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5284 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Google's Nexus 5: Best smartphone bang for your buck. There, we said it

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"90% of what's needed"

Did you mean "90% of what's on offer in gimmick-filled phones" or "90% of what's needed". Because if it doesn't do 100% of what I need it's of little use!

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'Last EVER REAL Nokia' phone heads for Verizon, leaky pic-spurt reveals

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Don't these giant corporate sales generally take ages to actually go through... e.g. the news reports "MS has bought Skype" but it has to go through regulatory procedures and so on. Has MS already bought Nokia... if not do we know when it will be finalised?

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iPad 4 is so OVER: 5 times as many fanbois now using iPad Air - survey

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Re: I suppose...

>>Let's hope they are ready for the three-times-the-cost investment they'll have to make so they can edit Powerpoint documents...

Um, the value of work done in 5 hours could easily pay for the difference in cost in a single flight, certainly a return trip. I work freelance and if I can work on a long flight or train ride, that's several hundred pounds earned as well as making the time go by faster.

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'It's a joke!' ... Bill Gates slams Mark Zuckerberg's web-for-the-poor dream

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What's the point of surviving malaria if you can't benefit from technology

Well all the developed countries got to that position without the internet, so I'll wager if we cure malaria et al, it is possible to then provide education even without GoogleBalloons.

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iPad Air BARES ALL, reveals she's a high maintenance lady

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Re: The point is

Fixit were able to take it apart, that means any number of people running little kiosks and shops can do the same. The fixit guys aren't magicians... and they presumably only tried on one unit. Someone running a business of replacing your battery will do this hundreds of times and get VERY good at it.

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Re: Is there anybody who approves of this?

The question is not "is making it hard to repair a bad thing" but "do the gains of making it this hard to repair outweigh the problems".

It's not my specialist subject, but could they make the thing as light, slim and resilient using more accessible fastenings (i.e. screws and stuff)?

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Mars defends: HUMANS to SEND UFO to Red Planet by 2016

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re:Can I be the first to vote Piers Morgan on

No because the 'nauts have to be smart and capable enough to deal with the mission... the plan is those selected will undergo numerous years of intensive training in everything from medicine to gardening.

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Google's new Glass: Now with audio connection INSIDE the SKULL

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Re: There are so many ...

I don't know, but we were saying the same of smartphones and then touch-screen phones, and now we all have them.

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Style is subjective. Even in the same time and same city, widely disparate things are seen as stylish by different groups.

I don't see them being stupid looking as many want to claim... to me they look exactly like what we've been seeing in SciFi for decades. To many, bringing SciFi into the real world is cool.

In a few years nobody will look twice.

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FREEZE, GLASSHOLE! California cops bust Google Glass driver

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Re: hah hah hah

Hipsters care what they look like...

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Gasp! Twitter displays pictures in main feed as IPO looms

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Re: request to el reg

Yeah, and the colour red. Having to read it on a computer screen is rather a strain too, couldn't you make the site black & white and arrange to sent printed copies around, perhaps on a weekly basis?

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Picture size

If there are restrictions so you can't post massive images, I don't see this being a bad new feature. Having to click on links is annoying and shortened URLs are never trustworthy.

It'll make a twitter version of 4chan much more possible too :)

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Reg mobile correspondent Bill Ray hangs up his Vulture hat

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Re: The title is too long.

It is a nice idea in theory, I remember reading "A Christmas Carol" and seeing which sections others had highlighted. But I wouldn't normally stop reading to add notes unless I was reading for study rather than pleasure.

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Re: The title is too long.

I think you miss the point - Kindle provides this functionality with its normal slick style, but nobody seems to use it.

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Naughty Flash Player BURIED ALIVE in OS X Mavericks Safari sandbox

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Re: Interesting idea. When a user program crashes don't let it crash *others*

>>That's pretty much a ground up principle for mainframes and I thought most *nixes.

Then please explain why Linux webservers can become inaccessible, even via SSH, if something goes wrong with an application.

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New iPad mini gobbles Retina display, 64-bit brain, puts on little weight

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Re: does one need 128GB of RAM?

