* Posts by Ian Watkinson

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Catastrophic 123-reg VPS cockup deletes Ross County FC website

Ian Watkinson

No I'd say that's about right.

115,000 WEB servers running on 67 virtual servers.

1716 per server.

Seems about right, it's not like most of the websites are going to generate much traffic or load, and if 123-reg are clever with their capacity, they'd move the livelier sites around to balance them on the 67 servers.

FWIW.

123-reg bad, no back up prior to running a destructive script and no roll-back or fall-back plan.

Customers bad for not having their own backups. It takes all of about 1 day to set up an sftp pull to get their site down stored locally. To then put back up couple of hours later should 123reg you know be 123reg again...

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Mozilla: Five... Four... Three... Two... One... Thunderbirds are – gone

Ian Watkinson

Re: Coupling?

I used to.

You know back in 1990, when dial speeds meant that it looked horrible and took ages to load.

Now we want in line pictures, the odd table etc, I just leave it on.

Too few years in a life to worry about rich text vs html, vs plain text browsers.

You'll be worrying about "-- " signature lines in corporate emails not being followed next...

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Mystery Kindle update will block readers from books after Wednesday

Ian Watkinson

Re: Not very user friendly

You mean as you pass your Dad the free phone Amazon support number, and to be fair to amazon, they support their sometimes 5 year old devices for nothing.

Apple are pretty good at support too, but try getting support on an Iphone 3G now, for free.(via the phone)

For that matter, try getting a security update on an Iphone 3g.

Android, meh, try getting an update on an devices that's more than 90 days old (Huawei looking at you here) as loads never get security updates from the manufacturer at all. (I know some like Nexus devices do, but almost all the 'droid manufacturers, seem to have a device that was "hard to update" so they decided to quietly renege on promises, or decide that updates for 2 years wasn't what they meant...

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Microsoft beats Apple's tablet sales, apologises for Surface 4 flaws

Ian Watkinson

Re: If we can cut through the fanboy drivel from both sides briefly....

So sure of your comments you've gone AC huh...

"Xbox one, however I suspect will also outsell the apple TV"

Xbox One vs Apple TV???

I must have missed some news here.. Is Apple TV a top-of-the-range console gaming machine?

Nope, but, shocker, as we are talking about consumer devices. They are both consumer devices.

Both have a TV Part.

One of them has a few hundred games the other thousands.

Neither of them can do 4k video.

But yes, I suspect if you want to play call of duty 74 - Black Pants, Black TShirt (I get killed by shrill sounding teens quickly )

You'll need an Xbox...

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Ian Watkinson

Re: If we can cut through the fanboy drivel from both sides briefly....

Except for the fact that MS sells Multi millions of Consumer devices, that would make Apple in the same niche eat their own first born for the sales numbers.

Xbox vs Apple TV (both games consoles)

If we only take the older Xbox 360, that sold 84 Million....

Xbox one, however I suspect will also outsell the apple TV (interestingly the Xbox one should shortly get low enough to be the same price as the new Apple TV)

So MS can definitely do consumer devices.

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Motorola’s X Force awakens a seemingly ‘shatterproof’ future

Ian Watkinson

Re: Best so far

You're one of those people sitting on public transport playing crap music through your phones speakers aren't you.....

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Adobe: We locked our customers in the cloud and out poured money

Ian Watkinson

What would you sue adobe for, making a new version? They didn't remove any functionality from their suite. They didn't make the last version a shorter timescale for support. Arguably they decided to let their customers know that their business model was changing, they released a major upgrade to it, said this will be the last, but given that some people had been quite happily running on CS2 for a number of years, and not everyone upgraded every year, gave customer 2-3 years notice.

If your business can't deal with it's tooling prices going up, then don't upgrade, buy CS6 today and use it out of the cloud.

Or, you know do what the rest of us do, look at the alternatives, evaluate them, work out if they are better for you, buy them and train again.

