* Posts by zanto

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Say goodbye to landfill Android: Top 10 cheap 'n' cheerful smartphones

zanto
Pint

moto G v/s the xperia SP

or even the xperia ZR

don't forget the xperia ZR is water proof, has a quad core krait and adreno 320 along with 2GB ram and at current prices, it's a pretty good bargain.

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Windows Phone 8.1: Like WinPho 8, but BETTER

zanto

smart dialling

Does it support smart dialing? what about changing the middle digit of a phone number without having to delete all digits between that and the last digit?

i'm seriously thinking about getting a 1320 since i want a big screen for reading and checking email, along with a moderate price. I've tested the dialer on a friends lumnia 920 and i found it lacking. my trusted e71 has smart dialing and thats almost 6 years old.

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20 Freescale staff on vanished Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

zanto
Unhappy

RIP

Sad to hear. Semicon is a small industry and I'm sure their families, friends, and coworkers would be devastated.

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Apple patents facial recognition tech for mobile log-in

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Facepalm

Re: Deja vu?

Ya but is your asus laptop a "personal computing" device? As in a tablet or a phone?

Sounds ridiculous however it isn't when you remember in which country the patent is granted.

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Watch out, MARTIANS: 1.3 tonne INDIAN ROBOT is on its way

zanto
Mushroom

"butthurt"

"In space terms, the mission is fairly cheap. Nonetheless, some observers are surprised that a country with such visible problems with poverty would spend its dosh on sending a probe to Mars."

take a asprin and apply some vaseline, it'll get better after a while.

despite it's many failings, a young and yet ancient country dares to dream. here in bangalore the excitement about the launch was tangible. people rushed to the rooftops after lunch to try and catch a glimpse of the launch in nearby TN. i'd call that mission accomplished right there, anything else is a bonus.

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One of last few iPhone 5Ss STOLEN from within MASSIVE POLICE CORDON at Apple Store

zanto
Coat

as easy as.....

Taking hay from a sheep

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak disses Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs

zanto
Coat

Re: "...another upcoming Steve Jobs movie"

during the intermission there should be "iAds" telling you how to hold the popcorn tub right.

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Qualcomm exec on eight-core mobile chips: They're 'dumb'

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FAIL

Re: "Dumb" until Qualcomm are able to produce an 8 core chip

last time i checked qualcomms quad core beat the shit out of samsungs octa core. this despite everyone prediciting that the a15 would smoke the krait.

untill samsung/nvidia/mediatek come up with an architecture to challenge krait, Snapdragon will be the chip to beat.

FAIL for being such a dumass and falling for the number of cores marketing tripe.

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Indonesia ponders 5,000% SIM card price hike

zanto

ya well

here's hoping those sims have 3 des encryption.

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Live Blog: Google I/O keynote

zanto
WTF?

Re: Nexus S4 for How MUCH!

put my balls on coal and strike a match!

the only thing missing from making this the perfect phone is that S-pen is not supported. i think the "fail" is a tad unfair in this case.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy S4

zanto
Pint

Re: zanto

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6536/arm-vs-x86-the-real-showdown

a general discussion on krait v/s a15 v/s atom in terms of power performance. there are a number of tests with varying results, but generally the qualcomm chip comes out on top.

http://www.extremetech.com/computing/144778-atom-vs-cortex-a15-vs-krait-vs-tegra-3-which-mobile-cpu-is-the-most-power-efficient

this is a rehash of the Anandtech article which tells the same thing.

last but not least, the very article to which we're commenting on, talks about the phone not heating up even under heavy cpu load.

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zanto
Mushroom

Re: No Exynos in the US

the qualcomm chip is actually better. a15 blowing the krait out of the water is just a myth. look at the comparison over at gsmarena.com where they have benchmarks between the 2 SGS4 models.

http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_s4_vs_htc_one-review-913p6.php

you get virtually identical performance at a fraction of the power consumption.

"I have seen the future.... and it breathes fire"

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Israeli activists tell Hawking to yank his Intel chips over Palestine

zanto

Re: Time to boycott Hawking

IMO he's way over rated and rather fond of seeking attention.

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zanto
Mushroom

Re: Israel needs to grow up

hmm let's see.

IRA bombings would be preceded with a phone call to minimize the loss of life.

Islamic terrorism? here is the conversation between the terrorists and their handlers. watch the part whey they so gleefully kill two Jewish hostages.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QehgTIOmkmQ

why should Israel or anyone for that matter engage politically with pure evil?

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zanto
FAIL

@Matt

you made some good points, but let yourself down with the use of "Fakestinian"

the way i see it, everyone in this mess is a twat, Steve for being clueless about the middle east, and the bit of an idjeet who asked him to stop using an intel processor.

