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Apple fanbois eat static as Beeb, Sky web stream vids go titsup on iOS

Jason Hindle

Fixed on Sky

Unlike the Beeb, who applied a server side solution, Sky's was client side, with a new version of the Sky Go app, last night. I'm guessing one or more software types earned a little overtime, yesterday.

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Jason Hindle

Re: Hmm.

Sky Go = no go.

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Jason Hindle

Re: Fixed on iPlayer?

I'm guessing Sky will not be resolving the issue this side of Easter......

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Jason Hindle

Fixed on iPlayer?

I can stream iPlayer videos on my iPad at the moment, but if I load Sky Go I get a service message about the outage.

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Brit game devs WILL get tax relief for, er, EastEnders Game and Legend of Slough

Jason Hindle

Oh, so....

U Boat Commander would also qualify.....

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We dig into the GTech GDrive Mobile ... and watch WORST tear-down vid OF ALL TIME

Jason Hindle

I have a 2011 MacBook Air

And I still don't have a single Thunderbolt peripheral. I want one of these; it should improve the performance of Aperture (library currently on a 1TB USB2 disk) quite nicely.

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Apple iOS 8 'will put end' to crap map app rap flap misery

Jason Hindle

Re: Will it understand buses?

Not for Manchester!

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Bitcoin bank Flexcoin pulls plug after cyber-robbers nick $610,000

Jason Hindle

Peak Bitcoin?

All web driven bullshit booms come to an end, eventually.

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Apple to maintain phone profit lead through years of 'enormous transition' – report

Jason Hindle

Re: History says otherwise

@PJI,

My reference to Linux was with respect to its success outside of the desktop. For back end systems, doing the grunt work, it has been wildly successful - thanks to the absence of complex licensing.

I also not it is the OS that runs most of the world's smartphones, thanks to Android.

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Re: History says otherwise

I would argue Apple's lack of success in the desktop field, in the 90s, was due more to the lack of a modern OS more than price. Apple is certainly successful on the desktop now, in spite of a an entry cost that is (IMHO) higher than need be.

Back when Apple was being unsuccessful, anyone wanting a modern desktop OS, at a reasonable cost, had a choice of NT, OS2 or Linux. OS9, with its co-operative model of multi-tasking was not really an option, I this respect. OSX was a game changer for Apple, at least for the consumer and creative markets. Outside of the desktop, the big winner has been Linux.

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Microsoft asks pals to help KILL UK gov's Open Document Format dream

Jason Hindle

Re: There's a serious error in this article everyone has missed

I'm not sure about the paid bit, but writing anything not critical of Microsoft may well lead to accusations being levelled at you.

Back to the subject at hand, I vote ODF, with a rigorous approach to styles, ensuring that even if you can't make documents look identical across suites, you can at least make the differences predictable and presentable.

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Chihuahua TERROR: Packs of TINY hounds menace Arizona

Jason Hindle

Re: Chihuahua TERROR?

Chihuahua vs Sharknado?

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Rotten to the core: Apple’s 10 greatest FAILS

Jason Hindle

Copeland, Taligent, BEOS etc....

I think the history of these is pretty much inseparable from the history of processor development. They were designed to be modern, multi tasking OSs with the processors, and memory constraints, of the day in mind. There came a point where processors were powerful enough, and memory cheap enough, to run UNIX plus nice graphical front end. That killed pretty much everything else, other than Windows.

I think we're now seeing a similar dynamic with Windows 8.1 vs Windows 8.1 RT. Surface RT may look good but, as Asus is proving, what's the point of RT when full fat Windows 8.1 runs perfectly well on Intel's Bay Trail processors? I suspect RT isn't long for this world!

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Altcoins will DESTROY the IT industry and spawn an infosec NIGHTMARE

Jason Hindle

Re: And ...

"Who? People, like Cypriots, who don't trust their governments and financial institutions."

Better a few gold coins in an Oxo tin under the bed, than placing one's wealth in the latest web driven bullshit boom.

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Virgin Galactic's supersonic space ship in 71,000-ft record smash

Jason Hindle

Re: Skylon

More likely the UK will license the IP, rather than try to build its own space program from scratch, I think. Unless, of course, there's a joint play with Australia (who have the land and the money).

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JAILBREAK! US smut spam king Kilbride flees minimum security prison

Jason Hindle

That's rather silly of him

I'm told that when you're in a minimum security prison, in the US, you count your blessings. His next stay at Club Fed will not be as comfortable!

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No anon pr0n for you: BT's network-level 'smut' filters will catch proxy servers too

Jason Hindle

I suspect they will start blocking VPN services

The commercial services, like Expat Telly, should be easy enough for BT and friends to block, while still allowing access to corporate VPN. Of course, the filter needs to be opted into (or out of) for now, but it hardly takes a tinfoil hat to get to the obvious next step.

As I've commented elsewhere, it appears to be customary to also assume anything with a forum is harmful. I think the Daily Mail herd are in for quite a surprise, when they all opt in, because there is no way this filter will be exclusively used to block sites showing a bit of flesh.

