* Posts by Can't think of anything witty...

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Scrapheap challenge: How Amazon and Google are dumbing down the gogglebox

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Re: Now you need a TV license, a SKY sub, Amazon Prime, Netflix, BT, etc ad-bleedin-nauseum

Absolutely agree.

If it was being done in the interest of the consumer, then the leagues would not be allowed to sell exclusive rights and would have to have each match available to more than one broadcaster. That way, viewers would be able to choose between the services they want - so things like other bundled content, the quality of the coverage, frequency of adverts, pundits etc. would allow an effective choice.

unfortunately, this would significantly reduce the cost to the viewer, meaning that the leagues would get less money and for that reason i cannot see it happening - particularly as long as people are still prepared to pay the current, higher fees to multiple broadcasters. The only way to force the issue is to stop subscribing, and i can't see people doing that either.

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Windows 10 Edge: Standards kinda suck yet better than Chrome?

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Re: still riddled with Flash badness though

I got a new work laptop in January this year and have not installed flash on it - despite the fact that i use it quite a bit for non-work (mostly out of office hours... ... mostly).

Can honestly say that i really don't miss flash to any significant amount. the only website that still seems to need it is the BBC with some of their content and generally, i don't feel like i'm missing out on anything as i prefer to read the news stories (not watch them) and i have the iPlayer app on my phone and xbox if i do need catch up.

As soon as they get rid of it, it will be a distant memory and i cannot wait.

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Microsoft nixes A-V updates for XP, exposes 180 MEEELLION luddites

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Re: Microsoft Marketing , useless beyond belief.

Yes.

But eventually it will die. And as much as you can remember how you used to run across the green fields together and have fun in a simpler time you also have to move on because you cannot really live in the past forever.

the only claim that you have on "fairness" is the question of lifespan. Was 14 years a good life span for your dog "WIN-XP"?

I had a cat called WIN-98SE who died aged 3 in 2002...

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Microsoft rushes out latest Windows 10 build. 300 fixes? Pff, whatever

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WTF?

Re: Dear Microsoft

Users ahead of Windows 8:

"Microsoft developed this in their ivory tower and never let us even see the new version until we had already bought it. WE HATE IT."

Users ahead of Windows 10

"Microsoft is just using us as beta testers and they are shipping out half-finished software. WE HATE IT."

When you are dammed if you do and dammed if you don't, maybe you should just do what you think is best...

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Your new car will dob you in to the cops if you crash, decrees EU

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Re: Anyone else wonder...

"I don't remember voting for it"

Hate to break it to you, but you don't get a vote on most things...

That isn't how our system (or any that i know of) works.

You vote for a representative to go to parliament and look at all the legislation that is going on and decide if it is a good idea or not to enact it. They look at the evidence, pros and cons and make the best decision that they can (or at least, that is the theory).

Thing is, there is a huge amount of legislation going through Westminster all the time. here is a handy list of some of the more recently enabled acts, most of which i confess i have never heard of:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/new/ukpga/data.feed

aside from the fact that it would be incredibly difficult to understand all of those acts to a level where you can judge if it is a good or bad thing, can you imagine the logistics of trying to elicit a vote from everyone on all of them? I cannot see how it would work.

if there is one thing that is really important for you, then write to your MP about it and get him/her to do something. But you are never going to get a vote on every last thing going through Westminster and to be honest i don't think that you would want that anyway.

If you do want to be involved, become an MP. i believe there are currently about 630 vacancies looking ot be filled in the next week or so...

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Re: Anyone else wonder...

Q - "Is this a free trade issue?"

A - Yes.

If Germany decide that they want this system implemented by law then all cars sold in Germany need to meet that law. Because you can sell products across borders without restriction (in theory) that means that any car for sale in Europe must meet the German standard.

Also, if Germany wants to introduce this kind of law, then it is not unreasonable to think that other countries would want to do something similar. if they all develop their own national standards then you will duplicate a lot of work and probably end up with functionally similar but technically slightly incompatible systems.

all of which need to be covered off in a new car design.

which makes it more complicated for the manufacturer.

which makes it more expensive for the consumer.

