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2159 posts • joined 8 May 2007

Kung-fu tweeting Carl Douglas wins El Reg prize - with expert timing

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congrats

top effort that man!!

now, if only someone could explain what those other El Reg twitter accounts are for - and should I follow all of them? or just the main one?

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Ten... Valentine's Day gifts for him

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really, i'm getting the last one for myself if the missus doesn't...

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Samsung shows third-gen Galaxy Tab

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to give it strength in the courts, perhaps. without the thick borders, Apple are certain to cite the casing design as a copy of their trademarked design

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Google locks Wallets – no new customers for now

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perhaps. but most certainly, thanks to google's rush to be first to bring this to the market, it'll be coming a bit later than perhaps it would have otherwise

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Apple TV stock shortage sparks new gadget rumour fever

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you know what they when you assume....

> The launch, we assume, is Apple's hyped refreshed TV device.

I thought McRumors theory was far more likely, that the short stock just points to a new version of the Apple TV external device that'll support the hi-res videos that the new iPad is apparently going to be capable of.

IF they are going to be releasing full television sets next month, why would they be running down stock of the Apple TV unit? There's clearly two seperate markets, one are the people that'll pay many hundred of pounds/dollars on a television with the Apple TV interface running on it, and the other those who already have expensive televisions that do not need replacing just yet, who'll happily pick up a hockey-puck type device for $99 to get the same functionality. It doesn't make sense that Apple would be replacing the £99 peripheral device with a $999 lcd television.

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iPads seized from shelves by Chinese officials

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TopGear

I just watched the previous week's TopGear where they went to China and were looking at all the car fakes. And how BMW had tried to sue over the fake X5 (or whatever it was) that looked identical to their model, and they lost the case because the Chinese courts ruled that there were no similarities at all.

I'll admit, Apple can be a bit over zealous, but it seems crazy over there, you haven't got a chance of winning unless you're a Chinese company.

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Attention tweeters: Your chance to win undying GLORY

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i'm intending to unfollow and then follow over and over again when it gets really close, so even though i've been following for ages, i still get a chance at being the #10k :)

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New patent will give iPhone screen interactive 3D

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ignoring that it's an apple patent for a moment...

...but this seems like a very nice idea for a UI on a small screen.

If there's all these prior art examples, why hasn't anyone gone ahead and produced a phone with a UI where, instead of sliding left and right to get to more app icons, or background apps, etc, you move through the depth dimension. I think it'd be a very cool to see, and very intuitive to use interface.

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Google guns for Apple TV

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maybe there is quality on youtube, but i have.... seven devices already that i can watch youtube with, and those are just the ones within easy reach of my sofa where i'm watching telly at the moment. if i'm prepared to get up and walk around my flat there's even more. why do google think i'm going to pay for another one?

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no thanks

for google to make money on this, they'll have to sell not only analytics on our tv watching patterns, but also bombard our screens with advertisments. no thanks.

plus, is this article seriously suggesting that YouTube is the video content that they going to be driving this product's roll out with? they'll need a lot more than 30 second clips of talking dogs or kids off their heads on novocane.

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yes, massive joke - I use it everyday, and the media I can't stream to it I send to the PS3 instead. But the AppleTV is the device of preference because it's so much quicker to start up and begin playing that the PS3 is.

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Music fans not welcome in RIAA-backed .music

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i don't get it

So i can see how this TLD will be great for musicians and labels and publishers and whatnot.

But do they assume that the general public is only going to look for music on .music and won't look anywhere else?

It's not going to stop pirating. But I guess it will stop someone setting up a site to look like an official one and perhaps phish for people's details?

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Google pushes your buttons in its top strip bar - AGAIN

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no more shopping?

that sucks, as I regularly used that feature.

then again, i knew this day would come, when they changed it's name from "froogle" to "shopping"

shall be giving duckduckgo a try out this weekend then

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IT guy answers daughter's Facebook rant by shooting her laptop

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genius

hat off to the man. this is a valuable life lesson not only in actions and consequences but also in the perils of social media. this is top parenting in action and i hope one day to follow his example.

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Tesla X e-SUV to sport monster touchscreen on the dash

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i like the touchscreen dash

i like the lcd screen for the drivers display

i very much like the gullwing doors (with the exception that i'd never be able to get our of my car if the cars on either side of my parking bay were present)

but i don't like the look of the car at all. are all electric cars going to look so ugly? it's got frikken gull wing doors, why doesn't it at least look a bit like a deloran?

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Google Wallet falls open after casual hack

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no thanks

I quite like my normal wallet, thanks, I don't think I'll be using any of this NFC malarky any time soon until all these issues have been ironed out.

