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1972 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

iPhone-stroker-turned-fandroid sues Apple over iMessage text-slurpery

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iMessage isn't always best anyway.

On O2 for example, everyone has unlimited SMS from UK-UK, but most people have limited data. Therefore if you are sending a message, it is better to use SMS unless you are sending it to a foreign resident or if you are roaming at the time you send the message. Even if you are roaming, when you do find Wifi, it is probably better to use the TuGo app to send the SMS over Wifi so the recipient gets it for free.

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Kaspersky warns of IMPOSTER mobile security apps

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Trademarks are not the same thing as copyrights or patents. I have absolutely no problem with trademarks.

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Net neutrality foes outspent backers by over three to one – and that's just so far

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Re: Monopoly & regulatory capture vs. Competition

Over here, people can and will go elsewhere if Netflix and YouTube don't work well on BT.

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So you reckon Nokia-wielding Microsoft can't beat off Apple?

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I disagree in part

The two major players in the mobile market are Apple and Google, not Apple and Samsung. Samsung is very strong in the Google part of the market, just like Dell is/was in the Microsoft part of the PC market.

Secondly, while things have changed in the past in the mobile market, it is different this time. Previously, phones were appliances and you could switch from Nokia to Ericsson or whatever without any issues. Now they are portable computers, and if you switch between Google and Apple, you lose all the money you have invested in apps and so on, whereas if you get another phone in the same camp, you just need to supply your app store account details, and all the stuff you bought is available for you to re-download.

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Builder could lose golden ticket to Google's King Cross chocolate factory

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Re: Taxes

The building will be owned by an offshore company. That in itself doesn't save that much money, it pays 20% income tax rather than 21% corporation tax on the rental income, though corporation tax used to be a lot higher. The real saving comes from having another offshore company lend the money to the property-owning company to buy the building. Loan interest is an allowable expense against rental income, and for the finance company, a company outside the UK receiving interest from another company outside the UK is of no concern to George Osbourne. The rent that the operating company pays to the property company is of course an allowable expense against its corporation tax bill, so there is a saving there as well.

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Re: Taxes

Non domestic rates go to central government. The council just collects the money.

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Video review: Our sysadmins drink in the latest SIP phones

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Re: Android has built-in SIP now

I have CSIPSimple on my Android. Last time I tried the built in one, the voice quality was useless. I've had an update since then, maybe it is better now, but I haven't tried it.

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Feature-phones aren't dead, Moto – oldsters still need them

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Re: Buttons

I can answer calls on my Galaxy Note by pressing the home key. I think it might have been an optional setting that isn't enabled by default, but it is worth looking at.

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Patch Tuesday: Adobe outdoes Microsoft, swats 18 bugs in latest update

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Re: WTF?

There's 1GB of patches on Windows Update this month for Windows 7, and 975MB for Windows 2008 R2.

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Russia to suspend US GPS stations in tit-for-tat spat

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Re: Message to millennials...

No, it's OK. Most phones support GPS and GLONASS at the same time. If it can only access one of the networks, it will be a little less accurate. Individually, both GLONASS and GPS will give you around 10m accuracy. Using both together will give you about 5m accuracy. You will just find yourself back to the level of accuracy you had in a phone from about 3 years ago.

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Amazon granted patent for taking photos against a white background – seriously

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Re: Prior art??

How about the UK passport agency's rules on taking photos, which require you to take it against a white background, or the photome photo booths which allow you to take selfies against a white background for that very purpose?

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UK's pirate-nagging VCAP scheme WON'T have penalties – report

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Re: "and create the best possible customer experience online.”

The music industry has got it. You can buy mp3 files which can be copied and used anywhere. The video sellers haven't got it yet.

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$3.2bn Apple deal would make hip-hop mogul Dr Dre a BEEELLLIONAIRE

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Re: Isn't Beats Audio just a funky way of saying...

An iSCSI thingy is needed so you can store your massive collection of 192KHz 24 FLAC files on a network attached storage device and access them on your computer.

I have a Proliant Microserver running FreeNAS with 10TB of addressable space (5 x 3TB drives). On Windows, the transfer speed is about double if I use iSCSI to access it rather than Samba. On my MacBook, the only options are Samba and Netatalk and performance is around the same as using Samba on Windows.

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London cabbies to offer EVEN WORSE service in protest against Uber

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Re: you're having a tin mate...

Taxis and registered private hire vehicles are both exempt from congestion charge.

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Re: AC Cancer. Cancer everyhwere!

As long as he can type "Paddington Station" into his satnav and follow the instructions on the screen, I'm happy, because even if he takes a sub-optimal route, it will still be a lot cheaper.

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RBS Group hopes £750m IT shakeup splurge will prevent next bank mainframe meltdown

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Re: @ No single point of failure...

That deals with hardware failure, power cuts, fires, floods and so on. It doesn't deal with an incompetent Indian (or person of any other nationality) messing up the software.

