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1921 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

Young Frenchwoman desperate for fat pipe tumbles out of window

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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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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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Analogue TV snuffs it tonight on UK mainland

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Re: TVL

My advice is to tell them that

1. You have revoked their implied right of access

2. Any further communication from them will be treated as harrassment.

Those are the two magic phrases that get them to go away

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CSC axes doctor support software in the UK

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Re: Time for a new law

The Law Society requires a source code escrow for solicitor client account software, so it can be done.

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Hapless Kate topless, toothless law useless

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Re: Reg online standards converter

About 2 chicken's eggs. Honestly, they really are nothing to write home about.

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Apple's brilliant plan to fix iOS Maps: Get YOU to do it

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Re: OpenStreetMap

They are using TomTom apparently, not OpenStreetMap. Where I live, OpenStreetMap is considerably more reliable than Google. Apple's offering is considerably less reliable than Google. The Apple Store is in the right place, but that's about it.

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Re: iOS 6 Maps - Cloud Based Satellite Imagery

Well the satellite imagery has lots of clouds in it. How much more "cloud based" do you want it to be?

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Samsung chips evicted from iPhone 5, autopsy reveals

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Re: Relativity

On my Samsung phone, I can carry a spare fully charged battery in my bag, and swap it over in a couple of seconds. The longest part of the process is the reboot afterwards.

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Report: Microsoft to cop it from Brussels in Browser Choice affair

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Re: I find the whole business very strange.

Anyone who cares about which browser they run would have visited www.google.com/chrome or www.firefox.com anyway without the need for prompting. Anyone who doesn't care, or is quite happy with IE, wouldn't have been annoyed by the stupid browser choice thing that they need to delete and wouldn't have noticed it wasn't there.

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iPass Wi-Fi hands the boss control, staff get the bill

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15c per minute?

At that sort of price, surely it would be cheaper to use a 3g connection, even at roaming rates?

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Why lock your digits to a phone? Telefonica to flog cloudy numbers

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Re: I don't think I want the hassle of logging in to a phone...

Except it would be nice if Apple could use the same sized chip card as everyone else.

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HP boss Whitman: 'We have to offer a smartphone'

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Re: Stupid

A Windows 8 tablet might work in the corporate market, because Android hasn't really established itself as the alternative to Apple yet, and having the same os as the desktop could have its attractions, but in the phone market, it is going to be very difficult to get application developers to support three or four platforms. In both the phone and tablet markets, there just isn't room for another single-vendor OS.

For the phone. market, HP should probably concentrate on the mobile worker market, handheld machines with barcode readers and optionally small thermal printers for people who need to collect data on the move -warehouse / stock control, delivery drivers, service engineers; that sort of thing. They have traditionally used Windows Mobile. Windows Phone doesn't really work for that model, but either Android or WebOS would, as the device will have one App which is custom developed for that business or sold off the shelf as part of a much bigger package.

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Google sneaks in back door, slips YouTube onto iPhone 5

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Re: App vs Broswer

No, and I don't think you can do it with the iPhone YouTube app either. Certainly not the built in one, I haven't tried the Google one yet.

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Re: @ auburnman

The advantage of Apps over web pages is that you only have to download the user interface once, and you can do this when you have a fast connection, such as home wifi. Then the app only needs to download the data, so when you are on the road and have a slow 3G or even 2G connection, it will be faster than using a web page.

For YouTube however, the data makes up the vast majority of the bandwidth requirements of the site, and it doesn't really make that much difference whether iPhone's native h.264 video player streams from YouTube via the YouTube app or via a web page in Safari.

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ICO sets cookie-law flouters deadline - to open an HTML editor

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Does anyone actually pay attention to the "do not track" header?

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There is life after the death of Microsoft’s Windows 8 Start button

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Re: Waste of my time

Well if we were to switch to driving on the other side of the road, it would need to be done overnight. You can't have some people driving on the left and some driving on the right. Maybe you could start with some islands that are connected to the mainland only by ferry, but otherwise, it would need to happen at a particular time, and if Northern Ireland were to switch, the Republic would need to switch on the same day as well.

Having said that, I don't really see the point of it. It would cost a lot of money to replace all the road signs, repaint the road markings and redesign junctions, with very little, if any benefit.

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Re: Waste of my time

There were benefits to doing that. In Windows, what you see on the screen is what you might see on paper when you print it out. You don't need to stick a sheet of paper on your keyboard saying what all the function keys do. You don't have a completely different set of key-press sequences to do similar things (eg open and save files and text formatting) in Lotus. You don't have to install printer drivers separately for WordPerfect and Lotus123. You can run both at the same time and copy things between them. You can have both of them up on screen at the same time.

What are the benefits of running Windows 8? It is a bit faster than Windows 7, which is nice, but most computers can run Windows 7 plenty fast enough.

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Want to avoid another cookie law mess? Talk to EU bods next time

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Re: It has already been said, but...

Those sorts of cookies are totally legal. The ones that are not legal are the ones that monitor the items you look at in shopping sites, and display adverts for them on your form pages.

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Re: Cookies are vastly under recognised

Session cookies to remember that you have logged in are of course perfectly legal. A tick-box option to remember your login details next time you visit is fine as well, though to be sure it is legal you should probably add a short half line explanation that ticking this box will save the login details on your computer. People would chose not to tick this box if for example they were using someone else's computer, or they know that other people use their computer.

One example I noticed recently which is not OK:

I visited Staples website to look at some tables. It did not advise me it was depositing cookies on my computer. A little later, I visited the Telegraph website on the same computer. I got their flat-over saying they use cookies and assume I am happy with this unless I say otherwise. On the same page, there were ads for the Staples tables I was looking at earlier.

This was on a freshly installed computer that I was using for the first time since re-installation. I had been tracked without being given the opportunity to opt-out never mind being asked if I agreed to it. Imagine, if while I was in Tesco, someone came up to me, shoved a leaflet in front of my face, and told me that I was looking at this item in another shop earlier in the day, would I be interested in buying it. This is what these people are doing on the internet. It is not acceptable behaviour.

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