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* Posts by Adam T

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So you invent a wireless network using LEDs, what do you do next? Add solar panels. Boom

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Clacks

I'm sure it's a great piece of technology, but why put LEDs every ten meters when you can have a perfectly eco-friendly Clacks tower every ten hundred meters?

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Update your iThings NOW: Apple splats scary SSL snooping bug in iOS

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Utter f*cking idiots. Re. iOS 6.1.6

So you can only download 6.1.6 on devices that can't run iOS7 (i.e. 3GS).

Which is moronic for devs, as we can't download it from the dev portal nor via iTunes nor via device (you can only download iOS 7 via Settings).

We have to keep a range of devices with each OS installed so we can reproduce bugs reported by users, and you'd be amazed how many iPhone 4 and iPad 2 users are still on iOS 6 (even 5). Telling people to upgrade is all well and good, but it's a total cop-out of just letting people use what they want to (and I understand, because I loath iOS 7).

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Amazon fuses LoveFilm, subs service, calls it Prime Instant Video

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Re: Meh

I've had LoveFilm for years now, and get 4 disks at once. Also have Netflix - big bonus, you can watch U.S. netflix on your UK account (just drop in a chrome extension).

I don't order disks anymore simply because I don't have time to watch them - I may get through two or three a month, whereas streamed stuff I'll watch from wherever, sometimes in the background while I'm working.

When Netflix first came out over here I pooh-pooh'd it because of the thin catalogue. Since then they've grown enormously... I finally signed up when Orange Is The New Black came up, and loved the service for about a year. It's easy to get through what you want to watch quite quickly though... there's not a lot on there for me now.

So as a Prime member, I'm up for the Instant LoveFilm. Costs a bit less, and I'll pretty much save double by ditching Lovefilm By Post. Just enough, in fact, to keep Netflix on the go.

Post is good - you can't beat a proper BluRay. But life is changing, spurred on by the times.

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Apple in bid to turn MORE and MORE humans into iPhone-stroking fanbois

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These aren't for phones

They're for the next generation of snow-proof shop front glass. Just you watch and see.

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Pop OS X Mavericks on your Mac for FREE while you have LUNCH

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Re: @Philip Storry is @MyBackDoor

Pardon me, mistype.

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@Philip Storry

"Truthfully, I'm shocked Apple doesn't allow their OS X to be downloaded for free and installed from a thumb drive."

They do, you can, I did.

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Netflix original TV shows gamble pays off... to the tune of 10m new viewers

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More efficient than the BBC then

And costs less per month too

Of course, we still have to pay Auntie to watch Netflix.

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Amateur image-wrangler reveals stitched snap of Saturn's splendour

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Re: Back-scatter?

Yeah I noticed that too - that's some pretty serious reflection going on there. Stunning.

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A $17.3bn fine, you say? Samsung begs for five-year patent war truce

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Re: Prediction

"what incentive is there for companies to put their patents into standards?"

Without wanting to sound idealistic, I'd say:

Plenty, if you're not greedy and honest.

Not as much if you're greedy and a bully.

Hmm, then again, what category do big public corps fall into?

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Re: Why even consult?

$17 billion won't last two minutes in the hands of politicians and lawmakers. It's certainly unlikely to benefit "people", and it's unlikely to change patent abuse... at best this entire scenario will force companies to simply modify their tactics.

As much as it would be fun to see a company that lies pay, the 5 year deal is probably better for everyone: the industry and consumers alike.

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Slightly confused. They're doing this to avoid a $17bn fine, yet if they break the rules again within the five years then they'll be hit with a $17bn fine? (or whatever 10% is at the time).

Doesn't that just mean this is a delay tactic? Surely if you commit then break, you should pay *more* than the original fine?

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Windows 8.1: Read this BEFORE updating - especially you, IT admins

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Re: Good grief, I thought the Mountain Lion upgrade was big

At least with OS X updates you can copy the installer before it updates. Such a little thing, yet what an innovation! (I know, I know).

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MS Word deserves DEATH says Brit SciFi author Charles Stross

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Re: Word is.....

Actually, the opposite can be dangerous too.

I have to work with a guy who is obsessed with learning everything about Word, and this means I'm constantly being handed Word docs with the most fucking awful abuse of layouts and styles imaginable. It's physically impossible to edit anything without destroying everything.

When I think of myself using Word, I'm not too fussed because I don't touch things I don't want to understand. But when I think of other people giving me Word docs they think are 'fancy', that I have to do something with, I want to curl up and die.

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Re: A De-strossing Article!

@Gray

Thanks for the link (why was this not in the main article?). Quite a good read, and his argument is a lot more tangible when seen in the full context of his rant.

