* Posts by jai

2253 posts • joined 8 May 2007

Yes! It's the NFC phone-bonk doorbell app AT LAST

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Re: We have arrived at the stage

acutally, i've just thought of a use case.

our dog goes mental when the doorbell rings, barking loudly, scratching like mad at the lounge door

so some system that would put a message on the phones of the people inside instead of the loud ringing bell would be perfect. we could get up and get the pizza without the mutt being any the wiser.

however, i doubt there's anyway the pizza delivery person would be bothered with all of this, so i'd have to say that this implementation of a solution to my problem is flawed

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Can't someone make the reverse?

I was going to ask why there isn't the opposite, where my phone could unlock the front door for me to let myself in when my hands are full of shopping or junk food or big boxed tech or all three. but then I JFGI'd and discovered there already is - the Lockitron, which was a kickstarter and has yet to ship.

so nothing to see here, move along, thanking you kindly...

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Apple designer Sir Jony Ive holding up iOS 7 development: Report

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Re: skeuomorphic has 1 big advantage

"Digital systems are capable of much richer interaction"

They are - but all the great examples of anti-skeuomorphic apps recently have just had bland and unintuitive interfaces.

the systems are capable, but the designers of the systems apparently aren't

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Re: skeuomorphic has 1 big advantage

the anti-skeumorphic brigade seem to have had very loud voices for the last year or so. it seems to have been a bandwagon that many have jumped on, probably just to get clickthroughs to their blog. i wonder how many of the same will be decrying the minimalist look not 5 minutes after it is shown?

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Why next iPhone screen could be made of SAPPHIRE - and a steal...

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Assuming steady price of Gorillas?

The assumption here seems to be that Gorilla glass will remain at $3 until and after the sapphire glass industry gets upto speed and reaches the $10 mark? but surely while that is happening, Gorilla glass will continue to get stronger, or it will get cheaper (or both).

Still, that said, being able say my phone has a screen made of aluminium would be cooler than having one made of gorillas...

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Mozilla accuses Gamma of dressing up dictators' spyware as Firefox

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The company did not respond to our requests at the time of writing.

Best to check if there are two copies of "Firefox" installed on the El Reg computers.

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Quid-a-day nosh challenge hack forms foraging party

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Fauna?

can't you set some traps? might be able to bag a rabbit or something, that'd make for a tasty addition to one or two meals? Or if you're lucky, a deer and that'd last you all week! although, i guess, in the spirit of things, you'd have to fashion the traps out of tree and vines as six euros probably wouldn't stretch to buy a bear trap...

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CURSE you, EINSTEIN! Humanity still chained in relativistic PRISON

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wouldn't be practical though, would it?

if I understand it right, you would have to get near the collapsing neutron star first, in order to make use of the warped space/time and slingshot yourself to an equivalent point on the other side? so it's still going to take years and years to get from Earth to the nearest collapsing neutron star, isn't it?

Or is the solution to have a device onboard the ship that creates a collapsing neutron star of the right size as when you require it? I imagine the Health & Safety department of interstellar travel would have a field day with that though.

i guess, perhaps this does explain why we haven't been wiped out by an alien invasion force yet. maybe we're not alone in the universe, but there's just absolutely no way to get to the next door neighbours to say hi.

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Smartphone and tablet displays: Reg readers weigh in

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Re: January 2012?

@Intractable Potsherd

I think he meant the "2012" which probably should have been 2013 for the results to have any relevance. I'm assuming it's a typo and not that it's taken them over a year to collate and draw anything useful from the data.

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PEAK iPHONE? Apple mobe growth slumps to ‘lowest in its history’

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"will need to expand deeper"

I don't understand why Apply "will need to expand deeper" into new markets.

Marketshare doesn't immediately equal success or profitability. It just means the number of people using your product. It's just a statistic.

If the cost of being in those new markets outweighs the profit from each product sold, then having the largest marketshare is going to be detrimental.

But then again, I guess Strategy Analytics analyst Neil Mawston wouldn't be in a job if people realised this.

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Eric Schmidt defends Google's teeny UK tax payouts - again

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"It's called capitalism," he stated baldly. "We are proudly capitalistic. I'm not confused about this."

And that's fair enough. Part of capitalism is that there should be competition for the customers to choose from. Which why I switched to Bing months ago and I'm still using it.

Yes, it's not as good, but I'm proudly exercising my capitalistic right to give another firm my business. I hope Schmidt isn't confused about that either.

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Who's a Siri boy, then? Apple hoards your voices for TWO years

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Re: Why do they even need it 6 months?

i'm guessing they use all the past data to improve the ability of the current system to understand the different words people say to it. the more data they have, the better the output from their heuristic algorithms. the more real world data you have to work with the better for this type of system.

i doubt anyone else offering a similar service will be deleting the audio data immediately either.

