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* Posts by cynic 2

36 posts • joined 30 Jul 2009

Windows Phone 8.1: Like WinPho 8, but BETTER

cynic 2

Re: Incorrect

Really? Can you point me at some references for this?

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cynic 2

Re: Incorrect

Might be a valid patent, might not. On the other hand, Samsung has enough money to encourage this kind of aggression as a barrier to entry for new Android companies.

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MINING in SPAAAACE! Asteroid-scoopers? Nah - consumers will be the real winners

cynic 2

Re: The Wild-West days are here again

Interesting point. There's only two problems: (1) by the time a government decides it wants these it will be too late, and (2) their usual contractors would take 20 years to build the array, and fail anyway.

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Mystery traffic redirection attack pulls net traffic through Belarus, Iceland

cynic 2

Re: Surprise!

I take it that reading comprehension is not your strong point?

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Google barge erection hypegasm latest - What's in the box?

cynic 2

Re: Obviously ...

Newts, surely?

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Don't crack that Mac: Almost NOTHING in new Retina MacBook Pros can be replaced

cynic 2

Re: Batteries!

Would this also be 11 year old battery tech, perchance?

Not sniping, just curious.

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Live Blog: Google I/O keynote

cynic 2
Big Brother

Somebody's going to be annoyed

So it's not only Apple that screws up when choosing names, then:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kaushal.androidstudio

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MIT crypto pioneers scoop Turing Award

cynic 2
Coat

Nice, and well deserved. Now when do Alice and Bob get an award for all the hard work they've put in all these years?

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Plucky Swede glides spaceplane to Earth from edge of stratosphere

cynic 2
Go

T-shirt

He deserves a coveted SPG T-Shirt as a fellow traveller, surely?

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Adobe thinks outside box, nixes retail Creative Suite packaging

cynic 2
Alert

Gasp! So Adobe's odd policy of charging more for downloads than boxed media finally bites the big one.

I'm astonished it lasted this long. Welcome to the nineties, Adobe!

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Ultimate bacon sarnie scrap starts to sizzle

cynic 2
Happy

The real crime here would be putting ketchup on the bacon. The adding sugar business is a slippery slope - before you know it you'll have gone all North American and embraced maple syrup.

Tasty brown bread, no butter, lots of bacon. You know it makes sense.

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Curiosity's laser turns Mars rocks to 'glowing plasma'

cynic 2
Mushroom

Kaboom!

Just wait until the upgrade - that laser will be awesome once the illudium Q-36 explosive space modulator is attached.

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Office for ARM will lack features, report claims

cynic 2
Boffin

Re: Oh come on

Actually, killing VBA on the Mac back in 2006 was a porting issue. Lots of gnarly assembly language was involved. You can find the details here: http://www.schwieb.com/blog/2006/08/08/saying-goodbye-to-visual-basic/.

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Bill Gates, Harry Evans and the smearing of a computer legend

cynic 2

Re: Koch brothers takeover of IEEE?

Put a sock in it, will you? Leave the feral politics and zealotry at the US border and give the rest of us some peace.

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PHP devs lob second patch at super-critical CGI bug

cynic 2
Mushroom

Twisting the knife

Here's an awesome teardown of PHP for those who haven't seen it yet :

http://me.veekun.com/blog/2012/04/09/php-a-fractal-of-bad-design/

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Rovio: Actually there will be Angry Birds Space on Windows Phone

cynic 2
FAIL

Re: Its not just opengl

Now that's just missing the point. Spectacularly.

Mono is useful only if your app was written for WP7 first. That's not exactly useful for (a) existing apps or (b) people writing new stuff that want to target markets where they'll actually make money.

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Met thumbed through Oyster card data up to 22,000 times in 4 years

cynic 2
Black Helicopters

It would have to be unregistered, and always topped up with cash. Use plastic once, and the connection can be made.

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Microsoft's master stroke: Pay store staff per WinPhone sold

cynic 2
Trollface

Mind bleach

So Ballmer's throwing another bunga-bunga party? I'll never be able to look at his red sweaty face in the same way again...

