* Posts by Si 1

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All eyes on the jailbroken as iOS, Mac OS X threat level ratchets up

Si 1

Re: iOS Jailbreaking is a good thing...

I used to jailbreak but there's just no point any more. iOS does everything I need with only emulators being missing from the App Store... and I can get those now by just building them in Xcode (Provenance is especially easy). There's really no need to jailbreak these days other than to prove you can...

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Mozilla releases iOS app version of Firefox browser for world+dog

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Re: If it is using webkit...how is it different from Safari?

I don't know about Firefox on iOS but with iOS 9 you can get plenty of content blockers from the App Store for Safari.

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IT contractors raise alarm over HMRC mulling 'one-month' nudge onto payrolls

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Re: Not about IT?

Yes, this is more my take on it as well. Employing people as contractors has become an easy way for companies to easily avoid any of the responsibilities of an employer and to be able to get rid of people without having to give any notice or pay redundancy.

I'm currently working as a contractor for a company who have a hiring freeze on, I would prefer to be an employee but there's just no chance of that.

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Alumina in glass could stop smartphones cracking up

Si 1

Hello, Computer

Just use the keyboard...

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Mostly Harmless: Google Project Zero man's verdict on Windows 10

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I see where you're coming from, but I think the problem with UAC is that while it does prevent nasties being able to run silently it doesn't fix the fact that once that app has been given permission to run it can do anything it wants to the system.

The registry for example is basically a one-stop-shop for everything on the system and has no concept of restricting apps access to their own area. The entire registry is there for the taking. Likewise there's no jailing an app to its own directory or preventing it overwriting files or programs in other areas of the disk.

UAC is less of a security feature and more of a button to absolve MS of any responsibility if the program you're running messes your system.

While it would break compatibility with loads of applications I think MS should look at moving away from the registry and start jailing apps to their own install directory. Sure there will be plenty of times where apps will need access to external resources but I think that could work a bit like Android/iOS where you can decide what features an app can access like the camera or contacts.

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Apple's big secret: It's an insurance firm (now with added finance)

Si 1

I'm sorry but I used WinPho devices back then and they were sluggish, fiddly shite. Tiny buttons and overcomplicated screens that required a stylus to poke, a browser that might have run Flash but barely reached IE6 levels of compatibility and apps that just stayed open in the background using up all the RAM until you waded through several Control Panel screens to manually kill things.

WinPho might have ticked a lot of feature boxes back then but they were all so badly done that it was a rubbish device to use. Plus the Athena was gigantic, it was hardly something that could be slid into a pocket like most phones or the iPhone. Oh and the iPhone 2G was made of aluminium too.

I do applaud MS for building Windows CE, it managed to cram all the essential elements and APIs of the Windows desktop into a portable device which was an impressive feat. The only problem with that though was they failed to recognise that on a mobile device you need a simple and fast interface that doesn't require getting out a stylus or poking fiddly little buttons. For all its flaws the first iPhone's multi-touch interface made it a pleasure to use on the go.

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All aboard the Skylake: How Intel stopped worrying and learned to love overclocking

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Re: I've NEVER understood the opposition to overclocking.

I believe Intel's concern about overclocking was over unscrupulous PC makers buying cheap CPUs, overclocking them and then selling them as higher specced models. This would not only hurt Intel's bottom line but could also annoy customers who have paid extra for a chip that Intel wouldn't replace if it failed due to overclocking.

That said, that was their argument about 15 years ago when there were still smaller companies building desktop computers. These days most people want laptops and the few desktops made all tend to come from Dell/HP/Lenovo. It's only the enthusiasts who really still build the big gaming rigs so I guess that's why Intel are relaxing things a bit. That said, they were doing Extreme Edition unlocked chips about 12 years ago so I think overclocking goes in and out of fashion at Intel.

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Another root hole in OS X. We know it, you know it, the bad people know it – and no patch exists

Si 1

Considering OSX ships by default with a block to prevent execution of anything not downloaded from the App Store I'm not sure how much of a problem this would be. Tricking people into downloading an app off the web would be pointless because OSX would simply not run it. It wouldn't even prompt for an admin password like Windows, it just behaves like you never even clicked on the app.

