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5284 posts • joined 28 May 2010

US Navy robot stealth fighter in first unmanned carrier landings

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Re: Very Nice.

Aircraft carriers do not "bob up and down". And one assumes human pilots don't land in storm conditions either?

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Google loses Latitude in Maps app shake-up

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You know... I did drop a decent stack of cash on my Google Nexus.

My Windows PC cost more than your phone, but that doesn't mean if someone takes a website offline I can complain I paid money for it. Your handset and your apps are different things - this isn't like Nokia removing free satnav which is effectively part of the phone.

At least I don't think it is... not an Android user. Is all this an Android app or actually part of the OS?

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Re: Android will become a poor choice soon enough

Or you could just pay for a SatNav app. Heaven forbid you might have to pay for software.

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Re: You are the Product.... Just accept it

You do realise it was a totally free service and you have absolutely no right to complain if they turn it off?

You're the kind of person who I could buy a drink for every night in the pub, and then when one day I tell you I won't buy you any more, bad-mouths me to your friends.

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Re: B0rked

If those people you're helping all switch to + you still won't? Why's it matter which of their services owns your data?

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Caterpillar B15: The Android smartphone for the building site

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Re: No led?

One imagines builders have proper torches...

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Dead STEVE JOBS was a CROOK - Judge

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People go to jail if they break the law, not companies. Also, people only go to jail in certain circumstances, fines are commonplace too.

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Universal Credit? Universal DISCREDIT, more like, say insiders

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"hold the hands" of dole claimants

That's probably a good thing, a huge proportion of the UK population are not ready for such an online system, and by their very nature, those on the dole would tend to be in that proportion (speaking statistically).

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Re: Just maybe...

Or maybe the spying projects are in just as bad shape, which should cheer you up at least.

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BlackBerry's retro-look QWERTY Q5 mobe: Resentment by design

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ambitious multi-taskers

"Hey look at that ambitious multi-tasker"

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Sleek Nokia Lumia details EXPOSED ahead of Thursday's disrobing

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Re: No expandable storage

Why are you wanting to use a £600 phone as a thumbdrive replacement?

Maybe they'll do a 64Gb version, if this is the super-top-end model.

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Re: Same old, same old...

Your friend didn't like WP? Oh no, quick call MS. Clearly nobody ever disliked Android or iPhones enough to return them.

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Re: No expandable storage

If only you could connect it to your laptop with a $2 USB cable....

32Gb is big for a digital camera, thousands of pictures. If you're into photography enough to buy this, you will probably take a laptop with you on holiday to review them.

And of course, on holiday you never get wifi, in every coffee shop or hotel or bar you visit.

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Re: What are they selling?

"IF you really need a goood camera, why cant you just buy one and have the rest of the phone as a separate entity?"

If you need to do email, why can't you just buy a laptop?

If you want to listen to music, why don't you buy a separate MP3 player?

... just because you don't want a multi-function device doesn't mean nobody else does. Camera is one of the most widely used functions on phones, so clearly people value the ability to take pictures on a phone. A phone that can actually take GOOD pictures is therefore not a bad call.

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Re: Reassuringly expensive?

It could do well - it's not going to be the new iPhone but they sell other handsets so having a specialist phone for the large number of people who like taking photos might be worth it.

We'll have to wait and see.

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Sounds bloody expensive.

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Windows kernel bug-squish, IE update star in July Patch Tuesday

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Boring without Eadon

I never found out what happened... was there any announcement or did he stop posting suddenly?

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15 MILLION dodgy login attempts spaffed all over Nintendo loyalists

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Every site like this is constantly suffering a high volume of attempted logins...

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Fitbit Flex wristband: What to wear out when wearing yourself out

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Re: you're an idiot....

If you eat more food than your body needs, you will store it as fat. So some people's metabolism is more efficient at extracting calories from food: those people just have to eat less.

Great, now tell that to the person whose correct calorific intake is 500 calories less than their brain/stomach reckons they need to avoid starvation. Tell them it's simple, they just have to be permanently hungry to avoid putting on weight.

He may be the idiot, but you're the jerk.

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@dogged

Are you saying that a problematic thyroid gland can cause you to metabolize fat from air?