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It's official! Register hack is an alcohol-flushed cave dweller

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tempted

i'm tempted, curiosity/cat/homicide and all that. but would it be a mistake to know this stuff?

would i suddenly become paranoid to discover i have an increase chance of heart attack, and then the stress which that knowledge induces could be the cause for my eventual cardiac arrest?

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Readers, we need you... for LOHAN ignition failsafe brainwaves

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dragon?

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Applicants sought for one-way trip to Martian Big Brother house

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what happens...

...when someone goes nuts from space-sickness (i believe that's the medical term) and runs around the Mars house with an axe, painting the walls?

obviously, the ratings go through the roof, but presumably there's a delay in transmission, so by the time the editors see the first victim get an axe in the head, the psycho has already killed the rest and is standing in front of a camera, with his own eyes in the palms of his hands saying "liberate tutemae ex infernis" over and over....

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Hardware hacker unifies 15 retro consoles in format frenzy

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shame there aren't any of those old games that i'd really want to play again.

yes, nostalgia and all that, how great it was to play WonderBoy when i was 8, of the pixelated joys of the first Mortal Kombat, etc etc

but really? these days? i'd rather play something with a new story that i haven't heard before. i don't have the time to revisit the old games and likely discover that they're not half as good as i remember them

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Samsung vs Apple: which smartphone do Reg readers prefer?

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cosy in my walled garden

but i do think that the smartphone market is reaching a plateau. there's not really much else that can be added to a phone and still be useful. even the latest 'features' are little more than gimmicks.

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Microsoft brings back Windows watch after Apple seeks 'flexible' bod

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Re: meh....

This what I want one for - as a display and control for my phone so i don't need to take it out of my pocket.

I currently have the phone in my pocket, and then an iPod nano on a wrist strap as if it's a watch. But i'm limited by the content on the iPod and i can't just download a new podcast or a music track or similar until i get home.

Also, bluetooth plug-in adapter for the iPod drains the battery too quickly, so i have to use wired earphones.

with an iWatch type remote interface to the phone, i can have bluetooth earphones connected to the phone in my pocket (and any pocket, not just one where the earphone cord will reach). and i can control the tracks i'm listening to via the watch. happy days.

how did people ever manage in the 80s with Walkmans hanging off their belts? good grief!!! :)

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Moist iPhone fanbois tempted with golden Apple shower offer

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But, this water detector wasn't unique to iPhone's, was it? I thought at least some Android mobes had it as well?

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'You can keep it' - Brit's nicked laptop turns up on Iranians' sofa

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insurance

i wonder where his insurance claim stands here.

if he's already received cash/replacement, then would it be fraud to have taken back the laptop when it was offered?

Or, as he has refused the laptop when it was offered to him, does that invalidate any possible insurance claim for the theft?

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Re: no windows

No Windows - that's why they got a mac.

ha ha ha, thankyou thankyou, be sure to tip your waitress, i'll be here all week.

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Re: They Bought A Stolen Laptop

yep, you can remote wipe a Mac just like you can remote wipe an iPhone with the Find My Mac/iPhone app as applicable.

Then again, if the hidden cam app is working, presumably he's already been able to remote connect / ssh into the machine and retrieve / delete whatever data he deems sensitive

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... time machine. Iranian Dr Who claims he invented a ...

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Paycheck

Sounds like he did a Ben Affleck - built a time machine, then looked into the future, found that the future is a disaster as a result of the time machine itself, so then gave himself the tools to destroy the time machine, thereby saving humanity, but also giving himself a winning lottery ticket in the process.

that's the only logical explaination for why the news of the discovery so suddenly vanished, isn't it?

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What'll we do tonight, Kieran? Same thing we do every night, Tintri....

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Re: Damn - beat me to it

Oh? I must confess, I meant the Animaniacs characters :)

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+1 for Pinky & The Brain reference! \o/ :)

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Dinosaur embryos FOUND: Resurrection 'out of the question'* - boffin

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"resurrecting a dinosaur is out of the question"

Of course, that's exactly what they would say, while they're quietly buying up an island in the pacific and installing their top secret "research facility / safari park" before anyone notices...

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Everything faster than everything, boast soft flash wizards

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"Everything faster than everything"

Wasn't that a song by MeatLoaf?

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Bank card-slurp nasty 'infects tills, ATMs', corrupt staff fingered

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Re: Why no whitelist firewall

do you mean, interrogate the people who have physical and electronic access to the infrastructure? or to physically and electronically "interrogate" them :)

eitherway, I'm sure Dr Cal Lightman will be happy to assist

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Mars to go offline for a month as vast nuclear furnace gets in the way

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Re: One month later...

+1 for "Ulla suckers!" lol

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Google goes on the Blink in WebKit fork FURORE

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the obvious reason

it's obvious why they've done this - they want to make their own <blink><marquee>blinking marquee</marquee></blink> element

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Re: Opera too

yet!

the whole point of forking it is so that they can make changes to speak of. if they didn't need to do it, they wouldn't have a problem with using WebKit, would they.