Of course that does leave room for nefarious apps being allowed onto the App Store by Apple but that would require the developer to pay for a developer account, pass Apple's certification tests (which could well catch an app giving itself admin privileges) and then you'd need people to actually want to download the app.

Unless Apple promote the app on the App Store homepage it would probably sit in some corner of the App Store being ignored like 90% of the other apps on there... Bit of a storm in a teacup methinks...

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Windows 10: Buy cheap, buy twice, right? Buy FREE ... buy FOREVER

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Re: It's all about the developers

Personally I think it's free because MS are desperate to show they are still relevant. If they can point to Windows 10 adoption rates and show it actually beating Windows 7 instead of languishing way behind like Windows 8 and 8.1 combined then it counters the current narrative that Windows is dying and that Microsoft are basically running a legacy platform.

The other clever master stroke was announcing you could only get the OS free for the first year, thereby causing people to rush to reserve their upgrade to ensure they don't miss out.

I also think the free upgrade queuing mechanism means that MS are in control of when people get Windows 10, so they can spread adoption out evenly and even boost it in slow months to give the appearance that Windows 10 is selling steadily and that their business model still works.

I think this is all about getting the casual users back on Windows, many of which probably use their phones or tablets for Facebook/YouTube/Twitter/Email. They don't care to buy a new PC when Windows 7 does the job, but if the upgrade is free they will decide they might as well grab it while it lasts.

That's my conspiracy theory anyway!

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Apple Watch HATES tattoos: Inky pink sinks rinky-dink sensor

Si 1

Re: On/Off switch?

But I don't wank with my left hand.

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Shh! Bose and Apple ink SECRET deal to settle 'noise-cancelling' suit

Si 1

Interesting...

I saw a rumour the other day to suggest Apple were about to pull all Bose products from their retail stores as well as the online shop. Perhaps the threat of losing access to the Apple market altogether forced Bose to settle?

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Will we ever can the spam monster?

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I must admit I'm tempted to switch to Google, the install of SpamAssassin on my server is letting so much through these days. I still can't quite bring myself to let Google go snooping through all my email, but I suspect it's only a matter of time before I get annoyed enough to switch!

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Buying memory in an iPhone 6: Like wiping your bottom with dollar bills

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Re: "...pure profit!"

In fairness Apple also solder the chips to the mainboard for you so some unscrupulous type can't eject and steal the memory card and put your naked pictures of Jennifer Lawerence on the internet....

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In three hours, Microsoft gave the Windows-verse everything it needed

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Re: Too Little Too Late

I agree it's too little, too late. I think the sudden appearance of Office on iOS is a sign Nadella recognises market share is more important than quibbling with Apple about their 30% App Store cut.

Imagine what the market share of Office on iOS would be if Ballmer hadn't wasted nearly 2 years arguing the toss about that. Instead they're now trying to charge £80 a year for Office when all new iPhones and iPads come with Apple's Pages/Numbers/Keynote apps for free.

Unless you're a power-user that needs macros and mail merges those apps are more than adequate for any average user, meaning Microsoft are again losing out on capturing new Office users.

I like what Nadella is doing, but I think it really is too late to turn the ship around...

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Don't panic! Japan to send nuke fuel rod into MELTDOWN in Fukushima probe

Si 1

In all fairness, their only real mistake was keeping their diesel generators somewhere a tsunami could wash them away. The reactors and the buildings survived a quake a magnitude greater than they were built to withstand as well as being hit by a wall of water. If those generators hadn't been lost they could have carried on cooling the reactors and there wouldn't have been even the partial meltdown that occurred.

The moral of the story is to always keep your diesel generators away from tsunamis!

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XBOX ONE owners rage as HDMI SNAFU 'judders' Brit and Euro tellies

Si 1

The Xbox has a picture-in-picture mode, so you can have the TV playing in the corner of the screen while you play your game.

