* Posts by jai

2253 posts • joined 8 May 2007

Apple forecast to sell 8m iPhone 5s next weekend

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Re: Wait a tick.

there is only a set amount of stock set aside for the pre-orders via the internet store. the rest are allocated to be sold through either the mobile phone operators own pre-order mechanism, or through the high street stores.

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Re: What irks me...

WOW! That was only up for a couple of minutes

or, instead of it being fanbois down voting you out of blind loyalty, could it, perhaps, be people down voting you because you're post was complete rubbish.

what are you suggesting, that Apple should have pre-built 20million iPhone 5 units and then sat around on them, hoping they'd eventually sell them all? and in the mean time, stop production until those are sold and then have to start up the production lines all over again?

everyone goes on and on about Apple being arrogant, yet the criticise them for erring on the side of caution in their initial production runs.

yes, i agree, the publicity it generates does not hurt. and it's a publicity wave that every single iPhone launch has ridden. But equally, it's laughable to suggest that they should have over-estimated the number of units to produce and then incurred the costs of sitting on unsold stock.

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Fanboys order 2m iPhone 5s in 24 hours

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Re: 5 million?

and how long was the pre-order window for the S3? and does that include the blue on that didn't come out until weeks after the white one was released?

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Apple time is now world time

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Re: Why not buy a much better Samsug Galaxy S3 today?

i agree with Tibbs.

the SIII is just too big for me to be comfortable with. if i want to view something on a big screen, i'll view it on my ipad. the phone is for portability, nor for watching entire seasons of 24 in one sitting.

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Re: Is it just my imagination...

whenever the apple store is down for updates, or unavailable, there is a graphic of a post it note saying "Back Soon" in the centre of the screen.

I imagine this gif is meant to sit in the middle of the post-it background image, at that angle.

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Apple iPhone 5 hands-on review

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Re: its rubbish

"Yep, same old UI."

windows did a pretty big UI overhaul with Vista - that was a remarkably successful example of what a good idea it is to change the UI that everyone loves. In fact, microsoft must have been so pleased with the results because they've gone even further with win8 and totally changed all the bits that user liked about their old UI.

yep, AC @13:02 is absolutely correct, totally changing the UI is the best thing any company could do

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Apple: Thanks for the iPhone 5s, China, now get to the BACK of the queue

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yes, i'm sure that's the only reason for why China aren't included in the initial round

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New iPod nano and touch: Lightning strikes again

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Re: I've said it elsewhere - accessories/docks FFS

less rev share? what about all the adapters that they are going to sell? what about all the new usb cables that everyone is going to buy because adapters will be annoying.

actually, i dunno that the adapter will be that much of a problem. The old 30-pin connector generally has quite a good connection to the iDevice. I suspect it'll prove to be a tougher connection than the new Lightening connector provides, and so the adapter will remain connected to your lead or peripheral device and so you're experience of just plugging in the device will remain the same.

and lastly - you may or may not be right about how few El Reg readers have an iTouch/iPod/iPhone as a primary device, but also, El Reg readers (and techy types) are not the core demographic of Apple's customers by a very long way. If we all /ragequit over this, i doubt Apple will even not the fluctuation in their monthly sales charts

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The iPHONE 5 UNDERMINES western DEMOCRACY: 5 reasons why

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weird - of all the iPhones i've owned, i've never, ever, had a need to swap the battery.

i dunno why you lot get so hung up on it as a feature.

It used to be, before Apple came on the scene, that if you had a small pocket computer then you or anyone else could write programs for it and you could run them on your machine that you owned without asking the people who had made it.

you know, you can get the SDK for free. you can write apps for yourself to your hearts content.

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Apple's iCloud goes titsup, email evaporates for unlucky 1%

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Re: Just Fuck

midweek entry to be considered for QotW?

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NASA's spy sat snaps Curiosity rover burning tracks on Mars

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Re: hypocrisy of the human race

Probably did it in Photoshop anyway! :)

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hypocrisy of the human race

When Top Gear went to Africa and left tire tracks across the Makgadikgadi Pan, there was outcry and calls for the show to be taken off the air (again).

