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* Posts by jai

2241 posts • joined 8 May 2007

UK punters happy to pay £3 to top up e-wallets

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3 quid a time? WTF?

There's another alternative, I'll continue to put paper cash into my physical wallet and use that instead.

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Amazon's Kindle Fire is sold at a loss

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"I see a very well specified tablet on the horizon, price dependent on your annual spend"

"provided they can avoid the desire to play god in the future"

The only way they will be able to afford to produce that future tablet is if they do play god and ensure that your annual spend is all from amazon's own stores. If the majority of fire owners are the type to root their device and source their content from alternative, torrent-supplied locations, then amazon's strategy will fail

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@StooMonster

you missed this El Reg article then:

http://www.reghardware.com/2011/09/29/amazon_accepts_kindle_fire_android_tablet_will_be_rooted/

[quote]The retailer will apparently do nothing to prevent hardware hackers getting into the gadget's software innards, Jon Jenkins, director of Amazon's Silk browser project, suggested to PC Mag.

"It's going to get rooted, and what you do after you root it is up to you," he said.[/quote]

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this is going to be the crucial matter. Amazon surely can't let anyone buy their content from anywhere else, otherwise there's no high-margin sales to offset the loss (or zero-margin) sale of the fire.

then again, i know such a concept seems blasphemy to most El Reg readers, but a closed eco-system seems to have worked, and continues working, for Apple. So why not Amazon?

it's the other tablet manufacturers that are going to get screwed. They blatantly can't produce a decent tablet for retail $200, otherwise they would have done so by now. And they can't make one and sell it at a loss either, because they don't have the means to provide the content that users will purchase, so won't get any profit there either.

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Apple victorious: Courts deny hackintosher's final plea

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Re: true...

" regardless of the whole 'I could buy a small island for that price' factor ;)."

And who's being biased now?

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Examples please

The whole "macs are overpriced" argument is always rolled out with vague statements.

"go compare the prices between a mac and pc"

"look at the cost of a part"

But never any actual examples. Are you talking about replacement power supplies or batteries? or screen/mouse/cpu box?

Because, if you can't back up your vague assertions then stop wasting everyone's time

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Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection

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cannot wait!!!!!

i canNOT wait to get home and play SotC again.

it was the one game that made me keep hold of an original PS3 for so long, so i could go back and replay it. But eventually that finally died at the start of the year, I moved to a PS3 slim. (but made sure i kept a working ps2 in the cupboard incase i felt the need for some colossus bashing).

Sadly, i missed out on ICO, so totally looking forwarding to playing that for the first time.

But it's SotC that i'm dying to play. To relive that first moment, when you get to the top of the cliff and behold the sheer size of the beast you've got to battle... and then, that 3rd bstard with the sword! and the flying bird thing!......

and for it all to be in hd graphics... i just can't wait. might have to fake a stomach bug and skive off work for the rest of the afternoon....

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Human 'alarm clock' enzyme discovered

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I don't have an enzyme

I have the dog. If the alarm clock doesn't do it's job, then having a dog leap on the bed, step on your genitals and proceed to lick your face generally does the trick just as well.

Although, presumably he has this enzyme because he does it to me every morning at the same time. Am waiting for scientists to discover how to tell this enzyme that it's the weekend and there's no need to go fro a walk for at least another 2 hours...

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Don't bother with that degree, say IT pros

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have never needed to use anything i learnt while at university

Actually, that's not entirely true. I taught myself HTML 1.0 and Javascript when it first appeared. But that wasn't part of my degree, I picked up those skills when I should have been studying more between lectures.

Haven't ever used any of the so-called Computer Science they taught us. The one course that might have been useful was the Database design one, but it was boring as hell so I tended to stay in the flat and playing Fallout and StarCreft instead of going to the lectures. Even then, I've picked up all the database knowledge I've needed through using google when a problem has presented itself.

The IT world changes so much that by the time you leave uni, what was useful when you started is going to be old-hat and out of fashion. So there's no hope for whatever topics they put on the curriculum 5 years before you signed up, unless they constantly change it every 6 months

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PlayBook stock mountain: RIM slashes prices

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if mail client gets feature

horse, bolt, door, stable

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Meter Readings

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thanka!

every single month, without fail, i forget to take a manual reading and, instead of taking one there and then, promise to myself to read the meters at the start of the following month.

so this is exactly the kind of app i need, thanks so much for featuring it!!

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Amazon intros $199 movie Kindle

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3G

But Tony Smith's article (http://www.reghardware.com/2011/09/28/amazon_launches_kindle_fire_ebook_tablet/) says the Fire doesn't have 3G.

Does that mean it doesn't have WhisperSync and the only way to get that is to use a Kindle Touch?

