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* Posts by Danny 14

2113 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009

EE dismisses DATA-BURNING glitch with Orange Mail app

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Re: Co-op

that doesnt mean they have a baked in email app. The problem here is that the phone had a baked in email app. Even if he put a different sim into the phone it would still probably try and phone home. As the customer had to root and firewall the app before he could stop it working this wont help the average joe.

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small claims court they'll soon fold. Then keep filing them each time the credit drops. He'll be quids in if he claims for photcopying, research, time wasted each time.

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Samsung slurps up full charge in 30 seconds with bio-battery

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Re: Battery?

indeed . my galaxy s2 battery would need 5000 ish joules to charge. In 30 seconds that means it will be fed at 166watts. That assumes 100% efficiency. Even given a rather generous 80% efficiency, where is that extra not insubstantial 42 watts of heat going to go? Certainly enough to make small PCB tracks go poof, enough to make a phone go poof too.

99% efficiency still needs 2 watts to go bye bye which is still a barrier to most small devices.

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Seagate brings out 6TB HDD, did not need NO STEENKIN' SHINGLES

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RAID

Some loony will use RAID 5 with these.

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Sick of walking into things while gawping at your iPhone? Apple has a patent app. for that

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cars tend to hit people from the side rather than the front. this wouldnt help in the slightest.

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China's rare earth supply crimp plan ruled to be illegal

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Re: If the shoe was on the other foot...

It can be said that Helium is going to run out much sooner than the proven reserves of rare earths though. There is a definite issue with natural helium extraction (over cracking).

Phosphorus is a bigger issue and china is stockpiling that too.

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Re: Oil?

OPEC regularly control extraction and thus sale. you dont find it amusing that bulk maintenance happens when demand increases? Prices shoot up then fail to drop appreciably when demand decreases.

De Beers would be a better example of a cartel operating in a similar fashion, although much less in recent years ironically because other countries decided to move outside the de beers cartel enmasse thus weakening the position of the cartel. This has pretty much worked.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 in El Reg's claws: This time the 'S' is for 'sensible'

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Re: Oh Gawd

car manufacturers also sell cars without spare tyres.

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Re: Waterproof, yet vulnerable to moisture.

"It's sad that manufacturers still are unable to make electronic gadgets that are fit for the world we live in"

I have a "bought at launch" galaxy S2 that has been used as a kids teething toy, taken an excursion into the bath (battery pull immedialy followed by a night in the airing cupboard), dropped more times than I care to remember, has a crack neatly starting at the power button and traversing right round to the volume down button (smeared epoxy under the battery to add a bit of bracing), paint has gone from the sides completely (nice looking silver underneath the 2 coats of paint, in fact a dab of nitromors might be a "mod" to perform). It has played music on the beach in menorca, taken pictures in the rain at festivals, video'd on rollercoasters and generally been everywhere in my pocket. I must admit that I did put it in an aqualock bag when it was used as a satnav clamped on my motorbike but it was certainly subjected to being cold. Now my kids use it as a media device.

Still ticking and the screen is flawless - not a single scratch (the home button is scratched and a little warped)- by far the best phone I have ever had, build quality is exceptional. The only thing I have changed is the battery (some nooname chinese 2500mah from ebay).

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Re: Huh?

My Note 3 cost me £425 at launch. runs for 3 days on a single charge if used normally, 1.5 days if I hammer it, does everything I want it to. My galaxy S2 has been relegated to "kids phone" (FFS kids having a galaxy S2!) mainly because it has been rooted, firmware changed and has enough adblocking, firewalling and site blocking to ensure they cant get to a host of pages I dont want them too.

For the S5 to cost more for essentially ip67 I cannot see how they are justifying the cost over a note 3. If you need less then get a note 2, they can be picked up for less than £300 now.

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ISPs CAN be ordered to police pirates by blocking sites, says ECJ

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Re: In other news...

