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1888 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

APPLE: SCREW YOU, BRITS, everyone else says Samsung copied us

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Re: Called it

The court told them to put paragraphs 1 and 5 up. The reason was that the initial Samsung ban got a lot of publicity, so this requirement was put in place so that people would know that it is safe to buy a Samsung slab, it will continue to be supported to normal Samsung standards and they won't risk any legal liabilities in using one.

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Tumblr and Google App Engine down as US traffic plummets

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Yes, but sometimes we have a couple of millimetres of snow, and then the country grinds to a halt.

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Windows 8: Is Microsoft's new OS too odd to handle?

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Re: Long overdue

If you are copying a large amount of stuff which is saturating your disk/network IO, slowing everything down; you might want to pause it for a couple of minutes to do something else.

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Re: "countless more jobs would be created and more wealth generated"

If Microsoft went bust, another company would buy the copyrights from the liquidators. There is a good chance that that company would be even worse then MS.

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No GPS in the iPad Mini Wi-Fi: People are right to criticise

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Re: Apple use the GPS/GLONAS decoder in the 3G baseband chip

Well if you tether an iPod touch or iPad to an Android phone, the wifi location service will give you a very accurate location fix. It doesn't update quite as frequently as using GPS directly, so if you are on a train for example, the location will update maybe every 30 seconds or so. That may not be good enough for turn by turn navigation, but good enough for getting walking or public transport directions. However, what with the new Apple maps and the fact that wifi tethering will most likely drain your Android's battery faster than you can recharge it, you are as well just getting that from the Android directly

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Microsoft's 'official' Windows 8 Survival Guide leaks

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Re: "News"?

I don't see "news", however I do se "Biting the hand that feeds IT". Anyway, it does explain, in a very humourous way, exactly what is wrong with Windows 8.

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Australian volcano starts to blow

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Re: why does this island have a web page

Rockall used to have a web page, and it used to be rather good. El Reg still own the domain, but they don't seem to be doing anything with it.

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Panel production problems may stop iPad Minis getting into fans' mitts

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"So says DisplaySearch, a market watcher, which reckons supply will be constrained by LCD panel makers’ inability to sent enough 8.9in, 1024 x 768 screens to Apple."

Well if they do supply Apple with 8.9in screens, that will be a problem because they won't fit in the iPad mini.

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iPad Mini: Why is Apple SO SCARED of the Kindle?

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Re: I will laugh so much...

I have it on good authority that they have finally sorted out the trademark issues with the British TV Station and are going to launch their long rumoured iTV product. Jeremy Kyle will be the guest of honour to launch it.

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Re: eh?

Before the Kindle Fire and Google Nexus came out, the only real competition in the slab market was the Galaxy Tab, which was the same price as the iPad, and the Asus Transformer.

There's two possibilities, either it is a magical new revolutionary iGadget that will create a completely new market. Alternatively it is to compete with the Kindle Fire and Google Nexus.

Of course at the time of writing this, we don't actually know that it is an iPad mini, it could be something completely different. We will find out in just over an hour. If it is an iPad mini, I can't think of anything magical and revolutionary they could do with it, but that's why I'm not earning millions of dollars working for their product design team.

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Windows 8 'bad' analyst says Store is a weakness

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Re: @h4rm0ny: Office RT edition licence restrictions

So I can't use it to send my CV to recruitment agents?

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Windows 8: Microsoft will declare victory, but will anyone believe it?

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Re: On the other hand...

As far as I'm aware, most people use Macs for music production. Will Windows 8 be good enough to encourage them to switch to Windows? I doubt it.

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Young Frenchwoman desperate for fat pipe tumbles out of window

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Re: Uh...

In France, UK, and any other country I've been to, the ground floor is called the ground floor, and the first floor is called the first floor. Why on earth would you call the first floor the ground floor? The ground floor is the one at ground level.

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Re: The other first

No, the first floor above the ground is the first floor. The second floor is the second above the ground. How could it be any other way?

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Re: Uh...

Well the floor would be about 2.5 to 3 meters off the ground, and the window maybe another 1.5 meters above the floor. Not quite 30 feet but certainly enough for a fall to cause injury.

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US accused of hypocrisy over cyber warfare

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Re: excuses

The national grid has a control room where they monitor demand for electricity and the output from all the various power stations, wind turbines and so on. They use this information combined with things like weather forecasts, TV schedules and so on to switch things on and off as needed. Eg, if the World Cup final goes into extra time, then all the nations's kettles will be switched on a bit later than previously predicted. How do they get this information in and out of the control centre? My guess is the internet is involved somewhere.

