* Posts by jai

2253 posts • joined 8 May 2007

Microsoft: You want Office for Mac, fanboi? You'll pay Windows prices

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another move in the software giant's territory battle

Territory battles in software usually result in prices being brought down, not up.

Someone needs to explain to M$ that increasing prices isn't the right way to attract new customers - perhaps they had a price-userbase graph displaying upside down on their Surface pad

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Bill Gates: Windows Phone strategy was 'a mistake'

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Re: Gates quote

Totally agree - i think he's just trying to find something to say to give the end of the piece a positive spin.

Windows 8 - too early to call, but if it's the "key to the future" then it hasn't had the greatest of starts.

Surface - again, doesn't seem to have done anywhere near as well as they would have liked it to, but need more time to tell i guess

Bing - "people have seen is a better search product" i dunno about that. i switched from Google to Bing after all the UK tax issue, but i'm going to be switching back again because Bing just isn't as good, the top results often aren't the ones i'm trying to find.

XBox - while yes, it's been a successful product, it's at the end of it's life and hasn't really done anything in the last year, has it? Everyone is looking towards the next XBox, not the old one.

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iPad? Pah. Behold the EYEPAD, patented by Sony for the 'PS4'

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Re: "The device is called an EyePad not to primarily annoy Apple"

EyeTV is already used by Elgato:

http://www.elgato.com/elgato/int/mainmenu/home/what-is-eyetv.en.html

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Wikipedia's Gibraltar 'moratorium' - how's it going?

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Re: People actually read the Wikipedia front page?

i had no idea there was a front page! i usually just go straight to the topic i'm looking for directly from google or bing.

possibly this whole Gibraltargate is an attempt to make people aware that such a front page actually exists?

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Android? Like Marvin the robot? Samsung eclipses Google OS - Gartner

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I dunno, I'd imagine Google exec's aren't entirely happy about this news.

What happens if Samsung suddenly decide to switch their devices over to Bada instead?

If the general public are buying Samsung's because they're Samsung's and not because they are Androids, then there's the risk that Google will lose that install base.

This gives Samsung a very strong hand against Google, should they ever wish to use it.

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Cambridge White Space boffins cook up Weightless chips

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I thought this article was going to be about a joint venture between McCaines and WeightWatchers

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Micron glues DDR4 RAM to flash, animates the 256GB franken-DIMM

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>Holding big databases in memory

But surely the appeal of having a big database in memory is that you'd get memory speeds.

From the way I read the article, this would allow you to load the big database into memory, but you'd still be caching from the slower flash chips and so you'd still have performance not much better than holding the big database on a flash hdd and caching through your standard memory, no?

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

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Re: Engineering judgement

are the birds the result of Space X and Tesla? or just solely the result of his vast piles of cash?

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Public told to go to hell, name Pluto's two new moons

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wish we could name them "#itIsAPlanet" and "#damnit!"

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Re: Hrm?

"that's no moon!"

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iOS 6.1 KNACKERED our mobile phone networks, claim Vodafone, Three

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Re: Iphone4s DDOS update.

that would be the networks the phones are tied to!!

O2 is the network that the iphone was originally tied to. but so far, haven't heard of anyone on O2 having this problem.

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Curiosity photographs mysterious metal object on Martian rock

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Re: Don't go into that TRAP DOOR!

thank you sir! i'm going to be humming the theme to that show now all day

(which is not a bad thing, so again, thanks!)

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Boffins find 17,425,170-digit prime number

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So basically there is no practical use for this discovery

depends, the number of calculations for this kind of thing are huge. so i suspect, the scientific drive to find these number does, in part, fund the research into making faster and faster computer systems. and eventually, that research filters down into the graphics cards that allow us to play such great looking games on our PCs and watching stunning CG fx in movies.

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an i7 ?

When i was a young'un in the 80s my pa was working for Cray at the time they found the 32nd Mersenne prime.

That was a Cray 2 - the liquid cooled the size of a large fridge.

