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* Posts by jai

2159 posts • joined 8 May 2007

Windows Phone 7: 'Different, delightful'... and unfinished

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go on then

go on then, tell us what's positive about this? what exactly has wp7 got that is going to set the world afire and make it the mobile OS of choice??

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Microsoft, Adobe merger? Yeah, right

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$$s

the rumour of the merger sends Adobe's stock price upwards

that would mean that Microsoft would have to pay more $$s for Adobe

so today Microsoft dismiss the rumour as rubbish and presumably the stock price will fall accordingly, saving M$ cash

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Google sticks goggles on the iPhone

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re

if you're looking up albums and books and such like, then you just need to type in the text you find on the spine

however, the OCR translation sounds brilliant - if it works, that's pretty cool

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Logitech unveils first Google TV box

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150 bucks for a camera?

are you sure that's correct? never mind the overpriced google-tv rubbish, tell us more about what kind of amazing tech is inside that $149.99 camera that sits on top of the telly? it must be incredible

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Terry Pratchett computer sniper-scope deal inked

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BOOM!!!!!

Headshot!!

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New GM worms mean large scale spider-silk production

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with great power comes great......

not sure if there's a movie franchise in a story about a kid that gets bitten by a radioactive worm and gains the ability to move, quite slowly, through mud and can re-grow himself when he gets chopped in half by a garden spade by his old aunty in a case of mistaken identity

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Google open sources JPEG assassin

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No support for transparency yet?

no transparency support mean this is pretty much only useful for Flicker and the Google Images search page. for everyone else on the web, we'll continue to use PNGs and GIFs

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Flying gyrocopter jump-jeep gets $3m from DARPA

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Go

pictures

if it doesn't end up looking exactly like it does in those pictures i will be sorely disapointed - that looks awesome and i want one!!!!

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Buy your own Batmobile

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where does he get those wonderful toys?

shame, i was hoping it'd be the Michael Keaton batmobile that was a truely beautiful piece of automobile design, as well as being pure awesome sauce for being the Batmobile too.

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Virgin Media introduces P2P throttling

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free?

how do you mean, why pay for internet?

how do you gets yours for free then?

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sure they haven't already started?

i'm sure my usenet downloads get throttled in peak hours already whereas downloads from other sources keep a decent rate.

or maybe i'm just in one of the areas where they trialed their new equipment over the last year

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Apple's Cook not jumping to HP

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greed is good

Buy low in the morning, sell high in the afternoon - tis the only law of the City

Methinks Gordon Gecko's been trading Apple stock this week and spreading his own rumours to improve his profit

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Schmidt: Google is the 'inverse' of Apple

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augmented version of humanity?

When I read the term "augmented version of humanity" all I can see is that scene in the Matrix, where Neo wakes up in the real world, comes out of the battery pod and sees all the millions of other humans in their pods

I fear the real inner workings of Google's search machine are in fact powered from the assimilated minds and bodies of thousands and thousands of humans, all linked up to the internet. And we'll all happily let them jack that plug into the back of necks because they'll tell us that it's okay, they've used open technology to build it

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RIM unveils The BlackPad BlackBerry PlayBook

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RIM open up the source?

yes and on that day Beelzebub will win first prize in the Best Snowman Builder competition

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Coders tip Google Android for eclipse of the Steve

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statistics

but you really need to also know what percentage of all Google developers are using Titanium and also what percentage of iOS developers are using Titanium.

then you'll know whether you're statement of "Fifty-two per cent of developers" is correct, because, if it turns out that only 1% on each platform are using Titanium, then the difference between 54% and 48% could be really really small.

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Moses' parting of the Red Sea: New sim explains whole thing

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first Stephen Hawking and now this

it's a big one-two attack from Science. first Stephen Hawkin kicks God off the Big Bang credits list and now God's pushed back on the ropes as it turns out he wasn't necessary for one of the big action show pieces of the old testament.

any truth in the rumours that the fight's a fix and God is going to go down in the forth round?

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Adobe urges 'caution' for 64-bit Flash player beta

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alternative

get a mac

:-)

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Google Instant blacklists the Slutskys

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dailymash article

although they're obviously taking the piss, the dailymash article raises a good point - why exactly do we _need_ instant search? is it really saving us that much time and effort?

http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/science-%26-technology/google-instant-to-free%11up-two%11thirds-of-a-second-of-your-day-201009093076/

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Jobs moves to the heavens with Apple TV

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not just rentals

i think the point is that the disks in the old apple tv got full up very quickly. my iTunes music folder sits of a 4gb raid - i don't want to sync a tv show or a movie over wifi to my apple tv to watch, i just want to stream it directly from my imac to my tv

and the new apple tv is perfect for that, and priced reasonably too

personally i think they've done a very good job of identifying what was wrong with the first version and trimming it down to just what is needed and i can't wait for my pre-order to arrive in a couple of weeks time

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Microsoft Windows glider crashes

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one by Apple...

