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33 posts • joined 11 Mar 2010

Uber, Lyft and cutting corners: The true face of the Sharing Economy

Vehlin

There should be no problem in the UK. Uber sets up as a private hire company and gets a licence. Only uses drivers with a private hire badge who are driving a car with a private hire plate that's been tested by the licencing authority.

Sadly Uber doesn't want to have to do that, as most of the badged drivers already work for a company who would have th win radio off them if they found them working for Uber.

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Smartphone users prefer LOVELY apps to fiddly mobe websites

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Apps > Sites

Well written Apps are better than websites. Sadly the likes of Facebook suck at writing Apps.

No matter how great your website is, when it comes to speed there's no beating the amount of local storage you can use to cache all of the site's graphics. The smaller you can make each request for data the faster it's going to appear, especially in areas of flakey network connectivity.

This isn't the case on a PC where you get access to a decent amount of local storage in the temporary internet files type of location, but for mobiles where the web browsers local cache is more closely guarded it's a no brainer.

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Australia cuts Microsoft bill by AU$100m

Vehlin

Re: What savings can they expect to see...

Vendors != Products.

Office is mainly sold by resellers if you have a big enough order you can get the reseller to cut you a deal, if they don't you go to another reseller who will. If I decide to buy a certain model of car I can still shop around for a better deal, changing vendor but not product.

They could even cut a deal directly with MS to cut out the middleman, MS makes the money either way and the Aus Government gets to to as if it were a reseller itself.

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Google v Microsoft mobile war: Who's REALLY to blame?

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What about Push Mail

CalDAV and CardDAV are all well and good for Calendars and Contacts, these can be added in the future.

The main issue from my perspective is the loss of push email. I've always used the Gmail Exchange sync option on iOS, Android and now WP8 as it allowed me to get my email into a unified inbox by push rather than having to wait for it to be polled via IMAP.

Google dropping ActiveSync means no push mail on any platform unless you use the GMail app (which IIRC just polls the server repeatedly).

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Saucy Star Wars strip show - sorry, burlesque - to tour Down Under

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Re: Sad

It's still better than The Phantom Menace however.

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HTC: $8 per phone for Apple patents? We're not CRAZY!

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Why Should it Matter?

Why should the HTC deal have any bearing whatsoever? We're not talking FRAND patents here. If the patents are valid, not saying they are, then Apple should have the right to licence them to whoever they wish. I think the long and short of it is that Apple don't want to licence them to Samsung for any amount of money.

Whether this is fair or ethical is largely irrelevant, you couldn't force Dyson to licence its tech to Hoover if it decided to do a deal with Panasonic.

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3,000 Guild Wars 2 gamers banned for flogging stolen loot

Vehlin

Actually it's more like going to the shop, seeing something underpriced and buying them out of stock then after paying the store lawyers come knocking on your door asking for their stuff back.

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UK physical game sales hit rock bottom

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Stop

They've Done it to Themselves

The games retailers have only themselves to blame for this one. The one community that has easiest (and cheapest) access to games on demand is the PC market; coincidentally this is the same market that every retailer has marginalised over the past 10 years.

If I go into GAME I'll see 20 panels devoting to all kinds of console gaming and 2 panels available for the PC; of which half is taken up by WoW and Sims and the rest is either pre-orders or Truck Simulator types or Hidden Object games. My local HMV doesn't even stock PC games.

It's not even limited to the UK either, while in the US earlier this year I popped into a GameStop to see if I could pick up Mass Effect 3, granted it was a smallish store on a stripmall but their PC section amounted to a 5 x 4 end aisle where every game on it was really a box with a key in it to download from the GameStop website.

I despair for the current situation; I used to visit my local GAME shop at least every payday to pick up a new shiny, but every time I went there was less and less to chose from. How can you expect to keep me as a customer if you don't have anything to sell me?

The shops have shown that they've got no clue whatsoever how to deal with competition from the likes of Steam and just jump out of the market, how are they going to cope when the next-gen consoles put games on demand at the heart of the ecosystem?

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Metallic Glass iPhone 5 to battle pottery Samsung Galaxy S3

Vehlin

Re: Compare and Contrast

They only paid for a licence to use it in consumer electronics, not any application. Thus the developers get a cash injection to spend on further research, seems like a reasonable deal to me.

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Darth Vader dies peacefully in hospital

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Pint

Sadly there are plenty of films like that, it's all big power blows that you can see coming a mile off. Generally you'd attack the closest part of the opponent to you could cause damage to, this would invariably be his sword hand or wrist; you can't hold a sword with fingers missing and there are some lovely blood vessels in your wrist.

