* Posts by jai

2253 posts • joined 8 May 2007

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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Giant iPhone 4 brings Mac OS X to the table

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Wasted opportunity

If it doesn't have a touch screen then it at least needs arcade joysticks and button for playing old skool space invanders

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Chinese giant figures to muscle into UK mobe market

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my way or the Huawei

need a new keyboard, this one's covered in tea... bravo sir !!!

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Google's Moto move spells iPhone doom

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Kids and the future

so, kids are buying Android phones now because they're cheap

And in the future, they'll grow up and then they'll still be buying Android? That's an incredible weak argument. Not least, because all of those "soccer dads" as you call them, when they were younger, would have owned Nokias and Ericssons when they were kids. And that really worked well for those two companies this year didn't it?

(plus, would it hurt you so much to proof read your article before submitting it? Just a little bit, to catch the typos? kthxbye)

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in contrast

funny though, your article appears to contradict Mr Orlowski's article from earlier today which suggests Google's purchase was pointless

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/08/15/google_motorola_the_poker_chip_that_cant_be_redeemed/

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Google SHOCK! Snaps up Motorola phone biz for $12.5bn

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why motorolla?

when was the last, decent, well-made, good-looking motorolla phone? i can't think of one

this purchase was purely for the big bag of patents

wouldn't be surprised to find google wind down and throw away the actual phone-making part of the company they've purchased and just keep the patents to protect android.

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iLuv iPad 2 case and Bluetooth keyboard

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had the first version of this for my ipad1

and while it worked very well, as the review says the new version does, i did find it rather pointless having a bluetooth keyboard attached to my ipad.

the device is a touchscreen device, afterall, and the majority of uses involve touching the screen, which isn't overly comfortable when propped up for typing.

so in the end, i've got a much lighter and form-fitting cover and have grown to get used to typing on the on screen keyboard

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London rioters should 'loose all benefits'

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and cue....

and cue the Pink Floyd soundtrack playing in the background...

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Should your business be app in the cloud?

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business in the cloud?

at least you won't have to worry about being looted in the riots

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Antimatter close to home

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we're all doomed!!

But.... isn't the earth's magnetic field s'posed to be failing and about to flip so that north is south and south is north some time soon? And when that happens, isn't there a change that all these antiprotons that are floating in the air, will drop down, hit normal matter and Marvin the Martain will have his earth-shattering ka-boom!!

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Google claims 'bogus patent' conspiracy against Android

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does Dave smoke much?

i'm just saying, http://www.marijuana.com/medicinal-marijuana/14798-panic-attacks-paranoia-anxiety.html

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jai
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translation

Drummond said on Wednesday in a blog post "waaaghh waaaghh waaaaghhh the big boys are picking on me!! i want my mummy!!!! waaaghh"

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Sony Ericsson toying with tabletphone

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no thanks

3D in the cinema? yes, that I quite enjoy.

I don't think there's really any need for it in the living room though, and certainly not on a phone.

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Murdoch muscles BBC out of Formula One driving seat

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damnit

well, to be honest, F1 has been getting very boring, that i keep on forgetting to watch it

at least now, i won't be able to watch it, so won't have to feel annoyed that i've missed it

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HP's fondle-slab dilemma: What to do when you're No 2

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Creative

How did Apple kill Creative? Seems to me they gave them a ton of cash... did the settlement include a clause preventing Creative from continuing to produce mp3 players??

[from wikipedia]

Creative applied for U.S. Patent 6,928,433 on January 5, 2001 and was awarded the patent on August 9, 2005.[7] The ZEN Patent was awarded to Creative for the invention of user interface for portable media players. This opened the way for potential legal action against Apple's iPod and the other competing players. Creative took legal actions against Apple in May 2006. In August, 2006, Creative and Apple entered into a broad settlement,[8] with Apple paying Creative $100 million for the license to use the Zen patent. Creative will join the "Made for iPod" program which opens new opportunities for the company.

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Ten... in-ear headphones

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thanks El Reg!!

I'd been waiting _forever_ for you to do a round up of in-earphones as my old ones dies over a year ago and I'd been making do with a cheap 7 quid pair from Maplin.

But when I saw the review you gave the Reid and Heath's when you did the competition, and I failed to win a pair, I went ahead and got those anyway and they've been outstanding!

So was a little worried to read this article in case it turned out I'd made a bad choice, but there's no way I'd pay that kind of money for the other Recommended options, so nice to know I got the right ones :-)

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Apple Flash buying clout will give it the ultrabook edge

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try READING the article before posting

If you read the article, it is saying that the other manufacturers won't be able to meet Apple's current prices.

Apple don't need to cut their costs, they keep them where they are at the moment, and they'll still be cheaper than the competition.

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Punters favour Amazon to block Apple tablet flood

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so

this kinda sucks for all the other manufacturers then.

over half the people asked would rather wait in the hope that a future, rumoured product will be better than the current ipad, instead of buying one of the currently available alternatives

wasn't there a similar survey last year about how most people were going to wait for the RIM Playbook - and we know how well that turned out!

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Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo bow to Apple sales edict

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Instead

i looked up the phrase "cutting your nose off to spite your face"...

