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* Posts by jai

2241 posts • joined 8 May 2007

Xbox One users will have to pay extra for Skype and gamer-gratifying DVR

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Re: Meh

really? omg that's awesome

i've been wanting to find a reason/excuse to get a Vita, but so far haven't been able to find a reason to. a bundle with the ps4 could be just the thing - depends how well the 2nd screen is used in the games. could be awesome

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Canonical: Last change to Ubuntu Edge phone price – we promise

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Re: $695!

but i thought the point of this was that it'll run a full desktop experience when you plug a keyboard/mouse and screen into it, but unplugged, you get a phone interface on it's own display? so that's 700 quid for a phone and a desktop.

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Apple patents laser, incandescent projector for laptops, smartphones

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Re: what happened to pico?

but that's the thing. projectors only really work well in a dark room and projecting on a white screen. my friend as one bolted to the ceiling in his lounge. great for watching movies, yes, but a pain in the proverbial to spend the time clearing space, setting it up, to watch, and even then, it's only great for the two people sitting in the right place, for the rest that are off to the side it's like sitting too far near the front at the cinema. takes the fun out of just having a quick game on the playstation.

whereas the screen on your phone/tablet/laptop works in all light conditions and is usable in any room of the house, regardless of the ghastly patterned wallpaper your mum put up.

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South Korea: We're 'concerned' that Obama saved Apple from ban

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I suspect this the White House was thinking less of "Apple vs Samsung" and more "America (f$%k yeah!) vs anyone else"

There's not many american voters in South Korea...

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Tick-tock, Apple: Obama has just days to stop US iPhone iPad sales ban

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Well the iPad2 is still for sale from Apple. And the iPhone 4 & 4S.

But presumable, only until the next iPhone and iPad models are released in a month or two. So Apple aren't really going to feel much pain if the ban goes ahead.

Also, I thought I read previously that it's a ban on importing these items, not on selling the stock currently already within the US.

But yes, if it helps to deter the ridiculous patent lawsuits, then it would seem like a good thing.

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iPhone 4 3GS??

is that the iPhone 4S with 3G?

or the iPhone 3GS?

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Big blue Avatar movie spawns THREE SEQUELS

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three films??

meh,

meh

and meh

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Chromecast: We get our SWEATY PAWS on Google's tiny telly pipe

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Also, i'm wondering how well your browser copes with a 4gb HD mkv file? and how well does it then mirror that to the tv?

if it performs well then it could be interesting.

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but you have to be using the Chrome browser, right?

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IT Crowd thesp eyes giant hot-air-filled FLYING SCROTUM

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oblig IT Crowd quote

"What OS are you running?"

"Vista!"

"We're all going to die!!!"

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Re: Embedded YouTube clips

In fact, there's an argument to made here that it's a health&safety issue. If we can't watch this clip on YouTube, we may be putting ourselves at risk. So if we suddenly find we have said cancer, we can blame the firm and sue for £cha-ching£!!!!

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Leap Motion Controller: Hands up for PC air gestures. That's the spirit

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Mines on the courier truck waiting to be delivered.

As you say, it's probably a gimmick and won't really get used, but I'm looking forward to spending the weekend finding out :)

re: Minority Report? pah! i want to surf the net like in Johnny Mnemonic!!

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Steve Jobs' death clears way for '13-inch' JUMBO iPAD HYPEGASM

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13-inch tablet?

or perhaps they are just POC'ing a touch screen macbook air?

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Smartwatch makers: You need apps to beat Apple

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Re: Well..

Well.. that's you.

Me, I do want apps on my watch. I want my phone to be the device that does the internet connection and any heavy processing, and the watch to be my first interface to the phone. if i need more detail than the watch provides, then I can pull out the phone and view the equivalent app on the bigger screen.

charging two devices? I'm already charging a phone, a tablet, a laptop, and my ipod nano which is on a wriststrap and acts as a watch and podcast player, so another device wouldn't really impact my daily schedule. in fact, it'd replace my use for the ipod nano and so there wouldn't be any difference.

But that's me. We're all different.

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Beijing fanboi in coma after iPhone 4 shock treatment

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Re: Hmmm

The later incident was a genuine charger.

No, it was a third-party one as well:

http://www.zdnet.com/cn/another-iphone-shock-case-in-china-leaves-man-in-coma-7000018276/

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Man sues Apple for allowing him to become addicted to PORN

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There ought to be a law...

Surely this constitutes a complete waste of the court's time?

And also, for that matter, a waste of my (and your) time in having read, and now commented on, this article. Can I sue him because his money-grabbing antics have caused a drop in my productivity this afternoon?

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El Reg Playmonaut soars to 113,000ft

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awesome stuff!!

we need a playmobile reconstructi.... oh wait a minute...

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JPL wants to fire a laser at MARS!

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The Tick

Can we write our name on the surface with it?

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You'd prefer another target? A military target? Then name the system!!