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Doctor Who writers Neil Gaiman and Terrance Dicks talk to The Reg

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Re: Am I the only one

I didn't like it much either. For a worrying time it also seemed like every Doctor Who fan posting on the internet was going to refer to the TARDIS as "Sexy" from then on, although thankfully that hasn't persisted. It was almost as bad as all the people who insist on constantly using the phrase "timey-wimey".

But I'm just a curmudgeonly bastard who grew up on '80s JNT Who and doesn't like Doctors being all shouty and flirting with companions...

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APPLE EATS ITSELF: iPad Mini set to wolf Air's market share

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Mini replacing the Air

I'm not sure what Apple are up to with the Air. While I personally prefer the larger screen, it's hard not to notice that the Mini has an identical spec and is cheaper too (in a way the Mini actually has a better spec due to a screen having a higher pixel density than the Air).

It's like Apple are trying to kill off the 10" form factor, although I don't know why. Maybe the rumours of an iPad Pro are true and the Air will be a mid-range model?

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HUMANITY STUNNED - Apple Retina iPad Mini arrives. A solemn moment

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Re: Retina?

It's 2048x1536 at 326 ppi, the same res as the 10" model..

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Tim Cook stands firmly behind pro-LGBT, anti-discrimination law

Si 1

Re: Not Princess Hacker.

Agreed, and frankly if I received a CV from someone who said their previous job was "hacker princess" I would have no qualms immediately discriminating against them for having a stupid job title that doesn't suggest they take their role of system security seriously.

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ECHR rejects free speech plea over offensive online comments

Si 1

Re: It can be explained concisely...

Yes, it's only the UK courts that the ECHR likes to overrule. I suppose in this case they made an exception as it allowed them to find in favour of restricting freedom of speech, something the EU isn't keen on.

Mine's the ballot paper with UKIP ticked...

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There's ONE country that really likes the iPhone 5c as well as the 5s

Si 1

Re: stock issues

Yeah I really wanted a 128GB model as well, I'm surprised Apple didn't launch one considering there's a 128GB iPad now. That said I need it less for music (I've uploaded my entire collection to iTunes Match and just download stuff on demand), I want it more for all the 1GB+ games that are coming out now and for films which tend to be at least 1GB as well.

Maybe if Apple lifted their restriction that prevents movies and large games being downloaded via 3G I wouldn't need that much storage and would stream stuff as I needed it. The all-you-can-eat data package from Three really is great...

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Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist... Spy HARDER

Si 1

Re: To make your mission challenging, we give you this...

It's even more ridiculous than that in Blacklist, whenever you're in darkness it's not just the googles that light up now but various parts of the sneaking suit start twinkling green as well! They actually light up to tell you you're in darkness. Somehow the bady guys pretend not to notice...

I'm really not liking the new voice actor who replaced Michael Ironside either. If the game had been a total continuity reboot it might have worked, but this game is very much linked to the story of the previous game so it makes the change seem really odd. Also, Fisher's 3D model actually looks older for once, which in one sense is a nice change from the previous games where he seemed to be aging backwards, but it's totally at odds with the new, younger voice!

Still, I also got Wonderful 101 and it's fantastic!

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BOFH: Backup server's failed? We have a backup backup server

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Re: Classic!

My favourite bit by far! I'm going to try that on my boss one day...

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Peak Apple? HOGWASH! Apple is 'extremely undervalued,' says Icahn

Si 1

Just don't hold the shares that way. Not that big of a deal.

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End of an era as Firefox bins 'blink' tag

Si 1

Hmmm

So if <blink> no longer exists in any modern browsers, I might just enclose all my pages with it as a gentle reminder to IE6 users that it's time to update...

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Oh please, PLEASE bring back Xbox One's hated DRM - say Xbox loyalists

Si 1

Re: "...consumers were uninformed..."

It wasn't confirmed by Microsoft but it is generally thought that the family share feature would only allow friends or family to play an hour or so of a shared game before being asked to pay full price for their own copy.