So yeah, it makes perfect sense for Europe to collaborate on this.

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Labour policy review tells EU where to stuff its geo-blocking ban

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Re: Meanwhile, in the real world...

i was thinking that.

But how about this instead.

The BBC sells TV licences to anyone in Europe (or the world for that matter) who wants one. Pay the same fee as in the UK and get worldwide access to the content. You wouldn't need to sell a lot of licences to recoup the cost of managing it and i think that the market would be huge. Same for Sky.

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Microsoft wants LAMP for wireless mobe charger

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@Colin Miller - Re: Fantastic

I know that you are writing off getting 1W from the solar panel on the screen, but i think that it would still be useful.

I found this paper from a couple of years ago (https://www.usenix.org/legacy/event/usenix10/tech/full_papers/Carroll.pdf). Suggests that in their setup a phone used approximately 270mW when idle with the backlight off and only went over 1W when making a call via GSM.

Granted, the phones in the test were a couple of years old and therefore probably clock a lot lower than current ones, but i suspect that may have been offset to some degree by more effiecient processors and even a three-fold increase in idle consumption still leaves change...

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Would you recognise the Vans shoes logo? Neither would Euro trademark bods

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Re: Me neither.

Ah, right. from that description, i think that they are trying to register the squiggle that is down the side of many of their shoes as opposed to the "Vans" word / square-root tick combination.

the squiggle is common on a lot of their shoes, but it isn't as distinctive as the Swoosh or Addias' three stripes, so i think they might be on to a looser here...

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How iPad’s soft SIM lets Apple pit carriers AGAINST each other

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Re: Bad, but could be good

I think that you are wrong with regard to roaming. I'm in the UK and my network lets me use my included minutes, texts and data* when i travel to some European countries** for no extra cost***

The network that I am on was the first to do this, but as i understand it, it is actually piece of EU legislation which is pushing all of them to stop charging stupid amounts of cash because you are suddenly 50 miles south east of Dover.

when i went to Italy earlier this year, it made a real difference. Other people in the group spent a significant amount of time looking for free WiFi and worrying aobut call charges. I just used my phone and had a good time...

anyway, i digress. Sure, being able to swap sims to get a cheap local deal might be good, but just being able to use your bundled miutes/texts/data when you are away is so much better (particularly if you are just going for a week or two).

* OK - so my unlimited data plan was restricted to 1GB for the week that i was out there.

**OK - not all european countries, but quite a few with more being added and a few outside the EU as well (such as the US).

*** Nope - no extra at all. and i didn't pick some expensive tariff with roaming options, I'm on a rolling 1-month SIM only deal for £14/month

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Quit drooling, fanbois - haven't you SEEN what the iPhone 6 costs?

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Not all the same...

Well, just going from the prices announced the other day, an iPhone 6 (16GB) costs £539 in the UK (Inc. VAT).

Looking on expansys (probably not the cheapest site) and you can find other high-end phones for quite a bit less.Granted, they have been out a little while, but i think that they are still current:

Galaxy S5 (16GB) £425

HTC One M8 (16GB) £450

Lumia 930 (32GB) £430

however you look at it, iPhones are really expensive. When most other companies are selling theirs for aorund £440 and Apple are selling theirs for nearer £540, you can really see the difference. If that extra £100 buys you something that you value, then good for you, but it seems pretty steep to me.

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Applelutely fappulous: Fashionistas bow down before the JESUS PHONE

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@R69 - Identity

"People often use brands as a means of acquiring an identity for themselves. Personally i think its bollocks and I choose what I buy on the basis of quality"

And by doing that, you are also expressing your identity. Whereas others create the identity of "using apple iProducts", you create the identity of "Using quality products" (for your current definition of "quality").

Both are identities and there is nothing wrong with either, but it's not fair to say that you are not expressing your identity, you just do not do it in the same way as some other people.

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Microsoft and HTC are M8s again: New One mobe sports WinPhone

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Re: MS are paying the wrong people ..

