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5391 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Windows 8.1: Microsoft's reluctant upgrade has a split-screen personality

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Newly installed apps hidden

That sounds terrible for non-savvy users (i.e. the bulk of users). Just how hidden are things - more detail from anyone else who tried it?

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You thought NFC tags were Not For Consumers? Well, they're in Maplin's

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So that saves you about 5s each time, from manually setting the profile?

I genuinely applaud the nerdiness, but not so sure it really solves a problem.

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iPhone 5S: Fanbois, your prints are safe from the NSA, claim infosec bods

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Boring

As it says, this has been on laptops for ages.

More relevant is the point about airport security - surely anyone travelling on an internation flight in the last few years has been fingerprinted in some way. It's been a while but don't they routinely check fingerprints and retina scans?

I remember I got taken into a small room because my prints didn't match - due to playing guitar I think.

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Modular smartphones floated by Dutch designer chap

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Re: No

They are computers, for once the press is right. The fact they're not USED as PCs is the key.

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Re: Love the idea.

Can't you buy a "phone chip" to plug in to a Pi?

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Apple’s iOS 64-bit iUpgrade: Don't expect a 2x performance leap

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iOS-based laptops?

Seems a bit of a stretch to conjecture that simply because iOS and OSX moved to 64-bit, they plan to release iOS laptops. Maybe Apple just like 64-bit.

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Intel reveals new Haswell-based Chrome OS kit from old, new partners

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Why Intel?

Wouldn't it make more sense for a ChromeOS PC to use ARM? You don't need blazing extreme CPU power, and battery life is always cool. Or do they reckon the newest Intel chips are on a par for power usage?

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Torvalds suggests poison and sabotage for ARM SoC designers

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Re: @ Destroy All Monsters

The movies portray nerds that way because it's often accurate. How many IT administrators become jumped up little twerps because of the power they have? Linus is hardly unique, except that most nerds don't get into the public view until they've had some of the rough edges knocked off through having to work with other people in order to become important.

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Re: Puerile

From mine, you don't know what "puerile" means and your post is just the equivalent of "no YOU are".

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Re: Another "spoilt child stampie footie session"

Being good at something doesn't make you a role model.

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What is this cuddly namby-pamby world where employers are supposed to care about their employees? (any more than one person should care about another person to start with I mean) I want you motivated and to feel valued if your work is valuable, I don't want to have "company hug time".

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Re: I think people who can't distinguish

Regardless if it's easy to tell he doesn't really mean it literally, it's still a stupid thing to say. Call it a ****ing stupid idea and the people who run it total ****wits, if you must be such an attention seeker.

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I invariably find his unabashed hyperbole ... refreshingly honest

I don't see it's refreshing, it's exactly how programmers are stereotyped as behaving in movies - arrogant anti-social nerds.

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sometimes measures like this are needed to make a point

I'm sure terrorists often use similar arguments... some causes are worth blowing up the odd building for.

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For PITY'S SAKE, DON'T BUY an iPHONE 5S, begs FSF

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an instant, convenient large database of fingerprints

Surely the same principles as passwords apply here - you don't store the actual fingerprint, only a way to verify it.

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Blah blah blah

Nobody who buys into the FSF has an iPhone, those like to buy an iPhone couldn't care less about what the FSF has to say.

This is nothing more than one group trying to get publicity of another's launch.

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Intel reveals 14nm PC, declares Moore's Law 'alive and well'

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Cut the Rope

What a way to demo a breakthough in CPU progress, playing a dumb game that will run on a 3rd hand smartphone. Did they not want demo it doing anything more taxing in case it broke?

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Apple ships new iPods in 'SPAAAAACE ... Gray'

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iPod Classic doomed?

Or is it simply going to languish for years, available but poorly promoted, like the Mac Pro - niche but not worth killing off?

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New iPhones: C certainly DOESN'T stand for 'Cheap'

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Re: ah yes

As opposed to other flagship phones, which have added dozens of ground-breaking features? No, I thought not.

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Question to developers

I've been tinkering with iOS development using iOS 6 SDK, XCode 4.x, OSX 10.8 on a fairly old unibody MacBook.

How will developing/releasing apps be affected by iOS7 - will I have to upgrade XCode (which requires the new OS) to be allowed to release apps now or can I still build against the iOS 6 SDK as before? I'm not sure my Mac will even support Mavericks...

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Re: Sorry apple, you are just too slow to innovate and lack imagination.

It's the 5S. It's a tweaked/tuned version of the 5. S versions never make massive changes, arguably this one does so more than other S versions have.

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James Bond's Lotus Esprit submarine car sells for £550,000

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Re: This prop used to live ...

So you never read a novel, watch a film, play a computer game? Yet you do spend time posting on internet forums, you sad little troll.

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Should Nominet ban .uk domains that use paedo and crim-friendly words?

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What about the Cook Islands?

Their domain is .ck.... Woe betide anyone running "Happy Children Company" and wanting a website.

Although owning the website co.ck would be pretty awesome.

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Re: www.groomers.co.uk

I saw a sign "Dog grooming this way" and was shocked they'd be brazen enough to advertise. Children is bad enough, but dogs?

