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1918 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

Google's stats show few Android tablets in use

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Re: It's only the tech minded

When people see my Samsung phone, they recognise it as "a Google Phone". They understand that the apps and other stuff can be purchased from the Google Play store rather than the iTunes store, and that manufacturers other than Samsung make phones like that.

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Re: Closet

I did a survey of all the El Reg subscribers I know personally, and found that 100% of them have an Apple fondleslab, A Samsung Galaxy S, a MacBook Pro, a Windows desktop, an OpenSuse server and a Windows server.

The sample size is 1, which is more than sufficient to get an accurate profile of the El Reg readership as a whole.

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You'll be on a list 3 hrs after you start downloading from pirates - study

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Re: Not hard to get around...

It might be better to say that it has correspondence with your solicitor. They are not allowed to see that.

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Bitcoin exchange shuts after heist

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Re: Bitcoin

Buying Bitcoins is not illegal. Selling them might be (under the EU e-money directive). There are legal uses for them, such as admiring them on your computer screen or donating them to charity.

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BBC dishes out fanboi-only telly downloads ahead of ITV plans

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Re: 30 days?

That is one of the options get_iplayer offers, but flashhd, when available, is the best quality for downloading, and flashvhigh which is pretty much always available is also better than the iPhone version. They use rtmpdump which fools the server into thinking it is Adobe Flash and downloads the stuff that way.

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Re: "content"? discontent

Most of the radio programs are available as podcasts, so you can download them that way. On an iDevice you would use iTunes to download them.

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Re: On a plane?

You only need a TV licence to watch or save the live streams on iPlayer, not the on-demand stuff. These days, with the rewind feature, you don't have to wait too long before it is legal to watch without a licence.

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Freesat eyes YouView USP for next-gen UI

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Re: Price?

An AppleTV costs £99, and Apple don't don't have a reputation for being cheap. I am aware that you can't watch broadcast TV on it, and you can't do much more than watch stuff you have bought off iTunes, but nevertheless, Apple do tend to set the price ceiling in the markets they operate in.

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Torvalds bellows: 'The GNOME PEOPLE are in TOTAL DENIAL'

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Re: What am I missing?

It is indeed a desktop environment that runs on lots of different systems. However, if you want to run "Linux", the kernel on its own isn't much use. You need the GNU operating system and for desktop use, x.org or xfree86 and a desktop environment as well.

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Re: Desktops

I'm not entirely sure choice is a good thing on an operating system. When a non-technical user installs a new operating system, they don't want to be asked anything more than language, time zone and network passwords. If they are asked which desktop environment they want to install, they aren't going to have a clue which one to pick and that's when you start getting support calls.

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Facebook announces crackdown on fake 'Likes'

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Re: Shock announcement...

Supposing you are a music band. People who "like" your band will receive updates about what gigs you are playing, and if you are playing near them, they might attend the gig. That is an example of where facebook advertising can work. Obviously it is very different to Google advertising where people search for a Ford Transit Van for example will get links to local van dealers and might buy the van from one of them.

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Going viral 9,500 years ago: 'English descended from ancient Turkey'

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Re: Not quite

Scots isn't part of the Celtic family of languages. It is very similar to English.

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VMware desktop virt refresh lets you run Windows 8 everywhere

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Re: Clerk

A software developer who wants to check that their product works on Windows 8 without inflicting it on the staff for everyday use.

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Police mistake reveals plan for Assange's Embassy capture

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Re: Cue Dame Stella Rimington

Because he is one of the officers assigned to the task?

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Lawyers: We'll pillory porn pirates who don't pay up

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Re: No way THAT could go wrong...

You can spoof headers to make it look like you are a proxy server for another destination. This apparently is good enough to fool iPlayer into allowing access from non-UK based computers. I haven't tried it as for me, a VPN connection back home is easier to set up, and has other benefits.

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Samsung Galaxy Beam Android projector phone review

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Re: It's a shame they don't just use networking...

I believe you can do that with an iPhone or iPod Touch, a MacBook and Keynote. I haven't tried it though.

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New nuclear fuel source would power human race until 5000AD

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Re: Actually one thing I could add

I was under the impression that Chernobyl was operated by a government rather than a profit seeking corporation.

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Re: we know that nuclear power is safe

If you only care about body-count, then nuclear scores pretty well. However Chernobyl and Fukushima have left large areas of land uninhabitable for the next 1000 years or so. How many people are starving to death every year who wouldn't be starving to death if that part of Ukraine and Belarus could be used as productive farmland to produce more food?

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Re: The Usual Silliness

The tree-huggers would like us to go back to travelling on horse-back and on rowing boats. If two horses bump into each other, not much happens; so a lot safer than cars.