You do realise that article refers to the windows 8 store and not the windows phone store, right?

I'd hate to think that you are making wild generalisations...

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Journal that published Facebook emoto-furtle study: Proper boffins get CONSENT

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Re: Informed consent?

i see your point, but i'm not sure i agree. The way round that problem (which is a fair point) would be to start the experiment but not make the changes to the algorithm until a period of time into the expeirment (e.g. get their consent, enroll them and start making the changes a week later).

the important part is also to de-brief them afterwards - so if you turn the algorithm off agin after a month, make sure that they know what you did, how long you did it for and where they can find out more about the study.

I don't think that it is hard to do well, its just easier to be arrogant about it...

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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

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Mushroom

@ mikeyw0

Get out of here with your facts, personal experience and in depth knowledge of the topic under discussion, we've got baseless criticisms to throw around!

:)

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Facebook 'manipulated' 700k users' feelings in SECRET EXPERIMENT

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Re: Boffins? Boffins?!

one of the most annoying things about this for me is that it gives a bad name to social scientists in general. I know that there is not a lot of love for social scientists on these forums, but this really doesn't help anyone.

I cannot bellieve that someone signed this off - informed consent is something that every social science undergraduate has drummed into them from the first day.

What will be interesting to see is if any of the US regualtors step in, there have been suggestions that this breaks federal law in the US: (http://laboratorium.net/archive/2014/06/28/as_flies_to_wanton_boys)

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'Cortana-gate' ruins Satya Nadella's Microsoft honeymoon

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Meh

As a non-Journo, Non-hipster WP owner...

I couldn't care less if Cortana is put out onto IOS/Android. If they believe that it is a great product then put it out there and prove it to those using GoogleNow / Siri.

If it's as good as they say, then it will give a lot of credibility to WP as a whole... if it isn't then they really should stop shouting about it.

By the way, i don't in any way feel short changed for taking WP in the first place. i didn't get one on the promise of something 2 years down the line that i had never heard of when i bought the phone.

i bought it because i liked it (and still do for what it is worth). My bigger concern is WP8.1. Sure it's got some improvements in there, but i wonder if it is converging on the other two systems. I guess that some people see that as filling the gaps (like a notification centre) but it seems a little "me too" for a feature that i never really feel that i have missed...

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Microsoft’s 'FIRST NOKIA' arrives at £89

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Re: is it just me...

i think that it is mostly you.

there is a bit of convergence (rounded rectangles with a touchscreen and capacitve buttons on the front and not much on the back) but that is about it.

the three buttons on the bottom are different to on android (though it is a little wierd that the non-google one has a search button on the front, but there you go).

and i don't think that it is fair to accuse Nokia of lifting the bright colours from Apple, having had said bright colours on the back of their lumia range since it was launched at the end of 2011 - long before the 5c came out about 2 years later.

having said that, i know how this works. several people have mistakenly assumed that a friend's lumia 630 is an iPhone 5c...

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Titanfall, shoot-'em-up gamers, cloudy contracts and cattle

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Re: Thoughts

Re: FPS/Lag - you are right. small differences in ping really don't make a difference to how you play, but it is a lot easier to blame that than your own experience or skill.

i used to play a lot of CS. sometimes you would get picked off by someone with what felt like a crazy shot (I don't have a problem loosing, but some hits were just beyond logic). Even when my first instinct in those cases was to think that they were hacking, spectating on that player for a while usually led me to concede that actually they were a really good player. its hard to accept, but important.

by the way, am i the only one who finds that games now are often a lot less social than they used to be? I used to play CS on a series of friendly clan servers that felt more like spending an evening in the pub with friends than playing a game - even though i only ever spoke to them in the context of the game. Compare that to the experience of playing CoD on Xbox live...

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Meet Stuxnet's stealthier older sister: Super-bug turned Iran's nuke plants into pressure cookers

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Re: Apart from being what most people would call an "Act of war"...

