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2241 posts • joined 8 May 2007

Samsung grabs 'World's biggest handset-maker' title off Nokia

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Re: The Microsoft effect

I think AC meant that the iPhone5 sold 5 million in the opening weekend in US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore. By comparison, 4 million Lumia's in 6 weeks in the same territories isn't very good, unless you're a Nokia fanboy looking at it on a slant.

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"it's clear that consumers prefer to have choice"

I don't think the average consumer is walking into a phone shop and saying to themselves "well this brand have a far greater range of different models with different features, so i'll get myself one of theirs"

I think it clear, instead, that if you have a wide range of phones covering a wide range of features, then you'll appeal to a wide range of demographics within the public and therefore sell more phones. Consumers don't prefer choice, they like to have the phone they want, not be stuck with indecision. Samsung just have a bigger net to catch many more different types of consumer than other brands.

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Boffins spot planet that could support life... just 12 light years away

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Re: Great

what? you're telling me we won't be able to have panda-fur-lined spaceships?!?!?

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Re: Ping Time

If it is habitable, that means it could be already inhabited? How much is that going to piss off the natives if we slam a probe through their atmosphere? Have to hope they haven't got FTL drives otherwise their invasion fleet will arrive here before we get the response from the probe warning us of the huge intergalactic faux pas we've committed.

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Morgan Stanley cops $5m fine over Facebook IPOcalypse

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Re: Okay result

The fine is a joke. A bank the size of Morgan Stanley won't notice 5 million. They've probably got a slush fund 100 times that much for misc expenses. The fine is purely to appease the press and the common Joe on the street to make it look like the SEC is at all capable of intimidating the Wall Street banks. When in fact, this has exactly zero deterrent to stop Morgan Stanley or any other bank from doing exactly the same again.

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Coming soon to a theme park near you: Shocking ANTI-PIRACY NAG ADS

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Brilliant - i never go to theme parks, so i can look forward to a nag free future :)

btw - that content map site is pretty good, i didn't know about that before now.

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iPhone 5 launches in China, late and expensive. Chinese say 'meh'

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Don't worry, Anna will find some way to portray that in a negative light.

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Taxpayers to cough for Comet staff redundo

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You'd think that employees being made redundant should be considered as preferential creditors.

Certainly, they should come higher up the food chain than the administrators - if the administrators had done their job properly, they'd have found a way to cover the redundancy costs instead of leaving it for the government to sort out.

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Dragons' Den badboy's biz Expansys is soaked in red

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Re: i phone peter jones up at home

do you call him money for short?

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NASA to smash its spacecraft INTO THE MOON

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Re: Dear Earth--Stop dropping your crap into our backyard!!

Moomins? i thought it was the Clangers that lived up there....

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5 days?

Monday 17th evening: craft impact with the moon

Tuesday 18th : crack pots claim moon is wobbling. NASA issue press release denouncing such theories.

Wednesday 19th : serious scientist concur that their measurements indicate a distinct oscillation. NASA remain quiet.

Thursday 20th : Both amateur astrologists and professional boffins suggest that the Moon may be getting closer to the earth. NASA release press statement, neither confirming nor denying this, but irrefutably denying that it could, in any way, be their fault.

Friday 21st : Somewhere on a different plane of existence, the sublimed Mayan's tell us "We tried to warn you"

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UK.gov backs away from ISP level filtering plan to protect kids

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Re: Here's a new option

that's all well and fine for those of us technically literate enough to look inside our routers and change the default settings. many many people would never think of such a thing, would be panicked by the idea. witness the vast majority that don't change the password on their routers.

if i have kids and the internet is still a thing by the time they're old enough, i shall be having two networks in the house. there's the adult wifi and the kids wifi. and the kids one will be heavily locked down and everything will be logged. i've seen too many episodes of Criminal Minds where kids get abducted, the thought of kids on the internet scares the hell out of me

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Google maps app is BACK on iPhones, fanbois spared death

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Re: shame it's not any better

That's what I thought, but it's telling me I'm 50 feet from the roundabout in question.

The "next turn" thing is a tiny little box under the quick. Not really viewable with a quick glance, you need to take your eyes off the road and concentrate on the screen. I guess that's not a problem on American interstates, but tricky on twisty, windy English country lanes

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shame it's not any better

I tried it this morning - was not 5 minutes away from home when I get to a roundabout - the main map display tells me to turn right and take the 3rd exit - but the quick view display at the top tells me to go straight across. Thankfully it was local to me so I knew which one was correct. But I think I'll stick to Apple Maps when I'm somewhere unfamiliar as so far I've had no issues with that.

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Google Maps becomes Apple's most popular app

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Poor colour scheme

I don't like the colour scheme. Main roads in bright green, if the phone isn't close, a quick glance isn't sufficient to tell that the arrows are directing you off onto a minor orange/yellow road. Colour scheme in the old app was much clearer, and so is Apple's app.