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Microsoft biz heads slash makes Ballmer look like dead STEVE JOBS

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xbox marketing

marketing now rests with a completely different operation

So the same department for marketing xbox and games is also going to be marketing windows and sql server?

We're either going to get really funky adverts for Visual Studio or very very dull marketing for the next Halo... which'll be bland and devoid of any colour or 3D whatsoever

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STEVE BALLMER KILLS WINDOWS

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Steve Balmer with one "l"? Runs the stationery cupboard?

"Yes, I'm Steve Balmer. I will have the penne all'arrabbiata."

"You'll need a tray."

"Do you know who I am?"

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Oh please, PLEASE bring back Xbox One's hated DRM - say Xbox loyalists

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this is so funny. it has to be someone trolling M$ to see if they'll flipflop again, surely?

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Dead STEVE JOBS was a CROOK - Judge

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@ David Neil Re: Article title

And how exactly do you libel the dead?

Take your time

I wasn't saying that Jobs was being libeled, I'm saying it is the Judge, whose words are being misquoted in the article headline, but still attributed to the Judge as having said them. Actually, perhaps libel isn't the correct legal term there?

But essentially El Reg is declaring that the judge outright said that Steve Jobs is a criminal.

Whereas, from what i've read elsewhere on this comments page, the judge accused Apple's management team, but did not specify Jobs by name. That's not what the article headline implies. So, wouldn't the judge have recourse to claim that El Reg is defaming her by implying she's the type of person to defame the deceased?

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@Squander Two Re: "Did the judge actually call out Steve Jobs personally as being a criminal?"

But that's the assistant attorney general in charge, Bill Baer, that's saying that. the article headline specifically says it's the judge specifically.

I'm not arguing whether or not Jobs is guilty of attempting price fixing, as the evidence suggests he was, I'm arguing the misreporting of the facts in the headline that suggests the Judge specifically called out a dead person and branded them a criminal.

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Re: Article title

Is it not also libellous? Did the judge actually call out Steve Jobs personally as being a criminal?

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According to the headline of this article the person responsible is no longer alive and therefore free from prosecution.

Unless, that is, El Reg is putting words into the mouth of the judge.

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The Yawhg vs XCOM: Enemy Unknown. How small devs can win against the big boys

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Re: Very true

Indies don't know any better about how to make a better game.

oh i disagree. take the upcoming Space Hulk release. it is _exactly_ what fans of the original board game want to play, and from the gameplay videos, not only captures what it felt like to play the board game, but enhances the experience.

which makes a refreshing change from the Fire Warrior, Space Marine, etc that W40k fans have made do with up until now.

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Re: Very true

+1 for the Satellite Reign mention.

It looks very very promising. Really hoping they hit their target as I can't wait to play it!!

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BlackBerry's Heins beams: We WILL make some cash, just you see

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improvements ... necessary to build ... a strong company for the long term

But were there any details as to what those improvements are? It's all very well saying that, but is there anything to back it up? This time last year, I'm sure those "improvements" would have had at the top of the list BB10, the Z10, the Q10 and the Q5. So now those are crossed off the list and haven't helped, what's next?

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BlackBerry's retro-look QWERTY Q5 mobe: Resentment by design

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Parts of the BB10 experience are very good, particularly messaging. Others require some urgent attention. One of these, strangely, is messaging.

So the best of BB10 is also a part that requires urgent attention? That doesn't sound very promising. What on earth is the worst of it like?

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Apple: Ta for blowing £££s on apps, fanbois. Now we've set them FREE

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Re: Eh?

But who do you dislike? The shop selling the item, or the manufacturer (app developer in this case) who set the initial pricing?

Who must really really hate a lot of people if you walk around a Poundland or similar type shop.

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@Jasper Hamill Re: Traktor

You can only justifiably be upset that the app is now free if you've completely failed to use it at all since you bought it.

You're anger at it being free now is really just misplaced anger at yourself for buying the app too early at a price that you're clearly uncomfortable with.

IF it was worth a tenner to you at the time that you bought it, then you paid the price you were happy with at the time. IF you feel it should be free, you shouldn't have bought it at that time. You've only yourself to blame, not Apple.

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Star Wars missile intercept fails for fifth year running

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Re: Never failed....

+1 for the Sir Humphrey icon request!!

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BBC abandons 3D TV, cites 'disappointing' results

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Re: 3D doesn't need the BBC

As most of the rest of the comments hear suggest, 3D itself is inconsequential and won't be missed either. The BBC are just ahead of the curve here.

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Star bosses name asteroid to honor author Iain Banks

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excellent !

this makes me very happy to hear. and a little less sad at his passing.

As others have said, i think it's something that Mr Banks would have gotten a buzz from too.

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INVASION of the UNDEAD ANDROIDS: Hackers can pwn 'nearly all' devices

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But the last paragraph suggests they're able to get the dodgy code into apps that are in the Play Store. so it's not a case of replacing genuine ones from the Store, you just need your dodgy app to be in the Store and then the average punter will assume it's safe because it comes from the Store, no?

