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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

thesykes

Re: Red X

Craigie... the type of idiot who drives down the hard shoulder until he sees a police car up ahead, then he slams on the brakes, puts the indicator on to force his way into lane 1, abuses the other drivers for not getting out of the way and proceeds to block the way for the ambulance and fire engine trying to get to the critically injured people up ahead.

What a dick.

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Whoah! How many Google Play apps want to read your texts?

thesykes

Re: and Google doesn't care

The Facebook app is free, so Google's cut of nothing doesn't pay many bills and the FB is one of the worst culprits for excessive, intrusive and unnecessary permissions.

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Apple wins patent to pump ads to your iDevice while you're watching TV

thesykes

Re: @dan1980

Of course, Apple aren't exactly averse to copious amounts of product placement themselves. The glowing half eaten fruity logos adorning every laptop, phone and PC in Grimm is amazing. It seems the police have spent so much in buying Macbooks they can't afford anything else, as they even take crime scene photos with their iPhones.

Hmmm, wonder what the odds are that, when an iPhone appears on screen, there are links aplenty to Apple, but no data found when Androids and Windows phones appear. OK, so the latter will be be pretty rare.

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SPB's mountaintop HQ menaced by WOLVES

thesykes

Soooo... if the missus got "accidentally" eaten, would the insurance pay out?

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Malware-as-a-service picks Android apart

thesykes

Re: All those steps required?

"considering the 90+ percent piracy rate on Android"

perhaps you should read the article to which you link, there's a sentence in there you should understand.. "the statistics are from one game developer's experience, and shouldn't be extrapolated across the entire Android app industry"

In my sample of 1 Android phone, there is 0% piracy. I'm not stupid enough to use a sample of one and claim it as representative of the entire Android world, you would do well to apply similar logic.

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Boffins run iOS apps on Android hardware

thesykes

"Android users miss out on the iTunes ecosystem"

and the drawback to that is?

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Tim Cook: Apple's 'closer than it's ever been' to releasing new product range

thesykes

Re: The Facts..........

I'd say having to throw away your PC and buy a Mac, just to use an iPod was way more inconvenient to anybody than anything Creative designed.

Hmm.. Apple made a massive design mistake and quickly back-tracked to allow Windows users to use an iPod?

Apple got it wrong.

I know, amazing concept eh?

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thesykes

Re: The Facts..........

"Compared to the abysmal way the Creative players et al handled getting music onto their devices at the time"

I have, sitting in the cupboard behind me, an old Creative mp3 player. Still works, if I could be bothered to charge it up. Now, to get the mp3 files on it was incredibly tricky.

What I had to do was connect it to the PC, using some obscure thing known as a USB cable. I believe they are really expensive and difficult to obtain. Then, I had insert the CD into this thing called a CD Drive. Don't think they ever caught on. The really difficult bit was then clicking on one button in the Creative suite that ripped the CD to mp3 and instantly transferred them to the mp3 player.

Yep, bloody hard work it was.

Of course, I could also rip CDs using any number of applications, and simply drag n drop them onto the player. That concept is obviously far too complicated for a simple minded Apple owner to comprehend.

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Gimme a high S5: Samsung Galaxy S5 puts substance over style

thesykes

Re: HTC One M8

Standard Android multi-user profile functionality with a custom skin.

I already have kids profiles on my Nexus 7, I get all the apps I want, the kids what I let them have.

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HTC One M8: Reg man takes spin in Alfa Romeo of smartphone world

thesykes

" b) syncs to the PC/Mac without any cloud nonsense in the middle"

You call it nonsense, I call it a very useful feature. 2 phones, 2 tablets, 2 laptops, all with fully synched calendars without having to be anywhere near each other.

If I had to be in the same room to synch them all, I'd be looking for another solution.

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Apple vows to add racially diverse EMOJIS after MILEY CYRUS TWITTER outrage

thesykes

Simple... trace all the people who support this pointless endeavour, take them out back, single bullet. It's the kind thing to do.

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thesykes

Hmmm

Apple, Miley Cyrus, Twitter, emoji and MTV

Think that list encapsulates the entire vacuous, air-headed, brainless bunch of worthless individuals on the planet.

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Apple pedometer patent filing cranks up the iWatch rumor mill

thesykes

gotta love these patents

include every technology possible in the patent, then produce something using probably bluetooth and buttons, then wait for someone to make one with wifi and a touchscreen and screw them in the courts.

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Yet ANOTHER Brit MOBE tower BORG: Three and EE ink network-sharing deal

thesykes

Re: Thank God for O2

And yet, despite the O2 coverage checker telling me I should get good indoor reception, in reality it's piss poor, with a little yellow No Coverage icon being a familiar visitor to my phone. Pop in a Three sim and everything works perfectly.

