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* Posts by M Gale

3505 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

Ballmer claims Win 8 sales strong, WinPhone to follow

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"Syncing data from your pc to your tablet, phone and console..."

I have a Nintendo 3DS, a Transformer Prime TF201, and a PC that runs a combination of operating systems including Windows. This trick I would like to see.

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UK's Intellectual Property Obliteration office attacked by Parliament

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Re: Rights don't exist in isolation

" If you don't accept the concept of copyright, there's no reason to obey the terms of any open-source licence, after all."

You know why the GPL is referred to as "copyleft", right?

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We already have copyright, we already have patents, and US software companies are already doing a bad enough job of exporting American "IP" values to the rest of the world.

So, uhm, what the hell was the point of this whole thing?

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Asus gets paid handsomely for swallowing Google's Jellybean

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Asus seem to be consistently good.

No surprises that people buy their stuff a lot, be it cheap netbooks, high end tablet-netbook-crossover-things, or motherboards and graphics cards.

Happy owner of an Asus motherboard with all kinds of lovely features, and a TF201 which is one very nippy Droid-top. Updated to Jelly Bean flavour too.

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Forgetting Microsoft: How Steve Ballmer's Surface could win

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Re: Apple never dominated anything.

My dislike of Apple is far from irrational. If it was, I wouldn't mention "proper web browser in a phone".

My dislike of Apple comes from their attitude of locking people into an expensive ecosystem, in ways that Microsoft only wish they could emulate. It's been going on for far longer than the iThings, too. Want a new power supply for that G3 power mac? Sure, that'll be a couple of hundred quid please. Never mind that it's a bog standard ATX power supply with the pins changed and a 21V line for some reason. The iThings with the curated app store, no other way other than Apple's of doing anything at all, and every chance a popular app could be emulated by Apple and then banned due to replicating functionality, is just a logical progression for this company.

Ignoring that in an attempt to make me look irrational is, well, just sad.

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Re: The problem with the 'give it away for free' model

Upvoted, because I've been downvoted a few times for stating facts.

For "sell it at cost" model, see Playstation, Xbox and Wii. Oh, and Geohotz.

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Apple never dominated anything.

At least not outside of some graphic design and publishing businesses. They had a brief blip due to putting a proper web browser in a mobile phone and having a shit-ton of advertising done for free by fans in said design & publishing businesses. Now a less vertically-integrated (and mostly free) option is available, surprise surprise it's overwhelmingly popular.

This is a good thing. Apple are worse than Microsoft in some ways. Two peas in a pod, I call 'em.

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Brit 4G live TODAY: At last you can bust your data cap in 5 minutes

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Re: More cap, less data

"Sour as a daily fail reader sucking on a bag of lemons while reading latest news on Jimmy Saville"

You should write for the Reg.

Or do you already, Mr AC?

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Re: A reasonable priceplan

You sure you own a smartphone? I'll give you a clue: Some ancient Nokia or Alcatel with a two-line text display is not a smartphone. If you even think about using the features of a smartphone you can easily exceed 500MB/month.

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Re: Data Caps

"Here's what people do without data caps:"

So? 0s and 1s don't cost anything to make. So long as a couple of heavy users aren't swamping the cell - something which a few people including myself have already mentioned can be dealt with by careful use of throttling - who cares?

Three should be congratulated for understanding what the word "unlimited" means.

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I really don't care...

...so long as they keep letting me download sometimes upwards of 30GB in a month without any nasty surprises. At £25 a month, I could buy another phone with a monthly rolling contract just for voice and still be paying less than EE customers.

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...and I'd rather have a throttle than a nasty bill or getting completely cut off.

Seriously, why are there data caps these days? What decade is this?

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Google Nexus 4 flips finger at Sandy, appears on YouTube

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Re: Real attempt at a new UI

Tiles are not new.

Even mixing tiles with traditional icons is an old idea.

However I will admit, making them look like Tomy toys and removing half the functionality is uniquely Microsoft.

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Re: One day old, a generation ahead...

I really don't see how the Android UI has improved much over Froyo. Battery life, sure that's better (and not part of the UI). Things run a little smoother, but it's still the same old icons+widgets affair unless you're running a tablet. In that case, the notification bar becomes part of the non-removable waste of screen space at the bottom along with the Home, Menu and Recent Apps "buttons".