Sadly most people don't really appreciate competitive fencing as there's a lot to get your head around with regards to priority etc. Which is one of the reasons why one touch epee is quite popular to watch.

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Galaxy Tab case tweaked to evade Germany ban

Vehlin

That would have defeated the purpose.

Whichever side of the argument you stand on with regards to what should/shouldn't be patentable or trademarkable the fact remains that Samsung DID copy the iPhone/iPad looks from the box it ships in to the design of the icons on the screen. There's plenty of comparisons on the internet showing the Galaxy and Galaxy Tab next to both the Apple products and the previous gen Samsung ones. You can tell an HTC phone at a glance, the same with the Galaxy Nexus but this isn't the case with these two.

The reasoning is simple, Samsung wanted to attract previous iPhone owners to their product by providing something with a familiar look and feel. They wanted them to be able to pick up a Galaxy and immediately know how to use it. I don't think there was ever a desire to confuse customers about what they were using, but there's certainly a desire there for it to feel the same as using one.

Whether Samsung broke the law or not is not something I'm trying to get into. That really depends on whether you believe that Apple should have been allowed to protect those elements in the first place, however I don't think anyone can objectively compare the two devices and not feel that one was based on the design of the other.

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Game denies Steam threat claims

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Stop

Hoisted by their own Petard

Game have only got themselves to blame for this. For years I always bought my PC games from Game as I was able to walk down to the shop, buy the game and be home faster than if I were to download it. Gradually however they have reduced the PC section from 6-8 panels down to one.

Now if I go into Game there is almost no chance of them having the title I want in stock unless it's in the Top 10, frankly Tesco have a better selection these days. So taking away the convenience of being able to walk into a shop and buy it, why would I want to buy from them?

Game abandoned the PC games industry in favour of the cash cow that is the console market, so frankly they've got little reason to complain about PC gamers abandoning them.

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US Marines not allowed to fart in Afghanistan

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Joke

Ouch

" Perhaps the fact of the author being an 11-year navy man and holder of the Royal Marines' commando qualification"

Ouch after 11 years of no pants that's gotta chafe.

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Spotify launches unlimited free US service

Vehlin
Meh

Well you could always...

Going out on limb here, but if you wanted to listen to your favourite song so much you could always do the revolutionary thing of paying for it. I know crazy, right?

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Akira Blu-ray remastered disc set

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Subtitles

Are the subtitles the translated subtitles of the original Japanese or are they just dubtitles?

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Whitehall to puff punters: 'Hide your fags'

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Costs and Revenues

Smoking is reckoned to cost the NHS anywhere from £1.5b to £5b per year (depending on who you ask). This is balanced against a revenue income of £10.5b in duty and VAT (8.8b duty and 1.7b VAT).

The government has to appear to do something about smoking on public health grounds, but ultimately it cannot afford to lose income in generates for the tax man.

I firmly believe that one of the main reasons we'll never see a legalised, taxed cannabis industry is that it's very hard to tax something that people can grow in their own loft.

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World+Dog says 'no thanks' to 3D TV

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Badgers

Not just for 3D

One thing to consider with 3D TVs is that because they need to have top class displays in order to produce 3D images their 2D performance is some of the best out there. So even if you're not looking for a 3D TV, they might be worth looking at if you're in the market for a new TV.

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No wonder CompSci grads are unemployed

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Pint

My Experiences

My experience of CompSci was one of thoroughly awful lecturers. While there were a few truly decent ones at my Uni, it was the mediocre to downright appalling ones that were teaching some of the hardest subjects on the course. I've no doubt that these guys were leaders in their particular research field, but generally they couldn't lecture themselves out of a paper bag.

At least arts lecturers get into the field expecting to be teaching, or at least addressing a crowd. CS lecturers however seem to have no social skills and often are brought in from various corners of the world and as such have either very poor or heavily accented English.

The fact is though, if you have decent social skills, an engaging personality and are knowledgeable in the subject then you have far better employment opportunities than as a University lecturer. Most of the lecturers I found are either the end of career types, whose understanding of the basic fundamentals of computing are excellent but really lack any modern experience, those who lack the personality to make it in the job market and those who just want to do research, to whom lecturing is something you're forced to do rather than any kind of calling.

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Tesco's iPhone app gets barcode reader

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Trolling

I find it amusing that most people claim to be trolling when someone points out all the holes in their original argument

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Navy Carriers: We want two or no votes for you, Tories

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Size Matters

When it comes to carriers the length of the ship dictates the available space for takeoff and landing. If we were to go with the older design we'd end up with ski-jumps and Harrier-alikes again.

