* Posts by John70

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Five ways Microsoft can rescue Windows Phone

John70

What's in a name?

Maybe Microsoft would have better success by dropping the name Windows from Windows Phone 7.

When people see the name Windows they think bloat, viruses, etc.

May be call it Metro OS and the handset mPhone. Wonder if Apple will get upset with that.

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US Senator: 'Retest airport scanner safety'

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Superpowers

It's priority access to the perv scanners.

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Teen net addicts pee in bottles to stay glued to WoW

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Pee Breaks

They must be in ultra-hardcore guilds.

We have scheduled pee breaks for our raids.

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Is Microsoft brewing a Win8, WinPho code merge?

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Win8

I'm surprised this wasn't already happening, Windows 8 and Phone 8 both using Metro interface both based on WinRT core.

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TV writer quells rumours of Doctor Who movie

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Who Movie

Lets hope the movie is not written by those that do the TV version.

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James Bond savages the Kardashians

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Cardassians

I've heard of the name Kardashian being branded about but didn't know the story.

Everytime I heard the name I keep thinking of Cardassians.

Thanks Rob for telling us the story.

Now we know Kim made a porn tape, got onto the internet and now their mother is pimping them out for "reality" T.V.

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Politicians call for Modern Warfare 3 censure

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MW3

Are these MPs complaining because some 8yo is killing them on multiplayer and making it like they "care" about our young?

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El Reg premieres PARIS: The Motion Picture

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Time Flies

Has it been a year already?

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Bill Gates strangled Microsoft's 'tablet for creatives'

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Game & Watch

I still got my Donkey Kong Game & Watch. Must replace the batteries on it...

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Rockstar officially announces Grand Theft Auto V

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Raids

A 10 man raid against Ragnaros in cars doing drive-by shootings and the odd fire truck to put out fires.

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Apple gets patent for ‘unlock gesture’

John70

Patents

Software Patents should be banned.

All it is software interpretating the movements on the touchscreen to decide whether or not to unlock.

And patenting movement should definately be banned.

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DeLorean goes electric for 2013 roll-out

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Electric Power

Is it powered by Mr. Fusion?

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Win 8 haters are just scared of change, say MS bosses

John70

Win8

At the moment I don't see any reason to create any business applications in Metro style.

Most companies will just lock out Metro and keep Windows classic desktop for their applications.

Metro apps "suspend" when they are no longer in focus.

This seems like a backward step especially when you are using a multitasking OS.

The rules are if the application takes more than 15 seconds to load, it is killed off.

When your application is notified it's going to by suspended you have 5 seconds to save any work. If you do not save the work in time, you lose the data.

So far these times are fixed and not configurable.

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BlackBerry users back online after outage

John70

Percentage Availablility

Do RIM offer a 99% availablity?

No company can guarentee 100% availability.

If so that means out of 365 days of the year they are saying that their service could be unavailable for 3.5 days (84 hours).

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Would you let your car insurer snoop on you for a better deal?

John70

Under 25s

Co-operative Insurance are already offering discounted insurance for under 25's if they have a black box fitted.

http://www.co-operativeinsurance.co.uk/servlet/Satellite/1228203835143,CFSweb/Page/Insurance-Car

They had this scheme for some time now.

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Royal Navy halts Highlands GPS jamming

John70

Boats and GPS

Are they saying that if the GPS malfunctions on their boat they are screwed?

Maybe they need to dust off their compass and do it the old fashion way.

Good practise for them in case of such event.

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Patent troll lawsuits may be on thin ice

John70

re: end user liability

AC @ Thursday 6th October 2011 00:23 GMT

"... whoever without authority makes, uses, offers to sell, or sells any patented invention, within the United States or imports into the United States any patented invention during the term of the patent therefor, infringes the patent," see 35 U.S.C. 271 (a).

That one word "uses" could open a right can of worms.

It's not clear on it's meaning. You could take it as the individual user of a product.

For example Apple sueing all users that use Samsung products that "infringe" on Apple patents and visa versa.

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Kinect 'augments' Bulgarian airbags

John70

Weird Science

Next they will have bras on their heads and hook up a Barbie doll. Result: Kelly Le Brock

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500 jobs threatened as Virgin Media shutters Liverpool call centre

John70

UK Call Centres?!??!?!?!

VM have UK Call Centres???

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Space junk at 'tipping point', now getting worse on its own

John70

Scrap metal

Just send metal theives into orbit, they can scrounge for the scrap metals.

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Don't buy your iPad in a McDonald's car park

John70

Missed one

...as thick as two short planks...

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Star Wars fans offered Blu-ray deals and previews

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Why not...

...remake IV, V and VI. It's pretty close to a remake with all the added CGI, etc.

After all Hollywood are remaking films that are not as old as Star Wars.

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Death haunts government petitions site

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@MGJ - But of course

You will find that there are Sharia Courts in the UK. I think the total is 100 courts.

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Ubisoft revisits Internet-at-all-times DRM

John70
Pirate

Stop Pirates???

When will software companies learn that no matter what DRM you put into a product it will be cracked.

All this will do is piss off the people that bought the game especially if their Internet connection goes down.

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TalkTalk drags arse in Ofcom ISP survey

John70

Customer Support

Dealing with Indian call centres is a pain in the arse.

