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2272 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Head App Store plod punts farts 'n' wiz

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For the love of God, man!

The N900 has emulators for every system under the sun and you're playing MooBox? :-p

Grab iNES, slap in a copy of Galaga, be obsessed.

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Extreme porn law on the ropes

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Exactafuckingmundo!

"Due to the sexual nature of the case, he has been barred from contact with his daughter since the case began"

That's a bit of a logical leap! Man may enjoy porn involving sharp objects == man will abuse his daughter??

Someone wants a slap for that one.

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Hands on with Nintendo 3DS

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Riiight

"Nintendo stressed upon launch of the DS that it was not another Game Boy."

Except that that's *exactly* what it is. You pick it up and play games with it. The rest of the feature list/firmware, at least on my Lite, is garbage, especially compared to my PSP. They should make it do games, and do it well. Their half-arsed attempts at giving it a longer feature list make them look like berks - the PSP is a media machine, the DS just isn't. Yet.

The 3DS really interests me, but I do still play GBA games - hell, I still play Colecovision games - so that's a strike against it. And not sure whether I'd just rather have the larger screens of the XL... Looks like a better update than the DSi though.

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GBA Port?

Does it still have one?

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Apple preps iOS fix as Germany warns of iPhone peril

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Wow

That's....bad! Move a slider in a browser, and root the fecking device? Nice security!

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Firefox market share drops as IE makes slender gain

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Still a happy FF user

No stability issues, no extension issues. Sure it's a bit slower than the others but its improving, and it works the way I want it to. Plus, unlike a certain other browser, it doesn't spend half its time dialling home (didn't MS get slated six ways from Sunday for that...?).

And unlike some other punters here, I think I will reserve judgement on FF4 until it's actually finished.

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HP pays to end kickback probe

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I've always wondered how that works...

Err, we might get convicted here...

*Money*

Wooo, innocent!

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Android surges past iPhone in smartphone sales

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I think they mean native

I think the difference is that with an Android phone, you can't actually get down to the Linux bit - everything runs on a layer above it.

Whereas on a native Linux device - something running Maemo, say - you can hold CTRL+SHIFT+X on the keyboard, and a bash terminal pops up. It literally is a Debian distro, and you can screw with it as such.

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Firefox 4 beta 2 preaches tabs-on-top love to fanbois

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Hehe, you old misery guts

"Web designers should be using LESS animations, not more."

Perhaps they just want to use the CSS animation features so they can replace existing Flash/Silverlight based transitions/effects with standards-compliant browser-rendered ones, rather than suddenly using them to splooge nonsense all over every page in existence?

It'd certainly be cheaper for the designer, better accessible for the handicapped, and Flash would die on its arse and stop crashing my PS3. I see no downside, personally.

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Predictable post of the day

Well done. You managed to get an Opera mention in on the first comment. You should feel proud.

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iPad alert: Are you a selfish elite or an independent geek?

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*Sigh*

""half the Internet's infrastructure" is kind of stretching it. After all, the BSDs are more popular than Linux in the high-end networking gear."

I didn't do a survey and come out with precisely 50.0%... It was just a phrase!

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Yes, I noticed this...

Not only does he wave an iPad around in front of the camera as much as possible (not that the Beeb would ever break their charter and directly promote a product), but he had the bloody thing two weeks before release! They deliberately imported one just so he could parade around with it.

Never seen him look at it even once. In fact, I've never seen it turned on. I can't imagine wi-fi reception is brilliant at the end of the pit lane, so WTF is it for? Just a thing for him to hold and go "wooo, I've got one!"

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Amusing language guffaws

I love some of the factors for belonging to a group criticising the iPad are being interested in computers, electronics and the Internet. :-)

And as a Lintard, this kind of BS always annoys me:

"Linux (a do-it-yourself operating system for super geeks)"

Uh-huh. As well as phones, in-car systems, networking kit, half the Internet's infrastructure, etc, etc, etc... You know, all that shit you non-geeks use every day?

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Apple sued over hot iPad shutdowns

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In fairness to the iPad

Don't most consumer electronics come with a warning not to leave them in direct sunlight? I remember back in t'day, when I holidayed in Spain, the Discman had to stay under the sun lounger.

