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PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 SHUNNED by refusenik fanbois

Andy Christ

That sounds odd, gotes.

My iPad 3 runs a lot better on iOS7 than it did on 6, and battery life is still phenomenal. Haven't updated to iOS8 yet, only received notification of it from Apple a couple of days ago — which might explain why many others still haven't installed the new iOS either. Me, I'm temporarily in the boondocks where I don't have access to decent WiFi, just LTE, so won't be able to update for a while, but certainly will when I get the chance. Hear [Mobile] Safari is much improved.

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Google Maps can now tell cyclists how HIGH they will get

Andy Christ

What are the system requirements to see this new elevation info, anybody here know? Because it doesn't appear on Maps using my old PPC Mac desktop. Even on my up to date iPad using Atomic Web Browser set to spoof Safari Desktop I don't see elevations, just get the same site as on my Mac.

Yes I know I am a planker for owning Apple thingies, can we move on please?

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Hot, fit, SWEATY users stroke Backbeats model, beg: DON'T CALL US

Andy Christ

Mine are fine

Accidentally let them go through both a wash and dry cycle at the laundromat and they still work (very clean sound... Sorry.) Actually they have gotten better over the four years I've had them, as Apple has improved their Bluetooth implementation so they now support Skype. Looking forward to scoring a new set, these look like they'd be just the ticket on summer cycling tours. Only wonder how many hours they run on a charge, my current BackBeats last maybe five and I occasionally ride longer than that.

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Mexican drink-driver shopped to cops - by his own gobby parakeet

Andy Christ

Re: Bluebottle?

I think the author meant that the meaning ascribed to El Torito as "bluebottle" is common to South America rather than Mexico. Have no idea whether that is so.

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Apple-hungry thieves defy sinking New York City crime stats

Andy Christ

Re: maybe it's the idiot to ipad ratio..

You need to get out more.

All over the world, people are obliviously walking around while waving their cellular devices about, regardless of brand. Makes it difficult to resist the temptation to snatch 'em out of their hands, if only to toss down a sewer grate or over the side of a bridge.

Not that I would ever do such a thing, oh no...

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Oh those crazy Frenchies! Parisian cabbies smash up Uber-booked rival ride

Andy Christ
Paris Hilton

Re: re: Random tours

Why did you not just ride your bike directly to the station, rather than drag it along in a case?

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Get lost, fanbois: Nokia pulls HERE Maps from Apple's App Store

Andy Christ

Re: Gone away on a Safari ?

Maps apps on iOS 7, not web apps — though Google's works passably well in Mobile mode, not Classic (desktop). Don't think Apple has released Maps for the desktop yet, so you can't access it through mobile Safari.

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Andy Christ

Re: "old faithful Google Maps" on Android is becoming MUCH less useful

Street view on iOS is less than perfect too. Dropping a pin on my current location brings up an image from a block away. :(

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Andy Christ

Would love to know what it is about iOS 7 that Nokia found so lacking. All my apps work much more smoothly on it than under iOS 6, including both Apple and Google Maps. Though I sadly concede Here is a dog (and There is a cat...)

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Texas teen jailed for four months over sarcastic Facebook comment

Andy Christ

Re: This is Texas

And take Florida with them.

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Movie, TV ads annoying? You ain't seen nothin' yet

Andy Christ

Even more creepy,

I had just added the Oster BVCB07-Z to my Amazon wish list before coming across this reference on el Reg so it really had me freaked!

The 6706 might be not-so-hot, but the BVCB07-Z is still pretty cheap, at least here in the States, when compared to real premium brands like Vitamix or Blendtec, which retail for about four to eight times as much as the Oster, gulp! But I just did my 2012 taxes so even that spatula/pliers combo is out for me right now. :(

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Mozilla to Apple: we don't care about iOS

Andy Christ

Re: While we're here

Samesung

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Opera sings WebKit's tune for new mobile browser

Andy Christ

Re: New design direction?

Unlike Speed Dial, because there is no chrome, just a field of icons. Actions are all gesture controlled.

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All your audio, video kit is about to become OBSOLETE

Andy Christ

Re: Flanders & Swann

But I never did care for music much,

It's the high fidelity!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fJmmDkvQyc

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Andy Christ
Coat

all expenses PARED ?