I load ripped DVDs onto my iPad to watch at the gym. Now I can obviously batch what's on there every few days, but it's a bit annoying. Equally if you go away with your iPad and want to watch non-streaming content, or can't guarantee good WiFi, you can easily fill it up with a single boxset.

If that isn't something you do, then I agree - 16Gb is/should be enough for most people with only a small amount of extra faffing.

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Re: But is it worth it?

Hard to say without actually trying them I imagine... is a BMW worth more than a Ford?

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Where do you buy RAM that is small enough to fit in an iPad for comparison?

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Re: Some Simple Maths

It also depends a lot on what the app is doing. A 3D game rendering at full resolution will need 4X the GPU power to get the same FPS (approximately) but pretty much any other app will not be maxing out the GPU. And, 3D apps don't have to render at full-resolution... they can still render at 1024x768 - which is just fine for 3D gaming on a small screen - and use loads more detail. It means you can render scenes at decent FPS you simply couldn't before.

And the CPU improvement is relevant in either case too - your game can have much better AI or whatever.

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Re: more or less the same size and resolution as any competing 7-8" tablet.

Meh, I have an iPad2 and the resolution on that is in no way a problem, let alone an embarrassment. It looks sharp and clear. When I use a retina and non-retina side by side, I'm hardly bowled over.

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>>Meanwhile, the rest of the industry decides to stick with tradition and continue to incorporate incremental improvements without making up kiddie-talk names for them.

Yeah, tech companies never make up stupid names for their new refinements. Only all the time.

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It's NOT an iPad - but that's FINE: I learned to LOVE Microsoft's Surface 2

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A single USB port is not enough

Really, on a tablet you should be praising it for having a full size USB port at all. The fact it's USB3, doubly so.

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Chrome for the slurp-weary: Cookie-binning Aviator browser arrives

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Shock news

Companies don't want to cut off their revenue sources. Who'd have thunk it, eh?

While a good point about tracking is made, it seems silly to suggest commerical browser makers "should" provide ad blockers. Adverts are, and always have been, part of the web.

Providing a way for 3rd-parties to create ad blockers is enough IMO.

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Pimp my office: 10 cubicle comforts

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What an uninspiring list

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New MacBook Pro: What's actually new, here?

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@wibble

I see nothing ridiculous about it. Most PC workers are not glued to the keyboard/mouse - certainly not the keyboard.

I have tried the motion of raising my hand to do this and it feels quite natural, as long as the screen isn't too far away. At a trendy standing desk - which I am currently trialling - it actually feels quite natural.

Granted I wouldn't want to KEEP my arm outstretched but some use cases fit it quite well. I don't think it's necessary, but I think it has SOME merit - if someone can work out the kinks. And sorting out the kinks so it can be slick would suit Apple.

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Re: still no touch on the pros and air?

I am slightly surprised Apple haven't "invented" touch-screen PCs yet.

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You like iPads, you like things called 'Air'. You will LOVE this puppy

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Most people bulk out the iPad with a protective case

Do they? The smart cover seems more common and that is also very thin. If like me you have a full case which protects front AND back, you have a point, but most people seem to eschew such bulky cases.

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Based on iPad3 & 4 benchmark results, I see no reason to disbelieve them. iPad2 smashes iPad1, iPad3/Retina smashes iPAd2, iPad4 smashes iPad3. The stats are on the web for all to see.

Whether all this power is of any use is a different question - the other manufacturers are increasing the grunt of their devices just as quickly.

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Re: @SuccessCase (much enhanced gaming potential)

iPad is already more powerful than a gaming rig from a few years ago, so I'm not sure what your point is. A console is always far less powerful than a gaming rig but consoles are where the majority of non-casual games are played.

The issue with iPad is the UI, not the processing grunt.

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Very handy: Nokia’s DC-50 wireless-charging power brick for your mobe

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Can you stack them?

If they act as batteries and wireless chargers, can you stack them 12-high on a wired charger to charge loads at once?

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Microsoft boffins test rival 'Google Glass' geek goggles, say insiders

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Re: The new Microsoft

They will have been doing this for years.

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Lumia 2520: Our Vulture gets his claws on Nokia's first Windows RT slab

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Re: Windows RT

Because the hardware to run full Windows is either too expensive or too battery hungry to pack into a tablet form factor at a price point competitive with iOS/Android.

