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2272 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Man charged over alleged April Jones Facebook trolling

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Re: The really sick joke here...

@AC....Which comment are you reading??

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OK, I will. What, does this forum have no creator, owner or moderator? Last time I checked, FB pages can be moderated. Then why not do it?

One FB page I'm subscribed to had the admin account hacked, and for several days my news feed filled up with porn. Did I get offended and demand apologies? Nope. Laughed my ass off.

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Re: Freedom of speach means the good, the bad and the evil.

It would be interesting to see you maintain your stand if a similar joke were directed at your child, say, a couple of days after her murder.

Bullshit emotive argument that should never, ever be used when making laws. The absolute worst person to ask about any preventative laws is the parent of the deceased.

You should have no right to freedom from offence, not least because any attempt to legislate what is and isn't offensive is almost guaranteed to be either unobjective, or abused.

If we arrest people for offending others, then what about Draw Muhammad Day? People seem pretty offended by that, but most of us in the UK are OK with offending those people. Odd that, isn't it?

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The attitude toward prosecuting trolls should be the same as the attitude used when deciding whether to take them seriously: we have got more important shit to do. Wind-up merchants are not worthy targets for prosecution, and if you start arresting people for being dickheads, you might well have to start with the Met...

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WoW cities wiped out by 'exploit'

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Re: What's the issue?

Am not sure that Muslims would describe Islam as 'a hobby'

Neither would I. Hobbies are generally productive in some fashion. Even levelling your shaman achieves more than praying all day.

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So how much XP did the attacker get for that?

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Re: @AM

Oh do give it a fucking rest will you?

<snipped rant />

Um...I thought he was referring to the in-game sprites. Which died. But aren't actually alive.

Excuse me while I back away slowly from the rabid fanboy.

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US data show slump in Apple tablet share

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Did anyone else read this in the voice of Ahnald Schwarzenegger?

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Re: But are they using them?

Go to StatCounter and do the same thing. Android then appears to be exactly where you would expect it to be given the figures in the article.

Stats are only as good as the method used to create them.

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Mozilla floats fondleslab-ready Firefox for Win 8

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I've gotta admit, for tablet browsing, that looks pretty swish, but then that's where Not-Metro is actually pretty strong. Which is why MS blocking this kind of thing on their brand new RT platform is bloody stupid. Come on, MS, can you not see why stopping existing apps porting smoothly to your new architecture is a really bad idea?

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While I would have swapped the "manic" and "depressive" terms around, I applaud the sentiment (by which I mean I'm going to steal your joke).

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$3500 will get 13.3in Mac tablet in your mitts

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Diss ye not the Todd! Anyone who can create the fabled motorcycle guitar is OK with me.

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Pastafarians: Get your noodly appendages off that Facebook suspect

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Re: blasphemy

Turns out blasphemy was still a crime in the UK until 2008 and remains a crime in Northern Ireland so maybe they're not the only crazy ones.

So we got rid of a stupid law, and they enforced it, and that makes us as nuts as them?

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Boffins suggest orbital dust-up to combat climate change

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Re: And the cost to the environment ...

Then there is the issue of putting all those billiard-balls into Earth orbit, *without* accidentally deorbiting the odd chunk into Paris or Sydney

Errr....I'm not sure you're getting the scales we're talking about here. Earth-Sol L1 is a wee bit further away than that; about 1.5 million kilometres if I recall correctly. Also, L1 isn't an orbit around the Earth. It's a "fixed" gravitational point between us and our star, and any object there is "stationary" (relative to the other bodies in the system, etc, etc).

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Guild Wars 2 game review

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Such an obvious snobbish attempt at trolling that I will dignify it only with a downvote.

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Tim Cook: 'So sorry for Apple's crap maps app - try Bing or Nokia'

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Re: Apple has peaked

I don't want to praise Apple or the iPhone, but I'm sick of all this "style over substance" crying. Because style is important. People buy clothing, shoes, cars, furniture, houses, EVERYTHING by style and beauty instead of just by "substance". You're wearing rubber boots all day?