I'm really not sure what i think about this. On the one hand, it is definitely an act of aggression against a nation state and so yeah, it could be construed as an act of war.

but at the same time, if you accept that the US wanted to derail the Iranian programme (yeah, i know this is quite a big if, it is probably not legal and raises a lot of moral questions) and diplomatic approaches are not working, then this is a great way of doing it.

Because the other way (and one that Dubya was not worried about undertaking) is of course to drop a whole load of high explosives on it and try to slow it down that way. Doing it this way at least means that no-one got hurt - even though large quantities of hair may have been torn out...

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BT Sport scores own goal with £897m Champions League footie rights deal

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WTF?

The amount that they spent on that seems crazy to me, but then i am not a football fan so maybe that is it.

On the other hand, they did manage to wipe 10% off sky shares today, so perhaps money well spent after all...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24898597

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You're more likely to get a job if you study 'social' sciences, say fuzzy-studies profs

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Re: Pschology

@ Symon:

Afraid that I disagree with you on this one.

I've got no experience of studying Engineering, but I did Psychololgy and Sociology at University and our course had one of the highest drop out rates on campus. Anecdotally, I put this down to two things - firstly, a lot of people took it on expecting to be able to understand their own issues and when it became apparent that it was not going to help them, they dropped out. I also suspect that people found it a lot harder than they expected and subsequently dropped out.

For the record, Psychology often gets labelled as a "soft science" and i believe that people mean that in a dismissive tone, that somehow it doesn't really "count". Really, that is not the case.

Look into some of the areas that Psychology addresses and there is a lot of depth. One of our modules was on Bio-Psychology, looking at neurons and brain mapping. we covered AI and human - computer interaction. We did a lot of work on research methodology as well, including a lot of statistics and Qualitative research... which is extremely hard to do well.

Strangely, i think there is a bit of crossover between a subject like Engineering and Psychology - mainly that they are both trying to understand the operation of complex systems. There are a couple of differences though... not least that with psychology you are stuck using the thing that you are trying to understand. It's a bit like trying to figure out how a car works whils you are driving it. Well, that and the fact that it's harder to take someone's head apart and look inside to see what is going on.

But one thing that you are right about is volunteering for experiments. Milgram got people to voluntarily administer electric shocks of hundreds of volts* to innocent third parties... and all he had to do was ask. I still find that incredible even now.

*(Yes, i know all about the experiment... but it was real to the person giving the shock. Those were the fun days before those damn ethics committies spoiled all the fun...)

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Re: clueless

Sociology is the study of people in groups (i.e., society).

The aim of the profession is to understand how groups of people interact.

If you interact with other people at all, then sociology affects you. Even in a comments forum.

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Microsoft announces $499 price tag, new games for Xbox One

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Re: XBox - is a Licence fee

@Eadon - Be careful. people are agreeing with you, we know that this is new territory for you. good luck in the brave new world.

Joking aside, I generally liked quite a few of the last round of MS products. Windows 7 is great and although i haven't used Win8 a lot, it seems ok, even if the modern UI / start button issue was a bit iffy. I've got a WP8 phone, and i really like that as well.

X360 is good, and i don't mind paying for live (for about £30/year i feel that i got value out of it). i buy pretty much all of my X360 games new, and it is left in the front room connected to the internet via a fairly stable (certainly stable enough) connection.

and yet.

I cannot see myself getting an XBOX one as it is currently. I've not really heard anything about the games or any new features apart from the DRM. i guess that companies need to try new stuff every once in a while, but MS have definitely gone too far with the DRM on their games. it just swings the balance too far in their favour and i'm not sure that people will go with it.

It's got me seriously considering a playstation for the first time in 15 years...

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BT Tower is just a relic? Wrong: It relays 18,000hrs of telly daily

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Re: £50 / Shard Avoidance.

And that is why i should never post something up when i have a hangover.... reading it again i see that the 4 shillings reference is there and even i know that is 20 (new) p and so nearer £3.50.

Oops.

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Great article

it's really interesting to find out a bit about something as iconic as the BT tower. Just one thought though... the £3.28 admission fee would be nearer £50 these days if you add inflation into the mix.

