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* Posts by Alastair Dodd 1

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Twitter hints at messaging moves

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Farcebook app

The app is appalling and the messenger part of it hideous. I have dumped both now esp as they suck your battery dry too!

Mind you I am this " close to closing my Facebook account anyway as they are a security weak, information hungry rights averse bunch of c*nts as it is.

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EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers

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Re: Long shot, I guess, but any chance

most 'droids you can root or install a stock rom to do this. Not many are restricted at all & more coming on the market that are basically unlocked immediately.

Obviously Google may cut this off in the future but you are buying into an ecosystem like windows phone or iOS. To protect Android from being a total mess you have to pay some price. Oh wait, you can have it free of google but you won't be able to use the store - e.g. cheapo chinese knockoff! Go for you life.

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Sony Xperia Z2: What we REALLY thought of this Android fondleslab

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have got one of these

and it is indeed thin light and lovely. Battery life is excellent and performance first class.

Best tablet on the market I would easily say as it does beat the ipad Air in every respect. A dream to use!

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Stop bullying SUPER FAT GODZILLA, urge movie stars

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Well we all know

the camera puts on a few pounds..

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Google+ maker Vic Gundotra: My work on this 'NETWORK THINGY' is DONE

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Devil

g+ may be horrible

but remember the alternative is Facebook ruling everything social and that scares me more than the great old ones awakening (at least they would send us mad or turn us into cultists so we wouldn't care)

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New MacBook Pro: What's actually new, here?

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FAIL

Looks like Apple

being down with the kids is failling? The Black Knight?

Oh dear thats certainly not attention to detail...

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Man+iPhone versus artificial intelligence: Anki robot racer slot cars

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FAIL

If you can't create

your own tracks is is not scalectrix and so is basically expensive arse.

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Bungie ’bois offered ‘early’ access to post-Halo FPS Destiny

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stupid

Selling Beta access like this is NOT a good idea, yet another Marpets brain fit.

A beta is for TESTING if you do this you aren't testing you are just selling early access. Having worked in the industry I know that this can ruin a game before it is ready.

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Microsoft's $7.1bn Nokia gobble: Why you should expect the unexpected

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Mushroom

STOP POSTING THAT MORONIC GRAPH

only smartphones - makes Apple look massive in the mobile market and tells a fraction of the story. Bad enough that it has flown around twitter so much. Feature phone more important that in many ways and shows a whole other picture looking at the stats.

Bad reg.

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Kindle Matchbook offers cheap digital copies of Amazon print purchases

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FAIL

This would be great. but I'd like to give someone a book too

when will Amazon sort that out on this side of the pond considering US have been able to do this for nearly 2 years!

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Moto X teardown shows US manufacturing adds mere $4 to handset costs

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Mushroom

Re: WTF?

Yes it is, it's basically voice search and contextual with what you are doing with google products (your choice you know!) but obviously you are just trolling or have already been brainwashed by Apple & think that Siri is actually good at all.

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Foxconn mulls solar panels, sticking Apple where sun doesn't shine

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Facepalm

Re: If...

even if at current efficiencies they are actually in total (inc production, materials, transport to destination etc) more environmentally damaging than a nice coal power plant. Still it makes the ecofreakies sleep easier at night like their "more harmful than a gas guzzling range rover" priuses...

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You're 30 years old and your PIN is '1983'. DAMMIT, biz mobe user

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Re: It's goes to 11, see?

Had one user recently told to choose a 4 digit pin they would remember and he forgot it within 5 minutes.

95% of all users are utter utter muppets.

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Seven snazzy smartphones for seven sorts of shoppers

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FAIL

staff unfailingly polite, helpful and eager

"The real killer feature for the newb though has nothing to do with software or hardware, it’s all about the experience you get in an Apple Store. It’s second to none, with staff unfailingly polite, helpful and eager to help the lost, confused and downright incompetent get the best from their iDevices. A near no-questions-asked replacement policy is the cherry on the cake."

Never been to the Brighton Apple store then. The staff there are rude, downright unhelpful and I don't think 20mins wait for your prebooked 'genius' bar appointment you are on time to is really on. Esp when the hipster twat staff seems to want to talk to each other not you. No questions asked replacement also fails these days with an ipad that is 12 months old (under the 2 year warranty guideline from the EU) refused any assistance at all unless pay out over £200 for a duff battery! Hellish experience all in all.

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Google Chrome slips web fix to addicts suffering net withdrawal

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good news when it hits android chrome

not being able to save a page for off line viewing in it is a pain.

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RIM gets thumbs up from Visa for pay-by-bonk security tech

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BOFHs and Blackberry?