I guess some of us just aren't as interested in the "fashion" opinions of others as you are..

Smart phones aren't just tools or office machinery or computers. Not for most people. They're much closer to clothing and shoes: They have to do their job, but they also have to look and feel good and make you feel good. Not understanding that doesn't make you clever.

I long for the days before the definition of "smartphone" got changed to this shit. Clearly some people missed the "smart" part. Can we just start calling fashion accessories smugphones and be done with it, so the term smartphone can be reclaimed for phones with actual capability?

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Re: Apple has peaked

The only "substance" my Android-using friends tout is the ability to replace their virtual keyboards with "Swype" and have animated wallpapers. Very impressive, if you don't have a job and work to do.

Funny you should say that. I made sure to get Swype onto my S3 at all costs because I have shit to do...

But then when I'm doing actual worky stuff, the N900 comes out, because for getting said shit done, Maemo still stands tall as king. Let's see you rattle off complex Bash commands on your iPhone.

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Re: Steve must be turning in his grave

Tim may has well of done, he name checked Nokia.....

Ouch

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Nokia lops UK Lumia prices ahead of Win 8 phones

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I was just about to say the same - this thread just shows the hilarious nature of Android fanbois.

Um...how do you know it's Android fanboys? Seems like you have your own set of irrational prejudices...

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I'm interested to see how WP8 goes. WP7 is flawed, but actually quite impressive in several ways, considering who made it. It's attractive IMO, easy to use, and Sonic-needing-a-piss fast. Technically, it's inferior to its contemporaries, but what it does, it does suprisingly well. If they can make up for some of the previous deficiences with 8, it could be interesting.

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Re: FRAGMENTATION!!!

"Fragmentation" - better known as "progress", or "upgrades." Seriously, people don't whinge and bitch about how Ubuntu can upgrade your OS every 6 months...

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Firefox's birthday present to us: Teaching tech titans about DIY upstarts

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Re: Well, I was waiting for that

I still have a floppy disk with Netscape 0.9c for Windows on it. 900kB, as I recall, so you could get the Trumpet Winsock IP stack on there as well. Out of interest I've just tried "sudo apt-get install firefox" on the Lubuntu machine I'm writing this on. It's a 20MB download and needs 42MB of disk space.

Let's play a game called "spot the past tense". I don't run it from a floppy any more, partly because it no longer fits and partly because I don't use floppy disks any more, genius.

Firefox is still a bloated crawler, taking about four times as long to start as Chrome and using half a gigabyte of RAM just to show the google search page.

Aaaaand I call bullshit. Chrome and FF have similar loading times on my Kubuntu desktop, as well as my Win7 one. And the only way it's going to take 500MB for one page is if you had many other pages open very recently, in which case it still has them cached in case you bring them back, which is a (quite useful) feature of the browser. So sick of this stupid FUD argument, especially on modern machines where it makes no difference. Using RAM != slow and bloated. Get a clue.

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Re: Revisionism

Oh yes, because this international project only uses English/United States [en-us] unless you manually install an alternative.

They default the language settings to their largest markets? THOSE DEVIOUS BASTARDS! Clearly this is all part of a plot to take down the valiant Opera!

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Re: Revisionism

Only because the "web cognoscenti" only care about software made in the USofA. Opera, like Nokia, have always been dissed by the ones that make the official histories.

Fuck me, have the Opera fanboys gotten bad enough now that they're calling out racism as the reason no-one uses it?

You know FF is an international project, right?

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Re: What about starting off with some nice Principles, lad!

^^ What that man said. Mozilla have almost always acted in the best interests of their users, and the web in general. For example, with their sync, you get given the encryption key for your data. And with their software, they value the same things I do: expandable, highly customisable functionality, and an accurate rendering engine. Gecko still kicks the shit out of everything else when it comes to development, and the mobile browser has come leaps and bounds since it debuted.

