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2234 posts • joined 8 May 2007

RIM: What's all the 'bleeding' fuss about BlackBerry developers?

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Re: YOu lost me here...

it's simple maths really.

AppWorld opened in 2009 - so that's about 3 years it's been open and in three years it's had 3 billion downloads.

Averaging one billion per year, if you like.

iTunes App Store opened in 2008. And after 3 years, it had reached 10 billion downloads. an average of 3.3 billion per year.

it's now been open for 4 years, and the downloads are approaching 30 billion. raising the average to 7 billion per year.

RIMs figures sound impressive by themselves, but in fact, they just confirm that they're at the back of the race and have a hell of a lot of work to do when/if their new OS is released to catch up with the Android/iOS pack at the front.

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Apple rejoins EPEAT green tech cert program

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El Reg's article didn't include the interesting bit

The really interesting part of the EPEAT CEO's statement wasn't included in this article:

We look forward to Apple’s strong and creative thoughts on ongoing standards development. The outcome must reward new directions for both design and sustainability, simultaneously supporting the environment and the market for all manufacturers’ elegant and high-performance products.

Sounds like EPEAT will be adjusting their adjusting their rules to bring them into line with Apple's standards.

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Security fail for Apple as hacker cracks iOS in-app purchasing

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apparently 30,000 people have given him their usernames and passwords via this method, but he's only gotten less than $7 in paypal donations.

turns out, the kind of people who want to get free in-app purchases by any means aren't all that generous towards the hackers that help them either. who'da thought it?

http://www.macrumors.com/2012/07/13/hacker-releases-tools-for-bypassing-apples-in-app-purchase-mechanism/

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New electronic labels squeal to spare you from food poisoning

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Re: power source

thanks for that - can't remember if i grasped that fact at the time, but evidently if i didn't, it didn't stick around. that may well explain my poor A-Level Physics grade.....

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power source

not required for labels on potatoes and lemons, if my vague memories of school science lessons is correct

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Metro, that ribbon, shared mailboxes: Has Microsoft lost the plot?

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Re: outside of a few Excel power users ...

and for good reason. no serious enterprise should still be using Access

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Re: When is Ballmer going to be put out to pasture?

if Win8 fails?

why didn't it happen after Vista?

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Tablets, copycats and Weird Al Yankovic

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<raises hand>

Yep i had a macally mouse at some point. While it was, and still is, true that if you need a second, physical mouse button to do something, then it isn't worth doing, that mouse did make it a bit easier to play Starcraft. (These days all Mac interfaces are multitouch, so it's no longer an issue).

AND i had one of those USB ports - and a printer in Bondi(ish) blue and white.

and what's not cool about Wierd Al?

Amish Paradise is a work of genius, especially the video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOfZLb33uCg

As is The Saga Begins - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEcjgJSqSRU

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Seize your moment, Microsoft: iPad is RUBBISH for enterprise

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shock horror

y'know, they're also utterly crap as replacements for the racks and racks of servers in our data centre. just you try setting up a full Oracle database on a cluster of iPads and try and get them to successfully fail-over to your DR cluster if someone switches one off.

It's shocking that a tablet isn't the completely technological replacement for absolutely EVERYTHING! (as Norman Stansfield might say). Thank god Matt Asay has brought this to our attention!

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Can neighbours grab your sensitive package, asks Post Office

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this is new?

my postie has been delivering parcels to the next door neighbours for as long as i've lived there i think.

and when they're not in either, and it requires a signature, he signs it himself and puts it through the letterbox... and if it's too big, leaves it on the doorstep!

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'Proud' RIM supremo survives shareholder showdown

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technological and business transition

sounds like RIM thought "well it worked for Nokia, surely it'll work for us too"

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Retina MacBook Pro nukes Apple's green credentials

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but it does suggest that they're the only ones who do it (Apple/Foxconn, that is, not bankers) which is completely inaccurate and so not 'a matter of fact' at all

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Is the Higgs boson an imposter?

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i though the whole point was that they'd demonstrated a sigma-5 level of probability that it was the HiggsBosun.

the probability of it being something else exists, but surely it's far less that sigma-5 level, so therefore unscientific to make such a claim.

this sounds like a bunch of scientists shouting "me too!!!!" and trying to get on the HiggsBosun press band wagon

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Welcome, friend, to Metroland

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the world's a better place

with a bit of Verity and a cuppa tea.

and congrats, is this the first time someone has successfully used Lorem Ipsum in prose?

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British Gas bets you'll pay £150 for heating remote control

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but....

My boiler has a 7-day timer function, so it switches off during the day while i'm at work. I don't need to check it, it does it all the time anyway.

It's only a year or two old, but even so, the previous boiler that had been there since the 90s had a timer function too, but wasn't multi-day. Even so, i never found myself at working worried sick that i was heating the place when no one was there.

How does it save £140 quid a year? are they assuming that people forget to turn their heating off every single day?

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BlackBerry App World hits 3bn downloads, 27bn more to go

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Room Escape

Is Room Escape meant to be an analogy to the feeling one has of owning a RIM device and wondering what to do next?

