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5386 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Review: Nokia Lumia 520

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Re: I'll check it out.

Normal people do not buy a phone based a on a list of statistics. It would be like buying a car purely for it's bhp and 0-60 rather than things like ride comfort, styling. etc.

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Re: Landfill Android?

Clearly you have insider knowledge of MS patent portfolio in order to state that MS are FALSELY claiming people owe them money?

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No Gorilla glass

Surely everyone puts a screen protector on their pricey smartphone anyway so the smeariness issue is moot?

I'm very tempted to upgrade from my 610 but I guess I'll wait a bit. At this end of the market, it does sound a very good deal - for a basic smartphone apps are less of an issue I would imagine too since that's not what we want a budget phone for.

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Quid-a-day nosh challenge hack in bullet-hard chickpea drama

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Last all week?

Without going off?

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Pirates scoff at games dev sim's in-game piracy lesson

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Re: Was there a Demo version?

If the game's costing $8, it's not too unreasonable to buy it on a whim if reviews are OK (are there any?)

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Re: Ahh..

Loads of people who would buy a full version if they had no other choice, would still pirate a free copy. That doesn't mean every pirate copy is a lost sale, more the reverse - people used to pursue cheap imports in the old days in the same way.

Those who simply want to pirate will not buy games, but many genuine would-be buyers are lost when a free copy is so easy to get.

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Google to Glass devs: 'Duh! Go ahead, hack your headset'

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Re: Brilliant initiative from Google's end

Making it hard to spot you're wearing them is a way off but you can already buy a hidden camera that lives in a button if you want to.

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Re: Targeted advertising...?

If you wear them when naked it will be able to tell if you do...

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Yeah, I mean your Android phone is just a constant barrage of targeted advertising, all over the homescreen, during phone and video calls, etc.

Glass is just another Android device.

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Google Now lands on iOS

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Re: Linguistics

Sci-Fi has been suggesting that for decades, or at least that we'll speak a special dialect when conversing with computers.

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Re: Ah, more competition ..

You probably should stay off the internet if you're that paranoid.

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iPhone 5 totters at the top as Samsung thrusts up UK mobe chart

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Re: Back from the brink?

WP is objectively a great OS, certainly not pants. People who don't know what an OS is probably shouldn't use the term.

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Science of the lambs: Boffins grow GLOW-IN-THE-DARK sheep

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"very much loved"

Oh yeah?

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Next Xbox to be called ‘Xbox Infinity’... er... ‘Xbox’

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Re: Internet connection required

There were rumours the PS4 would be like that too. They are merely rumours.

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Fried-egg sarnies kick off Reg man's quid-a-day nosh challenge

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Egg sarnies

If you hard-boil them then it's a whole other sandwich - equally toast and fried/poached/scrambled egg or even toast & soldiers.

However I hope your loaf doesn't go mouldy...

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Reg hack to starve on £1 a day for science

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FOR SCIENCE?

For social justice surely.

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Re: Dear God

You need to learn about the reduced section and when the fill it up. I know a married couple who lived off £10 for their groceries as their regular life, and it wasn't even like they were just surviving, they could rustle up quite nice meals.

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Not representative

"By living off just £1 per day for food for 5 days, you will be bringing to life the direct experiences of the 1.4 billion people currently living in extreme poverty and helping to make real change."

In many of the poorest countries, £1 would buy you 3 meals... hell in some countries you could buy 3 beers with £1!

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Mobes' pay-by-bonk just isn't cool enough, sniffs Tesco bod

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Re: Why does it have to be in a phone?

Maybe that's how you treat your pets, but not the rest of us.

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Re: Revolutionary small payment method

Don't be silly. He has such an important life, those 20s could be used posting a sarcastic comment on the internet. People need to live more relaxed lives...

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Taking a card out of my wallet is ... quicker than loading a phone app

Isn't the point that you don't have to load an app?

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Re: The kids won't use it??? WTF

How often do you see people paying with their phones? I never saw anyone... barely see anyone using NFC on their CC either although it's handy in MCDonald since small payments need no pin.

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Amazon's cloud on track for $2bn in revenue in 2013

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I never really understood why Amazon have their own branded credit card. It doesn't seem to fit in with their other products and they seem relatively focused on their target markets (unlike Tesco for example). Other than a bit of extra cash, is there some good business logic for doing this?

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Re: Wandering lonely

You mean shifting from crummy local Windows infrastructure to scalable, efficient open-source stack?

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Google's Euro antitrust offer: Fine! We'll link to our search rivals

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Re: Will they also force...

When Ford buy all the showrooms and prevent any builders buying new ones, wait and see.

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Re: Oh no!

Might is right eh?

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High-rollers’ shop pitches wallet-pounding, wall-pummelling MONSTER TV

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Re: The frame comes off

String/rope/wire routinely hold hundreds of Kg and things costing far more - the mast on a yacht for instance.

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Nick Clegg: Snooper's Charter 'isn't going to happen'

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Re: I would sell my mum for votes

Eunuchs have historically been employed in brothels and harems, since they can be trusted not to touch the merchandise.