There are loads of alternatives to the CS suite, so they are hardly a monopoly.

Key to their turn around I suspect is that businesses had to sort their licences out, and it's not easy to pirate a cloud.

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Hyundai i30 Turbo: Softly, softly, catchee Audi

Ian Watkinson

"Hyundai's car can't quite match the absolute depth of quality of the considerably more expensive Golf GTI,"

So is it more than 30% or 8k not as good?

I30 - £22,650.00 5 year unlimited miles.

Golf - £27,500 3 year limited mileage warranty.

Adding 3 years cast iron warranty it about 2k for VW brinnging the golf to

£30k vs £22k for I30.

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Brimming with VM goodness: Qnap TS-453mini 4-bay NAS

Ian Watkinson

Re: Not quite the same

Running costs on the Qnap vs the HP? (given that both are going to be on for 24/7/365 for 3-4 years)

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Apple's big secret: It's an insurance firm (now with added finance)

Ian Watkinson

Re: Jumped the Shark

So out of interest, you looked at a Mac air 11". What did you buy?

From what I've seen there are no comparisons.

Critiera.

Same Weight. +/- 10%

Similar size +/- 10%

Ability to go to a store and get advice/get it fixed under warranty the same day.

*nix based os supported for 2 years by one phone call.

Ability to also run office 365 for work stuff.

Now I know Dell and Fujitsu have next day on site fixes for a price But the support is normally restore the rescue partition. But normally when you factor it all in. The apple "tax" isn't that high or non exisitent.

Now the AUDI tax...I mean cars of the same weight/size/power exist, with 5 and 7 year warranties over the paltry 3 year one limited mileage Audi one, but people buy an Audi...I mean how dare they be that stupid...(repeat for BMW/Mercedes etc)

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High-heeled hacker builds pen-test kit into her skyscraper shoes

Ian Watkinson

Re: Given the size of a small mobile

Yes but they are not say, look I'm a Women, I did this, and I will help you do it.

Or if they are, then they need better advertising...

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Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time

Ian Watkinson

The Vulcan Aviation Academy

next to the Vulcan Science Academy?

:-)

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Google cracks down on browser ad injectors after shocking study

Ian Watkinson

Re: Unwanted ad injectors aren't part of a healthy ads ecosystem

"Yes totally agree, all ads should be banned. We should be back to BBC1, BBC2, BBC3, BBC4, BBC NEWS and the BBC radio stations only in the UK."

Hmm, wonder how else we'd do it.

Well just like sky sports then, you know every 15 minutes through a football game it stops to advertise chocolate, or beer, or football boots.

Or...you know people could produce great content and I could well subscribe and pay them money to watch it.

Na, it would never catch on, who'd pay money to watch football and other sports on Television...

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Thecus N4310 4-bay: A NAS-ty beast for the budget-conscious

Ian Watkinson

One of the keys to "inexpensive home nas" is the running cost.

how much does this cost per hour of streaming video compared to the likes of the Drobo 5N for example?

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German minister photo fingerprint 'theft' seemed far too EASY, wail securobods

Ian Watkinson

Layers...

People seem to be missing the fact that security should be layered.

I like the fact that when I'm unlocking my phone on the plane, the person next to me can't look at the passcode as I'm just pushing my finger on it. (look at screen remember passcode - much easier than taking a photo and producing a balloon.

However I also like the fact that on a cold boot you need the whole pin, so having a fingerprint doesn't cut it all the time.

Given that for a lot of people they've gone from no passcode to finger, it's a step up.

If people are securing national secrets using fingerprints ONLY, then there's an issue.

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UK national mobile roaming: A stupid idea that'll never work

Ian Watkinson

I get the reverse, zero 02 reception at home without a boost box. 4G 5 bars with Voda.

So the sharing is definately not working.

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Ian Watkinson

Actually normally if I can see the sea I'm fine. Vodafone tends to think I'm in France, but the reception's fine....