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BBC news apps squeeze onto iPhone, iPad

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FAIL

Wow, what a pile of fail

There is an official release of Flash for Android.

There was an iPlayer app for Android. The Beeb had it removed.

Your last paragraph makes no sense.

Conclusion: you should know more about this stuff before spouting nonsense.

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Missing the point

All those saying that the BBC is not favouring a specific platform are missing an important point. Firstly, they have they thrown all their effort into developing for Apple platforms - remember that Android was around long before the iPad, and the iPad has a much smaller user base - fobbing us off with their excuse of "we'll make it later."

On top of that, there *was* an excellent 3rd-party app for accessing both live and iPlayer streams. No profit was being made from it, and even after its developer offered the code for the app to the Beeb, they still shut it off. So they removed BeebPlayer from Android whilst barrelling ahead with an app for iPad, which is, let's face it, a niche product in this country.

And did anyone see their so-called "report" on Apple on BBC Breakfast last week? That wasn't a report, it was an advert! A ten-minute Apple-is-amazing splooge, regurgitating Jobs' doublethink regarding the Judas Phone, promoting his products as much as possible, and actually trying to pretend that Apple not only invented smartphones, but apps as well.

I've long said that the BBC needs a good whack across the back of the knees for their obvious and continuing promotion of Apple products, and this is just another example of why.

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Firefox update guards hen house

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God, listen to you people!

A browser got a patch!

BIG! FUCKING! DEAL!

Obviously evidence of why all of open source software is completely horrible, Firefox is unusable, etc, etc. Definitely not just a team fixing a flaw, oh no.

Alright then, let's not patch Firefox any more. It won't ever get updates, you can quit whining - would you prefer that?

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Google discovers Chrome can (really) block ads

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Jesus H!

What is *with* the Opera invasion around here recently? Man, I thought Apple fanbois were bad!

Are Opera paying all these users to invade any Firefox/Chrome thread and make obnoxious/smug posts? Are they becoming as bad as the Church of Steve?

"Oooh, our browser has not-quite-as-good versions of x plugin built straight in!" Oh, piss off.

I have nothing against the Opera browser - it's a fine browser. I have one or two issues with Chrome, but that's just my cynical nature. The only browser I hate with a passion is IE, and with damn good reason. (I'm a developer.)

Firefox is my favourite - it's not perfect, but it does what I want it to do, and it does it well. And besides, if I see security updates for a browser, they actually tend to reassure me that there is a team out there giving a shit. Patching happens, even to the great and glorious Opera. Get over it.

If you like Chrome, you want something light, and you don't care about the spying, fine. If you want something midway, quick, but more advanced than Google's offering, Opera is a great browser. I like Firefox because I have ten bazillion plugins installed - I've made it work the way I want to. I've done that because I appreciate the capability, and because the browser is for me an essential work tool, used every day in vast amounts, so it has to work *my* way. Not yours, not theirs, mine.

(And the awesome bar...is.)

But why all the hate? Hate the Church of Steve for talking out of its ass, treating end users like shit and lying to them. Hate IE for causing more headaches, pain and suffering to web-devs than any other piece of software. Hate SCO...because. But Firefox vs Opera vs Chrome? Three browsers that actually work? Get a fucking life!

I have 15 games consoles, 6 PCs, and the Jethro Tull discography, and I am telling you this - get a fucking life. Seriously! If anything, Opera and Firefox should be going after the MSIE users again, not tearing at each other. It's just a browser, people! And ours work! Chill out...

Safari is still a piece of shit, though. ;-)

Beer, because I may have written this inebriated.

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Sod the ads, I do it for the speed

Think how much less of a page such as El Reg you're actually downloading if you turn off Flash and disable ads. Far fewer transactions, far faster browser.

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Phonemakers cry foul on Steve Jobs 'We're all alike' attack

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Ahahahahaha

"Apple don't make products to please shareholders either .. they want to make products that people love and if they make money, great."

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

*Wheeze*

AAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Are you serious? Are you actually serious? Looking at your post history, you do appear to be serious. In which case, you are a comedy legend.

Giant multinational corporation and billionaire CEO in "not interested in the money" shocker!

