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Drag queens: Oh, don't be so bitchy, Facebook! Let us use our stage names

nanchatte

Re: Odd

That was then. Try again with a new account. They ask for id.

I thought about faking my passport. But then thought. WTF, when do you need a service that fights against you....

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Re: Enforcement

I tried various fake names, but none of them took. It seems there is some language filter or something. Try John smith. It didn't work for me. When I create an account with a "suspicious" name, they asked me to send a photocopy of my passport/id/dirvers licence, FFS.

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nanchatte

Just don't use Facebook. Simple.

I quit when they stopped accepting Nanchatte as my real name. My friends know who I am and AFAIAC that's enough. I didn't want every tom dick or harry being able to run a search against my name.

I know that Facebook is a private industry that can boost its income by showing clients that it has a "truthful" database of user's every personal detail and I know I'm tempting Godwin to poke through here, but Jews were forced to wear a star and I don't see the difference in Facebook forcing people to wear their "real name" in what is supposed to be a social context. I mean, it's not like every single selfie on Facebook is veracious anyway and they can easily hide the registered login name..

Glad I didn't let the door hit me on the way out.

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Would Apple godhead Steve Jobs have HATED the Watch?

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Re: Steve Jobs pet hate

I suppose you were marked down for your last paragraph. I don't think Apple are playing catch up. Yes they have produced bigger phones, but besides that "compromise" I don't see them struggling TBH. They will just soldier on as Apple even if it kills them.

Besides that, I totally agree. Tim would be too touchy feely for him, I think. I feel that, for example, Tim he has selected a committee of people to craft the latest Apple products... Make them as inoffensive and foible free as possible being the main tenet.

They really do lack that genius individualist "spark" of love-them-or-hate-them design that older products had.

The angled iPhone 4 is a classic example. Distinctive to the eye to be sure, but hideously uncomfortable in the hand ... immediately rendering the 3G series clunky-looking. The iPhone 6, which I believe is the first non Steve iPhone, is by comparison smooth and unobtrusive. It is also rather staid and could be said to be boring... It also goes back to glass which, being curved, is likely to be scratched, a bugbear Jobs was known to get sweary about.

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nanchatte

Re: Extra, Extra, The Daily Sermon from Rev Jasper is here

Congratulations for an appropriate choice in Icon to represent your post.

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nanchatte

Re: If Steve wanted it...

@Thorne: Spot on. If there's one thing distinctive about Apple products it's that, for better or for worse, you can spot one a mile away, and a few years later, everything (successful) looks the same.

This watch looks somewhat nondescript and dare I say it, generic. I think Steve would have fine tuned it until it didn't look quite so "watchlike" and far more "Apple".

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Size matters – how else could Dell squeeze 15 million pixels into this 27" 5K monitor?

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Re: It's just a HiDPI version of 2560x1440

^^ This,

I had a 17 inch 1600 * 1200 of some description at uni in the mid 90's and a wicked DIGITAL brand laptop with the same resolution around the turn of the century. Since then, things went from bad to worse, with 1600 x 900 or even the nasty 1366 * 768 or some such bullshit widescreen lappies and the aforementioned Fv77 HDzorz which seemed to last an eternity on the desktop,

In 2004 IBM released the world's first IPS 3840x2400 16:10 QWUXGA production display and it remained unrivaled for nearly a decade... A decade might as well be a century by computing standards. After their reign and subsequent removal from the market place, I picked up three and use them to this day triple head with Mavericks. they run like a dream on my old cheesegrater.

I will never go back to anything less than 2000 on the vertical. I have already tried the dell, the philips and the asus 28" 2nd wave of budget UHD panels and decided to stick with the Asus, with its rock solid image and amazingly less than 20ms lag in "4k". Sure I won't be using it for photo editing, but it's dandy for CAD and these (once $100,000) IBM beasts are only just now starting to show their age next to my 2014 model Asus. And so they should.

TL;DR

Finally, finally the evolution switch as been thrown and manufactures are currently scrambling to bring a range of monitors to the market and If a company like sharp brings an 8k screen to market, then GOOD ON 'EM is what I say.

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Tim Cook: I'm NOT worried about CRAP iPad sales. It's just a 'speedbump'

nanchatte

Re: It is called "market saturation"

Of course they can and are... It's called a 13 month lifespan, kinda like the Nexus 6 in Bladerunner: Built as well as they could be, just not to last ;-)

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nanchatte

Re: In its way, a good sign

My trusty old G5 Mac Pro gargantuan cheesegrater runs CS4 like a champ. God knows when I bought it... That thing is ancient. I'll replace it when/if the coolant leaks.

