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* Posts by .stu

50 posts • joined 24 Sep 2009

PANDA chomps through Spotify's DRM

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Re: Use spotify myself

No when I was a kid I *bought* (and owned) records and tapes, not that bullshit you said.

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Re: Use spotify myself

You almost seem proud of your conditioning. And yes things can last forever in the digital domain even when you don't want them to.

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App maker defends selling S.F. parking spots as a FREE SPEECH issue

.stu

It may not be illegal, but it's very sad that people are driven to try and profit from every possible situation, rather than just share and share alike. Do they have no soul?

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Rogue Android: We show you how BlackBerry's pain can be your gain

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Re: Native or Android

If you don't like the permissions an android app requests, don't install it. Works for me.

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Re: £149 for a nearly android, or £99 for a good one?

Am I missing a trick here?

The article claims you can get a sim-free Z10 for £149 from carphonewarehouse, but when I look it's £189.95 sim-free. You can get pay as you go z10 for £150, but you also need to buy a top up and there is no guarantee it isn't locked to the network.

Then Ian say you can get a Moto G for £99, but again when I look it's £129 according to various price tracking sites it hasn't been lower than £125 in the last few months, so what gives?

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THIS is the kind of clout a British Prime Minister has: Facebook pulls ONE beheading vid

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Re: No defence for this

As a parent I think it is my own responsibility to prevent my children from seeing this sort of content, not facebook.

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DEAD STEVE JOBS kills Apple bounce patent from BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Re: Regardless of the merits of the Apple patent

No, all it means is that you keep schtum about it until you have filed your patent application.

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Chaos Computer Club: iPhone 5S finger-sniffer COMPROMISED

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Re: Perspective please

No, the dirty little thief will insist that you press your finger(s) onto the scanner to unlock the phone for him, or if you don't cooperate, grab your fingers and press them against the scanner by force.

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'Beat the lie detectors' trainer sentenced to 8 months in jail

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oh the irony

If only he had polygraphed his "clients" he would have found them out to be federal agents and avoided all of this.

I really don't understand how it can be just to punish someone for teaching others to lie, when the method used to catch him involved lying and deception.

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Five SECRET products Apple won't show today

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Re: Who the hell cares?

Actually I would say smartphones and tablets are pretty much EXACTLY what Java (or Oak) was originally designed for, along with set top boxes and smart fridges, etc. Certainly not enterprise stuff.

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Rest your head against a train window, hear VOICES in your SKULL

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Re: So can I send Rupert an invoice for my train ticket?

"Advertising on TV means I can watch the TV for free."

You would think that wouldn't you, but on Sky you pay a subscription to watch the adverts.

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The future of cinema and TV: It’s game over for the hi-res hype

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Re: interlacing

I downvoted you because you are making too much of a fuss about it.

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BadNews, fandroids: MILLIONS of Google Play downloads riddled with malware

.stu

Re: Android permissions design

This post on mse forum says different...

http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=4563409

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Apple files patent for iPhone with wraparound display

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Re: Is it just me?

"I guess the ultimate goal might be to have a device that has no conceptual front and back, or top and bottom. However you pick it up, it orientates itself to always be the right way up."

Maybe Apple got sick of being the butt of all the "You're holding it wrong" jokes and decided to fix it once and for all.

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Google to open flagship retail stores by end of 2013

.stu

Re: Not who they are, who they want to be

"Revolutionary and transformative" is stiff like self driving cars and augmented reality glasses. Not really Apple's thing.

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The official iPhone actually runs Android - in Brazil

.stu

Re: Android fans will ge their teeth kicked in and by Samsung

It's gonna be called sOS.

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Re: So much hate...

"It was an corrupt decision that was the result of people being paid off." Yes it was, but the article isn't about the billion dollar judgement in the Apple vs Samsung patent infringement case. Please stay on-topic.

Speaking of which, I would have found it highly suspicious if the trademark had been given to the rich American company when the other party put their application in 7 years earlier, years before anyone had even heard of the Apple iPhone.

