* Posts by Individual #6/42

47 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009

This Christmas, demand the right to a silent night

Individual #6/42

Generation X.2 can use the off switch...

As my offspring reach an age where they can have mobile devices I find that, for the majority of the time they turn off the wifi and the cellphone capabilities. This is partly because they don't want to be tracked but also they have no desire to be emailed or texted constantly. They might play minecraft but their messages pile up and they drop by each other's houses to talk and gossip.

Grumbling " I don't understand kids these days..."

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Rolling the ATTACK DICE in King of Tokyo

Individual #6/42

Level Up!

I recommend you grab the Level-up expansion to differentiate the monsters with 'evolutionary' abilities such as Gigazaur's heat breath or The King's roar. Don't bother with the Halloween expansion.

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Our system handles £130bn and it's BUST. Want the job of fixing it? Apply to UK.gov

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Re: Cheapskates

But no one will ever admit that you failed, so in theory it's a never ending source of income...

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I'LL BE APP! Apple renews LiquidMetal contract, Terminator rumours flood interwebs

Individual #6/42

Grognard

Can I have my psion 3mx form factor if they can make adequate hinges?

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Bendy or barmy: Why your next TV will be curved

Individual #6/42

Ideal for people on their own

Without wanting to get into long discussions this seems like a rehash of arguments about quadraphonic systems that give perfect sound reproduction as long as you sit in one place in the room. I'd estimate most people watch TV at 20 degrees from the perpendicular and will find these a frustration.

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Doctor Who nicked my plot and all I got was a mention in this lousy feature

Individual #6/42

Top marks for referencing Marcus L. Rowland

Who wrote Queen Victoria and the Holy Grail, and also did a lot of work on Space 1889, which had Victorian adventurers on Mars in airships..errm he may have got some of his ideas from elsewhere too...

Only 7 plots...probably only 6.

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Pro-Assad hackers break into AFP Photo wire Twitter feed

Individual #6/42
Joke

Bashar declares Zombie Apocalypse

"Killing children and using them as soldiers"? = he's accusing Obama of necromancy

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Apple threatens to ruin peace worldwide with voice-controlled iMacs

Individual #6/42
Coat

Old Joke

ask coworker with voice control "What's the command to format a drive?", followed by "Are you sure?"

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Apple seeks cable connection for set-top box

Individual #6/42
Unhappy

Saying goodbye to my millions

But an Apple Television could just be a 40" screen with wifi or powerline built in. Clean lines and one cable (for power).

The Apple iTV then sits in a cupboard and serves up whatever flavour of service you want via apps and "HDMI over WiFi" (possibly powerline). Users control the lot from ipad/pod/phone over bluetooth.

This allows Apple to gatekeep Netflix, cable, Sky and even Youview; your PS3 could be plugged in to the iTV , keeping a screen with one cable as the 'face' of the TV.

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'Sacrifice another goat!: iCloud is Apple's biggest failure before Google

Individual #6/42
Unhappy

Sorry but my mileage varied

Google just caused a load of sync problems, duplicating events and contacts. Icloud just works (for me). Some analysis would've supported the suthor's arguments but I guess neither the fruteloops or the chocfans like to give out that sort of data.

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Mobile operators mourn death of embedded 4G

Individual #6/42

Depends upon definition

I've been 'tethering' ever since I could connect my Psion 3c via IR to my old Ericsson T39 with had a contract for WAP. I've gradually moved on to laptop via DUN Bluetooth and then Wifi four or so years ago. It's only recently that operators have decided that this ought to be a separate income stream, ten years after they've been giving it away.

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The Pirate Bay torrents printable 3D objects

Individual #6/42

Brilliant

This way I can download that rare lego Star Wars character and have him printed off in time for tea!

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Pay-by-wave: At least it's better than being mugged

Individual #6/42
Go

Old school

How about having to enter a pin onto your phone to activate the mechanism? Seems like something to put on an unlock screen?

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UK punters happy to pay £3 to top up e-wallets

Individual #6/42
FAIL

Tobin Taxes to kill economy - in micro

Even the greediest cashpoints only take 2:50! How on earth do they think that £3 will encourge e-wallets over the handy numbered pictures of the Queen?

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Schoolkids learn coding at GCSE level in curriculum trial

Individual #6/42
Coat

Didn't this used to be an O level in computer studies

Mine's the one with "Programming the 6502 processor" in the pocket.

