more of an advantage than just accessing more RAM. Being generally faster for the same clock speed would be the main one.

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For example, the iTunes Music Store gave the major labels the long overdue kick up the bum they needed

Wasn't that Napster?

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Massively leaked iFail 5S POUNDS pundits, EXCITES chavs

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Xperia Arc S here, from when it was "Sony Ericsson". Still working, though a bit long in the tooth now perhaps.

Not a perfect phone, but still damned fine. Dual GLONASS/GPS before the Applistas ever thought of the idea, and the ancient, replaceable battery still gets me all day if I don't hammer it. Camera's awesome for a 2011-vintage phone, pretty good even for a bleeding-edge new smartphone, and it can actually make calls while being held like a phone, unlike the iPhone 4 that it went up against.

I'll probably be getting a replacement in the next year or two, simply to take advantage of multiple cores and stupidly high-res screens (as if the current phone isn't high enough). However, this ol' Arc S still gets appreciative comments, mostly on the size and clarity of the screen. It really is eye-searingly bright and razor-sharp.

Oh, and it seems to play almost every video file I throw at it. All without being tied into some PC-based bloatware.

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Apple’s iOS 64-bit iUpgrade: Don't expect a 2x performance leap

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Re: Exactly - with a modern multitasking OS this would do really well

I think you're mistaking pre-emptive multitasking with cooperative multitasking. Coop multitasking was what Mac OS had all the way up to OS X, and Windows up to 3.11 (up to 9x for 16 bit apps). It is, to use the crap analogy, the equivalent of leaving a bucket of money out and asking people to only take from it fairly. The program hogs resources until it gives them back to the OS.

Pre-emptive multitasking on the other hand, is where the OS decides how much CPU time each process is having, and rations timeslices accordingly. Unix has always had it, right back to 1969. Linux has had it since its inception in 1991, and since Android is based on Linux, well, Android has had it since day 1, too.

Strangely, pre-emptive multitasking works, regardless of how much an individual process wants to hog things. The only remaining argument is the best type of rationing policy - round robin, least-used-first, priority-based or other?

Ignorance, eh? It's everywhere.

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Re: Exactly - with a modern multitasking OS this would do really well

OSX is proper Unix. Not Lunix.

GNU's Not Unix.

Never has been, never pretended to be. Why does it have to be?

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Zuck off, Zuck: Brit duo's JustDelete.Me nukes clingy web accounts

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Re: Impossible sites?

No, but a whole bunch of people replacing their name with "Cockmeister McFuck", and their profile picture with dongcopters and other such loveliness might prompt the site owners to allow deletions. Even if not, it's a funny form of protest that leaves the offending site in an awesome state for future viewers.

Of course if it's a site where the owners are not likely to be offended by such imagery, you do a bit of research and find something that will offend the site owners.

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Impossible sites?

Just how offensive or pornographic (or offensively pornographic) can you make your content before you get the banhammer?

More than one way to skin that cat.

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Flying in the US? Remember to leave your hand grenades at home

M Gale

Re: But... but... but...

It also states "as part of a well-regulated militia", but it's funny how many people forget that part.

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Windows 8.1: Microsoft's reluctant upgrade has a split-screen personality

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So...

Now there's a useless start button that does nothing, what's going to happen with the start menu replacements that put their own start button in?

Aha, now I think I see the plan. Well fuck you, too.

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US plaintiffs can seek damages over Street View data slurp - court

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Re: Yawn

What is it with crap analogies?

It isn't a car. It isn't a house. It's a router. Lots of routers in fact. That were left in public mode. The public used them. This is not difficult to understand.

You want another crap analogy? You just bought a bus, stuck "10A Liverpool" on the front of it, painted it up in Arriva's livery, stopped at the bus stop, opened the door, shouted "don't worry everyone, it's free today", and now you're acting all surprised that you got a boatload of passengers expecting to find themselves in Liverpool City Centre via Rainhill.

Unencrypted routers are public routers. Get that through your skull, and encrypt yours if you don't like that. It's not hard. As for exploits, that's a different kettle o' fish, and quite clearly a case of trespass if you've done anything more than ping the thing and ask for its capabilities (which is, duh, just what Google did). Encrypted routers are private routers.

Why the hell do idiots make things so much harder than they need to be? And why are so many supposedly smart people acting like complete fuckwits over this? Kick Google because it's Google? Yeah, real smart move, that.

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Re: Yawn

Except this isn't a house being burgled. It's a router that has been left in public mode.

Surprise surprise, the public used it. Victim my arse. Encrypt your router. No ifs, no buts, get it done. Why the hell should the courts back you up because you've thrown your network open to the public to use and they've used it?

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Re: Are all Americans this dumb?

However, sticking an antenna out of the window, setting your CB rig to channel 19 and hoovering up every transmission in a 5-10 mile radius is not illegal.

And neither should wardriving be.

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Re: Yawn

See that would assume that I regard wardriving as inherently wrong in some way. I really don't see what they did that's so awful. Drove around with a boatload of cars running Airodump? Well fuck me, lock 'em up, throw away the key.

Or alternatively, lern 2 WPA2. It'll stop Google from snarfing your passwords, AND the hackers that are probably already raping your unencrypted connection.

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Yawn

Would have been nice if the court would have said something like "just delete the data and we're happy."

I can see this turning into something similar to PPI and whiplash injury claims, where an increasingly small percentage of claimants were actually mis-sold PPI or really do have whiplash. Really, you just shouted your unencrypted username and password into the street with a megaphone, and it's Google you want to sue for it?

To anybody that does: Get a brain.

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Corel re-animates zombie brand for patent case

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Mushroom

Destroy all patents. Start again.