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University boffins build snoop-spotting snitch app

thesykes
Facepalm

Great, so we can see what apps are pulling location info.

If only Google had developed a hidden option to revoke app permissions, so we could block unwanted intrusions...

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Robots? What a bunch of workers...

thesykes

Re: GPO snoops

you must have very nosey Post Office staff. When I post something the only thing they ask is "Is it worth more than £20?", presumably to try and sell insurance on it. A simple No and they're quite happy.

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Drawers full of different chargers? The IEC has a one-plug-to-rule-them-all

thesykes

It's time for the rest of the techverse to play catch up and adopt

And spend the next few years fighting Apple patent lawyers because they tried to use magnets in power supplies or connectors with rounded corners.

You don't actually think Apple would licence magsafe and lightning to their competitors for a reasonable fee?

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UK payday loaners cop MEGA £175K fine for 'misleading' SMS spam

thesykes

Re: wtf?

he sent out thousands of message with direct links to websites operated by his own company.

Are you sure he's not a complete idiot?

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Android nasty sends your texts to CHINA

thesykes

Re: Last week I chose between an Android phone and a Q5

I can see your concern. After all, it would be so easy to download an app that said it was a "vaccine killer" and that wanted access to your SMS messages.

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Sensation: Chinese Jade Rabbit FOUND ON MOON

thesykes

All they have to do is trundle over to where the lunar rover was left, take a pic of an empty space and let the conspiracy theorists explode. They can ask their friendly North Korean Photoshop experts to knock something up.

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DVLA declares J14 HAD on BU14 SHT and SL14 AGS

thesykes

Re: History

I remember seeing OBO 110X on TV when I was younger, possibly on That's Life or something.

Seems that one is still in circulation.

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HP’s ENORMO-SLAB: The Slate 21 MONSTER tablet

thesykes

Re: Touch Screen Monitor?

Saw one of the Viewsonics in a museum in the summer, not as an exhibit, but, as a video player. It was mounted next to a display and had a host of videos loaded, explaining different things about what was on display. Worked very well. No instructions needed, just a screen full of thumbnail videos, so you easily see what it was about and a prod with a finger was all that was needed to get them playing.

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Google rolls out fibre to 3 million Ugandans: Ni marungi*, nyan cat

thesykes

Will all those poor desperate people in Nigeria, who really need our help to repatriate all those millions, now move to Uganda?

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Cryptolocker infects cop PC: Massachusetts plod fork out Bitcoin ransom

thesykes

Re: To be fair ...

So.. can anyone suggest a PDF reader that is just that... a reader? No interactivty, no ability to do anything other than display static text and images, an electronic version of a book. Not a pop-up book, just a normal book.

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File-NUKING Cryptolocker PC malware MENACES 'TENS of MILLIONS' in UK

thesykes

OK, can someone explain how the bitcoins get transferred from one account to the other, and there be no trace whatsoever of where they've gone? Surely the coins have to go somewhere? And they are only of any use to a criminal if they can be converted into real cash? That means that a bitcoin account must have a real world bank account attached to it? And the worlds police agencies cannot trace that?

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Pwn2Own crackers leave iOS and Samsung mobe security IN RUINS

thesykes

Re: Fixes?

What it needs, for carriers to remove their collectives fingers from their arses, is a little persuasion.

If, for example, someone with an S4 (after Samsug has released the update required) happened to stumble on a compromised website, entirely accidentally of course, and was pwned, could they then take the negligent carrier to court, as their inaction has left the phone insecure, despite a fix existing and being available?

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Is it all up for LANDFILL ANDROID? BEHOLD, the Moto G

thesykes

Re: This just in

There are certain companies that wouldn't dream of doing such a thing as lowering the price.

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HUMANITY STUNNED - Apple Retina iPad Mini arrives. A solemn moment

thesykes

Re: **Space is not grey.

thanks.... after reading some of that, I am now singing The Rimmer Song. Repeatedly.

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KitKat swats yet another Android 'MasterKey' bug

thesykes

Re: I keep hearing about these Android bugs...

Who do you expect to roll it out?

Last time I looked, the security updates for my Windows laptop come from Microsoft. I'll hazard a guess that Apple does something similar for Macs and iPhones.

Strange that.

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Google RIPS aside curtain, exposes Nexus 5 phone, KitKat Android 4.4 coupling

thesykes

Re: Nice phone

missed the troll icon.

Very poor. Must try harder.

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thesykes

Re: any confirmation on sim size yet?

GSM Arena says micro sim

http://www.gsmarena.com/lg_nexus_5-5705.php

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thesykes

Ordered... shame the black ones are due to be shipped on the 8th, white in 1-2 days. Still, better than being artificially "sold out".

