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* Posts by M Gale

3496 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 handset review

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"standing on the train or on the loo."

Must have a strong seat.

Is this like some kind of steady-aim game?

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Office for Android, Apple iOS: 'REALLY REAL this time' - report

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Re: M Gale == Idiot.

Well gee, I never knew that.

Sarcasm mode off, I know the difference between the Linux kernel and Android. It's the same difference between the Linux kernel and a JVM. One might come with the other, but they are not the same. You might as well say that a web site is a Linux because there's Linux and Apache (and, yes, the rest of the GNU stuff) under there somewhere.

Or just call me an idiot. Easy when you're hiding behind a mask.

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Re: "If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I've won" : Linus Torvalds

To use an analogy (and yes, analogies are inherently shit): Android is Linux like a pizza is a motorbike.

One might be delivered with the other, but they are most certainly not the same.

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Re: @M Gale

These days, so does Microsoft.

In fact, Android is looking less toy-like than Windows 8 right now, which is a bit perverse.

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"Guessing you just blindly type into text boxes without looking at what else is on the screen? The option to sign in with a local account is on the same page as the one asking for your Microsoft account."

I expect set-up options to be obvious, not hidden in an Apple-apology style. This isn't Slackware Linux; it's supposed to be easy.

"That said, how is this different to requiring a Google/Gmail account on Android, or an Apple ID on the iPhone?"

Because they are toys, and I'm trying to set up a computer? Let's not forget that you don't need a Google account to use Android. You can install apps from all over the place, and the Google account is for Google services like the Play store.

Microsoft trying to turn computers into toys is half the problem. If I wanted an Xbox, I'd buy an Xbox. Happy that it's hidden away in a VM jail though. I don't think I could stand Metro for doing anything other than selecting which variant of Angry Birds I want to play, and even then I fail to see how it's better than the Frequently Used section of Win7's start menu, or attaching an icon to the desktop.

Still, at least poking around in the settings has found the Local Account options. Microsoft plainly wants to harvest a shitload of email addresses and personal details, and I trust them even less than I trust Google with that, frankly.

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Have you tried setting Windows 8 up?

No such option available. Or if it is, it's hidden. I'm just glad it's in a VM and I wasn't stupid enough to replace the host OS with it.

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"Do you need an Office 365 account to access your own computer?

I thought you only needed it to access Office 365, which is running on their computers."

Windows "we need to know your name, postcode, phone number and two valid email addresses to give you access to your own computer you bitches" 8.

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Can already view Office documents, thanks all the same.

As for Office 365, that can take a run and flying jump along with Windows "we need to know your name, postcode, phone number and two valid email addresses to give you access to your own computer you bitches" 8.

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Apple tries to add Galaxy Note, Jelly Bean to patent slapfest

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Have you looked at a Note 10.1 yet? I don't see iThings with proper stylus control, and you'd have to be a dipstick to confuse Android with iOS.

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RISC OS comes to Raspberry Pi

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Re: Whoo Hooo!

Unix perhaps. Linux = 1991.

I'll go pedant at people somewhere else now.

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Who needs flying cars when we can robotically sort Skittles?

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Nice trick. Hardly groundbreaking, I've worked in places where the colour of labels is scanned by dedicated colour-detection "cameras". Put in quotes because the only output from these devices is not an image but a value for "is what is in front of me the correct preprogrammed colour value(s)?"

For a one-geek-and-some-tools trick though, it's pretty awesome. A challenge to others to see if they can do it better, perhaps!

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Windows Phone 8 has a secret feature which may activate at any time

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There are already several Android apps that locate free wifi hotspots already?

Nice of Microsoft to play catch-up.

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Apple to ditch Intel – report

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Re: Peltier cooling

Unfortunately all that does is makes the heatsink even hotter as the heat is actively dragged from the CPU. Not much good for thin and light designs, because while the CPU might be running at negative-degrees celcius, the heatsink would be rapidly melting a hole in the chassis.

Now heatpipes on the other hand, they can help. Even if only to spread the radiators around the inside of the chassis to distribute and diffuse that nasty hotspot.

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Re: Itanium

"Tablets do not have sensible GPUs."

Define "sensible". My Tegra 3-powered tablet seems to chug along nicely and render some quite spiffy looking games and 3D live wallpapers, thanks all the same. OpenCV is boosted quite a bit, too.

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Yes, Windows RT, the locked-down wall-garden, can't-run-anything-asides-RT-apps version, is running on ARM. Windows, however, is not.

Or did you not spot the "full ReTard" quip?

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Watch OS X (or XI?) drop to sub-Linux levels of marketshare as people discover they can no longer run Windows in bootcamp, or if they can, it's in an emulator and running rather slowly compared to a Core i-something.

I don't think Apple is going to drop x86/64. Not unless Microsoft is going full ReTard too.