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Eolas falls at first hurdle in bid to tax browser apps

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solution

we all know the patent system over there is broken, and it makes it so easy for patent troll firms to thrive. there needs to be a change. patent trolling needs to be recognised as a criminal activity, it is, afterall, practically a form of extortion. so that way, if a company feels they are being trolled, they could counter-sue with the charge of patent trolling ("seeking to pervert the course of commerce and innovation" or whatever the legalese term would be). And such a charge should carry the death penalty. This would both cause companies think twice before attempting to troll, and also reduce the number of active patent trolls out there too.

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Tech! Tech! Teeeeech! Women want gadgets for Valentine's

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questions about this survey

survey was by US Consumer Electronics Association - so totally unbiased then? :)

And I note there is a lack of specifics in the report:

- "expressing an interest in electronic kit" and

- "they were especially keen on devices"

Are these "electronic kits" and "devices" the sort of thing they sell in Maplin? or the kind of things they keep at the back of the Ann Summers shops?

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Google will swap you a box of crisps for your web privacy

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+1 for the win

this - we're all tech savvy types, we should all be able to set up something similar and seriously skew their results

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Airport bomb Twitter joker in second fine appeal bid

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bit of common sense

a) it's obvious that the tweet wasn't meant as a serious threat

but b) equally, you've gotta be pretty stupid in this day and age to make a public announcement about blowing up an airport

so both sides are at fault here, imho

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Groupon loses $42.7m in Q4, shares tumble

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the company said that if [things that cost us money] were excluded it would've have presented shareholders with [still a loss of a lot of money]

that's not good news however you spin it

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Royal astro-boffin to MPs: Stop thinking about headlines

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celebrities and newspaper people

The problem, then, is our scientists are, as Pete 2 says above, "white-coated, bespectacled, bearded, geeks"

We need more celebrity scientists, who can command space within our newspapers and our tv shows and the public's mind, and from there can push the reasoned scientific arguments and evidence. Who doesn't enjoy the programmes that Brian Cox makes, explaining complex science in a way that non-scientists can appreciate. Science's very own Amy Pond, Dr Alice Roberts, is infinitely watchable and again, able to explain the science without losing the rest of us. We need more celebrity-type scientist to be in our daily lives. Then the public will start listening to what they have to say, and then there's a chance to public also pay attention to what they're saying as well.

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Google drive cloud to rain on Apple, Dropbox parade

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no thanks. am sure they'll start charging for it once enough people start using it

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Life-size Portal gun to shoot onto shelves soon

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oh i want one, i want one!!!!

where's the cake?

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British Red Cross First Aid

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wtf

it's GameCenter enabled???

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Asus UX21E Zenbook 11.6in Ultrabook

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viewing angle

This seems to be the problem with all these ultrabooks that have been reviewed here recently.

I guess that's why they can afford to give away the case and the adapters, because they've skimped on the quality of the screen, and yet are still charging Macbook Air prices.

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Eolas claims royalties for browser apps and plug-ins

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Trollface

Welcome to Tyler, home to the world’s largest rose garden, and to the world's largest patent trolls.

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Apple's new TV allegedly spotted... in Canadian office

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you say that like it's a bad thing?

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@craigj : scart

has there _ever_, in the history of electronics, been a connector that's more difficult to "just plug in", then trying to put a scart lead into the back of your telly, when you're reaching around from the front, trying to slot it in blind?

Even if you can get to the back of your telly without risking tipping it over onto your foot, it's still not an easy connector to fit.

So no, it won't be at all like "Almost like plugging in a scart lead and pressing AV on your remote", because for one, it won't involve the swearing, sore thumbs, mentally-scarred children, or tv-flattened cats, that your old fashioned method does

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i think, when El Reg includes the name in "speechmarks" that's because it's not an officially designated name, and just what the press are calling it. you have to remember, despite these rumours, Apple have made NO announcement about this product, or if it even exists. So no one actually knows what it's going to be called, if it does exist.

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Android's Chrome finish comes too late for Flash coating

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Flash - fast going the way of the floppy disk and 8-track drives

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Nokia: No Belle download for Apple users

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[quote]does (Nokia) really care whether folk adopt Belle or not?[/quote]

or, perhaps more importantly, do folk really care to bother with a platform whose end of the line is only a couple of steps ahead?

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2020: A Press Odyssey – reporter licensing explained

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top stuff

for a moment there i thought i was reading one of Verity's works

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O2 quietly cans gratis Cloud Wi-Fi connectivity

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They told me about it...

I definitely got a text from them to let me know this was going to happen. I think it was a couple of weeks ago.

