* Posts by jonathanb

1993 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

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

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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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Amazon: Pay more for Kindle Fire, smoke ads from slabs

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Re: Buy

It is not an e-ink display if that's what you mean. It is an android slab where you buy stuff from Amazon rather than the Google Play store, so I think it is in the same market segment as the iPad.

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Airbus predicts catapult takeoffs and formation flying by 2050

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Re: A wonderful idea!

I'm guessing the solar cells will contribute towards the power requirements of the electrical systems on board meaning less demand for fuel. At cruising altitute, you are usually above the clouds, so it will work most of the time. At night, and in cloudy weather, it would revert to 100% generator powered.

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Google's stats show few Android tablets in use

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Re: Google don't help themselves

Except they are not. You can fit a lot more on a 10" screen than on a 3" screen even if they both have the same number of pixels. iPad apps don't display an iPhone like interface in giant letters. Android apps may well do.

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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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