* Posts by James 51

1706 posts • joined 23 Jun 2009

US State of Georgia sues 'terrorist' for publishing its own laws ... on the internet

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Re: Knowledge is Power

You know you play too much 40K when you read this and think 'Knowledge is power, guard it well.'

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BlackBerry vows to make even fewer phones

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Re: @James 51 @g7rpo: What do they offer anymore

I have the Q10. The loudspeaker does well for voice based podcasts (and loudspeaker phone calls to) but isn't that good for music. I have tried bluetooth and wired headphones and both seem to work well.

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Re: Moon on a stick wishes

That's because Google control who gets access to Google Play services.

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Re: @g7rpo: What do they offer anymore

My advice would be to try them if you can. The passport is very different from any other phone out there. The Q10 has the advantage of a removable battery but the passport has the trackpad built into it's keyboard (accurate positioning using the touchscreen is the Q10's only real weakness).

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If they continue to support their older devices two new models a year might be enough to keep them going.

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A dual-SIM smartphone in your hand beats two in the bush

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Nokia had a great line of cheap dual sim phones. It didn't make them megabucks but was still a nice earner for them. UK networks won't be offering these kind of handsets any time soon.

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Microsoft attaches Xbox stream bait to Windows 10 hook

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Until it is crippled, disabled or removed by an update MS stuck on because they can or if you neber wanted it in the first place, tough.

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High Court smacks down 'emergency' UK spy bill as UNLAWFUL

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Has a case about being forced to hand over passwords been before this court yet? Always thought that was dangerous. 'I found this encrypted usb stick on his person/home (honest) and I reasonably believe he has the password and won't tell us.'

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Microsoft sprints to finish, emits possible Windows 10 RC build

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Although I just learned they'll be forcing people to accept all updates unless you're running enterprise edition. Might be holding off on that till MS do another u-turn.

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Good luck. I'll check it out on a spare laptop to see if all the applications I need work before thinking about putting it on my desktop.

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Is anyone going to install this on a production machine before Christmas?

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Wi-Fi Alliance ushers in new era of intrusive apps

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If you're close enough for this to work you can see a poster. Intrusive stuff like this just risks building resentment against the businesses that push messages.

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ZOMBIE Commodore PET lurches out of its 1970s grave – as a FONDLESLAB

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It has the emulator but what about the games? This might explain why all the amiga games disappeared from the blackberry app market. Having bought a few the on screen controls could be a little fiddly when compared to the joystick or keyboard the games were designed to work with. GOG has some amiga games on it now.

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

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did we ruin someone's weekend?

Depends on how much they charge for over time.

(we need a naked greed icon).

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'they are effectively forcing Google et al to unwittingly and automatically break its own rules.'

I think you've discovered step two in a three step to profit plan.

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Cool-headed boffins overcome sticky issue: Graphene-based film could turn heat down

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Re: WTF?

Which makes it sounds like a good material to make radiators out of and probably light enough to start doing some interesting things with the design.

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Could it be used in central heating too? Now if there is a form of graphene that can absorb heat as well could lead to air conditioning /central heating revolution.

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Pirate Bay founders 'cleared of copyright crimes' in Belgium

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Wow. How did this case even make it to court? Basic fact checking should have stopped it in its tracks long before that.

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I cannae dae it, cap'n! Why I had to quit the madness of frontline IT

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I agree with every word but the people who need to hear that won't be reading el reg.

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Don't touch this! Seven types of open source to dance away from

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Any recommendations based on good practice?

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BB10 AND Android? How BlackBerry can have its cake and eat it

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I bought a BB10 handset because it had a keyboard and wasn't a privacy invasion tool like Android/Google play and iphones make for good teething rings but I don't need one. I've never needed an app and have not been able to fine something on the BB10 app marketplace and with the Android apps you can't use granular permissions.

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Han Solo to get solo prequel flick in 2018, helmed by LEGO men

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*sigh* in ten years my kids are going to ask what was special about Star Wars (original versions of the original trilogy) and I'm going to be hard pressed to explain it when it's buried amongst all this.

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AMD looks at sinking sales, gulps: It's worse than we thought

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When I built my own desktop I picked an AMD chip as it gave the best CPU/GPU performance for my budget. When I went to buy laptop last year the only options with AMD chips were either under powered or more expensive than identical laptops which had Intel inside. Manufacturers or retailers are pushing Intel or they just don't know what to do with AMD.

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Hold my vodka, comrade – I got this: Ruskies blast supplies to the ISS

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Where's that space elevator when you need it.

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Android's sun sets on Eclipse

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Re: Good riddance.

There is an option to turn auto builds off.

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Not invented here syndrome strikes again and this is just what was missing and I never knew, yet another IDE to learn.

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French Uber bosses talk to Le Plod over 'illicit activity' allegations

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Taxis in France are stupendously expensive but I've never understood the French police's willingness to stand back during violent protests (including kidnapping http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/06/french-workers-bosses-hostage-goodyear-amiens )

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Q: What's black and white and read all over? A: E-reader displays

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Colour would be useful for notes and annotations. Actually using e-reader like paper means being able to make notes but this often gets over looked.