You might as well ask why anyone is still bothering with iOS and Android when OSX and Ubuntu are so much more feature-rich.

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An iPad costs more than many laptops - as do top-end smartphones. In fact an iPhone5S or top-end Android cost nearly the same as an ultrabook, let alone "a" laptop.

If you don't feel a very portable device suits you, then it isn't for you. But the tablet phenomenon shows clearly that many many people DO want it.

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Surface 2 MYSTERY: Haswell's here, so WHY the duff battery life?

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NO. the 2520 just a f***-off big battery. I still think it looks like a great bit of kit though, that's not a criticism.

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Re: Not to hard to figure out

Don't be silly Robert, it absolutely has to load every single device driver in the known universe and run them all at once just in case.

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Re: Need better power numbers for uptake

If it's only 14% less than an iPad 4, it's in the same ballpark though so not really a huge news story. If it was 50% less... although how iPad4 compares to iPad3/2 would be interesting.

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Move, delete, etc. ANY other operating system would do the same thing in a fraction of a second.

Well OSX doesn't - it takes a noticeable amount of time for me.

A new tab shouldn't take 4s, and it doesn't on my several-year-old PC which only cost me £300 when new. So more likely something is weird on your machine.

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SUPERSIZE ME: Nokia unveils Surface rival and 2 plumped-up phablets

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Re: I avoid anything that's cripped with:

Nice to know what an anonymous poster thinks, thanks.

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Re: This is what the Surface RT should have been

Thanks for the correction, I must have missed reading what I didn't want to see!

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Re: This is what the Surface RT should have been

This actually sounds pretty attractive. It's much more like the price people are saying the Surface should have been, AND it includes the keyboard at that price?

Depending on full spec, they might have something good here - what fixed and removable storage options for instance? Battery looks especially impressive following the story today about Windows power issues.

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Re: Hmmmmm

I don't see MS/Nokia merging these things any time soon, Nokia will probably carry on as before for some time. The sale presumably won't even happen for several months?

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If there's somethin' strange in your network 'hood. Who y'gonna call? Google's DDoS-busters

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Re: Set up a charity in a country that respects human rights for all humans

What a stupid argument. It's like lambasting a billionaire who gives 10% of his fortune away.

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Re: Is Cloudfare under the NSA too?

It would be really terrible if the NSA could see what was on your public website?

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RUMBLINGS: Apple pondering 'Touch Cover keyboard' for iPads

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Re: Surprised they haven't already

Good point but I'm sure there's a clever workaround. Use the metal iPad body as a conductor or something - the power need is so minimal - or maybe build a tiny connector on the iPad5 and up. Making it a feature of the iPad5 would give people a solid reason to upgrade, when there is little reason otherwise to anyone with an iPad3 or newer.

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Surprised they haven't already

It seems to be one of the things about Surface that's actually done well... Surface looks so much thinner and slicker than other Windows tablets which tend to be chunky and bland.

An Apple take on the concept, presumably with their normal level of slick design, would be rather welcome to me.

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Internet Explorer 11 BREAKS Google, Outlook Web Access

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Re: Multiple doc formats

Exactly what monopoly does Internet Explorer command?

And defending Google is laughable. The primary reason they want to drop support for older IE versions is so they can get those people to switch to Chrome.

If anything, Google are using their near-monopoly position as an internet search site to try and strong-arm people into using their other products - their browser, their email and their social networking site.

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Re: Junk is

How do you know Google didn't change something after the release?

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11m Chinese engulfed by 'Airpocalypse' at 4000% of safe pollution levels

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Forget global warming

THIS is why moving from fossil fuels is a good idea...

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Hybrid Windows laptop-slash-tablet fails to halt toilet-bound PC market

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Re: hybrid laptop-cum-tablets demand

Yeah, they'd sell more Ferraris if they put the price down to £50k too. It's about as likely.

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Google stays tight-lipped on IE9 Gmail, Apps death sentence

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Daft

To do it based on N versions, rather than features. FF updates every few weeks it seems like and if IE9 supports the features they need...

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