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BT network-level STOCKINGs-n-suspenders KILLER arrives in time for Xmas

Jason Hindle

Yeah, right

"The system will censor clumps of the web - such as pornography and self-harm sites - from the prying eyes of youngsters."

Yeah, right. And if my experience with those morons at Orange/EE is anything to go by, then also anything with an Internet Forum".

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

Jason Hindle

I still have the Handspring Visor Deluxe

Lying around somewhere - I must find it. I bought an Bluetooth module for it, and used with an Ericsson T68 phone to do email over GPRS. The T68 remains one of the best phones I've ever owned.

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How STEVE JOBS saved Apple's bacon with an outstretched ARM

Jason Hindle

A lot more complex than that....

"Apple also didn't use the ARM chip for their move to RISC when they moved the MacIntosh range to Power instead, again an odd choice for a company said to be the saviour of ARM."

The Power PC decision was part of an unholy alliance with IBM in the 90s, in a futile attempt to thwart Microsoft. This included the object orientated Taligent OS. Power PC was as much about politics as it was about pragmatism (though it wasn't an unpragmatic choice, at the time) .

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Want to reach out and touch your Chromebook? How does $299 grab you?

Jason Hindle

Re: Touch? Meh.

I'd assume Haswell, like the C720, so perhaps not. It's tempting, but it's time Google built some encryption options into its cloud.

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Acer's new Haswell all-flash Chromebooks sip power for less than $200

Jason Hindle

Re: You are not getting upscale regardless of what you want

To be fair to Google, even without an adult OS you should still be able to use it as an in flight typewriter, since the apps do allow offline editing. The Google office apps are more than good enough, for most users.

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Smartphone addicts go floppy under the sheets, warns DOCTOR WANG

Jason Hindle

Hasn't El Reg covered this before?

Complete with the best Reg heading and sub heading ever?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/06/28/mobile_ball_rot/

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FLIGHTMARE! Inflight cell calling debuts, dealing heavy blow to quality of life

Jason Hindle

In my experience......

On an Emirates A380, the cost of WiFi is pretty reasonable, at least for a bit of iPad surfing. Calling OTOH is pretty prohibitive - I didn't see anyone making calls.

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FREEZE, GLASSHOLE! California cops bust Google Glass driver

Jason Hindle

One word

Good.

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Microsoft: You've got it all WRONG. It's Apple's iPad playing catch-up with our Surface

Jason Hindle

Re: Original - I had to look him up

But it made me smile. Good luck doing circles on the original tablet.

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THIS is the kind of clout a British Prime Minister has: Facebook pulls ONE beheading vid

Jason Hindle

Re: Better Still

Threaten to behead My Little Pony, live on Facebook, if the Americans don't release all of the Guantanamo inmates,

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Pop OS X Mavericks on your Mac for FREE while you have LUNCH

Jason Hindle

Re: Thanks

For the responses to my question. I'll give them a try (both iOS and OSX).

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Jason Hindle

Re: But is iWork any good?

I have to admit, I've eschewed it on my Mac and gone for MS Office instead, though at current prices (even if not free to me) the iWork suite is a curiosity purchase. But is it any good? Everyone went on about how good Google Docs is. It is indeed good, if you want to write letters all day, or perhaps a little light report work (if you don't mind putting in the heading numbers manually). How well do Pages, Numbers and Keynote stack up against Excel, Word and Powerpoint (or even Google Docs)?

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Do not adjust your set: TV market slows, 'connected TV' grows

Jason Hindle

Re: Turned our oldest LCD TV into a Smart TV

Yep. Netflix goes through Sony's Playstation Network. I have to enter our PSN password to use it. 4OD and iPlayer OTOH are mostly better using the Smart TV app. ITV Player is, well, ITV Player - that's best watched on the lower res screen of my iPad Mini, so I'm not annoyed by how crap it is on the big screen!

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Scottish leader splurged £20k appealing disclosure of EU membership legal bungle

Jason Hindle

I think El Reg tries to be more like The Sun.....

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Ex-CEO Elop's plunder to total $25m in voyage from Nokia to Microsoft

Jason Hindle

To this day, I still think

That the best way forward for Nokia was to improve the Symbian GUI to a level where it was simply competitive, and make a play for its own distinct ecosystem. They had the numbers back then. They were also stuck up their own arses.

That's not a complaint about Windows Phone. I carry two Nokia Windows Phone devices (corporate 620 and the personal 720 that I use for local SIM cards when travelling, in addition to my contract Samsung S3), and it's a very competent mobile OS. I wish Microsoft and Micro-Nokia well.

Then again, Microsoft also had a great mobile OS when the iPhone happened (loved my TyTn). They did less than Nokia and Palm! Sad, isn't it? Google went from a standing start while Nokia merely needed to evolve. The wisdom of hindsight strikes again.

