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* Posts by jai

2235 posts • joined 8 May 2007

Ape Apps help Orangutans talk to people

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this is pretty awesome

better watch out though - the next time your score in Angry Birds gets beaten, don't trash talk against whoever did it, you might anger a 200 lb monke ape

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Apple orders 10in iPad, moles claim implausibly

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More likely..

Considering that Pegatron currently supply iPhone 4s along with Foxconn, is it not much more likely that this report is that they will also start producing the current iPad (being named the "new iPad") in addition to Foxconn. And hence the confusion in thinking that it's a new model/design?

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Re: Repeat after me

Yet you still clicked the link and commented on the article. You're as much a part of the problem as the journalists who publish these rumours.

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Apple's HTML5 bet against Android extermination

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Two seperate races being run here

All these articles constantly talking about which company will win or loose, but it seems to me, they're always mixing up the races that are being run. One is for market share, the other is for profit.

Market share doesn't pay the bills or keep employers in jobs when it's divided amongst multiple companies all flying the Android flag, and all trying to undercut each other's prices in an effort to increase their personal wedge of the market share pie.

The easiest way for Google to gain maximum market share and "win" will be to give the Android tablets away free. But I don't see any of the Android manufactures signing up for that plan any time soon.

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Pirate island attracts more than 100 startup tenants

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familiar idea

Wasn't this an idea in a Neil Stephenson book? or was it a William Gibson one?

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Apple sneaks iPad 2 with 32nm chip into retail

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reeks of particularly unimaginative troll

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The "great unwashed", as you dismiss them, will never see the 2,1 or 2,4 model numbers. It takes a bit of effort to discover them, most users, if they even decide to look for one, will only see MC9xxLL/A which won't mean anything to them.

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Total War Battles: Shogun

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really enjoying this game

Haven't played any Total War games, but friends have raved about them for years.

Well worth the purchase, both taxing and enjoyable.

Hope they continue to put out similar titles in the future.

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Nokia's 41Mp cameraphone shoots towards retail

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Re: FAIL

that's like saying "it's a toss-up really: having your left arm cut-off or your right-leg"

neither are at all appealing and you'd surely rather just do nothing than doing one or the other

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RIM takes BlackBerry 10 out for a spin, forgets to bring phone

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Re: Sod the apps

I know that the IT Dept in companies would rather that all employees only use "work" phones for work purposes.

But all employees would probably rather use their own phone so they only have to carry around one. And all management want to use the latest and shiniest smartphone even if they don't understand how to use 90% of the functions that class the phone as a smartphone.

Yes, internal audit and legal departments would probably sleep easier at night if all employees were locked to basic 'work' phones.

But the accountants and the shareholders would rather that costs were kept to a minimum as so allow employees to bring their own devices.

And in these times of austerity and recession, I suspect it's the bean counters that have the loudest voice in the corporate boardrooms. Which means there's not going to be much of a market out there for a 'work' phone as you describe.

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Re: @ Nate Amsden - no playbook?

it's GREATER than or equal? Surely you meant to use: < ??

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Sony outs its first Ultrabook

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Remember: Ultrabook is not a category....

....it just means "tries to look like a MacBook Air"

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UK ad watchdog probes Apple iPad '4G' boasts

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Re: pot meet kettle

So you're suggesting that Apple try to hide the fact that Foxconn build their products?

That's weird, I could have sworn they made a big deal about working to improve conditions in those factories.

Or are you suggesting that Apple products should have a Foxconn logo on them?

Because, I don't see a BBC News logo anywhere on El Reg. Or any indication of where they originally sourced this (or other) articles from.

so I refer you back to my original title: "Pot, meet kettle..."

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pot meet kettle

"Foxconn-rebrander" seems a bit cheap coming from a website that itself just republishes news that you've read elsewhere.

El-Reg, BBCNews-rebrander:

(http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17899912)

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Samsung unwraps 17in Ivy Bridge beast

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material

what's the casing made of? is that metal or plastic?