What we should have done is built two new nuclear carriers fitted with normal arrestor hook aircraft and then have steam catapults to get them off the ground. Not to mention that the carriers could then function as floating fuel tanks for their escorts.

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Steve Jobs carried 'ninja throwing stars' in hand luggage

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Joke

Do You Know Who *I* Am?

This is not a game of "Who the fuck are you?", for I am Vader... Darth Vader.

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Crowds greet A380 at Manchester Airport

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Says it all,,,

One could also argue "Is there really nothing better to do on the internet than come to El Reg and write inane comments?"

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India threatens BlackBerry ban

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Single Target

Exchange servers are hosted by individual businesses, thus there are hundreds of thousands of them out there, that's a lot of individual groups to go after. In contrast all Blackberry data goes through RIMs servers, therefore they make a nice big catchall target.

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Database duo deliver Windows Phone 7 apps storage

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6.5

I wouldn't hold your breath on that tbh. MS couldn't even make a VS2010 compatible version of the WM6 SDK. I'm currently stuck developing in 2008 for it as we speak.

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Jobs tells iPhone users to get a grip

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Go

Playmobil?

Will there be a Playmobil demonstration?

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£15 a month for legal P2P?

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Megaphone

TV and Film Downloads

Any solution offered has to offer TV programmes the moment they've finished broadcasting in the US, if they don't do that then they're ultimately not going to deter the pirates. Sky are showing some US TV shows within days of the US, but they're still being pirated because people want the episode now, not in 4 days time. It may seem like a trivial time difference, but time is money as they say.

The same has to go for films. The era of delayed distribution has been killed by the internet, it needs to accept it and move on.

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Green Berets to get Judge Dredd computer smart-rifle

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How very very short sighted...

Personally I'd rather go see my buddies come back from Afghanistan than attend their funeral. I'd rather see money spent on better kit than extra coffins thanks.

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Ten Essential... iPhone Accessories

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FAIL

re: eh?

Not to mention that they fall apart at the drop of a hat, any hat.

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Visual Studio 2010 - your chunky new friend dissected

Vehlin

XAML Editing

Having spent the last 3 weeks writing a WPF app in VS2010 RC I've not had a single crash with XAML files, Memory has been known to be sucked up a bit (I had one VS2010 process on 650MB at one point) but overall it's been fine, much more pleasant to code in than its predecessors.

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Code Windows

You can move most windows around in VS2008, but not the code windows. VS2010 lets you have two classes open side by side etc.

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Hidden Windows 7 costs worry upgraders

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Unhappy

SRAM

Sadly I've yet to find any solution to reading SRAM cards natively on a notebook, Windows XP used generic drivers to read them, however they now seem non-existant in Windows 7, which is a bit of a shame as they are required for some legacy kit.

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Supersonic stealth jumpjet achieves its first mid-air hover

Vehlin

Real-World Threats

There are plenty of "Real-World Threats" that the JSF would be able to address, don't confuse the EFT with the JSF, even with tranche 3 the ground package for the EFT is just a bolt on, the JSF has been designed from the ground up as a strike fighter.

Force projection is very important in any potential war zone, this is doubly important for an island nation. A US Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is as much a deterrant as it is a solution. When you look out of your window and see a carrer, a cruiser or two, 3+ destroyers, 2-3 guided missile destroyers and a submarine or two (you don't see these), you start to rethink your actions.

We don't have a shortage of defence spending in this country, it's just that so much of it is spent on projects that never materialise or are largely pointless anyway. The whole concept of building the equipment ourselves when not one of our industries can compete with the likes of FN and Boeing. The last time we tried was with the A400M and look at the mess that's turning into.

Back to the original point, there are plenty of situations in which a ground attack aircraft could be useful even in places like Afghanistan.

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BT rolls out new, 'competitive' consumer deals

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Unhappy

Big Thief are out of their tree.

I got off BT a long time back, sadly I still have to pay them for line rental, but as I don't actually have a phone connected to my socket they can't rape me for any more cash. Their prices have never been competitive and their policies have always been underhand and bad for consumers, just look at their aggressive traffic management.

If you're looking for a good deal I can highly recommend BE or O2 (they're both the same company, but if you like to be able to tinker with your connection profiles BE are really helpful). O2 also offer discounted rates to O2 mobile customers (or even just people that sign up using a friend's mobile number). I don't work for the above mentioned, they've just always provided excellent service to me (and a nice 16Mb connection).

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