* Posts by jai

2253 posts • joined 8 May 2007

Dumb salesmen are hurting us – Nokia CEO

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i've seen one!

Someone in the office has one, it's the only one I've seen. And I work in the IT dept, so you'd think there'd be a higher percentage of people in this dept that would be willing to try out the new platform. And from the quick glance i got of it, and brief demo, it did look quite interesting.

However, he's getting annoyed by it. Too few apps and some really annoying UI decisions that mean you have to take several actions when the intuitive step would be one. But that's a windows UI problem, not a Nokia one.

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Playstation Vita games match PS3 software prices

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mobile phone games <> mobile console games...

...admittedly, so claiming that a iOS game is 1/10th the price of a Vita game isn't a fair comparison

However, equally, a mobile console game <> a ps3 game. I seriously doubt there is the longevity in the gameplay, you're not going to be getting a game the size of a Final Fantasy or a GTA4 released on the Vita. So who is going to pay 45 quid for a Vita game when the same money will get you a more fully featured game in the same franchise on the PS3?

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'You will download your sneakers within 20 years. Yarr'

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re: It is unlikely to the point of absurdity

You, sir, have no sense of wonder or imagination at what the future could hold. Your reality must be dull and boring and I'm delighted to say I have no grasp of it whatsoever!

You stick with your mundane future, where to world of tomorrow is very much as it is today, and I shall stick with mine where I'm downloading and printing my own rocketboots and hover-boards and riding the space elevator to the upper atmosphere at the weekend for a picnic looking at the stars.

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US lawmakers question Google over privacy policy

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So still no easy opt-out option other than just not using the services

Why isn't there a "do not track" checkbox on my profile settings page? So instead of having to be aware of if I'm accidentally logged in or not, I can feel safe that google aren't tracking my every move and making it available to whomever is willing to pay them for it?

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Apple: Yes there are horrendous accidents, but we CARE

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so why doesn't one of the other companies that use these same manufacturing plants step and put in place a contractual obligation? admittedly, it'd benefit all the other clients of the plant too, but the positive press it'd generate would be amazing too.

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North Korea labels phone users war criminals

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Samsung outsold Apple in world smartphone arena

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what's that?

a five-letter swearword? what on earth is that?

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Russian supply ship heads for ISS, space garbage crashes into Pacific

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rubbish exploded in a fireball

Why can't we do that with conventional rubbish? It'd save all the worry about landfill sites and so on.

All we need is a working space elevator to carry the garbage up without the need for massive energy expenditure, and then we fire it off towards the sun, which surely requires little effort as gravity will do most of the work, or, for special occasions like New Years and Guy Fawlkes Night, the garbage could be fired towards earth's atmosphere to create a spectacular lightshow across the whole country to complement the fireworks displays.

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Big biz BlackBerry refuseniks adopt Apple over Android

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i think more likely something is screwy with your sample selection of the corporate world. you've taken a sample of 3 companies and come to a conclusion. Good have taken a sample of ALL their customers, and come to a different conclusion. I know who's data I have more faith in a better representative of the whole picture.

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Intel issues dividend, Apple sits on $97.6bn

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Peter 47 whined: "which _should_ also entitles you to sharing in the profits"

should? according to whom? according to just you. certainly, not according to any part of the financial markets, their regulators or the legal system. and i think they probably ought to know more about the subject than you do.

buying a share is a gamble. just because you bet on red doesn't mean the ball on the roulette wheel should land on a red number. you just hope it will.

you buy a share and you hope to take part in the companies success. you're not entitled to anything. if the share price tanks, are you going to put your hand into your pocket and help the company out, share in the losses? no, you're going to whine about the crappy investment (which was your choice).

the only thing buying a share entitles you to is that, if you sell it in the future, you'll get the market price for it, which may or may not be above what you paid for it.

grow up and get a clue

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O2 apologizes for 'unintended' number-leak cockup

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are they going to be offering us all new numbers now then?

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iPad users 'risk shoulder pain', say US gov, Microsoft boffins

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no, but you read a book in exactly the same back/neck/shoulder position as you do when you use a tablet. Or rather, the otherway round, we use tablets like that, because that's what we've become accustomed to be comfortable from years of reading books (which in many cases of hardback editions, are bigger, bulkier and heavier than a tablet, and so more dangerous).

ergo: US Govt is recommending the burning of books for your own health

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Scalextric restarts space race with Star Wars craft

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it's even worse than that...

from the article:

"That's the Scalextric Start Star Wars Battle of Endor, which will retail for £99."

and don't call me Shirley...

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Apple CEO: 'Amazon Fire didn't dent our sales'

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good grief!!!!!

big_D > doesn't show impact world wide sales

Tim Cook > "looking at our data in the US – there was no obvious change"

please can El Reg install some kind of a process that ensures people read the article before commenting? like a small quiz or something? or perhaps a minimum IQ requirement at least?