Found it - actually it was sent to me on 8th December:

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O2: Just to let you know, from 1 February 2012 The Cloud wifi won't be part of your unlimited wifi anymore. You can still use BT Openzone as usual. And now, O2 Wifi. Go to o2.co.uk/wifichanges to find out more. To stop SMS, text STOP t 81145

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So perhaps it's not that they didn't tell anyone, it's just that no one remembers or paid any attention when they did?

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Has Microsoft finally killed off Windows 8 Start button?

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Ah, you mean launchpad. I like it myself, on the small macbook air screen, it's easier to find apps than scrolling up and down the list that the Application folder on the dock puts up. But on my desktop, it's always easier to find the app I want in the /Applications/ folder. Or you could use Spotlight to find the app you want and launch it i guess.

So I guess my point is, on OS X, the Launchpad is just one of the many options you have, and people use whichever they prefer or suits best at the time.

However, I fear with Windows, MS will decide that this new start screen is the only way to go, and that'll annoy everyone, regardless of whether they like the new system or not.

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launch centre?

that's a 3rd party iOS app isn't it? nothing to do with Apple

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Conclusive PROOF of human activity causing glacier to VANISH

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evidence?

Objection, your honour! There is no evidence, these buckets of water are of no relevance to this case....

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Toshiba releases 'world's thinnest' Android tablet

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honeycomb?

isn't ice cream sandwich available now? why release it with out-dated OS?

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Mac demand helps Apple business bloom in Blighty

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not so much when it comes to the desktop and laptops. most OS X users i know will wait several years before upgrading to the new hardware. it's only the iOS devices that we queue up for every year :)

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Apple tells authors: All your books iBook files are belong to us

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Where's the lack of control? i can write a book, publish it in iBooksAuthor and sell it via iBookstore, if i wish, so that people with iPads can read it.

OR I can also produce a .pdf version and sell that myself via whatever means are available (Amazon, eBay, personal website, etc etc). I could even use that pdf to pitch the book to a traditional publisher to get it printed as traditional books.

As a user, I can purchase a book via the iBookstore if i wish. Or i can go and hunt down the pdf, load that onto my iPad, and still read the same content. Or I can purchase/acquire a Kindle format .mobi file, cover that to .epub, and still read it on my iPad.

So as an iPad user, i have freedom of choice on how i consume content. And as an author, i have freedom on how i choose to publish.

I don't see where this "lack of control" is that you harp on about?

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perhaps there is a missing apostrophe? (i'm assuming you're internet savvy enough to have gotten the Zero Wing reference she is making?)

it should be: All your books' (fee-charging) iBooks files are belong to Apple.

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Analyst touts iPad 'transformer' after CEO confab

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this is an idea proposed by an analyst? so there's zero change of it ever happening then

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Apple vs Amazon in ereader format smackdown

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iBooks Author

Didn't the iBooks Author license details just get clarified?

http://www.macrumors.com/2012/02/03/apple-clarifies-ibooks-author-licensing-situation-in-new-software-update/

The content still remains under your ownership and rights, it's just the final .ibooks format file that Apple want the rights to. There's nothing to stop you exporting the same text into another format, or probably even running the ibooks file through a converter to produce a 100% epub3 compliant file, and then selling that elsewhere.

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iOS 5 'crashes more apps' than Android

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impartial

"Crittercism has funding from Google Ventures"

<AV:PD mode> Oh re-ea-ea-ea-ea-eally? </AV:PD mode>

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RIM shot at Android: Free PlayBooks for devs

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almost tempted

I'm almost tempted by this.

I spent some time messing around with Titanium to develop iOS apps (before going the whole hog and picking up Obj-C), and because that will deploy the same code to Android as well, I have some half-finish lame apps that I could complete and submit with very little effort.

But then.... I'd be stuck with owning a Playbook, with all the social stigmata and ridicule that that will bring down upon me and my family for years to come.

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emulator with SDK?

I assume the Android SDK come with some kind of emulator app?

I've messed around with the Appcelerator Titanium IDE, writing iOS apps in javascript. And from what i could gather, that would convert or wrap your code and then hand it off to either the iOS or Android SDK to compile and deploy into a emulator app running on your pc that'd show you how the app would run on a mobile. At least, that's how the iOS side worked, I assume it's the same process with the Android SDK.

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French court lays le smackdown on Google Maps

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Bottin

I so read that as Boffin Cartographes and I was, for a small moment, quite overjoyed that someone had a company with such a wonderful name. And then i realised I've misread it...

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Boffins out earbuds that sound right when inserted wrong

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genius!

sometimes the best ideas really are quite simple.

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