It's easy to sympathise with him, particularly when I think of the software I use day to day, which of course is also forced upon me, and I in turn must force it upon young minds who come to work for us - thus the cycle is guaranteed.

Standards are supposed to be a Good Thing. But sloppily constructed standards that lock you in, are Evil. Sadly, you can't run a monopoly with good intentions.

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Re: Word is.....

"An excremental pile of unimaginable bloat with 100 times more "features" than anyone is ever going to use."

Unfortunately you can say the same for any mass-market productivity software out there, from Photoshop to 3D Studio Max.

They have to try to be all things to all people, in the hope that they hit that one unique selling point to each individual need.

The irony of course, is that they're so cluttered half the USPs go unnoticed because they're buried under a menu option that is only visible if you have the correct docking panel visible, which is only active if you're in the correct editing mode, where editing modes are to be found under Window->Advanced->Views->Modes.

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Re: A De-strossing Article!

Indeed I was thinking the same, or similar.

I'm regularly annoyed by Word's evolution of features - ribbon UI; where'd they put that button I used to use a lot?; why is it such a PITA to do this thing I want to do?; and so on.

But he's talking about file formats. What has that got to do with being a novelist? How many novelists open their Word files in an ascii editor so they can alter...what...XML? And, while not a fan of Word, I do know I can export a multitude of file formats if I ever become dataformatphobic.

Sounds to me like he should write his own, being clever and all that.

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Google: Now your mom will try to sell you toilet paper

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Ah on second thoughts, no I'm think of when they first brought in the "things you recently purchased/looked at" feature (which is still there, and still gets me alt-tabbing sometimes...

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I think Amazon did it, no? I recall people complaining of Christmas shopping being scuppered.

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Firefox OS update adds performance, polish to Mozilla's webby mobes

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Re: No MMS?

No MMS sounds like a deal-maker to me. Wife is constantly sending me flicking kitten pictures and crap.

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Apple's new non-feline Mac operating system, OS X Mavericks, ready to go

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Re: Total amount of

"But your issue was due to other software you chose to install - nothing to do with the base OS...."

When the parts of the base OS at the time the software was written (DirectX, .NET, etc) require re-patching with yet more windows updates to allow it to run, then yes it has plenty to do with the base OS.

Windows is more than it's install didk: it's a whole trove of legacy libraries and frameworks. When you install a Windows OS, you're not installing the "whole" package.

You can say the same for most OS's, but OS X isn't even remotely in the same ballpark as Windows.

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Re: Total amount of

Speaking as one who 2 weeks ago installed a clean Windows 8, I spent a whole day installing updates going back years - not for Windows 8, but for all the software and SDKs I had to install to do my job. Framework and security updates dating back to what must be XP days.

To be expected perhaps, but I didn't have nearly half as much of that nonsense in OS X with a clean install.

Also, Win 8 does a wonderful job of hiding the Desktop Windows 8 Update from the common user - the Metro interface options only let you either: Update Automatically, or Don't Update.... No 'let me know' option. Stupid.

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Re: Total amount of

Windows vs OS X pricing is pointless unless you take Pro pricing as your comparison.

I have two machines with Win7 Home on them, and had to pay either £60 for an upgrade to Win8 Pro or £179 for a Win7 Pro license. Why? So I could install more than 16GB RAM.

Sorry, but M$ can f$ck off.

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Re: run out of cats?

I know where he's coming from.

Eagerly awaiting OS X Goose

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Samsung DENIES benchmark CHEATING, despite evidence

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Re: If my car leaned out it's fuel mixture to give me 60mpg ....

The car analogy doesn't work here (and when will people realise it never does) because in order for it to apply, your car would have to perform better on specific roads. I don't live anywhere near White Sands.

Samsung's cheat is to use a Plist file that's inaccessible to other applications. The argument 'optimised' falls apart when it's an optimisation available only to them.

Now, if they made it so we could hit turbo mode in our apps then it would be a different story, but then we'd probably have more stories about batteries catching fire.

Which makes me wonder, what would happen if you let one of these tests run and run...

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Dixons preps home 3D printer for plastic-piping punters

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Re: I can see many uses when the price drops

"It would also be lovely to have some sort of scanner, so when a little fitting breaks, you can fabricate another."

They're getting cheaper, and better. Makerbot's is just out, and there are other smaller ones (all the way down to $99 if you follow the kickstarters and don't mind naff quality -- measure to your needs).

http://store.makerbot.com/digitizer.html

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Re: Well I would like one ...

Shapeways are really expensive for anything other than odd one- or two-off jobs.