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Ghost In the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society on Blu-ray

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awesome

utterly loved Stand Alone Complex, utter genius! this has reminded me I need to watch it all again.

is there no iTunes or similar digital only release for this? that's a shame, as i'd be interested in buying that. Not so sure i'd buy the blu-ray for this, but will definitely watch it one way or another

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Wish you were here? NASA rover beams postcard from Mars

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Re: Do my eyes deceive me, or...

yes, just behind OJ waving from behind a dune

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'Amazon plans iPhone-killing Android mobe' – report

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Amazon?

oh, you mean Foxconn-rebrander, Android-rewriter, Amazon?

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Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Haggis pakora v huevos rancheros

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damn i'm hungry now

Those both look fantastic. How soon can you deliver?

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Apple 'fesses up: We broke App Store downloads

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20,000 users

20,000 users is a small number compared to the total number of iOS users isn't it?

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Numbers don't lie: Apple's ascent eviscerates Microsoft

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Re: What's the best statement of mock surprise?

really? Tunnocks? I'm British, I spent several years living in Scotland, i recognise the product by its picture but i'd never have known was a Tunnocks was if i hadn't clicked the link to wikipedia.

Hostess cakes, however, i know about, not least from their reference in Zombieland. So in this case, i'd say a Sno Ball trumps a Tunnocks

in either case, it's redundant. everyone calls that model of iMac to iLamp anyway, since neither of the sugary foodstuffs have a screen sticking out of them on an angle-pose neck.

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Did your iPhone 'just stop working' - or did you drop it in your BEER?

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poor reporting

I think what Anna failed to make clear is that, even though Apple have been using this for ages (since the very first iPhone i think) the patent office has only now got around to approving their patent application for it.

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Europe's prang-phone-in-every-car to cost €5m per life saved

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who's paying for this?

ringing up a €12.5bn bill

is the EU going to be paying for this then? or will the car manufacturers just be adding €200 to the cost of each vehicle and then keeping half of it for themselves?

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Ten... alien invasions

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Re: What the f*ck does this have to do with the IT industry

and that's where the IT angle comes in - all these sci-fi filme, so much more fiction than science when it comes to the technology:

http://th176.photobucket.com/albums/w162/jtesch36/IndpendenceDayError.jpg

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Facebook: Our phone app DID seize your email

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that didn't matter, i didn't have it switched on on my phone either, but it still showed the facebook emails in preference to the others.

fortunately, it didn't sync those over the cloud to my other devices, so the confusion is isolated to just my phone

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CERN catches a glimpse of Higgs-like boson

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forty

two

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Web stat WTF: iOS beats Android 3 to 1, iOS and Android tied

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StatCounter defines a mobile device as being "pocket-sized"

So that excludes the Galaxy S3 then....

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Leap second bug cripples Linux servers at airlines, Reddit, LinkedIn

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simple solution

can't we just trigger all the volcanoes on one side of the world to erupt at the same time, thereby adding some extra spin to the planet, negating the slow-down, and negating the need to keep on adjusting the time by a second? c'mon scientists! why haven't you sorted this out yet??

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Samsung asks for US Galaxy Nexus ban to be lifted pending appeal

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if Samsung appeal

shouldn't Samsung have to post a bail money as well then, seeing that if the trial does find that they were infringing the product, then they should have to post money equal to the revenue that Apple has lost as a result.

Not saying I agree either way with the product ban, just saying that if that's the way it works (posting money to cover the potential loss) then surely it should work both ways?

Oh wait, i forgot, lawyers and patents... there's nothing fair or logical invovled

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Apple lobs pocket change to Proview, ending Chinese IPAD name row

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Re: Don't understand

Not sure they're gonna survive. Apparently Proview were hoping to hold out for $400 million which they need to save themselves from bankruptcy.

16 mil might be just enough to pay off their most pressing creditors, but they're not back in the black yet.

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Menage á tablet: Apple vs Amazon vs Google

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Re: new tablet battleground? really?

If they thought there was going to be a big market for it they'd have done what was necessary to make the marketplace available in the UK and EU.

But they haven't yet, which suggests they do not feel the market is there (yet?) to make it worth the effort at bringing the marketplace and the Fire to this side of the pond.

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new tablet battleground? really?

This article talks about the 7" market being up for grabs...

Playbook died on arrival.

Fire was a big hit initially, but as mentioned above, how big has it really been in 2012? if it was doing that well, surely they'd have brought it to the uk by now.

The Nexus 7 has only just appeared, we've no idea if it'll go the same way as the Playbook.

And the iPad Mini is pure rumourware.

I think it's a little early to be talking about a "new tablet battleground"

You need more than one involved party for a battleground.

Come back with this article in November or December - then we'll be able to see if there's a battleground over the 7" market, or if the Fire and the Nexus follow the Playbook into the long dark night...

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Mighty ROBOT achieves total SUPREMACY over feeble humans

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...

how does that work? there's nothing in the rules that says paper has to be shown as palm up, or that rock is anything more than a clenched fist - you can have your hand horizontal (so your wrist would be the same as if showing paper with palm down) or vertical and so wrist is in same orientation as scissors.

