* Posts by rickykemp

44 posts • joined 8 Sep 2009

Apple is granted a patent on the rectangle. No, really

rickykemp
WTF?

Hopefully...

the patent is only useful in cases where the camera and home button are on the short edges. Most tablet manufacturers use the long edges, ie, landscape for the camera or any buttons.

but seriously. this is trolling at the most ridiculous. The US patent office really needs to look at its standards for granting patents. and then it really needs to look at the quality of the staff it employs. this is NOT good.

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Google hails hacks to WinPho 8 spoiler event

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The format of the invite, makes me wonder whether this is Google announcing that the play store is opening up all over the world, along with Google Now being made into a Web app and possibly being rolled out as a standalone app, much like the calendar. It would make sense for it to be a Web app, as then windows 8 adopters can then voice search on Google to their hearts content, and never have to go near Bing.

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O2 network staggers across UK

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Re: News?

If you're having problems with Three... then I must be very lucky. I've been with them for upwards of 6 years and had a total of 2 hours of no internet access, but could still get calls and texts.

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LG shelves future tablet efforts

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WTF?

The reason LG failed...

is because they released a tablet that had a 3D camera and a 2D display, which was priced @ approximately £700-£800.

SRSLY LG?!

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Leica goes all out B&W for M-Monochrom camera

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Re: Mmmmmm - black and white

why would you use a lot of rolls of film?

I thought it was digital?

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Brydge pledges to turn iPads into MacBooks

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Re: Where's the pointing device?

you are mistaken, sir.

Android does indeed support pointing devices, and has done since 2.3, Gingerbread.

Hence the Asus Transformer having a trackpad.

My Galaxy S2 also has an option to use a mouse with a proper mouse pointer displayed.

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Lytro light field camera

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Re: Only Mac?

since when was the iPod Mac only?

I have never owned an apple product other than my venerable iPod (not so) mini, and that worked perfectly fine with my Windows install.

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Nvidia: phone GPUs to outplay current consoles by 2014

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Stop

Wait what?

I already use my phone and tablet to play console games on the TV with my Bluetooth Phonejoy.

Granted, GTA3 isnt lovely looking as per todays standards, but it is proper PS2 era graphics, smooth gameplay, and with HDMI out to a TV, its great.

battery life doesnt come in to it, as using an MHL adapter it needs plugging in, so take the good with the bad.

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Free apps suck your power: researchers

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Stop

Or you could...

Actually fix the problem and use AdFree on your rooted Android device.

Havent seen an in app advert for months.

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Orange Tahiti 7in Android tablet

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Stop

Got my Flyer for £200 from Currys...

Granted, it is only Wifi, but has 16GB of storage and is running Honeycomb.

Not to mention that the modding/support community for this will be miniscule, even compared to that of the Flyer.

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GiffGaff boots freetards off mobile network

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WTF?

@nichomach

so now you are saying that a phone operator has the power to put in its T&Cs how you connect your phone to consume content? When you run a TV screen off your phone, the only thing the TV is consuming is the battery and video signal. it does NOT influence the consumption of data. GiffGaff T&Cs only stipulate against mobile DATA connection. I don't understand why people find this so hard to comprehend. Whether you watch iPlayer on the train on your phone or connected to your TV at home, you aren't 'connected to another device' in terms of DATA usage.
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I think you are missing the point.

If you connect a mobile to a TV, all you are sending to the TV is the VIDEO signal.

It is still 100% exclusively the MOBILE that is using the bandwidth.

When you connect your PC to your monitor, it doesnt send the picture via the internet, does it?

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Cops cuff rectal shoplifter

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Trollface

there are rumours that...

It was the latest Apple iPood.

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RIM BlackBerry Curve 9380 with BBM music

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WTF?

Why would anyone...

buy a Blackberry without the ONE thing they are good at- their great typing experience?

I love my Galaxy S2, but the only thing I miss from my venerable Bold 9000 was the gorgeous keypad.

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Samsung Galaxy Note

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Stop

You can scribble on whatever you like with it,

because if its like the Galaxy S2, you can press the home and power button and do a print screen of anything.

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Man's phone burns, toasts trouser region

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Stop

that isn't a galaxy SII.

at least not the i9100, proper version.

If it is an SII then it will be one of the fudged carrier specified ones that American carriers are so fond of.

All of it is positioned incorrectly, and as a previous poster stated, it is NOT a Nexus, as that has a 5MP camera.

I detect shenanigans.

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HTC Sensation XE

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Not really as 'up to date as it gets'

running 2.3.4 if there are 2.3.5 and up out there for phones like the SGSII.

