* Posts by jai

2253 posts • joined 8 May 2007

Star Wars exhibit explores identities through art

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Re: Pah

top quote sir, top quote!!

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'How often can you hack a govt without going to jail?'

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Re: No acknowledgement of Bold Lego?

This!

There was only one quote this week worth mentioning, and it was TRT's Bold Lego comment. All else just pales into insignificance:

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/post/1336859

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Judge nixes Apple's bid to patent-bash bankrupt Kodak

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kodak's hope?

kodak's hope is to sell it's patent and use the 2.6bn (although after a bidding war, i guess Apple will pay them 5bn for them) to restart the business? But what hope have they got, really? If their business was workable, they wouldn't have had to file for bankrupcy.

They should just flog the patents, pay off their debts, then take the rest to the beach. Where, presumably, they can take lots of photographs in an ironic way.

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Google to app devs: Use our pay system ... OR ELSE

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Re: ..and ebay

you mean, what's annoying is that Google are now doing exactly what all the fandroids have been happily berating Apple for.

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Mass Effect 3

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Shame.

I was really looking forward to playing this, but the review is kind of putting me off. Seems like, if you haven't played the first two, and you don't have a PC, then it's best to skip this game :(

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Microsoft 'yanked optical drive from Xbox 720'

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Removable solid-state storage?

So we're going back to using game carts then, like we used to use back in the ol' days on our Master Systems and NESs?

Technological progress is an amazing thing....

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Tim Cook's post-PC iPad domination dream crushed by reality

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Re: "Crushed by reality"??

I don't think _anyone_ is buying an iPad to replace their work PC.

they might be buying it to replace their pad of paper that they take notes on in meetings, or to replace their filofax or contacts/calendar, etc. Possibly their email too, because Outlook is a horrific pain in the neck. That's what i intend to do with my iPad.

If people were buying iPads to replace their work PCs, then i think we'd be seeing vast numbers of them being returned, because you are correct, you cannot do all the functions that a work computer is generally used for. But if you're buying a tablet in the hope of replacing your work computer, then you're an idiot.

People are buy iPads and tablets in general for use at home. For casual web surfing from the sofa, instead of using a heavy hot laptop. For playing light-weight games. For reading books on the way to and from work. Y'know, for fun and entertainment, the exact opposite of what you use a work PC for.

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Re: "Crushed by reality"??

really? how many analyst predictions have been accurate? all the ones i can remember reading on here over the years have always turned out to be way off the mark. Analysts don't get paid for being correct, then merely get paid for making these predictions.

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Solar storm arrives, nobody notices

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well i for one...

...welcome our solar-wind surfing galactic overlords...

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'The new iPad' selling out at AT&T

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i wish out company would replace my desktop pc with an ultra book. my pc is slow and constantly throwing memory errors when i reboot it. and it ties me to the desk. if we had ultra books instead, we could easily hot desk, and it'd break our tendency to keep files and applications on the pc rather than storing them on the network servers

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3D: 10% of LCD TVs in 2011, 25% in 2012

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What Kristian said.

I've just ordered a 3D telly, but not for the 3D. Just that, there isn't a non-3D version of the model I wanted.

I doubt i'll even use the 3D much - my girlfriend gets motion sickness watching 3D movies, and one of my eye's doesn't focus properly, so I only ever get a blurry sense of 3D, rather than the full effect that I assume everyone else gets.

Perhaps the dog will appreciate it, if I can find a way of strapping the glasses to his head.

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MYSTERY programming language found in Duqu

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a misspelling perhaps?

"Powerful you have become Duqu, the dark side I sense in you."

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Anonymous takes down Vatican website

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Vatican press office don't like El Reg either?

they're just copying Apple really, aren't they?

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Steve Jobs' death clears way for Apple-Android peace talks

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Re: "abandon its policy"

£50 profit?

The article i read this morning on this subject suggested Apple could be looking for a 2.5% license (similar to what Motorolla offered them i think?)

and estimated that would be equal to between $5 and $15 per device. Which is considerably more than just 50 bucks. And the more units the competition sell, the more money Apple makes. This way they target the expensive high-margin part of the market with their own devices, and still have a revenue stream from the much larger, but lower-profits end, without having to bother with making a cheap iPhone or iPad, and so continue to build that mountain of cash they have stashed in a big room in Cupertino.

