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* Posts by jai

2219 posts • joined 8 May 2007

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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Coat

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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Apple coughs $5m for multitouch patents

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did you even read the article?? this patent doesn't relate to iphone and ipad multitouch - it's only relating to the trackpads on the laptops and desktops.

if they'd tried to get those included they'd have lost the case.

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Predictable really, Tim Cook could sneeze and wipe his nose with $5million worth of notes and no one would really notice the loss from Apple's piggybank.

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Google tablet to tackle Kindle Fire not iPad

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@Dave Fox

quote: "You wouldn't see a resolution that high on an 11.6" Macbook Air"

actually, the rumours are that you will, soon. Apparently Lion is already capable of displaying "HiDPI" which, as i understood it, is twice the dpi in each direction. So it's likely macbooks and imacs in the near future will be sporting displays with greatly increased density of pixels.

But, it's not to provide more real-estate on the screen, just far far smoother graphics.

quote: "touch interfaces are suited to large controls anyway"

they're not going to make the controls smaller. the controls will be the same size. but the graphics and textures that display the controls will be twice the size, so appear much much nicer. at least, they will, until they're obscured by your fingers tapping on them

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Android Market tops 400,000 apps, climbing fast

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maths

Doesn't it worry anyone else that Google, the world's search engine, estimates that 480 search results is the same at "at least 1000"?

That's quite a massive incorrect calculation, and yet the whole world still puts their faith in them.

No wonder the world is going up the creek, and Google are standing on the shore holding the paddle behind their back!

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Weak Sony PS Vita sales prompt price-cuts

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hope not

if there is a price cut, i'll be tempted to buy one

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I think the issue here is that the sales dropped off way past what was expected, not that they dropped off from the initial sales.

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Microsoft celebrates the death of IE6

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any chance my desktop support team will see this?

nope, didn't think so, IE6 is still installed on our desktops here :(

which is why most of us have circumvented the security and installed Firefox instead.

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How Apple won the West (and lost the world)

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but how?

I get that Android is going to be the most used OS in the future, but what I don't get is why it's such a big deal?

Sure, 90% of the world is going to be using it, but it's going to be on products made by dozens of different brands, all trying to undercut each other, cutting costs by cutting quality and features. The profit margins for Android device manufacturers are only going to get worse. And all the while, Apple will be raking in money hand over fist and continuing to produce devices of a high quality and standard.

I'm not seeing where the upside is here for the likes of Samsung and HTC and so on. From this article, they are promised a world of pain in the future, while Apple has it easy and doesn't need to worry about catering to the developing markets who can't afford fully featured devices.

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Apple accused of starving French reseller of hot stock

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30% loss

Surely missing out of the iPad2 and iPhone4S frenzy shouldn't have accounted for a 30% loss of their earnings. If so, then they should be thinking about broadening their product range to be less focused on one supplier.

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Whale versus shark in KIWI DEATH MATCH!

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Pete Robinson?

that's surely not the same Pete Robinson of NME and KLF fanzine fame is it?

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Will TWO next-gen iPads be unveiled at January's iWorld?

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No, no they won't

Digitimes are not entirely reliable in their rumour-mongering.

And this has been confirmed by someone which much better sources than Digitimes has access to:

http://www.loopinsight.com/2011/12/29/apple-will-not-release-ipad-3-at-macworld-or-ces/

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"an iPad 3 is not planned for release at Macworld. In case you’re wondering, an iPad 3 won’t be released at CES either. You can also mark a TV off your list for either one of those shows too — it’s not going to happen, according to my sources."

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Playboy model's complaints against HP chief Hurd laid bare by court

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$30 million?

Funny, if I falsified my expenses claims I don't think I'd even get the chance to offer my resignation, let alone get paid 30 mil to do so.

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Apple to appeal Italian warranty fine

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if El Reg wasn't the way it is, then what would be the point in reading it? you can go to any tech website and read their reviews and articles that pander to the big corporations. But here, you can be sure that if a product/company/individual deserves slating and mockery, El Reg will deliver it. And if not, then the commentards will most certain step up to the plate.

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We're all doomed!!!

This is most surely a sign of the End Times a-coming? Seems those Mayan's might have been bang on the button.

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Nekkid Tech: The end of the year show

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really enjoyed the show

First time listener, but really enjoyed the show. Hadn't listened before as I fear a podcast about the tech industry would be incredibly dry and boring, but you guys kept it entertaining the whole way. Shall be subscribing to the podcast when I get home tonight, certainly makes the train journey to work in the morning a bit more bearable. thanks!

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ALIEN ARTIFACTS can best be FOUND ON MOON

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where do i sign up

I'm well up for this. Galaxy Zoo was good fun for a few otherwise dull sunday afternoons. If they can put the data up on a website without the use of flash, then I'll happy contribute from the sofa while the missus is watching her tv programmes

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Solicitors from hell website unplugged by libel judge

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interesting

So was the site actually pushing lies about specific solicitors then? Or is that just how it had been spun to get the court ruling?

On a different note, did anyone else find that the article itself seemed to be written in legalese? Felt like every 2nd paragraph was saying the same thing, just in slightly different wording.

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David Cameron gets custom prime-ministering iPad app

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anyone feel like a race?

to see who can produce an app to the same specs before they can?

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Christmas solar plasma belches to hit Earth, Mars - and Mars rover in space

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Shields up!