And now they're finding these exponentially larger numbers on core 2 duos and i7's like we have in our desktop machines.... which we use for reading email and playing farmville????

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NASA deep space probe sends back video of 'Comet of the Century'

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Re: poor FX

Can NASA make it look better? Yes, for barrels and barrels of money

while my original comment was made somewhat tongue in cheek, what i meant was, couldn't they run the video through a filter to remove all the noise and speckles? that wouldn't cost barrels and barrels of money, i'm sure something as simple and free as iMovie can both remove camera shake and despeckle the video image.

it's like they left all that in, to purposely make it look like it was a poor video sent from the middle of space.

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poor FX

that looks like a scene from the worst of cheap B-Movies from the 40s!!!!

surely NASA can do better than that, at least some kind of post-processing to clear up the noise on the images.

Or are they afraid that presenting a too-clean image will incite everyone to claim it's as fake as the moon landings?

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Re: I just hope...

Kevin Smith and his pool toy would be far more effective!

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The business mullet: Cool or tool?

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The inverse mullet for the fashionably adventurous?

Suit trousers and a hoodie?

Sure, people will scoff, but that's only because you're at the cutting edge of business fashion. Plus, hoodies always have those big pockets on the belly, the perfect size for carrying around your tablet of choice.

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Bioshock Infinite, Devil May Cry, SimCity

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Re: Saints Row 2 vs GTA 4

did you play the Episodes From expansions to GTA4? they seemed a lot more fun.

the characters and the missions were a bit more outrageous than those in the main game.

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El Reg contemplates the ultimate cuppa

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my favourite tea

best tea i've ever had is at my grandparent's house (this might be biased slightly by childhood memories of cups of tea and my Nanna's home made chocolate cake or lemon cake etc, but regardless).

i recently found out that they buy loose tea, English Breakfast and Earl Grey. And then, in an ancient square tin, my grandfather blends the two together, one part Earl Grey to 3 parts English Breakfast.

they live miles away, and after the long drive to see them, that cuppa tea is the most curative and restorative drink ever (again, an opinion perhaps influenced because of it's close association in my mind with my nanna's home baking).

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Tennessee bloke quits job over satanic wage slip

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wrong number

wasn't there a bit on QI where they explained that 666 isn't actually the right number and that technically it's something like 616 or something that's the real number of the beast, according to the original texts?

so not only is this guy a doofus, he's also completely wrong in his facts

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'You get burned out on Facebook after a while'

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Death Star UK

One interesting side effect of the Death Star kickstarter is that the guy raising it is from Leicester. This means that, should he raise the required money of the stretch goal to actually build it, it'll be a UK production, and so under our control and not under that of the sceptics.

Whether or not that makes them more or less likely to view the Earth as an Alderaan substitute depends, i guess, on your nationality.

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The Register: Our all-new app now available for Android

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Re: Aren't you forgetting something?

you got the wrong icon, you should have used the Thumbs Up one :)

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Seagate squeezes out 4TB desktop monster

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Re: But%20at%20what%20price%3F

really? Amazon are selling the Hitachi 4tb Desk for £150 and the 4tb Pro for £175

those prices don't seem astronomically high to me. i remember when an 80gb drive would cost that much!

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A new Mac Pro coming this spring? 'Mais oui!'

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Re: Nah.

i'm not sure i'd class a Thinkpad as a workstation though. it's a laptop isn't it?

the OP didn't say the Mac Pro was the most recognisable computer in the world, he's talking about the kind that people normally hide out of the way under the desk, not sit on the train with it on their laps.