It would be more apt to say a cab firm would be told by a court not to pick anyone up from tescos because someone somewhere carried a suspected stolen something into there.

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ISPs' pirate-choking blocking measures ARE effective – music body

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data was from GCHQ. They download it from your router each morning.

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The same with UV stuff too. There are too many hoops to jump through for already paid content. Again, it is easier to search for a particular encoding and download then use the offered options.

I had to move my XBMC from linux to windows (eurgh) so that it could "tab out" for sky and netflix. If they had a linux XBMC plugin then i'd be off windows again in a shot.

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Re: How about VPN use, is that down?

or newsgroups. Old school still going strong.

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Microsoft frisked blogger's Hotmail inbox, IM chat to hunt Windows 8 leaker, court told

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Re: So many WTFs!

world police how? He was arrested in Seattle for a crime against an American company. Not sure what you are getting at.

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Re: Unreleased versions of Windows Live Messenger ""bring it on""

I find skype to be excellent. Saves me a packet talking to family living abroad.

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Xenon: Bitmap Brothers' (mega)blast from the past

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Re: I miss my Amiga...

I had a 1200 with a 68030 trapdoor expansion, 400mb 3.5" drive (keyboard shielding cut away) and a 4mb RAM stick. Rendering would overheat the chip (they had no heatsinks on them) so I fabricated a small heatsink and fan.

I think sim city 2000 was the game that was most demanding at the time and that run happily on a PC. Stuff like wing commander played the same on amiga and DOS back in 1990. Earlier than that I remember dungeon master and that played and looked the same and played the same.

But 1996? im sure I had an orchid righteous 3D in 1996, that was the death knell really.

One thing amigas did have going for them, they were insanely modable for example you could toggle the master clock whilst it was running, instant cheat by slowing everything down.

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Projector on a smartphone? There's a chip for that

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I think that is it, it is the technology incorporated. You can have steam engine powertrain cars or hydrogen fuel cell ones, the caltech solution is more elegant.

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Galaxy S5 launch parties to fizzle in Samsung's back yard

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surely this will equally hurt (for example) HTC and Apple sales too? I know they arent launching a new product right now but they will at some stage.

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What do you mean there are no Surface Pros? HAND 'EM OVER, yell Microsoft resellers

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You can get a dell venue pro for less than £300 too, with 64gb SSD and full fat windows although the USB port needs a converter dongle (a few quid from ebay).

Still, they can plug into port replicators and work happily with external wired network, external monitor and usb ports. I havent found a nice way of charging them at the same time though, im sure you can get a charging/usb splitter cable from ebay too.

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Re: Why would anyone want one?

it might not be a surface pro but we have a dell venue pro 8 here at work. Its on the domain and works quite well. We imaged it too (desktop port replicator with network). This particular one is the cheapest with the slow quad core but it still runs all our desktop apps without issue.

I wouldnt want one as I dont see the point but it works well, doesnt get hot, runs everything a desktop at work does, VPNs the same, logs on the same and is portable. Personally i'd use a netbook (or more powerful small laptop) for the cost/usability.

But it works at least.

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Dammit internet... you promised naked videos of my Facebook friends

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Re: Personally

Clearly the virus makers have never seen some of my friends. Seeing naked pictures of those would be a deterent to sex for most people. In fact it might make a good sex ed video to scare kids off sex for life.

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Microsoft dangles carrot at SMEs, eases Windows 8 Enterprise licensing

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side loading apps is a perk? How about keep W7 and dont bother.

No thank you, i'll continue exercising my downgrade rights.

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Bitcoin or bust: MtGox files for bankruptcy protection

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hahahahahaha

sorry.

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Appeals court decides Dotcom warrant was legal after all

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Re: Should be easy to appeal

That would soon change though if the US decided that (for whatever reason) they wanted all those parking tickets to be enforced.

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In the words of Cornelius Fudge

Laws can be changed if necessary, Dumbledore!

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Snowden journo boyf grill under anti-terror law was legal, says UK court

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As if anyone was surprised by the ruling.