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WSJ

if the WSJ were really that concerned about their end user experience, they should put the effort in to add all the account management features of the website (and really, how many of those can there be?) to their iApp. And it shouldn't be too difficult to work out how to sync the content and which articles people have read across the devices as well. It just requires a bit of effort on their part to write an app that does more than just stream articles from their site.

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Rogue kangaroo floors broom-wielding 94-year-old

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proof?

needs Playmobile recreation, or it didn't happen

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Corporates love iPhone, iPad more than Android kit

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@AC 10:02

you're exactly right on that, it's exactly what happened in our office.

i don't think our IT dept had any warning, it's just that suddenly, half the IT team, have the business users and a very large number of the higher management were using iPhones as our personal phones and so began to also use them to access the online Outlook web portal, forwarding emails to home accounts, storing meeting details and contacts on the phone. so the only sensible option was to implement the Good Technology solution which at least keeps all that sensitive corporate date locked and encrypted.

The point that SteveBalmer's post above overlooks is that, it doesn't matter what solution the corporation implements, if the users are going to go ahead and use their own technology regardless.

Maybe it's different in your industries, but in mine, IT Departments are cutting costs as fast as employees and so finding a secure way for users to make use of their own phones and tablets is far more preferable to spending the money buying blackberries for them all.

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Apple Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Part One

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LaunchPad

This is the fault of Adobe for installing their apps in such an archaic and pointless way. there's no difference to searching for the Creative Suite group in Launchpad and then having to find the app underneath that, than there is in going to your Applications folder, searching for the Adobe folder and then having the search again for InDesign underneath that, which has been a pain in the neck since long before Lion or Leopard for that matter.

You know, Apple haven't gotten rid of the Applications folder on the Dock. Nor have they stopped you from putting often used apps on the Dock for easy access. Or, as you say, you can use Spotlight.

The LaunchPad is just another way of accessing your apps. It's not the only way.

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Major overhaul makes OS X Lion king of security

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awesome

am uninstalling my antivirus software as i type....

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Apple to release Mac OS X Lion on Wednesday

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re: Don't do it

Really? Cos i've never encountered any of those errors that you mention and I've been an early adopter of OS X releases since the first 10.1 release.

Have been using the pre-release versions of Lion for the last two months and they've been fine. Stop scaremongering!

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not so

isn't there free WiFi at the Apple Store?

i'm going to queue outside with my MacBook and download my upgrade there.

(of note, every time there's been an OS release, it's been raining in London)

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Apple aren't based in the UK

When Apple say Wednesday, they mean Wednesday in Cupertino, not in London.

It's only 00:45 in Cupertino at the moment, so you're going to have to wait for at least 8 or 9 hours, assuming they release it first thing.

More likely, they'll release it during the middle of the day, so it'll be late evening for us.

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Dixons Retail boss pockets £1m in face of consumer meltdown

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in the wrong business

Seems to only way to get rich these days is to run a company into the ground.

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HTC loses prelim patent ruling to Apple, takes stock hit

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The Sound of Google's Silence

Trouble is, Google's Silence sounds like it just doesn't care.

So why should manufacturer's continue to make Android devices when they can't get any help/assistance from Google?

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HP TouchPad 32GB WebOS tablet

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so will everyone else

and HP won't sell any Gen1's and so won't see the point in continuing to produce a Gen2.

shame.

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AMD says Xbox 720 graphics to be good as Avatar

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this is going to get me to buy one

Avatar was visually stunning, yes. But without any kind of interesting plot to inspire me to watch it a 2nd time or buy it on dvd.

If the 720 is getting compared to Avatar, then i'll wait for the PS4 with hopefully more substantial and stimulating gameplay rather than pure visual gimmickery

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Brits lose out as iTunes prices jump

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developers

70% of the increase will go to the developers.

Apple are still only taking their 30% of the price, whatever the price is.

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Marathon for iPad

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awesomesauce

I've been looking forward to getting Marathon, but was worried that it wouldn't fair well being translated to the iPad and would seem unplayably outdated by today's standards.

Glad to hear that's not the case, so shall be giving this a go tonight.

As good as it was at the time, half the Marathon experience was the story and humour. And that's something that I don't think any FPS has ever managed to replicate. Even Halo is disappointing in this regard by comparison.

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Hitchhiking snails scoffed, pooped out alive by birds

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scientifically feeding?

scientifically feeding is different from normal feeding??

you do it with safety goggles on or something?

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Apple said to have 3G-enabled iPod in pipeline

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who?

and the name of your so-called "Apple source"?

Henk van Vlakkelandburger??

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Game gears up for Mac OS X Lion release with... Panther

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oh look!

they even have one of the rare Australian versions...

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Apple patent: 'Pour' your data from iPhone to iPad

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Coat

@sT0rNG b4R3 duRiD

> Fuck me sideways

careful, unless you can clearly demonstrate an example of prior-art, someone's probably got a patent on that gesture and will come looking for an out of court settlement

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Sony to can MiniDisc Walkman

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RIP a sad day

Admittedly, i stopped using my Minidisc players many years ago when i got a 2nd gen ipod, but before then I'd had about 4 sony minidisc players and they were brilliant.

I agree that in this age of mp3, it's as archaic as cassette tape, but I do get a touch nostalgic everytime i see my old minidisc players gathering dust

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