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iTunes fanbois outraged by Apple's sex-life quiz probe

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Re: re making stuff up

Making stuff up is the only safe way to do it - if you give a real answer, then someone is going to be able to guess it or work it out.

I've been doing it for years. By now, I have a set of answers for most of these types of questions, the answers are completely unrelated to my life, but I know them well. It's no harder than having to remember a dozen different passwords or differing complexity here at work. And at least these types of questions don't have to be changed every 30 days.

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Ultimate simulator to streak into living rooms next month

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friend of mine has already done this with three PS3's, three HD projectors and three projector screens - all in his living room. Cost a lot less than 11.5k, but admittedly the total screen isn't seamless. And the only game that really supports the three view is Gran Turismo.

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Judge: Big Five ISPs must block The Pirate Bay

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real impact?

But, TPB only stores the torrent files, doesn't it? And those are available from a multitude of sites, not just TPB. So this is just going to stop one possible source of the torrent files, but not the actual P2P data. So instead everyone will get their torrent files from other sites (if they don't already) and it won't change anything?

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The truth about Apple's mind-boggling low tax rate

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i wonder...

how much tax the New York Times manages to avoid paying...

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Boffins cross atom-smasher streams, 'excited' beauty pops into being

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Don't cross the streams!

Tell him about the twinkie!

etc

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Woz says Windows Phone 'sets the mark' for mobile UI

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Re: Make your mind up man!

i think he has, that's why he's carrying two iPhones

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James May 'hologram' raves about old tech at Science Museum

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boo

why couldn't you have included a close up photo of the marker in the review? I tried in vain to get the app to pick up the marker from the photos included, they're too out of focus.

(yes, I know I could get the QR codes from the SciMu website, but that's no where near as fun on a friday afternoon as getting it from a picture on an unrelated website is it?)

re: AR app - i'm a bit disapointed to find that it's just Mr May talking to you. I was hoping the AR in this app would be more involved with the exhibts. For example, the bisected Mini - in an AR app they could show the missing pieces of the Mini and peal them off as they get described. For other exhibits, the AR could impose authentic backgrounds around the items so you can see them in their surroundings. For the Natural History, AR apps could be used to put flesh and skin on top of the dinosaur bones...

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Computer nostalgia is 10 PRINT 'BOLLOCKS'

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Re: 30 RUN

i think you're missing the joke in the code...

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30 RUN

hahhaahaha that's genius!

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Google Drive Issues on Mac

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Re: Lucky escape

because google fanboys are just as bad as apple fanboys if you dare to suggest their beloved choclate factory is anything less than uptopian perfection...

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Thanks so much

I was going to try it out and see if I was missing something that would make it useful for me.

But thankfully, after seeing the troubles you've been through, i'm not going to bother. If i ever need to store generic documents in the cloud, i'll stick with dropbox.

It's worrying that Drive begins to copy everything. They only give you 5gb, right? I have far more than that on my machine - how does it know which 5gb i'd want to sync?

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Basic instinct: how we used to code

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Re: LOGO!!!

Yay, I remember learning Logo on my dad's hand-me-down Apple II

Like a lot of people have said, I think the grounding I had as a kid in learning these basic procedural languages has paid off when I've come to pick up a new language. I wonder what it's like for kids today - do they still start by teaching Basic? Or do they jump-start 7 year olds with a course in object orientated theory before setting them up to write a "hello world" class for a .net app?

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Indiana cops arrest violent 6-year-old

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people just don't arrest a six-year-old

sounds like an exorcism would be more appropriate

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Brydge pledges to turn iPads into MacBooks

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those prices have sold out

the $150 and $180 price points are no longer available. They only had 100 available at those price points.

Now the prices are $170 and $210 instead.

Of course, for a grand you can get a gold one....

