* Posts by jai

2253 posts • joined 8 May 2007

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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Crytek says future is free-to-play

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Re: SWOTR...

if they'd just bring it out for OS X then they'd get at least one more subscription right here

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Apple MacBook Air 11in 2012

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ethernet

I've had my 11" since it's release in 2010 and i can tell you exactly how many times i've needed to plug an ethernet cable into it - that number is one less than the times i've wished to do so, which was once when it would have saved me walking from the lounge to the other room to use my iMac to check the network.

Sure i can see that you might prefer an ethernet connection if using it in an office every day for work, but then in that case, you surely should be using a MacBookPro instead.

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Windows Metro Maoist cadres reach desktop, pound it flat

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Re: Oh sweet jesus...

it's MetroRetro??? aka shite!

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wtf?

Is there anyone actually doing anything at Microsoft? Or do all these design decisions get made by a computer algorithm and everyone is too scared to stand up and say "that's rubbish!!!"

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Council chief overrules blackout on Scots 9-yr-old's school lunch blog!

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jelly!!!!

i have a real hankering for jelly now

not so much for macaroni and raddishes....

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German KIT v Fighting Seawolves in student cluster deathmatch

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Stoney Brook?

Stoney Brook? For a minute there I read that as Stoney Bridge.

Stoneybridge!!!

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Apple 15in MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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you still use optical drives? how quaint! please give my regards to 8 years ago.

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Scots council: 9-yr-old lunch blogger was causing 'distress and harm'

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what are they complaining about?

that's a lolly she's got there for desert! a lolly!! ffs!!!

why's she comlpaining? we never got lollies at our canteen when i were a lad at school. it was always horrible unidentifiable stale pudding of some kind drowned cold custard. i would have killed for a lolly!

kids these days, tsk, [cue Monty Python....]

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Facebook set to file motion: Will blame NASDAQ for IPOcalpyse

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gotta love the US system

traders and investors threw their money on a risky bet that they clearly had no great knowledge of, the price tanked, so now they're going to sue someone. it's a wonder people don't sue casinos when the roulette ball doesn't land on their number.

if the NASDAQ hadn't had the technical issues, the price would still be tanking, but perhaps it would have been a bit slower.

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ICANN eggfaced after publishing dot-word biz overlords' personal info

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ICANN ??

more like ICANT

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Apple 13in MacBook Pro to fall into line this autumn

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price point

the price of the 15" mbpwrd is high, but you can kinda justify it to yourself (if not to the missus, but then she's unlikely to spot that it's a new laptop if you hide the boxes).

but for a 13" machine, the price is going to have to be a lot closer to the current 13" price point. Will the cost of the screens really come down enough for that to happen by October? That seems a little soon to me.

And does this suggest that perhaps there might also be a 17" mbpwrd next year with the pro desktops get their refresh?

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Supreme Court dismisses Assange bid to reopen extradition case

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sought for questioning?

He's wanted in Sweeden for questioning only?

Surely no one puts this much effort into avoiding questioning unless they're really blatantly guilty of the rape and harassment charges and they know full well they don't stand a chance once the trial begins.

I'd say his efforts to avoid cooperating with the authorities so far should be more than enough to demonstrate his guilt and convict him of the crime. Let him hang!

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Over 40 Magnifier

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damn right! and why don't Samsung put a 20" screen on their phones!?!?!?!

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Re: Nasal hair

ha! i, too, scrolled down very very tentatively for fear of what i might find...

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Foundering Nokia pushes 10,000 bods, 3 veeps overboard

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bs = business speak?

[C]ompetitive industry dynamics are negatively affecting the Smart Devices business unit

That's business speak for saying "no one likes our products, but it's obviously the fault of our competitors and not our fault at all" ???

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Tim Cook reveals 'great' update for Mac Pro

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yep that's how much he loves the Pro customers - cares more about them being happy in a year than leeching their money now.

maybe that's because the desktop Pro hardware isn't nearly as profitable for them as the iPhone and iPads are

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Apple's Retina Macs: A little too elite?