Because, y'know, the dear old (calories in - calories out) equation is at least consistent with things like thermodynamics and conservation of energy.

Oh look, you did GCSE physics and think you understand biology. And I suppose if you hang by your arms this doesn't count as exercise because you're not moving?

You never considered that if you eat 1000 calories and only require 500, your body might not use the excess but dump them, whereas his body might hold onto every calorie regardless of requirement?

Your weight gain is strictly governed by calories in - calories out, but neither of those values is what you think it is.

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Re: I'm guessing the software is not the point to this device.

"Really - what else is it about? People come in all different sizes but it is pretty clear if someone is 'big' or 'fat'."

There are numerous medical and genetic conditions which make people put on weight very easily, and lose it with great difficulty.

Or in simpler terms for the dumbos... you never saw a teenager who can eat a bag of doughnuts every day and not gain weight? It must be patently obvious that two people can have the same daily routine and eat the same things and one will gain weight while the other doesn't, because you see it all the time.

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AMD joins LibreOffice, adds GPU grunt to free software suite

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Stupid

Seriously? GPU acceleration for spreadsheets with a few thousand rows? Considering someone wrote a 3D renderer for Excel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeXISSrIaJA) that runs on old hardware, this seems ludicrous.

Why don't you just tighten up your code? GPU is a sledgehammer for processing stuff that a CPU cannot handle... this is the kind of stuff a Pentium 1 can handle. I mean, Google Docs even does it in JavaScript at adequate speed!

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Apple's new data center to be solar powered, 100% green

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Re: Is it really 100% green

100% offset is a better term perhaps but it's still an achievement. Note that in places like Nevada, they probably need more electricity during the day than at night, since they use A/C in the sun rather than heating in the dark.

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Re: Stunt

Of course it's viable. As long as only a few % of the nation's (or state's if they don't have a national grid?) energy is produced this way, it is perfectly viable. The problem only comes if a large proportion of energy generation is done this way.

However, while old-fashioned power stations can't be dialled up/down at the flick of a switch, at least SOME of them must be able to run on a 24-cycle where they ramp up for dark hours. Gas and Nuclear for example,

And, if more power is needed during the day than at night, stuff like this helps existing power stations run at a more level output.

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Firefox OS mobilises HTML5, without the added Steve Jobs

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Cost and tools

Which phone OS do you need to learn a new programming language for? C++, Java and Objective-C are all normal languages on the target platforms they're used for.

In fact, as a software developer rather than a web-developer, I WOULD have to learn a new programming language!

Also... is £100/year really a big issue for anyone doing this professionally?

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Firefox OS starts third-place race against Windows Phone

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Fighting MS? Hardly

MS isn't targeting the ultra low-cost end of the market. FF's main competition is Android for that market share - it's really a separate market and global market share 12st/2nd/3rd place is a little meaningless.

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REVEALED: Google's GINORMOUS £650m London Choc Factory

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Re: If they are clever...

Cost of rent and staff IS offset from taxable profit you dummy. It's the cornerstone of how company taxation works, the least controversial aspect of the whole thing.

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Re: Well I wish...

Spending £650m is WHY they will have no profit...

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Prince of Persia: Baggy trousers and curvy swords

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Is it still playable?

Is there an easy way to play the original PC version, an emulator or a web-based port or something? I'd be interested in PoP2, I never heard of that and personally the fighting was my favourite bit!

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Sony Xperia Tablet Z: Our new top Android ten-incher

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Re: TN Screen? That's not at all premium..

Yeah, maybe you should try it.

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using it in the bath ... probably wouldn’t figure in my usage regime

You might be surprised. A tablet is a perfect solution to those who want to watch TV in the bath!

I'm not so impressed with the battery, but the weight is very impressive.

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NASA to flip ion engine's 'OFF' switch after brilliant 5.5 year burn

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200,000mph

Otherwise known as 0.03% of c... that's shit.

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Yahoo! announces last hurrah of ancient AltaVista search

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Re: Performance

Genuine question, what does Yahoo do these days? What products does it offer?

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Schwarzenegger says 'I'll be back' for Terminator 5 reboot

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Re: Reboot reboot sequel reboot

T2 was a brilliant film and T1 didn't shut the story at all... it's about time travel after all!