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Wyse does a cloud on the desk for iPad, iPhone

cynic 2
Facepalm

RDP

Looks like RDP is only for non-Home versions of Windows if I read things correctly. Which is a shame, as I'd love to stop using VNC with a Mac.

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Microsoft: No Windows 8 ARM support for x86 apps

cynic 2
Meh

I think you've picked a nice metric to see if Microsoft has fixed its internal warfare. In order to port Office to ARM, they'll have to port the UI to Metro (if I've managed to make sense of their roadmap).

The Office group refused to port to the old Windows tablet PCs, after all.

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Apple nudges out Exxon Mobil for top spot on Wall Street

cynic 2
Headmaster

Congratulations!

I knew you could do it -- an article about Apple that didn't include "fanboi". Way to go!

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LOHAN: She's low orbit and helium assisted

cynic 2
Pint

A suggestion

If you ask nicely, maybe Ms. Lohan will agree to model for a custom Playmobil figurine. That way, we'll have Lohan on Lohan to play with as an acronym...

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Office for Mac 2011 SP1 calendar won't sync with Apple MobileMe

cynic 2
Jobs Halo

Davmail

Apple Mail works nicely with Exchange if you use the DavMail gateway:

http://davmail.sourceforge.net/macosxsetup.html

I gave up on Entourage when Microsoft pushed out an update that would crash it on random mouse clicks and left it like that for weeks.

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Apple plays cloud catch-up

cynic 2
WTF?

Oh you tease

Mentioning TechCrunch and "solid sources" in the same sentence? Awesome!

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Google plugins force-feed open codec to IE and Safari

cynic 2
Big Brother

Easy

So... time to return the favour and write a H.264 plugin for Chrome then?

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M&S cooks up goods for gadget recycling

cynic 2
Thumb Down

Ugh

Ugh. Those are some pretty appalling prices. 49 squids for a Sony A300? Hop over to eBay, and the going price is closer to 200. A fool and his money, eh?

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Cattle-burp eco menace mastered - by oregano

cynic 2
Black Helicopters

All is explained

So now we know how the dinosaurs died -- not enough oregano in their diet.

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'Suspicious' Android wallpaper app nabs user data

cynic 2
Black Helicopters

Dev response

A quick grope around the Internets found this: http://www.scribd.com/doc/35072457/Jackeey-Response. It's not totally convincing -- the device info and phone number should have been hashed.

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Google open sources $124.6m video codec

cynic 2
Jobs Halo

Early days

The action now moves to the hardware side. After all, one reason Apple's fond of H.264 is the battery implications of moving to a software codec on iPhone and iPads. I wonder what's going to be available in a year or two?

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Battlefield skyhook robocopter 'passes US Marines' test'

cynic 2
Black Helicopters

Control

I wonder if they've remembered to encrypt the control link this time?

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Austrian army cans Benny Hill recruitment ad

cynic 2
Happy

The Benny Hill version

You're right, it does work better with Yakety Sax. Try it with the right soundtrack:

http://bennyhillifier.com/?id=kp7HVU-s7aI.

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'Domestic extremism' police called in on climate hack

cynic 2
Big Brother

ACPO

Ah. ACPO. So the investigation is being done by an outfit that was set up to be immune to FOI requests. Now isn't that comforting?

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Fat Reg slims down for spanking new mobile phone version

cynic 2
Jobs Halo

Offline

How about making the iPhone version cache web pages so we can read The Reg on the tube?

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NASA orbiter snaps Apollo 12 landing site

cynic 2
Grenade

Definite fake!

Gotta be a fake -- I can't see a Clanger anywhere.

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Sony takes on the Kindle

cynic 2
FAIL

Bookeen

It's Amazon's fault, not Bookeen. They've decreed that you can only have one DRM system on your device.

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El Reg to launch space paper plane

cynic 2
Coat

Crew

Can we have a Playmobil crew?

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