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This is why we CAN have nice things: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Paul 135

Z3 Compact is also cheaper at £350.

(not so sure that Samsung's Fingerprint scanners work well enough to be considered a plus point either).

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Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?

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Re: Great battery

The Z3 Compact really deserves its own separate review. For many, if not most people, it will be the better phone with more hand-friendly size, and much cheaper at £350.

According to other reviews, the Z3 Compact's battery performance is also not merely "similar" but even better, essentially beating every other phone out there: http://www.gsmarena.com/battery-test.php3

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Paul 135

Re: It's all very well churning out new stuff...

http://wiki.cyanogenmod.org/w/Install_CM_for_huashan

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How much is Microsoft earning from its Android taxes again?

Paul 135

Re: Xperia Z3 Compact

£350, though it has essentially top-end specs in a compact frame, and for that it is quite good value compared to certain other fruity competition.

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CONSUMERISM IS PAST ITS SELL-BY DATE: Die now, pay later

Paul 135

Re: never forget though

"Same with phones and batteries - they're not glued in to make it hard to replace, but rather because we demand the biggest possible battery with the most features in the smallest possible space, the thing that has to be sacrified if the screws and clips and mechanisms which allow everything to be quickly taken apart. We asked for that, and we got it!"

No, "we" did not ask for that. A few fruit-cult members prominent in the media, caring about form and "thinness" over function made excuses for that and sent out propaganda which the laymen masses simply accepted at face value. Many of us objected, for there is no reason why a design cannot be robust, elegant, refined and compact yet also allow removable batteries. The fact that some companies have been unable to do it says more about their lack of engineering talents.

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

Paul 135

Re: Can't wait

"ctrl-t transpose the two characters around the cursor, system wide"

What is your use-case for that?

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Paul 135

this has existed for some time elsewhere...

KDE Plasma widgets. It's a superior implementation to anything MS has here. Widgets on the desktop or "panel" (takbar) as well as a "Widget Dashboard" view if you want to have quick access to them. I also think the complete widget-based desktop works well and like the flexibility and organisation that the "folder view" widgets add for file access.

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NSFW: Click here, watch iPhone 6 being TORTURED

Paul 135

Re: Gutted

but was it a Blendtec blender?

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Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. AW... your battery died

Paul 135

Re: Controlled testing, please, not just anecdotal observations

So, around the same as the Moto G, which calibrated to GSMArena's tests = 54h:

http://www.gsmarena.com/battery-test.php3

On the same test the (smaller!) Sony Z3 Compact = 101h.

SHABBY!

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Paul 135

Sony Z3 Compact

Indeed, poor after spending double what they could, in particular on the Z3 Compact, and getting a worse phone as a result.

I see the Z3 Compact, in particular, is showing some amazing battery life stats that seems to out-class all other phones on the market:

http://www.gsmarena.com/battery-test.php3

The Z3 Compact has also quite a bit smaller dimensions than the iPhone 6, yet with similarly-sized screen:

http://www.phonearena.com/phones/size#/phones/size/Apple-iPhone-6,Sony-Xperia-Z3-Compact,Apple-iPhone-5s,Apple-iPhone-4s/phones/8346,8744,7710,5257

As well as waterproofing, 20MP camera with 1/2.3" sensor, SD expandable storage, double the RAM, stereo speakers, active noise cancellation headset, FM radio, MHL, more interoperable OS.

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Ericsson follows Broadcom to modem Mordor

Paul 135

Re: Nvidia and Intel

OK, nVidia was Icera. Intel was Infineon -- where was the British start-up there?

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

Paul 135

Re: Premium Android

" i wonder how much of that reported loss is down to historic events that they're paying down or writing off?"

You have it in one here -- most of that loss was related to some obscure accounting voodoo around "goodwill" relating to the purchase of Sony Ericsson, rather than being a pure operating loss. Something that has been completely ignored in this doom-mongering article.

Sony are here to stay, and are producing excellent products with the new Z3 Compact occupying a niche that puts the iPhone 6 to shame with a huge battery life, much smaller dimensions for similar scree and waterproofing and half the price. Yet I hear little in the press, where the reality distortion field maintained with all those brown envelopes in the back pocket and free wining and dining (though given El reg keeps moaning about not being invited to such affairs, I wonder why they are even complicit on giving coverage to the reality distortion field at all?)

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

Paul 135

Re: If i had a vote

I think you are misunderstanding that 50 million vs 5 million argument. That was in response to the idea of moving towards a fully federalised UK. A federal system will work better if each component is of similar size.

The irony of the SNP being in favour of the EU is more that it illustrates they clearly don't want "independence" at all.

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Quit drooling, fanbois - haven't you SEEN what the iPhone 6 costs?

Paul 135

Re: Err...

"When the earlier iPhones were being sold, they were generally distinguishably better than competing products"

Only if you lived in the US, paid their extortionate prices, and used the ibferior selection of US phones available. If you lived in Europe you were going along with the media hope in the Anglo sphere driven from the US (in other European countries where they don't speak English the brainwashing never took off to the same extent).

