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* Posts by jai

2231 posts • joined 8 May 2007

Feds to carmakers: 'Rein in high-tech dashboards'

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Darwin

Surely, if you're not smart enough to know that you can't Facebook and drive at the same time, then we really don't need you in the same genepool as the rest of us, and we'd be grateful that you remove yourself by smashing your car into the nearest tree, bridge, hole in the ground, etc etc.

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Revealed: Inside Apple-bothering Proview's crumbling factory

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Re: Lame

where does it say that Apple published these images? or provoked the "Chinese news site" into going and taking them?

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New Mac OS X: Mountain Lion roars at unauthorised apps

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OMG

> unless you can be bothered to dismiss warnings

What's this? El Reg scaremongering for the sake of pandering to the penguin fiddlers and android fanciers? say it ain't so?

all that great journalism that went on last year with the tsunami issue and highlighting the poor sensationalist reporting in the rest of the journalistic world, and here you've gone and done exactly the same thing, skimming the facts to generate the mass hysteria we've seen in all of the above postings.

<pub landlord>shame on you El Reg, shame on you!</pub landlord>

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Reptile boffins spot world's smallest chameleon

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leaves

didn't they just discover the smallest frog a few months ago, also under a leaf?

possible, boffins should try looking under more leaves, there might be miniature pandas and elephants and hobbits and all sorts under there!

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More Chinese shopkeepers hide their iPad stock

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Re: Can someone enlighten me?

I took it to mean that Proview only applied for and registered the rights in 10 countries. So their worldwide rights is equal to just 10 countries.

In the rest of the countries not including those 10, then Proview have no rights to the trademark and Apple was able to claim it without contention.

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HK court's ruling seems quite damning against Proview

"The court said, in its findings, that Proview, its subsidiaries and at least one other company had combined together "with the common intention of injuring Apple," by breaching the agreement over the iPad name. The court, calling the event a conspiracy, further said Proview had "attempted to exploit the situation as a business opportunity," by asking for money."

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Paper PCs design rolled out

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environmentally friendly?

to make it, you need to cut down more trees, and it's going to be difficult to get the paper back out to recycle?

doesn't sound _that_ environmentally friendly to me

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HD bandwidth limits BBC Olympics 3D coverage

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missing opportunity

sure the javelin event would have been perfect for broadcasting in 3D, no?

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Drew's Cookie Jar - psst. want a forum upgrade

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i shall wait for the super powers along with the rest of the hoi poloi next week. i came here just looking for a free cookie!! :(

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Hey Commentards! This pre-populated 'reply to' is for you

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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: This title not left blank.

<Count> five! ha ha ha ha </Count>

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Apple's Chinese labourers get 1.6 per cent of iPad loot - report

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Re: Match your wage scales.

so if you build 3 ipads in a day, you can afford a nice restaurant meal that night?

and lets face it, these guys aren't soldering the components, it's fitting together parts into the ipad casing. so you can probably build 10, 20, 30 a day? once you get used to it, I think 20 a day should be easy. so that's quite a good wage then, by comparison.

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really needs a comparison to how much workers in factories for other products get.

workers in south korea get 6 times the pay of those in china. are they doing the same role? or are the ones in china just bolting together the screens and the boards and the casing and putting them in boxes, and the south korea workers are fabricating the LCDs? it'd be a great world if we were all paid exactly the same regardless of the work we did, but that's not how it works.

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Proview fears fanbois will derail iPad export ban bid

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because Proview only registered the trademark in 10 countries, so that is the worldwide extent of their ownership of the trademark.

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HELLISH LOVE INFERNO TO SWEEP LONDON

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Dominos emailed me details of their special Valentines Day offer (free chocolate cake desert i think it was) and I scoffed that anyone would have the guts to order in pizza tonight. congratulations sir, you're a far braver man than i!

:)

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Lego builds Lord of the Rings collection

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Lego games

would be awesome to get Lego LOTR ps3 game

the Star Wars and Indiana Jones ones were brilliant, tongue in cheek, adaptations.

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was also going to note that the Hobbit figures are going to be completely the wrong scale

also, why is Helm's Deep the large set? surely a full working model of Minas Tirith, or Mount Doom would contain many many more pieces. and be quite awesome too.

i hope they do a Isengard set, if only so that then someone will inevitably do a youtube video of a Lego version of the "They're taking the hobbits to Isengard" song/video/meme which cracks me up everytime I see it... almost as much as the "What's tatters?" one...

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Now Proview seeks ban on ALL iPads coming out of China

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research into girl-centric relationships

that's a relief, I thought you were going to say it was company set up to breed happy lesbian Labrador dogs....

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how big are Proview?

Because, the loss of business to Foxconn and Pegatron etc etc could be more damaging to the Chinese economy than a small trademark license?

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The El Reg book library - now on ePub

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needs more V. Stob books

[as in title, so in post]

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Apple 'seeking part makers' for 8in 'iPad Mini'

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1.7 inches really a big difference?

I don't see how going from the 9.7 inches of the current iPad screen, down to 8" will really make that much difference, unless they're also making the screen go edge to edge. and if they did, why wouldn't they also do the same with the big iPad?

8" just doesn't seem to be enough of a difference from the existing model to make it appealing to all those that believe the iPad is too big for their needs

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Apple orders PC builder to 'choose sides' in laptop battle?

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i quite agree. the story doesn't actually tell us what was said between the companies. it could well be that apple said "we're going to need X time more casing for the new macbook range" to which pegatron replied "we can't fill that order until after march because we're committed to producing X units for Asus" and apple answered "fine, in April, we'll add those X to our current order of Y... or we can take X+Y to another supplier"

there might not have been any specific threats, just standard business practice.

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Apple sends independent inspectors into Foxconn factories

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will the US employees work for the same wages? and in the same conditions? somehow, i seriously doubt it. otherwise, companies would be using the US (or anywhere else in the west) for manufacture.

these companies aren't getting their products made in china to spite the US workforce, y'know. it's pure economics and capitalist forces at work. they're bid for the work is cheaper, so they get the work. if you want the jobs to be in the us, then set up a manufacturing plant that can produce the same components/parts at the same quality or less, then Apple will switch to using you as a supplier

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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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