* Posts by jai

2253 posts • joined 8 May 2007

Eugene Kaspersky frustrated by Apple’s iOS AV ban

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but surely, if Apple open up the SDK to allow Kaspersky and the like to develop AV software, that also means they'll open up access routes that malware/virus writers can exploit too, no?

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Ouch! Facebook slumps below IPO value on day 2

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shocker!

Is there anyone who didn't see that happening? Admittedly, it's happened sooner than I thought, I figured the bubble would last for a few weeks at least.

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Windows Phone beats iOS sales in China

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real windows?

or are these the usual chinese knock-offs that are actually running some hacked version of android made to look like windows phone?

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Does Britain really need a space port?

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Re: And then there is the weather

So we build a space elevator and we don't need to launch, we just take the people and cargo up out of the atmosphere were the GB Space Platform is in orbit, and from there build and launch our craft.

I'm mean, c'mon! we built the Spitfires and won the Battle of Britain. We should be able to build a damn space elevator by now ffs!!!

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Diablo III

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On problems logging in now

I've had no problems logging in to play the game lately. In fact, it was only on Tuesday that I had issues. The last two nights have been fine. And also in the mornings for half an hour before i leave for work.

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Re: Amazing game

i did that too! luckily i checked my pre-order list before buying it again.

then i went out and bought a 50quid mouse to use with the game and completely wiped out my savings. doh!

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Steve Jobs' death clears way for rumoured 4in 'iPhone 5' screen

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"Fanbois are already frothing..."

[citation needed]

and is that frothing in anger, or frothing in the pants in anticipation?

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NASA found filming August's Mars landing in California desert

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a little late for testing?

isn't it a bit late for testing? what if they find a complete show-stopper in their testing, like the sand gets in the motors and locks them up, or sticks to the comms gear and prevents them being able to control it? surely all this testing should have been done before the punted the other robot off towards Marx.

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Re: Yeah Yeah....

why the downvote? that was a perfectly good Capricorn One reference, I was going to make it myself if no one else had.

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Why GM slammed the brakes on its $10m Facebook ads

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shocking

so Google are bad at social but good at advertising

and Facebook is bad at adverts but good at social

and this is a surprise to who?

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Scammers exploit wannabe demon-slayers hyped by Diablo III

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Re: You /need/ to be online?

GTA V? Yes we're all anticipating that, but it's not going to be coming out any time soon. I'm not expecting it this year. There's been no trailers or teaser details or anything yet. Rockstar love to spend 9 months leading up to the release of their GTA games, slowly stoking the hype and the anticipation. That's plenty of time to play D3 while waiting for GTA V

Btw - you think GTA V isn't going to require online access via PSN account or Xbox equivalent? I bet it'll happen.

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Stuck in a dull conference? You need Verity's survival guide

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Re: BTDTBTTS

perhaps Nameless Mist left it as an intellectual exercise for the reader to make the jump between the two?

Which is a bit much for a Monday morning admittedly...

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Rovio flies away from Angry Birds for all-new puzzler

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Heath Robinson

The world needs more Heath Robinson contraptions. There ought to be government grants for any new construction or product brought to market that can involves a demonstrable Heath-Robinson-ness.

In fact, most of the code I write could probably be classified as Heath-Robison-esque.... :)

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Using a Lenovo All-In-One? Grab a fire extinguisher!

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Re: Okay so...

Fight Club.

I'm pretty sure Lenovo have done the maths and worked out that if one does catch fire and burns someone's kids to a crisp, the reputation loss and potential law suits outweigh the cost of this recall.

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Colour Kindle incoming says mole

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awesome

I've no need for a Fire, but a colour Kindle would be perfect. Can't wait!!

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Ten... crowd-funded games from veteran devs

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too late

why didn't you do this article last month? i'd have liked to back the Shadowrun reboot :(

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Wi-Fi warping wallpaper hardens homes to hackers

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so

not so much good for surfing the web while sitting out in the garden then...

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Supersize shifting sand dunes stalk surface of Mars

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pics or it didn.... oh

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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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