* Posts by Ed

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Google sneaks in back door, slips YouTube onto iPhone 5

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FAIL

The app also doesn't support AirPlay, which is another step backwards.

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Fake Facebook pull-down tricks social climbers into swallowing vile load

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Does anyone anywhere ever post a news article about phishing or viruses without a quote from Graham Cluley?

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Defend your phone against loose networks? There’s an app for that

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Re: Watch out again.

"they perpetuate the myth of (i)OS(x) being impenetrable and free from attacks" - do they? How?

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New Oyster online service goes live at TfL

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Re: What's new?

The stations all have local copies of the main database, they only sync up with the central database each night (between 1 and 3 in the morning I believe).

Until recently, this data used to be manually uploaded into the system we see, that's not automated. The delay before you see the data should now be shorter too, I believe.

See the comments on http://www.oyster-rail.org.uk/2012/03/journey-history-2nd-update/ by "oysteronline".

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Portal 2 prevails at Bafta game awards

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EA

EA didn't publish Portal 2 - they just distributed it. Valve published it themselves.

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Apple announces dividends, share buy-back

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Not really - the best cash ISAs currently available (http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/savings/best-cash-isa) are 3.5% - tax free. 2.6% after tax would be significantly less.

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'The new iPad' selling out at AT&T

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Re: I want a tablet...

$399/£329 doesn't seem too bad for an iPad 2? Seems pretty cheap to me.

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The Guardian iPad Edition

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I very much like that it doesn't just list headlines - I like that I read it roughly in-order as it means I read things that I wouldn't otherwise read. I consider that an advantage over the more website-style model.

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I like it

I've been trying it out on my commute for the last few days and I like it. It does lack some of the serendipitous nature of a real paper, but it comes closer to that than most news apps. I quite like having to flip through to find what I'm interested in, as often I'll end up reading things I wouldn't normally read.

It's missing parts of the paper like g2 though, which I normally enjoy reading (on the rare occasion I get a paper!)

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Gas bill climbed £13,000 after correct online reading given

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And...

And the same British Gas that managed to take over £400 in advanced direct debit in 3 months and saying I had to wait 8 months before they'd adjust how much money they were taking each month. That could easily have meant that they had over £1000 of my money. Hardly worth it for saving the 5% or whatever it was for using Direct Debit.

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The iPhone 4S in depth: More than just a vestigial 'S'

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I like the glass back on the iPhone 4 - it surprised me as I wasn't too keen on the idea before, but now I've had one for a while, I like it.

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I've been annoyed waiting for the camera to be ready - especially on my old 3G, but still occasionally on the 4. Putting it on the lock screen will make a big difference though.

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They claim it works in British English too.

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Five... great iPhone racers

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Reckless Getaway

I love Reckless Getaway too - really recommend it - has some great set pieces and good replayability.

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Nissan Micra DIG-S

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I used to know someone who lived in Victoria Grove Mews (where the second and third picrtures were taken) :)

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World's Smallest Camera gives big snappers the finger

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Metro

The Metro covered this today and included a list of three phones as comparison in camera quality. Bizarrely they listed the megapixels _and_ the horizontal/vertical resolutions which were completely incorrect. The iPhone was listed as having a 5 megapixel camera but the resolution they listed was < 1 megapixel. Similar with the other phone models. Another example of journalists just trying to fill up space with pointless (and in this case, incorrect) information.

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Samsung preps anti-iPhone 5 lawsuit before it's even out

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You lose out...

You lose out if companies can't protect their R&D and design investment because they get ripped off by copycats as soon as they release an innovative product.

They'll just stop investing in R&D as it won't be bringing their shareholders value.

I disagree with many patents, but the concept of them is to protect inventors and hence they should benefit you as a consumer.

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It's not trolling - Apple actually invented something. Patent trolls just buy up patents.

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Apple Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Part Two

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Copy and Paste of files

Copy and Paste of files has been in OS X since at least Snow Leopard.