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Nokia's fontastic Pure wins 'design Oscar'

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don't like it

for some reason, it really bugs me the way the tall lowercase letters are taller than the uppercase ones. surely it just adds to the confusion when reading a work that starts with an uppercase i followed by a lowercase L

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'Apple will coast, and then decelerate' says Forrester CEO

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Re: Huh?

seems James O'Brien is more than willing to ride that same high horse and tell us what's good for us, instead of letting us make up our own minds, so why should Apple be any different?

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Hanging's too good for 'em - so what do you suggest?

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go traditional

I'm all for hang-drawn-and-quartering, like we used to do in the old days. But in this age of reality tv, it makes sense that we'd have a telephone vote to see which convict the hangman pulls the trapdoor on. And also, prior to the hood going on, they could hit the button that starts the Lotto ball machines going.

It'd be much like it was in the medieval days, but instead of everyone having to crowd into a market square to watch, these days the whole nation can tune in on Freeview, the advertising revenue would be huge, which could be cycled back into helping get us out of the recession.

"Aaaaand those are the numbers for this Saturday. The numbers were picked this evening by Lotto Machine Galahad, and convicted child murderer and rapist, Barry "The Butcher" Smythe, who topped the telephone vote. And here comes the hangman, he's putting the noose over Barry's head. Barry gives us all a big grin and a wave, and.... there he goes! See his legs kicking!!"

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Google Drive stalls on LAUNCH DAY

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same here

I'm a Mac user, but currently using a PC at work. But i also get no option to access the GoogleDrive, just to request notification for when my drive is ready.

I guess they need some considerable amount of time to set up the 5gb of storage space?

Not a problem, I've no intention of using it, but seems it's far short of being ready for everyone at the moment.

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Crytek: Schemes to strike second-hand games biz 'awesome'

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Re: I got some second hand food he can have

sticking it to big media is one thing - but the 2nd hand games industry hurts all games companies, large or small.

it's probably the reason why there are so few small independent games companies around anymore, they can't afford to develop new and cutting edge games themselves. nor can they afford to spend ages developing long and involving games that we'd consider worth the money and time investment to complete. so they have to become absorbed into the larger companies, and then the large publishers are unwilling to take a risk on a new title, and instead would rather rehash a previous title that had success and is seen as having a recognisable brand.

it's the same as happens in the movie industry. the "big media" as you call it control most of the distribution channels, and they're too cautious to take a chance, so they stick to sequels and prequels and reboots that they view as safer bets.

and who looses out? we, the consumers, get lumbered with rehashed versions of increasingly inferior quality to the original.

but that doesn't matter. as long as you're happy buying 2nd hand and not giving anything back to the developers who spent all their time creating your entertainment, then it's all alright isn't it?

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Billionaire astro mining venture long on hype and timescale

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space elevators damnit

Surely the best way to bring the goods back down to ground level is for these guys to finally get around to working out how to build a space elevator. It's the gift that keeps on giving. Cheap and easy way to move items out of the Earth's atmosphere and into orbit (space craft for mining or exploration or colonisation, huge sacks of garbage for shooting into the sun for disposal so we no longer need landfill sites) and at that same time, equally cheap and safe means of bringing in bits of asteroids in a controlled way that isn't going to create tidal waves or huge holes in the ground, or scary atmospheric effects like in ID4.

In fact, you build two together, surely, so the one bringing asteroids down to earth is pulled by gravity, and in turn provides power to the other one to lift items up into orbit.

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Google motors into cloud storage with Drive

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no thanks

am just a little too worried about Google having an off day and suddenly everyone's private files show up in public searches and so on. think i'll stick to keeping my files local, thanks all the same

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Supernovae blasts shape climate, life on Earth, reckons boffin

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as above, so below... who'da thought it?

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China backs Proview in Apple iPad trademark war

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the shape of things to come?

The trouble is, if Apple, with all their huge big pile'o'cash and lawyers, can't win a case in China, what hope that any other western company have? It may be the biggest marketplace and so seem highly inviting to try and conquer, but China will always side with their own, whether it's a trademark case like this, or obvious imitations of existing products, like the one BMW lost.