On a phone though? You could show someone every version of Android from Donut onwards and they'd be hard pressed to tell the difference. Android might have had some stuff added under the hood, but the UI is pretty much the same as it's always been.

Anyway, wonder how long until Google sue Microsoft for copying Android's widgets and calling them "tiles"?

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Hackers crack Texan bank, Experian credit records come flooding out

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Re: The way I thought this worked:

And you're an anonymous bell-end who likes to downvote people for missing out an "n".

Sorry for offending your sense of grammar.

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The way I thought this worked:

Bank: We'd like to run a credit check on this person.

Experia: Okay, here you are.

The way it now appears to work?

Bank: Give us your entire database.

Experia: Okay, here you are.

Anybody else see what's wrong here?

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Your mouse may actually be a RAT in disguise

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Uhm

I'm pretty sure many games run on an event driven routine where mouse, keyup/keydown and joy events get pumped into a handler. I'm also pretty sure at least in SDL's case, that mouse events only happen when the mouse is inside the SDL window, and keyup/keydown events only happen when the SDL window is active.

So, no I don't see the need for a system wide hook on human interface devices in games.

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Yahoo! will! ignore! 'Do! Not! Track!' from! IE10!

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Re: "on grounds that it does not accurately reflect user intent"

Indeed.

It's a little like Silverlight. Or Windows.

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iPad Mini: Why is Apple SO SCARED of the Kindle?

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Re: Use case

"...None of those require either a keyboard..."

I'm sure you can write War and Peace on a slab of glass, but some of us like to know what letters we're hitting and not take half an hour to write a 200 character email to someone.

Not required perhaps, but very very much desired, especially for email and "social" (yuck) media.

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Re: DVD

The open source (usually libdvdcss2-based) solutions usually fail spectacularly when the DVD publisher has included some arsey extra copy protection measure that makes the movie appear to be 99 titles, or makes it so open source players break unless you skip the first megabyte or so of the disk.

There are however, paid solutions that are regularly updated to get around publishers being dicks. Just saying that since I'm a lifetime-updates owner of a certain couple of Slysoft products. It works rather well!

Means I can play my DVDs in proper quality on any device I like. All good.

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Re: eh?

"which was the same price as the wifi-only iPad, and the less-well-equipped Asus Transformer."

Fixed it for you. Don't forget when the original 3G-equipped Tab 7 came out.. quite a while ago now. Like, back when the iPad 1 was new.

But yes, pricey compared with other 7-inchers.

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Ubisoft forgets to ship activation codes for music game

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But.. but...

I thought shipping a free copy of malware with every game was meant to mean you don't need CD keys!

Ho hum. Guess not.

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Researchers find not all EC2 instances are created equal

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Re: I propose a new operating model...

Because we all have the money for co-location

Anyway, so long as Amazon are charging per instruction or however you measure CPU time these days, who cares? Your instance is slower, so it costs less per hour, surely?

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Skype for Windows 8 is coming: Always on, always in your contacts

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Re: Great!

Or just, you know, not have the program running and taking up space

Oh hang on, it's always on isn't it?

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Young Frenchwoman desperate for fat pipe tumbles out of window

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It takes all sorts.

I have to ask, did she expect to be able to use the laptop while extended out at arm's length?

Has she not heard of a USB wifi adapter and a long extension lead?

Wonders will never cease. Shame there's no headscratching icon because, well, I am.

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'PENDING LARRY QUOTE' - Google financials dunder blunder

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"his usual methods of choice wouldn't work."

Now that depends on how you define "work".

The industrial virus would be taken care of, certainly.

Unfortunately, so would the rest of the machinery in an almighty conflagration.

But hey, that's got to be more fun than watching Stuxnet burn some motors out.

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UltraViolet universal movie format still a no-show

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Uh huh.

Yay, I can get a locked-down, limited and shit version of a film if I go the official route. I have to create an account, I have to give login details, I have yet another password to remember, and yet more advertisers trying to cram their shit down my throat.

Or I can stick the DVD or BD in, engage rip software, come back later to a perfect copy (with no nag screens) that I can use however I like. Legally, too.