(http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/education/Pages/inflation/calculator/flash/default.aspx)

Suddenly the shard doesn't look quite as expensive...

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IT bloke publishes comprehensive maps of CALL CENTRE menu HELL

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Re: Good idea

I do wonder how he will keep this up to date, that would be the big challenge.

For what it is worth, i think that the cash made generated by the use of 08** numbers is pretty low compared to other costs in the business.

I think that given the choice between the money from the 08** number and shaving 20 seconds off the handling time of each call, pretty much every company would go for the cost saving. Non-geographic Numbers (NGNs) like that are as much about having a more memorable number that is completely portable and transparent to the consumer.

sure, the money that comes in will offset other business costs, but i think that it is as much about marketing as anything else. also, don't forget that when many call centres opened people would have to remember numbers or write them down (pre-mobile phone era) so those confusing 0483 codes just cause a headache. then of course they added the "1".

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Setanta, ESPN couldn't make UK footie TV work. How will BT Sport?

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Is this not getting ridiculous?

So let me get this straight. Last year, if you wanted to watch all the football, you paid Sky a wad of money and then watched it.

Now, you will need to pay Sky a wad of money (presumably of the same thickness) and then another wad to BT on top.

This is stupid and unfair. And it has very little to do with Sky or BT.

I blame the premier league. because they only sell exclusive rights they basically support a monopoly. anyone else is going to find it extremely difficult to enter the market because anyone who wants the fiull package will have to deal with 2 (or more) companies as soon as the rights get split. If they we unable to sell exclusive rights (so that at least 3 broadcasters carried it for example) then you would start to see competition on the basis of quality of coverage / price.

though of course, that does mean that the premier league would get less cash from the fans via the broadcasters. would that ne a bad thing for most people? well, super car sales would presumably slump as a result of footballers having to scrape by on barely the national median wage every week, as opposed to whatever it is that they get paid these days, but aside from that i'm not sure that it would be that important.

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So much noise on WinMob, but Microsoft's silent on lovely WinPhone

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Re: I'm not suprised

sounds like you have a dud phone there. Which one was it you said you had..?

I'm sure you are not just making up a laundry list of every problem that you think you have read about on the internet despite no personal experience, in an attempt to score some unspecified points from somewhere because that would ridiculous.

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Re: I'm not suprised

Just wondering, which phone and network are you on?

i've had an Omnia 7 on Orange / EE for about 2 years now and have not had any of the issues you're mentioning. the battery lasts about a day with moderate / heavy usage, but once the battery saver kicks in it stretches the last 20% out to a couple of days (albeit with light usage).

not had random reboots, nor any problems with the screen or sensor. Performance from it has been really good, smooth and reliable, even though it is "only" on a single-core 1GHz chip (which i know seems to put a lot of people off, even though performace is still good).

The app sitiuation is often mentioned, but i've not really noticed anything that i am missing (though i admit, iPlayer would be nice).

as for cost, i'm afraid that i just don't see your point. Last week, o2 were selling the lumia 620 for £120. for the shopping around that i have been doing recently, i don't think that you would be able to get a comparable android phone for that.

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British games company says it owns the idea of space marines

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Re: Aliens...

Agreed with that. I remember when they launched the Tyranid army (was quite into WH40K at that point) and everyone noticed the resemblence between them and the H. R. Geiger's aliens.

(See this link: http://www.ifelix.co.uk/wh40kgallery/tyranids/index.html )

Being able to inceinerate large swathes of them from a tank-mounted flamethrower in a "This one's for Bishop you Bas****s" way was great fun.

...

well, it was for me at the time.

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i didn't get out much...

:)

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NASA reveals secrets of Curiosity’s selfies

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Re: Simple

i think that it is about 2 metres long, so plenty long enough to take some good shots at arms length.

There is a video of the movements here:

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?media_id=156880341

it looks like quite a few of the shots were originally taken upside down and then composited together. but i think that you can see from the animation how the arm could articulate to keep itself out of the shots.