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Apple Snow Leopard update sets stage for Lion

Individual #6/42
Alien

complaining about it 'not working'

If you don't link to the support site or provide details this just looks like trolling.

I've never had any problems with printer or scanners, just remember to dump the software that comes on the discs and use the Apple provided drivers.

Plus shouldn't somewhere called Greyskull have belonged to the skeletal guy anyway...

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Contract can be formed by company's actions, High Court rules

Individual #6/42

What's the news here?

Offer, Acceptance, Consideration, Intention to create legal relations.This seems like first term contract law. What am I missing?

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Apple iPad 3 to sport 3D screen a 'dead cert'

Individual #6/42
Flame

No portrait mode presumably

Highly suspect this is tosh.

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Libya fighting shows just how idiotic the Defence Review was

Individual #6/42
Alert

But who would have got those old Tornados?

If the Libyan government had offered to take them off our hands we might have been looking down the wrong end of a technological disparity.

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Google disappears torrent terms from autocomplete search results

Individual #6/42

But autocorrect still works

Type "Linux turrent" into Google and it automatically corrects to "torrent". So even if you can't type you'll get your warez through the Goo.

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Olympians threaten ICANN with lawsuit

Individual #6/42
FAIL

Not Sun Tzu, Miyamoto Musashi

Apologies to the honourable gentlemen

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Individual #6/42
Flame

IOC gone rabid

Whilst abhoring cybersquatters and their ilk I'm afraid that the IOC's attempt to trademark all the elements of Mount Olympus (Named well in advance of any games) and Five Linked Rings (Prior Art Sun Tzu) have become excessive of late. Thankfully they've not gone after the Percy Jackson books but frankly I cannot see any rationale for special consideration.

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Youth of today demand mobile payments

Individual #6/42

Surely more to do with

the fact that young people often get their bill paid by their parents. Of course the young are crying out for new way of getting money off mum and dad.

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Star Wars set for 3D rehash

Individual #6/42
WTF?

Nooooooooo!

No other comment.

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Jailbreaker alert: Apple TV runs iOS

Individual #6/42
Jobs Halo

It's very close to failing

Steve seems to be selling us a TV box that can download games and use a touch and motion sensitive controller with second screen. Smart but it's now all about the content.

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BBC iPlayer to run on iPads. Eventually

Individual #6/42

Elgato eyeTV for Ipad

With associated App it could be a winner?

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You paid €20m for UN mobe-fear - and that's just the start

Individual #6/42
WTF?

I for one,

do NOT welcome out tin hat wearing overlords.

My money is paying for those hats!

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Physicist unmasks 99-year-old mistake in English dictionaries

Individual #6/42
Go

Atmospheric pressure

The atmospheric pressure controls how high above the surface of the upper liquid the siphon tube can pass before it descends. I think you'd have trouble siphoning mercury above a metre wall.

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Microsoft releases Symbian Communicator

Individual #6/42
FAIL

Again

Mail for Exchange is the way that Google suggest synchronising gmail calendars with Symbian Series 60 devices liike my E61i. It's free and works.

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Mandy quango says Apple, Amazon are too obscure

Individual #6/42
FAIL

brand recognition

Weird how having an advertised brand is apparently less effective than being an underground service (paid for through advertising?).

And apparently the people with ( and who paid for) their (copy) rights are to be asked to pay (again) in order to support these branded services?

Truly my head hurts when I conceive of the intelligences at work here.

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Real Networks rolls over to Hollywood

Individual #6/42
FAIL

Bad law drive out good?

Yup it was illegal. However the DCMA is an awful piece of legilstation that works against the interests of content producers and consumers..

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LG Windows Phone 7 handset out in Q4

Individual #6/42
FAIL

Hardly inspiring 7

The mock up doesn't go to landscape when you slide out the keyboard and can't wrap or zoom the day of the week text?

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Brits left cold by mobile internet

Individual #6/42
Go

unsurprising

Nokia's browsers have (until recently) been awful. I use Opera, but you have to know it's there and install and configure it. Hardly a job for the average omnibusian. Jobs may not have put the full 'net on a phone but it's good enough to use.

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Fifty Strikes and… we'll tell your Mum

Individual #6/42
Flame

Losing the plot

I'm sure that I've missed something but isn't a chunk of this bill about making an acitvity (copyright breach over the Internet) that only has to be proven in the courts on the balance of probabilities and for which there has never been a successful plaintiff., into a crime for which no evidence need be shown, with absolute power to enforce punishment.