Do BOFHs love blackberry? Horrible proprietary mail server crap, doesn't play well with standard systems... I don't think so. We won't have them on our systems due to the pain they cause.

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German ebook firm aims low with cheap 'n' simple €10 ereader

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After sitting by the pool last week reading

on my phone sapping the batteries I'd love one of these and would possibly buy two in case I lost one!

If it's waterpoof (or easy to waterproof) I'd love it as so wanted to sit in jacuzzi/pool reading but wasn't going to take expensive smartphone in there!

Is there a pre order page around?

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Want a Leica camera from Jony Ive? There CAN BE ONLY ONE

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Mushroom

So it'll be a German camera

designed by a Brit inspired by (ripping off) a German designers work?

Who thinks Jonny Ive should give 60% of his apple shares to Dieter Ram's family and another 30% to Braun?

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Leeds' amazing cash-slash plan: BYOD and that cloud thing

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Stop

BYOC?

Oh god I would NOT like to work in that support department, helldesk wouldn't be the half of it.

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Online dole queue tech 'not grounded in reality', say councils

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FAIL

suspect it's muppets who don't understand Agile

who have love Prince 2 with all their heart and haven't been able to produce the massive 500 page project plans that they use to justify their jobs are feeling put out of joint by all this deliver what is actually needed rubbish.

Red tapers will always moan.

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Microsoft preparing for diskless Windows 8 PCs

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Stop

shouldn't feed the trolls

but Linux has done this for 10 years plus. Apple yet again didn't invent it.

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Huawei picks Android for new tablets and smartphones

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suprised that after Apple Vs Samsung

Samsung isn't suing Huwei as the Ascend P1 looks very similar to the Galaxy II. Oh thats right some people sue, others innovate and evolve (at more than the snails pace of the iphone)

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UK kids' charity lobbies hard for 'opt-in' web smut access

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Title should've been

"Technically clueless busybody wades in with useless 2c."

Seriously censorship enforced for everyone is NEVER the right solution. Net control software is widely available and easy for parents to set up & loads of people who will help if they have problems with it.

What is next for those who ask not to be censored? If you are on the list you are forced to wear a playboy bunny badge in public?

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Google Nexus 7 blighted by brightness blunder

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Go

Seems fine to me - and like the others here it's truly lovely

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More Steve Jobs iPad mini attacks from beyond the grave

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one of the lucky ones to get a Nexus 7 early

and I already use it more and feel its more practical than my touchpad on size alone.

They'll do it, it'll be a hit - end of story.

Still think that Android is a heck of alot more practical on interface than ios with widgets etc, the screen icon vomit of ios needs to be improved.

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Dixons: Brits to get iPad Mini, Kindle Fire for Xmas

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Re: WOW

Nexus 7 is supposed to be delivered this month and Ebuyer say will land on the 19th!

I think thats going to be a bigger hit than the fire tbh.

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Microsoft's Surface plan means the world belongs to Android now

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WTF?

So if there's all this fragmentation which makes it harder to develop for why is Android still much cheaper to develop for then iOS?

Fragmentation is v overrated as an issue - surely due to fragmentation windows apps need to run on well over 3000 different devices if not more? Yes this causes issues and increased development time over a closed system like iOS but no way insurmountable and in some ways can be considered almost negligible.

I don't doubt Apple have the top end of the tablet market sown up but like graphics cards that is not where the real money is mid to low range is where the profits and the real battle will be - shame surface seems to be aimed at the wrong part.

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Users still slack about passwords: Trustwave

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Trollface

I wonder how many of the passwords were along then lines of jesussaves lordourchrist or similar...

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iOS was SO much more valuable to Google than Android - until Maps

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Devil

But they haven't gone totally in house - TomTom appears to be providing a big chunk of the data and possible systems for the new maps so doesn't this make it more of a 2 fingers up at Google gesture rather than saving that much money? I'm sure they got a great deal from tomtom but still paying for the map data

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That new 'Microsoft GCSE': We reveal what's in it

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FAIL

While they are at it can they change it from ICT to IT?

NOBODY outside of schools calls it ICT

ICT is also about as redundant as saying PIN Number. Information Communication technology - Communication IS INFORMATION. Just shows how out of touch with their subject they are.

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Apple's Retina Macs: A little too elite?

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Devil

"It's clearly in no rush to pass on the volume savings it makes in buying flash memory to its users in the form of lower margins"

What company really does this except to gain market share? Never Apple as they are king of the costly option

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BYOD will cost a packet, warn experts

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Unhappy

“For every change you need to make in Android it costs $50,000 in developer time,” he said.

Pulled that figure out of his arse & doubt its wildly different cost for any OS mobile device.