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SanDisk jolted out of flatline after Q3 flash storage shock

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Re: U3

They were, but they don't do it any more.

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US climate-change skeptics LOSING SUPPORT

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Actually it would lead to a nuclear winter as all the dust thrown up from the nuke would block out the sun.

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Apple loses UK 'Samsung copied us' appeal: Must publicly GROVEL

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Re: Will never happen

It can still go to the Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice. If it does, it could be some time before we see the apology, and by that time, peoples obsolete iPad3s and Galaxy Tabs will be gathering dust at the bottom of a cupboard while they enjoy their iPad21 or Galaxy Tab XIX

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Re: slab-fondlers would ignore trademarks.

I bought my iPad rather than a Galaxy Tab largely because it was cheaper (Black Friday 2011, iDevices were reduced, Droids were not, otherwise they were the same price).

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Re: Appleology

No, they have told them what they have to say. It is as follows:

"On 9th July 2012 the High Court of Justice of England and Wales ruled that Samsung Electronic (UK) Limited's Galaxy Tablet Computers, namely the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 do not infringe Apple's registered design No. 0000181607-0001. A copy of the full judgment of the High court is available on the following link [link given].

"That Judgment has effect throughout the European Union and was upheld by the Court of Appeal on .. A copy of the Court of Appeal's judgment is available on the following link []. There is no injunction in respect of the registered design in force anywhere in Europe."

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Re: Arial? How gauche!

As long as it has the same x height, then yes.

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Payment protection tops list of SMS spam scams

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Re: carriers being lazy

A pay as you go SIM with sufficient credit to get the unlimited texts costs something like £10 - £15. If you can send out about 744,000 texts per month, which would be within your limit, on that SIM, it is still worthwhile doing.

Having said that, 1000 texts per hour is probably about the limit that even a computer can send them out. Even if you spend no time at all typing the text, it takes a couple of seconds between pressing the send button and the phone going through the motions of sending the text so you can send the next one.

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When cookie spewers single you out, it IS personal, barks watchdog

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But you would need to know about the ANPR camera and have the opportunity to drive away before it takes a photo.

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Microsoft Surface: Designed to win, priced to fail

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Re: What's wrong with Pages, Numbers and Keynote?

Actually I don't agree. The one thing the iPad has shown us is that tablets are not replacements for laptops. They are an additional device.

If you go round the country doing PowerPoint presentations, you prepare the .pptx file on your desktop/laptop, then transfer it to your slab to take it on the road.

If you are a travelling salesman, you have all your product information on the slab to refer to, and you dial back into the office with a mobile version of the CRM/sales ledger app to take orders and stuff like that.

If you are a service engineer, your slab can pull in the job schedule for the day, and you can record service notes, book parts etc on it. If it has GPS, it could also give you directions to your next site. Back at the office, this information could be used to move jobs about if one person is taking longer or not as long as expected.

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Investors shovel another $10m of 'fuel' onto the SkyFire

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Re: Another...

If instagr.am is "worth" $1bn, and Facebook is "worth" $100bn, I'm sure there is some idiot somewhere who will buy it off them for at least $500m.

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Incompatible IT systems blamed for bank sale collapse

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With Abbey, Bradford and Bingley and Alliance & Leicester, they pulled the data out of their respective systems, converted it to Santander format and imported it into their Spanish data centre. Some people had teething problems with their accounts, mine went through without any problems.

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Take away bad drivers' mobile phones, they still crash their cars

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Re: Elmer Phud

Well if I'm talking while driving, whether on a hands-free, or to someone in the car next to me; if I get to a difficult stretch of road, I stop talking and concentrate on the driving.

The person next to me understands that and waits for me to navigate out of the difficult stretch. The person on the phone starts saying "hello, hello, are you there, can you hear me".

That, I think is the difference between the two.

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Facebook says it's LOSING money in the UK ... pays hardly any tax

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Re: They overpayed, should be £0* :-)

The British Information Commissioner isn't any better. They send out the some stern letters telling people not to do it again, and the occasional £5k fine to people who repeatedly ignore those letters. That applies to the small companies as well as the big ones.

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Re: Of course its tax avoidance

Corporation tax is 12.5% in Ireland vs 26% in the UK, and about 30% + state taxes in the USA.

Companies therefore make all their profits in Ireland and the Irish government takes their 12.5% cut of it.

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Foxconn: Worker who lost half his brain in accident must leave hospital

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Re: Why must the injured travel to the doctors?

I guess it is just like in this country where you have to climb up two flights of stairs in a building with no wheelchair access to attend an assessment centre to prove that you are unable to walk.

If you attend the assessment, then you are clearly able to walk, otherwise you wouldn't have got there. If you don't attend. then you lose your benefits because they were unable to assess you.