In fact, no reason why paper has to be shown horizontally either.

(is this explained in the video? it's blocked by the office firewalls)

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HP open sources WebOS TouchPad tablet GUI

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Re: Okay

http://www.mtholyoke.edu/~ebarnes/python/dead-parrot.htm

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Bletchley Park gets £7.4m to tart up WWII code-breaking huts

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must go and visit

It's one of those places i've always wanted to go to, but never get around to.

Maybe I should use this as the incentive to go see it now, so then I have a good reason to go back in a few years and see how things have changed as the work goes on.

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Google Nexus 7 price, details confirmed in pre-I/O leak

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WTF? NFC?

So it's got a front camera, and no rear camera. That make sense, since who really wants to use a tablet sized device to take photographs (other than Galaxy S3 users, obviously).

But by the same measure, who's going to want to carry around a tablet and use that to pay for coffee and underground tickets? I can see NFC being a great addition to a phone, but on a tablet? really?

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Are you a hot BABE in heels and a short skirt? SCIENCE is for YOU

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"expecting bunsen burners to be like lipstick"

You'll be more than disappointed, you'll be horribly scarred for life from the 1st degree burns to your face!!

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Arts & social-sci students briefly forced to do useful work at Foxconn

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Interns barely making a profit from summer work?

Interns barely making a profit from summer work?

And that's different to how it was when I was a youngster how? Just because it's China doesn't make it different from how it is in the rest of the world.

You're an intern, you're not supposed to be making the big bucks. And you've chosen a crappy degree, so get used to not earning the big bucks!

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Samsung frees fanboys from iPhone with freeware

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using iTunes to manage the Galaxy?

didn't Palm try to do something much like that? Although in that case, they were making the Pre look like an iPhone to iTunes weren't they? And had to constantly release updates to keep working around Apple's own updates?

I take it this uses a different method? I can see how they can migrate the data, but how to they get the Galaxy to show in iTunes to allow users to manage it?

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Vatican subtly shifts its position on The Blues Brothers

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Re: Lets get to the gig

too many great quotes from that movie, but my favourite of favourites will always be:

Elwood: It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark... and we're wearing sunglasses.

Jake: Hit it.

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Ten... pieces of tat for Apple fanboys

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cufflinks

i've been wanting those cufflinks for ages now since they were first announced. screw you lot, i think they're damn cool, okay! :)

but they're always quite expensive really so i just can't justify them to myself. they'll eat far too much into my savings-up for the next iPhone....

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Assange's Ecuador asylum bid has violated £200k UK bail, say cops

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@Zombie Womble Re: breach of bail conditions?

I think the penalty of rape charges in Sweeden is not quite the same as the penalty of blasphemy in Iran. It's a bit much to say the two are the same isn't it?

Yes, innocent until proven guilty, I totally agree. But the whole point is that you have to fight allegations, not run away from them. And when his first attempt to run away failed, avoiding extradition from the UK, he's now run away from that too by seeking asylum. These are not the actions of a man who believes himself to be innocent. His own actions are proving him guilty.

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breach of bail conditions?

so if he's violated his bail conditions, that means the £200k isn't returned? And presumably he gets locked up until he's extradited then?

So all these people are gonna loose the money they gave him?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/9343739/Julian-Assange-celebrities-could-lose-thousands-from-WikiLeaks-founders-bail-breach.html

Serves them right, really. If the charges were just relating to the wikileaks stuff, then fair enough. But helping someone try and avoid these allegation of rape and molestation makes you almost complicit in the acts he's accused of. And judging from his concerted efforts to avoid the allegations, seems likely he believes himself guilty of them.

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'Unbreakable' Samsung Galaxy Note II to take on iPhone 5

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Unbreakable?

...perhaps, but is it unblendable??

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Re: Bring it on

yep, it'll be hilarious watching you trying to type on the cover keyboard as the kickstand keeps slipping off the ends of your knees.

which is not to mention at all the clowns trousers you'll need to be wearing to put a 5.5" screen in your pocket

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Sony slams Nintendo Wii U functionality

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Not sure that the Vita is going to be as amazing as they make out - it has the potential, but I suspect they'll fail to deliver the key killer features that'll make it an invaluable piece of your day, or they'll take ages to do it.

That said, they're right about the Wii U controller. It's far too big and clumsy and it's going to be the only device in the world that isn't multi-touch enabled.

But damnit, i still want to play Lego Undercover....

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Microsoft takes on tablets with keyboard-equipped Surface

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Deja Zune?

Still, at least they've thought outside the box. This is not so much a tablet, then, as a ultra book with detachable keyboard? It's a good idea, but you're not going to be able to type on that keyboard on the train unless you're in the posh carriages with the tables.

So what happens to this when world+dog rejects Windows8 because of it's conjunctive twin Metro, and MS is forced to perform surgery and rush out Windows9 with a useable interface?

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Facebook fesses up to Face.com face finder financing

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+1 for headline alliteration

very well done sir! top show!!

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