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5391 posts • joined 28 May 2010

O2 breathes life into Amazon Fire: Mobe to hit Blighty in WEEKS

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Re: Even free isn't cheap enough

99% of arrogant nerds are total idiots that don't understand people.

(or grammar)

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Moto 360: Neat gizmo – if you're a rich nerd

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Re: Navigation...

You don't take your phone with you when you go out on your bike?

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Re: I have this watch.

The obvious thing is that you don't have to stop what you're doing and wrestle your over-large phone out of your pocket to see if it's a call you want/need to take.

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Re: siri et al

I use the simple voice commands on my Lumia 1020 for "call XXX, mobile" or "call 0192 ... 444" which are handy when walking.

My wife uses Siri a lot for setting reminders, and it genuinely seems to serve a purpose here. Very reliable it appears.

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We give Panasonic's new 5-inch Toughpad phablets a kicking

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Re: Water / splash proofing is so handy in so many countries

I put my kindle in a sandwich bag and my iPad in a large freezer bag when using them in the bath, and don't consider the need for this a detraction on the device. People don't generally like standing in the rain on their phone anyway!

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Heads up, Chromebook: Here come the sub-$200 Windows 8.1 portables

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Re: with Bing

Most Reg commentards are more than happy to complain about OS and hardware they've never used, whether it be Windows Phone, iPhone, Linux, etc.

I doubt many here have tried W8.1 on a 1Gb PC considering a)most people don't use W8.1 b)very few PCs have 1Gb RAM.

Only those who have specifically tried VM testing 8.1 to see what resources it needs likely know the answer. And unless you state that you have done this, I'm assuming you're a venting Windoze-hating blowhard like the rest :)

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@Anonymous Bullard

Just because you're in the 1% I already mentioned doesn't mean everyone else is. The fact some people have the requirements you do is why I said 1%, not "nobody".

Angry computer nerds are a very small slice of the market, especially the £200 market.

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Re: Chromebook competitor - not really

I think it's a great competitor to Chromebooks... they're both pretty useless.

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Re: 1Gb of RAM?

16 is ludicrous, 32 is workable if you don't want to download videos.

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Re: with Bing

How do you know 8.1 won't run OK with 1Gb RAM? It's more optimised than 7, which was more optimised than Vista, which was a total hog compared to XP :) So does that mean 8.1 is now somewhat comparable to XP in resource use, or what? Because XP would sure run on 1Gb.

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Secure boot doesn't make them useless. It makes them useless to the 1% of people who want to buy them as cheap kit and rip a different OS on.

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Don't bother with Apple's 9 Sept hype-day: Someone's GONE AND BLABBED IT ALL

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Re: Hate the idea of a watch

I am very keen to see what Apple can do with a wearable, if they really are making one. Not because I particularly like the idea either, but because I'm just interested to see if they can pull it off, unlike everyone else so far.

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Look, ma, FOUR HANDS! Microsoft bigs up pixeltastic TWO-USER mega-screen

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Re: "Most mainstream touch-technology, like that on an Apple or Windows tablet, is single touch."

You can track every individual touch in iOS if you choose to work at that level rather than have iOS recognise gestures for you. It's pretty basic iOS programming and I assume Android and Windows expose the same stuff.

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Love XKCD? Love science? You'll love a book about science from Randall Munroe

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Re: Just keep near the surface

The fact the water shields you from radiation isn't the only factor to consider, even if it turns out to be perfectly safe when those factors ARE considered.

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LOHAN 'send her to space' Kickstarter breaks £28,000 - rock on

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Re: Dear Reg...

Ta... and I se most of these things are on the KS page if you actually scroll down.

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Dear Reg...

Forgive my ignorance but what are the two different logos - and why are there different ones to start with?

Also, any chance you have pictures of any of the mugs, shirts, tankards, etc?

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Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?

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Re: Well, no I'm not in favour of thumping people as a general rule but.......

Easy. Don't go to the type of bars where people find thumping strangers fun. I doubt that would restrict my choice of bars because why would you go somewhere like that anyway?

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BAT-GOBBLING urban SPIDER QUEENS swell to ENORMOUS SIZE

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Re: an insect chopper / mincer in the hose

It's not needed but from a marketing angle it would probably work.

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Re: Not just Oz.. happening in the UK aswell

A vacuum cleaner is fine, it will be smashed to pieces inside.

Squishing leaves a really ugly mess and the whole glass/piece of card thing is not suitable for real arachnophobes.

If it's too big to fit under a pint glass, maybe just let it HAVE the house.

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Re: Any SF author want to take this idea and run with it?

Web, by the great John Wyndham. An excellent book, and exactly what that photo brought to mind.

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Roll up for El Reg's 3G/4G MONOPOLY DATA PUB CRAWL

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Re: Beer?

Sam Adams is mainstream.

And beer pretension is just daft. Nothing wrong with lager.

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Beer?

3 photos in pubs, not a drink in sight in any of them!

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Just in case? Unverified 'supersize me' iPhone 6 pics in sneak leak peek

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Re: About what it's worth...

I'm starting to see quite a few 5Cs, owned by sensible people who can't justify the price of the 5S and are upgrading from the 4/4S. Having played with both the S and C in the flesh, I was surprised how nice the C actually is and how cheap it doesn't feel.

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Power of iPhone 6 hype-gasm: Apple a sniff away from record stock high

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Re: "working on a much-needed update to its iPad tablet"

Doubling the performance is (roughly) what they have done in previous upgrades and that pretty astonishing improvement is seen as just a tweak.