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Toshiba prices up glasses-free 3D TV for Blighty

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what happens when more than 4 pairs of eye in the room?

does the fifth person in the room end up having an epileptic fit on the floor with their brain leaking through their eyeballs as they try to focus on multiple sweet spots?

how does it work out who are the viewers? my girlfriend watches tv while simultaneously reading from her kindle. how it only active for her when she looks up at the screen?

does the family dog get targetted by a 3D sweet spot when it walks past the telly in the middle of a film, stealing one from one of us?

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Tingle factor aimed at game controllers

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"pulls the skin off the user's thumbs"

the difference that mis-reading an extra 'f' can make...

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Workers can't escape Windows 8 Metro - Microsoft COO

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Re: "We encourage IT professionals to begin using it...."

is anyone still on that path? surely they all switched after the Vista debacle...

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UK.gov holds summit to stop satnav-driven smash-ups

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a quicker and simpler alternative might be to insist that there's a minimum IQ required in order to pass the driving test and hold a license.

In fact, that would probably solve a lot of motoring problems, traffic incidents, reduce congestion and generally make the world a nicer place.

Plus, there'd be less idiots on the road in front of me so I can enjoy driving around instead of fearing for my life the whole time.

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Chunnel mobile available – but only while heading towards UK

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the first of many perhaps?

How many other thing that were supposed to be completed and in place before the Olympics are going to end up being completed at a later date, I wonder?

It's bloody typical of this country.

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Lego space shuttle hits 114,000ft

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playmonaut

I think the Playmonaut would find conditions rather cramped on the lego shuttle, he's got to be at least 3 times the size of a normal legoperson!

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Re: To bold Lego...

oh very well played sir!

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iPhone con man knifed to death in knock-off mobile brawl

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Go

should be more of this sort of thing

the guy is a like a knife-wielding goddamn Batman! without the cowl and cape....

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Stolen iPad leads to 780lb crystal meth seizure

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Re: There's an App for That..

Flash a-ah

Savior of the Universe!!!

which is a hard act to compete against, for any superhero...

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No 10 develops Terminator iPad app 'to fire ministers'

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hidden code

for(NSString *potentialUnderPerformer in dCameronsUnderlings){

if (potentialUnderPerformer.name==@"Rohan Silva"){

[potentialUnderPerformer multiplyAllStatsBy10];

[potentialUnderPerformer recommendPayRise:@"20k" andPromotion:@"ASAP"];

[potentialUnderPerformer rewardGoldStar];

}

}

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Stinky alligator drama is App Store's 25 billionth download

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the importance of cheap and cheerful games in the App Store

is it not more that, if you're hoping to snag the $10,000 gift card, you're going to be downloading app after app after app as it got closer to the 25billion mark, and so you're obviously going to be restricting yourself to downloading free apps instead of paid ones.

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Sony offers gamers a part in the Uncharted saga

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uncharted3?

so this is just for some DLC to Drake's 3?

damn, i was hoping this was a sign they were already working on Uncharted 4...

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Jelly Bean confirmed as Android names get sweeter

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there's always one...

...jelly bean that's really really horrible. and you've already eaten it before you realise so you can't clock what colour it was and avoid it in the future.

Let's hope that Android's jelly bean isn't that one in the pack that makes you gag...

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Metro breakdown! Windows 8 UI is little gain for lots of pain

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aww heck

so our office never moved to Vista, and we're still a long way away from moving to win7, so from the looks of this, we'll just stay using XP until either the company goes out of business or us users die of old age....

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Mobile gaming: battle of the gadgets

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venn diagrams are complicated??

wtf?

but i guess that explains some of the conclusions drawn in this article then

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Indiana Jones flicks out on Blu-ray this Fall

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Re: yawn

absolutely right, Duel is a masterpiece

I must confess to overtaking lorries while going up hills and shouting "Can't catch me on the grade!" at them.

and then a while later getting nervous and watching in the rearview mirror, just in case...

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Re: Re: Re: Errm...

your reality sir is lies and balderdash and i'm glad to say i have no grasp of it.

Raiders is obviously the best and anyone who disagrees is blatantly wrong.

Crusade is a close second, the plot, the pacing, the dialogue, it's all perfect.

Temple is third. It's alright, but whatsherface and the kid are just annoying.

and Skulls is best forgotten.

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Facebook looks for more credit with the banks

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Re: (Off-topic)

i read the site using the mobile formatted version and the new comments formats look great on m.forums.theregister.co.uk

please don't change them back to the horrible old style!

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Asteroid could SMASH INTO EARTH in 2040

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deflecting from keyhole?

so, they're expecting people to get their acts together and deflect this thing sometime next year?

is there any chance that such a timeframe is remotely possible? i suspect the kind of organisations that need to be involved in causing this asteroid to swerve take more than a year to plan their agendas, let alone actually come to a decision, develop and deploy a solution.