Maybe an x64-almost-compatible-but-only-in-Apple-gear processor?

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Monitors to grow half an inch in 2013

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One of these days I'll have to buy a new monitor. Until then, this AOC 9GlrA from last millennium seems to be still working rather nicely. 1280x1024@75hz is more than lovely enough for me, with the option of 1600x1200 and a quite scary (and horribly interlaced) 2048x1536 possible if you give it some persuasion.

Just hope if and when I buy a replacement, it lasts at least as long as this workhorse has.

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Beep! NASA here, a 400 tonne spacecraft is about to buzz your house

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Re: better known as

Minerals, resources, and experiments with dodgy ethical implications that revolve around transporter technology?

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Re: Great!

Lack of coffee. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

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Re: Great!

ISS passes directly above the Bristol Channel, over London and on out past the Thames Estuary on a good pass. You should be able to see it low in the sky from there.

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Heavens Above

Also the SatTrack app from Android that takes the Heavens Above feed and adds a few rather useful extra functions to it.

Also it's not much, but a half-decent reflector telescope and some luck gave me this blurry picture.

Hopefully will get a better one some time with the 100x eyepiece, if I can keep the damn thing steady enough. Try locking onto that thing with a scope and you can tell it's doing every one of those 17,000 miles per hour.

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Android: Google's baby ate 75% of smartphones in just 4 years

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Re: Surely Nokia is also to blame.

"They get royalties from Android"

For now.

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Re: Android "free"???

It's different because you can get your various apps and items from GetJar, Amazon, AndAppStore, Opera, Mozilla, Handango, OnlyAndroid, Insyde Market...

Well, that's just a couple of minutes of searching. I'm sure you can find more.

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"the latest Android devices can complete with Apple's flagship in usability and style, not to mention costing almost as much."

Anybody who thinks that Reg commentards only aim sly digs at Apple, please witness the above quote.

The Register: Biting the hand that feeds IT.

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Naughty-step Apple buries court-ordered apology with JavaScript

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Odd tablet behaviours?

Transformer Prime TF201. Default Android browser.

In landscape mode, the thing scales to hide the ruling link.

Portrait mode, it tries to scale but fails to hide anything.

Either way around, the layout is broken and the iPad Mini hides under the lower product images.

In Chrome? Landscape mode scales, doesn't have a broken layout. In portrait mode.. WOAH, that is one very thin iPad Mini. Again, doesn't stretch enough to hide the judgement link.

Firefox? Landscape mode OK, scales to hide. Portrait mode, hides part of the iThing under the product images again.

Aurora, as Firefox.

Opera Mobile, as Firefox.

You'd think Apple would have heard of JQuery? Or is there that much of a Not Invented Here culture at that corporation? Is that why they wanted two damned weeks to do what should have taken about two minutes if they weren't dead set on being as dangerously close to contempt of court as possible?

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Files aren’t property, says US government

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I thought the US Govt's answer was even simpler.

We have nuclear weapons and you don't.

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Mmm, what's that smell: Coffee or sweat? How to avoid a crap IT job

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Re: "If it's instant out of a tin or machine, walk ;)"

If it's good instant, I doubt you'll tell the difference.

Personally, unless I'm working for some multi-megabucks-huge corp, I wouldn't expect much more than a tin of Carte Noire or Nescafe. That and if it's a cafetiere, you don't know if it's been cleaned properly. Enjoy those stale grounds.

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Free Android apps often secretly make calls, use the camera

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Re: LBE Privacy Guard.

This of course, would be completely unlike the spying that was baked into iOS and only removed after they got caught with their pants down?

All the phone companies are at it. Funny how Google are the only ones to get called on it though. You'd almost think there was an agenda.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/227011/smartphone_spying_reality_check.html

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Re: Fix the real issue

Like the checkbox in Android under "Security" that states "allow installation of apps from unknown sources". Smae one that puts up a big scary warning about damage to your tablet if you check it. Or perhaps the one under "Developer Options" that states "Debug mode when USB is connected". Same one that puts up an equally scary warning about installing apps without notification and reading log data.. after you've gone through the "are you sure you want to fuck around with developer options" warning.

...which apparently isn't enough for some people who would rather pay $99 for the "privilege".

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Re: Tumbleweed...

Of course they do, but not in money.

What can I say? Sergey's a bit of alright. Got an A0 poster of him topless pinned to the ceiling above my bed.

Purr.

See you soon, love.

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Re: LBE Privacy Guard.

Unfortunately that requires a rooted device. Useless for anybody outside of Reg readers and other techies, and to be honest I'm not too fond of the idea myself. I like having a warranty.

Selective permission denial needs to be baked into the official build. Preferably with a popup for when a newly installed app first tries to use whatever part of the system that requires permission.