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Best Buy fires parting shot at Dixons with closing down sale

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FAIL

Tablets?

anyone else notice the curious absence of Tablets on the Best Buy website?

thought I might be able to get a deal on one... but they appear to want my money.

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Don't buy your iPad in a McDonald's car park

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Flame

Maybe...

They had run out of HP touchpads... and had heard rumours of a disastrous Fire sale.

Flames... does it need explaining?

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Apple iMac 27in

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That Dell might have been more expensive...

but you do realise that the '6970' in your Mac is actually a MOBILE card, right, and the one in the Dell, even if it is a desktop 6850, will be faster....

All the silicone of a full fat GPU in a case with pretty much no serious venting, and it would gradually sink through your desk with all the heat.

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Asus Eee Pad Transformer Android tablet

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Looks are in the eye of the...

Fondleslab beholder.

I, and my other half, both think that the Asus is a very nice looking bit of kit. the metal bezel around just the outside is what adds that extra touch.

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Smart Fortwo Electric Drive e-car

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Happy

I think the Reg missed out on a caption.

Smart For Two- Electric Boogaloo.

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Acer Iconia Tab A500 10in Android tablet

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Paris Hilton

no one needs....

A Tablet. So therefore, no one 'needs' those features.

except for Paris for her, you know, unmentionables.

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rickykemp

Price is definitely an issue with Android Tablets.

I bought myself a really cheap Android tab about 6 months ago, and it is great, especially because i only spent £120 on it, and the only downfalls it has are a resistive screen and no flash.

However, it has all of the features of the top end tablets like HDMI out etc. So, considering how much I got with my £120 tablet.... what would i pay for a capacative touchscreen and flash support?

well, around £200, maximum of £250.

At the weekend, Warehouse of Phones for Cars had a clearance deal on the 7" Galaxy Tab @ £250, and the Dell Streak for £199. If i wasn't currently a bum and had less self constraint... i would have had one of each.

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MP headshot sex rating site: Gentlemen prefer Tories

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Facepalm

Not only popups and click through adverts...

but captchas too. i think someone is taking their not very serious website far to seriously.

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Much better wireless power transmission possible - boffins

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I for one...

welcome our giant Scalextrix Overlords.

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Samsung Galaxy S II dual core Android smartphone

rickykemp

oh, actually...

the galaxy S2 has HDMI over micro USB. so.... might want to write that into your article Mr El. Reg.

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Unhappy

huh? no HDMI?

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!! that was the deal breaker right there for me. i was almost tempted to get my upgrade today and that was the phone for me :(

i was sure i saw it in a spec sheet somewhere. oh well.

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iControlPad Bluetooth controller for mobile devices

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wait, wait...

i think you're forgetting the much more populous 'android devices with bluetooth' market which don't even require rooting.

iDevices aren't the be all and end all, you know.

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rickykemp
Pint

I have been looking for something like this for ages...

and i've even considered creating a FrankenNes controller out of my Zeemote but my soldering skills just aren't good enough.

Come to think of it, i was only looking last night, so i must have sent some sort of telepathic instructions to reg to review it.

ah, the price. something like this really needs to be in the £25 bracket. almost throwaway money, but a unique (in functionaility) product.

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Netgear XAV5001 500Mb/s powerline Ethernet adaptor

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well....

my experience with powerline networking has been great. I'm pretty sure mine are 85mbps ones, and they are unbranded from ebuyer, but i have great pings to UK servers for most games, and if im playing on a central EU server, i get around 60-90 ping which is pretty good compaired to my Abit WIfi-AP wireless card which i used to get around 120-150 ping.

I didnt even have to configure anything with them and they ended up being plug and play.

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Motorola's laptop-dock Android phone out on Orange

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Paris Hilton

I think the image of the Atrix that gets a lot of use is symbolic...

...of how smartphones are metaphorically bending netbooks over and making them take it from behind.

Paris, because, well.... she might get an Atrix? :P

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Seven... SSD sizzlers

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Coat

What i've noticed about 90% of review and product listings...

Is a lack of whether they support TRIM out of the box, because tbh, I really cannot be bothered trying to figure it out anymore with the myriad un-catchilly named controllers out there for SSDs.

I have an Intel X-25V 40GB, and it is great, but i'd like an upgrade to an 80-120GB disk, but without TRIM support being obvious.... i think i'll wait.

Mines the one with the degrading storage performance over time in the pocket!

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Apple Digital AV Adapter

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WTF?

Erm.... Apple Sales Tax Strikes Again?

I have a budget Android Tablet which has total access to any game in the market, not to mention emulators etc.