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Anonymous threatens to name cop who shot dead unarmed Michael Brown

nanchatte

Seriously...

Can you trust a group that say 'we will only release his name when we are certain we've go it right,' when they can't even get their own hashtag right.

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YOSEMITE GLAM: Apple unveils gussied up OS X

nanchatte

Try a bit of software called "cinch". It can snaps a window to the left half, right half or full screen. I install it even before dropbox on every mac I have.

...teamed with "size up" which can hot key windows to screen slices/quadrants

...or with "divvy" which can define a custom grid and hot keys for custom window layouts

and you have a great dev machine for mouseless navigation.

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nanchatte

Re: RotM?

whoosh... that was the sound of a mildly salty substance flying over your head.

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Oracle buys desktop software virtualiser GreenBytes

nanchatte
Unhappy

Zevo

Ahh zevo, you abandoned us. I was happily using Zfs on OS X 10.8 and had been for a couple of years when development suddenly ground to a halt. There was no communication for months until the tersely worded 'sayonara' at the end of 2012.

Once bitten and all that.

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Apple updates OS X Mavericks, iTunes, Podcasts for iOS

nanchatte

Excellent.

As a multimonitor whore, I can report success with my 2011 iMac and 2 external IBM T221 3840 x 2400 monitors running in portrait on either side.

I'm now able to get full resolutions in portrait (2400 x 3840) whereas I was limited to vertical resolutions of 1920 by a regression introduced with Mavericks. As a bonus, I now also get the full HiDPI mode and desktop scaling interface of Apple's own Retina displays.

Now if only they can get together with display link and fix the bloody incompatibilities there, I'd be well chuffed.

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Urinating teen polluted 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools - cops

nanchatte

Nice paper but you missed a trick

The bond citation should have been numbered 007 for added authenticity.

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Apple inaugurates free OS X beta program for world+dog

nanchatte
Coat

Just don't tell anybody about what?

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Ditch the sync, paddle in the Streem: Upstart offers syncless sharing

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Bitcasa 2.0?

I hope they've learned from the stillborn disaster area that was Bitcasa, a remarkably similar offering from a couple of years back. Maybe that's where the CEO disappeared to suddenly last year. Anyway, I made the mistake of falling for the hype of unlimited online storage with sync and mirror. Absolutely shocking QC. Production version was still late-alpha. Download speeds were about 100kBps (yes, that slow) and files were corrupted and lost somewhere along the line so that you only got about half of what you put up there, back.

Oh yes, and Asia had no access to dedupe, so renaming a folder was shit slow, requiring all the files to be uploaded again.

Once burnt and all that.

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Why it's time to wrap brains around software-defined networking

nanchatte

Re: Olivia Newton John

[1] I beg to differ, all communication uses a physical medium of some sort. Be it atoms, EM waves or quantum entanglement. What other types of media are there? Metaphysical?

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This changes everything: Microsoft slips WinXP holdouts $100 to buy new Windows 8 PCs

nanchatte

Re: this sounds like a deal

Glad I wasn't the only one who kept losing the "off-switch". How can a company with a reputed R&D budget of 10bn make such a basic concept so goddamned protracted?

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Massive new AIRSHIP to enter commercial service at British dirigible base

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Coat

Re: Some points about using balloons

>I love the concept of the Balloon Assisted Donkey (BAD) pulling a tonne along some mountian track.

Me, too! that would be bad ass!

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Apple in bid to turn MORE and MORE humans into iPhone-stroking fanbois

nanchatte

Call this an article?

Was this written by a full-time member of staff?

Enough equipment to make a 100 million screens? What does that mean, exactly... And also, 'inspection tools' which 'can be used to make high quality glass?'

Pardon?

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Ban-dodging Mac Pro to hit Blighty's shops as Apple bows to fan fears

nanchatte

Re: MAC Pro - CPU is Upgradable

LOL

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Apple iOS 7 security bug allows fiendish wags to easily empty your wallet

nanchatte

Really?

"Idiot tax operation"? How long did you spend coming up with that. It was like that "Foxconn rebrander" title bestowed last week... While I like a humorous dig as much as (or perhaps even a wee bit more than) the next man, these little epithets are getting rather tiresome and detract from the overall quality of the article.

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

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After the ritual disembowelling of an Apple support tool

Not fair:

Killing shop staff is illegal where I live..

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Apple ships cures for Mail, iBooks, MacBook Pro maladies

nanchatte

So far nothing to report

Works as smoothly as we'll and quickly as popular favorite snow leopard for anything I use it for. Ymmv.

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Foxconn-rebrander Apple to rebrand hardware from other Taiwanese firms, too

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WTF?