But when NASA do it on another planet, why then that's all right then, because at least it's not our undisturbed scenery that's being irrevocably damaged is it?!?!

Bunch of hypocrites the lot of us!!!

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No Apple TV this year: Media moguls still won't cough up content

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shame

I'd love a device where FreeView, VirginMedia, or whatever, were just apps alongside 4oD, iPlayer, etc, and YouTube, Netflix and streaming from my desktop machine. Ideally, an interface that did away with channel numbers and just presented me a way to browse everything that's showing live right now, or switch to a different app to stream from iPlayer or whoever.

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South Korea probes 'mobe patent bully-boy' Samsung

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Re: Chilling effects on innovation

But then, someone else's tech that achieves the same result in a sufficiently different manner to not infringe upon your patent does become part of the standard and world+dog uses that tech instead of yours, and pays them a license for it instead of you.

Having principles is all very well, but it doesn't pay the bills or put food on the table.

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Apple eyes $$$ iDevice adapter bonanza

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the thing is..

...the third party usb-to-30pin-iphone leads i've tried over the years have all been rubbish. cheaper, yes, but soon fail and require replacing. whereas the Apple branded ones i've either got with the iDevices or bought to replace the crap 3rd party ones, are all still working.

so, yes, i'll happily pay Apple 6 quid an adapter, i'll probably buy two, because in the long run, that's cheaper than having to buy six that are made by a third party which then fall apart after a month.

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The world's first Windows Phone 8 hands on – what's it like?

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too big

a centimetre thick? helloooo this is the 80s calling, we want our brick-phone back!

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Third of iPad owners want smaller slabs

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Samsung's Note is practically the same size as the SIII

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"without looking at the report"??

I quite agree, they probably didn't do any of those things, and their sample size was ridiculously small, but you can't slag off the quality of their research if you're not going to put any time or effort into doing your own to find out if the report details any of these things.

Oy there, Mr Pot, let me introduce to you the esteemed Mr Kettle.....

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Windows 7 passes XP, Mac OS X passes Vista

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Linux

1.1%

Year of the Linux!! woohoo get in!!!

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Virgin Media broadband outage - six days until fixed?

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Virgin Media broadband outage - six days until fixed?

Anyone else having trouble with Virgin broadband? Mines been offline all day, I'm in Hertfordshire, but friend of mine in Edinburgh has had trouble since before the weekend.

I call the help desk and apparently there's a known fault on their network, engineers expect it to be at least 6 days until its resolved!

6 days! That's a bit rubbish, what on earth is going to take six days unless its hardware or infrastructure that's busted?

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Sharp's slim screen factory 'flogged to death' by Apple

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And it's only going to get worse as we get closer to the 12th Sept. and more and more rumours flood the press.

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So, just what is the ultimate bacon sarnie?

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simple is always best with a bacon sarnie, i feel.

plain white sliced bread, butter, nuke the bacon in the microwave to ensure it's crispy but not burnt, lots of ketchup

but, this got me thinking - surely somewhere in Scotland there's a chippie that'll do a deep fried bacon sarnie, no? now that would be perfect :)

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Robot rover Curiosity sets out on first long Mars trip

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so you should be able to contact it at http://ssww.curiosity.mars/ :)

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Samsung whips out Galaxy Note II, cam-phone with proper zoom lens

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WTF?

it's not April is it? has someone's been cocking about in Photoshop?

it seems Samsung are not content with making phone with ridiculously tall and wide screens, they're gotta push for the depth axis as well.

Are they trying to get back to the size of mobile 'brick' phones from the 80s?

or possibly Samsung have taken the art of coping Apple's ideas a step too far and this timed copied the spoof instead of an actual product:

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/odd/news/a401483/iphone-5-to-be-a-camera-in-spoof-ad-watch.html

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Yahoo! bureau! chief! sacked! for! Mitt Romney! racism! jibe!

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Re: Mitt Romney Rules!

Obama wouldn't, however, drive 12 hours with a dog strapped to the roof rack of his car.

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Apple Mac OS X Server for Mountain Lion review

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Server != Enterprise

Just because it has Server in the name, doesn't mean this is exclusively for Enterprise.