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Page won't show his ring to prove Google+ 'engagement'

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is it much better now then?

i signed up in the summer, logged in once, really didn't see the point of yet-another-social-network to interact with when everyone i know is on facebook, and all the interesting information comes from Twitter.

i guess perhaps i'm auto logged in when i hit the google homepage on my laptop? but i don't use any + functions.

and i suspect that's the exact reason why they don't give more detail on their stats. because it would be "over 91 million sign-ups, but only a dozen people actually use it they way we wish they all would"

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Use iBooks Author, only Apple can ever publish the result

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sounds worse than it is in practise?

as i understand it, the iBooks2 format is ePub3, with extensions to ensure all the whizzy embedded content and stuff work well. And no one else supports that yet, so if i make a book in iBooks Author, then the only platform anyone can read it on is going to be iBooks. And so i makes sense to sell via iBookstore, because that's where the majority of your audience is going to be shopping.

And also, the app is called iBooks Author, the clue is in the name. It's not iBooks&Kindle Author is it?

And as everyone has said, this restriction is only to the iBooks2 format file that gets generated. Nothing to stop you producing another copy of your file with a different tool that is purely epub3 compatible and missing the iBooks2 specialsauce.

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Windows Phone to overtake iOS in 2015

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rate of change / direction of change

and i think that is the problem here. the WinPho platform is far too new for any meaningful statistics to be drawn

but then, as we all know, analysts never bother themselves with facts or even realistic estimates. they don't earn money by saying "it's quite exciting, but we'll have to wait and see how it turns out". instead i'm sure they get paid to throw bones in the air and then shake a magic 8 ball.

it's no coincidence that the beginning of the word analyst and the end of the word bullshit are so closely related

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Apple launches three-pronged education assault

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re "The textbooks START at $14"

dunno what school you went to, but they didn't teach you so well in the reading classes did they?

from the article:

> with "most" of their offerings priced at $14.99 _or_less_

so yes, a few might be more than 15 bucks, but most of them will be cheaper.

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very much looking forward to what comes from this

at the moment it's textbooks for schools, yes, but wait until the next wave of technical manuals and programming guides come out.

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Hold on a sec - leap seconds granted a last-minute reprieve

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3 years?

so, another 3 years to debate this? seems more like a vote for 3 more years of milking it. lets face it, it's going to be 88 years at the earliest before they next get a chance to debate this issue, might as well try and get as much out of it as possible while they can

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this! why _should_ we adapt to the imperfections of nature? we're top of the evolutionary tree, that gives us the obligation to give something back to nature, and fix it were we find faults.

i read a story a few years about (i think it was some steampunk thing) where some evil genius had worked out a way of adjusting the orbit of the planet by causes all the volcanoes on a single continent to erupt at the same time.

that was just science-fiction, but i'm sure the world's top boffins wouldn't have too much trouble applying the theory in practise.

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Record numbers of readers flock to The Register

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congratulations!!

Was there a particular November event that drove the spike in readership or is it definitely year-on-year growth?

All good news either way! Congrats El Reg!!!

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George Lucas: 'No more Star Wars'

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i don't see why. i doubt he'd have more than an executive producer title on the tv show anyway

and even if not, he's announced retirement from blockbuster movies. technically, it's possible this is because he'll be spending all his time in the future filming the tv series, and re-editing and making it 3D after the first season airs....

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Mars attacks! Morocco pelted with rocks from the Red Planet

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sounds familiar.....

"No one would have believed that in the first years of the 21st century that human affairs where being watched from the timeless worlds of space. No one could have dreamed we were being scrutinized as someone with a microscope studies creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. Few man even considered the possibility of life on other planets and yet, across the gulf of space, minds immeasurably superior to ours regarded this Earth with envious eyes, and slowly, and surely they drew there plans against us.

"At midnight on the 17th of July a huge mass of luminous gas erupted from Mars and sped towards Earth...."

Am so looking forward to seeing a tripod war machine, if only for a few split seconds before the heat ray vaporises me....

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Rumoured 'GarageBand for e-books' to bulldoze textbook biz

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speculation

The article suggests that Apple are going to enable anyone to start published text books for the education market. I don't think that's been stated anywhere. It's pure speculation.

From what I've read, Apple are going to release the tools which will enable those currently writing education books, to produce media and interactive rich textbooks that can be read in iBooks (I guess). I don't think this is for the general public.

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Work from home, find a new hobby, buy a fountain - UK.gov

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where do i sign up?

There's no need to convince the workforce that working from home is a good idea.

I'd happily switch jobs to one that would allow me to work from home.

If they are serious about this, they need to strongly target the employers to convince them to accept and encourage remote working. Currently, the view is that if you're working from home, then you're obviously skiving, "lying on the sofa and flicking yourself off to Trica" as the saying goes.

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RIM BlackBerry Bold 9790

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"As far as apps go, RIM's BlackBerry handsets still have a lot of catching up to do"

that might have something to do with the teeny tiny screen size?

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Apple offers cash for old kit

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how much...

..for a 1985 Mac Plus with original keyboard and mouse? if I have a dig around I may even have the original floppy disk with the System and Finder on it.

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RIM readies 7in, 10in BlackBerry tablets for 2012

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"Why wait until April to ship a tablet that uses it? Good question, and one that's tricky to answer."

