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5541 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Teardowns confirm $1,500 Google Glass hardware is DIRT CHEAP

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Re: "When you buy Google Glass for $1,500...

I was going to make a scathing remark about supposed IT experts being so out of touch that they dismiss something which is clearly going to be huge, but then even industry leaders consistently fail to predict what seems utterly obvious in hindsight (the famous Bill Gates mis-quote for example).

Stop being so unbelievably arrogant as to think that because you don't find a prototype product immediately useful, that the concept won;t be of interest to the wider market.

But I'm wasting my words. I'm talking to the community who though the iPad would never take off and that tablets were just a gimmick, and (IIRC) that touch-screen phones would not replace physical keypads.

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LG: Smartwatch? Pah! We'll measure your heart rate through your EARS

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Nice idea

Although shame you can't plug straight into 3.5mm somehow.

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Google Maps adds all UK public transport timetables

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Re: Nice

Even without... trying to figure out which the hell bus you should take even in a small town can be confusing.

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Boffins search for dark matter in abandoned Australian mine

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It's obvious space is mostly dark matter

You only have to look up - the sky is nearly all black!

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I wonder if they will also offset the change in neutrino irradiation that has been measured

Those experimental physicists are not well-known for their cowboy attitude to measurements.

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Google CAN be told to delete sensitive data from its search results, rules top EU court

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Re: Barmy

Asking people means each of them has the choice what to tell you, it's not the same as the information being freely accessible.

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BEAK DRONE: 1080p HD Wi-Fi quad-copter by Parrot takes to skies

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re:Mark my words, private ownership of these will be banned soon enough.

Nah. Ownership will be OK but using them in public areas will be banned. Cops will all have interceptor drones used to take yours out of the sky :)

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LG teases 'G Watch' wristable, releases new tablet trio

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Re: Naah!

Who did you have to call when you were 10?

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G Pad

Only a couple of steps away from iPad. Literally.

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Google: Mmm. Tab-free Gmail desktop client? We won't DENY it

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Re: Just the ticket

ANY software that's web-based can change design at any time whether you pay or not.

But then, so can desktop software - you can refuse to update to the newer version but that really is only a short-term protest until you give in or stop using the software, because you not only miss out on bug-fixes and new features but may likely find the server stops supporting your client version at some point.

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Re: deja vu

"Look identical across a variety of screen sizes" and "function across a variety of screen sizes" are entirely different things. Separating content from layout is what CSS has been doing for the last decade.

You know, like how gmail.com works on your desktop and your mobile - it's the same code but it looks different.

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Re: Still not used to their weird thread view

It is sane... most users are happy with it so as a default it is acceptable. I don't see any unintended consequences - the thread is an entity not an individual email message so if I delete the thread, it is deleted.

That threads you deleted come back when a new reply is received is a little weirder but better than having orphaned messages I reckon. And the fact deleted messages are so easy to find and undelete makes it moot in most cases.

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What the frag? Earn millions as the world watches you SLAY rivals

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Re: Performance?

I missed that bit - I saw a photo of a USB port and mention of USB and thought it was some funky USB device.

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Performance?

From trying to do this in the past, you ran into issues that recording slowed everything down. Does external hardware remove that problem... how exactly does it get what's on your screen though?

Maybe this is a 2002 problem and display architecture is different now.

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Mozilla axes HATED Firefox-ad-tab plan ... but will try again

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Free software in "trying to make money" shocker

Mozilla is a company who wants to make money, not some charitable foundation trying to make the world a better place. Only an open-source browser not driven by a commercial entity can be free from commercial considerations.

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Archive.org web trove hits FOUR HUNDRED BEEEELLION pages

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even shows how El Reg looked as a young vulture in the summer of '97

I prefer that version!

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Netflix FREEZES prices for existing UK users to stop them quitting vid-streaming service

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Re: lack of content

I am actually seeing lots of old stuff like original Dr. Who, Bottom, etc but "old stuff" is a pretty wide category :)

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Re: well...

Yeah they are similar to Amazon in that free trial means free trial, not making it as hard as possible to quit so you end up staying subscribed.

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Re: RE: VPN usage

Uno is what we use. Very good - it is supposed to cost £2/month which is worth it IMO but by tweeting about the service every couple of months they keep giving us free service.

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Don't use a VPN, use something decent instead.

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How Google's Android Silver could become 'Wintel for phones'

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Re: No Problem

I'd love to hear exactly what part of giving away free OS which companies have used to make $billions is evil.

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$3.2bn Apple deal would make hip-hop mogul Dr Dre a BEEELLLIONAIRE

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Re: The chaps at Beats are VERY good at getting their products on celebrities

OK Dad.

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Re: I always thought it was ......

Yeah right and Android has magic MP3 powers.

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Re: This is all about...

Hilariously, some of the more timeless classic rap is stuff like Will Smith SummerTime!

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Re: Listening to beets would sound better

Absolute junk based on what?

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In 2011, HTC invested $309m for a 50 per cent stake in the company

So in 3 years the company value has quintupled from 0.6bn to 3.2bn?

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Windows XP market share decline stalls, Mac OS X surges

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Re: "What methodology is used to calculate StatCounter Global Stats?"

I was with you until that last sentence.

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Re: "What methodology is used to calculate StatCounter Global Stats?"