Don't think it;s just "everyone knows someone in IT" for support either, we already tell users we don't support their own stuff but some just don't accept it. Even more difficult to deal with when that's a director as rules just don't apply.

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New iPad: The only review roundup you'll ever need

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Flame

Re: Mashable

"If that's true, why do Apple products cost more than competitors similarly specced products?"

you forgot the added i(diot)Tax

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US Justice Department threatens Apple and publishers with court battle

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Flame

Before Ibooks

Amazon was trying to force new ebooks to be around $10. It was working until Apple stepped in and went to the publishers, now do this as you can gouge more.

Nice work all are dodgy and the Author is the one getting screwed the most with less royalties. Apple wanting 30% is a joke for starters.

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Virgin TiVo iPad app out in September

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Android already has it

but appears to be a HTML5 app that is a tad buggy :(

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New dole system is 'digital by default', like it or not

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Agile? Thanks god

at least it may actually be some good and deliver what is needed unlike all Waterfall/Prince2 crap they have been screwing up merrily for the past two decades.

In response to those who obviously haven't been in a dole office in the past 5 years, they all have several internet kiosks and under this will have more for those without their own access. Those with won't have to waste their time trekking into the office to have a piece of paper signed. In short I think this is a GREAT idea.

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Boffins crack superconducting graphene's melting mystery

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Alien

Oww

That image makes my eyes water and swim.. anyone else?

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System Shock

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Better than the sequel

as far as I am concerned - excellent game which also had areas of different gravity and the engine did appear to be in fact full 3D, not just sloping walls! The Sprite enemies let it down, but still awesome.

Great game, now that is one I'd like them to remake with new graphics.

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Apple's TV killer 'on shelves by summer 2012'

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Stop

The product isn't official yet

so Apple TV is just as much a rumor as iTV and considering the proliferation of apple i-products it would be a logical name if not for the Uk broadcasting group.

I have very serious doubts of any Apple TV making any sort of splash at all.

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Happy Birthday Intel 4004, and thanks for all the chips

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other stores perhaps?

you keep on going on about amazon lock in yet you support it by only selling through their store for ebooks - sort it out Reg!

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Christmas headaches? We prescribe a year long course of BOFH

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FAIL

What no Kobo/Epub support?

Don't hand the book market to Amazon on a platter please

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Lord British: Games consoles 'fundamentally doomed'

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Mushroom

Dionsaur who's good a self publicity waffles on again

Garriott is a great self publicist but stop giving him airtime for this sort of thing - he cocked up NCsoft US quite dramatically and his last title Tabula Rasa was flawed. Portalariam has so far failed to make any impact - this is just a soundbyte to get in the news.

Mind you I would say the gap between consoles and handhelds is getting closer but as portables are just handheld consoles this is semantics anyway it's a typical Lord British comment of hot air.

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What should a sci-fi spaceship REALLY look like?

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hmm facts a bit wrong but entertaining read

‘engine on a stick’ approach was an influence on other TV sci-fi shows such as Blake’s 7 and (later) Firefly.

In Firefly the main engine is the rear bulbous abdomen, the engines on a stick are maneuvering thrusters and rotatable so make perfect sense

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Mail Online is broken

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Mushroom

Mail Online – the most read online newspaper in the world

WHAT??? Oh god we are truly doomed if that dirty rag full of hate, racism and just plain rubbish is actually the most read newspaper. I'm hoping that is just another lie from the Hatemail

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Freebie Android anti-malware scanners flunk tests

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FAIL

muh???

without including one of the most popular (lookout) for less than good reasons this survey seems rubbish. Just another paid for by AV companies attempt to push people into buying products they don't need to.

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Nude lady recreates Star Wars tauntaun scene in dead horse

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FAIL

spontaineous?

So that's why they skinned the horse - weirdos

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RM threatens to axe 300 staff

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Meh

RM expensive and rubbish

has been my experience in the past- their monopoly on schools IT supply has ripped off many an ICT department. I know support British and all that but not when it's at the cost of our children's education. Amazed they are still going - hope they have got MUCH better than they used to be

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ViewSonic intros tablet sized to strike at iPad

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SPB Shell 3D

looks like it is running this excellent 3rd party launcher - have Viewsonic licensed it? If so good choice. Looks flash and works rather well too.

If it's 200-250 quid it's a right bargain.

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Samsung, Google delay next-gen Nexus launch

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Mushroom

Sensible to wait for a week after 4s release right now

I'd do it just to make the coolaid drinkers new purchase stick in their craw ;)

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Sonos Play:3 network music player

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Pirate

Still slightly cheaper

but all in for a decent 2 speaker system how can it cost £500 quid! Huge gap in the market for something around £100-150 each unit..

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