Aren't other tablet manufacturers in the same boat - the tablet paradigm is essentially polished now and you have to resort to gimmicks rather than innovation to have change for change's sake? The laptop paradigm stayed the same for a decade or more while hardware improved, until netbooks and ultrabooks tried to shake things up; even now the basic laptop looks like it did in 1994.

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"working on a much-needed update to its iPad tablet"

Why is it much-needed? They only just released a fairly major update in the Air and one could argue the concept was polished to perfection by the 3rd generation. It's a rectangular panel, it doesn't need anything fancy.

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Intel's Raspberry Pi rival Galileo can now run Windows

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Re: Single-threat?

The classic Pentium did have a single threat, that it couldn't do arithmetic properly.

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Dolby Atmos is coming home and it sounds amazing

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re:we're able to aurally perceive that something is behind us rather than in front

Can we actually do this given no other contextual information?

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Interesting but...

I'd prefer a system which lets me hear the dialogue comfortably without being worried about the neighbours complaining every time some music or action sequence happens. Even with a sound-bar with "clear-vox" setting it's rather annoying. I actually prefer watching TV on the iPad with a set of headphones these days!

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Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

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Re: Apple Macbooks

Of course it's expensive in pure "match the basic spec".

1)Apple charge nothing for the OS so they have to make more on the hardware than other vendors

2)You are paying for the design

3)More tangibly (if you don't care about looks) you are paying for every cubic inch and gram you AREN'T getting!

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Re: Premature

We are (over)due a major update to the Mac Mini though.

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Is the SSD also soldered in - raw chips perhaps - to get the required slimness? Or can it be replaced?

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The RAM upgrade almost makes it seem attractive. If the disk was larger I think it really would be quite a decent pricepoint, 128 is just a tad too small.

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iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks

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FFS

If it's possible to make a USB plug that is reversible and fits the standard socket, WHY THE BLOODY HELL ISN'T EVERYONE ALREADY DOING IT!!!!!?

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Don't think you're SAFE from Windows zombies just 'cos you have an iPhone - research

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Re: iTunes is pretty much malware under Windows anyway.

If Apple write the software which is vulnerable then yes?

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

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Re: Good luck

Automated routine finds new videos added each day. A person skims through them. It rather depends how many videos are posted per day if this is feasible but I suspect it probably is, if you're spending money on the problem.

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No Apple fanbois here: Man United BANS iPads from Old Trafford

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Re: Good move for football - not terrorism related at all

You're right. People should be forced to enjoy things the way you enjoy them.

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Re: Twats 0 Football Fans who actually want to watch the match 1

I'd rather sit next to someone with an iPad than the kind of person who thinks punching the person next to them is a good idea. The people who put people off going to watch football are not the ones with tablets, but the ones who scream 4-letter tirades and throw stuff at the players.

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Re: No reason to use a tablet

Why are they holding it up at your head height, not their head height?

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Re: How about a more realistic reason....

But that's not why they SAY they're doing it.

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

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Re: If you ask for soya 'milk'

You could drink coffee without milk in it.

Or do what my wife does and carry these around in her purse...Lactofree portions

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Re: You think you have problems......

2 espressos in one cup. Is that a bit like a double espresso?

You don't see ristretto that often but probably it's not very popular. My favourite would be espresso macchiato but that's not always available and often you'll get some frothy latte thing instead if you don't check.

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Re: Scarcely relevant musing

We're watching Friends right now and I cannot recall anyone mentioning it except in passing. Cappuccino seems to be the beverage of choice.

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Re: I really have ....

Never tried BK coffee. However since coffee became "a thing" in the last 10 years, you can now actually get freshly made coffee virtually everywhere. It's rather uncommon to find places serving instant coffee these days. So while one can be snobby about which bean they use, frankly it has to be a good thing when somewhere like McD or even SubWay can sell you a cup of coffee made from actual beans!

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Re: Scarcely relevant musing

Maybe it's because being English, we can have our own pronunciation? Italians don't say "pizza" with the same inflection we do either.

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If you just want OK coffee, no frills, McDonalds is surprising good and very cheap. Also Wetherspoon, though they object to you trying to take it with you.

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Re: Builders don't put up with this shit

>>Tea that built an empire.

I think the people who built the empire drank delicate tea from fine china cups, not a mug of stewed floor sweepings.

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Re: You think you have problems......

Complaining they aren't a proper coffee-house because they won't sell you a cup of espresso is like complaining your Indian isn't a proper curry house because they don't sell vindaloo.

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Clock ticking for Surface 3 as Microsoft preps for globo-launch

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Re: I'd rather have my whole body waxed than have to use Windows 8..

W8 on a touch-screen is just fine. So in tablet mode it's not an issue.

And you can set it to boot to desktop. Even if you hate the start screen, I reckon I spend about 2 minutes a day using the start menu on W7, out of 8 hours work. I'm not going to get too upset by something I spend 0.4% of my time on :)

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Wait, an actual QR code use case? TGI Friday's builds techno-restaurant

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Yes, they should do. Except they frequently lose all interest in you as soon as you finish your food. You'd think getting the money would be important!

Walking to the till is what you do in exasperation to avoid wait for a waiter...ask for bill...wait 5 minutes...wait 5 minutes for them to come and take your money.

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Facebook slurps PrivateCore - 'cos your selfies need locking up

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Secure...

Nobody can see it unless they pay. If they pay, anyone can see it.

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