Yes, i guess it still asks for permissions, but if you'd disguised your malware as a utility app that would require those kind of permissions, how's the end user supposed to know not to allow it?

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US Navy coughs $34.5m for hyper-kill railgun that DOESN'T self-destruct

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Game changing?

I dunno about game changing. I always preferred the wide area splash damage of the red rocket launcher in Q3A to the railgun. Always too difficult to hit the target when moving at speed - plus, you can't rocket jump with the rail gun, you just end up gib'ng yourself if you accidentally shoot your own foot...

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Apple TV 'close' to deal with Time Warner - report

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Apple's little white box?

Last I checked, the AppleTV was black? Have Bloomberg's sources let slip a detail of a new AppleTV release??

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Apple 'iWatch' trademark filing hints Cook's make-or-break moment looms

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Re: What's a watch?

i actually wear an iPod nano on a wrist strap and use it as a watch, and to listen to podcasts while commuting to work.

so yeah, there is a market

ideally, it'd act as a control interface to your phone. the phone in your pocket has all the processing power and the storage space, the watch on your wrist provides you with the visual clues that you have messages/mail/alarms/events/etc and also provides controls to skip tracks, play, pause, etc. And the earphones on your hear are bluetooth so there are no cables anywhere.

'cept you just need to charge the whole lot up every 2 hours....

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Apple dodged all UK corporation tax in 2012

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"revamp tax rules to close the loopholes"

Why don't they just close the loopholes? It's all very well naming and shaming, but if the loopholes are there, corporations and wealthy individuals are going to keep on using them.

Or would that just involve a lot of work and time and money in order to close the loopholes and save more money?

OR is it that the politicians all use these loopholes themselves and are still smarting over the battering they got over tax evasion, multiple homes and expenses claims fraud that they'd rather just decry the evilness of big corporations and hope we forget about their past wrongs?

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Something's going on with Google Reader but nobody knows what

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Coping without who?

Reader? I didn't even know it existed until all you journalists started complaining that it was going away...

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Prince of Persia: Baggy trousers and curvy swords

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Re: A true classic

Absolutely. Proof that flashy graphics do not make a game.

I was addicted to this when i was at school. Playing on a MacPlus, so just back and white graphics. Was still an utterly immersive game. The shock the first time you [spoilers] jump through the mirror and your reflection runs away [/spoilers] i still remember.

And then later, when you finally have to battle your evil reflection and the frustration of trying to kill him over and over until at some point the light goes on over your head and the realise what's necessary... classic gameplay!

In some ways though, I hope they don't try and revive this. The latest Tomb Raider game was very enjoyable, as a story, and was lots of fun to play, but it lacked the depth of puzzles that the original TR and TR2 had. I fear a modern Prince of Persia would be the same, very flashy to look at, even perhaps a great mystical story to follow, but it wouldn't give you the same sense of achievement that the original PoP gave you when you finally found the way to complete a level.

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Tethered and vulnerable: Hotspot password FAIL not just in iPhones

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wrong target audience?

this is, readers of this website are more than likely to be fully aware of the importance of setting your own, strong password.

so why are we reading this story?

the types of people who need to hear this are the non-techie types. i'm not really sure they're likely to ever need to set up a personal hotspot. they'll just wait until they get home.

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Rise of the machines, south of Milton Keynes

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must get around to going

Ashamed to say that i've never been, yet it's literally only 20 minutes up the road from me.

Hopefully this article is the inspiration i need to get me there this summer.

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New Motorola Mobility badge: Too late for this pinball machine lover

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I knew someone who had one.

and then he got married and so had to sell it.

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Labels to get, count them, 0.13 cents per play on Apple iRadio

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Re: Apple screws Musicians -- Shocker!!

BUT at least their screwing them slightly less than Pandora.

Also, it's not like this model (at least in the US) is paying artist less than before.

http://theunderstatement.com/post/53867665082/pandora-pays-far-more-than-16-dollars

"Even more importantly, FM/AM paid him NOTHING for the performance of the song. Unlike most industrialized nations, terrestrial radio stations in the US have never paid performers anything."

So without Pandora/iRadio, US radio stations can play your song as much as they like, and you-get-nothing-good-day-sir

At least this way you're getting some revenue back from people listening to your music.

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Hey Britain, want to link your mobile to your BANK ACCOUNT?

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but what if it meant Visa and pals didn't get paid...

Did i miss the bit in the article where it answered the question in the sub-heading?

What _does_ it is mean if all our internet payments avoid Visa and Mastercard? Does the price of the items we purchase go down because the merchants aren't incurring the visa/mc charge? Or does the cost go up for all the real-world purchases that do go on the plastic because they have to increase their charges to cover the lost income?

Or does El Reg not have a clue and put that question in the sub-heading on false pretences?

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