Red alert, number one!

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Inventor flames Reg, HP in memristor brouhaha

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I was going to give thanks to Mr Mouttet for using up 15 minutes of my life that I wouldn't get back any time soon, but in fact, I thoroughly enjoyed the discussion within the article, and indeed in the above comments. Didn't understand hardly any of it, A-S Level Electronics was oh-so-very long ago, but I still enjoyed it all.

Here's hoping it's a sign for 2012, more top drawer boffinry all round please, no more stooping to the lowest common denominator.

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Apple's TV killer 'on shelves by summer 2012'

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still dubious

TV sets are low margin these days aren't they? I don't see how that's a market that Apple can conquer.

(Then again, would have said the same thing about mobile phones back in the day, so....)

However, the rumours are still very vague. Will they be set top boxes? Is it just AppleTV3 and you use your own tv. Or will it be built in to iMacs? For a product that's only half a year away, seems like there's still a lot of guesswork going on.

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Facebook suggests you get out more - and it'll tell you how

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but how frightening will it be if it does??

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you check-in at all those places?

so someone only needs to watch your facebook page to know when the best time is to pop round your house and steal your telly?

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2012 Games Preview

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sad about last guardian

I too would like them to take their time with Last Guardian. Team Ico games are not so much games as they are works of art. I'd be happy to wait another year if the creators felt it needed it. It'll be worth the wait.

Also missed off the list was Wrecked: Revenge Revisited. Although, technically that would have been a 2011 game had the xbox submission process not been screwed up. But if it's anything like it's predecessor, Mashed, and all the video and screenshots suggest it is and more so, then it'll be the most fun you can have multiplayer racing since... since... well, since Mashed i guess.

For me, 2012 is all about Max Payne 3 and GTA5. _Can_not_wait_to_play_them_!

Will we see Starcraft 2.2? And Dawn of War 3?

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New ATLAS particle part of 'everyday mass'

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chi-b?

Are all the particles short, with cute faces and big eyes?

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No winner in Android v iPhone 2011 marathon

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kids

"They're not growing up with Microsoft Office. They're growing up with Facebook, with texting."

What were you doing when you were a kid that you were a) using Office and b) could afford it?

I know we didn't have Facebook when I was a nipper, but we found interesting and innovative things to do on our computers that didn't involve word processing for school work. MS Office is key for business. What you're saying is not that the future has to be all interconnected cloudy webbyness, but that most kids these days are going to be completely useless in front of a computer when they're faced with their first day of real work in a company when they go out to earn a wage. The future isn't all bright and shiny cloudy goodness, it's anarchy and dystopia as our companies collapsed because they're being run by idiots who spend their whole day on facebook posting lolcats pics. and commenting on El Reg articles ;)

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'ullo Webster, it's been a long time.

I think the article does in fact state that Android has the market share, just not the profits. Apple, in fact, trounce (which I think is the word you were trying for) Android when it comes to REAL MONEY MAKING from the smart phone market. Then again, reading whole articles, and understanding the FACTS within them never was your strong point in the old days. It's nice to see that some things never change.

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Jedi light-sabre beats Taser in Oregon parking-lot fracas

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@Stef 4

"they should have used the tools provided for exactly this situation"

Yes, an the most appropriate tool for this situation would have been to rush into Toys'R'Us, appropriate a different coloured lightsabre, and then return to the perp and defeat him in Jedi/Sith combat.

Instead, the cops took the "hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good tazer at your side kid" approach, and we all know how that ends: with the woman you have the hots for getting off with her brother instead of you.

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Latest El Reg project: Rise of the Robot Sheep

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spinning blades are so imprecise

no matter how sharp your stanley blades are, and how fast or slow your spinning plank of wood, you'll never get all the grass at the same height.

So I suggest the use of lasers and small mirrors from the outside of a disco mirror-ball. position the mirrors all around the circumference of your lawn (reflective side inwards). Then set up one of those military spec lasers at the desired height on the top of a spinning lawn waterer gizmo. Switch on the spinning, switch on the laser, and presto, uniformly cut lawn. just make sure the lawn is empty before you begin the process, no responsibility will be accepts for any cats missing their paws below the kneecaps.

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Console accessories

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that looks awesome! and I was just wondering how feasible it would be to sneak the ps3 into the car so when I open my xmas present on sunday and it's a ps3 game, i'd be able to get a few hours playing in. but sadly, not sure the girlfriend's parents would appreciate my taking over the telly. THIS however would be the perfect solution. The _almost_ perfect solution, actually, as would still have to find away to avoid the girlfriend's wrath when she discovers I've disappeared from the annual xmas day family marathon board game event and am plugged in to Uncharted3 in the front room instead :)

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Ofcom's Local TV dream: No smut, an hour of news, endless ads

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so, can we expect lots of....

"Wayne's World

Wayne's World

Wayne's World

Party on!! Excellent!!!" type quality programming?

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Motorola Pro+ Qwerty Android smartphone

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damn that's ugly

I know LarsG already said it, but it's that ugly it deserves to be said twice.

To many, I'm sure, a smartphone is just a phone with more bells and whistles and so perhaps aesthetics shouldn't count, but when the other phones on the market are so much nicer looking and provide the same functionality, in some cases, better, then there's no excuse for making a phone that looks like it hit every branch as it fell out of the ugly-design-tree....

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