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* Posts by Richard 81

829 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Nexus Q preorders halted, price dropped to $0

Richard 81

Good

Yeah, I've found a similar code in a DVD before.

AC just riled me, as is an AC's want.

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Richard 81

Re: Free, like a box of damaged Christmas crackers

That's true. Though my point was that, since it's free, any shortcomings in its software could be dealt with by flashing it like the Android hacker mentioned in the article. Flashing normally voids the warranty though, so if you've spent £100 for something you're less likely to risk flashing than if you've got it for free.

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Richard 81

Re: the problem

No, what they want is for you to buy it once for every device you own... or, even better, each time you want to watch it.

More seriously, they don't want you to have a choice of source since you'll always go for the cheapest, which will drive down profit.

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Re: Free, like a box of damaged Christmas crackers

If it's free, just flash it. No warranty to void.

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Neurotrash creativity 'expert' created Dylan quotes from thin air

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Re: Phrenology

A treatment pioneered by Zorgo, I believe.

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Lords blast UK.gov's fixation on broadband speed over reach

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Mushroom

Re: Damn right

No. Telewest and NTL put the cables down. Virgin Media just bought it.

Now they're sitting on an ageing network that they have full control over and have no incentive to expand. Within the network they face next to no competition since BT won't put cable down in areas saturated by VM customers.

I suppose it could be worse, I could live in Hull.

@Ledswinger:

So first I was a rich middle class country type, now I'm a townie and the people in the villages are peasants?

You're right about water, fuel and food prices, but watch your damn tone.

Besides, wouldn't boosting the economy in that area by making it a viable place to run a business generally help the situation with more vital utilities?

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Richard 81

Re: Damn right

Middle class? I suppose, but it doesn't really feel like it.

Rural? No. I'm a Virgin Media customer living in the centre of Sheffield.

Just because I can get a service doesn't mean people living in the arse end of Cornwall shouldn't.

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Richard 81

Damn right

We don't need 100Mbit connections in every city. We need reliable 2-10Mbit connections in every village.

We also need to force all infrastructure owners to open up their network to competition. I'm looking at you, Virgin Media.

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Microsoft unveils fondle-ready keyboards, mice

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"In my experience people often replace a Microsoft mouse with another Microsoft mouse"

I'm the same. Except replace Microsoft with Logitech :)

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Richard 81

"Win8 is supposed be all about touch"

Yup. That's why the Surface is being released with a keyboard and touchpad dock.

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Richard 81

Re: Looks like a nice enough keyboard

"Americanisms"? Pah! I think not.

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Sellers flogging vid games to underage kids face jail, unlimited fine

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Re: ...

I can't think of any that have been denied classification. Was Manhunt denied?

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UK's thirst for energy falls, yet prices rise: Now why is that?

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Did you also account for CGF?

*Corporate Greed Factor

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Job ad seeks 'mediocre' developers

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I don't know...

That sort of ad appeals to me. I love programming and solving algorithmic problems, but I have no wish to end up in a grey cubicle.

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Richard 81

Re: brogrammer?

Surely a Google search would have done. Rule of thumb: if the meaning of a word can't be found on the first 2 pages of a Google search, then it doesn't exist (on the internet).

On topic: Brogrammmers sound like nobs.

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Ten monster tellies to suit all budgets

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"all budgets"

My arse.

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'We asked firms if they were looking at Windows 8, most laughed'

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Re: Windows 8 Is Crap

Sure as eggs is eggs. Sure as every odd numbered Star Trek movie is crap.

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Amazon crimps free Kindle 3G surfing

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Re: 50MB?

Or one page with anything made using Flash.

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Virgin Media's 'bye-bye to buffering' beardy Bolt boast BANNED

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Re: was it actualling bufferring? or do they mean caching.

Not sure why you were down voted, even if your understanding is wrong.

...maybe someone took exception to you failing to close your brackets.

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Droid X360 hybridises PS Vita and Android

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Will a single core cut it though?

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UK Border Agency to create 'national allegations database'

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Devil

Good good

A national denouncement database.

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Home Office doc 'not qualified' to assess McKinnon suicide risk

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Re: Equador

Yeah... careful with your terminology there pal.

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Boffins demo passwords even users don’t know

Richard 81

I can see it working.

UP, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, A, START

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Apple iOS 6 beta limits number of apps per device

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FAIL

Pardon the block quote, but:

"Now, 500 to 1,000 apps may at first blush seem to be far more than any rational human being might keep on their iOS device. But as macjeff rightly points out, if Apple expects your iPhone, for example, to eventually replace "your phone, your pocket gaming system, your smart-home remotes, your TV remotes, your day-timer, etc.," it might want to reconsider the limitation."

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Outage outrage: O2 dishes out 3 free days, £10 voucher

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Re: Untrue El Reg Opinion

Check the wording of your contract. El Reg is no doubt correct that O2 had no _legal_ obligation.

I'm not saying the wording is fair.

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PayPal is bleeding market share and it's all eBay's fault

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Re: 800,000 programmers?

That joke only has two arguments, not three.

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Olympic Security cock-up was down to that DARN software

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Re: "They have promised to meet all costs faced by the police and armed forces."

...although that'll probably fold the company, which will only hurt the people at the bottom.

Those at the top are probably syphoning off everything they can right now, just in case.

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"They have promised to meet all costs faced by the police and armed forces."

Well if they don't, I hope they'll be paid significantly less.