Ooh, way to go!

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Tibetan monks lose their TVs as China's censors raid monasteries

Andy Christ
Headmaster

Rotten English

Gotten is not an Americanism; the word has merely fallen out of use in Great Britain.

"USAGE As past participles of get, the words got and gotten both date back to Middle English. In North American English, got and gotten are not identical in use. Gotten usually implies the process of obtaining something ( : he has gotten two tickets for the show, while got implies the state of possession or ownership ( : he hasn’t got any money)."

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Kickstarted mobe charger 'kicked to death by Apple'

Andy Christ

Re: USB

No, Macs had USB before they had Firewire.

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New Year's resolution: Don't use Instagram, it'll sell YOUR photos

Andy Christ

Makes me wonder

Kind of bizarre, though hardly surprising, how may posters here jump in to denigrate Instagram and its contributors. Yes the Popular page is rubbish ("nail polish, shoes, and One Direction") but it is extremely easy to find mind-blowingly gorgeous images through the search feature — navigation within the app is brilliant. By now I'm guessing the majority of the world's professional photographers have accounts and are uploading their works in order to hawk either prints or full resolution images. These pros are not taking pics through Instagram's crappy filters but are using their own cameras and commercial software. What I wonder is whether they will want to stay on after this latest change in policy. Kind of a difficult calculus as to whether having the odd pic swiped for an ad will devalue a work or burnish the artist's reputation.

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Belgian finds missus was born a MAN after 19 YEARS of marriage

Andy Christ

Reading between the lines

Perhaps the crux of the story here is simply that just about every one knew Monica was transgendered save for the guy who had been sleeping with her for nineteen years. From the article:

"A friend told me that he had heard that Monica was actually a sex-changed man," recounts Jan.

Things came to a head when Jan discovered saucy messages from other blokes on his wife's computer. He said:

"I pushed her against the wall and said: Now I know the truth. Are you a man? She then announced that she was born as a boy and that she had been operated on..."

So for one thing, Jan's friend had heard on the grape vine that Monica was a sex-change, thus the secret seems to have been pretty open. For another, one might deduce that she had actually been trumpeting her transgenderedness online, as those "saucy" messages from interested gents bore out rumor.

Anyway, there's the IT angle for you. Husband's still scum though.

Incidentally, long time ago I tended bar in a gay establishment where we had weekly drag shows. One evening while hauling a case of booze up from the basement I chanced upon an incredible creature standing by the stairs. She was the spitting image of Marilyn Monroe — well, save for being much more petite — complete with gold lamé dress. While I stupidly gawked at her she smiled bashfully and lowered her gaze. Assumed she would appear later on stage but never saw her again. (Honestly I have no idea what the point of my story is, so take from it what you will.)

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4G: Bad coverage, crap battery life - but at least it's really expensive

Andy Christ

Why no VoLTE?

Wonder why they can't get voice over 4G yet. Because here in the states, where I am on AT&T with my iPad 4G/LTE, seems I can use VoIP apps over LTE just fine. Doesn't sound like I am falling back to 3G/"4G" when I place a call, because there is no lag at all. Whereas even HSPA+ still has dismal upload speeds even when my connection is at 5 bars, such that conversations always get choppy when I am out of LTE range. Huh.

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Man files FCC complaint over AT&T FaceTime blocking

Andy Christ

"Supported" = "Not Blocked"

FaceTime has always worked over cellular on appropriately modded, jailbroken iThingies.

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Apple iPod Nano 7G review

Andy Christ
WTF?

Camera? What Camera?

Where in tarnation did El Reg dig up that Vital Statistics iPod Nano 2012 chart with camera specs from the iPhone? This Nano ain't got no camera.

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Sky support dubs Germany 'Hitler's country'

Andy Christ

Don't mention the war!

I did, but I think I got away with it.

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Just how good is Nokia's PureView 41Mp camera tech?

Andy Christ
Facepalm

iOS based on Linux? Really?!

But thanks for the laugh.

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Pastafarians: Get your noodly appendages off that Facebook suspect

Andy Christ

Who you calling a right-winger?

Kaczynski was pretty much an anarchist and certainly NOT a right-winger.

