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36 posts • joined 18 May 2010

UK gov rushes through emergency law on data retention

Jedibeeftrix

Thank the Lord!

"Some bodies will lose their powers to access data altogether while local authorities will be required to go through a single central authority who will make the request on their behalf."

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Facebook turns 10: Big Brother isn't Mark Zuckerberg. It's YOU

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Say hello to my alt-persona.

Fully fledged in digital terms, and entirely separate from the real me.

Even the real me has firewalls between types of digital contact (email, social media, gaming, etc).

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Sony: UK ebook shop open for business

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ADE

adobe digital editions epub downloads available?

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Reading plays host to live ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE

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just done Zombie Bootcamp near droitwich

and if this is anywhere near as fun as that was then it comes highly recommended!

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Eurozone crisis: We're all dooomed! Here's why

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idiot

^ obviously has no idea what fascism is. ^

and deserves to be ignored on the godwin principle alone.

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Price-slashing fails to ignite PlayBook sales

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Can't believe any individual user would choose a BB tablet over an android one.

believe it, i find android to be a clunky and unintuitive mess, particularly on the tablets, whereas the playbook is a joy to use.

never owned a blackberry in my life, but it does feel similar to use to my Nokia N9.

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"At £250 it's a bargain and far superior for the everyday user than the Android 7" tablets - IMHO."

Very much agreed.

I bought one too at PCworld for £250 last week, and it has actually be a joy to use.

I have a transformer for work purposes, and i don't like it, but i was surprised to find that the missus (as an android smartphone owner), found the various android tablets clunky and unintuitive.

In contrast, she took to the playbook straight away, no contest, a playbook it was.

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Ultra-cheap HP TouchPads to hit UK at 6pm

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"its now showing as not yet dispatched. so fingers crossed."

me too.

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the drop already happened

i managed to order some at midnight last night.

sorry dude. :(

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Moaning Scots told 'cheer up FFS' on broadband cash

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"stop moaning about the recent rural broadband funds allocated to the country"

It is Salmond's self-appointed role to whine about everything that emanates from south of the border.

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HP murders webOS tablets, phones

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Lol dammit! There goes my only serious alternative to the Nokia N9.

Both WP7 and android now have heavyweight hardware vendors backing them, this makes it a dangerous business for Samsung et-al to rely on them as a third parties.

With HP ditching their low-margin consumer hardware business WebOS for printers doesn't make much sense, so perhaps Samsung would like to buy WebOS?

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Scottish gov moans over broadband cash handout

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"Scottish gov moans over broadband cash handout"

It is innate to the character of scotlands political class to need to whinge about unfairness from the 'south'.

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London rioters should 'loose all benefits'

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ways to discourage rioting

i much prefer my petition, to use the DfID budget to create a Corps of peacekeepers....... which could act as a Military Aid to Civilian Authorities force quite adequately, and would allow the army to get on with what they are supposed to do; invading other peoples countries.

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/2375

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Nokia unveils Contractual Obligation Meego Phone

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"Nokia unveils first and last ever Meego phone"

You might believe that, but I certainly don't.

It is widely believed that there can only be three mainstream smartphone ecosystems, in addition to niche platforms such as RIM, and with Android and Apple IOS occupying two of those positions the race to be the third depends massively on the perception of momentum.

Nokia want to be (a part of) that third platform and they didn’t have confidence that MeeGo could take them there.

But even if adopting Win7 mobile for smartphones was a ‘necessary’ choice for Nokia, what does it mean for open platforms like Meego whose competitive advantage is enhanced by its cross-platform development environment?

On the surface it looks pretty bad:

1. MeeGo is no longer a smartphone platform, it has now become a smartphone ‘project’ which will limit itself a single 2011 release before morphing into R&D for future concepts. What this means is that stage 5 of 5 will probably not attract much commercial developer interest, nor see investment in services expected of a tier one device.

2. QT will not be offered as a development platform for Nokia Win7 phones, that will be in the hands of Microsoft, effectively killing Nokia’s ambition to see QT as the premier mobile development platform. What this means is that as far as Nokia is concerned QT has very little utility as a strategic asset and so investment will plummet.

3. Microsoft Marketplace will replace Ovi-Store as the store for applications on Nokia Win7 devices, and this is unlikely to be made available to MeeGo devices. This may not matter quite as much as it initially appears however as an entirely separate app-store ecosystem has grown up around Nokia/MeeGo in the form of Project Bretzn.

This is in no way a desirable outcome as far as this blog is concerned, for there is no dream of a mainstream open platform any longer, but perhaps it will survive as a niche platform?

Nokia currently spends nearly three times as much on R&D as its peers. So when we see that investment by Nokia will decline by a third, and investment in MeeGo will be squeezed to less than half of what it was, perhaps we need a little perspective.

MeeGo alone will probably see an annual investment of circa $200 million. If we likewise contrast that to the circa $800 million to be invested in “Windows Phone” then we can guess that “MeeGo” phones will attract as much as one fifth of the investment that Nokia will put into “Mobile Phones – Platforms” as well as “Services” which amounts to circa $350 million per year. That said, $350 million would be the upper ceiling given that MeeGo is now a ‘project’ rather than a platform, so lets halve that figure and call it $175 million a year in platforms and services.