Surprisingly (or not) nobody puts a $/cm3 on their product pages - supermarket style. However, Makerbot did a test not long ago with a 1kg spool, and they got 382 chess pieces from it. At £52 that's actually pretty good.

http://www.makerbot.com/blog/2012/02/24/a-matter-of-scales-how-much-can-you-print-with-a-single-1kg-spool/

As for PLA & ABS supplies... this is where it all falls down. There's PLA and then there's crap PLA. I wonder which Dixons would stock.

I think home 3D printing market is too small at the moment...not just number of users, but the technology is still in the discovery phase. It's not about the price, rather the quality of the results. Shapeways may be expensive, but they have serious gear beyond what we can do with a £1-2k printer atm.

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Sharp whispers its vital statistics: 15.6in 3840 × 2160 IGZO screen for next MacLap Pro?

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Oh the irony.

Not so long ago I was getting major negging here for wanting higher res 15" monitors, and now people are getting upset if they *don't* get them. And I didn't even have anything near 4k on my mind :p

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There's ONE country that really likes the iPhone 5c as well as the 5s

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Re: 5c

The 5c is surprisingly appealing, especially if you haven't upgraded since 4 or 4S - feels solid yet feather light. Reminds me of the iPod Nanos after owning a classic iPod for years.

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Re: Chavistically

In LarsG's defence, all my wife talks about is the green 5c. She can't have one though, I'm saving up for a new dustbin.

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Apple blings up new iMac with latest Intel chips, next-gen Wi-Fi

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Re: Can we PLEASE get to grips with this "Apple are expensive" line?

http://store.apple.com/uk/product/MC730ZM/A/2tb-sata-hard-disk-drive-kit-for-mac-pro?fnode=5f

2TB HDD £209 +VAT. Are you saying that's not having a laugh? They don't even say what make/model it is.

I just bought a 3TB Barracuda from Scan for £92 Inc. Vat.

Go figure.

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Space truck Cygnus left idling outside ISS after data format snafu borks docking

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Re: Safety?

Bloody hell. Thanks for the tale - that's quite amazing. I'm surprised that hasn't made it into a movie...sounds like they were closer to the plot of Gravity than anyone else has been.

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Safety?

How much damage can come about from a docking cock-up? And how risky is it to have a floating cargo hulk sitting around while the next shipment of astronauts is trying to dock with the station in the meantime?

Just as well it knew to stop when it realised it didn't understand the incoming data transmission.

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First look: Apple iPhone 5S and 5C

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"If that appraisal appears churlish, it is self-consciously so because all smartphones are miraculous. And that's the problem. Apple's template has now been applied so widely that premium smartphones like its new offerings remain remarkable yet appear mundane."

Beautifully put, in the voice of Jonny "pretentious wank" Ive.

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One of last few iPhone 5Ss STOLEN from within MASSIVE POLICE CORDON at Apple Store

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Pickpockets in London? Who'd have guessed.

Some people never learn.

But perhaps if he was one of those who camped out for days, he'll be a bit more aware of his surroundings next time.

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

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Re: Blah blah blah -@AC 14:24

And what happens to that inaccessible black box of fingerprint dat when you trade in or lose your phone?

If someone is able to crack the black box and make a simple web tool (web tools seem popular), then what's stopping someone from thieving your biometrics straight from your handset? No need for snooping.

Not so improbable when you consider how easy it is to recover data from supposedly erased iPhones. I remember giving my sister my old 3GS after thinking I'd erased it, yet lo and behold she started receiving iMessages sent to me (they've patched that now, but took their time).

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Wrist SLAP: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch hands-on

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Re: Why?

Fair points, and I actually find the idea of pendants quite interesting (perhaps concealment appeals), but it doesn't say why me. I have money, I want cool stuff; they've messed up what was a really good opportunity - seemingly because they're impatient and would rather be first to market than first to get it right.

That sounds awful familiar to me. Not an iFan, but I seem to recall smartphones were around before the iPhone too.

Anyway. Maybe I'll come back when someone comes up with a u-shadow.

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Why?

Putting aesthetics aside, and ignoring the geek in me: Why should I want one of these?

Their CEO was quoted as saying Samsung Gear will become a fashion icon, everyone will be wearing them.

Why?

I don' t need a pedometer. I don't need a heart monitor. I don't need an address book on my wrist, not a camera nor a dictafone. I sometimes make a point of *not* carrying my phone to some places - why would I want to leave my watch behind as well? (not that it's any use beyond 10 meters in this case anyway).

I love gadgets, even just for the sake of themselves, but when you try to sell it as a lifestyle object, all I can smell is snake oil.

I'll take a smart watch that can offer me something smart, but this is just an ugly user interface to something that's already mobile and pocket sized. Though I guess that can be disputed re. Galaxy Note.