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iCloud: Big step for content management, but not for the cloud

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I like it

I use Google Docs quite a bit, but I really like the sound of Apple's approach. I don't know which I'll end up using - perhaps Google Docs still (for the ability to access in a web browser from anywhere, and the sharing).

I'll certainly be using iCloud for all the other stuff though (contacts, photos, calendars etc).

Apple's approach is, I think, more tangible to the average user than the more caveat-laden approach Google has. I'd never want to get a Chromebook, as I don't want to rely on a net connection. It might make sense if you're always in a big city, but if you ever travel abroad, data roaming charges (and availability) varies so much that it'd be impractical to use.

Plus, I can't entirely see what you gain from the Chromebook, except a whole load of compromises. I can see it suits Google down to the ground, but I'm not sure I'd ever convince my mum to use it (or understand it).

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HTC's UK repair centre suffering long delays, confusion

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Apple

Oh, and apparently if you aren't near an Apple Store, Apple will send you a new iPhone before you have to send yours back to them.

Also, you can apparently get Apple Care from the US for about half the price from people on ebay, which works worldwide.

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Apple?

Apple will normally just replace your iPhone on the spot if you can get to an Apple Store. They've done that for me for free a couple of times - once in warranty and once for free out of it. They've also replaced it when I smashed the glass, which I think cost about £130.

Their extended warranty isn't that expensive - £61 for an extra year. I haven't got it - risking it!

You can walk into an Apple Store (with an appointment) and be out of there with a replaced iPhone in 5 minutes. I don't think any other manufacturer does this, do they?

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Survey shows slab-fondlers are loving their iPads

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Well...

I was sceptical before I tried an iPad borrowed from work, but since using one for a few weeks at home, I'm quite impressed. It makes casual web browsing a more pleasing experience than sitting at a laptop. It's hard to tie down, but it's enjoyable to use.

I've used it on the train too - and battery life is very good - it used under 10% on an hour's journey using WiFi and a few games.

I honestly think it could be the future of computing, for a lot of users (probably not the people on here!) and certainly have a use for everyone else.

I think suggesting that a smartphone can do the same thing is missing the point - the extra screen space makes _all_ the difference - it changes how much apps can show and it changes the way you interact with it.

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Border Agency monitors migrant ITers with inadequate IT

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WTF?

Jobs?

I've been looking at changing jobs recently and there seems to be a lot out there - for programmers anyway, so I'm not sure what they're talking about?

I'm in the games industry though so maybe it's different, but very few games companies in the UK aren't hiring, and a few are hiring for 40+ coders...

Even outside the games industry I've seen quite a lot of jobs advertised.

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An introduction to static code analysis

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WTF?

Games

Bear in mind that a large proportion of the games industry uses c++ too.

I thought the article read rather like an advert and was rather condecending at the same time...

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Portal 2 maker punts Portal 2 making pack

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Lazy?

Rather lazily written article isn't it? Both the 'Stream' typo and "The kit includes a version that Valve used to make Portal 2..." - a version of what?

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Google plans cheapo YouTube programs

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Tv

Tv episodes of a show like Mad Men cost in the region of 2-3 million dollars, so 100 million could get you a couple of 22 episode length seasons. A mad men season costs about 30 million to make (2.3 million per episode).

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Microsoft, Nokia, and RIM's wasted R&D billions

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WebKit

WebKit is Apple's fork of KHTML.

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Windows Home Server 2011 signed off

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WTF?

Mac Mini Server?

The Mac Mini Server has 1TB of storage, is small and quiet and comes with OS X Server. What more do you want?

http://store.apple.com/uk-business/browse/home/shop_mac/family/mac_mini

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iPhone 4 SURVIVES plunge from plane

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Seems stronger

I had a couple of iPhone 3Gs and they all scratched fairly quickly - minor scratches though. I've had my iPhone 4 for the last 9 months and it's not scratched on either side. So from that I guess it's stronger!