And, what if they get it wrong? Sure, they deflect it away from the keyhole zone next year, only to find that the new orbit means certain collision in 2023.

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Apple: We never said Siri would actually work in the UK

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totally agree. which is why the product wasn't described as working in that manner worldwide. _everyone_ knew that Siri wasn't able to provide this detail outside of the uk. it was in all the reviews on the web and in magazines. so how anyone was able to buy a 4S and be surprised is beyond me.

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China churns out homemade aircraft for global travel DOMINATION

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cars

i saw the Top Gear episode on the cars. they may look exactly like western cars from the outside, but when inside them, the differences in build quality were apparent. that's bad enough with a car, where you're travelling at speed along the ground, but i'm not so sure i'd be so happy in an aircraft travelling at speed 30,000 feet in the air...

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Auto-correct cock-up sends schools into lockdown

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easiest

day

off

school

ever

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Steve Jobs' death clears way for '7.85-inch iPad prototype'

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we know

Tony got to the story 2 hours before you Anna:

http://m.reghardware.com/2012/03/01/apple_receives_sample_7_inch_ipads_say_moles/

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Apple 7.85in 'iPad Mini' on course for Q3 intro

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Re: Re: Re: Still having input?

"You knew that, but at the same time you didn't..."

it has been that sort of morning all over really

i guess i read OP's comment as being "apple have to do this or else they're doomed" rather than "apple would probably like to do this in order to keep increasing their massive profits and huge market capitalization value"

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Re: Still having input?

Why do they _need_ to compete with the Fire? It's target audience is a different bracket to the current iPad's audience.

Sure, if they want to infiltrate and take over some of the Fire's potential customers, then it'd work. But they don't really need to worry about the Fire taking away a huge chunk of their current marketshare.

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iPad 3 launch news pushes Apple shares to $500bn high

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Re: Balls

i thought about investing in them 10 years ago when i got my first bonus in my first job

but as it would have only gotten me about 10 shares i thought it wasn't worth it, as it wouldn't earn me _that_ much if it go up in value :(

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Microsoft demos 3D desktop with transparent OLED

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Re: I want one.

that was exactly the same thought it had........and it hasn't changed.

you can keep your rocket boots and hoverboards for the time being, i want one of these first plskthxbye

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Sony shifts more than a million PS Vitas

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needs the games to be a bit cheaper but also needs a lot more titles. but i can see myself getting one in the 2nd half of the year

the fighting game that uses the camera so you can fight, on your desktop, and pan the vita around to pan the character fighting, that sounds awesome. why doesn't someone do an RTS like that, it'd be endless fun

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Apple snags blockbuster multi-touch patent

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Re: Re: Douglas Adams : Genius

y'know, I'm not sure the term 'prior art' when related to patents applies to concepts described in a science-fiction novel.

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Apple issues invitations to March 7 iPad roll-out

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Re: why?

what archaic monitors are you using??

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Re: Re: Part 2 of 2

can you explain this "technical inability" that you talk about. last i saw, it was just a case of going Export... to PDF. not exactly rocket science

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Fat margins squeeze Apple against Android

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NPD Study

Wasn't there a study last week that agreed that the majority of first time buys were Android, but that the majority of people's 2nd and subsequent phones were iOS. So people get the cheap Android for their first phone, then once they realise they like having a smartphone, then they're prepared to save and splash out of a high-end smartphone. And there must be lots more people one their 2nd and more phone than there are first timers

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Proview's Apple iPad rights war goes global, reaches ESSEX

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Re: is it just me?

I was just thinking that.

They claim they'd already had a run-in with Apple over the iPod name, so surely when someone comes along asking to buy the rights to a name that's only one letter difference, they should have guessed it was Apple behind it.

i'm stocking up on popcorn for tomorrow's court ruling. going to be interesting to see which way it goes and how everyone reacts afterwards.

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Asus peddles three-in-one smartphone, tablet, netbook

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Re: Re: so.....

not just useful, essential

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so.....

if I get a phone call from the office, while on a crowded commuter train using it as a laptop, asking for details about the spreadsheet I'm working on, do I have to choose between shouting loudly at the laptop's microphone, or ejecting the phone and being unable to see the data I was working on?

There are some devices where convergence isn't a benefit, and a laptop and a phone is one of those cases. It's like merging a bed and an oven. I'd like to have the functionality of both in my home, and I use both regularly, but I don't want them combined into a single piece of furniture in my kitchen because I use both for entirely separate purposes, often at the same time.

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