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* Posts by jai

2241 posts • joined 8 May 2007

Palm Pre 2 WebOS 2.0 smartphone

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exactly

for a 4-day battery in a smart phone, it'd weigh a ton and be the size of an 80's mobile phone brick. and while you might be willing to buy it, i'd suspect you're the only one

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Becks offloads Posh Porsche on eBay

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but if in include depreciation?

but he's still up if you consider the amount anyone elses car would have depreciated after 2 years

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Apple unwraps app store for proper computers

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why so?

You state: "take-up of the Mac apps store might prove more difficult" than it was for the iOS store, but what's your reasoning behind this?

From what i've seen, most developers are pricing their products very close to their iPad prices, which are low enough that everyone will try them out. In most cases, they're asking for less than a cheap shareware fee.

While it's questionable if you'd ever purchase the likes of Photoshop via the iOS store, for many of the smaller utilities and particularly short-term games, I can see the store doing quite well, in much the same way as it has on the iPhone.

And if it does, we know Microsoft will follow suit in about 5 years time once they've realised.

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Standard smartphone charger to dominate in two years

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so now i need two chargers?

one for my iphone and one for my ipad?

is this smartphone's only? so there's still billions of unsmartphones that'll need seperate chargers?

or is the idea that, being usb, we shouldn't need chargers because we can just hook it up to our computers at home and at work... except, at work, we're so security paranoid that any usb device that is connected gets wiped and some encryption software applied to it which blitzed all the data on people's Android phones here. so we'll still need to use a stand-alone charger anyway.

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LG uncloaks six-foot 3D TV

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Tron

go see Tron in an Imax

the glasses are like Oakley ski sunglasses, they're very funky and don't fall off your face

plus, the film is frikken awesome on the huge Imax screen

that said, I'm also going to be getting it in 2D when it comes out of blu-ray/dvd

there's no need for 3D that requires expensive glasses in the home - I'll wait until they make it work without the need for glasses

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Sony PlayStation Network vs MS Xbox Live

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no thanks

i think i'll use my 40 quid a year to buy another game each year instead of paying to be allowed to access online gaming

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Apple patents glasses-free, multi-viewer 3D

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awesome

i bet the performance is much snappier than 2D displays

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Sony pips MS with 4.1m motion controller sales

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Kinect can handle up to 4?

in the advert, the game clearly shows only 4 players doing the Michael Jackson dancing stuff.

But there's 5 people dancing in the room 'playing' the game...

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Apple Mac Mini with Snow Leopard Server

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only if you want a media server

You're description of a NAS suggests you're only thinking of it as a media server type device, and for purely streaming music, a NAS is probably the best option. But the Mac Mini is better suited as a full server, hosting web domains and email accounts. Instead of a rudimentary web interface of a NAS box, you'd remotely connect to it via Screen Sharing and use it like a normal desktop machine. If you wanted it as a media server, you can load iTunes with all your music/movies/tv-shows and then stream it all to your AppleTV.

And how many more network connections do you really need than wi-fi or ethernet?

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macminicolo.net

They're called macminicolo.net

I've been using them for years, because I thought it'd be a laugh to have a personal server to host my website and email on. I'm still using an old single core Mac Mini, both for my personal use and for hosting websites that I'm building and are in development.

Can't recomend Macminicolo enough.

They're extremely helpful. I think their prices are very good, especially compared to the alternatives. I don't think I've ever experienced an unscheduled outage and even then, I think they've only had a sheduled outage once in the last 5 years and that was only for an hour I think. If you need to have a server that is entirely under your control, but want it in a secure and power-managed server room, I can't think of a better option.

I think they're a great solution. When there's been major OS releases that have required full installs they've offered discounts to their normal charge and roll out the upgrade to all the clients that request it in a single weekend. They also provide the option to have a remote connection to the power supply that your mac mini is connected to, so in the event of a complete crash you can power cycle the device (1st Rule of IT Support - Switch It Off Switch It On).

As I say, been a very happy customer of theirs for years. Highly recommended.

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Leslie Nielsen dead at 84

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Police Squad

sadly, Police Squad wasn't at all successful when it was first shown. US Tv execs apparently claimed that it didn't work "because you had to watch it" and no one pays attention when they watch tv. But I loved the show when I saw it as a kid. However, probably a good thing, because otherwise they wouldn't have turned it into the movies.

The man was a legend who made so many people laugh so much.

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Apple I goes for twice the price of an Enigma

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so do i

I'd be willing to sell my AppleII for £129,998.99 :) :)

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US may disable all in-car mobile phones

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Darwinism

this is just a phase of evolution that the human race is going through

eventually, after all the people who are stupid enough to use a mobile while driving are removed from the gene-pool, we, as a species, will be better off, and safer on the roads too.

it's all about the eggs and the omlettes

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Top Ten Arcade Classics

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absolutely

my girlfriend and i once spent a very happy afternoon in the Trocadero at Leicester Sq determined to complete Time Crisis. i think we also spent about 20 quid each in the endeavour, cos we weren't all that good at it, but it was still good fun

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Brits say 'no, no, no' to 3D TV

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but why HD

why not get a cheaper but equally as good 1080p HD telly?