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iPhone customers lay into Apple after iOS 4.0.1 update fails to install

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PSP is a good example of how to do it

The Cowon updates, while not as automatic, are no less straightforward. Copy update file to root of device, and start it. Easy. No cable involved.

I wasn't aware the iPhone was being updated directly over the cable! I knew it had to be connected to iTunes to get the update, validate, etc, but doing the update straight over the wire? That's insanely stupid.

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Apple spews Judas Phone signal bar 'fix' to world+dog

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You're an idiot

Apple is clearly fobbing people off.

Microsoft fixed the 360 problem so many mobo versions ago I've lost count.

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Pressure mounts on Apple to recall iPhone 4

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Think about it?

"Think about it..."

I have, and there are so many vast leaps of logic in your four lines of idiocy, that I can only assume you are well worthy of the moniker "fanboi."

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Hang fire

"All the major players have had significant smartphone problems"

You can't say "significant smartphone problems" and then list "that Jimmy Hill chin" as one for Android, especially when that particular phone sold exceptionally well (and continues to).

Also, unlike the iPhone, one phone not selling particularly well (the Nexus) makes little overall impact on the platform. There's dozens of Android phones and they're doing a roaring trade.

Logic failure in an otherwise good post.

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UK.gov slams Facebook over Moat fan clubs

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Hate to say it, but

I'm with Zuckerberg on this one. Some people are unpleasant, some in the extreme, but you can't go around silencing differing opinions, especially where those groups might be seen as critical of policing and government.

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Firefox engine outraces self after Jäger shot

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One thing you can always count on in a Firefox thread

OPERA! Hey, OPERA! Has anyone heard of OPERA?? Please pay attention to us!

I assume it hasn't occurred to you that anyone who switched to Firefox in the first place is probably already willing to try Opera, already has, and already went back to Firefox? 'Cos I did. Twice.

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US domain registrar does IPv6, DNSSEC

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You can use both?

You're right, we should never attempt to transition to newer tech. And you definitely can't use both during the transition...

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Apple iPhone forums gripped by deleted thread paranoia

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Also curious

Where exactly within Apple do you work, DZ?

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Apple bars radiation nanny from App Store

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No

"The answer has little to do with this app being alarmist or pointless. Is that not for consumers to decide?"

Of course it isn't. Not every human is endowed with the particular sector of knowledge required to see the app as bullshit, so some will buy it - and worry themselves sick with it - thinking it is real. Not because they're inherently stupid - they might be a car mechanic, a salesman, etc, so WTF do they know about radiation?

It requires someone who is knowledgeable in these fields (or "spotting dangerous bullshit") to pull them up and tell them to piss off. That, and educate the wider public as to why this is nonsense. But we have Penn and Teller for that.

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Haha

Man, I love people like this:

El Reg says:

"no reputable study has definitively shown that handhelds cause cancer."

You respond with:

"I guess you consider Motorola's internal research not being credible then?"

And then immediately follow that up with:

"No conclusive evidence to cause cancer is yet determined."

So you've basically agreed with El Reg, genius.

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T-Mobile tardily talks iPhone 4 tariffs

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Joke

iPhone in more-expensive-than-better-phones shocker!

iPhone contracts more expensive and more restrictive than, say, Desire or N900 contracts? Say it ain't so!

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Mozilla stokes Firefox 4 with first beta build

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You noticed the "etc"?

That's just the ones I use continuously. There are more than that on my list. Those are just the ones that spring to mind.

I do use Opera, and I do like it. It's by far the best mobile browser, hands down, though Firefox on my N900 is a surprisingly excellent implementation. And you're right, I wasn't aware that so much is now native in Opera. But there's just something about it on the desktop I don't like.

It still isn't as versatile as Firefox either. I've been able to modify just about every aspect of FF's behaviour - I've added the accelerators from IE8, I've changed the way it handles restarts, I've enabled printing to PDF, and so on, and so on. You can't deny that that's cool.

And the killer app for me is still the Firefox address bar. That thing just kicks ass.

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Oh look, another Opera evangelist

I like Opera as a browser, but its fanbois remind me of fanbois of a different type. I think it's the smug "superiority".

Thing is, does Opera have ReloadEvery, the Web Developer toolbar, download statusbar add-ons, Firebug, Window Resizer, etc, etc?

No?