REG.

There is wit and then there is David Brent level remarks. "Foxconn Rebrander" is one of the latter. You think you're being funny, but you're not.

Grow up Reg, everyone likes to poke fun at the big guys from time to time, but puerile remarks like this put you somewhat nearer the gutter than I'd like.

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Lavabit bloke passes hat for open-source secure email master plan

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Megaphone

Re: Noob

The majority of leaks from systems using encryption are down to a user failure at the implementation stage.

Have you ever heard the phrase "a little knowledge is dangerous?"

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Apple scrambles to fix buggy Mavericks apps

nanchatte

My mavericks has been rock solid apart from a regression in the USB Displayport compatibility limiting me to one USB monitor.... There are a few minor buglets, but it's a lot better than either lions were. And faster, too.

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

nanchatte

Fecking prejudice, eh? who needs it?

Tim Minchin has something to say about predudice...

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KVN_0qvuhhw&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DKVN_0qvuhhw

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nanchatte
WTF?

Re: A question

Why, because there are no gays in the Far East?... O_o

Your point, sir?

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HELIUM-FILLED disks lift off: You can't keep these 6TB BEASTS down

nanchatte

Re: Well, this is all very clever and all that, but what about bringing back...

I have fond memories of my 4Gb Bigfoot... Just for a laugh, I wonder what capacity they could squeeze out of a 7 platter regular half height or perhaps 20 platter full height 5.25" Bigfoot...

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iPad Air BARES ALL, reveals she's a high maintenance lady

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FAIL

Re: Is there anybody who approves of this?

How often? I've taken more than 10 iPhone 4S devices apart and replaced screens, batteries, buttons and scratched/dented bezels. Piece of cake if a little fiddly. But an iPad with a cracked screen was a biatch to repair and I vowed never again real quick. I told subsequent people to take theirs back to Apple.

Thus their (marketing) policy works..,

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Play Elite, Pitfall right now: Web TIME PORTAL opens to vintage games, apps

nanchatte

Re: David Braben's supposed to be quite litigious, isn't he?

erm... not that my 6 year old daughter gets any work done with hers of course..

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nanchatte

Re: David Braben's supposed to be quite litigious, isn't he?

Excuse me, but I'm a weekend pro photographer who has five DSLRs in my possession. My 6 year old daughter has a DSLR. They are a legacy in the same way a truck is a legacy, in that they are not as common as cars but are still need by people who do "real" work.

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Hard-as-woodpecker-lips MOUSE GOBBLES live scorpion, LAUGHS off stings to face

nanchatte

Re: How friggin awesome is evolution!

Judging by your down votes, I'd say about a 0 in 4 chance and declining.

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Pirate Bay captain pleads with Swedes: Don't make me walk Danish plank

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Coat

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I've been out of Europe so long that until recently, I thought Schengen was a place near Guangzhou.

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Apple bats away WiLAN cellular data patents sueball

nanchatte
Coffee/keyboard

NKBP

Awesome PC English: "persons of coloured neck"

Reminded me of my uncle's PC term for midgets. He used to say "No, you can't say Midget any more! You have to call them People of Restricted Growth... or 'Porgs' for short."

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Coat

It looks like they need...

...some McKool Aid.

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Surface 2 and iPad Air: Prepare to meet YOUR DOOM under a 'Landfill Android' AVALANCHE

nanchatte

Jayzus, look at the cost of the thing!!!!

People say the Mac Pro is expensive, but it's looking better value than a $1700 Surface Pro 2. WTF?

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Apple iMac 27-inch 2013: An extra hundred quid for what exactly?

nanchatte

I've been an Apple user for eight or nine years or so

... When the first G4 Mac lunchbox for $499 was announced.

But I have found myself more and more turned off by their PC hardware ever since.

It's getting harder and harder to service with each generation.

IDKAY, but I think I have upgraded the RAM and HDD ON EVERY SINGLE PC I have ever bought, be it laptop or desktop. Theoretically on windows PCs (and the 2005 OTA vintage white Intel iMacs and minis), the CPU was supposedly upgradable but usually it turned out that only a couple of hundred MHz more was available before a change of pin out meant a new motherboard was needed. So I was happy with just the disk and RAM or a new GFX card. in one case I swapped in a superior GFX card into a 27" iMac.

But this is changing. First it was soldered CPUs, then soldered or firmware "tweaked" graphics cards. Now it's got to the point of soldered RAM. Oh yes, and Apple, the 80s are calling, they want their NON STANDARD hard drives back.