Wow, UV is really compelling.

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BBC Watchdog crew sink teeth into dodgy PC repair shops

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Re: What about Apple?

Unfortunately this person has Chrons amongst other rather nasty maladies. He could sit there in the store for hours, but only if wearing adult nappies, yaknow?

I think he's tried a lot of the above, but I'll suggest it anyway. If no luck, maybe The Reg would like to pick up a story about a practically-disabled feller who's been without a thousand pound's worth of laptop for months so far.

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What about Apple?

Twice, a friend of mine has had cracks developing on his Macbook Pro. This is apparently a known issue and repairable under warranty.

Once, it got repaired.

The second time? Well, Apple still have the macbook. He's given up asking for a repair and just wants the damned thing back so he can sell it with the cracks. Apple will not return it, Trading Standards will not help and he's got no idea when or even if he will ever see his very expensive computer again.

So come on, Watchdog. Stop going after the easy targets.

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Google readying on-device malware scanner for Android

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Sheesh

I know this is The Register, but "oh just root it" is not an answer to anything other than "how can I make it easier to break my phone?" If anything, telling Joe Public to go install some funked-up unofficial rooted Android build is what lays them wide open to malware attack.

But yes, non-rooted Android needs selective permission blocking of all apps, including the Google ones. If apps made for older Androids crash when you deny permissions.. don't use the apps.

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Windows 8 pricing details announced as preorders begin

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Re: Full (not time limited) RTM also available NOW, FREE

No ta. The university can infect their labs with whatever shit they like, but I won't be touching TIFKAM with a very large barge pole.

Especially not some doubly shit time-limited "student" version that'll disable the computer somewhere down the line.

What's that people say about crack dealers? First hit for free?

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LOHAN plugs into some hot LiPo treatment

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What about induction?

There would be efficiency losses, but you could also get 2.24 watts of power in AC form over a couple of millimetres, and you wouldn't even need a physical link.

Could even push data through such a link if you want to go silly.

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Re: LiPo at altitude

If the battery chosen for LOHAN falls to pieces in REHAB, maybe duct tape or heat shrink might help keep things together? Add two balsa boards to make a battery sandwich and tape it up tight.

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LOHAN ideas..

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Re: Balloon burst detection false-positive issue due to atmospheric instability

What about using a laser rangefinder of some sorts? Stuff the device in the neck of the balloon and it can monitor for when it's pointing at open space.

If the sudden pressure drop when the balloon bursts can be measured and acted on, there's now three ways of detecting a balloon burst. How about if LOHAN has all three methods incorporated and the onboard computer hits the go button when 2/3 methods report a burst?

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Nominet mulls killing off the .co from .co.uk

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Re: Who Cares...

Don't forget to compare the meerkat (dot com). It's not about car insurance you know!

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Re: "They are just hoping companies will now have to buy .co.uk and .uk."

Or alternatively, just buy the .co.uk and when someone tries to squat the .uk version, have it forcibly removed and get compensation into the bargain.

This is the UK, after all, and there are precedents.

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Boffin named Jubb to fire whopping hybrid thruster

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Re: "Actually, the Reg standard of force is the Norris."

Micro, Nano or PicoNorris more usually, no?

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Why is the iPhone so successful? 'Cause people love 'em

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Re: @JEDIDIAH - and M. Gale, and Marty etc

Assholes like you, M. Gale, and Marty are worse fanboys than any Apple users that I've seen in years.

So first I state that I don't often buy things I don't want, then I give a short list of things I like about my current phone. Sure, a slight dig at Apple over the complete lack of bluetooth OBEX capabilities, and Antennagate. I even managed a jab at Mr Smarmy up there, but you're lumping everyone into one group and acting like I've just called every single owner of a type of phone an arsehole.

Now come on, even in my wildest, I-hate-Microsoft rants, I don't go accusing every Windows victi^Wuser of being some kind of sheep. Nor do I compare them to body parts.

You on the other hand, appear to have some real phone-based insecurities. You should check that.

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Re: All these shiny phones miss the point for me.

The advantage of everyone's obsession with toys being that you can probably get exactly what you want for about £10 from Aldi or Lidl with a £10 top-up included.

