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23 posts • joined 3 Apr 2009

Microsoft picks October 26 for Windows 8 launch

Steve Coburn

Doomsday

Is this maybe what the Myans' predicted?

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Metro breakdown! Windows 8 UI is little gain for lots of pain

Steve Coburn
FAIL

I really hate Metro

In particular hiding the tiles. When you install a program all the short cuts it would have created in the start menu (help files, un-installer, link to vendor's website) all appear as tiles on the Metro screen. To hide you have to select the tile, right click, which produces a menu bar at the bottom of the screen. You then move down to the menu bar and select hide. This has to be repeated for every tile. Far too much unnecessary cursor movement, especially with a laptop touch pad. Context menus work well.

If Metro, as presented in the W8 CPE, is how it is going to work in the release edition, then I don't see myself ever upgrading. I'd rather stay with Windows 7.

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Apple expels serial hacker for publishing iPhone exploit

Steve Coburn

An interesting article about a developer finding exploits and the reaction of the company to public disclosure of the exploit. But what relevance does it have with Android?

"So as unfortunate as the iOS vulnerability is, it's worth remembering that what Miller is able to achieve with InstaStock is essentially what has been possible on Android handsets for more than a year."

Are you trying to start arguments?

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UK, German Android-ers can buy apps on phone bills

Steve Coburn

Foreign Exxhange Rates

I don't buy apps since I realised that my bank charged around £3 fees for a €1 purchase. I wonder how VF will get around this. Will they charge the exchange rate price or will they add fees on top?

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Bloke ordered to remove offensive numberplate

Steve Coburn

KUT

is also quite offensive in Dutch if I understand correctly.

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Does a flash motor act as a fanny magnet or not?

Steve Coburn

Does a flash motor act as a fanny magnet or not?

Was the heading used in the USA context or the UK context?

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Aunty squirts serendipity into TV apps

Steve Coburn

Growth Rate v Absolute Numbers.

Were any figures given concerning absolute number of devices? A 1% growth rate for 100,000 devices (1,000) is far more impressive than a 100% growth rate for 10 devices (10).

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Mac OS X Lion to include browser-only boot

Steve Coburn

Network Access

Will it prompt for a network key automatically or does this depend on the 'thief' accessing an open network? From my experience you need to have admin rights to log on to a network for the first time. (Assuming wireless networks used).

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Cloud iTunes DESTROYS music business FOREVER!

Steve Coburn

Title

I thought the problem was that a freetard with a pirated music collection could pay Apple a yearly fee and receive a licence in return for the fee. The record labels would only see a small proportion of that yearly fee - less than they would if the collection was obtained legally. Therefore Apple are making money from third party piracy and the record companies aren't along as much as they would do. Am I missing something?

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Top telly tech fails to drive new set sales

Steve Coburn
Meh

Agreed

As a typical punter who only 'upgraded' their previous CRT TV when it broke can I just agree with this.

Can I also ask where do you get 3D content from? Sky has one channel they only provide to customers with their full package. I don't think any one else others a 3D channel (in the UK at least). Do you have to buy special disks (and therefore a special player as well)?

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Android app sales skimpy, sluggish, slack, scanty...

Steve Coburn

Bank Charges Stop Me Buying

I don't buy apps any more since I realised that Google charge in the currency of the developer. A couple of one euro apps eventually cost me over two pounds each - instead of around 80 pence. I don't mind rating for things I want but giving the banks 80% of what I pay in currency conversion costs is not on. Google should charge the user in their own currency and not the developer's currency. Paypal can manage it, why not Google?

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Twitter vs Beeb in superinjunction nark shindy

Steve Coburn

title

Wasn't he a competitor on the new reality show "I'm a Celebrity. Don't Tell Anyone I'm Here"?

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Google location tracking can invade privacy, hackers say

Steve Coburn

My router isn't there

but I've had an android phone for over 6 months. Is the data really related to android phones or has it come from elsewhere (i.e. streetview).

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Mozilla debuts Firefox 4 for Android

Steve Coburn
Unhappy

No flash support

see title.

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Steve Coburn

Faster than the built in browser?

It seems to take ages to launch on my HTC Desire. Not convinced about the way favourites are handled and why has it no widgets?

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Apple MacBook Air 13in late 2010

Steve Coburn

Re: Shiny... Shiny...

But even the author said

"As a portable, its low mass was probably the most obvious difference, as it freely wobbled around on the lap, where rather heavier beasts would typically stay put."

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Apple MacBook Pro 17in Core i7 BTO notebook

Steve Coburn

Very Interesting Article

I have to replace my broken laptop soon and it is nice to see how well the Acer Aspire, which I'm considering, can out perform a machine costing over twice as much. I am considering an Apple Mac Pro 13" as well, but if the13" 's ratio of performance to cost is the same as this 17" BTO machine's ratio then I'd better strike it from my list.

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Lad passes gruelling 'getting on bus' test

Steve Coburn

I'd love my son to pass this...

He is 11 with severe learning difficulties and will probably never be able to use a bus alone - he can't even speak properly yet. I don't take offence at any of the comments above because I know what El Reg commentards are like and know that the comments are tounge in cheek.

What really amazes me apart from the Daily Mail readers who honestly believe that this is meant as a GCSE certificate (and make really retarded comments about slipping standard, NuLab and the rest), is that the boy's parents decided to go to the Daily Mail with their story instead of just throwing the certificate in the bin if they thought it that worthless.

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iPhone v Pre - the celebrity smartphone deathmatch

Steve Coburn

Will Palm Support the Pre in 2 Years Time?

To all the potential owners of a Pre. Looking at Palm's track record for supporting PDAs (still no Vista Support for most models) do you really expect them to support the Pre in 2 years time?

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Palm Pre to sell like hot cakes, Sprint CEO proclaims

Steve Coburn
Thumb Down

A Bitter Palm PDA Owner says

How long will it be until Palm decide to abandon this product line and move onto something else leaving customers with expensive, unusable devices (or go bust). I'm still haven't seen the Vista compatible desktop for my Tungsten T5 PDA and I doubt I ever will.

I would never consider any Palm product in the future, no matter how 'good' because Palm lack integrity and treat their customers like dirt.

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Phorm boss blogs from a dark, dark place

Steve Coburn

Sensible Question

How do you go about opting out websites you run. Is it direct to the company who run "Phorm" or via my web hosting company?

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Lloyd-Webber calls for clampdown on ISPs

Steve Coburn
Unhappy

I actually like...

Phantom of the Opera... Can I still post here?

I mainly buy albums, admittedly most of them are compilation of greatest hits, but I have bought a few new ones. I rarely come across tracks I hate. (If you only like one track of an album could I recommend revising your music tastes? I recommend some decent Blues!) I audition the albums using Amazon. If I like the album I buy it and download (if cheaper than the physical CD). If ISPs are forced to revert back to 56k dial up to keep ALW and the 'biz' happy then I'll no longer be able to listen to samples of the albums before I buy and I just won't buy then amy more.

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YouTube yanks music videos from German site

Steve Coburn
Stop

@chris swain

Just tried that. A pop up appears stating that they can not guarantee to publish all contributions, something about volume of submission, but most likely pre-moderated to ensure that only the views they want are published.

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