This system ain't fixable, ain't curable, and requires a mercy shot to the head before it fucks anything else up in its rabid writhings.

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First rigid airship since the Hindenburg cleared for outdoor flight trials

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Because unless any enterprising and rather ballsy Somalians get a bit daring with lawn chairs and weather balloons, it's rather unlikely?

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BBC releases MYSTERY RIDDLE poster for Doctor Who anniversary episode

M Gale

For some reason, I'm looking at that poster and thinking of the original Mercenaries game.

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Dyson takes Samsung to court in UK over vacuum cleaner

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Re: RE: If Dyson is so rubbish why do they sell so much ?

Judging by the couple of broken Dysons that a friend has had, it's certainly bollocks of some kind or another.

Also Dyson did not invent bagless vacuum cleaners. The guy did however, take an already-existing technology - that of using cyclones to separate stuff - and stick a hose on the end. There's plenty of bagless designs that are basically a solid dust container with a filter at one end. While some manufacturers might have had a razor blade business model with the bags, nowhere near all did.

I still remember le Mother's old Goblin quite fondly. Of course, now it's a Henry.

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Re: I really dislike dyson

If you are British why on Earth would you want some South Korean knock off company to destroy a British company?

A British company that shut up all its UK manufacturing facilities and shipped the whole lot over to Asia?

I don't see the difference, myself.

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Fancy a new iPhone 5C or 5S? READ THIS or you may not get 4G data

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So I gotta wonder why you can't just have one damned phone variant with its SDR chippery, and have the thing scan around until it goes "oho, there be mobile signals in these bands"?

Maybe two variants if regional frequency variations are so wide that you need separately tuned antennae, but really, ten?

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John McAfee tweets from BEYOND THE GRAVE: Drug binge death? Not me, mate

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Re: The Indestructable John McAfee

The only solution I found to work consistently was a good ol' re-image

And the first thing the shop-bought branded box does after you've nuked the hard drive and re-installed the factory image from the oh-so-impossible-to-corrupt-and-infect sooper-seeekrit hidden partition?

"Please register your free trial of McAfee..."

Damn.

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For PITY'S SAKE, DON'T BUY an iPHONE 5S, begs FSF

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Re: bad taste

There's a difference between wishing someone dead, and dancing on their grave.

Whether ol' Jobbie deserves that or not I guess depends on your opinion of the guy. I guess Stallman doesn't like him too much. I could think of a very few people who I'd happily tap-dance on the coffin of, but they're a little closer to home than Cupertino.

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Vulture 2 autopilot reports for duty

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Re: Ready made module???

So.. trolling for free bits, making it cheap, so that Lester & Co can afford more beer?

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A hacky solution

Spektrum receivers have a little light on that indicates "signal OK", or at least my ones do.

Photodiode/photoresistor auto-autopilot switch as a backup for whatever channel you're reserving for "let me take control"?

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Re: Reprogramming

What have the MoD got to do with it?

Not sure, but this is the same person that suggested turning LOHAN into a conventional rocket. Uhm, while completely forgetting the "autopilot itself back to base" part of the mission.

I guess building missiles is okay, but sticking wings on them isn't.

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Five SECRET products Apple won't show today

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Re: @AC 09:48 (Java security on Android)

didn't Oracle sue them as they lifted loads of code from the original Java?

Tried and failed. AFAIK, the headers were copied (ie: function names/declarations), but the implementation is all Google.

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Brit and Danish boffins propose NSA-proof crypto for cloud computing

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However, multiple containers and plausible deniability do provide some help, even against the ol' rubber hose. Look see, there's the password. It validly decrypts the file. I told you that was just a load of furry pr0ns. Why the hell else do you think I encrypted it?

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Re: Political Correctness Gone Mad

Josephine.

Admittedly "Jo" is more usually used as the female version. However, this is the 21st century, and it takes allsorts to make Bassetts.

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Should Nominet ban .uk domains that use paedo and crim-friendly words?

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for example, it's known that paedeophiles have code words, such as "hobby" which refers to a child

And some of them are even known to disguise themselves as whole schools!

I think I can respond to this with "give me a fucking break".

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Google Nexus 7 2013: Fondledroids, THE 7-inch slab has arrived

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Re: Off topic

Firefox and Flash. There's your problem.

No, really. Block Flash from running on Firefox unless it's needed. Your computer will love you for it. Myself, I just uninstalled the plugin completely. Chrome gets used for the occasional Flash game or Youtube video that absolutely must show ads, and therefore can't use the html5 player. It also seems to have a better Flash implementation in general. At least, it doesn't turn into a computer-destroying jerkathon.

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Re: No OTG? No memory card?

Unfortunately seems standard with Nexus devices.

Want more storage? Buy a new device or buy storage on our servers.

Yeah. No.

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Re: re OTG

I have a Transformer TF201 here that very much does support plugging USB thumbsticks and hard drives into the keyboard's USB slot. It also seems pretty good with mice, keyboards and, to a lesser extent, control pads and joysticks. Asus also provide a rooted ROM for you if you wish to use it, however the blurb is very clear in stating how it's not supported, and that if you break it, it's your problem.

You'll find most fondle-toy devices are the same way, whether the manufacturer provides rooted images or not. If your solution requires root, then the chances are it is not supported. This may not matter much to you, but it will matter to anybody who fails to get root, ends up with a brick, then tries to claim on the warranty.

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Opera unveils iPad-only browser

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Re: Optional

I don't think playing FPS games with the controls arse-over-tit is unique to iThing users. It does seem popular amongst people who are stuck on consoles and have not yet found the awesomeness of the mouselook, though.

Maybe someone should do a study. I think you'll find a correlation between control arse-backward-ness and flight sim use. And, perhaps, spectacle rim thickness.

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