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Fed confirms but downplays Anonymous Super Bowl banker hack

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Re: Sad lack of hip-hop knowledge

yes, that's what they _want_ you to think

but it's cunning the way that the silver top of the microphone, round like an eye, sits in the middle of the pyramid shape

and lets not forget, Destiny's Child was originally 3 people, then Beyonce left, leaving 2 behind. and 2 plus 3 = 5

and what did this superbowl performance take place in? 2013. 2 0 1 3. or 2 + 1 = 3 or "the other two" plus "Beyonce" = "Destiny's Child"

there's no escaping the numerology of it, numbers do not lie.

time to face facts: the eschaton is about to be immanentized whether we like it or not

<fnord>

</another afternoon of consuming too much sugar to keep me awake until going home time/>

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Tracy brothers are back: Thunderbirds Are Go! again in 5... 4... 3...

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Re: I'm worried...

apparently tv execs are convinced that kids have no attention span.

this is probably because no one makes tv shows for kids that are any longer than 30 minutes so they're not used to the idea of paying attention to a developing plot.

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with any luck...

Fuzzbox will reform and re-release their sublime International Rescue single to go along with the show! :)

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Netflix tempts binge viewers with House of Cards pilot freebie

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Re: nice idea but..

Well then watch it on mobile phone or tablet or PS3 or Smart telly.

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Oh, Sony, you big tease: Mystery PlayStation reveal date set

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Re: Depends on the game

like i say, you're playing the wrong games then :)

(j/k i do love a bit of SSX)

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GTA5?

Is this the reason why the GTA5 release date slipped from Spring 2013 to September 17th 2013??

(i doubt it, i guess GTA5 just isn't as near finished as they'd hoped it to be, or they've their sights set on Xmas sales, or trying to avoid the media fallout from all the shootings in the US)

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Re: Will buy when

Is the Last Guardian still a concern? I was really really looking forward to playing that.... LAST YEAR :(

at the very least, i hope they bring out a 4K version of Shadow of the Colossus!

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really? does anyone use the d-pad these days to do more than just select items? if you're using it to walk or drive around, you're doing it wrong, or your playing the wrong games!

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Samsung's squillionaire supremo scuttles siblings' shares snatch

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fantastic!

it's only the first of February and we have a firm favourite for Best Alliterative Headline of 2013 !!!

well played!!!

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Apple still top for slab-fondlers despite FLOOD of Xmas tablets

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Re: Why the obsession with market share

because Anna has an axe to grind and market share is the only stat available that fits her agenda.

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Reg Hardware Awards 2012: The Winners...

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Re: Black Ops 2? Really?

Well, "awards" such as this are no more than popularity contests. Were the award based on the merits of the software itself, then there's no way that Dishonored would have come below a rail shooter like Black Ops2.

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Re: The Apple what?

I suspect it's more likely that 12,000 of the 17,000 respondents where all from Anna Leach hitting the submit button over and over and over and over while laughing maniacally and stroking a white cat....

#mayHaveHadTooMuchSugarThisMorning...

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TodDANG! Rampaging monkeys storm Indonesian village

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where's George Taylor when you need him?

"It's a mad house! A mad house!"

"Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!"

"You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!"

etc etc etc

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RIM blows on the dice, gets ready for its FINAL THROW

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Re: NFC Lock

Agreed.

NFC for phones seems to be like 3D for TV. Not really as useful for the general public as the manufacturers would like to think.

And in a few years, we'll all wonder what all the fuss was about.

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Yay for iOS 6.1, grey Wi-Fi iPhone bug is fix- AWW, SNAP

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Re: That really is a massive fail

but is it? is it REALLY?

Anna states that "One thread has 2,700 replies"

We'll be generous and allow that every reply is from a seperate affected person, no one posted more than once to comment on whether or not they had any success with different suggestions.

During the last quarter (i.e. since iOS6 has been preinstalled on all new iPhones) Apple sold 47.8 million iPhones

[citation]http://thenextweb.com/apple/2013/01/23/tim-cook-apple-has-sold-over-500m-ios-devices-at-a-rate-of-10-per-second-in-q1-2013[/citation]

So a quick bit of maths shows that at most only 0.005649% of iPhone iOS6 users are impacted by this and are so upset by it that they've found their to the Apple website forum to complain about it.