So, in a like-for-like comparison with competitors, a total investment of around $400 million dollars a year doesn’t appear too desperate, provided one understands that it is being kept as a niche platform and not promoted as a mainstream competitor to Android and Apples IOS.

It should also be noted that Nokia show Win7 as replacing the Symbian platform which occupies the mid-to-high end of the companies offering, a total that represents less than 60% of Nokia’s projected future sales.

Nokia were quite happy to show the death of Symbian in graphic format, the same would be true for Meego, but they didn't.

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Total War: Shogun 2

Jedibeeftrix

awesome game

been playing it for a week now.

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Fukushima is a triumph for nuke power: Build more reactors now!

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Fukushima is a triumph for nuke power: Build more reactors now!

"Fukushima is a triumph for nuke power: Build more reactors now!"

Good article Lewis.

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HP uncloaks wristwatch 'aggregation point'

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lol

this came out 24 hours after i suggested Apple should do exactly the same thing with the ipad nano.

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Sheila's Fails? The statistics of biological risk

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"Why the ECJ insurance judgment might not be the right road after all"

Agreed fundamentally stupid decision. I don't subscribe to a political ideology that seeks manage everything for the 'greater' good, i accept the limits of what the state can and should do, and i accept the consequences of the occasional death in order that everyones right to do dangerous 'stuff' is not curtailed.

That means it's ok to discriminate against high risk insurance groups, just as it's ok to let 'dangerous' under-25 males drive cars, because life is risky.

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Samsung goes super slim with Notebook 9 series

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AMD Llano Fusion please

"The company has also confirmed it will market an 11.6in Notebook 9, which runs on a Core i3 processor"

Dear Samsung,

I promise to buy one if you stick a Llano Fusion APU in the 11.6" model.

Best Regards

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Jacqui Smith 'shocked' to discover we're drowning in sea of porn

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The authoritarian tendencies of Labour

""The internet service providers need to take more responsibility. I don't agree with the argument that if we restrict anything available on the internet we'll turn into China.""

The authoritarian tendencies of Labour stand out markedly from the libertarian bent of the coalition, and given how unpopular all the big-state nannying is has the potential to utterly bury them at the next election.

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Microsoft, Nokia, and MeeGo: Are they all doomed?

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Nokia & Microsoft – And what it means for QT and MeeGo.

It is widely believed that there can only be three mainstream smartphone platforms, in addition to niche platforms such as RIM, and with Android and Apple IOS occupying two of those positions the race to be the third depends massively on the perception of momentum. Consumers and developers will follow the perceived trend, and so creating a vision for where your platform will go is as much an art of political manoeuvre as it is a science of engineering prowess.

Nokia want to be (a part of) that third platform and they didn’t have confidence that MeeGo could take them there.

Nokia needed to do something, losing ten-percent market share in just a year is pretty horrific.

But even if adopting Win7 mobile for smartphones was a ‘necessary’ choice for Nokia, what does it mean for open platforms like Meego whose competitive advantage is enhanced by its cross-platform development environment?

On the surface it looks pretty bad:

1. MeeGo is no longer a smartphone platform, it has now become a smartphone ‘project’ which will limit itself a single 2011 release before morphing into R&D for future concepts. What this means is that stage 5 of 5 will probably not attract much commercial developer interest, nor see investment in services expected of a tier one device.

2. QT will not be offered as a development platform for Nokia Win7 phones, that will be in the hands of Microsoft, effectively killing Nokia’s ambition to see QT as the premier mobile development platform. What this means is that as far as Nokia is concerned QT has very little utility as a strategic asset and so investment will plummet.

3. Microsoft Marketplace will replace Ovi-Store as the store for applications on Nokia Win7 devices, and this is unlikely to be made available to MeeGo devices. This may not matter quite as much as it initially appears however as an entirely separate app-store ecosystem has grown up around Nokia/MeeGo in the form of Project Bretzn.

This is in no way a desirable outcome as far as this blog is concerned, for there is no dream of a mainstream open platform any longer, but perhaps it will survive as a niche platform?

Nokia currently spends nearly three times as much on R&D as its peers, so when we see that investment by Nokia will decline by a third, and investment in MeeGo will be squeezed to less than half of what it was, perhaps we need a little perspective.

MeeGo alone will probably see an annual investment of circa $200 million. If we likewise contrast that to the circa $800 million to be invested in “Windows Phone” then we can guess that “MeeGo” phones will attract at least one fifth of the investment that Nokia will put into “Mobile Phones – Platforms” as well as “Services” which amounts to circa $350 million per year.

So, in a like-for-like comparison with competitors a total investment of $550 million a year doesn’t appear too desperate, provided one understands that it is being kept as a niche platform and not promoted as a mainstream competitor to Android and Apples IOS.

It should also be noted that Nokia show Win7 as replacing the Symbian platform which occupies the mid-to-high end of the companies offering, a total that represents less than 60% of Nokia’s projected future sales.

So there is plenty of room for cheap smartphones for the developing world as well as niche smartphones for the developed world.