Companies operating in the UK should be forced to have call centres in the UK and employ people that can speak English clearly.

There are plenty of towns in the UK with high unemployment that the calls centres can be based. At least it will get people back to work and government will get more in taxes.

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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Blu-ray extended edition

John70

Storage Media

Looks like the tech companies will have to come up with a new storage media to replace Blu-ray that can put a full extended version on LotR onto 1 disc instead of splitting it over 2 discs.

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'3-2-1 ... Good Morning Atlantis!'

John70

Just what I was thinking as well...

see title

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Microsoft kills Windows Vista SP1 support

John70

Licenses Sold

"We recommend folks look at upgrading to Windows 7, which is the fastest selling operating system in history, selling over 400 million licences to date," wrote LeBlanc.

There is a difference between licenses sold and licenses in use.

Does this figure include OEMs who's computers are still in the showroom waiting to be sold?

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Is Facebook worth more than Google?

John70

Google+

The problem I see Google+ is that it's another way to profile you to sell your soul to advertising. And all the info that is on Facebook is Google's wet dream to know everything about you.

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News International grabs SunOnSunday.co.uk domain

John70

Scandel

Once the next scandel brings down The Sun On Sunday, it might also take The Sun with it.

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Bug-Byte Manic Miner

John70

Passwords

wasn't it writetyper for Jet Set Willy?

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Moderatrix kisses the Reg goodbye

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Pint

Bye bye Sarah...

...and good luck in your new venture. You will be missed amonst these pages.

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World IPv6 Day fails to kill the internet

John70

One way to switch users

"The only way users will willingly switch is if there is a must-have service that they can't access with ipV4 and I can't see that happening any time soon"

Get Facebook to use IPv6 only. That will get a lot of end users switching over.

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Win8: A beginner's guide to FondleWindows

John70

File System

There is mention of a new file system called Protogon.

http://www.windows8update.com/2011/06/01/windows-8-new-file-system-protogon/

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Daleks given a well-earned break

John70

It's time for an enemy...

... that cannot be defeated by the Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver.

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Virgin preps step-down Tivo box

John70

Text Below

I'm with you dotdavid. I will not be getting one as long as there are "additional" fees for using the extra features on the box.

I won't even be paying up front. When my existing box "malfunctions" I'll demand a replacement for free or I'll cancel my subscription.

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Iran to attend Olympics, despite 'racist' logo

John70

Logo

The logo still looks crap from the day it was unveiled.

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Virgin Media begins 100Mb upgrades

John70

Not matter what speed you have...

...you are still limited to the speed the host can send data to you.

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Traffic Shaping

Not if they are traffic shaping which they do at peak times.

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Medal of Honour

John70

My questions are

Like with previous Medal of Honor games (Allied Assault, Spearhead, etc) for the PC

1. Can we set up a dedicated server running on our own hardware or rented hardware that players can join ?

2. Can the players create their own custom maps ?

3. Can the players mod the game (like freeze tag, etc) ?

After the farce with Modern Warefare and the absolute crappy IWNet for P2P multiplayer game play (which has put me off buying anymore Activision/Infinity Ward games) I am hoping that all the questions for Medal of Honor is yes.

If not then EA Games needs to have a good think about the PC gamers.

After all it was the custom map makers and modders that made the orginal MoH series one of the best FPS games in years even when Activision tried to copy it with their first Call of Duty series.

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Apple trade marks 'There's an app for that'

John70

What if...

...I use "There is an application for that" ??

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Doctor Who touches down in US of A

John70

Budget

This trip to the US of A must have blown the entire season's budget.

Guess they will make up for it by shooting all the other episodes on the strrets of Cardiff instead in the studio on the sets of alien worlds.

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UN appoints alien liaison boffin

John70

Stephen Hawking

"This view is not shared by professor Stephen Hawking, The Australian notes. He recently warned: “I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet."

Has Professor Hawking been watching Independence Day?

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Zuck buffs image ahead of Facebook movie

John70

Facebook is a film??

I for one will not be watching this film.

I will keep my pennies for something that is worth watching. Cinema prices are bloody expensive.

I hope this will become a very expensive flop.

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Son of Transputer powers new Amiga box

John70

Don't forget...

...the Demo Scene

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Solid state drives set for huge growth

John70

British Trillions

1,000,000,000,000,000,000 British Trillion

1,000,000,000,000 US Trillion

BIG difference.

Now if the Financial markets used proper British billions and trillions the national debt won't seem so bad.

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Jobsian drones shackle gamer with 'lifetime' iPad ban

John70

Quota

Since I won't be buying an iPad the poor bloke can have my quota.

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One fifth of humans say aliens walk among us

John70
Black Helicopters

Deities

You never know, deities and aliens might be one and the same.

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British Gas signs Voda so meters can snitch direct

John70

This is a title

The "green" part is no more people driving round reading meters.

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Darling confirms telephone line tax

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Rural Area

Why the hell should people with land lines pay an extra tax so rural areas can have broadband?

I'm sorry but it's the telecoms companies that should pay for this. Not add more tax.

They asked for Government help because it isn't cost effective to put the infrastructure in place.

And what will happen if (not when) all this in place? Will they remove this "tax"?

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