Reminds me of CBBC Horrible Histories

"Have you had something bad happen in your life? Then call Witchfinders Direct! We'll burn an old women without justifcation. Call now"

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T-Mobile UK earmarks two tariffs for scrappage

Individual #6/42
Boffin

Eh?

EU Directive 2009/136/EC,Amendments to Directive 2002/22/EC, Article 30 Paragraph 5 states:

Member States shall ensure that contracts concluded between consumers and undertakings providing electronic communications services do not mandate an initial commitment period that exceeds 24 months. Member States shall also ensure that undertakings offer users the possibility to subscribe to a contract with a maximum duration of 12months.

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Beeb reporter breaks Sonim's 'unbreakable' phone with fishtank

Individual #6/42
Thumb Up

Now for sale

The unbreakable fishtank!

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Motorola's latest Android 'andset demo'd

Individual #6/42
Thumb Up

Actually

I quite like this, it's a bit of innovation but a worthwhile stab at something new.

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Palm jumps to Verizon with two new phones

Individual #6/42

More lies

Joikuspot allows my ancient Symbian phone to provide a 3G wifi hotspot to multiple users, and has done for years. What have I missed?

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Ballmer preempts Jobs with tablet slate trio

Individual #6/42
Go

Windows 7 on a tablet

Slate sadly unrevolutionary. MS tablets have been steadily improving over the years (anyone remember being told to shut them down daily in order to run the housekeeping software?) but they're still stuck on the old menu, taskbar and wasted real-estate of Win3.1

This may be an attempt to say "we got there first" but the inteface just doesn't cut it compared to the Kindle or Sony's reader. Jobs can concentrate on those two as his competitors.

My money is on "Kindle 3" being the big winner this year, stealing ideas from Apple and working off their relationship with authors and distributors.

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Mars rover faces icy death

Individual #6/42
Pint

RIP . Well done!

The Rover has doen its job so well we've ascribed it a personality ("plucky") and wish it well in the next life. Fantastic engineering guys! Now go build an even better one.

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Apple tweaks T&Cs for Blighty customers

Individual #6/42
Jobs Halo

Prompt filtering down

I just had my Time Capsule replaced, despite it being out-of-warranty, after quoting the law at Apple regarding Sale of Goods. Actually good customer service!

Bad Steve for taking so long to comply but now Good Steve...

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Apple blueprints the iShoe

Individual #6/42
Joke

Surely this deserves the response

Apple talks cobblers.

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Doctor investigated for posting inkblots to Wikipedia

Individual #6/42

Am I reading this wrong

But are these the first people to claim some sort of copyright over vagueness?

To quote Douglas Adams.

"We demand clearly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty."

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Brit firm stops anti-tank warheads with cloth

Individual #6/42
Boffin

It's just the start

At the speeds involved most materials act as a fluid. The safest way to avoid damage is to have non ablative layers of angled material of increasing density that will refract incoming munitions. Candyfloss then bubblewrap, taut textiles, wood and then steel. Fluffy tanks!

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Apple's big week: the good, the bad, the ugly

Individual #6/42
Jobs Horns

@AC

Why unlock your Iphone and then move to Verizon?. Surely the point would be to unlock it so you could use it on the network you choose? OK you lose visual voicemail but that's really not been proven to be any sort of killer app.

However with my T-mobile sim only £15/month contract I've got unlimited data and tethering via bluetooth. Why on earth would I want to spend an extra £35/month for two years for a locked phone and unlimited Wifi?

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RIP Personal Computer World

Individual #6/42
Unhappy

Fond memories

As a result of PCW I for into 6502 assembler and Z80 machine code. Until I discovered girls (nearly a decade later) this was one magazine I read each month. I ended up working for IBM and probably still have a tape of old ZX81 progams somewhere.

Great times.

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Apple's 13in MacBook Pro in online strip tease

Individual #6/42
Jobs Halo

The Apple way - taste the Koolaid

A bit disappointed by the sticky our SD card. My Wii has a flush SD card reader that has never failed to spring the card out. My Powerbook holds a PCMCIA reader that SD cards fit into flush. I'd have probably preferred they drop the optical drive and given me eSATA.

On the subject of hard drives everything is on my 250G laptop drive, backed up to my Time Capsule.

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