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HALF of London has outdated Wi-Fi security, says roving World of War, er, BIKER

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The website owner decides what CA to use. You could manually check every certificate you receive for an https site to see if you think it is valid, but you probably won't do a better job than your browser already has.

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Please work for nothing, Mr Dabbs. What can you lose?

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Re: Returning a favour would be nice

Barter transactions are OK. You assign a monetary value to the jar of marmalade and the computer repair, and the marmalade maker shows that amount as the sale of marmalade and cost of fixing computer (if the computer is used in the marmalade making business), and the computer repairer shows that amount as sales of computer repairing services, and purchase of marmalade (if the marmalade is used in the computer repairing business). If either of the expenses are not business expenses, then they are shown as drawings just like if you had received the cash and used it for personal living expenses.

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Stephen Hawking: The creation of true AI could be the 'greatest event in human history'

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In terms of AI, we are no further forward now than we were in the 1980s, or even the 1970s. The only thing stopping you doing the things you can do now on a computer in the 1980s is that they were so slow that by the time they had completed the task, it wouldn't be the 1980s any more.

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Super-heavy element 117 DOES exist – albeit briefly. Got any berkelium handy?

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Re: Start of the new chemistry?

Noble gases are chemically unreactive, but it says nothing about their nuclear properties.

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Early! Do! Not! Track! Adopter! Yahoo! Says! It's! Rubbish, Bins! It!

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Re: Don't look at me. I'm shy!

This EU law is about tracking in general, not specifically about cookies. It says that should should not track people unless they specifically opt-in.

Having a do-not-track option that is enabled be default, and requiring people to specifically disable it is exactly what EU law requires, so if the website visitor has not disabled it, then you must not track. EU law already covers this.

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Re: Hmm...

Alternatively, having bought the laptop RAM, you might want to buy a laptop to put it in. At least that's how Amazon seem to work with printer cartridges.

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Thanks for nothing, Apple, say forensic security chaps

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Depends who you want to keep your data secret from. If it is the government, then iCloud is a problem. If it is someone who has stolen your phone, it is less of a problem.

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eBay cops $3 BILLION tax bill after moving its profits back onshore

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Re: Wot, no comments...

It is Luxembourg, where the VAT rate on e-books is 1.5%.

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Target finally implements chip and PIN card protections

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Re: two factor?

I don't think anyone has figured out how to copy the chip yet, therefore a successful transaction "proves" you have the card.

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AT&T plans in-flight internet move using its US 4G network

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Re: WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!!!

I've used my phone on a train at 300 km/h without any problems other than the usual variable signal strength you get at any speed.

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US judge: Our digital search warrants apply ANYWHERE

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Re: inevitable

But a data centre in one of those countries that was owned and run by local people would still be outside the reach of US laws.

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Asteroids as powerful as NUCLEAR BOMBS strike Earth TWICE YEARLY

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Re: Forget a detector satelite

That was the first DVD I ever watched, because it came free with my first DVD player.

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Re: The odds are not too shabby

That's the odds for hitting an urban area. It isn't the odds for hitting your urban area. Those odds are significantly longer.

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No longer a 'hobby', Apple TV rakes in ONE BEEELLION DOLLARS

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Re: something tells me..

A UK Billion is 1000 million, the same as in the US.

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Microsoft: The MORE Surfaces it sells, the MORE money it loses

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Re: Ah Gavin,

The Surface is Microsoft's answer to the iPad, and the iPad makes huge amounts of money for Apple, and while Apple are losing market share in the tablet market, they are losing it to Android manufacturers, not to Microsoft.

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That's right, MICROSOFT is an ANDROID vendor after Nokia gobble

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They are one of the bigger contributors to the Linux kernel, mainly for the stuff that makes it work on Hyper-V.

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Tim Cook: Apple's 'closer than it's ever been' to releasing new product range

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Re: The Facts..........

And the iPad is in technology terms essentially an iPod touch with a bigger screen. Yes, the bigger screen means it opens up a whole new market, but most of the development work had already been done for the iPhone.

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Re: "And it’s an area where nobody has figured it out yet."

No, but Vodafone's M-Pesa system in Africa is a good example of what is available now.

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Re: @nexsphil Nothing that innovative coming, then

"Not being snotty, but could you give me some of these engineering mistakes which Apple improved upon ?"

Find an old Windows Mobile phone of the sort that were being sold before the iPhone came out, such as the XDA/MDA range from HTC. Compare that with say the iPhone 2 or iPhone 3, or some of the Androids such as the original Galaxy S.

You will see very quickly what the improvements were.

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Apple stuns world with rare SEVEN-way split: What does that mean?

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Re: @Doug S Translation

If you want to put $1000 on Apple shares, then at the moment you can only buy 1 share and you will have $475 in change left over. After the split, you will be able to put a lot more of your $1000 on Apple shares.