We've now got to he point where to even open the machine you need a heat gun. WTF? This goes against everything I've learnt as a consumer: Buy what you need today, upgrade later... Apple want me to "Buy what you think you will need over the next three years or you'll be buggered later. Not only that, but the base model prices are actually increasing!

So, in the inimitable words of Rowan Atkinson as a drunken father-in-law at a wedding, I said "you can all Sod Off!" And just bought myself a bargain final gen 17" macbook (Matte screen! Yay) and bargain final generation i7 27" with optical, because the new stuff has nothing compelling and the old stuff can be opened with a single readily available tool.

To be honest, I'm worried where to go from here on in... I've climbed so far up Apple's butt in recent years that even my feet are all warm and moist...

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Great Fall of China: iPhone 5C sales lag as blinged-up 5S sells out

nanchatte

I love how this *long* series of articles is called Peak Apple…

>>Either that or it is a fruitless attempt [sic.] at the "Out of Stock" Jedi Mind Trick that doesn't work anymore.

Erm, but your spelling of attempt is actually correct. O_o :-)

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Apple’s iOS 64-bit iUpgrade: Don't expect a 2x performance leap

nanchatte

Help me please…

How can it address 1TB of physical memory yet only 4GB of virtual memory? I don't get it… The opposite makes more sense, no?

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Amazon DENIES launch of iPhone-killing freebie smartphone

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Coat

Amazon

Only being able to make a profit from Apps to Apples? And there I was thinking Amazon made profit from Books, Computers, Daily goods, Electronics, Fashion...

Mine's the one with the 1 page dictionary in the pocket...

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It's official: Apple sends out invitations for September 10 event

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WTF?

Re: Think of the fanbois - El reg.

They are already having sleepless nights, Salivating at the mouths, heavy breathing, like a tin of dog food being opened in front of a dozen hungry pitbull terriers...

Wow, you have some really funky dog food where you live.

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Dell nemesis Icahn offers Apple's Tim Cook slap-up grub in share buy bid

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Unhappy

I'll start with my disclaimer again. I am not an investor, but...

One presumes that they'd have to repatriate all the money in order to buy back shares. I have no idea what the going tax rate for such an undertaking is, but I suppose from his statement it would levy a greater than $20bn charge, requiring borrowing.

More likely is Icahn is hoping Apple would use their cash as collateral to borrow a truckload of money at a rate of interest which would incur a far lower charge than repatriation would, keeping their "war chest" more or less intact, just like they did recently.

Still, it seems likely - to my naive, non-investor eyes at least - what Icahn's after… He "invests" a couple of bill in Apple shares and manages to convince Tim to buy them back. Since buybacks often (temporarily) inflate the share value, Icahn profits.

This is repeated until it becomes clear that Tim is not stupid enough to buy back such a preposterous and pointless number of overvalued shares ($150bn what the serious fuck?) when in fact their track record shows that they actually tend to only buy when the shares are nicely undervalued by the market... At which point, investors turn bearish as/and price declines. Whereupon, -just by sheer coincidence it happens to turn out that- Icahn has in fact shorted Apple for a couple of billion and profited again.

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nanchatte

I'm not an investor but...

Is what he is doing legal? I mean, wi his clout it seems he is manipulating the market with his tweets... For example.... He could buy a couple of (hundred) million in shares... Tweet about buy back which would raise the price, then sell off... Wash and repeat... And with his shady Dinner with Tim (TM) isn't this an argument for insider trading... Please will somebody knowledgeable about such things enlighten us to what effect Icahn and his cronies are having on the market by investing tonnes of wonga and tweeting incessantly about Apple's future plans.

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GreenBytes guts its arrays, turns self into chompable doughnut

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Zevo

Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't greenbytes the company that have dropped the community ZFS platform called ZEVO for the Mac? Which is a bugger, because we were using it...

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Bug-finder chucked for posting to Zuck

nanchatte
FAIL

Re: ...and here we se the "Head In The Sand" approach to system security...

Why do I have to give 10 compelling reasons to YOU? As with most free(mium) services, if you're sensible about using it and apply it correctly, it's a nice free tool that can generate income.

I have two Facebook accounts... one to keep in the loop with friends and family back in England and another for my business. Many of my customers in Japan use Facebook. In fact, I'd go as far to say that Facebook is rampant among certain (my target) demographic. My income has increased about 300 pounds a month since I started my Facebook page just three months ago and customers are increasing steadily, TYVM. That buys a lot of Friday night beer at the pub.... Yes, Facebook and beer are NOT mutually exclusive.

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Tiny fireball exoplanet completes one year in 8.5 hours

nanchatte

hang on...

Wouldn't a planet that close to a star tend to be tidally locked? In which case one side would bake and one would freeze?

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