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Paul 135

Re: OnePlus One

All Sony and most Motorola phones have FM Radios.

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

Paul 135

zzzzzz

Sony Z3 Compact for the win!

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OwnCloud: Fiddly but secure host-from-home sync 'n' share

Paul 135

What about MEGA?

Client-side encryption and 50GB free.

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

Paul 135

Back in 2014?

Surely the date is wrong there?

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OUCH... right in the Androids! Google hit by another antitrust sueball

Paul 135

As an Android user, I hope Google get a good kicking here. The insidious proprietarisation of Android needs to be stemmed. I'm also a bit annoyed after the Kitkat update will no longer search meta data contained in 3rd party non-Google applications.

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Firefox, is that you? Version 29 looks rather like a certain shiny rival

Paul 135

Re: So that's where they went.

Now, now, the Mozilla board says you can't say sticking your head up one another's arse is a bad thing. That wouldn't be "equality" now would it?

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Paul 135

More like a fault of those drones, particularly omnipresent in the Bay Area bubble, who worship the cult of the shiny rotten fruit, no matter the meritocratic value of anything it does.

It's rather obvious that his whole design has an aesthetic (as well as function, such as removing the menu from the easily accessible top-left corner on Windows) tailored by someone using a Mac for religious purposes.

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Paul 135

Re: re: make sense and look aesthetically OK on a Mac but it is horrendous on Windows.

It used to match the appearance classic Windows Taskbar very well (with small icons and text labels). Now it just looks out of place with those hideous tabs and a Mac-like grey and black everywhere.

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Paul 135
FAIL

It is clear that the UI designers are stuck in their little Mac bubble. This new UI might make sense and look aesthetically OK on a Mac but it is horrendous on Windows.

Before you could just throw your mouse to the top-left to access the menu -- much more efficient than a small squashed button on the right. Now everything, including add-ons are now cluttered into the top-right corner (with no other toolbars without dicking around with addons) -- the very reason I DIDN'T use Chrome.

I guess thought that's what to expect when these people seem to value fashion over meritocracy. If Brendan Eich were in charge of UI would this mess have gone ahead?

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

Paul 135

where does it say different things must always be "equal"? This is logical irrationality. How is a family with biological mother and father and multiple children of their own (where the purpose of marriage isn't simply "love", but to create a stable family environment) the same as a same-sex couple?

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Little pink handjob: Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact

Paul 135

Re: On a slightly more serious note

An official Cyanogenmod build is in the works so you can always flash that instead.

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Paul 135

For your Pro, I would forget the Jellybean and instead wait for a mature version of Cyanogenmod 11 (KitKat) appears at http://legacyxperia.github.io/

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Paul 135

Agree. Unfortunately mine got water-damaged so replaced it with one of these Z1 Compacts (thankfully not the pink!). I love the Z1 Compact though, the improved performance, internal storage, screen, camera, modem, and more reliable Wi-fi still make it an upgrade overall.

Still, there are some occasions when using the landscape keyboard where you can't see what you're typing (which wouldn't occur on the Xperia Pro). Perhaps Sony could just make an official keyboard case for the Z1C that is powered by the dock connector?

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OkCupid falls out of love with 'anti-gay' Firefox, tells people to see other browsers

Paul 135

This whole boycott thing could be a massive boon for Firefox development. With numerous irrational and hysterical people leaving the community then you are left with a more rational core that can improve Firefox in logical meritocratic ways. Hopefully this means that they will now scrap the "Australis" redesign and stopping the obsession with designing first and foremost for effeminate Mac users!

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Original iPhone dev team was 'shockingly small' - Apple engineer

Paul 135

A hideously inefficient hardware design

I worked in the mobile comms industry at the time, and we analysed the original iPhone design. The hardware was extremely poorly designed compared that from any other phone maker of the time, and indicated they had absolutely no experience in the area. On one side of the PCB they had identical hardware to an iPod and on the other side of the PCB they bolted on a whole new set of ICs that a mobile phone would use. In total they used double the number of ICs they actually needed, had poor power consumption, had 2G only, had a poor camera, no video recording, no secondary camera, no expandable memory, no removable battery, no GPS, no 3rd party application support, silly SIM tray thing, etc etc.

We laughed our heads off at how poor the hardware was, yet the hype from the US media (and infecting the UK media even though the price was absolutely insane for a phone in the UK). It only reached industry standard quality by the iPhone 4 (except for the antenna issues that is!). Just goes to show that the best tech isn't always what sells.

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BOYCOTT FIREFOX, rage gay devs as Mozilla appoints JavaScript daddy as CEO

Paul 135

Re: Unfit for CEO

What is wrong with being discriminant in favour of those who can reproduce with regards to reproductive rights? As an atheist, I believe in deriving morals from natural law and that our model of Civilization should not deny biological reality.

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Apple rakes in 60% of profits in still-surging smartphone market

Paul 135

Re: Don't care.

I agree about Google being evil. However:

1. It allows competition in hardware.

2. AOSP can be forked.

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Windows hits the skids, Mac OS X on the rise

Paul 135

Re: How do they count?