As people have said, it's a very cheap, very easy way to provide server type services for the home user and the small business team. Yes, there's more feature-full ways of doing it, but equally, they require a greater level of knowledge and maintenance attention, possibly a dedicated person. This provides a way to bring server functionality into your home or office without a large cost of hardware, software and hiring someone with server experience.

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'FIRST ever' Linux, Mac OS X-only password sniffing Trojan spotted

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key logger?

So does it pick up keystroke from the keyboard interface? or characters populating text fields on websites?

Just wondering if utils like 1Password can be seen as a protection against this kind of attack, since they drop your password directly into the password field, the data isn't coming via the keyboard interface.

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Nokia, Moto, Sony phone wing of Foxconn is soaked in red

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but

but according to Anna, the only company to rebrand the output from Foxconn are Apple

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Jury awards Apple $1bn damages in Samsung patent case

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Are you sure that television manufactures aren't already paying licenses to someone for remote controls and on/off switches? Just because it's obviously doesn't mean that someone didn't have to research and develop it in the past and so deserves to get paid for their work.

Anyway, it's not that Apple don't have to pay Samsungs patent license, it's that they're already paying for them via someone else who's already licensed them from Samsung. Samsung were trying to get paid twice for the same license here.

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Even at this size, the damages are token. They'll neither cripple Samsung nor make much difference to Apple's balance. But they are sizeable to make other manufacturers take note. No ones going to be copying anyone in the near future, and hopefully everyone's interfaces now become more individual and innovative

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Re: Fees, fees and fees, the lawyers game just love them mounting fees. The law? What is that?

But there also a separate case heard in South Korea last week. By your logic, Samsung had home field advantage in that case, but only managed to scrape a draw.

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Doctor Who to hit small screen on 1 September

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Re: Cher without Sonny?

[Samurai Pizza Cats offtopic]

The little kid and his mum? that'd be an awesome show! :)

you can get a dvd, with the american voice-overs which are much more hilarious than the original scripts. But i dunno if it's official exactly.

[/Samurai Pizza Cats offtopic]

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Re: Doctor Who?

and hasn't there been at least one daleks episode in _every_ series of Dr Who?

Dr Who without the Daleks who be like Batman without the Joker, Superman without Lex Luthor, Star Trek without Klingons, Obi Wan Kenobi without Darth Vader or Speedy Service without Bad Bird!

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Facebook updates iOS app, still poking around for mobile dollars

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appcelerator

Wasn't the Facebook app the poster child for Appcelerator's Titanium IDE that allowed you to write apps in javascript(-ish) and then build for both iOS and Android?

From the sounds of it, they've scrapped that method entirely and have built it instead in Objective-C.

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Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Pierogi versus patatas revolconas

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and now i'm starving hungry and it's ages until they start serving lunch in the canteen :(

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Superworm Crisis eats Macs, VMware and - shock - Windows

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late?

This is listed on the Symantec and Sophos websites since 25th July. It's a bit late to be talking about it now isn't it?

It's seems that Symantec has been detecting this type of jar delivered malware since 2010!

Or is it just the way it attacks VMWare that makes it news worthy?

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NASA: WE'VE FOUND Four-toed NON-HUMAN FOOTPRINTS

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dinosaurs on Mars!!

frikken A!!!

obviously, someone's doctored the original press releases to include all Goddard location references to try and cover this up. there's skulduggery afoot here! and it's a giant armoured alien dino sized afoot too!

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Apple, Samsung blast away in patent case closing arguments

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Denny Crane

Denny Crane!

They should have hired Denny Crane to present their case (http://bostonlegal.wetpaint.com/page/Denny+Crane)

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Denny Crane!

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Creepy skull find proves Man penetrated Asia 60,000 years ago

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wtf

the headline : "...penetrated Asia 60,000 years ago"

paragraph 2 : "...estimated at around 63,000 years old..."

paragraph 6 : "... at least 60,000 years ago."

paragraph 7 : "...around 63,000 years old."

ok, enough, we get that it was 63,000 years old!

and yet, only once in paragraph 1 do you mention the important and interesting fact about this story, that 60k is "20,000 years sooner than previously thought."