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Steelie Neelie 'shocked' that EU tourists turn mobes off when abroad

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Re: Thieving bastards

at £3 per day you would be better with a PAYG foreign sim. that way you can use data AND voice (incoming calls to another number might be an issue of course.).

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"Skype uses more bandwidth than an equivalent voice call;"

So? I pay for the data. 100Mb of skype is exactly the same as 100Mb of pr0n or 100Mb for cat pictures. It isnt the same for the telco as 100Mb of skype isnt as much (in revenue) as 100Mb in minutes to France.

"roaming does incur some charges (billing mainly) "

yes. The EU commission found it to be about 2p per termination. I cannot be bothered to google the citation but it was ridiculously cheap. If the parent company was the same it was hard to find as the values were massaged.

Using companies such as "discountdial" and "justcall" show that it is perfectly possible to call internationally from a domestic mobile cheaply. Telcos simply want to rob consumers. Roaming is yet another cash cow that needs milking.

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Re: There are other reasons for not using a phone on holiday

I used my phone for data abroad. I take pictures and email them to my Mum ('cause she asked me to). Sometimes I check the local traffic if im driving, especially when im in france. I look at the snow forecast and see which are the better slopes. I download vouchers if I happen to change my plans. Email on roaming is STILL cheaper than MMS in the UK so emailing the kids info is also good.

etc etc

Not all of it is facebook (although some of that does happen especially with the kids).

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Re: Two words

@Nick,

Maybe for you but what about aunty mabel, uncle fred, my mum etc. They barely know how to operate their own email (jebus, my father in law is STILL using an old supanet webmail account from the days he had dialup.)

The fact is it isnt free and not available everywhere. Plus have you tried to use free wifi in theme parks? Sometimes you have to use phone data (granted the cells are usually just as croweded in theme parks too although disneyland seem to cope ok)

Typically I use a cheap "holiday sim" if im going somewhere, generally for a €10 I have enough to hotspot my phone for a holiday.

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Re: It's not phone calls, it's data

And for the telco it would be better having 10000 people hitting the €50 cap than 100000 paying only €2 or €3 reasonable rates.

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HTC offers FREEBIE repair on new models with cracked screens

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Re: Hate to be a party pooper

you're on a tech site. Go to XDA and get rid of the stock firmware :-)

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HARD ONES: Three new PC games that are BLOODY DIFFICULT

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Re: Less than generous respawn points ... rehashing whole swathes of levels again and again

run it in a VM and snapshot it.

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Blocking BitTorrent search sites 'ineffective': Pirate Bay ban lifted for Dutch ISPs

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Re: Still no legal TPB alternative

apart from the kids stuff we rarely re-watch things in our house. Typically it is the £1.50 peppa pig DVDs that get the most action.

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Re: "the legal online market needs protection against illegal competition,"

I know people who see something that is coming on sky, download the thing about to start and then watch it without adverts. They dont see this as stealing or infringement as they pay for sky and hate the adverts.

Fast internet means the same quality 1 hour "whatever" comes down in a minute or so.

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Three-yaarrgh! Major UK mobile network's data goes down

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Re: Worth looking at SIM-free if you're happy with what you've got.

I used to be on that deal but am going to switch to PAYG on orange. I found I am rarely using over 1gb a month so the £10 a month pays nicely for 1gb - you still get minutes per month and the £10 is also credit for other stuff.

Not sure what orange signal is like yet though.

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Re: it got me, but it's back now

Heh. I thought it was me. I flashed my phone this morning with a new firmware. I didnt wipe the phone though just the caches. I wondered why I had no mobile internet and spent an hour faffing with APNs. A few reboots later and it started working.

Seems it wasnt me afterall!

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NatWest 'spam' email cockup got me slapped with late payment fee, says angry Reg reader

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Re: Lessons learned

Dont you get a mark on your credit file for missing payments? Its all automated too.