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The great $45m bank cyber-heist: Seven New Yorkers cuffed

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FAIL

Another result of sending work to India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Cyber-cheats-hacked-Pune-Bangalore-companies/articleshow/20008913.cms

quoting verbatim:

"Since the time the incident occurred, EnStage has retained independent security experts to analyze the intrusion and to recommend enhancements to its information security infrastructure. EnStage has implemented both these enhancements as well as additional monitoring capabilities"

which in other words means "I don't know what the fuck happened, but I do know how to dish out comforting sound bites to those gullible pale skinned westerners."

never ever ever trust an indian company with financial details, that's just asking to be robbed.

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Google's cloud dumps custom Linux, switches to Debian

zanto
Stop

Re: Linux - the engineer's server operating system

"real work" can also be done with libreoffice

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Student falsely IDed by Reddit as Boston bomber found dead

zanto
Facepalm

safety mechanism

something like a captcha is required if the user is yank. but instead of the twisted alpha-numerals, it should be a question on geography or current affairs.

something like:

is the earth round?

if english is the language spoken in America, what language is spoken in England?

who is the president of England? (trick questions allowed)

do french fries come from France?

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AdBlock Plus BLOCKED from Google Play

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Thumb Down

google won't care

Users who can sideload ABP would be the minority who wouldn't matter anyway.

"Do no evil", my arse.

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zanto
Mushroom

Re: More adverts, everywhere.

Screw google, I'm going to install this anyway now.

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Pope resigns months after launching social networking effort

zanto
Stop

Re: Take them to the cleaners, Benny!

funny i don't recall Mother Thresa doing this when caring for the sick and dying in India, most of whom were non catholics. I myself have worked with the nuns at a home dedicated to looking after children with defects abandoned by their parents. i've also visited and helped out in old age homes many of the residents of which are non catholics.

from my experience of actually being there as oppesed to reading stuff on the internet, i can tell you, no gold changed hands.

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zanto

Re: Smashing Pope

that assumption would hold true for most readers of the reg. you're point being?

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zanto
Pint

another practising Catholic on the reg forums? i thought i was the only one.

I guess i understand what it must feel like for someone who's gay to come out of the closet a few years back.

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zanto
FAIL

Re: Smashing Pope

Actually that always struck me as odd. I do agree that the teachings of Christ were love and acceptance of all regardless of sexual orientation, race, colour and creed. And yet the Catholic Church is branded as being intolerant.

As a catholic, i've never seen or experienced this at church. i do read about it in the media though. but us catholcs are too dumb to believe everything we read. i mean it even appears on the internet so it must be true shouldn't it?

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zanto
FAIL

Re: Take them to the cleaners, Benny!

the sort of organization that's lasted through centuries, wars and other pseudo intellects who believed they knew better perhaps?

or perhaps the sort of organization that's built schools, and hospitals in places where few would go and asking nothing in return. a damning statistic if ever on the Church's business acumen.

see son, for the pope to admit that he's no longer able to do justice to his job and retire takes a lot of brass. much more perhaps than it takes for a nitwit sitting in front of his keyboard taking cheap pot shots.

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zanto
Headmaster

Re: Maybe he read Richard Dawkin's "The God Delusion"

It was Delhi.

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Apple confirms 128GB iPad. A hundred bucks for an extra 64GB

zanto
Pint

Re: Bullshit

"Autocad is a resource hog (justifiably... maybe!) you _can_ run it on a single core chip with a gig of ram, but if your 'designs' are more than a line with 2 squirkles then forget it."

when i was in college, we had autocad running on a "tower" server, which was a 486-DX, 270MB hdd and i do not remember how much ram.

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India gets paranoid about foreign tech

zanto
WTF?

Re: it ends in 2015

13thApril1919 unarmed civilians including women and children treated like target practice and butchered till the British ammo almost ran out..

1984 terrorists armed with machine guns and fortified, were flushed out from the Golden Temple.

there's no reference to plumbing, but since you brought up history all smug like, i figured why not?

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zanto
Stop

Re: it ends in 2015

120 years ago we set the standards for the Nazi's to emulate. Just check up on the Jalianwala Bagh massacare.

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it ends in 2015

British aid to india is due to end in 2015. Even now the amount is paltry and both the Indians and the British would prefer it to stop.

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US general: Beware of Iran's Revolutionary Cyber-Guard

zanto
Facepalm

Stereotyping

I think the tendancy to view Iran's scientific capabilities as backward could backfire. Years ago when i was working on cryptography hardware and doing research on modular exponentiation, some surprisingly good papers i read came from the University of Tehran.

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Siri, will Chrome's new speech features kill you?

zanto
Trollface

bah!

apple have already patented all forms of speech.

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Snake-fondling blonde nude punts Polish coffins

zanto
Go

Re: @Crisp: SHOCKED!

Turtle called it right.

Slapping a "NSFW" tag on the article is a tacit agreement that it could be offensive.

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zanto
Facepalm

Re: Beautiful Polish women?

it's subjective.

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Apple must apologise for its surly apology on its website on Saturday

zanto
Holmes

now that i've quit smoking

i'll probably live long enough to tell me grandkids about this and how it felt at the time to see a big tech bully being made to eat crow.

apple ought to fire their lawyers over this.