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Microsoft's magic hurts: Nadella signals 'tough choices' on the way

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Re: No phone sales because...

I popped into a Three shop about a year ago and looked at the Nokias. The salesperson refused to talk about them, the response to every question was iphone this or galaxy that. Didn't buy a phone from them.

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Re: Bah...

An updated 1020 (preferably with a micro sd slot and a removable battery) is what would tempt me to try a Windows Phone. No sign of that happening though.

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Cambridge boffins: STOP the rush to 5G. We just don't need it

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I think that work on the underlying technologies should go ahead but coverage is a bigger problem now than speed.

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Capita: Call centre workers, can you fall on your swords? Please?

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I knew a place that was over subscribed and the bean counters saw the reduced waged bill and let virtually everyone who wanted to go to go. Their off-shore operations had to take up the slack but their home office was badly affected for several years in terms of project delays and general progress as the people with the knowledge and/or authority to make decisions simply weren't there anymore.

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Samsung caught disabling Windows Update to run its own bloatware

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It would be nice if you could download a clean copy of windows and use your license key to install it. Would solve a lot of problems.

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BlackBerry boss vows to keep making phones

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Re: I know there's still people buying them

I thought about getting a passport but lack or removable battery is putting me off.

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The BlackBerry handsets are good. Haven't anything else that would tempt me away from my Q10 (apart from Jolla but I'd wait for Jolla 2).

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Amazon enrages authors as it switches to 'pay-per-page' model

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Re: [redacted] Amazon

Reading and leaving reviews would help weed out badly written books (Dan Brown manages to make a living somehow but anyway). Customers won't see fewer garbage books, it will just encourage authors to write to game the system.

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Re: [redacted] Amazon

Sooner or later your suppliers are going to go bust or refuse to sell to you. To carry your analogy to it's end, how many Michelin starred restaurants are there and how many McDonalds are there?

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Re: [redacted] Amazon

So. If you buy a loaf of bread but only pay half because you promise to only eat half? This has nothing to do with disrupting existing markets but kicking those with the least power in the publishing industry, authors without a book deal.

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CSC insiders: 800 job cuts will hit service delivery for punters

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How big are the management bonuses this year?

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It begins: Time Warner Cable first ISP accused of breaking America's net neutrality rules

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A BIAS? Sometimes these things just right themselves.

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Even Apple doesn’t mess with Taylor Swift

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It appears you forgot the <sarcasm> <sarcasm/>

'Today everyone’s talking about Apple’s flexibility, rather than its vast market power. It appears that Apple values the music makers – who generate the real demand for the “content services” that technology companies provide – as human beings. Not a unit item to be pared to as close to zero as possible.'

Appears is the right word.

Am I the only one who prefers to have the CD or DRM free files stored locally?

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Airbnb beats actual posh hotel chain with stupidly large valuation

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How many bed rooms in No. 10 and Buckingham Palace? Could pitch a few tents in the grounds of the palace of Westminster. Lets see how committed they really are.

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Sharing Economy latest: Women's BREAST MILK is the new 'liquid GOLD' of the internet

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Re: Straight from the teat.

There have been attempts to sell breast milk ice-cream but that fell through because the colour and taste will change to reflect the mother's diet. Rates of breast feeding are so low it would be difficult to source a lot of it anyway.

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Downing Street secretly deletes emails to avoid exposure to FOIeurs

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To cover up their mistakes they implement a system that generates more mistakes. At least they're automatically covered up now.

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Vodafone hikes prices to 37.5p/min – and lets angry customers flee

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Called up and the person on the other end didn't know about the changes and had to look it up. Even then the way it was worded was confusing as 'Your bundle was not affected.' by which they meant in bundle stuff wasn't changing but over bundle charges were. They said 37p as well not the with VAT charge and didn't mention that I could get out of my contract. In fairness this was probably the first they'd heard of this. Will call up again today to confirm getting out of the contract has to be done in writing.

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Belgium privacy commish ambushes Facebook with lawsuit

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So, Facebook's legal strategy is "Na na na na na, I'm not listening.'. Let's see how that goes.

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NOBODY reading your Facebook post? TOUGH LUCK, sez Zuck

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If I like an ad and slag it off in the comments will I get paid to stop?

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BlackBerry on Android? It makes perfect sense

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Re: relevant?

Off the top of my head:

Atomised permissions that I can change at any time.

It is not a platform to spy on me and then use that info to sell me stuff.

It's not a crazy price.

Using the OS is fast, fluid and doesn't treat me like an idiot.

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US mega-hack: White House orders govt IT to do what it should have done in the first place

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Need a movie with Bruce Wills playing the role of Simon who's locked in the White House server room by hackers and he needs to do this stuff to get out.

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BlackBerry ponders putting Android on future mobes

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Sailfish. That will be my next phone if I can't get a BB10 handset with a removable battery and microSD slot when my Q10 bites the dust. If they release the Jolla 2 with a keyboard other half like the N900 might not wait that long.

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