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Disney shutters Star Wars game unit with 200 layoffs

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these are not the games you're looking for

i was really looking forward to 1313 :(

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Scottish SF master Iain M Banks reveals he has less than a year to live

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thoroughly depressed by this news. have loved his sci-fi books ever since i first read one as a young teenager. truely one of the greatest sci-fi writers ever in my opinion. and while i find his fiction books a bit hit and miss, they are always worth reading regardless.

very sorry that there will be no more Culture novels. i shall be re-reading them all in tribute to the great man.

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Maybe don't install that groovy pirated Android keyboard

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Re: Android Heaven

that's a lot of "probably" that you've used there

you probably won't get hit by a car if you run across the motorway, but i'm not entirely happy with the idea of doing it myself

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Goblinproofing One's Chicken Coop hailed oddest book title

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Re: The point of this is?

it's filed under the Business / Media section of the website.

Not under the Computer section. Not under the Tech section. Not under the Software section, nor even under the Hardware section. I'm confused by your confusion that you thought it was part of one or all of those sections of the site.

and as others have said, it's friday ffs, lighten up and get down the pub!

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MasterCard stings PayPal with payment fee hike

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Re: Coming to a wallet near you...

But how would that work? you'd have to get the money from the users somehow, you wouldn't just give them infinite credit.

And if they're going to give the PayPal credit card access to their bank account details, then they can already give PayPal as it is access to their bank account so completely avoid any credit card processing charges anyway.

Also, a company can't just issue credit cards, can it? Aside from American Express, aren't all other credit cards linked to either Visa or to Mastercard in one way or another?

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Oi, Microsoft, where's my effin' toolbar gone?

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Re: What is this OP's comment supposed to be?

Is it supposed to be funny? Is it being 'irreverent'? It's a load of old bollocks, for sure.

There, fixed it for you. You didn't really come to El Reg to read in depth technical discussions on the technology world, did you? Is this your first time here?

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Tech distie Tech Data tears up last THREE years of profit numbers

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how come...

...no one ever makes these kinds of mistakes the other way round, do they?

You never hear about someone miscalculating and suddenly discovering they've made 21 million more than they thought.

is that just Murphy's Law in action? or skulduggery afoot because the bean counters were hoping the numbers would come right before they had to fess up to their error?

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they probably do, but assume it's the bank that's at fault and not themselves

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Syrian hacktivists hijack BBC Weather feed

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so it's the Syrian's that are to blame for the snow coming down outside the window this morning? damn their eyes!!!

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Hong Kong plans cavernous underground data centres

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Neil Stephenson

someone's been reading the Cryptonomicon from the sounds of it

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Bottomless, unsatisfied Xbox widow cuffed after boyf flees nookie

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Re: Pix or it didn't happen.

here you go:

http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4901817041161148&pid=1.7&w=190&h=145&c=7&rs=1

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Samsung Galaxy S 4: A slim stripper with palms hovering over its body

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Re: Ooo matron

welcome to El Reg, you're new here are you?

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Report says #Facebook #to #adopt #hashtags

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Re: Shift-3?

it's not a special character. it's just option-3 instead of shift-3

it's not windows having to type a whole series of numbers to get a Euro symbol

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Trip the fight fantastic

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Re: Square Syndrome

an why can't i get her to do the probably-physically-impossible handstand move when pulling herself up a ledge anymore?

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Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

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Here's another suggestion

Big ideas? Exploring the human condition?

Then may I suggest the original, Carradine, Death Race 2000

If that's not a commentary on the human condition, in a (then) futuristic setting then....

A shame they copped out with the remakes

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Headmaster

Re: No love for Dune?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0287839/combined

you know it was also a mini-series recently:

Dune (2000):

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0142032/combined

Children of Dune (2003):

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0287839/combined

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Re: Blade Runner

I sadly know almost by heart having seen BR more times than my wife cares to remember!

and soon, all those memories, will be gone, like tears

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rain...

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Re: Good choice..

i'm a big sci-fi fan, but not a fan of horror

somehow, i only saw sci-fi in the trailers for Event Horizon and figured any film with Sam Neil has to be good right?

so completely came as a surprise when the horror begins in the movie.

still, damn good film, despite the lack of sleep i endured afterwards. wish i could bring myself to watch it again

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Marvel: 'Come and get 'em! 700 first-issue comics! FREE!'

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Comixology

use the ComiXology app

the Marvel app is basically the ComiXology app, but only showing Marvel content. The DC app is the same, but with DC content. Get the original ComiXology app and you get all the content from both, with all the features.

and digital comics in these apps are great to read. switch on the guided view mode, it just shows one panel at once, and moves you from panel to panel when you tap. makes for an almost animated experience when reading, plus avoids accidentally reading ahead when there's a big panel on the right page that grabs your attention.

now, if i could just get the original Death's Head comics on there....

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