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Microsoft fast-tracks Windows 8 Service Pack updates

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Re: Third Paragraph from the bottom

The major issue with Windows 8 is the UI, which might make sense on a tablet, but definitely doesn't

work for traditional keyboard/mouse work. Their updates do nothing about that. Under the hood, it seems like a pretty decent OS.

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Re: Strangely worded title

Windows server 2008 was the server version of Vista, and Windows Server 2008 R8 was the server version of Windows 7. Apart from the new task bar, they were both incremental upgrades that sorted out the problems in Vista.

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Apple to spice up Blighty iPads with 4G

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Re: and it will be called?

The EE 4G ipad will just be the existing iPad 3 with slightly different radio stuff inside to cope with the different wavelengths. Apple have in the past, and possible still do, sell different models for AT&T and Verizon, so this will be much the same.

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iOS 6 Alarms bug hits Australia

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Re: Spring forward?

It is spring in Australia at the moment.

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Lancashire man JAILED over April Jones Facebook posts

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Would he have been arrested if he stood outside the memorial service that was held yesterday and said those things there? I guess he probably would. This isn't the USA where the Westboro Baptist Church is allowed to do that sort of thing.

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UK's first 4G network just switched on - and it's not from EE

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They have been around for ages

Certainly they were around in 1998 when I moved here. They were known as Tele2 at that time. Then they became Netvigator, and now they are Now. It has never really been that popular because it isn't that competitive against the various options available that connect via various types of cable.

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Windows 7 overruns NHS Scotland

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Most stuff that runs on XP also runs on Windows 7, however it generally does not run on other non-Microsoft operating systems. The cost of converting even one program to run on a different operating system would be vastly more than the cost of Windows 7.

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ReDigi fights for right to sell used digital music

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Re: No different

If you are talking about iTunes, if you bought it from them, you can redownload it or stream it from iCloud or whatever it is called these days. So unless Apple agree to transfer ownership, you do still have it whatever the software does.

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Top admen beg Microsoft to switch off 'Do Not Track' in IE 10

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Not quite

It won't reduce advertising, what it might reduce is the sort of adverts that say "you looked at this pair of shoes in xyz shop and didn't buy them. Why don't you come back and buy them now?"

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Better pay your taxes: The world's NOT going to end this year

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Re: Ironic really

Mostly descendants of people who came from Spain and Portugal.

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Sharp punches out über-retina phone screen

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Re: Ah christ

Mid quality print is 600 dpi in 2 (monochrome) or 16 different colours (for colour prints). These displays are > 300 dpi in many more colours than that so they are already better than high quality 1200 dpi prints.

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Bitcoin Foundation vows to clean up currency's bad rep

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Re: Sorry, but at the moment...

Yes banks are more trustworthy, which goes to show just how untrustworthy bitcoins and the exchanges built around them are.

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WTF is... NFC

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Re: It's not too bad

Your fiver will be accepted at many bureax de change around the country, were they will exchange it for the green coloured bits of paper the retailers there prefer.

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JK Rowling's adult novel arrives on ebook full of FAIL

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Re: 3% VAT

If you buy from a Luxembourg company, you pay Luxembourg VAT, not UK VAT.

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Re: Tax

It does, because they pay Luxembourg VAT on ebooks, which is 5% rather than 20% over here.

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Ultrabooks to finally out-ship notebooks after 20% price slash

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Re: Told you so

That is likely a problem with your TV rather than the laptop. Try changing the input settings on the TV to "pc mode". Most TVs have this problem. Certainly I've had that problem with both LG and Panasonic TVs on my MacBook and an HP desktop, which have Nvidia graphics.

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iOS 6 maps gets thumbs up ... in China

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Re: One of them lies

Well where I am, the actual street names seem to all be in the right places.

It is just that there are now precisely two points of interest in the town - the train station and the Apple Store, and the satillite images look like a mossaic rather than an actual picture of the town.

With Google Maps, you could get directions to another part of town by bus, complete with bus times. That isn't available on Apple maps.

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Windows Store size doubles: Now 0.3% the size of Apple's

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Re: Surely Android store is now the benchmark

There are more mobile phones in the world than toilets. In many countries, including the UK, there are more phones than people. So 1.35bn activations isn't necessarily more than 1/5 of the planet's population.

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Micro Anvika Stratford goes titsup - 2012 Games 'boom fell flat'

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Re: Where the hell is it?

It is a Samsung shop, outside the main shopping centre bit, on the pathway towards the Olympic stadium. A bit like the Apple store upstairs, except selling Samsung gear, and nothing like as busy.

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