That's not really a massive fail, it's a 0.005649% of a fail, really.

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that was the last iPhone i bought

yep, that's probably very true.

but will it be the last one that you buy?

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Star Trek saviour JJ Abrams joins the dark side: Star Wars VII

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Re: Ughhh

@jb99

are you complaining about the time travelling aspect of the reboot? because, i seem to recall there was a TOS film where they came back to the 1980s and stole some fish, wasn't there?

also, you know that Abrams just directed it. he didn't write the script. if you have such a problem with the plot of the film then you should take that up with Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman

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Pope: Catholics, go forth and multiply... your Twitter followers

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Ricky Gervais...

...will have a field day with this on Twitter. He seems to really enjoy trolling the pope's account.

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Greenland ice SIMPLY WOULD NOT MELT in baking +8°C era 120k years ago

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Re: "so the models are evidently wrong"

it's 42

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UK way behind pack on broadband speed in Europe

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Words of wisdom from Swiss Toni

Providing fast access to the internet is very much like making love to a beautiful woman...

First, you've gotta get the lie of the land, map out the potential hot spots and make a mental note to pay them special attention later on. Then, you get your hardware out and make connection with the right sockets, and test everything is flowing in the right directions Once everything seems to be working fine, you open the doors and charge the man on the street a monthly fee to come and have a go.

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Wad of BlackBerry OS 10 pics 'leaks' from RIM's inner circle

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print to go?

does it let you view all these different documents then?

because, i suspect for most people, my printer is nearer to my computer than it is to my phone. even at work the effort required to print a document directly from my computer is far less than emailing it to my phone and then printing it from there.

but i can see where it would be useful if the blackberry would appear on the network as a printer device. and then you could print anything to it, and it'd store the "printed" item so that you can view it later while at the airport, or hotel check-in desk or something. kinda like the Passbook idea on iOS except they haven't made it too easy to set up your own passbook items in iOS. If PrintToGo works like that, it'd be very useful.

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iPhone hangs on in US, Japan, but EVERYONE ELSE bought an Android

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Re: OI! Random Fanboi!

@CharlieClark

i wasn't suggesting this was a problem for an existing Android user, i'm talking about switching from non-Android OS to Android.

i'm sure calendar, pictures, software, etc are painlessly sync'd for you, when you already have an Android device. My point is, i'm already within the Apple walled garden and happy with it, i've spent time and money over the past 5 years setting it all up and buying all the apps i want. all my home devices are Apple.

My point to El Presidente was that, if i suddenly switched to an HTC, it'd be a massive PITA to have to do all that over again because i have no existing Android apps or configuration. So, if he presents me with the option of replacing my iPhone 5 with either an HTC or an iPhone5s, OF COURSE i'm going to choose the iPhone5s because i'd be up and running in seconds. If i were to switch OS, it's gonna take time before i get the phone up to a comparable state as my current phone.

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Re: Apple and Android email problems?

PEBKAC?

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Re: OI! Random Fanboi!

iPhone 5s please

because, when i bring it home and unwrap it, all i need to do is punch in my icloud.com account name and password, and it'll sync up all my music, apps, ringtones, videos, podcasts, pictures, contacts, reminders, alarms, email accounts, safari bookmarks, etc, etc

if i get a android device, i'll have to set up most of that from scratch and buy all the apps all over again. and then have to find out how to get it to sync with all my media in iTunes

thnx - when can you deliver the 5s?

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Review: Infiniti M35h hybrid sports saloon

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Re: meh

First, If you are spending 40k on a car then you cannot buy the BMW it's costs more you see.

First, if I'm splashing 40k on a brand new car, then I almost certainly have enough cash around to be able to stretch it to 45k. If 40k is all I've got to spare in the bank, then I'm not spending all of it on a new car. At the most, I'd buy a second hand car for much less to leave a few k in the bank for emergencies like the central heating packing up in the middle of Snow Week.

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