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Apple set to drop 17in MacBook Pro, says watcher

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The numbers being the prediction

I also thought this sounded like the usual analyst bunkum, but here's the numbers that influence his report:

But while Kuo predicts sales of nearly 1.5 million units of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, he sees much lower sales of roughly 500,000 15-inch models and only 50,000 17-inch models. ref MacRumors article.

So while, yes, graphic designers and video professionals are probably the core demographic that buy the 17", it doesn't seem like there's very many of them. Apple have got to be making serious profit margin on the 17" to make 50k units earn them more profit than 1.5m 13" MBPs. So now I'm kinda inclined to think this might be true.

Perhaps they're going to ditch it and bring out a 17" MBA. Just think the size of the battery they can fit into a 17" Air enclosure. It'll run for days... and get hot enough to fry an egg on.

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Six of the best ways to mess up IT change management

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we definately have two of those here

Too Much Process and Poor Communication are what cripple our efforts here.

Especially the Too Much Procees one, the Blame Game is perhaps the single largest activity of any of the management team.

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Microsoft mulls backside display for mobiles

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i like it

I very much like to idea of putting the status icons and time on the top of the case, in e-ink.

Not sure about the time being backwards though, that'd take some getting used to - but perhaps they did that to make sure it wasn't confused with prior-art ?

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Asus: Ice Cream Sandwich Transformer Pad out in May

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Re: Who needs a tablet and a laptop when you can have both?!

It's not actually a laptop though, is it?

Who wants a laptop form that can only run tablet apps? Sure, it's nice to have a huge keyboard if you need to type in lots of text. But I just spent all weekend playing Diablo3 beta on my MacbookAir while watching telly from the sofa. Will I be able to do that with this? No. It's a nice looking tablet with a funky keyboard - but it's not a laptop replacement.

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Adonit Jot Flip precision tablet stylus

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recommended

I have the Jot Pro and it's a brilliant stylus. Perfect for any apps that you either want to jot notes in, or for those that provide handwriting recognition.

I'm no artist, so can't comment how this fairs in the paint apps compared to some of the ones with thicker tips. But for writing, it's perfect.

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Oracle v Google: Lindholm takes the stand in Java trial

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actaully relevant

The issue isn't whether Lindholm suggested that they license Java, it is just that he was aware they were using Java in Android. If you actually read the article, it says exactly that: "evidence that Google was aware of Java code being integrated into Android"

The fact that a license would be needed to use the Java code is obvious to everyone, not just IP Lawyers.

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Nokia loses $1.7bn in Q1, sales chief falls overboard

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blame?

Nokia blamed "lower seasonal demand for our feature phones

It's a bit rich to put blame on "lower seasonal demand" - what that means is that the competition's phone where better and more inline with what the customers wanted. And Nokia can only blame themselves for that, not the general phone-buying public.

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Gemini outs trio of budget Android 4 tablets

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scale?

doesn't ICS scale the size of the icons for the smaller screen resolutions? they look HUGE

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Propellerhead Figure

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lots of fun

played around with this yesterday, lots of fun.

this weekend shall sit down with this on the iPhone and some of the other music apps i have on the iPad and have a bit of a jam between the two.

would like an export function - ideally to be able to export across to Garageband so i can use the loops i create in this app in full songs

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RIP Ceefax: Digital switchover kills off last teletext service

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noooooo

When i was 7 we spent a couple of weeks in our computer classes learning how to write Ceefax style pages on the bbc micros they had in the rudimentary computer dept (read: room).

ah, such halcyon days...

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US judge orders Apple, Samsung CEOs to get a room

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Patentdome

two lawyers entere, one lawyer leaves...

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Zuckerberg blew $1bn on Instagram 'without telling Facebook board'

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did Systrom give Zukerberg a happy finish?

<hbo>om nom nom nom nom nom</hbo>

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