Because RIM really don't have a clue about what they're doing?

They were fine when they were the only people punting around Blackberry's but now that the market has changed and they're having to compete against others, they're out of their depth.

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Wikipedia to shut down Wednesday in SOPA protest

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Stop

I hope El Reg will also be going dark (at least to site requests coming from across the pond) on Wednesday? Wouldn't like to think an intelligent bunch of chaps and lasses as yourselves are pro-SOPA are you?

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Child labour, lost wages uncloaked by Apple factories audit

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Retweet: @stephenfry

Mr Fry made an interesting tweet on this subject this morning:

"Kindle, Apple, PS3, Xbox, Nokia, Samsung, Wii, IBM, Intel, MS all made at Foxconn. Apple takes the flak but only Apple truly addressing it"

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Experts: We're stuck with passwords – and maybe they're best

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one time pass

I've given up trying to remember passwords. Where I can, I set a long password completely at random and make no attempt to remember it. Then, the next time I need to log in, I request a new password.

There are two flaws in this approach, but I feel the freedom from having to remember random alphanumeric words that need to be changed every 30 days is worth it.

Flaw 1: I have to wait around for the new password to be generated and emailed to me.

Flaw 2: I'd be completely unable to reveal my amazon.com password even if under torture and at risk of death.

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yeah, but now _everyone_ is going to be using correcthorsebatterystaple as their password and so there's no security there either!

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The Sons of Khan and the Pascal Spring

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praise be

It was only last friday that i was wondering why it had been so long since we last had a nugget of Stob genius, and then here we are today with this gem. Fantastic stuff! the world needs more Stob!!!

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Apple iPad 3 to sport LTE '4G'

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surely the pixel count on a telly is largely irrelevant, because you're comparing a 10" screen against a telly, which is likely at least 24" in size.

so even having the same number of pixels, that's a much much higher density of pixel and so much improved image.

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Pollution-gobbling molecules in global warming SMACKDOWN

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Just goes to show, there's very little that we can do to the earth that it hasn't already thought of and got a back up plan for. It's quite massive egotism to think that we could so easily disrupt an ecosystem that's been around for so much longer than we have.

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Acer pulls out Wang, thrusts its wealth at Ho

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coffee, keyboard, etc

sometimes your headlines just write themselves don't they? :D

excellent stuff!

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Firm pitches tech trio powered by portable processor

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can't it really stream all that display data wirelessly? or, more correctly, without annoying lag?

while i appreciate the cool concept, i'm dubious of how practical it'll be

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Android devs get schooled on style

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"All this really should have been there earlier"

They really should have put this in place from the get go. Apple have their HIG document and will reject your Apple if you don't follow it closely enough. That may be a bit draconian, but it serves a purpose.

Putting out a website now with these ideas on is a bit late. It's going to be ignored by the majority of developers I expect. If it had been there at the start, developers would have gotten used to referring to it as part of their dev cycle.

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Bond Blu-ray box set marks 50 years on film

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good price

at that price, it's almost tempting... although, i do still have them all on VHS (at least, all that were available at the time) and then again i have them all also on DVD... still, in for a penny, in for ninety quid....
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GAGA prepares to munch some organic rug

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how about...

....this blade? http://www.fightingmaster.com/actors/snipes/photos/snipes.jpg
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RIM demos PlayBook OS2

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instant fail before it even arrives?

so... i thought the reason everyone wanted a RIM tablet was because it'd use the same secure email as the blackberries and therefore your enterprises existing infrastructure around that. but instead, they've provided email that's no more secure than on any other tablet? can't see how that's going to win back any fans also "putting LinkedIn contacts on a par with business associates" worries me somewhat. I don't want people i worked with 10 years ago to be alongside my current colleagues and contacts. that's why current contacts are in my address book, and old friends/collegues and job agency recruiters are on Linkedin so they don't get in the way every day when i'm looking for someone's details.
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VW catches electric Beetle

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i likes it

if i were a v-dub type person, i'd be very keen on seeing this get a production release

very much like the new style

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LG: 1mm bezel on your telly, anyone?

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awesomesauce!

want. this. so. badly!

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iPad SURVIVES FALL FROM SPACE

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So you should mount an iPad in your LOHAN craft and then could use Facetime to stream the video in real time :)

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Star Wars: The Old Republic

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thoroughly enjoyed it

Played the beta and loved the game. Really wanted to get the full version.

Sadly, lack of spare time means I had to cancel the pre-order. Just can't find the 3 or 4 hours a week at least I'd want to allocate to playing this.

If they get an OS X version made and released, then I might consider it, that'll at least save the pain in the neck of rebooting into bootcamp each time i want to play it.

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Parasites spark swarm of ZOMBIE BEES

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"I like my coffee like I like my women.... covered in bees!!!!!"

- E Izzard

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iOS 5's iMessage chops carrier SMS routing traffic

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concur

I barely send any sms txts any more. it's quite a shock with the message is in green.

Then again, my phone plan includes unlimited txts, so it makes no difference to me.

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