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Want a Windows 8 Start Button? Open source to the rescue!

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Re: Excellent

From my brief testing of the Windows 8 RC in a Parallels virtual machine, I wasn't able to do very much, but I could do it quite a bit quicker than in Windows 7 in a Parallels VM on the same MacBook. If I could get the Windows 8 performance improvements with a Windows 7 interface, then I would move to it.

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Indian gov bans bulk texts as workers flee Bangalore

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Or to be able to buy the cheapest stuff for their farm, and sell the stuff for the best price; or browse recruitment sites to find jobs, and contact potential employers to arrange interviews.

My only concern is that £133.33 per handset seems pretty expensive.

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Amazon UK to offer collection service at corner shops

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Re: Idea

I'm glad it works for you, but I certainly wouldn't want my parcels left with the neighbours. A local Paypoint shop would be much more convenient.

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Apple seeks cable connection for set-top box

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Re: Why on earth would you want to pay over the top rpice for an Apple television ?

The benefit of having an Apple TV would be that you don't have loads of boxes attached to your screen, you don't have loads of different remotes to control them, and you don't have to navigate lots of completely different, confusing interfaces to use them.

There are lots of people who would switch from Virgin to Sky or vice versa if only one of them offered the Apple TV. You shouldn't underestimate the potential for extra customers.

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Boffins say Vodka Red Bulls make you sensible

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Studies on Buckfast, which has even more caffeine than Red Bull suggest that it isn't a good thing to take if you want to remain "sensible".

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Bitcoinica sued for $460,000 by 'out-of-pocket' punters

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Re: Caveat emptor

The argument in favour of bitcoins appears to run as follows:

"Fiat currency is a massive ponzi scheme backed by inadequate collateral and weak ineffective regulation. The answer to this problem is to put your money in a massive ponzi scheme backed by absolutely zero collateral and no regulation whatsoever."

I know the bitcoin astroturfers will be furiously hitting the red arrow a few pixels away from this comment, but who in their right mind would trust even a single Zimbabwean Dollar to an outfit that has a domain registered with a proxy owner, no address on their website and is not registered with a Financial Services Authority or similar anywhere in the world?

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Korean boffins discover secret to quick-charge batteries

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Re: Fast charging

However, electric cars were around before diesel and later petrol cars were invented. People did charge their cars at home, and an 8 hour charge would get them a 20-30 mile range. A couple of litres of peanut oil, which isn't that flammable, would give them a similar range, and the car could potentially carry a lot more than that. That is why the internal combustion engine became a popular choice to power cars.

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Re: @Tom 38

No, but everyone switches their kettle on when the closing credits for Eastenders appears, or at the ad break in the middle of Coronation Street.

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Office 2013 to eat own file-format dog food

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Re: Twat alert

Well the stuff carved on rocks is pretty easy to read. However I have no idea how you plan to read a WordPerfect file stored on a 5.25" floppy, or even worse, one of the other competing formats that was around at the same time. At least with WordPerfect, if you can sort out the hardware problems, the current version of WordPerfect will read it. If it is one of the competing non-PC computers, then it would be even more difficult.

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SurfTheChannel Brit movie pirate gets 4 YEARS' PORRIDGE

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Re: Evil pirates of the high seas!

Leonardo Da Vinci died in 1519, so the copyright on the Mona Lisa has long since expired. You can buy copies of it in many places, try the National Gallery shop for example. In any case, some of the earliest copies of the Mona Lisa were done by Leonardo's apprentices with Leonardo himself showing them how to do it, and some of them are in better condition than the original in the Louvre.

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Vodafone UK web titsup blamed on 'holiday maintenance'

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Holidays quietest time?

Surely holiday times are when people are most likely to want to look at the website. If they are going on holiday they want to know whether they can leave the phone on without their phone bill matching the GDP of a small country within a few seconds of arriving in the country or whether they should take the battery and sim card out of the phone, wrap everything in separate pieces of tin-foil and use it only for extreme emergencies.

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The 'experts' who never see BBM will never understand RIM

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Re: BBM for Android/iPhone/Windows/Linux?

There are enough people already on Blackberry Messenger for teenagers to specifically chose a Blackberry as their phone so they can keep in touch with their friends.

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Don't get sued or cuffed on Twitter: Read these top 10 pitfalls

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"Our homeopathic water will cure cancer allegedly"

Will get you into just as much trouble (a stern telling off from the Advertising Standards Authority) as if you missed off the word "allegedly". It is in breach of the Cancer Act and the Control of Misleading Advertisements Regulations.

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Cars, lorries stalked via GPS to create live traffic super-map

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Re: Ease congestion on the M25?