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Re: @Nine Circles

Re: asking for corrections

You know, the google app is asking the exact same thing.

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Re: what about traffic data

When you switch it on, there's a big warning about how the traffic data isn't in real time. Kinda defeats the point as you'll be switching it on to see how the traffic is going to impact your journey right now.

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Review: Apple Mac Mini 2012

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Re: Cupertino quality control fail?

Webster Phreaky have you returned to us??

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Patrick Moore: Lived with cats, accompanied Einstein on the piano

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Re: Good job he wasn't a diplomat

Citation needed.

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WTF?

What? No mention of his sterling contribution to the GamesMaster tv show?

Regardless, the man was an utter legend and will be surely missed :(

I hope they name a star, or a black hole, or an Intergallactic Destroyer spaceship after him or something, he surely deserves it!

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Valve chief confirms Steam-centric console-killing PC

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very controlled environment?

very controlled environment

Sooooooo, it's a console then, no?

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Max Headroom style fake celebrity avatar plan seeks Kickfunding

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i'd rather brough back real Max Headroom!

Hi! This is Max-Max Headroom on Network 23, brought-brought-brought to you by...

Oh, NO, no no-no-no-no! I'm sorry. I'm sorry, but if they think I'm endorsing car accessories, they've got another dipstick-stick coming. No-No, they've tried this one before and I'm radial tired of it! If they expect me to change gear now and start spark-spark-spark plugging their products, they must be out of their pist-pist-piston heads! Listen, I don't like to blow my own gasket, but I have better things to do than just sit here and wax polish lyrical about car parts! Car parts! I've got letters from fan belts who say, "Max, you're special! You're unique! You're differential!" Yes, yes I know it's what they want, that's because they're air conditioned to it - to it. Oh - to it. Oh, I've fendered it off time and timing belt again. I mean, who's calling the tune-tune-tune up? Who's in cru-cru-cru-cru-cruise control here, anyway? I'll tell ya who! Me! Me! Max Headlamp! And if they don't like it, they can stick-stick-stick shift it in their exhaust pipes and choke-choke it! AND smoke it!

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I've got the 'fastest growing THINGY ever', boasts Google+ chief

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Re: Google worries me

<oblig Goodwins>

Hitler: a million times more evil than Stalin or Pol Pot.

So that's all right then.

</oblig Goodwins>

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Record €1.47 BEELLION EC fine for price-fixing display cartels

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viable business plan

So, in a world where being a patent troll appears to be a valid way to make money, it surprises me that we don't have more companies setting up shop, encouraging the competition to join in and form a cartel to extort money from the consumers, and then being the first to shop the competition to the regulators and walk away without fines and patting the bulge in your pockets from the big fat profits you collected over the years.

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Nokia uncloaks Lumia 620: A 'budget' $249 Windows 8 mobe

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Compared to the Lumia 920

Which is a bit daft, really, as the 920 and the 620 are obviously aimed at completely different demographics

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Slash A THIRD off Surface RT price or it's toast, Microsoft told

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Waiting for the pro

Not me, but the people I talk to who like M$ things, they've tried out Surface, kinda liked it, but are waiting for the Pro to see if it can handle all the apps they currently run on their laptops.

I'm not totally sure that was what Microsoft were hoping for when they launched Surface. Just got to hope that poor RT sales doesn't cause them to shelve, or delay further, the Pro.

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Copying Wikipedia's lies is not just for hacks, right Lord Leveson?

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I think the full on hatred is a good thing - it keeps in mind the fact that you shouldn't rely on it for serious use. Without being aware that people hate it so much (evidently Lord Leveson is ignorant of such) then people will attribute far too much trust in it as an indisputable source of fact. And the thought of society getting to that point is quite scary.

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But also, books don't have an easily checkable history of changes. If you're going to use data from wikipedia in an official document, common sense suggests that you check if anyone has been mucking around with the bit you're copying, and if they have, you do a little extra research to verify the "facts"

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Home Sec: Let us have Snoop Charter or PEOPLE WILL DIE

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I read her comments, but all I hear and see in my mind is the sketches from MonkeyDust where the mob are stalking through the streets chanting "kill the peadophile!!"

And then I get distracted humming the Ivan Dobsky theme to myself and looking for a space hopper....

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Who's using 'password' as a password? TOO MANY OF YOU

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Ashley & Michael

presumably these are names of people's kids or SO's?

surprising that so many people have a kid or other half names Ashley that the name outranks Jesus

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Piracy haven Newzbin2 gives up, can't pay the bills

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so...

does this mean that movie piracy in the UK is so large that blocking BT is sufficient enough to cripple a site? surely there's other people in the world that were using this service?

it wasn't even that great, there are much better ways to find stuff on usenet (although, admittedly, you do have to pay, so probably that's immediately caused most freetards to slink back to their torrent sites)

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NASA: THE TRUTH about the END OF THE WORLD on 21 Dec

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@NomNomNom

fair point - but then, being magical, it's probably invisible. stealthy like a ninja. so could be coming from any direction

we're doomed! RUN FOR THE HILLS!!!!!!!