Quite why these people want that feature back I don't know.

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'The Apprentice' is a load of old codswallop, says biz prof

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Even Alan Sugar knows it's a load of codswallop

He no longer hires his so-called apprentice at the end of the series, he just bungs them some cash and sends them on their way. He knows there's no point in putting any of these people on staff as they're all useless (or will take him to an employment tribunal).

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New cheapo iPhone ain't gonna be that cheap, says non-Foxconn CEO

Si 1

Re: Oh darn, beat me to it, but still.

Pegatron must be stopped. No matter the cost!

#You've got the Touch...

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'THINNEST EVER' spinning terabyte beauty slips out of WD fabs

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iPod Classic update?

I know it's not cool to own an iPod these days but personally I find the 160GB storage of the iPod Classic to be really handy. I've stuffed mine with TV shows and films find it very useful when going on holiday, but 160GB just isn't enough for a particularly high bit-rate.

An iPod Classic with 1TB of storage would be perfect for that sort of job...

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So, who ought to be the next Doctor Who? It's up to YOU...

Si 1

Philip Glenister!!!

I was going to vote Benedict Cumberbatch (even though it's a bit predictable and I think in the past he's said he doesn't want the part) but then I spotted Philip Glenister in the list.

While I'm generally not a fan of actors who play the Doctor as shouty, I reckon Gene Hunt could be bloody good in the role...

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Intel: Haswell is biggest 'generational leap' we have EVER DONE

Si 1

Re: 2-in-1 WTF?

I think they're referring to the newly announced Frankenstein tablets that have both an i7 and an Atom chip on board and run two operating systems. The Atom chip runs Android and the i7 runs Windows 8.

Unless they've found a great way to share data between the two operating systems I can't see it working very well.

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Cook: iPad is a gateway drug which leads to harder Mac addiction

Si 1

Re: Surging iPad sales?

iPad sales are up 27%, sounds like a surge to me. The doom and gloom headlines focus on Apple only narrowly meeting its targets and "only" making $9.5 billion in profit, but that doesn't mean sales are down. The only problem Apple have at the moment is shrinking profit margins on what they sell, hence why profits aren't higher than ever.

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Weak iPad, iPhone demand hits LG Display in the wallet

Si 1

Isn't this just the usual lull as people put off buying until the latest version comes out? It happened right before the iPhone 4S and 5 launched and was interpreted as the end of Apple then too...

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BadNews, fandroids: MILLIONS of Google Play downloads riddled with malware

Si 1

Re: Android permissions design

Aoyagi Aichou,

iOS let's you block (or allow) apps access to location services (GPS), contacts, calendars, reminders, photos, Bluetooth sharing and Twitter/Facebook. There's no permission for calls or SMS as I believe those just aren't allowed at all.

While it's de rigueur to criticise iOS around here, I think the permissions model is actually pretty good.

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Report: Apple returned 8M shoddy iPhones to Foxconn

Si 1

Maybe the black iPhone 5?

There were a lot of reports early on about people getting black iPhone 5's that already had scratches and marks on the black coating on the antenna. Maybe Apple sent back the worst of these?

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

Si 1

Re: Community?

So would you knock on the door of your neighbour who is a doctor in the evening and ask him to look at <insert symptom here> or would you phone your GP and book an appointment?

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You know how your energy bills are SO much worse than they were?

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Mushroom

"There is no mainstream party [...] which offers to dismantle these crippling stealth taxes"

What about UKIP? They're polling ahead of the Lib Dems, they should be considered a mainstream party if the Lib Dems are. UKIP's energy policy is pretty much exactly what this article calls for:

http://ukip.org/media/policies/energy.pdf

<-- Mushroom cloud, because we need more nuclear.

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Android 'splits' into the Good and the lovechild of Bad and Ugly

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Re: So mfg can't be a**ed to do the system tuning necessary

I'd imagine crap handsets sell quite well to people due an upgrade who want "one of those touch screen thingies" and think the only difference between models is in the colour of the casing.