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US dope farmer in Walmart rattlesnake chomp shock

Andy Christ

If You're a Viper

Dream about a reefer five feet long

A mighty immense but not to strong

You'll be high, but not for long

If you're a viper

I'm the king if everything

Well I gotta be high before I can sing

Light a tee and let it be

If you're a viper

Now when your throat get dry

And you know you're high

Everything is dandy

Truck on down to your candy store

Get you kicks off peppermint candy

Then you'll know your bodies set

You don't give a damn about payin' no rent

The sky is high and so am I

Whoa ho, if you's a viper

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail on Blu-ray

Andy Christ

But not too expensive.

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Virgin Media site goes titsup in Pirate Bay payback attack

Andy Christ

Re: Rosa Parks

Sit down for your rights?

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US Judge says IP addresses don't identify pirates

Andy Christ

You missed the punch line

The article concluded:

The judgement nonetheless permits the plaintiffs Malibu Media and Patrick Collins to “... obtain the name, address, and Media Access Control address for each Defendant designated as John Doe 1” and says the defendants' internet service providers must hand over relevant information.

So if the judge is overruled, it will be for the opposite reason you suggest.

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Sony outs its first Ultrabook

Andy Christ

That's not how it is supposed to be set up

The bottom of the screen is slanted in the picture; if you rest the thing on a table with the display tilted back a bit, as is normal, then the bottom sits flush and the weight of the body helps retain it in that position.

You still couldn't pay me to use one though.

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iTunes fanbois outraged by Apple's sex-life quiz probe

Andy Christ

And I enjoy laughing.....

At those who misuse whom.

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UK ad watchdog probes Apple iPad '4G' boasts

Andy Christ
Gimp

Real World Tests

As an owner of both old and new iPads here in the States, I'm left scratching my head over this brouhaha. In my [admittedly meagre] travels, the 3G networks to which the older device was limited averaged around 1.2 Mbps, which was slow enough to cause many net based apps to crash regularly. Web surfing was most often lugubrious, VoIP st u tt ere d at best. In contrast, even in areas of fairly poor “4G” service, speeds rarely dip below about 5 Mbps on my new fondle slab. The most data heavy web pages/apps load within a second or so, and video streams without lag. Yes, where I can connect via LTE, d/l speeds do range up to 50+ Mbps, but the improvement in over all performance is not all that earth shattering. (Far more impressive are upload speeds hovering around 20 Mbps, but I digress.). Maybe for gamers LTE would offer more noticeable benefits, but current data caps tend to preclude such wanton consumption.

Anyway, a few dozen punters bellyaching, out of perhaps the million or so contented with their purchase (don't have UK sales figures at my fingertips) doesn't seem like such a big deal. Am curious to know, has anyone there actually taken advantage of Apple's offer of a refund over this issue? Guessing not many.

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iPhone 5 in ICE CREAM SANDWICH photo riddle

Andy Christ
Coat

Ice Cream?! Ice Cream?!

The iPhone 5, it melts in your hand, not in your mouth.

Mine's the one with a mess in the pocket.

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Brydge pledges to turn iPads into MacBooks

Andy Christ

Looks like Crux beat Brydge to it with the CruxLoaded.

http://cruxcase.com/products/crux-loaded-2/

It has both a trackpad and I believe the software also provides a cursor on the iPad's display. Still only in development and $250, but they are apparently taking orders.

Also, I doubt Apple would sue either of these companies, as long as they do not employ the Apple logo or claim any such endorsement.

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Hanging's too good for 'em - so what do you suggest?

Andy Christ

Re: My suggestions

I assume that by "corrupt," you mean "all"?

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Andy Christ
Meh

Just one little problem widdat

From the daily bombardment of sensational headlines, one might suspect that the majority of perps have already taken out their own family.

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Andy Christ
Coat

Decapitation?

Wouldn't decapitation waste too much blood? IANAD but I imagine such a procedure would hasten the cellular death of the organs one was trying to preserve for transplant.

Of course the most efficient method would simply entail the "donor" making involuntary contributions until entirely depleted of resources, without first being offed.

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Andy Christ

Re: Deterrence?

Deterrence is not the single issue. The overall consideration might be justice. Why should the state allocate resources to perpetuate the life of one who has taken it from others?