(actually, don't bother, that's not going to help any other than leaving you out of breath and unable to scream as the seas boil and the skies turn as blood....)

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Re: not the end

i thought the whole point was that the Mayans took digits away from a date, and thereby the 21st Dec 2012 is actually day 0. it's a mathematical exercise to get to day -1, but is such a thing possible in physics?

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you mean it's coming through the middle of the sun?

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ORLY?

What's the more likely?

1) The world is going to end and NASA know this to be true, and a public message to advise us all to spend the next 4 weeks kissing our backsides goodbye

or

2) The world is going to end and NASA know this to be true, but they issue a public message anyway to tell us all it's not going to happen, thereby avoiding 4 weeks of chaos as mankind descends into hell, rioters taking to the streets, wide spread looting, law and order breaking down, mob rule taking over as no one bothers to go to work and many people dying horribly?

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Unlocked iPhone 5 on sale in US, cheaper than UK - but not cheap

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Re: Is the only difference between the models the storage amount?

because Anna doesn't have an axe to grind against Dell?

or perhaps because none of us would have been at all inclined to read it?

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Re: Let me add to the chorus of comparison FAIL chanters

The actual difference (inc VAT, not the fabricated different they report in news sites like this) for the 3G was about 30 quid I think. or was it the MacBook Air that I was pricing up a couple of years ago?

So seems to be a standard figure that Apple add on to cover shipping or admin or whatever. But i don't think it's changed much in the last few years, which, with inflation, makes it a good thing as it's getting cheaper in real world terms.

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Re: Wow

I don't think people do it every time a new model comes out.

More likely it is every other time because they are still on the two year contract from the previous phone. When that contract is up, and the new phone comes out, you take advantage of the upgrade offer to get the phone cheap and lock you in for the next two years. But there's sufficient enough people on the anti-cycle that are in the middle of their contract at that point.

At least, that's the way I do it. I wouldn't be so presumptuous to presume that I'm unique in this approach.

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LG claims UK Ultra HD TV first

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kin ell

i'm not sure i even have a wall in my lounge that's big enough to fit an 84 inch telly on, even if my bank account was 100x better off than it currently is

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Apple ships 'completely redesigned' iTunes 11

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i'm liking it

i really like the artists/album view thing - most especially on the Movies and TV Shows tabs. Nice to be able to see all the key details from the ID3 tags displayed at a glance instead of having cmd-i to see it.

there's a bug on the device sync screens where it tries to size the group box on the left with the item box on the right. So when you have some TV Shows, and some of them have a LOT of episodes, scrolling around to see shows further down the list gets interesting. Surprising really, scroll boxes in OS X are usually independent of each other and respond to where the mouse is hovering, not the window it is in, so perhaps it's the bug they've been trying to fix all month long.

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Boffins BREAK BREAD's genetic code: Miracle of the loaves

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Re: Colour me unimpressed

wierd - cos a quick google suggests that 10% of the population are allergic to rice. so by that comparison, wheat is the better option.

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good timing

feed the world!

let them know it's christmas time!

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Windows 8 launch outdoes Windows 7's, says Microsoft bigwig

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win7 : not dead yet

Our corporation will be upgrading from XP to Win7 at some point next year.

I doubt we'll see Win8 here for many years

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Annual reviews: It's high time we rid the world of this insanity

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Re: Buy yourself out

that's brilliant! i'm so going to try that next week!

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'007' job ad for an assassin appears on official UK.gov website

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Black Helicopters

no women, no kids

An SIS/MI6 spokeswoman said the advert was fake

well, they would say that, wouldn't they?

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Dogs would say: SIZE is IMPORTANT, shape - not so much

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Re: I always wondered...

from what i've seen by watching lots of shows on Alibi, lycra is very much NOT the preferred clothing material of the criminal classes.

possibly, that explains why joggers wear it. the only reason i'd ever wear the stuff was out of fear of being mauled by a police alsatian if i wore normal clothes.

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APPLE goes on crazy, price-SLASHER Black Friday RAMPAGE

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this is news?

it's no different than any other year

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Lawrence 'Empire Strikes Back' Kasdan to pen future Star Wars script

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Re: Why not...

but but but HUGE frikken dreadnought spaceships! i'd love to see those on the cinema screen.

but also, Zahn's triology don't take place long enough afterwards, do they? Luke and Han and Leia aren't as old as their actors are right now.

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Microsoft said to be building Apple TV adversary

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Re: I wonder...

would it not make more sense to put the TV in the games console?

the games console market is already established. all those hoards of xbox owners are mostly guaranteed to upgrade to the new version anyway - but why should they then also buy another product to connect to the tv in order to stream video?

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Mighty 4 Terabyte whopper crashes down on the desktop

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Hitachi

Hitachi have had 4tb usb drives out for a while - they're about 180 quid on amazon, i've bought 3, although 1 did fail.

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