If you slow people down gradually when there is congestion ahead, they don't slam on the breaks when they see a wall of traffic ahead. That means you get a steady 40-50mph through the congested area rather than stop-start waves that continue for hours after the blockage is cleared. That is why the temporary speed limits work very well.

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Hello nasty, don't use my music: Deceased Beastie Boy to admen

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Re: Very strange behaviour indeed

$6,000,000 will get you an income of somewhere between $60,000 and $90,000 per year if you put it in secure investments. I don't know how many people that has to be split between, but if it is more than about 2, then it probably isn't enough to live a middle class lifestyle never mind not having to worry about money again.

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Re: Very strange behaviour indeed

There is a big difference between selling a song to a company for them to play to their customers in the normal course of business, eg a radio station, a nightclub etc, and selling it to a company for use in advertising materials.

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Vodafone and pals can't kick the habit of cheap mobe prices

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My sim-only contract is 300 minutes, unlimited* texts and unlimited* internet for £15.32 per month. When I looked at the extra cost to get a handset, it worked out over the term of the contract to be pretty much exactly the same amount extra as buying the handset. That means that provided I remembered to either get a new phone or switch to sim only on the exact month the contract expires, I get an interest free loan. Any delays in doing so are their profit.

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Apple Mountain Lion file points to Mac Pro update

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Is this really news?

Can you only install windows from a USB stick on computers that don't have optical drives?

Otherwise, the only news here is that Apple plans to release a new model in two of their product lines at some point in the future, which isn't really very surprising.

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Microsoft: It's not Metro, it's Windows 8

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Re: So "Metro" is taken...

Subway is a sandwich retailer

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Luminex rips virtual tape from data centres, shoves it in the cloud

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Re: There is NO BACKUP in the CLOUD, ONLY VAPOR

If that shelf is in the same building as the server it is backing up, then it doesn't protect against some of the hazards that could affect your data, such as fire, flood, physical theft and so on. A cloud backup, being off-site may provide better protection. It is a good idea to have both.

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Kaspersky spots Zeus for BlackBerry

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Re: Hardly a surprise

Problem is most Blackberries these days are used by 15 year old youngsters.

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Apple, Amazon, close password door after horse bolts

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There are quite a few banks that text you a code to type in to the website when you make a payment.

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Software disaster zone Knight Capital bags $400m lifeline

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Re: but what if...

Very unlikely given the nature of the problem.

If you look at the price of shares on the market, you get two prices, a lower price at which you can sell them, and a higher price at which you can buy them.

In this situation, if you start firing off hundreds of buy and sell orders every second, you are guaranteed to lose money, and that is what happened to them.

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Microsoft offers alternative Lync-like web chat spec to W3C

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Re: Dear Microsoft

And Skype is the de-facto standard

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Samsung fingered in child labour allegations at China plant

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Re: Tell you what....

Apple make pretty decent profits, but not 76% of turnover.

For starters, 20% of the £750 selling price goes to George Osborne in the form of VAT. Then there is the import duty, the costs of running your local Apple store, transportation, the costs of installing and setting up the equipment in the factories, the cost of wages the cost of designing and developing the iDevice, the cost of the software and so on. £180 may well get you a bundle of components at various factory gates around the world, but turning that into a fully functional iDevice waiting for you at your local Apple Store costs quite a bit of money.

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God-botherers burst onto IPTV Freeview: The End is Nigh

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Re: people babbling in tongues

I'm thinking along the lines of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqNLMuijRyU - from about 4'45". They claim to be evangelicals. Perhaps Pentecostals do it as well.

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Re: people babbling in tongues

No. Evangelicals over there spend a lot of their time speaking actual genuine gibberish. They believe it is the holy spirit taking over their body. I sometimes wonder if it is a different kind of spirit.

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France's biggest Apple reseller shuts up shop

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You mean "le monde ordinateur personnel"? Franglais is not very popular over there.

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Microsoft dumps Metro from Windows 8

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Re: So: Windows Marina then.

I think Windows P45 would be better. For people in the US who don't get the reference, it could be renamed to Windows Pink Slip.

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Tracking Android phones is easy, says researcher

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Re: A-GPS Not Using Wi-Fi? Huh?

You are most likely getting location information over wifi rather than a-gps. My iPod touch can only use wifi for location, as it has no GPS or cell connection. When it is connected to the internet via my tethered android, the location the iPod shows on for example Google Maps is pretty accurate and regularly updates itself if for example I am on a train.

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Microsoft tightens grip on OEM Windows 8 licensing

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Re: Interesting

I guess you will be able to build your own computer, but you will have to install a retail copy of Windows 8 on it.

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