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

Ian Watkinson

Re: What's the point?

"I can't quite see the point of buying an LP and then ripping it to digital?"

Really?

So you only ever listen to music at home?

Since the 80's (thanks to some chap called Sony Walkman) music has been portable.

Unless we can expect to see you with a portable turntable mixing it up on the 0755 to Clapham Junction?

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SLURP! Flick your TONGUE around our LOLLIPOP – Google

Ian Watkinson

Re: Longer battery life

They do, plenty of phones last a week.

But did you buy a phone that didn't meet your requirements? If so, surely then Samsung or whoever got your hard earned dosh thinks well, he bought it anyway, so why worry.

Unfortunately for most, a £30 battery pack and a £3 micro usb cable fixes the problem for all phones.Fro the rest, the phone only has to last from home to office, and then goes and charge and office to home again.

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Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?

Ian Watkinson

Re: OEM Bloat not Decreased since Z1?

The walkman app is terrible, because I can't choose to remove it.

It doesn't connect to spotify, or my amazon music app, yet it takes over playing when I plug in headphones in, because the sony built in dosomething app, won't do anything that isn't walkman related until you disable it.

So it doesn't do it for me, the interface is bad, the buttons aren't where I like them, but the main reason it's terrible, lack of choice to remove it!

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Ian Watkinson

Re: Watertight charging

Until it burns out....which it has on quite a few, as the only cables for it are not sony ones...

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Ian Watkinson

Thats ok, you don't get 21 mega pixels for spur of the moment, it defaults to the idiot cam mode, which is 8 mega pixels only.

You also don't get 4k video for longer than 2 minutes before the phone overheats and shuts down..

Main issues with the Z series.

Updates means that no one makes any decent cases for them, as they update every 6 months, so they wont sell enough cases to make it worthwhile.

Backup, Sony's backup sucks.

Take new phone, install facebook and g+ on it, set them to login.

Put them in a folder called social.

Backup phone using Sony's software.

Wipe phone

Restore phone.

Backup has lost of the login details, and the folder.

If the app was hangouts, it's lost all your SMS as well....

Sony has crippled Android so that you can't move any app to the SD card, zero, none at all.

Plus the inbuilt apps don't remember the store stuff on SD card settings.

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

Ian Watkinson

Re: Corporate development

He wasn't very expert though was he, as it's do-able...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7MIJP90biM

How to Draw seven red LINES, all Perpendicular, some with green ink, some with transparent ink, and one in the form of A Kitten. (response to "The Expert" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v= BKorP ... )

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

Ian Watkinson

Re: lets look at this in another way..

Slightly more up to date, but same sentiment - 5 to Z2.

Over the next 2 years, the choice not to go iphone 6, is going to save me, £700 x 2, approximately.

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Ian Watkinson

Re: lets look at this in another way..

"If switching to Android from iOS was so easy for you, then I'm assuming you have no investment in the iOS/Apple ecosystem (iPhone/iPad/MAx datasharing etc) nor any iOS apps, iTunes films etc."

Just done this so:

iphone some apps, none that I can't do without, or aren't already on android.

Ipad, yup got one, can share data via dropbox/box/google drive etc fine.

itunes films...do people buy films from itunes?

about the only thing I'm missing so far, is the choice of cases. You can get everything for the iphone, 90% for a Samsung Sx, but about 10% for a Sony Z2 :-(

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Ian Watkinson

Re: An unsually poor article

"Apple simply can't make the volume to change this"

Really, but they have more volume than almost anyone else, except Samsung. They are going to sell approx 210 million iphones in the next 12 months.

Care to come up with how many Galaxy S5 (or S6 if it arrives) Samsung will sell in the same period?

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Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought

Ian Watkinson

Poor customer service and not listening to your customers will do that.

Just gone from iphone to sony Z2.

Quite a culture shock on the support front, apple, lets get this to work. Sony it's not our fault and if it is, we're not going to fix it.

