* Posts by jai

2253 posts • joined 8 May 2007

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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Sentencing

"three counts of fourth-degree assault, second-degree disorderly conduct, third-degree theft, resisting arrest and interfering with a police officer"

I believe the current sentencing for that particular crime is carbonite freezing...

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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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Ofcom grills pirates, loses report under fridge for two years

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typos?

"more aware that what they were doing was legitimate, but had more justifications for it"

If it is a legitimate activity, why would they need to justify it?

"then legal file sharing would not have taken off"

I thought legal file sharing didn't take off and it's the illegal kind that is the most popular?

Also, can't believe someone got paid to conduct "research" on only 36 people and then have the audacity to publish the results as if they mean anything at all.

Even your suggestion of using a sample set of 2000 seems a bit small to get decent results.

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O2 denies Nokia WinPho handset cull

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404 error now

now the links just give you a 404 not found

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Facebook shoves your face into creepy 'sponsored stories' in 2012

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simple opt out?

surely the easiest way to opt out is to stop clicking "like" or rsvp'ing to anything on facebook?

actually, there's an easier way, it's to delete your FB account.

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Sony Tablet P split-screen Android fondleslab

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gaming

shoulder buttons on the top screen? so nearly impossible to use while your thumbs are on the controls on the bottom screen then. and so totally useless to play anything more complicated than the likes of Crash Bandicoot on.

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Sony PS Vita sales fall shy of 3DS launch volume

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sterotype

that's such a typical response from a PC FPS'er

not everyone in the world plays Counterstrike or Modern Warfare. and equally, not every game that is available for the Vita can be played on a pc or a smartphone

the Vita just needs a few big brand exclusives to draw in the crowd. It's already got Uncharted. It just needs GTA, God of War, Killzone and Metal Gear Solid titles that aren't available on the PS3 and then it'll shift a chunk more units to fanatics like myself who otherwise wouldn't bother.

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Shed Xmas flab and debug code with treadmill laptop contraption

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wrong market - should target the fat MMO players so this way you can exercise without having to logout and interrupt your quests/raids/guilds-flashmob-dancing/etc

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Cops target climate-sceptic bloggers in three countries

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a bit slow?

So, those likely to be targeted by the police, were told a week ago, and so had plenty of time to move and erase any suspicious files and run a 72 times zeros to the empty space on their drives before the rozzers turn up and half-inched their hardware.

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Nokia lightens Dark Knight with Batman blower

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tucks! "T"ucks!!!!

"tucks an inebriated Bruce Wayne"

man did I read that wrong on the first pass....

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Grand Theft Auto 3 fires towards fondleslabs

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awesomesauce

recently played GTA3 again when it came out on OS X a couple of months ago. was a massive slice of nostalgia. and quite surprising how much fun the game still is. graphics, obviously, looked very dated, but will be interesting to see how they fair on the mobile screens, probably look quite reasonable.

there's no finer way to pass the time than driving around Liberty City, working for the mob, listening to Lazlo on the radio offending just about everyone.

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Apple's founding contracts sold for $1.59 MILLION

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bad luck

so not only did he sell out of the company early and so give up what would now be 2 billion dollars, he also sold the documents in '94 and so missed out on making 1.5 million if he'd sold them today.

that guy has had a really long run of bad fortune. dude is either due a lottery win, or did something so terrible that karma has spent all his life screwing with him.

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Apple TV tops connected set-top box chart

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Not sure about consoles.

Very few people buy a ps3 just to be able to stream media from their pc or the internet to their telly. Whereas for AppleTV and Roku and the rest, that's their primary function.

Also, the types of people (like me) who would buy an AppleTV, are also going to have at least one console connected to the telly as well. And I use both for streaming video media (AppleTV streams iTunes content, PS3 streams avi's and divx's).

So including consoles would complicate the results terribly because you'd have to account for those that bought and use multiple devices. Whereas I doubt anyone uses both a Roku and an AppleTV.

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World's biggest music streaming service launches - for tech idiots

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oh really?

"HP has agreed to bundle the service on their hardware"

and I seem to remember they said they were going to bundle WebOS on their hardware too... we'll see how long they stick to their word, eh?

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Beeb rescues old Who episodes

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intergalactic tivo! :)

In space, no one can hear you scream... above the cacophony of 50's sci-fi television episode signals colliding with last years reality-tv broadcasts

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Acer CEO: No more 'cheap and unprofitable' products

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crossed lines?

So, if Gartner reckon that ultrabooks are over priced and the prices must be reduced, how are Acer going to return to profit? They will again be chasing a market were the profit margins get smaller and smaller. Won't they just be in the same position in two years time, but instead of stacks on unshiftable notebooks, the piles will be a bit smaller because they'll be stacks of unshiftable skinny ultrabooks?

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Thieves plunder apartment for Facebook booty

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tough on crime...

and yet, a quick google for "Sao Paulo riot" shows that such toughness wouldn't have done anything to stop the London riots this year

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