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Apple loses bid to 'cut in line' in Samsung patent dust-up

.stu

I'd never had any problem with customer support until I had to deal with samsung - most of their agents are ok but they have a few bad apples who are not above lying to their customers.

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6 thumbs down for posting about my own recent experience of Samsung's customer support? Don't people like reality around here?

Brand loyalty is for suckers - as soon as their bottom line is under threat every one of these multi nationals will sell you down the river. You have been warned.

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They've both as bad as each other as far as I'm concerned. If you've ever had to deal with samsung customer support you would not have any sympathy for them.

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Windows Media Center EPG has SWITCHED OFF, wail Euro users

.stu

Re: So glad I'd already given up on MS and Media Centre

I use it for quad tuner DVB-S2 HD + quad tuner DVB-T reception without any problems. I also use DVBLink to share it around the house, and EPGCollector to get the FreeSat epg. The only time I ever have to fiddle with it is when the transponders change (thanks Olympics!!). My friends are amazed whenever the come over for parties, what with the big screen music/video playback with photo slideshows and visualisations. Ripping cds to my network is as simple as putting them into dvd drive and clicking ok, then they are automatically synced to my families phones via google music. I am currently putting all my dvds on the network. But the most amazing thing is that even my wife can use it!

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Apple shares take biggest one-day hammering in 4 years

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Re: The venomous Leach at it again

John Lewis is at the posher end of the retail spectrum, and despite their "never knowingly undersold" slogan, I've never found their prices to be the cheapest and can always find anything they sell cheaper elsewhere.

However, my experience in PCWorld just yesterday was that there is huge interest in low to mid-priced android tablets, and no interest in iPads. The budget-conscious general public, who have been getting into smartphones via cheap android offerings and now getting into tablets the same way. By this time next year, I expect the wind will have gone from Apple's sails and they will have only a small share of the tablet market, as they now do in smartphones.

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.stu

Re: Simples

"... even if their market share is slipping (if it really is) ..."

I can tell you that it *really* is. I popped into PCWorld yesterday to pick up a cheap 3d bluray player and noticed that the usually bustling apple section was a ghost town, whereas the usually empty android tablet section was a hive of activity.

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Google GRINCHES have change of heart, bring back Christmas

.stu
FAIL

I've had problems with the new lock screen widgets, specifically the Music player one. Sometimes it flickers constantly, and when I click on it my nexus 7 reboots.

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Comet train set for SMASH, staff can only hope to be in right carriage

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Unhappy

Currys rubbing their hands with glee

I noticed the price of the Asus S200e -C157 has shot up from £399 to £499 now comet are no longer selling the superior C158 for £449. Along with the staff, the customers are the big losers here.

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Apple land-grabs iThingy feature management patent

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Re: Ah.. but...

Won't somebody think of the children??

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Viewsonic PLED W500 portable projector

.stu

"costing around half-a-ton" - amazing what you can get for £50 these days.

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Sky's mobile movies move leaves Apple, Amazon gasping

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FAIL

My wide and I tried watching a program on Sky Go recently and it was piss poor. Quality was less than standard definition and it was really jerky. A quick check of their forums confirmed that I was not the only one suffering these problems. Yet my PC has more than enough clout to run full HD video (we use it daily to watch/record Freesat HD) and iPlayer never has any problems.

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Google will ignore your Wi-Fi router ... if you rename it

.stu

Fair's fair

They should do like BTFon does - if you opt out, then neither do you get to benefit from those who have opted in.

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Oracle suit outs Google's closed source Android tactics

.stu

God wins

You forgot to mention the nazis.

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Tablet wars set for Apple vs Amazon head-to-head

.stu
FAIL

Get your facts straight

Both the Xoom and the Galay Tab 10.1 are for sale in the EU right now. In fact if I wanted I pick up one of each on my way home tonight.

Given the basic facts of your post are wrong I didn't bother to read the rest.

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Educating Verity the OU way

.stu

design patterns

So you've reinvented the wheel a dozen times already?

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Israeli couple dub sprog 'Like'

.stu
Joke

I can already imagine how it will go...