As for Independence Day... I'm with you on that. I loved the film because it didn't try to be too serious, but surely it's not enough of a classic to need a sequel after all these years?

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Re: Terminator *5*??

3 was very much a remake of 2 - mindless action and a few new bits. Nothing special but an OK dumb blockbuster.

4 was very different, they finally took the film into the world of the war against the machines, which personally I'd always wanted ever since seeing the clips of the robots in the first films.

But none of them were reboots, just sequels. A reboot suggests starting right at the beginning again in which case why have Arnie not some new hunk?

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Windows 8.1: Here at last, but is it good enough?

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Re: Programing

And since both C++ and Visual Studio are very good, he's talking rubbish anyway.

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Re: Snapshot of windows in my life

So why are Linux desktops doing similar big re-vamps then with Unity and the like? They aren't in it for training courses, they don't make money from people upgrading, and they don't want to keep 3rd party devs busy.

I don't think your motives are sound for Windows anyway, but even if they were the fact other OS (Apple as well as most of the big names in Linux) are doing exactly the same type of thing makes it clear this isn't the main reason.

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What everyone wants

personally I don't want either... classic start menu is almost 20 years old now and to my eye, very clunky and awkward to use especially with a trackpad or on a slow PC - menus pop up a second after you hover over them, or you click as they are auto-opening and they close again, or you move the mouse too far and all the menus close again...

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none of the complaints which people had regarding to desktop usage have been addressed

Apart from the missing start button, inability to boot to desktop, and inability to sensibly use more than one app at once, which seemed to be 3 of the top 4 complaints.

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Re: Speak your brains

Are you referring to Eadon - is he gone? How do we know, was there an announcement? It should be Reg headline news really if so...

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Live or let dial - phones ain’t what they used to be

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Re: Missed my chance

We'll sell you one! (see other post for details)

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Re: My mother

The bakelite can be red, black, ivory amongst others. Red ones were typically snapped up for use as 'hot lines' in hospitals and so on - literally a red phone for urgent calls only.

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How well timed

I'm down in the south for the funeral of my father, who used to work in telephones and after retirement collected old phones - ostensibly to sell at a profit - and built a working exchange. It even talked to other hobbyist exchanges via a Linux box and VOIP... apparently there's a whole HAM-radio-esque community of such enthusiasts.

Anyway, bottom line is we are left with about 400 BPO phones - trimphones, series 200 & 300 rotary diallers, and early push-button ones (700 series maybe).

They're worth anything up to £200 for the rarer ones (red apparently)!

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Microsoft partners seriously underwhelmed by Windows 8.1

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You're missing the desire to find faults and make things hard for yourself so you can complain about it.

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On the plus side...

It took years for them to replace Vista with W7, only a few months for 8.1. If there's going to be an 8.2, that might be pretty good!

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Badges for Commentards

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We're just great.

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Oz's 2013 heatwave was man made

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That's right, it won't. Unless you find stepping one pace to the left changes the climate in your country, of course?

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Labels to get, count them, 0.13 cents per play on Apple iRadio

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Do the math before trotting out the dumb comments

Radio1 pays about £100 per play on the prime slots, to an audience of ~5million listeners. Even if we say only 10% of listeners are listening, that's about 15,000cents for 500,000 people = 0.03 cents per listen.

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Microsoft talks up devices, Windows 8.1 at developer shindig

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Seems decent to me

Start button - meh, but it's for the real novice users who are floored by not knowing about the Windows key and do EVERYTHING using the mouse (trust me, many people are not aware of ANY keyboard shortcuts).

Updates to Start Screen... useful but I don't hate it anyway, a full-screen menu at the one time you cannot, by definition, multitask, is fine to me.

Flexibility for Metro apps - sounds good though I'll wait to try it.

Boot to desktop - nice.

IE11 - I'm impressed they finally supported WebGL because now everyone does. Though presumably it will not be coming to IE10/Win7, or does anyone know differently that IE11 will work on Win7?

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If Ms listened to their customers we'd never have got XP, and we'd probably have never got 95. People resist and resent change most of the time... touch-screen mobiles were resisted too. Asking what customers want and building it leads to design-by-committee and the Homer Simpson Car.

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