Looking at the Z - Z1 - Z2 - Z3, still the areas where customers are asking for fixes, not implemented.

Finally, apples releases software it goes on phones.

Sony releases their software, is disappears to the network.

Erm I bought the phone, give me the choice. Voda/O2/Orange will soon perk up if they don't get the update out the door quick enough, then people will go with the unbranded version.

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Buying memory in an iPhone 6: Like wiping your bottom with dollar bills

Ian Watkinson

"A little eBay shopping and you can find 128GB Micro SD cards for under a tenner"

Slow fake ones maybe.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/SanDisk-SDSDQUAN-128G-G4A-128GB-UHS-I-Class/dp/B00M562LF4/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=undefined&sr=1-1&keywords=128gb

Decent ones:

RRP: £135.78

Price: £90.81

So same point...but with some facts.

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

Ian Watkinson

Re: OnePlus One

Sony Z2 has it, plus Stamina mode, which lets you turn off most things (except call text etc) and get 3 days s out of it.

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Whoops, my cloud's just gone titsup. Now what?

Ian Watkinson
Facepalm

"is meant to be humours"

or even meant to be humorous?

Guardian reader by any chance?

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Google Maps community competition falls foul of Indian regulations

Ian Watkinson

Sounds like a case of the Cowboys getting caught out by the Indians...

:-)

The post is required, and must contain letters.

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Top ten car gadgets: Get your motor running with new shiny-shiny

Ian Watkinson

Tomtom and Garmin traffic vs Waze?

I'd say Waze is the king of the real time traffic now. I've not seen it beaten by either Garmin or Tomtom. Plus the price kicks the other two as well, it's free (aside from your data)

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Concerning Windows Phone and its relevance to the larger business

Ian Watkinson

Whilst, I'd not go so far as to say it was a puff piece. It's not the most balanced or well thought out piece that El Reg has put out recently.

I respect that everyone the Author included has a point of view, just in this piece it's not set out, or defended particularly well.

Another point you might well want to consider is that Mobile Device Management is mature for IOS and Android, it's new for Windows 8, the prime mover in this space is...Microsoft with Intune, at a cost of £5 per device per month. Which when you start to add in the other costs, makes it a tad pricey.

At this particular moment in time, I think Windows Phones have an edge, with the Lumia 625 being pretty much the cheapest reasonable 4G hand set about. (circa £100) however the 4G Moto G is coming soon, as I suspect will a selection of others. I know which my choice would be on a Lumia 625 vs 4G Moto G shoot out, and as a hint, it's not the Fins....

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Ian Watkinson

Interesting pick of some statements, lets question a couple.

POINT ONE :"Putting the iPhone 5c out as low cost budget device pretty much says it all"

Why would you, it's not the budget iphone, the 4s is.

Three:Available from:£16 a month £99 upfront cost

Vodafone:Free on Pay monthly plans from £25

O2:nope.

EE:Nope.

So from 2 of the big four, you can get an Iphone 4s, for about the same price as a Nokia Lumia 625.

POINT TWO:Android is not just one platform.

Except, if you're buying devices in bulk for an organisation it will be. You'll pick the touchwiz Samsung version that you like, or can afford. Or you'll pick the Sonyfied Version you like or the Huawei Emotion UI. Indeed as this is most IOS like, it's not a bad pick if you're choosing to wean people off older ios devices.

So in the same way, companies cope with all the different versions of windows, you know the Dell type, Acer type, Fujitsu Type, Lenovo etc, they will cope with the android versions.

They could even go Nexus, and get "pure" android.

THIRD POINT:"And so we come Windows Phone, which would appear to tick all of the relevant boxes in relation to larger scale enterprise deployment"

Except for maybe corporate apps. Ah yes, ironic isn't it. Corporate lock in on an app level keeps Microsoft out.

Why would corporates who've developed in house apps for ios or android suddenly abandon them for a less popular os? I mean if that was easy, people would have dropped windows and gone linux ages ago.