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this can't be the problem that you make it out to be

use an external drive. thunderbolt offers enough speed to be very nearly as good as an internal drive, surely.

also, if editing video is that important, surely you're already doing it on a desktop MacPro, or you're using an old-style MacBook Pro with an external large screen. No one is doing this quality video editing on the train on the way the work are they??

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Bye, bye Apple. Now Facebook's the global app kingmaker

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but, are they not popular, because they are good?

so good&popular sustains good&popular then.

whereas goodBUTunknown apps have a hard time becoming popular.

But this is the way of all things. When you used to buy things from shops on the street (back in the dark ages) the same true, no? popular products would get prime placement in the shop and the rest of the products are hidden away on the shelves.

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Apple Passbook card-'n'-ticket app paves way for iOS e-wallet

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Re: Were you expecting...

Bad example, Siri isn't actually that bad.

The one you trolling for is Ping.

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Re: Were you expecting...

I've used an NFC barclays card once to buy lunch in Pret. It wasn't mine, it was a colleague's who owed me lunch, so instead of getting it for me he gave me his card and paid with that.

And the ease with which i was able to spend someone else's money convinced me not to ever use mine. I'm sticking to my other current account who's card doesn't have any NFC malarkey. Happy to use a phone that doesn't have it either!

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HTC handsets hit by grip of death

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Re: Hmm, Apple viral marketing at work?

funny that, cos my iPhone was fine last year too, but that didn't stop all the Antards declaring what a major fail it all was.

what goes around comes around i guess...

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UEFA Euro 2012

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Re: Footie?

quite right! this is an IT news website, read by people in the IT industry. 90% of us haven't had to run anywhere, or engage in any kind of sporting activity since we were at school

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Ssssh. Apple quietly mashes monster MacBook Pro

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Re: 15" Retina ?That's 2299 Euro to us

and it's 40 bucks more than that if you buy it in the UK. sucks.

but it's a damn lovely shiny looking machine. if i win the lottery this weekend....

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Apple introduces 'next generation' MacBook Pro with retina display

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Re: But

they will be when Anna gets around to writing and posting this exact same story

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Apple juggernaut cranks out big, big numbers

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Re: No answer for 1m Android activations every day then..

because the activation itself generates so much money, much more than apps or messages or any of the other stats, right?

activations just show a phone has been enabled, that's half the story. if there's 900,000 activations, but 1,000,000 old phone go silent every day, that's a totally different statistic.

But knowing the number of people that are using a platform to purchase apps and use features, that's a statistic that a developer wants to know. it's useless to a dev if 900,000 phones are activated but none of them download an app, or just re-download it because they purchased it for their old phone.

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'Zombie bullets' fly off US shelves after wave of undead attacks

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LPs make good ranged weaponry, although aiming can be an issue. (Dire Straits and the Batman Soundtrack, not Purple Rain or the Stone Roses)

Also, the humble Swingball set can be put to great use - assuming you utilise the correct end.

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Re: Mmmm, Hollow Point Zombie Bullets..... The cure to "Bath Salt" zombies everywhere.

Rule #2: Double-tap

www.zombielandrules.com/

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Insider cuts into Apple, peels off Intel Mac OS X port secrets

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Re: Google 20% time projects

GMail is just the only one that the general public are likely to be aware of?

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Android activations near a million a day

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i wonder

how many of those activations are on ICS though and how many are on older versions of Android because people are buying the older, yet cheaper, phones

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Facebook changes data-use policy despite 87% poll opposition

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Like... to be notified of further updates.....

So, you have to "Like" the announcement that they've steamrollered over everyone's opinions, in order to be told about the next time they plan to ignore public opinion.

What's the betting that they then turn around and say "Well we have 3 million likes, so obviously people agree with us!"

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Intel to target TV viewers with facial recognition ad tech

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Alan Partridge

Shouldn't there be an "Ah haa!" at the end of that subtitle??

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