I'm no fan of capital punishment, as no justice system in the world is immune to corruption or incompetency. That said, what does one do with someone like anders behring breivik, about whose actions there is not a shadow of doubt? And he will only get like what, twenty two years or something, for killing seventy seven and injuring scores more? Justice might prefer to err on the side of caution, but in this case the erring seems egregious.

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Megaupload case near collapse: report

Andy Christ

What were you looking at?

iDevices are not Macs.

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Instagram

Andy Christ

Shooting Blind

Huh, I wonder how well Instagram can work on Android if the user can't preview effects before uploading. Because even on iOS I find I must go back and forth between filters a lot before [perhaps] finding the one that works best for a shot. Then again, I suspect many achieve their desired effects through alternative means, and use Instagram mostly for the easy sharing.

One feature I have not read about so far amidst the recent hoopla is Instagram's heuristic search -- it can suggest others' feeds you might like to follow. I've found these recommendations so spot-on it's scary. Does Instagram own that IP?

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Apple tells staff to 'capture' iPad 3s with Wi-Fi troubles

Andy Christ

Why do I have a strange sense of déja vu all over again?

Many of the original iPads had a terrible WiFi problems, which were sorted in a subsequent update to iOS. Don't recall whether any customers got free replacements before that though, just remember that mine connected fine there after.

Luckily for me this time, my new iPad connects in the blink of an eye over WiFi (and positively screams on LTE, here in the States).

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iPad app that lets mute kids speak menaced by patent lawsuit

Andy Christ

Wah!

Nobody's going to take away this child's app. Apple's policy is that once purchased it is yours to keep, even if removed from the App Store. The only little snag of course is that others in the future will not be able to purchase it, nor will it receive updates if this suit is successful.

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Apple New iPad 3 Wi-Fi + 4G

Andy Christ

Then please allow me...

Whether the higher resolution display alone on the new iPad is worth the extra cost is kinda subjective... That said, I myself would definitely recommend the new model for that improvement alone. For one thing, sadly, not all apps (and fewer websites) display text at a proper size to avoid the jaggies on the previous two generations, which can make reading tortuous on those devices in the instances where there is no option to increase the font size. But the new model is so sharp that even the smallest text is quite legible, even to my tired eyes. Both still and video images take on a whole new quality as well, the detail and color saturation really does match that of a glossy magazine. Prior to this launch, one would have had to pay thousands (of dollars or pounds) simply for a display of this caliber alone. And here in the States, where we actually can connect to LTE networks and get speeds at par with commercial broadband (at obscene rates though), the difference between 3 and 4G is like night and day. Over all, delighted with my purchase; will fob off my first generation fondleslab on someone I really hate.

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EU antitrust bigwig offers Apple, publishers ebook truce

Andy Christ

Higher prices not necessarily more profitable

Where sales are price-sensitive, simply raising prices does not insure greater profit. I wouldn't be surprised if all parties actually were to see massively greater sales figures if e-book prices were sharply reduced — seeing as it virtually costs no more to distribute a million e-books than to sell a single copy. I know I would immediately buy hundreds of them, were they offered for a dollar a piece. At current prices though, and seeing as how e-books cannot be resold or even given away, I haven't bought any, and probably never will.

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LYING iPhone 4S mobes claim 4G connection on 3G network

Andy Christ

Re: This is LTE

One might say the iPhone 4S can operate on "4G," but by no means does it support LTE!

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STUNNING NEW APPLE DEVICES that will follow the iPad 3 HD!

Andy Christ
Thumb Up

Would be great if this device could attach via USB

and offer an additional two USB ports at either end.

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SHOCK: RIM PlayBook outsells Apple iPad

Andy Christ
Joke

Does run alps?

Talk about making a mountain out of a mole hill.

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AOL joins advertiser exodus from Rush Limbaugh

Andy Christ

Jelly toast always falls jelly side down

And Rush is toast, this time he's fallen flat on his face. Not just because he has caused such a stir that he is being condemned from both right and left, but because he has demonstrated what a loose cannon he is. From here on in few if any advertisers will dare be associated with him. Not such a problem for them really, as vitriolic wind bags come a dime a dozen...

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