As for QT, this blog is willing to follow the advice of KDE project lead Aaron Siego:

"Open governance around Qt is moving forward briskly and from what I gather there are some interesting and useful announcements to come. R&D investment continues. However, we (KDE) won’t know the full shape of how this will impact our landscape in the mid- and long-terms until we speak more with people at Nokia as well as within the Qt team itself. That’s going to take weeks, not hours or days. Pretty much anything said before then is going to be premature and stand an awfully high chance of being wrong. Qt is a big ecosystem with many players right now, and as with any big company making a big announcement sorting out the practical implications is not something done in an hour or a day."

So in what manner will MeeGo survive as a niche platform? Well, as an open ‘platform’ of course (even if Nokia are unwilling to term it as such right now), just as RIM makes its money as business platform, and webOS will survive as a vertically integrated HP platform. Likewise will QT survive as a useful (if not strategic) part of Nokia’s future as it will remain the key enabler for development on its niche open platform.

Events have not turned out as this blogger would choose, and one is far from convinced that Win7 represents a sensible move for Nokia’s long-term future, but regardless, all is not lost on the open-platform front.

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UK.gov's axing of school building plan 'unlawful'

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glad its canned!

"Gove's actions were considered unlawful on the grounds that he failed to discharge relevant statutory equality duties under the Sex Discrimination Act, Race Relations Act and Disability Discrimination Act."

really! can these get scrapped next?

the schools building program was used to muscle independent schools into ditching selection, and schools that complied in order to get 'access' to the money swiftly found that it didn't really exist in the first place, seriously, back in 2007 lots of schools realised they had been placed on an endless waiting list for DFS money.

it was a nasty and dishonest political tool, and not a mechanism that was going to improve schooling up and down the country.

good riddance!

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Grief and disbelief greet Elop's Nokia revolution

Jedibeeftrix

This remains an utterly cretinous move

Meego no longer a platform = stupid stupid idea!

No QT on nokia Win7 phones = stupid stupid idea!

How does nokia manage to be this incompetent? It has thrown away its one real differentiation in owning the most open platform, and it has thrown away its one real developer advantage in using QT's cross-platform abilities.

I would still prefer to have a Meego device but after today's symphony of unmitigated cretinism i simply don't trust Nokia to execute it competently. What will i buy next? Android probably.

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Motorola Defy Android smartphone

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"i've just bought one"

so have I for the better half.

it's a great phone and she loves it too. nice going particularly with the 9 month half-price redemption on the 18 month contract.

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Openistas question UK.gov's £300k crime-mapping website

Jedibeeftrix

all that is needed

export .csv

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PSP 2 'as powerful as PS3'

Jedibeeftrix

Oh yes please!

"There you have it guys - a portable PS3, apparently. Enough to outclass the 3DS? What are your views?"

Yes, it blows away the 3DS.

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Taiwan parts firms point to iPad 2 res rise

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hmmmm

i'm still betting on 1920x1280.

it would bring the ipad into harmony with the iphone, and provide a resolution more suitable for its media roots to boot.

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BBC rebuilds Civilisation in HD

Jedibeeftrix

will the programme still stand up?

"Technical jiggery-pokery aside, will the programme still stand up? Clark was a toff - he was a Knight of the Realm and sat in the House of Lords - and an art historian of the old school, "

of course it will, the man was a genius and the program a work of art.

i shall look forward to it.

p.s. i would rate David Starkey above Simon Schama every day of the week!

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Raised res iPad 2 to sport four-core chip?

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do you want to explain that line of thought?

it has always been the same, BUT, it has always been the same..........

i'm a little confused. :)

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Wrong Aspect Ratio

and yet the iphone4 has a resolution of 960x640.........................

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1920x1440

you are closer to the mark that 2048x1536, althougth my money is on 1920x1280.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Android tablet

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16:9 screen

isn't a 1024x600 screen actually a 16:10 aspect ratio?

16:9 would be 1024x576.

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HMV offers 80-quid colour e-book reader

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will it play kobo ebook files?

that might be quite tempting!

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Cameron: Carriers tomorrow, bombers today

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not so bad.

"In summary, we here on the Reg defence desk see it as overall a huge victory for the RAF, with worrying times ahead for the Royal Navy"

Re the RAF - the defence review said that the RAF will retain "some" of the Tornado fleet.

Re the RN - Been watching the SDSR in commons today, and it turned out much as i'd hoped.

5x Mutlirole Brigades 1x Air Assault Brigade 1x Marine Brigade

1x CVF (second only in extended readiness) 1x LPH (if only we had two) 1x LPD (second only in extended readiness) 3x LSD (real shame they are decommissioning a Bay)

19x Destroyer/Frigates (could have been a lot worse) XXx C3 (no, i don’t believe the program has disappeared)

They chopped just enough out the amphib fleet to prevent brigade ops, so now presumably the idea is that 16AAB and Marines each supply a battlegroup at any one time, rather than swap as the ready brigade. They never had enough airlift for 16AAB anyway.

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This could have been a whole lot worse!

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Prisoner of iTunes - the iPad file transfer horror

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Nato should tool up for cyber war, say globo-bigwigs

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