...or not at all.

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'O2 customers could try switching their phones off and on again'

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Re: Switching it off and on again...

Any idea why T-Mobile has told me twice now to just pull the battery out of my Galaxy S2, rather than shutting it down properly and then taking out the battery?

Surely off is off.

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Mountains of unsold tech? Ha ha, we're not falling for THAT again!

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Coat

"87.4 million boxes were flogged into the channel"

That's a lot of waterlogged PCs.

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UK is first class for train Wi-Fi in Europe

Richard 81

Well

If you're in first class then fine (although it means I hate you). Otherwise, you have to pay through the nose for it and probably won't get any work done anyway if it's busy (or contains one ore more teenager, baby or squaddie).

Besides. If I'm expected to work on the train during my commute then the ticket should be paid for without it being a taxable benefit.

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Judge: Patent litigants behave like animals

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Boffin

Re: Nice one judge

@Chemist

Damn right, it is total bullshit.

I'm in the toxicity prediction software business and I know for a fact that software is hardly used at all. Some of that is down to old-school (out of date) thinking on the part of synthetic and medicinal chemists, and even worse the actual decision makers. Most of it is down to the software just not being that good at modelling actual biological pathways.

@OP

Big pharma is failing because their business model sucks, but take away their patent protection and as soon a company develops a compound someone else will start producing it at a fraction of the cost. The companies that actually have R&D departments will die in no time. Remember that a patent submission contains the exact chemical structure of the drug. So once it's published anyone with a fairly rudimentary lab would be able to synthesis it.

Incidentally, there are such things as orphan drugs. They're cheaper to take to market because they're aimed at diseases that big pharma wouldn't normally touch (the sufferers are too poor), but they get more patent protection, not less. Otherwise not even small well-meaning companies could afford to tackle the disease.

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Google Maps takes shelter from the British summer

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Re: Maps?

I'd say 'map' is a more abstract term that can be applied to any representation of an area. A chart, on the other hand, is a particular kind of map. Nautical charts should be very accurate.

On topic, I'd like to see indoor maps of shopping centres.

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Tablets to outship laptops in 2016 SHOCK

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Tablets vs. laptops

The former is normally considered obsolete within two years and is unlikely to see any OS updates when the next model comes along. The latter can have 5-10 years of useful life it's a good one.

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iPhone spontaneously combusts on CCTV

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Re: Cue casual walk

"Me? I'm just strolling from my van with a recent purchase in a bag, oh wow my trousers are smoking."

That's why I don't go shopping any more.

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Richard 81

Re: Insecure

The CCTV recorder probably still uses cassettes and has no data ports.

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EU rejects Oracle secondhand software licence grab

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Re: Why are we talking about games ???

Because most of us encounter games and similarly priced software on a day to day basis. £1000+ licenses are for businesses.

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Mozilla's 'Boot to Gecko' morphs into Firefox OS

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So...

Does this mean a phone running Firefox OS will be largely useless anywhere where there's no 3G signal?

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CERN confirms neutrinos don't break light speed

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Re: Try that with mythology (aka Religion)

@mccp: Well put, says this man of science.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 'a harmful drug', says Apple in ban bid fail

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Facepalm

Re: Judge of Korean descent siding with Samsung

...because there can't possibly be another reason why the judge doesn't immediately give Apple what they want. It just has to be some foreign conspiracy.

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Microsoft hands out tools to sneak Skype onto new PCs

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Re: I'm so glad ms bought Skype

Your post is a bit garbled, so I'm afraid I didn't understand it fully.

You like the google alternative then? What's it like?

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Sony PlayStation 4 will not be download only

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Re: Here is a simple way to hasten digital downloads

"Go to Steam and see how much a new title costs."

True, but go back six months after release or during a sale and see how much it costs then. Don't know if that will translate to the console market though. Those games never seem to go down in price.

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Richard 81

"But Sony, it seems, feels that too many punters either want physical media - which they can, of course, sell when they've finished with the game - or lack sufficiently broad broadband to cope with multi-gigabyte downloads."

MS, on the other hand, will do what they're doing with Windows 8: Shove their fingers in their ears and sing "La la la la we know better la la la!".

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Olympic Wenlock plod cops condemnation from Amazon wags

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Re: Taste

Well I don't know about you, but I want one.

It's like having a political cartoon on your desk.

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Publishing barons: Free speech a 'cloak for tawdry theft'

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Re: Eroding Copyright?

To the thumb down, I'm not suggesting that the idiot this article is about it correct. Just that creative works should be protected for a while and then made public when it's right to do so.

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Richard 81

Re: Eroding Copyright?

No. If you create something you should get the money for it. If there was no copyright at all people would knock it off.

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Lenovo plans clip-on physical keyboard for tablets

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Re: Novel?

No, the *right* area of research for tablets is into that which will sell.

Besides, touch screen software keyboards are crap.

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The more science you know, the less worried you are about climate

Richard 81

Amazing...

Movable type!

We must keep these from the surfs. They might start getting ideas.

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Ten... Star Wars videogame classics

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Battlegrounds was rubbish. It was just an unimaginative mod for Age of Empires, which was already 4 years old. For goodness sake, Homeworld came out two years before Battlegrounds.

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Steve Jobs' 'private Apple spaceship' seeks public love

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Re: I know one thing...

Expect to see a patent for this design being accepted by the USPO any time soon.

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