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Toshiba outs 7in Android 3.2 tablet

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movies on a 7" screen will be little better than movies on a phone screen. probably looks exactly like watching one on a 10" 4:3 screen.

i'd argue that reading books is a much bigger use case than reading digital magazines and one which this device should really be catering for because it's going to be competing against the amazon fire.

if a page is designed to work in 16:9, then it's going to be very wide, but display very little content vertically before you need to start scrolling. annoying for the user, annoying for the designer. design it for portrait viewing isn't going to make things any better either. most people may have 16:9 monitors (or here at work i have two 4:3 next to each other) but i still view the web is a 4:3-ish window floating in the middle.

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The Secret of Monkey Island

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by Lucy Orr?

Lucy Aaarrr more like :-)

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Woman nabbed for 'senseless' stiletto ATM attack

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don't trust CCTV, can be easily faked

if it's not a playmobile reconstruction, it probably didn't happen

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Google+ chases MySpace for second place

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it's still here?

the real news here is that MySpace is still around and that people actually still visit the site! shocking!!!!

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Android outsells Apple 2:1

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smart phones OS

This is a comparison between the OS of the phones, not the manufacturers. So looking at non-smart-phones would be irrelevant.

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Google unfurls Dead Sea Scrolls

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continuing the 'missing page' theme

There's a piece missing from the Great Isaiah Scroll:

3:23 And the gauze robes, and the fine linen, and the turbans, and the mantles.

3:24 And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet spices there shall be rottenness;

and instead of a girdle rags; and instead of curled hair baldness;

and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth;

branding instead of beauty

3:25 Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war.

3:26 And her gates shall lament and mourn; and utterly bereft she shall sit upon the ground.

3:27 And if you ask me how I'm feeling

3:28 Don't tell me you're too blind to see

3:29 Never gonna give you up

3:30 Never gonna let you down

3:31 Never gonna run around and desert you

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Samsung-Apple patent lawsuit tally hits 21, and counting

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what's a win?

I wonder what Samsung are hoping to get from this.

Best case scenario is Apple are banned from selling iPhones. But surely Apple's lawyer will see if it heads this way and Apple will either reach into it's big sack of cash to come to a settlement agreement with Samsung, or they'll be paying them 0.05c in every $10 of profit Apple makes from each iPhone sale. Eitherway, all Samsung benefit from is a small monetary income, which needs to be offset against the loss of revenue as Apple move to using other suppliers for iPhone parts. AND they still won't be shifting as many tablets as Apple. AND 72% of their phone customers will still be looking to switch to another brand.

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EMC exec flames El Reg

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King Solomon?

There's only one way to settle it.... put a call in to Harry Hill...

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How to go from the IT dept to being a rogue trader

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sarcasm?

i dunno about the sarcasm, the article sums up precisely the environments i've seen at every investment bank i've worked in over the past 11 years.

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Google shamed by Apple in race to HTML5

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by which you mean

this article doesn't agree with my views, therefore it is biased?

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Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray disc set

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bought it, i have

just trying to convince the girlfriend that what she really wants to do on saturday is to sit down and watch all six movies in a row, back to back, with the only breaks allowed for going to the toilet and making cups of tea, and even then, only while the end credits of each film rolls by.

am not having much luck with that so far, but there's still 2 days for me to convince her "these are the films you're looking for"...

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Cloud startup's business model defies laws of physics

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but i guess that won't occur to the majority of punters who will be baffled by all the technospeak, but understand that when a phone company says 'unlimited' it doesn't actually mean unlimited, so when someone says 'infinite' obviously they're telling the truth

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Lincs bloke fined in deceased hedgehog outrage

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this is why they should bring back hanging

I mean, seriously, what kind of smeghead is going to look at a dead headhog and think, 'i'll take a dump on that'. And do we really need that kind of scumbag to continue to be a member of society? Surely, for the greater good, this guy should be euthanised at the earliest possible opportunity.

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Unlikely contender tops rankings in Nokia ringtone quest

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can't play it :)

am dying to hear what it sounds like but won't play on my work pc :(

shall have to wait until i get home, oh the suspense!!!!

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Cello C42T71DVB-3D 42in passive 3D TV

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Facepalm

Page: ← Prev 1 2 3 Next →

Try reading beyond the first page of the review?

This comment must rate as one of the worst ever!

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Apollo 17 Moon landing: Shock revelations

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Coffee/keyboard

bravo!!

i always knew there was more than they were telling us

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Google brings out new programming language

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there's nothing wrong with javascript...

...that jQuery can't fix

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Driver San Francisco

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FAIL

such a shame

the original Driver was a fantastic game, and i was throughly looking forward to this updated version. yes, the graphics are great, but wtf is all this shifting crap? totally put me off the game when i played the demo

why was it necessary? it would have been an awesome game if they hadn't bothered to include that stupid idea

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Apple plan to rate shops etc by number of iPhones visiting

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great for users, not so good for companies that advertise?

am thinking that, for the end user, this will be great as it'll increase the chances of your search returning a useful result.

but for companies, unless they're the big popular franchises, their hit rates will drop.