FOURTH POINT:Windows still totally dominates on desktop/notebook machines

Except people are moving in droves to tablets, where Android and IOS are kings. Surface is what 2%? That makes Mac use in the 80's look stellar!

FIFTH POINT:Sponsored link: Microsoft UK is holding a live virtual summit on the company’s enterprise mobility strategy on 4 June at 10:00. Check out the agenda and register here.

Ah yes, so it's an advert? Which is the reason it's not a well thought out piece of technical journalism then?

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OpenStreetMap declared ready for paid use after satnav app debut

Ian Watkinson

I guess the question is OSM better than the Waze maps, which are also crowd sourced, but show where people are driving as well as the satellite maps, plus since they are owned by google does that make them google open source maps....

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Philips lobs patent sueball at Nintendo in US: Seeks to BAN Wii U

Ian Watkinson

Kinect?

- a camera (102) taking a picture; and

- a digital signal processor (120), capable of receiving and processing the picture, and capable of transmitting user interface information (I) derived from the picture to the electrical apparatus (110),

So that's a Kinect isn't it...

Wonder when they plan on taking on Microsoft....

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What's up with that WhatsApp $19bn price tag? Answer: Voice calls

Ian Watkinson

Unlimited Calls Cheap, Unlimited Text Cheap - Unlimited Data..not so

It's difficult to find a deal that doesn't offer unlimited voice calls, most also offer unlimited or a huge amount of texts, the same don't offer unlimited data.

Going from 1Gb to 4Gb normally costs you £5-£10 a month.

So why would I want to use more data to replace voice/text?

Only for international use, which whatsapp works for. But then again, so does viber/kik/skype/hangouts and a myriad of others.

Don't think this is much of a step forward.

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

Ian Watkinson

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

Given that you can pick up a Moto G for £99, which given my brief play with it before it became number one Son's birthday present, is nearly oh so nearly as good as the Nexus 4. Why on earth would you spend £50 more to get the Z10?

You can get BBM on the Moto G.

It does push email.

What would my extra £50 get me to compensate for the ridicule of everyone else when they see I've paid money for a blackberry?

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Schiller: 'Almost everyone' at Apple works on iPhones - not Macs or anything

Ian Watkinson

Re: And yet... @bob

Erm really?

Android isn't cheaper than Apple?

Lets assume new to avoid ebay luck.

Cheapest reasonable Android phone (Y300/Motog G) £70-£80

Pretty good one N5 (£329)

"HIgh End" S4/HTC1 £500

Cheapest Apple Iphone

4S 8GB - (£349)

Middle - 5C 16GB (£469)

High End 5S 16GB (£549)

Not sure how many people send their teens to school with a high end phone.

So lets look at middle, apple is £100 more.

Bottom end, at the end where you're more likely to get a teen a phone.

Much much more.

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Alleged Peeping Tom claims First Amendment right to upskirt

Ian Watkinson
WTF?

Re: Consent on both sides?

Wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong.

Consent doesn't need to be sought or given even if the picture is to be used for commercial purposes.

Some of the most famous photos in history have been used for commercial purposes. Without the permission of the subject.

Burning monk in Vietnam anyone? Plenty of other examples.

If you're walking about in the street, people can take your picture. It's their picture, you have no rights to it.

IF and ONLY IF

You had no expectation to privacy in the first place. (You're out in public remember)

The police get this wrong all the time.

http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/photo-news/536087/fish-and-chip-photographer-arrest-unlawful-say-police-chiefs-update-with-police-statement

The police knowing the law...nope not most of the time in this case.

I'd suggest in this case, the women had a reasonable expectation to privacy, she'd covered up her knickers, so unless she goes and does a Marilyn, (again no consent given by Marilyn) then she's covered under the reasonable expectation of privacy side of it.

How many of the rioters in London gave permission for their photos being taken and printed in the paper?