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Clarkson: 'I WILL find and KILL the spammers who hacked me'

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Flame

They probably don't want to have to replace the seats in the C'eed after she's sat on them.

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Have Brits fallen for Netflix, or do they still LoveFilm?

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Doctor Who

Netflix is winning for me at the moment as they have all the surviving B&W Classic Doctor Who stories. Now if they could just hurry up and start adding Jon Pertwee's stuff and beyond it would be even better....

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Firefox for Android now runs on EVEN OLDER, slower kit

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Coat

"Google only started making public beta builds of Firefox"

Is that line from the story a typo? Shirley it's Mozilla producing these betas?

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Six of the best Nintendo Wii U games

Si 1

Very true, although I'm planning on grabbing Arkham City so I can play it on the tablet while the main TV is being monopolised with X-Factor/I'm A Celebrity/Strictly/Master Chef/etc/etc. That's going to be the main advantage of the Wii U for me I think.

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Google, Apple, eBay shouldn't pay taxes - people should pay taxes

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I disagree

This is the mentality that allows politicians to flip houses by renting them to each other. It's not specifically prohibited in the rules so therefore it's OK. There's a spirit of the law and a letter of the law, and just because a company or a person is rich enough to be able to operate out of Luxembourg doesn't mean it should be allowed.

The fact that the EU continues to allow it just shows what an insidious organisation it is. Being on the referendum.

The tax bill for the small company I work for was £69,000 for last year (and that was a very quiet year). That's up to two salaries being eaten up by taxes. If Starbucks, Google, etc paid more of their fair share maybe smaller companies could finally be given a break on taxes.

I suppose the counter argument could be that if Apple, Amazon, etc started paying more they would have to increase prices which would negate any additional spending power afforded to employees, but given the obscene cash reserves of these companies and the vast sums the executives earn it seems they could easily afford to sacrifice some profit margin.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not the socialist type who thinks taxing everything is the answer. I'd much rather see lower taxes overall than the current mentality of taxing everything that moves. However, there are rules on taxes and I want to see them obeyed fairly across all businesses, rather than the current situation where large business can afford to avoid all tax responsibilities increasing the burden on smaller business.

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BOFH: The Great Patch Mismatch

Si 1

Ah yes...

... the good old update that definitely, positively, absolutely won't need you to restart your device... except that it always does.

If anything/anyone promises me that a reboot won't be needed I automatically assume there will be at least two forced reboots before everything is working again.

Also, the more mission critical the device being updated the more likely the update is to go wrong.

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Apple chief Cook is HIGHEST PAID CEO in AMERICA

Si 1

Shocking what modern CEOs have to live on isn't it? I mean that's barely enough for him to have a new Ferrari every day to take him to work.

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Samsung turns screws on Apple, hikes A6 processor price 20%

Si 1

Re: Could this be another hoax?

Yep, another hoax: http://www.thestreet.com/story/11766909/1/apple-investors-can-relax-a-little-bit.html

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Black Helicopters

Could this be another hoax?

I seem to recall the recent claims that Samsung were going to stop selling screens to Apple turned out to be false (although I can't seem to find any links to it anywhere). I wonder if this will also turn out to be false?

Given how widely the screen thing was reported I wonder if this could be some deliberate attempt to kick Apple square in the share price?

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BOFH: Can't you just ... NO, I JUST CAN'T

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F***ing brilliant

This is so true it's practically the exact conversation I have every other day (except without the cattle prod and carpet roll sadly). The moment you start letting the lusers dictate stuff like this is the moment you lose control over your systems.

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Apple is Superman's digital Kryptonite

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ComiXology

I'm not sure why anyone would want to use Kindle etc for comics anyway. Comixology's app is much better with the "guided view" feature that zooms and borders each panel in the comic book. Plus all the comics are scanned at a high res now so iPad 3/4 and Nexus 10 devices get really sharp looking comics. Then of course there's the selection on Comixology which is absolutely massive with hundreds of publishers on there.

I'm off to read some more Avengers...

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