GT5 will look just as good and you won't get crippling motion sickness from the 3D effect

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iAds to flood UK iPhones, iPads

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what?

you guys have no idea how the iAds system works, do you?

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DVD, BD retailers warn punters off non-DVD, BD Xmas gifts

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fraud?

This is just advertising thinly disguised as research isn't it?

Isn't there an advertising watchdog or something that should be looking out for this kind of skullduggery and putting a stop to it?

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Zuckerberg admits fallibility over Gmail block

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Stop

do not want

the irony is that, if it becomes possible for one of my friends to import the email i have on FB into their Gmail/Hotmail etc etc then i'll be switching my registered FB email to my gmail account email that i never look at and just collects spam. i don't know my 'friends' on Facebook well enough to trust them with a real email address.

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Apple readies iTunes for Beatles juice, says report

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re: why all the fuss?

there's been an awful lot of people asking "why is this even news?" and "who's going to buy them when fans are likely to already own the entire catalogue on cd?"

yet the fact remains, as mentioned in the article: "since when rumours have continuously circulated"

every bloody year, there's a rumour that the Beatles catalog will be available on iTunes.

so evidently, there's quite a few people to whom it does matter, otherwise this eternal rumour wouldn't continue to live

personally, i'm hoping that it is the Beatles music coming to iTunes - at least that'll put an end to this blasted rumour once and for all

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Rethinking the iPhone

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FAIL

re: Being less of a Nerd and reading more - Priceless

l4m3r!!!!

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App Store II: Steve Jobs sucks Mac's soul

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re: Steam

wtf? you're somehow assuming that the same game that comes out on Steam will also be available within the Mac App Store? I doubt that is going to happen, where's the benefit for the developers to have to create two builds?

so it'll be just the same as it is now - if you want to play the games that are on Steam, you'll get Steam. if not and you're more interesting in smaller, light-weight games, you'll get them from the App Store

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iPhone alarm bug: now it's the UK's turn

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and blackberry too

my line managers iphone and blackberry went off one hour late apparently

my iphone was fine though - but then i'm running the beta of the next OS release

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Apple to buy Sony? Good one!

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great article

nice to see someone writing an article on this with a sensible view rather than the attempts to move the market that were happening during the week by idiot analysts who haven't a clue how the real world works

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Google Nexus Two 'lands November 8'

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really? mine's fine

wtf are you doing with your phone then? i've not bothered to be particularly careful with mine, it's not in a case, i throw it in pockets with pens and coins and earphone jacks and so on. it sits on my desk and gets pushed around by the mouse. or it's in my car and dumped in the cup holder. i've had it since launch day and both front and back are perfect still

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moving the bar?

by bringing out a design that looks just like a fat iPod Touch?

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World+dog keep taking the tablets

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sadly won't happen

the trouble is, because they've all been so long to bring a product to the market, they're all going to assume that they have to fight with the iPad for the customer base. so they'll all be offering a hyped-up smartphone interface instead of a streamlined desktop OS

while a lot of IT people i know would like a tablet like you describe, i can only assume these companies have done their market research and discovered that what the majority of the population want is something like an iPad. but i'd have thought, if that were the case, then that research would have resulted in the answer "like an ipad but cheaper" but so far, no one seems to have solved that 2nd part

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Microsoft holds Androids hostage in open source wars

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Gates Horns

again and again

"Microsoft must change if it is to regain relevance"

doesn't someone say that every two or three years? and they never do, they just keep on getting worse and worse. face it, they're not listening and they're never going to learn

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Gosling blows lid off Jobs Java nonsense

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re: In your face...

"So all these Mac evangelists are now eating their words..."

Not at all.

There is a simple to solution to this: go learn Objective-C and then you can build your apps in X-code. Not that we want your crappy apps on our beloved hardware anyway so jog on you javatard!

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Hands on with the new Apple MacBook Air

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re: Err...

> Did you read the review at all???

the commentard trolls on this site don't read the reviews, don't be silly! if they took the time to read the review, then someone else might be able to post a sensible and intelligent comment before them

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Apple to lead fanbois 'Back to the Mac'

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meh

well we don't want you either

jog on!

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Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

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shame

such a shame as the concept of a post-apocalyptic version of the Monkey story sounded awesome

they should have got Rhianna Pratchett to do the writing - she worked on both Risen and Heavenly Sword with Serkis and although the Heavenly Sword gameplay got a bit repetative, the story and dialogue was highly entertaining and kept you going to complete it.

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KeyCase iPad Folio Deluxe

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only 50 quid

at amazon, cos i ordered mine this morning.

and 50quid for a zxspectrum style keyboard is a bargin, even if i get bored of it in a few months and get another case instead

3 years will be remarkable if i'm still using it by then, i'll consider i'll have well and truely got my money's worth

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

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FAIL

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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FAIL

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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Black Helicopters

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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