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Apple slips Antennagate victims $15 each. The lawyers get $16m

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Re: The Microsoft Tax

I think they're both equally asinine.

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Flame

Great objective reporting...

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Amazon: Hard luck Microsoft, AWS will always be cheaper

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Re: Lock-in

Easy to say, harder to do when you're talking about big amounts of data. Even if you have a copy, getting it into another setup is a big job because data volume has increased far faster than upload speeds.

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Re: @JDX

They could but they make tons of money from AWS as well. It would not do MS any good if their AWS customers got huge price hikes because migrating to Azure might be no easier than porting to Linux and staying on AWS without needing to migrate data.

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Re: Always cheaper?

It's anti-competitive to lower their prices?

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Want a coffee with Tim Cook? Better start saving now

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$5000 for Piers Morgan?

It's a bit low but I could do with the cash if he promises not to talk too much.

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Bill Gates offends Koreans after sticking hand down trousers

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Re: Its not a mistake

Maybe he doesn't think it's right he should kow-tow to other's customs, that is hardly an unusual view amongst nerds - as is general contempt for social convention.

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Twitter signs ad deal for MEELLIONS with marketing bods

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Re: There some cool possibilities

I never said it was perfect, only that there are possibilities here. In theory clever software could detect things with some degree of usefulness, it doesn't have to be perfect.

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There some cool possibilities

(in a techy marketing way at least)

Like seeing what you're watching based on your hashtags and tailoring ads for stuff in the show or deemed likely to be of interest. Advertising tailored to you based on what you're doing RIGHT NOW is pretty powerful potentially.

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Make cool shows, make money: Netflix's SHOCKING TV strategy

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Re: Nice, if you can watch it

£5.99 is the monthly subscription, HoC just became available like every other show.

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Re: @Steve Knox

They make it easy to cancel though. You don't have to phone some pushy salesman to get them to allow you to cancel, which is my pet peeve for free trials. Not as good as those trials who let you pre-select not to pay when you sign up, but not bad.

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Before people feel the need to tell us how streaming doesn't suit their needs, can I just jump in and say we already know that, and you can save your time.

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Ten Windows 8 Ultrabooks

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Re: SSD is a problem

Laptops seem the ideal place for hybrid drives, which appear to work wonderfully well.

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Re: Too expensive

Yes I wasn't being sarcastic... if you are happy with cheap bulky laptops then good for you but there's no need to tell the world you don't like slimline versions. I would rather spend £500 than £1500 myself but so what, both are available.

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How long will it take Facebook Home to hit 1bn downloads? 76 years

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Re: How many of Facebook's "one billion" are …

FB is compatible with playing outside and using emails but it would be a pretty crap parent who deliberately tried to stop their kid being up to speed with this decade's technology. Just because you don't get it... your parents probably thought having a personal stereo was equally terrible.

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Re: What is, and what should be

Is this just the same old "only stupid people use FB" dross that you felt compelled to spew, or a specific critique on Home?

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Re: Facebook Home?

If I was a big FB user - it was the main thing I did on my phone - I'd probably welcome better integration.

As for iOS, you are right BUT sometimes big players get special rules/exceptions, for instance WP has built-in Twitter/FB/etc functionality (which you can ignore). It is unlikely IMO though.

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Eric Schmidt defends Google's teeny UK tax payouts - again

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Re: Who to blame?

Sorry Dave but it's a good job you are a wage slave rather than an entrepreneur. You just have no clue

a)You get to earn about £10k tax-free. That could cover your expenses to work like travel and clothes, meaning you are then taxed on 'profit'.

b)Equating a job and a company is asinine in the first place.

c)"A billion dollar company IS making massive profits, or it is on the way out anyway." Balls it is. A $1bn company making profits of $100m is not any more profitable than a £1m company making profits of £100k.

d)Some companies run on a margin of say 10% - they manufacture and sell on so they have vast costs and thus very high turnover without that big profits. Others have margins of 70% or more if they are a service company. If you tax on turnover, you kill any company which actually makes anything.

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I am taxed (pretty much) on my gross; why should a company be any different?

Because a company IS completely different. A company might bring in $1bn but spend $900m. Your 'margin' is ridiculously high in comparison.

In fact the personal tax-free allowance of £10k you get covers things like transport and other expenses so you effectively ARE being taxed on your 'profit'.

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Re: The tax laws are open to all...

Only when "people" in question are over-privileged nerds who think shady tax strategy equates with being evil.

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Re: Hmm...

If you want to be a contractor, running a Ltd company is the only really sensible option because many companies will NOT hire sole traders. Contractors go Ltd for other reasons than tax efficiency, that is simply a bonus once they are set up.

Also, if you don't avoid NI, you end up paying both employee AND employer NI as you are the employer - how is THAT fair?

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Dark matter researchers think they've got a signal

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Re: Missing matter

I didn't say they were. It was a hypothetical comment.

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