Not the fastest group, and they have of late occasionally hinted at an inferiority complex, but their attitudes are far more in line with my own than many other similar organisations out there. That's why they're one of the projects I've donated to, and one of the stands I made a beeline for at the MWC in Barca this year.

It's also why I have the Boot2Gecko project checked out on my Linux partition. ;-) Tizen, too.

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Re: I maybe wrong....

Hmmmm that'd mean you don't use Apples rendering for webpages on iOS devices. I believe you do even if its "firefox" your running the rendering system is still Apples? So much for throwing down those walls.

Have they actually done that yet? I know they refused for years to do that, then recently were um'ing and ah'ing about it.

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Re: I don't think that word means what you think it does...

It was more like Mozilla browser was forked, optimised and called Phoenix, which later had to be renamed due to a name conflict.

...to Firebird (which is when I came in). Then they had to rename it again. Whoops.

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Most companies I know (there are exceptions) won't let me have the OSX or Linux version just because I've already paid for the Windows version. Can't see it happening in the mobile world either (though again, there'll be exceptions).

Absolutely true, but there is an interesting exception: games. On Steam, if a game I own comes out for a new platform, I get it automatically. It's never been otherwise. It would be interesting if Valve eventually had that kind of influence on mobile apps. After all, there's a Steam mobile app. Not too much of a stretch to picture a Steam mobile games store that's cross platform.

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Well, I was waiting for that

Only a matter of time before the Opera lot showed up.

Firefox has always been a bit of a bloater? I used to run it from a floppy disk. No joke.

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AMD launches Android app store for Windows PCs

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Why? Just...why? Why would you want the mobile version of a game or app when the desktop version is infinitely superior? Why would anyone, for example, install the El Reg app pictured when their desktop has a real web browser? Leaving out the argument that mobile games suck ass, I can't think of anything from my mobile that I couldn't install a free, superior version of on my desktop already.

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Network boffins say Terabit Ethernet is TOO FAST

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See that, flying way over your head? That was a clue.

Improve coding, reduce network usage by 20%.

Number of users doubles.

Average media filesize doubles.

Whoops! There goes your utopia.

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Linux-based Tizen mobile platform lives!

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Re: Been following this

And to top it all off, my work phone is an S3. Let's root this bitch!

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Re: Need Apps

With WebOS being open source now, it's pretty likely that there will be HTML5 -based apps available.

Actually, it's the other way round. HTML5 is being put forward as the primary development language, and they're debating whether the SLP-style Enlightenment APIs will be available. At least, that was the situation the last time I checked in.

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Been following this

I'm ecstatic that the 2.0-a SDK is out, personally. Aside from this being a spiritual successor to Maemo, which I loved like the runty child I will never have, the 1.0 SDK was 32-bit only, and refused to run in a chroot. Hell, it refused to run on the one 32-bit machine I dug out to try it on.

Seriously, who releases 32-bit only gear any more? I'm looking around the office and I don't think we have a single machine running a 32-bit OS.

This new version? Downloaded it yesterday, and it installed and ran perfectly first time. Finally! I've been wanting to play with this thing since the beginning of the year.

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TalkTalk somehow retains most-complained-about-ISP title AGAIN

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Titan ADSL

Are fantastic for this. Being a relatively tiny ISP, they're much more flexible and willing to listen. The few times I had to call them (turned out Openreach hadn't installed the line properly) they put a note on my account that basically read "this guy knows what he's doing." Never had to go through that "have you tried restarting your computer" bullshit ever again. Then again, I can't remember the last time I had to call them, the connection's so solid. Can't recommend them enough.

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Fans revolt over Amazon 'adware' in Ubuntu desktop search results

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Re: Don't worry

Kubuntu is no longer an official spin. :-) Lost funding, but also lost some of Ubuntu's more demented decisions.