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TV's goggle gaggle: EVERYBODY'S first with something at consumer tech feast

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Re: How do you measure curved TV size?

I can see his'n'hers viewing working - we sometimes fight over what to watch and when watching TV we don't chat - I just can't see it taking off. Wouldn't you need the devices to support it - where are you getting two 3D video outputs from?

As for gaming, do any consoles support this?

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How do you measure curved TV size?

Straight line from corner to corner as normal, or drape a bit of string to get the extra distance and make it seem as big as possible?

Two 3D images on one screen is pretty impressive technically, though I guess rather pointless.

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Microsoft does a U-turn, releases Windows 8.1 to developers early after all

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Re: @JDX

Thanks guys. And to the dumbos who down-vote honest questions, get a life.

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Hang on

MSVS 2013 requires Win 8.1? I thought they were allowing us to carry on using Win7 for developing?

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Five SECRET products Apple won't show today

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Re: Who the hell cares?

"You forget! There are millions of mindless zombies out their desperately searching for their indentity by purchasing one!"

Get off the keyboard, and get some fresh air. It will do you good.

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Nobody with a brain buys into over-priced crap.

It's a conundrum how you need to be rather wealthy to buy Apple stuff then, given that outside the world of sport it's rather hard to earn big bucks without a brain.

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Seagate parades spinning skinny model to oust flash from fondleslabs... almost

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Re: It's not like this is a new concept

Indeed. I never heard the iPos classic had problems and that must take far more jiggling since people use it on the move, even running, whereas tablets are generally used while standing still. People surely don't throw their tablets around much, they're too expensive and shiny to risk scratching!

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Bin half-baked Raspberry Pi hubs, says Pimoroni: Try our upper-crust kit

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Re: The least of its problems

Could they supply it without one but with the chipset still included so people can solder/clip one on?

Although I feel having a tiny computer which is smaller than all the bits you glue on to make it usable suggests you should perhaps have bought something a bit more complete in the first place!

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Microsoft to unveil new Surface slabs at September 23 event

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Re: Simple test

Pro isn't even competing in the same market as a 7" Android tablet. Pro isn't trying to be a mass market iPad killer, it's trying to exploit a market in which there are no competitors at all (other than other windows tablets).

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Pro

Did the original Surface Pro even make it to the UK yet?

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Amazon DENIES launch of iPhone-killing freebie smartphone

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Re: @JDX

Yes, and if it's locked how do you circumvent that?

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Re: Invitation to an antitrust lawsuit

If they were deemed to be exploiting a monopoly to gain market share elsewhere that would be bad (what happened to MS). But it's hard to find a market Amazon could be claimed to have a monopoly on. At least so far.

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Re: Free = very locked down?

You're forgetting that 99% of the population aren't nerds and wouldn't even think of rooting their phone, even if it was easy to do. In fact, a few nerds saying how cool the AmazonPhone is [because they can root it to Android] might even act as advertising to the average Joe... "well my brother's a nerd and he likes it, so it must be good".

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Apple prepares to unleash iPhone 5S, 5C for the GREAT BRAWL OF CHINA

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Re: Cheaper Option?!?!

What about the iPod Shuffle then?

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Re: Does this mean

There's not a hope in hell you'd be able to buy a new 4S for £300. They remain in massive demand - hell even a 4 is still pretty pricey unless you buy a used 2nd hand one.

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Smartwatch news: Sleek-but-vaporous timepiece promised by... NISSAN?

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Re: Road Safety

I think when you're in the car, all the information the watch shows would be visible on the dashboard.

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Re: To be fair

It is a little tag/handcuff-esque, but I like the fact it looks a bit sci-fi.

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Google Nexus 7 2013: Fondledroids, THE 7-inch slab has arrived

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Re: iPad Mini 2

>>Not sure how a 35% difference can really be considered "reasonably close".

Similar ballpark in my view, especially by Apple standards.

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iPad Mini 2

Assuming Apple do reveal this as expected, that will be the chief competition and it will be interesting to see a direct comparison since the prices will be reasonably close. For instance should Apple do a full retina 2048x1536 display in the mini 2, they win back the dpi crown but what about performance benchmarks?

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The Solar System's second-largest volcano found hiding on Earth

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Re: Square miles? Feet

For a start the UK also uses imperial units.

And then of course, exactly how enlightened/civilised is using a measurement system based on how fingers you've got? Seems pretty primitive to me.

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Re: Goin' downtown

Or maybe the plates could just get 'stuck'?

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Since about as long ago as we measure distance in miles.

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Virgin Galactic spaceship goes supersonic in second test flight

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It really does look exactly like something on the cover of a 1970s SciFi magazine!

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Penguins, prepare to get SPACED OUT: Ubuntu 13.10's Mir has docked

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eliminate the need to differentiate between devices

It's proved popular for MS.

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Crack open those wallets: Microsoft is raising software prices AGAIN

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Isn't the point that they are pushing Azure prices down and self-host prices up to encourage people to move to PAAS?

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

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Re: This world needs lots of things.

If their friends are also joggers, they'll find it interesting. The rest of us will presumably (hopefully) be able to block those posts specifically.

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