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Asus doubles up phone-slate combo's specs with Padfone 2

zanto

they'll have to drop the price now

this has little to offer over the LG Nexus 4. maybe Asus can charge extra for the extended hardware.

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zanto
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if only

Samsung used the quad krait and adreno 320 in it's note2.

i really like the note2, and tbh, quad core krait is overkill, but seeing how sammy apparantly left no stone unturned in the note2, one must wonder why they didn't pick the best silicon for a phone they didn't want to compromize on?

having waited for this phone to be annonced, i am dissapointed with:

1) non expandable memory, something i could overlook if OTG works

2) no pen support like the note2

other than that, this and the optimus G seem to be the new kings of the block.

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Asus gets paid handsomely for swallowing Google's Jellybean

zanto
Trollface

yep

"actual" people. not to be confused with apple loving sheep.

btw, check out the icon next to this post. since you appear a bit slow, that is the icon to use for a post like yours. now off to the meadows with you.

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Hmm, I think I'll order an iPad Mini on Amazon ... Oh no I won't

zanto

Re: Where's Google's Nexus 7 in this fight?

add to that the new prices and it's hard to imagine anyone competing with the nexus 7.

while their earlier attempts at hardware failed, google branded hardware has started gettting it right on features at prices that are very attractive.

apple might as well have named the ipad mini as the ipad vista.

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zanto
Facepalm

Re: You do know that Google stuff has been sync'ing for years upon years, right?

in mobile computing terms 4 years is a lot. just 5 years back, the iphone just about made it's debut and the word ipad would probably conjure up images of a sanitary product for the ladies.

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Fans rap Apple's 'crap' Map app

zanto
Trollface

the new here is that

the fanbois actually realized something on their itoy's wasn't good enough.

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Listen up, Nokia: Get Lumia show-offs in pubs or it's game over

zanto
Pint

Re: A phone with garish colours and 2011 specs

those dual cores are Kraits. which for the less informed, stack up rather favourably against the nvidia and samsung quad core a9's.

on the hardware front, there is nothing to complain about.

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

zanto
Linux

just upgraded to ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS

enlightenment e16 still works like a charm and i couldn't be happier.

i honestly do not get the gnome v/s unity v/s kde debate. as far as i'm concerned they all suck. and that really is why i love linux. we all can choose what we want to use.

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Chinese student's smut obsession lands 2,000 in JAIL

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Re: the problem with porn

Ok, i actually googled the topic of violent video games and it's effects on behaviour. The jury is still out on this, however:

"In fact, I firmly believe that if you have an unbalanced individual with such fantasies and let him vent off his steam in front of a simulation, you will prevent, or at least defer him from doing it for real."

you do make a very good point which i have overlooked and surprisingly, my google research actually seems to back you up on this. so good point.

Having said that, I still do not agree that unfettered access to porn/violence is healthy for children. yes teenage sex was around for ages. To take your example, what if that pimple faced teenager was watching porn alone with a girl he would otherwise never have had a chance with?

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zanto
FAIL

Re: the problem with porn

Firstly, what i meant was that if all some kids do is shoot / slash people in video games, they'd be less averse to do it in real life.

Secondly, you're confused between religious fanaticism and moral development. Were you aware that Osama Bin Laden had a stash of porn in the compound he was killed in? So much for that line of reasoning.

Thirdly, no i went through puberty like most other people. And it was tough at the time, but i did get to view porn, so no, i'm not a prude. Today though, kids are exposed to sex even before they hit puberty. i read of school kids indulging in oral sex and filming it on their cell phones, teenagers still in school getting pregnant and abortions. And i think that something is not right. From where do they get these ideas? Why is this so normal for them? is it because they see so much of it so easily? Porn isn't the only cause, but it is a major factor.

but then some know-it-all schmuck tells me that this is not true. kids do not get any ideas from porn. I'll believe you just as soon as you introduce me to the tooth fairy.

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zanto
WTF?

the problem with porn

And violent video games is that if unchecked, it does tend to desensitize the viewer to what is being shown. Especially when the viewer is impressionable. Sometimes, good ol fashioned common sense needs to take precedence over being politically correct.

If it's ok for kids to view porn, why not experiment with what they see. And if they're doing it, why not with an adult? At what point does being a pc liberal prick in such matters start to feel plain wrong?

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Samsung tells Apple: Quit your 'frivolous' whining over court doc leak

zanto
FAIL

face it

Apple are going to patent 2 arms, 2 legs, a round head and then sue every parent on the planet for "stealing" their idea.

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zanto
FAIL

Re: Playground stuff again

couldn't agree more. Apple want to have their cake and eat it as well.

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Samsung lets slip info on WinPho 8 Odyssey

zanto

Re: Windows Phone? No thanks

instead of being a twat, why not enlighten the rest of us, how would you email a pdf you downloaded from the internet?

it sounds like a reasonable use case to me.

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