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Apple KILLS SUPER MARIO. And Zelda. And Sonic

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Re: What did people expect?

> This is true of a lot of FOSS unless you are accepted as a contributor

But at least you can be accepted as a contributor. The only way to be accepted as an Android contributor is to work for Google on the Android team.

Stop obfuscating the issue.

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> I'm pretty sure if you fixed a bug someone on the android team would take it and merge it.

Having done exactly this, I'm absolutely certain they won't.

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Re: What did people expect?

> That sounds free to me.... ?

It's free but it's not FOSS. You can't submit code to Android. You can look at it but that's pretty much all you can do.

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LTE's backers vow to KILL OFF WI-FI and BLUETOOTH

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Re: O/T: Mountain Rescue

Thank you for doing that, AC. I don't think Mountain Rescue (or the RNLI) get enough recognition for the voluntary lifesaving work they do.

It really is appreciated.

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Woman says narco-cops used her PICS to snare drug lords on Facebook

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Re: Perspective people.

From the article - "she was arrested in New York State on drugs charges".

Not, you'll note, "she was convicted in New York State of drug charges". Innocent until... Not to mention that no detail is given about these charges. It could have been a quarter of weed. It could have been some under the counter meds.

Would somebody who (to our knowledge) has not been convicted of any offence but was once arrested for something this trivial be fair game in your opinion?

If so, are you a law enforcement official?

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Is Apple incubating a Macbook, iPad bastard child?

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OH MY GOD APPLE HAVE INVENTED THE SURFACE

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Are there plans for an article about what a bunch of thieving cockwombles EE are?

I mean, "biting the hand..."

Also, truth in journalism.

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BIG trouble in Big China: Samsung cops it RIGHT in the wallet

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I don't think we're anywhere near "Peak Lenovo" yet, though.

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Windows 10's 'built-in keylogger'? Ha ha, says Microsoft – no, it just monitors your typing

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Re: No one ever reads the EULA.

> that is why the font is size 3 or 4

That's funny, the Win10 EULA I got was 10-point Verdana.

Did you get a different version?

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Re: At Microsoft...

There will be no apologists because there is no issue unless this exists in production code.

Google data-mine betas as well. Nobody cries about that. Not even apologists. They don't even cry all that much when Google data-mines production code because it's understood these days that selling you (ie, the digital slave trade) is what Google do.

If this is in production code you may see apologists. What you won't see are any Win10 installs in my house or workplace.

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Re: If they are seriously expecting me to read the entire license agreement

If they were charging you for the software you were licensing, that might work.

This is a free beta.

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Re: Class action law suit

I am. I just run it offline.

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Nokia Lumia 735: Ignore the selfie hype, it's a grown-up phone

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Re: I'm sorry

I have 920 that's almost two years old and it occasionally crashes. It never did before I put the Developer Preview on it so I guess that's the price I pay for always having the latest code.

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Yes. The WP8.x mounts as a filesystem drive. There are applications you can use too but everything's right there on the mounted drive.

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CONSUMERISM IS PAST ITS SELL-BY DATE: Die now, pay later

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Re: Biggest contributor to air pollution and gloabl warming?

BEEP BEEP URBAN MYTH WARNING

Cows don't fart. It's the four-stomachs thing. If they could fart they wouldn't die from gas buildup in the third and fourth stomachs (which they do).

They do belch methane. But they don't fart. Ever.

You may now return to your scheduled urban ignorance.

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Re: Food

I am sure I could be a competent farmer. But do you really want me to spend my time farming or using my education to design drugs and provide you with medicine?

I was born and raised on a farm and worked it with my father for about ten years (before and after school, weekends, holidays). It was even a mixed holding of under 100 acres plus a little woodland so capable of providing everything "needed" and you know what?

I'm not sure I could be a competent farmer immediately. If you've never done it at all and you're relying on your produce for your survival then I am sure you'll starve before you learn it.

It's a mistake to think that jobs which are largely manual and low-paid are not skilled. A farmer is a craftsman.

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Re: Leave thermodynamics out of it

The first law of thermodynamics is you do not talk about thermodynamics.

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Apple is GOLDBRICKING IT: BEHOLD the iPad Glister-Slab

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It's normal in the absence of other data to extrapolate based on existing examples for example, the 4-hour battery life of the Moto360 if you actually plan to use it as a watch.

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I expect the Applistas to find it enjoyable, above anything else.

I used to have a Sony Bluetooth Watch which tethered to an old Sony candybar dumphone. It was a mechanical face with a small set of alphanumeric LEDs in the bottom half which would marquee display caller ID when I got a call, show titles of received email and SMS (yes, even dumbphones did email, remember? It was just slow) and song titles if I happened to be playing music.

The ability to screen calls based on caller ID was nice. The occasional skip track in the car was also nice. I wouldn't say it was incredibly useful but it was enjoyable functionality.

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Where this stops being relevant is... None of it required a touchscreen and therefore, battery life was around 2 day mark even on old Bluetooth. If I could have just what I used to have picking up notifications from my current phone, I'd be a happy man and using Bluetooth LE I'd expect a 5-7 day battery life.

Throwing a touchscreen at it just because is a huge mistake and will murder the battery (and get smeary fingerprints all over it and be set off by your jacket all the damn time). It's the same as the Moto360 having the screen off by default (thus making it useless as a watch, dammit) unless you like only having a 4 hour battery life.

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One Windows? How does that work... and WTF is a Universal App?

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Re: What happened to Windows NEIN?

Depends on how it's requested and what they do with the struct once returned.