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Hey Commentards! [This title is optional]

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woohoo no title required!!

but apparently the post itself is still mandatory? such oppression to our basic rights of expression!!!

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Adobe CreatePDF

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but...

surely it's easier and cheaper to send the file to your mac at home and save it as a pdf file using the Print dialogue?

you've got to be pretty desperate to send out your newly edited document via pdf to warrant that price tag

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Court bans man called Peter from calling himself Peter

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eh?

you mean someone on the internet was actually using their real name and not an alias? what is the (virtual) world coming to??

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How Apple's Lion won't let you trash documents

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open an attachment in Pages?

if someone emails me a document and i want to take a look and read it before deciding if i want to keep/use it, i use the QuickLook option to read it, instead of firing up a full blown application for the minute or two it takes to read the doc.

not saying that the way Lion allows apps to keep a Version copy of a deleted file isn't a problem, but i would suggest you're not making the most efficient use of the other features that Lion (an even the previous OS X versions) provide.

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NASA releases stunning new moon-landing snaps

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Black Helicopters

suspicious... very suspicious...

i see the wheel tracks of the LRV, going towards it's final resting place... but there's no footprints returning to the landing site?? is the astronaut still sitting in the driving seat? or maybe, they forgot to photoshop in the footprint tracks

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Amazon's cloudy vid-tablet breaks cover: Not an iClone

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re: 'I bought my Kindle for the specific purpose of reading books'

so did most Kindle owners, i think.

so i'm unsure many of them will want to fork out for a $250 device that they can't even use to read their books on outside (as amazon's adverts have told us how bad non-eink screens are for reading books)

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Acer claims first Core-i7 Ultrabook

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WTF?

50 days?

there ought to be a law against using pointless statistics to advertise products.

50 days in deep-sleep mode? my car gets a billion miles to the gallon when it's parked in my drive way!

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TextGrabber

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re: OCR is a bit of a resource hog

Took a picture of your post on my laptop with TextGrabber, then ran the convert. Took about 15 seconds I guess and the results are below:

OCR is a bit of a resource hog* #

Thursday 1ri; S»^:e"-sor 2011 13:I%GMT '. '• "'l:''

The review doesn*t say bow instantly or reliably it decodes a

section of text.

OCR is realty the sort of thing ih^^thsFQU^ii to be integrated

with JOS/AndneMd^WR tow wtere it can be optimised, or handed off to

some meaty in The Cioud. Google pnesumably has

access to decent OCR IP from all the piratiWHAH document digitising

work it's been doing recently. ( dont know what Apple's OCR history is.

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HP's UK PC boss: We're going nowhere

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wonder at impact on tablet market

the Touchpad firesale has probably caused quite a lot of people who were tablet-sceptic to give it a try. this will probably boost the tablet market quite a bit, and in a couple of years, once the touchpad is too slow and too unsupported to be useable, there's going to be a lot of people buying apples or samsungs to replace it

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'Apple is not going to change,' new boss says

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He probably

installed Vista on it

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God particle back in hiding

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so

no point in trying to set up that grid-number-crunching client to help them analyse the data then?

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Coders breathe Android into dead HP fondleslab

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but why?

the appeal of the touchpad was that it ran webos - if you want to run android, get an android tablet to start with

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Ultra-cheap HP TouchPads to hit UK at 6pm

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sold out

so seems the ploy worked, i couldn't find any available on their site now.

i was almost tempted too, but then, there's a very good reason why they're discounting the price so much, so probably a good thing other people got there first before i came to my senses and realised that even at that price, it's a long way from a bargain

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ARM vet: The CPU's future is threatened

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sometimes

sometimes, you need a break from the trolling and the play mobile and the fanboy wars and it's nice to chill out with a cuppa tea, a digestive biscuit and a nice, geeky tech article on a saturday morning.

i'm sure normal service will resume soon though :)

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HP's WebOS mess: When smartphone assets go toxic

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WebOS can't be all that bad

apparently it runs quite nicely on iPad2 hardware. A shame HP insisted on running on their old hardware design.

http://www.macrumors.com/2011/08/19/hps-webos-reportedly-runs-significantly-faster-on-ipad-2-than-on-touchpad/

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Sony preps Luke Skywalker-style digital binoculars

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These tracks are side by side.

Sandpeople always ride single file to hide their numbers.

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HP confirms faster, paler TouchPad tablet

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and who's going to bother now that HP are checking out

now that HP have announced they're getting out of the hardware business, who's going to bother buying one of these when it'll be unsupported in the very near future?

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Oxford adds woot! to dictionary

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re: No. Grownups don't use numbers in their words

grownups don't use words like woot either.

cos they're not 1337 enuf

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Amazon Kindle Cloud Reader

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and for non-amazon bought books?

Can i load it with kindle format ebooks that i've aquired from alternate sources other than amazon?

Because of all the people i know with a kindle, only one or two have bought the majority of their books from amazon, the rest have downloaded a torrent of 1000 fiction books and are slowly working their way through them

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