That or you can get a toyphone and an Energizer XPAL, like myself. 30Wh of fun, more than enough to charge my own device 2 or 3 times over.

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You do realise that you are not trashing so much an operating system used by an entire armada of phones...

...as every single person that uses one?

Grow up, indeed.

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"The implication is that whatever phone you have, and it's clearly not an iPhone, you are less happy with it than I am with mine. That must really comfort you."

Clearly.

Now if you don't mind, I have to go check the torrent that's running on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S in the window. The one that's also being my access point. The one which has an awesome camera, and lets me put music and videos on it by plugging it into just about any computer running any operating system and using drag+drop without having to install some awful bloatware. The one which has voice recognition that makes Siri seem like a deaf retard. The one that's already had two updates since I've had it. The one with the eye-searingly bright screen. The one with the supermodel-thin design. The one that syncs nicely with the Transformer Prime I also own, that isn't made by Sony Ericsson. The one which I can toss away and get another model by another manufacturer and still keep all my apps, if for some reason I felt the need to. The one I can transfer files to any other phone on the planet with via Bluetooth.. oh... unless it's an Apple phone.

Yeah, I really don't like my phone, as you can tell. I'm obviously way down there on the customer satisfaction chart. I suppose I will have to be comforted with how happy you are, since you evidently took time out of your busy life of gazing lovingly at your own phone like it's the one thing that validates your entire existence.

Oh, I can hold mine however I like. It still works. Just thought I'd let you know (insert "that's what SHE said" here as appropriate, or entirely inappropriately).

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Apple's iPhone may have its detractors, but they don't appear to include many folks who actually own one...

Because I often buy things I don't want.

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Judge: Apple not liable for dropped, broken iPhone screens

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Glass breaks when dropped.

Wow, I never knew that.

Far be it from me to be on Apple's side over anything, but this is up there with the RasPi free-sample chancer.

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Why I've got a sync'ing feeling about Amazon's new Kindle Fire

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"It didn't have the Amazon experience welded into its DNA."

If I want Amazon, I go to their website.

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Edgy penguins test-fly Ubuntu's Quantal Quetzal

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Re: Shame

"It may ship with Unity, but, you can easily install Gnome, XFCE and such ."

For varying definitions of "easy". Easy to install the packages, infuriating to make them work properly. I don't know exactly what Canonical did with their switch to Unity, but it broke some things that make a simple "apt-get install gnome" turn into "install the packages.. then spend the afternoon fixing things that break".

Besides, I'm pretty sure hitting the Distribution Upgrade button will override all of your preferences and go back to that godawful Unity thing again. Yes I use Ubuntu, for now. I have Mint in a VM and it's becoming more tempting by the day. It's like Ubuntu... but it works!

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Wales: We'll encrypt Wikipedia if reborn gov net-snoop plan goes live

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Re: Can more people

By using GPS, you are supporting a system that is designed specifically to kill people with precision-guided bombs.

Obviously, the only answer is to destroy your TomTom, get rid of your phone and go back to paper maps for everything.

It was back in 1791, whilst planning defences to repel any invasion, that the Government realised the South Coast of England needed to be comprehensively and accurately mapped. So it instructed its Board of Ordnance – the defence ministry of the day – to carry out the necessary survey work.

OH, OOPS.

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Nokia apologizes for faking Lumia 920 ad

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Re: Small gyros

Not a challenge at all. Go look up the Blade mCX and mCX2 micro helicopters. Gyros aren't just spinning metal things, and solid state gyros can be incredibly tiny.

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Ballmer predicts 400 MILLION Win 8 Surface and Lumia fumblers

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"after testing windows 8 i will not be buying it for my desktop"

You'll have a choice?

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New Nokia Lumia mobes fail to inspire investors

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Re: "nearly tripled it's market share"

What, from one phone to three?

Going Android wouldn't mean ONLY producing Android phones. Nokia could have produced a range of Android, Windows Phone, and Symbian phones, and creamed off the profit from whatever sells the most. Instead they got the Flop to burn their platforms for them, and look at where they are now. Worse than an also-ran, they're an also-ran with contractual obligations to stay an also-ran.

At least, until Microsoft buys them, strips their assets and dumps the remains in the bin.

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