I'm not sure where you get the "most" statistic from.

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Bletchley Park board member quits amid TNMOC split-off spat

Paul 135

Re: Disgraceful; but more women ain't the solution.

A dominance of emotional thinking and nuance-free hysteria rarely leads to good relations in teams of people.

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Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?

Paul 135

An alternative strategy for phone makers would be to provide official slide-out QWERTY cases (I think Samsung might have one for the GS4, but didn't look great). The problem with most 3rd party accessories like this is that they are bulkier than they could be if they were properly designed together, and usually require separate charging for the keyboard.

e.g. Sony could design a Zx (Compact) landscape QWERTY "Pro" case that used their magnetic dock ports on the side to also provide power to the keyboard.

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Paul 135

Unfortunately, mine got water damaged in last month's storms that we had across the UK. :-(

Needed a phone immediately, so replaced it with the excellent Xperia Z1 Compact and love the much needed spec-bump. Though, how I wish for a Z1 Compact-sized device with a slide-out keyboard! (they could call it the "Z1 Pro").

Last September there were also leaks of a Motorola DROID5, though haven't heard anything about it since, and Motorola has a horrible habit of not releasing its QWERTY devices outside the US.

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Sony enlists Michael Jackson's GHOST to flog Xperia Z2

Paul 135

Re: Sony - confused technology firm with brilliant products

If Android were actually FOSS, and not merely an a insidious attempt to harvest data and push lock-in towards proprietary Google services, you might have a point.

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Paul 135

Just got one mail order without seeing it first, and it is impressive beyond what I was expecting!

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

Paul 135

The greatest threat is more phones like the Xperia Z1 compact than the humungous S3. Absolutely destroys all crApple devices.

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Imprisoned Norwegian mass murderer says PlayStation 2 is 'KILLING HIM'

Paul 135

Re: He previously complained bitterly about the lack of hand lotion.

Do you really think he is making these petty demands seriously? More likely, I would have thought they were a tactic to rub the faces of those in charge of the liberal system when they pathetically grant everything the prisoner demands.

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Whitehall and Microsoft negotiate NHS Windows XP hacker survival plan

Paul 135

Re: Whatever happened to Win7's "XP mode"?

... especially when if an old app is so unmaintained that it won't run on a modern operating system, do you really think these old unmaintained apps have the best in modern security hardening in mind either? To me, I would have thought this Microsoft "support" tax which they seem to be foolishly going to pay would have made little difference as any solution for these old unmaintained apps is going to be an insecure interim solution anyway.

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Paul 135

Re: Whatever happened to Win7's "XP mode"?

That is exactly what I'm talking about, yet no one wants to answer the question. Is there really such a security risk or need for "support" if you run specific apps sandboxed in the integrated VM and copy of

XP included with Windows 7?

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Paul 135

Whatever happened to Win7's "XP mode"?

And, providing the hardware can run win7, is there really a significant security risk in using "XP mode" only for specific apps in the interim?

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Samsung leaps out of volume PC game as UK market crashes

Paul 135

Sinofsky 's victims keep piling up!

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Intel and Asus put the dual boot in, offer 2-in-1 lapslab WinDroid

Paul 135

Re: What they don't tell you...

Android x86 does not suck. Since most Android apps are just Java they run out of the box. We have a Motorola RAZRi (Intel x86 phone) in the household and almost every app you would want is available (including numerous NDK-based apps which have simply been recompiled for x86).

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Paul 135

Re: At different times...?

BlueStacks has been around for a long time already. It's just Android x86 running in a virtual machine. It runs quite well (much faster than the emulator in the Android SDK) and you can download it for yourself to try it out, though it will probably try to install some annoying game or another every day.

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Drawers full of different chargers? The IEC has a one-plug-to-rule-them-all

Paul 135

Re: This is just as dumb of an idea as the micro USB "standard"

The microUSB standard isn't dumb, and the new reversible connector will be compatible where it matters -- electrically.

I'd also expect upcoming USB charging standards to be used for routers etc. too due to the ability of the protocol to negotiate a DC voltage/current requirement between charger and load device. Agree though that it can't come soon enough, as I'm fed up having to do soldering jobs for router extension cables!

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Paul 135

Re: Yet another failure?

MicroUSB is not a failure as it has electrically defined a standard for phones. Sure, the connector itself is a bit rubbish mechanically, but that is a problem hopefully soon to be solved with the upcoming C-type connector.

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I KNOW how to SAVE Microsoft. Give Windows 8 away for FREE – analyst

Paul 135

Re: No, you couldn't pay me.

Surely you can use the Windows XP Mode in Windows 7 Pro to run your old software?

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Best budget Android smartphone there is? Must be the Moto G

Paul 135

Thomas Whipp, have you got a source for that claim?

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OpenSUSE 13.1: Oh look, a Linux with YOU in mind (and 64-bit ARMs)

Paul 135

"GNOME works seamlessly on OpenSuSE 13.1 (click to enlarge images)"

That's an odd caption to have with a KDE screenshot!

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