Did any of them sue the papers after?

The only part of this that's slightly cloudy, is that it's possible without touching a lady (I guess) to take their photo up skirt.

If We compare this to men, if a women ripped your trousers off on the tube and then took a picture of you in your pants, would you be happy about it, or feel violated?

Actually, scratch that, if you're Scottish in traditional dress and a women shoved a camera to take a picture of up between your legs, how would you feel?

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This month's BlackBerry CEO vows: I won't axe the smartphone-making biz

Ian Watkinson
WTF?

more attractive than the $4.7m

I'm not suprised, everyone else was talking about $4.7 BILLION..

But don't let facts get in the way of a story El Reg...

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'Stupid old white people' revenge porn ban won't work, insists selfie-peddler

Ian Watkinson

"The subject of the photo, unless they have signed a model release, also has rights."

Unless they don't have a reasonable expecation of rights, i.e they are in public. Flash your boobs at a rock concert, you can't then claim rights to the resulting photos.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 region-locking saga CLEAR AS MUD

Ian Watkinson

Old School DVD player / Telly manufacturer brings much loved region locking to mobiles under banner of innovation.

Apple did gold, we can do gold!

Apple did finger locking, we can lock whole damn regions!

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iOS 7 SPANKS Samsung's Android in user-experience rating

Ian Watkinson

Re: iDIOTS Operating System

So sounds like your employer has locked down their phone to their specifications.

All of what you've asked for is possible on the iphone. But not if it's locked down by your employer.

Having tried both as an employee and as a personal phone, I like the bigger screen you can choose with an android phone, and Ingress, but that's about the only 2 key advantages over iOs.

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Robocars, backseat fun, satnav 2.0: Meet the bit of Nokia Microsoft didn't buy

Ian Watkinson

Which Nokia Maps is Fantastic? Brings out N95 with Nokia maps on it. It's not great. I've got Tomtom from the same era. Tomtom mostly got you there. N95 Mostly didn't.

I tried go recently, same thing.

Go would be ok if you could pay £2.99 and cache for example the UK maps for a year, with updates over Wifi.

This data on all the time maps are fine, except when you're not on an all you can eat data plan, or there is no data. Tunnels, planes, deserts....

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Apple CEO Cook: 'We're not in the junk business'

Ian Watkinson

Re: Whatever

I have both an Iphone 5, and a Nexus 4.

You are wrong, the N4 isn't 10 x better in anyway.

It's not 10x faster.

It doesn't have 10x the battery life.

Its screen isn't 10x better.

It only comes in 16GB.

Camera isn't 10x as good, in fact it's not as good at all.

It doesn't do Bluetooth well, and that's saying something as the Iphone's not great at it either, but it's better than the N4.

It does have NFC for when someone finds a use for it.

The N4 is twice as good as the Samsung S3, which it was half the price of though.

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Glowing Nook knocked to under 50 quid for Xmas

Ian Watkinson

For most people I know an e-reader is the third (non-work) screen.

Phone first, tablet second, e-reader third.

You can't beat them for month long battery life, and being able to pull one out of your bag at the airport/ferry terminal etc etc, and know you can use it for 8 or so hours of a delay, no problems.

Plus they are soon going to be as cheap as a hardback book anyway!.

My Kindle keyboard is going strong, although I did pick up one of the £29 nooks as a backup.

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'British Bill Gates' Lynch laments HP's Autonomy 'botch-up'

Ian Watkinson

"something that’s really cleaver at the bottom of it. I’m not the person who’s going to understand the next social media site,” he said"

Register Hack in hacked off not cleaver at all cleaver quote.

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Barnes & Noble knock Nook slate down to £79

Ian Watkinson

Bought these for the kids for holiday travelling when they dropped to £99.

Awesome little devices.

Android Store, so minecraft etc to keep them amused.

Plus you can slap a 32gb sd card in, and it's a great little portable media player with VLC on it.

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