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Apple frees iOS 4.3 two days before iPad 2 Arrival™

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Good

Home sharing is my favourite feature, and it works well. AirPlay has promise, though I'm waiting for it to be supported by macs (Lion?)

Google reader seems quite a bit faster with the safari improvements.

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Vodafone's network knackered by thieves

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Had problems...

Had problems on my journey from Kensington to Victoria down to Croydon and beyond... Very intermittent phone signal and almost non-existent data signal that kept dying.

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Jobs' Lion to marry Mac OS X and iOS

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WTF?

Did they say that?

I don't remember them saying that? I thought Steve explicitly said that sometimes fullscreen was good, sometimes it wasn't.

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Green light for spooks' net snoop plan

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WTF?

The problem is...

Of course, the problem is that even if you encrypt your access to Facebook (for example), whoever you communicate with on Facebook won't necessarily do so, so you don't really gain much from that...

Of course, any serious criminals or terrorists will all just use encryption. So what's the point?

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Microsoft's ARM deal fuels hope of a chilled-out Xbox

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Xbox was X86

The Xbox was X86 based, so they lost compatibility when they brought out the 360. They really should be able to emulate the Xbox 360 given it's getting on for 10 years old.

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Ballmer: Windows Mobile lost a 'whole generation'

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VPN

The iPad supports VPNs - IPsec, SecurID etc.

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Apple Mac Mini 2010

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Remote

The remote sensor is just inside the DVD drive slot.

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Apple apologizes for iPhone 4 gaffe

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Netcraft

Netcraft report that store.apple.com is running Apache/1.3.33 (Darwin).

I looked through the headers and couldn't find any references to IIS?

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Did the iPad just save Wired, and Conde-Nast?

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Retailers

Retails take a cut - a traditional newsagent takes about 25% of the cover price of newspapers and magazines.

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Smokescreen brings Flash to the iPhone

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Strongbad

It also plays strongbad cartoons, which are fair bit more complex than basic ads, and have sound.

Worth mentioning perhaps?

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Steam rushes from Valve onto Macs

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The 33MB Update

That's the way Steam works - for Windows too, and always has. The installer is just a bootstrapper that downloads the rest of the app (and updates it as necessary).

This makes it very resilient to you deleting random files, as it makes sure they're all correct before it runs.

The Steam (for Mac) you download is 4.4MB - once you've run it it's 147MB.

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Porky Visual Studio way over the hill

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CodeBubbles

CodeBubbles is a university project, I doubt they're paying for writeups.

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Google ratchets interweb 3D on Windows

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Kind of backwards

This is an OpenGL layer on top of DirectX, not a DirectX layer on top of OpenGL. Both have their uses, but I don't think they necessarily have much in common.

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Mozilla gives passive-aggressive missive to pre-Firefox 3.6 hold-outs

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It works

There's a 3.6 compatible version on the authors site. I've been using it for the last few weeks and it seems to work.

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Whatever happened to the email app?

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Mail

I'm pretty sure Mail stores it's emails as a large folder full of .eml(?) files... That's what I remember anyway.

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Web wags stage IE 6 funeral

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They already do

IE8 already does this - you can tag pages in such a way they'll render with the IE7 path. There's no way to do the same with IE 6 though.

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BBC claims angry iPlayer plugin mob 'conflated' open source term

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Still works?

As far as I can tell, get_iplayer.pl (which uses flvstreamer) still works fine, and is a really useful script!

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Jobs: I'll decide what to do with Apple's $40bn cash pile

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Hm, no

Them buying a media company would jeopardise their relationship with all the other media companies. They need to remain somewhat impartial, if they want to sell content from a wide range of providers.

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World of Google zombies mistake news story for Facebook

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It wasn't....

It wasn't in a 'News' section, just it's own result about 3 down, at least when I looked last night.

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Viking frogmen chase Street View spymobile

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Opera

Opera are a Norwegian company

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