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Samsung spends $4bn tarting up Texas factory

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Re: Or perhaps again...

Texas: home of the patent troll... methinks there's a method behind Samsung's actions here.

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Surfing ROBO-shark hunter stalks great whites along US coast

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acoustic tags?

So this is only good as long as all sharks in the area have already been tagged and that their tags are working?

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Beck's open-source challenge to freetards: play it yourself!

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Re: Won't be selling many of these...

photocopier? that so 80s dude! someone will scan these in and then they'll be up on the interwebs and you'll be able to download it via torrent just like it was a normal audio release. 'cept the filesize of the rar's will be smaller so it'll download much faster.

All that's needed is some kind of OCR that can convert scanned sheet music into a midi file...

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Apple axes loyal store staff in Essex, Milton Keynes

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WTF? is Anna stuck in a timewarp?

The original MacRumors piece came out 4 days ago. I guess it's taken a long time to put together all the rest of the information in this article.

But also, MacRumours published a new piece on this story Apple 'Messed Up' with Retail Store Cutbacks, Denies Mass Layoffs over 20 hours ago, and it doesn't seem to be mentioned in this El Reg article at all.

Is Anna's internet connection working alright?

For anyone that's interested in more current news, but doesn't want to click the link, here's a quote from an Apple spokesperson on the issue:

Apple acknowledged the retail staffing changes. "Making these changes was a mistake and the changes are being reversed," said Kristin Huguet, an Apple spokeswoman.

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Samsung: 'You want $2.5bn? WRONG, Apple, you OWE us $420m!'

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Re: Wow

Samsung spends nearly 2/3 of their profits on marketing?

costs a lot to find a way to market something without it saying "it's just like an iPhone" in a sort-of reverse VW-Golf advert

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Re: Hawker?

El Reg is consistently blind to that fact. I guess facts don't make for good journalism?

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Apple seeks cable connection for set-top box

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Re: Why on earth would you want to pay over the top rpice for an Apple television ?

yes, but Apple kit "just works" so you don't have worry about anything breaking

;)

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Judge begs Apple, Samsung to get a room, or trial will end in tears

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Re: It will go to appeal.

yes it is - but you also paid a lot by the hour for it, and for the right price, most people are willing to put up with dull and unpleasant

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Flash Player to vanish from Android store on Wednesday

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@Peter 48 Re: Wasn't this

You do realise that "Hey. Look at our open platform. It can run Flash (if we want to)". and "but can you run flash? no? because i can with my android and so that makes it better"" are exactly the same statement?

No they're not.

I thought your point originally was that the Android user was saying "the platform is open, which makes it better, oh and also, as a result, i can run flash, yay \o/ lolz"

whereas what i was saying was that all the Android users i've encountered insisted that being able to run Flash was the key advantage of the platform over iOS. To them, the openness of the platform was a secondary consideration.

(which is weird, cos most of them a techies, so you'd think they'd appreciate the open platform, but it seems all they really cared about was the ability to run flash and also play divx and avi movie formats)

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Re: Wasn't this

The underlying message about Android being able to run Flash was - "Hey. Look at our open platform. It can run Flash (if we want to)".

that may have been the underlying message, but it wasn't the one that every Android user i've met in the last few years has said. they've just said "but can you run flash? no? because i can with my android and so that makes it better"

perhaps Android users should have been a bit more clearer in the messages they wished to convey and then they'd avoid having to find ways of making it out like they meant to say something else than what they did.

"Oh yes, I may have said you were an utter smeghead, but my underlying message was actually that I think you're okay"

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Apple's lone wolf approach to security will bite it in the rear

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Re: The trend is social engineering

Rather than a trend, it is more the current fad.

As soon as a way is found to reduce the success of these social engineering attacks, then another method of attack will be chosen. social engineering attacks are only used now because previous vectors of attack are not longer so successful.

you're comment suggests that Apple users are brand new to the social network scene and will happily click and install malware without suspicion. that's not the case.

also, you suggest that because MS users have had malware installed in the past, they are more wary now? that's similar to suggesting that it's a good thing that your house burnt to the ground because now you'll be more careful about not leaving the gas on the cooker while lighting up a cigarette.

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