No worries about no SD card, current phone has a 4GB one in it, never filled it.

Hopefully the otg app will work on it.

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Moto sets out plans for crafty snap-together PODULAR PHONES

thesykes

Re: BAD idea

You could always put it in a case.

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DON'T BREW THAT CUPPA! Your kettle could be a SPAMBOT

thesykes

hmmmm

so... an iron felt heavy, because it had a few grammes of extra circuitry? those Russians have exacting standards when it comes to the weight of an iron.

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Post-PC era? Post-MAC era! OS X Mavericks 'upgrade' ruins iWorks

thesykes

Re: Ribboned for your pleasure

not only did they not get rid of functionality, but, the old menu options are still there, I still use Alt+E, I, S to paste special, even though the options are just one click away on the ribbon. Old habits die hard.

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Microsoft holds nose, shoves Windows into Android, iOS boxes

thesykes

maybe it would be useful to a lot of people for either Microsoft to mention this on the app description or for websites declaring how wonderful this software is.

One sentence saying "does not work on home editions" would save a lot of people a lot of wasted time and frustration.

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Whodathunkit? Media barons slit own throats in anti-freetard crackdowns

thesykes

Anally speaking...

"Our industry is working hard to bring content to audiences when they want it, where they want it"

Crap.

I bought a triple play DVD and tried to register the digital copy. It failed to work, of course. After at least 6 new codes from Fox, I gave up, and ripped the DVD. So, technically I broke the law.

Also, why do I have to download a digital copy when there is quite probably plenty of space for it on the DVD? Just put a non-DRM'd MP4 (pick your format) and let me play it on my laptop, on my tablet. Is it really that difficult?

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Problems at Home: Facebook opens alpha testing to world+dog

thesykes

" features will come and go, crashes will be introduced and fixed, and designs may go through many iterations"

A bit like the Android Facebook app itself then. Apart from the fixed bit, of course.

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Google's Wi-Fi not good enough for its home town

thesykes

A wi-fi network built 8 years ago is now struggling... not exactly surprising, considering the number of gadgets that can now go online.

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Boffins spot LONE PLANET roaming interstellar void

thesykes
Alien

Re: Daleks

Don't you all know? The only place that you're safe from all of Dr Who's enemies is behind the sofa?

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BBC announces plans to spend your cash on digital goodies

thesykes

A kids phone app that doesn't include ads? No in-app purchases? No new Mattell toy tie-in?

Yes please. More of them.

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Third of Brits now regularly fondling their slabs, say beancounters

thesykes

Amazing how Apple owners are so obsessed with the resale value of their iShiny. It's almost as if they are already planning on buying their next fix before buying this one.

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A £30,000, 295bhp 4G MODEM?!? Must be the Audi S3 Quattro, then

thesykes

So, how many abusive tweets being read out to everyone in the car would it take for that functionality to be turned off permanently?

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Oracle sued over $33,000 bill for SaaS: STRIPPERS as a SERVICE

thesykes

Re: Credit card vs. charge card

"But I still don't understand why the strip club is suing Oracle"

Really?

Strip club sues man over unpaid bill

Strip club sues massive multi-billion dollar high-profile tech company over unpaid bill

Which headline gets the most clicks and gets shitloads of free advertising for said strip club?

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Fandroids at pranksters' mercy: Android remote password reset now live

thesykes

Re: Did I understand this right?

mandatory corporate sanctioned software.

hmmm.. fair enough.

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thesykes

Re: Hmm...

check your version of Google Play Services, you need a version 3.2.25 or higher. I had to manually update it, reboot and all was working.

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thesykes

Re: Did I understand this right?

Stop at step 1...

1. So you log into gmail or Google+ or whatever.

Why log in at work to gmail or google+ ? Isn't that why you've got a phone or tablet in the first place? To access your stuff when not at home?

I never log in at work, only at home. So, if someone is remote wiping my phone, I'd be far more concerned that they'd broken into my house and hacked my laptop.

Having said that, does anyone know if you need to re-enter your password to wipe it? Don't fancy trying it, just to test the theory.

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One of last few iPhone 5Ss STOLEN from within MASSIVE POLICE CORDON at Apple Store

thesykes

Re: Police are looking for the smug git

true... Samsung are due to bring a new budget phone soon and need something to bas it on...

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First look: Apple iPhone 5S and 5C

thesykes

Re: Incremental?

Most folks would wake up as soon as someone moved their hand, let alone pressed it on the scanner. Perhaps some might not notice, but everyone else in the carriage sits back and watches such a careful theft?

Never been on the last train out of a city centre station on a Friday or Saturday night then?

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