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Apple: Sure, here's the HTC patent pact. WITH numbers blanked out

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Doesn't it depend on what it is you are licencing?

charging different prices for your IP may be normal in some cases, but i think that for certain key technologies (i.e. standards that you have rights over, but form the basis of a widely accepted standard, like the GSM spec) you have to licence them on a FRAND basis. Companies accept this as the "cost" of getting their tech accepted as the standard.

FRAND stands for Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory. So if these patents are the ones in question, and Samsung can prove that Apple are discriminating against them (by offering a cheaper rate to HTC) then i would think that Apple would be in serious trouble...

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Apple removes apology-hiding JavaScript from UK website

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I like the look of that second screenshot - it looks like the right size for the clarification if you ask me...

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Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 handset review

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fair point on the support front, though i suspect that they will. the way i see it, they felt that they had to make some fundemental changes, so in that respect it's better to do it early and fix it for the future, even though it burns some early adopters.

As for oversized buttons, i must point out that you can re-size them to the smallest size, which would give you 28 tiles in a 4*7 grid on the screen at any one time. add any more buttons you want underneath. I don't know if there is a limit on the number you can add.

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Why is 4G so expensive? Answer: The Post-Voice Era is coming

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Re: I still don't understand what 4G is for!

i agree - but you have made an assumption on "good 3G signal"

I don't know if it is just down to network congestion, but it's almost impossible to get a 3G connection on Orange / T-Mobile / EE coming out of London Waterloo at about 5. When i try to make a call, i almost always fail to get a connection, despite showing full signal.

At point, the best solution i have found is to drop my N8 into 2G only mode. Then i get through right away. If 3G was reliable, then it wouldn't be a problem, but it is just infurating at the moment, and i'm sure it has got worse in the last 6 months or so.

so the question is, is it worth me going for a 4G contract as presumably the connection will be more reliable, or is it more a case of "if they cannot run a decent 3G network, why should 4G be any better?"

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Paid secur-o-ware is generally better than free, but not always by a lot

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I used to run kaspersky, but i felt that it had a really high overhead on my system, reducing it to a crawl for about 5 minutes everytime that i booted it. I switched to MSSE when the Kaspersky licence ran out and i don't think that i have had any problems since... Certainly, Windows runs a lot faster.

A tricky trade off...

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Tremble, operators: UK gets ACCURATE mobile coverage guide

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Re: some evidence that it's not just Apple having problems with maps

that is odd... i know that area well, so I was interested and had a look. you're right, if you look on Google Maps it is the same... a reference to Wellington out past Broadmoor Hospital. When you zoom in it disappears. There is another reference to it on the West side of Crowthorne (where it actually is) though.

reminds me of when the london eye was tagged as being halfway down Waterloo Road.... The number of lost tourists i walked past, standing there prodding their smartphone of choice and saying "But Google says it's here...".

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Windows Phone 8 stands a chance as Apple, Android dither

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Re: Contact cards

agreed - the way that they linked up on my phone is pretty slick. Yesterday i added a new person to my contacts in hotmail. click save on the web interface. I immediately picked up my phone and her card was already in there... .quite impressive.

That's not to say that vcard support would nt be a good thing (though i believe that is coming in WP8).

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Everything Everywhere 'to stuff Santa's sack' with 4G Lumia 920s

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Re: 4G

From what i have heard, once people use WP7 they often like it. The main problem is getting them to try it in the first place - so if they are drawn in by 4G but stay because they like the experience then it could work out well for both Nokia and MS...

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Windows Phone 8: What Nokia and Microsoft MUST do

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Re: WP user

A quick test on my Omnia7 shows that it's a bit hit and miss. if you have vibration alert off in the settings then that icon in the top right toggles ring / silent. if vibrate is on, then it toggles ring+vibrate or vibrate.

What would be ideal would be to make that button a triple state one... i.e. Ring+Vibrate, Vibrate, Silent (assuming that most people most of the time wouldn't want a ring only option on there.)

Back on topic and for what it is worth i think that WP7 is pretty good and i'm interested to see what else is coming in WP8 - i think that SD card support and more bluetooth functionality are already in there, lets hope there are a few more interesting features too.

it would be good to have a few other systems doing well, not just iOS and Android.