...would have just worked... and would have felt much snappier too. but that's because it would have been magical and revolutionary :-)

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LG touts 'surprisingly productive' iPad killer

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irl

that's because you spend too long sat in front of your computer reading sites like this which are full of elitist geeks who can't understand how other people have a different perspective of the world than they do

get out of the house and meet some real life people - there's a couple of iPad people on my train to work each morning. there's at least 4 of them in my office, 2 of them bring theirs with them to every meeting they have. they don't seem to be having any difficulty being productive with theirs.

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Get your facts right before you troll

I'll concede the camera kit issue, for the time being, but your wrong on all the other accounts

Someone can email me a word document, I tap it to view the contents, I then choose the View In... Option to transfer it to Pages, edit it, email it back to the original author, and can also export it to the File Share area for other apps to open. Printing direct to wifi printer (no need for desktop pc) is just as easy as it was to pass the doc from email to Pages, using the Print Bureau app

So what other excuses do you have for not being productive ??

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Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

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awesome

lol - i can't believe the negative comments above

sounds like you guys should really be banned from this website - you're obviously lacking in the required qualification (a sense of humor and being an IT geek who's played computer games since childhood right up to this morning's journey to work).

i, for one, shall be pre-booking my ticket to see this as soon as possible

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Apple kills browse-and-get-hacked bugs in iOS

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Broadband

Patch comes over your broadband, not the AT&T network

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Germany bans BlackBerrys and iPhones on snooping fears

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but why iphone?

i understand they are concerned about the blackberry data going through the RIM servers elsewhere, but surely the iPhone data either goes over their network providers just like any other phone, or through their own servers if they set them up themselves. it doesn't all get routed via Cupertino does it?

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Happy Sysadmin Day!

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coincidence? synchronisity?

or the transperambulation of pseudo-cosmic antimatter?

whatever the cause, it seems strange that our servers went titsup today and so our sysadmins were called into action to save the day.

Hurrah to them! on the one hand

but on the other, you can't help but wonder if they didn't perhaps tip the scales in their favour, considering the day and all

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Firefox 4 beta 2 preaches tabs-on-top love to fanbois

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safari

i quite liked it when the beta for Safari (4 was it?) put the tabs on top

mind you, it didn't bother me when they put them back in the normal location either

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Creative World of Warcraft headphones

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epic fail is epic

should be bluetooth and also there needs, NEEDS, to be StarCraft2 badged ones available ready for the launch next week!

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1984's MacPaint source code hits web

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nostalgia....

i was 9 when my dad brought home his FatMac from the office and set it up on the dinning room table. it was awesome, and i spent hours mucking about in MacPaint editing images at pixel level.

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O2 to step back from unlimited mobile data deals

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wifi only at the moment

yes, it's wifi only at the moment because Apple need to chat with the network operators first. i suspect they've so far flat out refused to allow video calls on their networks because of their unlimited data plans. once they've phased them out, then we'll be able to do video calls over the phone's data connection and the operators get to charge us a fortune for the data is uses up

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Microsoft bares Steve Jobs' Flash rant claptrap

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_major_

obviously Mr Jobs doesn't consider M$ to be one of the major 3rd party developers out there, but merely a 2nd tier or lower.

and to be honest, the less and less quality seen in the Office suite over the years, i'm inclined to agree with him

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Steve Jobs unveils iPhone 4

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not so

a 64gb iphone would eat into the sales of the 64gb ipad

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wtf

how _small_ are your hands and head ffs?

the strength of the iPhone 4 is the size and resolution of the screen - and you'd rather chop it in half?

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Queuing for an iPad? Why?

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yeah i'm not going to be queuing up tomorrow....

....because mine is currently in the courier van on it's way to be delivered.

i can't wait for it to arrive, because then i wouldn't have to try and balance this laptop on my arm right now as i try to type this while standing at the window looking for the delivery van to deliver my ipad

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Jobs drops hint on Google open video codec

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trust?

yes, we all trusted Google to use their StreetView cars without trespassing and violating people's privacy or snooping all their private emails from their wifi - but this snug warm feeling of trust didn't actually stop them from doing all that did it?

just because Google are so big and mighty and have the monopoly over the web doesn't mean they're incapable of making a mistake

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World's mightiest supercomputer to design new nuke plants

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depressing

so the first ITER is expected to be of use in 2050?

i'll be in my 70s by then

and that's just the first one, in France, so by the time we then get around to building one here in the uk i'll have popped my clogs and will never know what it's like to live in a world where energy is free and the only worry is the occasional panic when the containment field breaks down and rolling ball of fusion breaks loose and melts down a city

this Jaguar had better cut an awful lot of years of the R&D - i don't want to still be paying for petrol during my 40s damnit!