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Kim Dotcom offers free internet with own submarine cable

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Re: Only 256Mb

Only?

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Apple's poisonous Touch silently kills the GNOMEs of Linux Forest

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Re: Tom

Would have been true 10 years ago.

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Re: That's why Linux adoption is slower than it could be

Not the only reason either.

Someone recently had a problem with a bad website infecting their machine, possibly through some Java exploit. I suggested they use a VM for running uncertain websites in. They could use a friendly Linux in it like Mint or similar, or even a Windows if they could finagle it into working without paying Microsoft again.

Then I got jumped on by a number of commentards (emphasis on tard) with stuff like "don't be stupid, why would you want to replace the whole OS with Linux just to run a VM", "Windows runs VMs as well you know", "Why would a normal user ever touch something as hard as Linux", and various other statements along the lines of me being a sweaty Microsoft-hating freetard who refuses to pay for anything.

It's like they completely ignored what I actually said, and decided to hallucinate something that I completely didn't say.

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Microsoft building its own Phone hardware: Not 'If', but 'When'

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Re: Android Fanbois

"enjoy needing to carry on rooting and side loading to get the FULL experience."

Why would I need to root my phone or tablet? You know that takes you outside of Google's walled garden and means malware can dig itself in deep? Not to mention the void warranty.

As for "sideloading", named like it's some massively technical procedure, do you really take the average user to be such a plank that they can't drag and drop the APK file, find it in the phone and click on it? To be honest, Average User doesn't need to sideload to do what they want.

As for open source not being always the best, it damned well is in this case. You could argue that Microsoft almost invented the GNU GPL, because Linux and the Gnu project probably wouldn't have gotten half the traction it has without them. It's a great defense against Microsoft's (or anybody else's) monopolistic practises. Just what you want in something essential to an entire industry, like a common operating system.

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Brain boffins: 'Yes, math CAN make your head hurt – LITERALLY'

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Sorry.

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..and whoever voted that post down had better have a PHd in the subject and be prepared to explain themselves.

Red buttons mean nothing. You know, zero. That's a number, that tends to be used when you want to express "nothing". Zilch, nada, nowt. Not a sausage.

See?

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"The problem about maths is the numbers get in the way."

Seriously, words spoken by a pretty fearsome mathematician I know. I know what they mean too.. maths is about patterns. The numbers are simply how it's expressed.

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Sony KD-84X9005 84in ultra-HD TV review

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So, uhm..

...how much R&D is really involved in making a screen with the same pixel density as a tablet computer but bigger?

Really 25 grand-per-unit's worth?

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Re: No need for the average consumer

Same idiots that insist on valves sounding "better", I warrant.

Now a good valve amp can sound okay, but really, for hi fi just give me some nice fat MOSFETs. Keep the valves in the guitar amps where the fuzz and distortion makes it more awesome, and a 30 second warm-up before the gig starts is acceptable.

And give me 60fps cinema.

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Facebook trial: Tell everyone where you are, have a Wi-Fi peanut

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Any way you could check in with a completely spoofed location?

Just wondering.

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Lab mice drown in their THOUSANDS as Hurricane Sandy fills NYU basement

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Re: Backups? Aren't they baseball players or something?

Forget the mice. What about the rats?

I still remember us looking after someone's dog, and at the same time a rat found its way in through the back door. The dog had spent its entire life being trained as a rodenticidal maniac. Holy shit, I've never seen something so small jump so high. In human terms, it was like doing a Fosberry Flop over your house and clearing the roof by ten feet.

I don't think six inches would really do much.

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Microsoft opens Windows Phone 8 dev kit to world+dog

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Re: $8 (eight) for the introductory offer.

It is about protecting the device from the users.

Unless they pony up $99, in which case it's entirely unprotected. That doesn't protect anything from anybody, but it is a tax on ownership.

I understand your post. You're just highly wrong, and you're assuming by "developers" I mean "big software house that pays developers" and not "a guy who wants to make an app". To the former, $99 probably is toilet paper. To the latter, $99 is a month's travel budget.

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Inside the iPad mini: Pray you never have to open one

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Re: Where is the GPS chip again?

You've got to have turned directions on at least once for the giggle factor, surely?

"In 500 yards, tuIn 1 mile, tuYou have reached your destination!"

Wonder if bitching betty could keep up with flying speeds?

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Re: Nope...

Downvoted? Really?

Has Mr Red Button Fetish actually owned the old Tab 7, or any iteration of the DS?

Stereo. Small distance between speakers. Works. Has separation. Fuxache.

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UK iPad Mini FRENZY: Queues stretch SEVERAL FEET from till

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It's not as if Apple have been shouting about the coming of the new Messiah like they have with their other launches.

Besides, the Nexus 7 is just better, in every way. People who want a seven incher have probably already got that or a Tab.

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