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Ministers consult public on 'opt in for smut' plans

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Re: Just the latest

@John...

I absolutely agree. this sort of measure only generates a sense of security... surely it is better to educate people on this.

And i know that many people on here have a healthy dislike for MPs (e.g. "JP19"), but some MPs (possibly even most?) do try to do what they think is the right thing.

if you don't think that they are representing your views or you feel that their definition of "right thing" is not aligned with yours, then write to them ( www.writetothem.com). You might even get a reply.

of course, it is a lot easier to sit on the side and whine as opposed to doing something. just like it is easier for the parents who don't know or care about making sure their child is safe online to let the state give them a false sense of security as opposed to learning about it.

just don't criticise someone for doing one of those things while you do the other...

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Kelvin MacKenzie blasts 'footie rights warehouse' BSkyB

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Re: Better, simpler solution

absolutely agree. If the coverage is better (in terms of costs to subscribers, quality of coverage or whatever) then surely people will choose it over other broadcasters... they will adapt to what the customers want.

but you cannot do that with exclusive rights. With exclusive rights, what incentive does the broadcaster have to keep costs down for the subscribers, or to provide quality coverage in the first place...? if you want to watch it, you have to watch it on platform X, irrespective of how good or bad it is.

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Microsoft kills Windows Live brand

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Linux

Re: Eh it never worked anyways

Bing Messenger? never heard of it....

been using pidgin for years now, not least because of the way it handles multiple accounts from multiple networks... though i'm sure there are a load of other good multi-network clients out there...

http://www.pidgin.im/

MS do keep changing the names of stuff, i admit that i've kinda lost track. as long as it all keeps working i'm happy...

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Smartphone owners demand bigger screens

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Re: Back to the 90s

I used to have a Nokia 8310... that was a great little phone - with emphasis on small!

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Re: no thanks

Agreed - i have a Samsung omnia 7 which to be honest feels a bit big sometimes. It's pretty thin, but it can sometimes feel like you are carrying a slate (by which i mean roof tile). i also have a nokia N8, which has a slightly smaller screen and although it is marginally thicker, it's actually pretty much the perfect size.

I don't spend a huge amount of time browsing websites on my mobile (which i think is the main appeal of the bigger screens) but something the size of the N8 hits that sweet spot between big enough to use for what you need and small enough to carry and not notice.

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Raspberry Pi signs big-name sellers

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Re: Re: @Bin Yin

just as an observation, isn't the difference between your prices the VAT? In the UK*, VAT is included at point of sale, so would that explain the discrepancy? 20% of 35 is 7, right?

*(I'm assuming that you are in the UK from your name, but you know what they say about assuming...)

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OPERA grabs spanner, fixes kit, and slows down neutrinos

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Re: The most intelligent reaction I can think of

I think you mean "the most childish reaction i can think of".

This is how science works. Full credit to the OPERA team in being as open with this as they have been. They are (and have been from the start) more than prepared to accept that this is some sort of error and this is part of of that checking process.

They should not be mocked for reporting this, they should be credited. This rational, reasoned approach is the basis of science and has led to much progress.

Unlike your approach.

Grow up.

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ESA's first Vega rocket blasts off without a hitch

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Facepalm

You're right

it looks great. Strangely, my first thought was "wow - that thing is really shifting. it's going really fast, I mean that just took off like a rocket..."

...

<facepalm>

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Nokia Lumia 710

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What twitter app?

Just as a disclaimer, I don't use twitter, but i can't help but notice that you are able to add twitter as an account in the general settings. i think that this means that your updates would then populate into the "people" tile (or under a contact if you actually know the person you are following) and you can send updates from the "me" tile.

So why do you need an app?

Apple have been very modular with their model, requiring an additional app for a lot of functionality and it seems like Android has gone a similar route.

The windows phones take a different approach, but it's a shame that people still seem to reach for an app when actually the functionality is built in. Seems that this approach has become engrained....

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