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5284 posts • joined 28 May 2010

It's the software, stupid: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch bags big apps

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Apps

Is it going to have Netflix?!

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Re: Reportedly...

How exactly is this giving Apple a kicking? It only paves the way for them to enter a market that actually exists.

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Jury reckons Motorola wasn't 'fair and reasonable' to Microsoft

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Looking forward to the comments on this one...

Should be very balanced and objective.

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Ministry of Sound sues Spotify over user playlists

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Re: Madness

So what - it is their brand. A brand they have been building and marketing for decades

And for the sake of argument, compiling a CD might not be the most strenuous job but you have to assume it still takes a fair amount of time for them to decide the songs to use and the ordering - real bands take ages sometimes doing the same on their albums after all. So while you coming up with the same order by chance is perfectly fine, deliberately copying their work is a bit dubious. Doing so and then distributing this USING their brand name seems a bit blatant.

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Mixing

It's been a long time, but I thought MOS sold recorded mixes, i.e. NOT just bunging songs on a CD?

Anyway, what about NOW? If I call a playlist NOW45 what then?

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Re: Madness

Copying the order and calling it the same name as the CD.

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Samsung stakes claim to smartwatch market with Galaxy Gear

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This is why Apple wait rather than innovate

They don't want to bring the buggy, untested products to market, only a polished slick version based on thorough examination of the failings and successes of first-to-market products.

As a business strategy, it makes sense to me!

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Sysadmins hail Windows Server 2012 R2's killer ... clipboard?

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Confused

I've been copying and pasting between VM and host machine and between VMs for ages through use of RDP. It does seem pretty arbitrary when it works and when it doesn't.

I'm not a sysadmin, just a humble user, so can someone explain why what they've announced isn't what I already use?

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Hypersonic 'scramjet' aims for Mach 8 test flight

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Re: Ok what have I missed

Oh come on. Gravity may be detectably different at the poles but really this is not a factor in doing rough sums. And they are not going a long way up - the Earth's radius is ~6400km so they are only going to be 5% further from the centre of mass than you are right now. Again, measurable but pretty minor.

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myOpenID to close down for good in February 2014

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Re: and what happens

I think you'll find most of us have G/F accounts, but don't want to use them as ubiquitous logins.

Doesn't StackExchange work primarily on OpenID - I have about a dizen sites all on the same login so that's going to be annoying.

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Xbox One launch date REVEALED - and it's on the 360's birthday

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8 years

Wow, that's a long time in computer terms.

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Canadian comet impact fingered for triggering prehistoric climate shift

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the Corossal crater

Is it?

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Barnes & Noble knock Nook slate down to £79

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Specs and usefulness?

How are these as general Android tablets... and how crippled are they if you don't root them? Would one of these be adequate for Netflix/iPad HD streaming - that'd be the main use other than web-browsing & email.

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'Peeping while you're sleeping' NSA parody T-shirt ban BACKFIRES

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So basically the creator of the shirt is lying about their shirt being censored in order to sell more shirts?

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But it's only wafer thin: Skinniest keyboard EVER is designed by Camby biz

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If they make it cheap enough

Every iPad case could have one as standard (like the Surface but you don't have to pay silly money). Apple could invent the idea of a tablet with keyboard... or more seriously could be the first company to actually do it in a slick way people want to buy/use (actually I think MS did that with Surface but nobody noticed).

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iPhone rises, Android slips in US, UK

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The biggest chunk of Android market share is surely the Samsung Galaxy series

Surely it's not. That would imply most people own premium top-end phones and that seems massively unlikely when you consider how many low/mid-range models are on offer. Most people don't want to pay £35+/month.

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It is a concern, but maybe they've worked out a deal on this to continue using the Nokia name. It's not like Nokia means much to the new generation of purchaser anyway, only their parents.

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What exactly is your point? It's not like MS are the only one selling entry-level low-price smart-phones. You do realise most of Android's success is fueled by cheaper phones, not top-end iPhone competitors?

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Re: I wonder if it's straightforward role reversal

Maybe it's simply normal market fluctuation.

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Microsoft gives TechNet a one-off reprieve

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As the old saying goes...

... if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Technet and MAPS both fall into that category for me. They're amazing resources for a tiny startup.

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It's official: Apple sends out invitations for September 10 event

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Re: Think of the fanbois - El reg.

I bet you can use your iPhone to turn on a coffee maker.

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Re: Awaiting magic and revolution

I'm not sure I want revolution. I want a damn phone which is slick to use (fast, nice OS) and well designed aesthetically. I do not want lasers or scissors or a toaster built in. Battery life and super-tough glass you can use with gloves are my two requests compared to current iPhone and comparable handsets.

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Intel readies server-grade Atom for microserver ARM wrestling

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Re: All Ram Aside...That looks like an ad for 2001 A Space Odessy

You win the "stating the obvious" prize...

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Researcher bags $12,500 after showing how to hack Zuck's pics

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Re: DIY

Need and appreciate are two very different words. If I was fielding bug reports from users, screenshots and videos would be wonderful.

Except the video would be either full desktop resolution saved as AVI and attached to the email, or 320x240 pixelated rubbish, of course, based on most users!

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Give us a break: Next Android version to be called 'KitKat'

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It would be a great homage to advertising history if they call the next version Android Lemon

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Microsoft - do you really think you can take on Google with Nokia?

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Re: Will WindowsPhone become Nokia-only?

Yes but the UK is only one market. You want 10% of the US or Chinese market too :)

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Will WindowsPhone become Nokia-only?

I mean directly and deliberately, rather than just because nobody else wants it... with full control over the hardware like Apple do?