Teenager1: "Have you seen Like?"

Teenager2: "Have I seen, like, what?"

Teenager1: "Have you seen, like, Like?"

Teenager2: "Have I seen, like, WHAT?"

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UK iPad 2 to cost under £400

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FAIL

Apples and oranges again!!

Hmm Let's see how much is a 3G 32GB Ipad 2? Pretty much the same as the similiarly specced Xoom, but let' s not let facts get in the way of a good opportunity for some fanboyism...

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motorola are you watching?

This is good news all-round! Now the android tablet makers will either have to drop their prices substantially or risk seeing them left on the shelf in huge quantities.

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Make streaming a felony: Obama

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Central Scrutinizer

Just go and listen to Joe's Garage by Frank Zappa and you'll know what it's all about - just don't try and stream it as that is wrong!

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Apple security update leaves iPhone 3G users unprotected

.stu

wtf?

Except that Samsung have alread said they will release Gingerbread for it - you just gotta be patient.

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Dixons Advent Vega

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I cry foul!

A quick scan of the archos 101 review reveals that one of the reviewers biggest gripes - lack of market support - is also an issue with the archos tablet, yet the reviewer skims over it as it is easily installable via a third party website. So, the outdated single core archos with only 256MB ram gets a higher score than the vega.

Secondly, this thing is unbrickable, so not matter if you put custom firmwares on there, or even linux distros such as ubuntu, you can ALWAYS get back to stock if you need to send it back. So you don't have to worry about the warranty. Not that I expect it would be an issue anyway as DSG are well aware of the vega community as modaco and are actively encouraging it, as it helps them to sell more devices without breaking googles android apps licensing restrictions.

Thirdly, the actual hardware is made by shuttle, and as such there are are various companies rebadging this thing, several of whom have promised Honeycomb within the next few months. And given the Tegra 2 chipset, the vega is just as capable of running Honeycomb as the Motorola Xoom, but at half the price.

I had a vega myself for a while but one of the speakers failed and after getting it refunded I decided to wait and see what the xoom would be like. Overpriced is the answer, so I will be picking up a new vega as soon as I have the funds again.

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iPad 2 launch could be delayed by two months, analyst says

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FAIL

bs

"We are only just seeing the first competing tablets, and they are expensive and dramatically inferior to the Apple product for now."

How the hell do you know that, seeing as they're not out yet? Plus the rest of your post is just repeating hearsay and speculation.

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Netgear CEO says 'closed' Apple is doomed

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"And how are the shareholders not getting some of the riches?"

Because they don't get dividends, they only get their "riches" when they sell the shares. And once the markets think the share price has peaked, they will want to get out en masse.

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Apple iPad vs... the rest

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FAIL

why not?

If it has happened on the iPad, why wouldn't it happen on other platforms? Once the market is big enough to make money from it, someone will do it.

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.stu
WTF?

Advent Vega?

I got one of these for less than £200, and with the modaco custom rom and launcher pro it's bloody great! Loading the custom rom was no more work than loading an official firmware before anyone starts... ;)

My old man had a go on it the other day and tried to walk out the oddor with it hidden in his jacket. He was considering an ipad to read the times online instead of getting the paper delivered each morning, until he saw the price of the things that is. The Vega works fine for him, so I expect he'll be getting one fairly soon.

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Air Force blocks access to sites that covered WikiLeaks

.stu
WTF?

got something to hide?

So the "enemy" can read the truth, but your own forces can't? Talk about brainwashing...

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Apple demonstrates how to do touchscreen desktops

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FAIL

prior art

The touchscreens in Argos already do this.

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Google shutters Nexus One webstore

.stu

Plenty of unlocked android phones still

Just buy it sim-free. No big deal.

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Steve Jobs denies Judas Phone antenna problems

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FAIL

fail

I held my G1 in a the death grip, and it gained a bar :-p

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Geordi LaForge video-to-brain rig built at MIT

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@AC FAIL = you

The power is supplied via induction, and the whole "wireless malarky" is to avoid the risk of infection which would accompany a wire going through the skin.

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