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Yes, HP will still sue you if you make cartridges for its inkjet printers

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I think he means bulk ink printing etc. We have an epson 2400, epson 1900 and epson 360 all on bulk ink tanks. We use a flash program to reset the counters on the printers so that you can keep printing when the printer thinks it is supposed to be dead (we have external waste bottles too so the pad doesnt get used).

I never could find a reliable HP method that would work as well as the bulk ink tanks.

We have an old canon IP4000 that has easily refillable cartridges (it has an optical sensor shining into each cartridge, not a chip) and the head carriage can be replaced.

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Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

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Re: You mean ex-girlfriend?

We have a couple of dell venue pro 11s here at work for evaluation. They sit in their docking cradles most of the time (plugged into a normal keyboard, mouse and LAN). People do "hybrid" with mouse, keyboard and touchscreen but then again I think that is because W8 is infuriating at the best of times to do certain things. Not a single person has come to me asking if they can have a touch screen for their desktop (or laptop).

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Re: defunct PlayBook

It said it all when a colleague brought an RT tablet in because they couldnt install "microsoft silverlight" on it for their sky TV viewer. Funnily enough there wasnt an RT silverlight app. Says something when your supposedly flagship new tablet range cannot even install something as simple as a viewer.

RT was a disaster. 8.1 was a disaster - they had a chance to fix the ill's of 8 metro force fed to people.

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I've seen the future of car radio - and DAB isn't in it

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Re: Caching will only get you so far

Cumbria has decent mobile coverage short of a small gap between J37 and J38. We even have 4G up in the fells too.

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Guess what happened when T-Mobile US's boss trolled AT&T's CES party

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Re: As The World Turns

May be rich but quite a face for radio.

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TomTom GO 6000 satnav chews on smarties and tablets

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Re: Waze anyone|?

http://postimg.org/image/pruxupirb/

Runcorn bridge appears on my CoPilot. Cant say ive ever had an issue with co-pilot.

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Re: a considerable chunk of motorists don’t bother with satnavs - 39 per cent, in fact

Agreed. Where they help out is plotting on-the-fly alternative routes without pulling glovebox maps out. Or telling you about traffic issues. I used to be a service technician where time was money, a satnav certainly helped me. that being said they are tools and I would never rely totally on what the satnav told me.

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Re: Smartphone NAV is all well & good...but...

most smartphones have GPS built in (slower than aGPS granted) but an external "proper" Bluetooth GPS module is peanuts. Copilot and tomtom are both "offline" capable too.

I use co-pilot on a galaxy S2 quite successfully in Belgium and France where I operated in "radio off" mode for my holiday so you can get away without the cell "assist".

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Re: Wants: Forward planning using a stored route

Beauty of a smartphone means you can afford a cheap smartphone and BOTH apps for less than this tomtom so you can choose which one you prefer...

Oh and Runcorn bridge appears on my co-pilot. http://postimg.org/image/pruxupirb/

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Re: How Much????!!!

googlemaps is terrible for navigating roads in a car though. TomTom will become niche. CoPilot is my choice of software on my phone and since I can put my phone into its grippy cradle in the car (and charge it at the same time) it is preferable to a physical "one purpose" tomtom.

Also for £300 this is horrifically expensive. Better off getting a dual core "old" smartphone and buying dedicated offline nav software. At least your smartphone can do much more. If you are that bothered about a "poor" GPS then a Bluetooth module will set you back £10 on ebay and these can sit in the car permanently.

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Fees shakeup: Freephone numbers will actually BE free – Ofcom

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Re: About time

well for 0800 you can use 0800 buster as I said (but you shouldn't have to). GiffGaff don't treat 0845 as bundled minutes either as far as I see. I have heard of WeQ4U but haven't used it or researched it.

I use my mobile as a primary line (no land line) and im on 3 with ample minutes. I have used giffgaff previously but found the service to be patchy. Typically if I need an 0845 I look up an alternative on saynoto0870

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