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Apple CEO Cook: 'We're not in the junk business'

Jason Hindle

I'm in two minds

On the one hand, Apple have built the brand, and buying into that brand isn't cheap. That's fine, but it's a very hardware orientated mindset. The iPad and iPhone might not be commodities, but all the services Apple wishes to sell around them most certainly are!

Perhaps Apple calculates the profits on its hardware will always outweigh anything it can earn by expanding its services to a greater audience but, in the long term, I suspect Amazon will be able to buy and offer the same services (and content) more cheaply. In that sense, I find Amazon just a little bit scary*.

Then again, perhaps I'm in the wrong mindset..... I think services are the wave of the future because. lets face it, you can't beat a bit of money for old rope (at least if it's you that's selling the old rope). In other words, the same principle that made Ross Perot considerably richer than the rest of us. Perhaps in the world of mass market devices, things are changing?

* Because world domination isn't necessarily a healthy thing, at least for the dominated.

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Google kicks off Android 4.3 updates for Nexus devices

Jason Hindle

Re: Another 3-4 days for me

Always 3-4 days after El Reg breaks the news, for me at least. I'm guessing it's done based on the serial (or other) number of the device.

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Apple MacBook Air 13-inch 2013: All’s well that Haswell

Jason Hindle

Battery drainage with lid closed

Surprised you think it's bad. My 20 month old 2011 Air is still more than adequate for one of my 2-3 week business trips, if I forget to power it down before I leave. It might still be good for the 30 days quoted by Apple.

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Firefox OS starting small but thinking big says Mozilla CTO

Jason Hindle

Surprised at the fairly positive reaction

Come to think of it, I'm surprised I don't actively dislike it. Curiosity might just drive me to buy one of these.

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Hey Britain, want to link your mobile to your BANK ACCOUNT?

Jason Hindle

Great!

We're finally catching up with Africa.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Proof the pen is mightier?

Jason Hindle

Re: Once again.....

This is where Apple is weak. Not just because of the lack of a stylus, but because you can't change the soft keyboard. On Android, we have Swiftkey, and Swiftkey is vastly superior to Apple's own effort.

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Jason Hindle

Once again.....

The iPad Mini comes out looking the better engineering compromise (at least to me, for what I want to do with a tablet of this side). Then again, I use both OSs, and the Note 8 looks great; an ideal successor to my Nexus 7, notwithstanding the cost.

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Magpie Apple plunders the competition for cosmetics, as egos run wild

Jason Hindle

I'm not sure I see the problem

Back when touch was new, it was revolutionary. Now all we have is variations on a theme. In use, you can expect the Apple interface to be a bit more consistent than those of its competitors, because that is what Apple does well. Likewise, I wouldn't expect any of iOS's more deeply rooted limitations to disappear.

There is one thing I don't get though. Why is skeuomorphism suddenly bad? If its principles were deeply embedded into the application design, then there is risk of inheriting limitations from the paradigms you represent. But in iOS, the skeuomorphism is largely skin deep.

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BBC's Digital Moneypit Initiative known to be 'pile of dung' for years

Jason Hindle

Re: Licence fee

"If you want to know, try watching TV anywhere else in the world and the current "low" standard will be a revelation."

Alternatively, just watch ITV or Channel 5.

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HTC drops 12-inch Windows RT tablet, sticks to a 7-incher

Jason Hindle

Not sure I see the point of RT

It sounded good at first, and the Office compatibility (not to mention built in Office) was appealing. But there are similarly priced Atom based devices on the market, and they run full Windows 8.

As for Windows 8's alleged drawbacks, I haven't tried it enough to form an opinion, but I suspect a lot of whingers who are unable or unwilling to learn and adapt. Feel free to flame.

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Bill Gates: Corporate tax is not a moral issue

Jason Hindle

Re: But they are required

Hardly. What the likes of Google and Apple are doing is still (apparently) legal. Only government can make it illegal, and this can only be achieved through better international tax agreements. The politicians can moralise all they want, but unless they show a little backbone, and stand up for the rule of law, through legislation, then all they are doing is surrendering their own legitimacy to the very corporations they criticise.

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Orange customer clobbered with SIX-FIGURE phone bill

Jason Hindle

Re: That could have been me....

That would depend on the type of data we're talking about (I think). For example, looking at the data consumed, the way the S3 does Exchange Services, particularly is push is involved, seems quite inefficient. Using Onavo Extend, for example, I was able to turn megabytes into less megabytes (but still megabytes) and I suspect the corporate email was somehow bypassing this (Onavo reports zero savings for Exchange Services).

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Jason Hindle

That could have been me....

Fortunately, I was paying attention. At £8 per MB, with no package available where I am at the moment, my S3 pissed away three megs of data overnight, with no benefit to me! I switched off mobile data after that. I never had this problem with the Blackberry or iPhone that came before it. Android seems particularly bad in spite of my best efforts to reduce data consumption.

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Don't Panic! Google FCC filing reveals mystery media device

Jason Hindle

"– though, in true Wikipedia fashion, that "wisdom" often proved fairly dubious."

What? Is El Reg saying we are not mostly harmless?

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