Bugger off then.

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SHOCK, HORROR!

Your add-ons don't work in PRE-RELEASE SOFTWARE???

The bastards! My God man, we should sue someone! You should definitely switch to something else. It's not like they'll fix anything or upgrade the add-ons in the next few months...

Prat.

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Geez dude

How loud is your hard drive? I run SCSIs and I don't sit there thinking "hmm, I don't care for the sound of THIS application, no sir."

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Cheers for that

As for private browsing, what about CTRL+SHIFT+P?

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Greg J Preece
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So long as I can put my menu bar back

All sounds good, except for that "single button" interface. Screw that - I want a menu bar, damn it.

Might download it and take a look.

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Cowon iAudio J3 personal media player

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Errr, just don't remove the SD card?

Buy a 32GB, shove a 32GB card in...where's the flaw in that plan? You'd have more space than you do now. That's why Cowon added the SD slot - IIRC Apple bought up all the 64GB NAND Toshiba were making, so Cowon just raised two fingers and added a card slot.

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Battery life?

What's the battery life like on a HD2 compared to this thing though? And does it sound as good? In my experience, the sound coming out of a Cowon beats the hell out of anything around it.

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Greg J Preece
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Thanks for the review - one question

I've got an S9. I had an X5 before that. Both have been excellent, but my main disappointment with the S9 is that in the 32GB version the Bluetooth transmitter doesn't function correctly. Has this been fixed in the J3? Going to hunt down a 32GB J3 and shove a 32GB card in it, seen as I've managed to fill this one.

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Lindsay Lohan goes down for 90 days

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Paris is no better

Remember how they pathetically pampered that one instead of sending her ass to jail? I do:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/runparisover/

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Hack forces Flash onto iPad

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A man with taste

Trogdor and Alien Hominid - excellent games.

Seems to run pretty damned well, actually. Not bad for a cross-platform hack, considering Flash is supposed to be a horrible piece of shit that would crash the iPad into the ground...

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Transformers: War for Cybertron

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Not all the Transformers games were rubbish

Go out and find the Transformers game on PS2. No, not the movie tie-in - the one before it. True, it's based on Armada, but it's a really good game.

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Apple's iPhone 4 denial: insulting or ignorant?

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Returns

Aren't they charing a 10% restocking fee for returns?

Just thought I'd mention that...

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Nokia snaffles user data on the down-low

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If I remember correctly, I got past the screen

Just tap the power button - task manager pops up - kill current task.

Bwhahahahahaha.

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Nasa returns to the moon... in 3D game

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I'll play it

I'm enough of a space/NASA fanboi to play it. And probably love it.

</sad>

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Observer columnist in online porn mixup

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FAIL

Nothing to do with censorship?

If she doesn't even know how the address works, I doubt she understands how it could be used for censorship.

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Linux game-time refined with latest Wine

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Learn to read

"Increasingly difficult"

Does not mean

"Completely impossible"

D-d-d-d-duh.

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Greg J Preece
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Orrrrrr have both?

I do get a little tired of this argument sometimes. Console gamers will bang on about PCs being harder to keep up with, PC gamers will ridicule consoles for having crappy controls and (sometimes) dumbed-down versions of their own games. And of course, both camps are right.

So stuff it! I go where the games are. Time Crisis/God of War/Burnout games are on the Sony machines, so I have those. FPS/RPG/Strategy games are on both, but play better on the PC, so I have one of those too. Some consoles have exclusives I want to play, so I'll get those too.

I don't really care about the platform, so long as it's not totally crap (*cough* early-gen 360 *cough*). I just play the damn games and enjoy myself. I play a lot of games, so I have a lot of systems.

I have Linux, so I wanna play games on it.

See where I'm going with this? Quit the blah-blah and get on with the games.

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BT boss brands Britain illiterate

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@AC 10:29

"Presumably, as you write about "high school", yours is an American perspective."

Errr...nope. I'm English, and I went to a "high school." They're quite common.

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&q=high+school&mrt=all&sll=52.842595,-0.791016&sspn=9.936275,28.54248&ie=UTF8&t=h&split=1&rq=1&ev=zo&hq=high+school&hnear=&ll=54.278055,-0.681152&spn=9.606298,28.54248&z=6

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