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It does? It was published in September 2000. Every molecule in your body has been replaced since then and I think it's fair to say (given products on different platforms and the ongoing open-sourcing of many of their developer tools and other stuff) that Microsoft are a very different company in 2014.

But no worries.

Hey Trev, while you're here, maybe you could complain about MS beginning to bundle IE in the OS? That only happened in 1995, it's practically the same vintage as your document.

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Re: What happened to Windows NEIN?

This happened to Windows 9.

See explanation.

Actually makes a lot of sense.

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Re: Just provide one API

> outside of "enterprise" or whatever, nobody cares about Windows at all.

I think you mean "inside the Shoreditch RDF bubble".

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Re: Just provide one API

> These days I don't know any developers who care one iota about making stuff for Windows.

I don't believe you.

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Etsy security rule #1: Don't be a jerk to devs

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wtf

"You're just pushing production and you do that 20 or 30 times a day. When that vulnerability comes in is world-ending, it's just another day."

What the actual fuck does this mean?

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Ofcom chief exec Ed Richards to step down in December

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Place your bets, BT or Sky?

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Hipster chimps are SLAVES to the latest social trends

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Chimpsters.

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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Re: Here we go again..

Right. So your argument is that under stress-testing video, fewer apps (because obviously, Android users install every single available app and keep them on the phone and running at all times) and less desire to stress test it by running video makes for better battery life.

You're a fucking idiot.

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Re: WE! DONT! WANT! FSCKING! METRO!

You don't.

Speaking for everyone on the planet is a little presumptuous though, wouldn't you agree?

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Re: Here we go again..

There's several years' worth of evidence but if you want the simplest version (I suspect you do) then simply check how the HTC One M8 for Windows has 20% more battery life than the HTC One M8 for Android when the hardware is absolutely identical.

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Re: it's binary...

Maybe it's base8.

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Re: cynical remark

To be fair, those are kernel versions.

OSX and most linux distros are equally out of step on published "version" vs kernel version.

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Re: Still a big nono..

There's a youtube video doing the round of a leaked build where you can remove all the Start Menu tiles.

Here we go. Obviously, we don't know if that made it into the Preview build or not but it seems likely, given that's how tiles work in Win8.

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Re: cynical remark

> I can't see anything even slightly revolutionary about it

Well, not yet. But if they actually take notice of the feedback, that'd be a new thing.

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Re: Yaaaaawn

You missed the opportunity not to comment on a Microsoft story because they're so dull and irrelevant to you.

Oh wait...

Clearly they're not.

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

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Re: So what is new in Windows 10?

> But we've been bitching about it since the preview

No you haven't. The preview had a start menu until the final pre-release version when it was removed without explanation.

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Hey Brit taxpayers. You just spent £4m on Central London ‘innovation playground’

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Austerity.

Right.

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Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?

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No, it wouldn't. The EU is a wholly separate institution and rather younger (although one could argue about its legal predecessors, the EC and EEC in reverse chronological order)..

The ECHR was founded in 1959 in part by, er, the UK. Being a signatory to the European Convention on Human Rights (circa 1953) is not related in any way to membership of the EU.

This is just as well because it means we can stay in the ECHR and leave the hotbed of fraud and featherbedding far behind.

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Payment security vastly improved when you DON'T ENTER your BANK DETAILS

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> This is essentially how I do online banking with Barclays

Me too, and it'd be great if I weren't forever losing the bastard card-reader.

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Inateck BP2001 Bluetooth speaker: The metalhead sysadmin's choice? Not exactly

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Re: @dogged

The "est" is for emphasis and I've been trying to forget Tacitus for nearly thirty years.

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Yes it does. de gustibus non est disputandum.

Or in English - "criticizing the taste of others only means you're a dick".

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Re: my favourite is the Sony SRS-X2

> An opinion is not an advert!

Yeah, it is. Trevor's reviewed a product. Rather than comment on the product you give us a sales spiel about an entirely different product and never once mention the review.

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Re: my favourite is the Sony SRS-X2

I know Sony are hard up at the moment but is this new quality of their advertising?

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Larry: Oracle's now a CLOUDY biz. Ignore everything I said before

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Is it just me or is Larry becoming indistinguishable from Micky Rourke?

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Hollywood's made an INTELLIGENT science vs religion film?!

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Re: "an INTELLIGENT science vs religion film"!?

No, teaching children to be religious is wrong. Teaching them about religion should be mandatory.

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Well, the Grauniad says it's drivel (1 star) so it 's probably worth watching.

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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

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Re: Name not important

Seriously? What planet do you live on?

Windows 8 didn't matter. Anyone with a brain knew that it never mattered (except to idiots in comment threads) because Windows 7 was huge and most really big enterprises only just finished migrating to it.

9 matters a bit. 10 matters a lot. That's two iterative versions' room to get it right. And "such a shithole" - yeah, Apple would love to be in a shithole that big.

Wait, is it the year of linux on the desktop? Again?

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Unchanging Unicorn: Don't be disappointed with Ubuntu 14.10, be happy

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Cthulbuntu. Don't install a lesser evil.

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While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m

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I hope you mean "bent" as in "inclined to dishonest financial dealings" and not in any other sense.

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FBI: Your real SECURITY TERROR? An ANGRY INSIDE MAN

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Re: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Socrates' solution was to properly train their souls, if that helps.

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Apple 'Genius': iPhone 6? We've had NO COMPLAINTS about our BENDY iThing

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Stop

I do it all the time.

Then again, I use a Nokia.

I also go out in the wind and rain without a hat or umbrella but then I don't have an exclusive haircut or makeup to look after because I'm not a massive nonce.

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