It has a Mini-HDMI port, and outputs to numerous qualities including full 1080p to whatever HDMI monitor I want to hook up my Tablet to via the £1 mini HDMI adapter and £3 HDMI cable. (Oh, and i can still charge it via USB or mains adapter, if I like. And hook up my USB keyboard for Sonic goodness).

HOW ON EARTH DOES THAT COST £35?!

Surely El Reg needs to start adding a Value For Money rating to their overall scores. No way that something which does less than something else for much more money should be given any sort of positive spin.

To think, I once seriously considered an iPad. If only I had endless wads of cash for basic functionality.

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Video games go off quicker than tomatoes

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Grenade

maybe if prices...

for certain titles were more realistic, than the preowned market wouldn't exist.

take CoDBLOPS for example.

i haven't paid more than £28 for a brand new retail release EVER on the PC. the cheapest i can find it for PC is £35 (retail) and its now about 2 months since it came out.

i'm sorry, but inflating prices for mediocre games off the back of hype is only damaging to the people who worked on it and deserve dosh.

put the price up too much, and less people buy it. not that CoDBLOPS was never going to make a ton of cash.

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London's tube demands faster-than-NFC ticketing

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Troll

Negatory Good Buddy!

I was also thinking however, that a lot of people's smartphones (or even tablets) are big enough to slide an oyster into the back without butchery.

I would LOVE to watch someone fumble with their Jobsian FondleSlab at the ticket gates trying to get through!

Troll because... why not?!

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rickykemp
Paris Hilton

Go the Blue Peter way...

and slice and dice your Oyster, stick the chip (preferably in one piece) in the back of your phone yourself, and Voila!

reminds me of a guy who spliced the chip into the end of a magician's wand so he could wave it at the turnstiles and pretend he was magic.

I would still rather whip out a little, worthless card than my phone on the London Underground to be honest....

Paris, because she knows all about whipping out wands.

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RIM's BlackBerry OS 6 may be too late to fend off Apple

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in regards to using crackberry et al...

i really don't want to have to update my phone using an OS which is not officially supported by my carrier, and i don't want to update it to an OS that removes certain funcionality and in some cases has been reported to cause my to not work as intended.

official OTA release only, please.

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rickykemp
Heart

Feeling a little left out :(

i really do hope that they release this for as much of their hardware as possible rather than releasing it on a carrier-by-carrier basis. my Bold 9000, a supposedly premium phone on a UK network is still pootleing along with OS4.6 which is good enough, but it still outdated.

5.0 isnt going to get released hardware wide for the 9000 as far as i can see, and i'm not willing to use one of the leaked releases.

so please RIM, i <3 my Berry, please give it a new lease of life!

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Best Buy opens first UK store tomorrow

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Adam Payne...

you mean, just like small independant IT retailers do?

i fail to see your point.

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Gumtree comes over all queer in blocking 'offensive language'

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common sense....

prevails, most surely?

i don't see anything wrong with not allowing a job advert to highlight the personal leanings of the employer- i would suggest that if the employer put that they were 'straight and able-bodied' the ad would have been rejected.

in providing 'details' of the person placing the ad, they are indirectly discriminating against certain groups of people in that people who do not belong to particular groups won't be inclined to apply for the position.

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Should you lose your religion on your CV?

rickykemp

Well considering that...

Muslims should not be working in the corporate banking sector due to limitations imposed upon them by their religion... i think that this is a moot point.

Unless of course they are applying for a position within a bank which follows guidlines from Sharia law.

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Is this the world's dirtiest PC?

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Anyone actually seen worse than this?

a while ago whilst in temporary university accommodation, i had the girlfriend staying over.

said accommodation also had a massive infestation of red ants. EVERYWHERE.

stupidly, my girlfriend left her laptop on the floor overnight.

returning to it a couple of days later, she noticed strange black dots moving around behind the screen. after some poking, swarms of red ants scurried from the closing latch on the lid!

after a quick dismantle, i was a bit amazed to discover that there was a whole established colony inside the damn thing with eggs and even a queen.

cleaned it out with cotton buds with sticky tape on the end. very satisfying.

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Super-soldier exoskeletons ready for troop tests in 2010

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Terminator

two words.

Power Armour.

instead of sticking 300lb of junk on there which the soldier doesn't need (he doesn't need 300lb of kit in the field, so why build a suit to carry it?), but he does need better protection.

stick as much ablative, ceramic, kevlar, whatever plates on there, and you have yourself a space marine. or iron man.

WANT.

terminator, becuase, like, its the closest thing to a SPEEEESSSS MEHREEEEN.

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