>>That explains why even strong pro-Windows websites like TheRegister

Also, El Reg is one of least pro-Windows websites I visit. I suppose to Linuxtards used to visiting sites like BallmerBlowsGoats.org, sites who objectively report on Windows and Linux are massively pro-MS but that's only in comparison.

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Re: "What methodology is used to calculate StatCounter Global Stats?"

It also only measures computers which go on the internet, and are turned on. Noscript is not a common plugin (in terms of market share not absolute numbers) so the skew is within tolerable margins, certainly not enough to materially affect their findings.

Can anyone confirm that AdBlockers do block analytics tools?

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Web cesspit 4chan touts '$20 bug bounty' after hackers ruin Moot's day

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Re: Vandalism

How would you tell it had been hacked?

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Cameras for hacks: Idiot-proof suggestions invited

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A step backwards

Forcing journalists to take their own photos can't be good for the end product. Unless it's a myth perpetuated by photographers that photography is hard, which I a very much doubt, this seems like a boss saying "my nephew did some graphic design at 6th form, lets pay him £5/hour instead of hiring an expensive graphic designer".

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A first-world problem solved: Panoramic selfies, thanks to Huawei's Ascend P7

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Re: Truisms Spoken Aloud

Don't you pronounce it in a Scottish way, or possibly the North-Eastern "H'away"?

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ARM exec: Forget eight-core smartphone chips, just enjoy a SIX-PACK

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Re: egg based measurement systems

Then they call make special high-performance models under the product name Baker.

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Google updates Maps app for iOS, Android, adds Uber support

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Re: Google is working from Microsoft's playbook

Netflix is reasonably small-fry but you really don't want to tangle with companies like Amazon & Google - even aside from their massive clout what's the bet the telecomms companies rely on services like EC2?

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Re: Offline functionality...

This kind of functionality comes for free in Lumia phones - full GPS satnav with no data connection required. And I know you can get the same on iOS apps so presumably the big-name apps are on Android too.

You might have to pay £2 but unless you're totally cheap or ideologically opposed to paying for software...

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Potato in SPAAAAACE: LOHAN chap cooks up stratospud with Heston Blumenthal

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Serious errata

"Dave's missus Julie, seen here as the filling in a Dave-Heston sandwich"

I'm seriously concerned that El Reg do not know that a sandwich has the filling on the inside, especially given the importance of bacon sandwiches to space research.

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You'll hate Google's experimental Chrome UI, but so will phishers

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Re: Anti-phishing could be done in other ways

They still make Safari for Windows?!

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Re: Good thing

>>How does being ignorant regarding a certain technology make you feeble-minded?

Nerds like to feel superior to people just like everyone else with self doubt issues, they just have to work harder to find anyone to look down on.

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El Reg Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse back on the bacon

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Re: Rice

Great point regarding soup.

And I never knew there were so many bread snobs!

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Rice

It seems slightly bizarre that in the UK, the cheapest staple appears to be rice grown thousands of miles away rather than potatoes or bread which made up the bulk of our ancestors' diets.

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Atom, GitHub's code editor based on web tech, goes open source

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So it's a desktop/cmd-line application using HTML5/JS? Presumably they are also planning an actual web version... because that would actually be more useful to me?

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Mozilla asks FCC to unleash the nuclear option on net neutrality

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Re: doubt Mozilla has enough dosh

They have revenue of $300m a year, nearly all from Google.

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El Reg Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse crawls towards finish line

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That curry...

.. looks pretty great, actually.

If it's a struggle to deal with the monotony of just a few days' simple diet, think about doing it your whole life!

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Chinese iWatchers: Apple's WRISTPUTERS ALREADY in production

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Re: You will need

Well I'll happily stand corrected that such things exist and are affordable. However given that I've NEVER seen anyone use wireless earphones, while I have seen wireless headphones quite frequently - though still a tiny minority - I stand by my other point.

Taking an absolute number of users proves nothing. It's a tiny, tiny niche of the earphone market of interest to a very specific group of people.

Now that being said, one thing Apple are good at is making people decide that suddenly a pre-existing, barely used technology is desirable to the point we have the silly jokes about Apple "inventing" things. So given that BT earphones actually do exist I will also happily change my position on an iWatch to "cautious interest".

As a side question - I'd love BT earphones which were two separate parts without a connecting wire, so you literally just plug in each ear. Do they exist?

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Re: Sure....

What have you got that only lasts 7 hours on a full charge, other than an iPhone running a video loop?

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Re: How many millions?

Yeah, I start to see more and more of these. It's just nobody was in a rush to go out and buy a 5c like they were a 5s - but when coming to upgrade people ARE attracted by the cheaper option.

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Re: You will need

Can you get BT earphones rather than headphones, with sensible battery life? They certainly haven't caught on which suggests nobody wants them.

Also even if you're right, BT earphones would be the reason they cost £150 so he's half right.

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BSkyB broadband growth chopped in HALF

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Re: Smart consumers

Ours has been fine since we switched nearly a year ago. For staying with Sky BB they gave us a free Sky dish and box and a year's free subscription to a decentish package!

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Quid-a-day Reg nosh posse chap faces starvation diet

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an average man needs 2,500 Calories each day to survive

No, that is an approximate figure for the calories needed to sustain the same weight. For a week, you'll just be hungry and rue your bad planning.

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Re: you may not starve as much as you think

Well yes. But you buy it dry so presumably he bought 500g of dry rice which when cooked weighs more like £2kg

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