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Adobe declares 'LOVE' for Apple

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Apple iPad

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re: Stuff I like to do

1. apparently printing is coming. but why waste the paper? just take the iPad with you and they could scan the barcode straight off the email on the screen, surely?

2. get yourself Handbrake (or similar) to convert those individual xvid files in a directory somewhere on your hard-drive, then use an Automator script to tag them with all the ID3 tags you need and load them in iTunes where it'll group them all nicely by show and by season with funky mini covers to speed your browsing. set up iTunes to sync only the oldest unwatched ones and then, each time you hook up the iPad, it'll remove the ones you've watched and load new ones. if you watch them on your iPhone too, it'll keep track of which ones you've watched and to where each time you sync each device.

3. get the camera connection kit and you can either browse the flash card directly, or hook the camera up via usb and do it that way. import the images and they're ready to show off in a sildeshow within the Photo app, or build into a presentation with Keynote, drop into an email or letter you're writing in Pages, etc etc

4. i'll give you this one. the iPad is not a recommended piece of kit for freetards. at least, not unless you jailbreak it and install some 3rd party homebrew s/w. if you spent two seconds googling you'd find some. Torrentula is one. surely with the iPad's file storage being easier to access by different apps than it is on the iPhone it's only a matter of time before some piece of homebrew will get the torrent address, download and unrar the files for you and pass them to a media player.

5. Eliminate Pro is a pretty good multiplayer FPS. I hear NOVA is quite awesome too. there will be more on the way soon

6. you download them on your pc/laptop, you drop them into iTunes, and then the next time you hook up the iPad, it'll sync them over for you. it's not very complicated or difficult. if for some reason they won't display in the default ebook app, get something like Stanza for the iPad and that'll read anything. and it's exactly the same process to load the files onto it.

7. you tag mp3s and then you delete them? you have nothing else better to do with your day? surely you're best bet would be to leave a script running to do all that for you on your desktop/laptop while you are outside enjoy the summer weather with a portable tablet device, listening to your much-tagged mp3s or watching your pirated pr0n

anything else i can help you with?

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lol

in a strange kinda way, i almost miss him

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laptop replacement

currently i have a laptop of which i only use 10% of it's functionality because i also have a much more powerful desktop machine with far larger screens

the laptop is the waste of space, but until the iPad, there was no other solution for casual web browser, email reading, quick look up of imdb while watching a movie

the iPad fills that niche that previously had to accomodate a laptop

now i have no need to replace my macbook with a newer model when the iPad will serve the same purpose much much better

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multitasking

read the write up on the iPhone OS 4.0 presentation.

multitasking under iPhone OS doesn't mean you'll have apps running at full speed in the background where you can't see them

apps in the background are in a semi-stasis, the register themselves for the events they are interested in and are only activated once those events occur so that they may process the event and then return to stasis - very low memory footprint

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Apple prices up iPad for UK

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not really a rip off is it?

36 quid isn't exactly a rip off

it's less than 10% of the total price, so it's going to be quite close to the sales tax price isn't it?

also, if you're bringing one home from the states, you're probably buying from a store on the street. but even if not, all apple stores add sales tax anyway don't they? i was under the impression that you had to claim it back afterwards if it wasn't applicable.

so at most (assuming only 4% sales tax), the UK price is only 18quid more

not even RyanAir offer a flight to NYC for less than 18 quid do they?

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50 million user Scribd scraps Flash for HTML5

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Opera too

I hear the guys at Opera have said they don't see much of a future for using Flash for video either

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Virgin Media deletes customers

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mine too

this week i've had good performance from my 10mb/s

the last month or so it had felt like it was getting worse and worse

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Man uses meat cleaver to fashion UK-ready iPad

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yes...

if you cut it down to size

and then it'll be too small for your iphone anymore

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Mac fanbois finally get Carakan of love with Opera 10.52

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Gates Horns

lol

M$ never gets old hahaha

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Global warming dirt-carbon peril models are wrong, say boffins

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surprising...

must be quite a shock to all these scientists to discover that having been around for 4.5 billion years, the Earth's ecosystem is actually fully developed to cope with such changes and maintain it's balance which has kept all of us alive for the last few million years

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Don't try to sleep with your iPad, doctor warns

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why would they?

El Reg knows full well that if they put iPad into the title of every article they can, we'll all click on it to read it - which earns them advertising revenue from all the stinking crap flash inserts

and then we click on the comments page to vent our rage and earn them 3 more advert views

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First among SQLs

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imbecile!!!

Stob articles are always good - you're just not reading them right!

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Pinhead Mac Trojan sticks it to fanbois

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no, not yet

can't stop the smug "no viruses here" just yet, cos this isn't a virus - you need to be a numpty and install it to compromise yourself

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