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5541 posts • joined 28 May 2010

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

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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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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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Sony set to launch smartwatch in Shanghai next week

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I like pocket watches.

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Can Microsoft's U-turn stop the Xbox 360 becoming another XP?

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Re: Microsoft can't very well go with the

Anyone who works directly with customers knows that very often the customer IS wrong :)

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Happy for you that you had the leisure time to explore it.

What a brain-dead argument. Once upon a time people moved from typewriters to computers and this took a lot of getting used to. The previous poster said sometimes something is worth having, even if it requires acclimatisation, and you pour scorn on that. With your attitude, your company would still be on typewriters because your poor staff can't cope.

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Re: Its all about games

I fully expect the games to go up with the next consoles, like they have with every console generation.

What planet are you from? Games used to cost £60 new and then was when £60 was more than it is now... £40 was standard 10 years ago.

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Re: W T F ??

Is it mandatory to use Kinect? Can't you just not plug it in?

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Re: No - Kill The XBOX ONE with FIRE - don't reward DRM + Spying

Yeah, the PS4 was rumoured to do the same things as the One, absolutely no reason they won't introduce similar stuff if it becomes seen as OK with the masses.

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Re: The 360 cannot live like XP did

MS could have killed XP by ceasing support/updates for that, too.

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Google's JavaScript challenger gains better tools, performance

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Re: I don't want ANOTHER language

A new language is categorically the wrong direction for back-end development, and my whole point is I want the same language usable for front & back-end, so libraries can be written only once.

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Re: I don't want ANOTHER language

How about improving a language that already exists?

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I don't want ANOTHER language

The answer to making things easier is not to create more and more languages.

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Re: 'How many .....remain in"BETA" stage, or get canceled once people start liking them?'

re:1.

Grow up.

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Foxconn recruiting 3,000-strong army to work on Firefox OS

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Re: 2000 - 3000 developers ?

Yeah but I doubt even WinXP had that many devs

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@ShagBag

What's wrong with the Eadon login?

Also, please stop anthropomorphising a gigantic corporation.

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Re: Nobody trusts Google

Apart from how WP's market share has been growing steadily you mean? What IS the pecking order now... Android, iOS, WP, BB or is there one inbetween two of those I forgot?

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Nokia Lumia 925: The best Windows Phone yet

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They are not best-sellers because of those features.

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Re: "it’s like carrying a tiny black hole with you"

What is Hello Kitty Koran?

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Re: Yes, yes....

I'm still on WP7.8 and that seems pretty OK to me! I agree the music app is a PITA though.

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iPhone has shown expansion and so on are not features the general public consider critical. It makes no sense to cram every feature into every phone when more people would be put off the bulkiness than are turned on by those features. They have phones with these features for the (apparently niche) market who require them.

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Re: The definition of an idiot....

What are you on about? How is releasing new phones "the same thing"? How is growth in market share "the same result"? I think they don't want a different result!

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LinkedIn DNS hijacked, site offline

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Re: LinkedIn=FailedOut

Don't worry, I'm sure they realise their mistake once they meet you.

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Re: Who is at fault?

You think that as a company grows, they should hire someone full time to check if the DNS has expired?

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Re: Interesting FaceBook effect on El Reg links

Correction... El Reg's audience: People who aren't really interested in reading the words as much as spouting their own opinion and sense of self importance.

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NASA serves up Curiosity's billion-pixel panorama

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Re: Simply amazing

THe people who care are the ones who can't see it.

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@Norman Hartnell

I'm sorry, you think the most interesting thing on Mars is the rover we sent there?

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Re: Not Available on Mobile

Woah, people are downvoting someone who complains about use of silverlight/flash? What weird dimension is this?

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Hey fanboi, is that an EXPLODING BATTERY in your MacBook Pro?

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You can replace the battery?

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First look: iOS 7 for iPad

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Re: Lacking in everything

The UI shouldn't be exciting, it should be unnoticable.

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Re: Game Center Looks Childish

Yeah the old version looks like a 90s Geocities page!

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Samsung wins Apple MacBook contract, starts spitting out PCIe SSDs

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Re: El Reg storage desk is fairly confident this means 1TB capacity products are coming...

Ah, the Sleeper Service approach to laptop design... fill every cubic inch with SSD.

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When to say those three little words: 'I am quitting'

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Re: Loose talk costs

Clearly you don't tell them where you are working at that early stage.

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Surely the brash style is deliberate... he wants to make it very clear that he is not writing about what is right or wrong, how things should happen, or what he likes or dislikes about the world of recruitment, only the facts about the system so you can play it to your advantage.

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It's almost like he thinks he knows more about the recruitment world than we do.

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Critical Java SE update due Tuesday fixes 40 flaws

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Re: @DryBones

Some of us actually use computers to get work done.

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Re: @AC

Where are all the news stories about .NET being an insecure POS? Or are you just against anything that isn't FOSS regardless of if it's actually any good? What'd you rather they use, PHP (laugh).

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Nearly-transparent screen adds solar charge to phones

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Where did they say 18% of its quality was lost? When you wear sunglasses does what you see lose quality, or just look a bit darker?

One issue for me though is that if you have to ramp up the screen brightness to compensate, won't that use extra power?

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Facebook killing off Sponsored Results in search pages

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Re: The Sun @h3

I don't think anyone who uses the phrase "dumbed down" is in any position to complain about changes to the standards of education since they attended school.

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Re: A win for the consumer or just FB re-adjusting its trousers...?

Why can't it be both? The most effective ads are ones that get noticed but don't irritate people by getting in the way.

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Sony sucker-punches Xbox on price, specs, DRM-free gaming

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Re: "XBOX Vista" already dead?

You guys don't get it. Sure, moving house or if your ISP going down are a PITA but people are not going to make a decision on which console to buy based on the one which will work when they move house, something they do perhaps every couple of years. Most people won't even think of this fact when buying (tech-savvy people are like 1% of console owners) and even if they do, it's not the big issue. It's like saying nobody will take out a Netflix/Spotify subscription because they won't be able to watch TV or listen to music after they move house... it's an inconvenience (I just moved house!) but people still use those services.

All the people who use their PCs and PS4s to play online games won't be able to play them for two weeks either, but I've never read a review of a multiplayer-focused game which marksa game down because you can't play it after you move house.

As for dodgy internet... phoning home is not using a lot of data, it's just logging in.

And if it's really an issue... just run your phone as a MiFi for a few minutes.

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What do you mean WHY is Sony PS4 so pricey in Oz?

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Re: "they probably won't have a real debate about selling more at the correct price"

I was being sarcastic, to highlight that even if they did sell it the exact same price everywhere, some people would still complain.

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We want to put a KILL SWITCH into your PHONE, say Feds

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Re: Bad idea

Oh no, the government can kill my phone. Hardly near the top of my worries, like having them block my bank account.

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Apple: iOS7 dayglo Barbie makeover is UNFINISHED - report

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Re: What's going on?

We've heard news before that Apple are under pressure to release iOS7 ASAP, rather than when they're ready too. Apple are one company who can play on their own terms so "release it when it's finished" has to be the right route here.

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Microsoft to open Windows Stores inside 600 Best Buy locations

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Re: Yes, because I associate quality with Best Buy

Dummies are not a niche.

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Who's to be the next Dr Who? Sherlock beats Maurice - says you

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The most boringly obvious choice

Pick someone who's already playing the role of an eccentric, almost alien genius, with floppy hair and no interest in women.

I really hope the BBC show more imagination.

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