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iPhone rises, Android slips in US, UK

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Re: I wonder if it's straightforward role reversal

Every now and then my wife will let one rip that puts my gastric movements to shame.

It doesn't mean much, other than she decided to have beans last night while I went for pasta.

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NSA admits slurping thousands of domestic emails with no terror connection

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Re: NSA is doing it wrong...

Subscriptions are so last gen. F2P all the way.

"NSA: Your wife is having a bad day and will complain to you for hours after you get home. Would you like to spend 5 Smurf Berries for us to her a text on your behalf saying you have to work late?"

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Chrome, Firefox blab your passwords in a just few clicks: Shrug, wary or kill?

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In fact no! I'm not finished...

Passwords that start with a capital letter, passwords that contain non-alphanumeric characters, passwords that contain alpha-numeric characters *except* for one particular character, passwords that need a mix of characters and numbers, passwords that can't start with a number, passwords that have to be over 7 characters...16 characters...32 characters long... password fields that won't accept more than # characters...passwords that need at least 2 capitals and 2 numbers, passwords that can't contain a real word, ad infinitum...

And how many people have lost email accounts with services tied to them? Even better, services tied to re-distributed email accounts (like hotmail). How often have you clicked on recover password, and wondered why you haven't got the recovery email yet...and the paranoia creeps in that some other bugger with your old email address is getting access to whatever it is you were trying to log into.

It's not just browsers that are dangerous, it's passwords as a whole. 15 years ago, we had no idea we'd need so many, that we'd rely on all of this so much. I can't wait for smartphones with fingerprint sensors, because you know I'll probably forget to wear oven gloves taking the rock cakes out of the cooker the day I get one...

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Passwords, PINs, 4 digit numbers, 5 digit numbers, combinations there-of, the last four digits of my bank card, expiry dates, security codes, pet's first name, favourite dog food.

Dystopia here we come.

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Now you can be the NSA: Snoop on a Google Glass hipster with a QR code

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Re: Fact follows fiction....

Miranda

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YES, Xbox One DOES need internet, DOES restrict game trading

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Worry not

"...you can still watch live TV and enjoy Blu-ray and DVD movies. "

They should promote the writer of that line to VP. If only they weren't already.

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Security boffins say music could trigger mobile malware

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Big Brother

Who is

Miranda?

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Free games for all after EA discount code goes viral

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They can only profit.

There's not much of value on Origin that's $20 or under (nearly everything is RRP!), so I'm sure EA will mark this down as a PR win. Even if everyone on Reddit downloaded everything under $20, it would probably still be less than a week's marketing budget anyway.

Shame.

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WTF is... NFC

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Re: Security

"As for not feeling safe, why"

Not safe as in anybody can use my card without having to use any authentication. I'm not assuming this is how all NFC services are implemented, indeed there are people in the comments saying they've had both experiences, but that wasn't my experience. Thus, it didn't feel safe/secure/good. The shame of it is that it's a really neat technology; all I can do is say how I felt about it - even if it was some daft assumption on my part, the fact is unless people (me being one) feel like they can trust a technology, it's never going to have an easy time getting into mass acceptance.

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Re: Security

"Do you think that the designers have maybe thought of this? Or do you have such immense wisdom that it's only you?"

The designers of what? NFC, or the equipment that uses it?

The designers of NFC don't have to think of user security - they provide the means, not the solution.

The designers of NFC debit cards clearly didn't think of it, or if they did they didn't deem it important enough to come up with a secure solution. I've used my NFC-enabled Barclays debit card once, and it didn't leave me feeling particularly comfortable. Convenient? Sure. Safe? Fuck no.

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Security

I do find it amusing that nobody's talking about the fact that NFC has one single glaring flaw: ANYBODY can use it. No PIN needed. And what happens if you tap with your card in your wallet, but you just happen to have several cards? Which card does the payment come from? Oh feck.

Perhaps Apple are just biding their time until they can implement a way to verify that the person using it, is the person who owns the handset. Been any fingerprint scanning/Apple-related stories lately? Believe in coincidences?

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iPhone 5: the fab slab to grab

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GPS

According to iOS 6 Maps (on a 4S), I'm floating around a 100m area in a hot air balloon. I'm actually sat at my desk, slowly rotating around in my chair.

Didn't do that with iOS 5, so it suggests it may not be just the GPS hardware.

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Governments block YouTube over that video

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Re: He's not a deity...

He's just a very naughty boy.

On a more serious note, while I'm all for free speech and all that, when people are dying over a stupid pile of shit movie, I'm more for just removing the pile of shit movie trailer.

Liberties you say? Try arguing your point to a corpse.

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