Despite the shoddy BBC news coverage which makes it sound like Nokia hasn't moved into smartphones yet, WP is slowly gaining ground and is at least credible. MS don't need to own the market, just hold a non-negligible share of it, 10-20% perhaps.

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Microsoft's $7.1bn Nokia gobble: Why you should expect the unexpected

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Re: Predictable and predicted by many

What a load of rubbish. MS has always invested a lot in R&D and that's one of Nokia's strengths too.

Here's a really crap mockup from the BBC though:

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I think it could be quite interesting.

I do think it's a shame they won't be Nokia phones, since they are not buying Nokia as a whole, that's a big brand name to lose.

But Lumia is developing as quite a strong brand (whether you like it is a different story) and they could for instance integrate Skype into the phone even more tightly.

WP8 is arguably MS' best product right now, though unfortunately one of their worst sellers!

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10,000 app devs SLEEP together in four-day code-chat-drink tech orgy camp

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Re: A working definition of hell?

If the showers failed nobody would notice.

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It's like a pod farm in the Matrix

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Re: Oh for a steam roller..

Got to hate those developers who are passionate about what they do, it'd be better if they were all old crusties like you. The kind of people who go to these events are people who love coding, and do it in their spare time.

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Nokia drives cars into the clouds: Hear HERE, you're here, hear?

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Re: You should be so lucky

Well you already get an annual or bi-annual service anyway, whether you have GPS or not...

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So the days of SatNavs requiring an update by your garage are going to be over... it will be updatable with new data and new software automatically?

That would be nice. And given that Nokia Maps works great as a GPS even on my bottom-of-the-line Lumia 610, it sounds a good idea.

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ICANN destroys Google's dotless domain dream

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Would make combined search/URL bars a bit tricky

Did you mean to search for sausages, or go to http://sausages?

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Fukushima sends Japanese IT to the cloud

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Meltdown

Is what Lewis Page will have at any suggestion the nuclear power plant leaked anything other than fairy dust and happiness...

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Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile business

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Re: Oh, great!

You do realise that claiming Elop deliberately damaged the company to make acquisition easier is to claim he did something utterly illegal, right? If Nokia even suspected it, they or their shareholders could launch a massive lawsuit.

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Google chap reverse engineers Sinclair Scientific Calculator

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Re: long lost art of efficient programming

Clever efficient programmers are all over the place still. But clever, efficient programming is a tool to use when needed rather than all the time - if your input requirements mean a simple O(N^2) solution is perfectly fine then why spend an extra two days writing a convoluted O(NlogN) one. They didn't do this for fun back in the old days, but because it was essential - nowadays we still do it when it's essential.

You don't rebuild your Ford Focus engine and tune it because it doesn't actually make your commute to work any quicker. But you do your track car.

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Foursquare gets pushy with fandroids, touchy Windows 8 bods

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Not if you can control which apps are allowed to do it. Can you?

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Fandroids blow $200,000 on secret PANIC BUTTON for their smartmobes

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Android only?

Is there a technical reason WP/iOS can't support this too? I don't know how the 3.5mm jack specification works, does Anroid support things others do not, or only support them differently?

Technical answer rather than slagging off iOS requested :)

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Re: It must be crap

Yep. The same way Ferrari and Porsche and Lamborghini are niche.

Making the argument that having the majority of market share implies quality is pretty imbecilic coming from any kind of linux supporter, given that you spend most of your free time slagging off Windows.

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Re: Not the right design

Presumably it can/will be disabled when the phone is locked.

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Vulture 2 spaceplane rises from the powdered nylon

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Re: I dun geddit

The opposite of regular 3D printing then, subtractive rather than additive? Like how Apple make their unibody cases?

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Facebook strips away a bit more of your privacy – but won't say why

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Not bothered but...

I actually don't object to being given a free service in return for using my information, as long as you tell me how it will be used and let me quit if I disagree. Someone has to pay for it...

However, I would be interested in FB offering a paid membership to opt out of all that crud - give people who object a way to keep using your product and paying the revenue you would have got through ads.

For now, if I just don't 'like' products and brands the problem seems to go away. The only time I would 'like' is to support a local business or enroll in a contest which I'll then 'unlike' later.

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Re: Evil

No, not even slightly. Perhaps use a dictionary... evil doesn't mean running questionable practices, just as a moron is not someone who is technically incompetent.

Dubious, questionable, controversial, worrying, unethical are all terms you could use quite legitimately. Evil is several orders of magnitude above any of those, unless you view that taking liberties with digital privacy is on a par with throwing Jews into gas chambers. If you do, then I'll make an exception against using the term moron.

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Google goes back to the future with SQL F1 database

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Time to update the CV...

... with 5 years Google F1 experience

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Selfie twerks its way into the dictionary

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Re: Words like this will get forgotten

or 'tosser' and 'lodger' for someone who plays loud music and leaves muddy shoes in the hallway

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And each generation ends up sounding like sad old crusties when they come out with stuff like:

" I'd suggest that the disease of social networking is to blame for the rapid rise in the nonsense language as kids try to be individual and identify themselves."

(not picking on you just making a point)

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Re: Literal (n): metaphorical

If there is less redundancy doesn't that mean less ways to say the same thing which implies the language is easier to learn?

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Dopey dope-growing dope smoked out by own dope dope-growing vid

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Please stop with the "Growing plants" thing

Opium is a plant. Any number of incredibly toxic poisons are plants.

Saying "it's just a plant" is as empty of fact as "it's just a natural chemical". It's as bad as people claiming pornography and pedophilia are the same.

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