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Never been happier to be a Kubuntu user. :-) Better sling those guys another donation to keep going.

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Christian footie match ends in almighty brawl

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Re: And Lo!

Oi, you, keyboard, now.

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Apple iPhone 5 review

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Yadda yadda, interface is shiny, yadda yadda, mass market, etc, etc...

Did any of you read my original post? The reviewer is claiming that the original was superior on a technical level, which is patently was not. I also admitted that the old smartphones were clunky. WM2003 did indeed have a horrible interface, but none of that changes that it was (and to some extent still is) technically superior to an iPhone.

You can blather about how shiny the interface is as much as you like, but that's not going to make the beginning of this review brown-nosing exercise any more accurate.

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They were also really clunky. Feature phones had all the slick animations and nice interfaces, Smartphones had none of it. It was the iPhone that added all the nice animations and decent UI to smartphones.

Ah, so you're a magpie.

None of what you've listed makes the phone any smarter, which is the point he and I were contending.

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Re: It's not about specs!

I like the design and will probably getting one. Samsung et al keep making these screens bigger in the way Gillette keep adding more blades to their razors. That's not innovation!

So you're buying the iPhone 5, which has "bigger screen" listed as one of its new features...

That's not innovation!

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It astonishes me that people so readily buy into this crap. How can you possibly refer to a phone that debuted without even copy & paste functionality or a 3G connection as some kind of fucking genesis? In fact, it's far more accurate to say that:

"When the iPhone debuted, it did very little of anything that was smart. It was a jumped-up feature phone, lacking almost every feature necessary to be called a smartphone."

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Time was, smartphones did little that was actually smart. They had front-facing cameras and maybe a touchscreen, but operating systems geared more for a stylus than fingers. It wasn’t until the iPhone landed in 2007 that things changed

Couldn't even get past your opening paragraph. Are you fucking kidding me?

Prior to the iPhone arriving, I had several smartphones. Real ones. They had HSDPA, GPS, bluetooth, "apps", video playback, voice control, video calling, front and rear facing cameras. Basically, everything the iPhone 5 has, just clunkier and slower. If you can seriously write with a straight face that Apple invented the smartphone, you don't know what you're on about.

Is this really the best reviewer you have, El Reg?

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W3C reveals plan to finish HTML5 and HTML 5.1

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Re: I wonder what the DOCTYPE will be

But...but...that would break support for some shitty old browser on a shitty old system somewhere! And we can't have that, can we?

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Governments block YouTube over that video

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Re: Fanatics

The only advantage Europe had over the rest of the world was Christianity.

*Splutter*

ADVANTAGE??? What the hell?? You know who Galileo is, right?

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Re: Fanatics

A rather strange idea, since I cannot see how the Americas or the Pacific could ever have been reached or developed by the scientifically illiterate and backward people that Muslims became while Christendom struggled ever so slowly free of its mental shackles.

You really need to learn some history before saying such stunningly misinformed things. Ignoring the Christian-inspired dark ages completely (though I don't get how you could), you might want to look into the history of, oooh, let's say, Baghdad? The Islamic middle-eastern world was, at one time, a centre of learning.

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Re: Fanatics

Said corruption is only enabled by Islam

O-ho, I'd love to see how you get to that. I know some people in Africa that might disagree with you.

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Apple slip-up slows iOS 6 upgrades

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Re: ET - iPhone home

I wonder if they'll take (another) prompt from Android and blame it on a "rogue programmer."

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Wait, wait, wait. So every time an iOS device connects to a network, it calls home first? Am I the only one that's wondering what else that page does?

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Sony snoozes over substandard PS Plus service

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My only minor gripe with the service is savegame storage. 150MB gets eaten quickly. Especially with 10MB+ Skyrim saves.

Check again. The 4.25 firmware release they handed out this month upgrades that to 1GB. :-)

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