People do build up their portfolios with those sorts of numbers.

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Dell charges £5 to switch on power-saving for new PCs (it takes 5 clicks)

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Re: Shoddy components

The power options are free on Windows as well.

Written on my Galaxy Note 2 (as everyone else is telling us what machine they are using)

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True optical zoom coming to HTC smartphone cameras

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Re: The best camera is the one that is in your hand.

12 megapixels is absolutely fine for a camera. It will give you a resolution of approx 600ppi on a 5x7 photo, and nobody will notice any graininess at even half that resolution. For an A4 print, you will get about 360ppi, and again that is absolutely fine.

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Judge halts spread of zombie Nortel patents to Texas in Google trial

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Microsoft don't do that many patent enforcement cases compared to some companies, so presumably the reason they hardly ever lose is because they pick their fights carefully. That doesn't mean that another company that buys some patents from Microsoft is guaranteed to win any fight they start.

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Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen

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Re: Hateful

I guess people who like to draw Chinese characters by hand on the screen rather than use Pinyin to type them find it easier to do that on a larger screen.

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Does my iPod Touch count? It has a 4" screen.

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Re: phablet

I was in Hong Kong last month, and my Galaxy Note was about the smallest phone you could see on the MTR. Some other people did have Galaxy Notes, but a lot of people had bigger phones than that, typically about 7" screen size.

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Dell Wyse Cloud Connect: Pocket Android desktop

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Re: Are DisplayPort adaptors reversible?

As I understand it, the adaptor actually translates the signal, it is not just a straight electrical connection.

I have a Belkin Displayport-HDMI cable which is useless when playing HD videos as the video breaks up on screen. I also have an unbranded adapter which cost €15 in FNAC and works perfectly. With for example DVI-HDMI adapters which are straight electrical connections, any adapter will either work perfectly or not at all. The fact that Displayport-HDMI adapters are not like this leads me to believe there is signal conversion going on.

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Apple to flush '£37bn' down the bog if it doesn't flog cheapo slabtops

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Re: Not nimble enough...

Convertible touchscreen laptops have been adopted by the competition, and they aren't really selling that well. The reason is that while a tablet is less functional than a laptop, the things is does do, it does better than a laptop, so it is really a completely different product line.

In the kitchen for example, toasters are better at making toast than ovens, but can't do any of the other things that ovens can do. Most people have both.

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Rumour: Next Apple iThing to feature 65-inch screen. Four-limb multitouch, anyone?

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Re: Eegads imagine the price! (@Bullseyed)

If you watch Freeview channels using the on-board tuner, you interact directly with the TV. Also some TVs have in-built Apps for subscription streaming channels such as Eurosport Player.

Otherwise the process goes something like

I want to watch Sky Sports on Now TV. That App is on my Roku, which is plugged into HDMI 2.

Pick up the TV remote and switch to HDMI 2.

Now pick up the Roku remote, go through the Roku interface to load up Now TV, then the Now TV interface to load up Sky Sports, and maybe you have to pick up your laptop to buy the day pass to watch it.

OK, great game, now let's check out the news. Pick up the Roku remote to close Now TV, the TV remote to go to HDMI 1, and the FreeSat remote to check out what's on the news channels.

How about a standard API that works with all live streaming channels, and a single way to pay for subscriptions and day passes, and this same interface also works with Satellite and Terrestial channels, including the pay options available there, and deals with the on-demand services for all those channels much like YouView does for Terrestial channels at the moment. And it would also let you buy stuff from the iTunes Store and watch it.

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Re: Eegads imagine the price! (@Bullseyed)

They can succeed by having a decent UI, something which all current TVs lack, and a way to do everything with just one remote and no need to switch between different devices all with different UIs.

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Re: Apple iTV...

Yes, the English and Welsh channel 3 is ITV. ITV's other channels, ITV 2, 3 & 4 and CITV are available throughout the UK, and ITV London is available in Scotland on Freesat, Sky and Virgin. ITV London actually has more viewers in Scotland than STV.

Apple are well aware they can't call their TV products iTVs, it is just that some journalists outside the UK have't heard of the British TV channel and assume that is what it will be called.

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Windows XP is finally DEAD, right? Er, not quite. Here's what to do if you're stuck with it

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Re: Here's what to do if you're stuck with it

Disable autorun on the machine and only use it to run the CNC software. I doubt there will be any viruses that specifically target that software, and if there are, mainstrwam virus scanners won't catch them anyway.

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Seagate brings out 6TB HDD, did not need NO STEENKIN' SHINGLES

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Re: No Mac

The £999 model on here - http://store.apple.com/uk/buy-mac/macbook-pro has a 2.5" hard drive.

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Siri set to rival Windows beauty Cortana after Apple eats Novauris

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Re: Speech recognition vs providing information

If the phone can upload the question as text rather than audio, you won't such a fast internet connection.

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