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5328 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Google+ architect: What was so great about Reader anyway?

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>>they are still making plenty of money so I don't see the point.

Companies don't like to make "plenty" of money. They don't like to make a "reasonable" or "fair" amount of money. They want to maximise their income.

They are under no obligation to make any of their products free except market pressure... trying to charge for gmail would make everyone leave.

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SimCity 4

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Personally I wish they'd make the original SimCity available on ios/android

There are official SC iOS apps, I think based around SC3000 but worth a look. Just google simcity iphone or similar.

Review here: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2010/12/14/simcity-deluxe-ipad-review

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Re: My introduction

Now you put me off, I wanted to buy a copy as an old SC2000 fan who doesn't want the SC2000 ugliness on a modern PC.

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Who's riddling Windows PCs with gaping holes? It's your crApps

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Re: crApps

Good point about servers... how often do we see Linux servers compromised via vulnerabilities in PHP, Worpress, and other 3rd party applications. In the web world, admins are already aware that keeping those apps updated is super-important.

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Re: .Net vulnerability being exploited in vast numbers like the Java ones are

As a developer, .net (well C#) is bloody lovely.

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Re: Surely

If you want to allow applications to do something useful then they have to be able to do stuff on the system - modify/delete files for instance.

Of course you could have an OS with different permissions "modify files outside own directory" etc but it won't help because everyone will accept the permissions.

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Drunk driving: No more dangerous than talking on handsfree mobe

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Driving with an ... almost-illegal level of blood alcohol ... no more dangerous than taking a call

Let me see... "almost illegal" that means the same as legal doesn't it?

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Reader slain? 'Even the Google apologists on G+ are p****d off'

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Even the Google apologists on G+ are pissed.

Well people on G+ are generally Google fan[boi]s so of course they'll use Reader.

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New nuke could POWER WORLD UNTIL 2083

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connected to a drain plug of salt that has been frozen solid

Or to put it another way, salt.

Although the idea of disolving stuff in molten salt is quite enthralling.

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First Samsung Galaxy S4 review leak: Stop FONDLING, start FINGERING

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Re: Where is the innovation?

>>How can you say that! My phone still can neither make me a cup of tea, nor a bacon sandwich!

People are still adding features to phones. But they are just cramming new things on as gimmicks, not finding needs to meet. Like apps/web-connected TVs. You'd be better with a dedicated bacon sandwich machine.

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Re: Where is the innovation?

There's no longer a need to innovate, phones are already so good and do what is required.

Everyone's been saying Apple stagnated 2 years ago but presumably that is just because they were 2 years ahead and now the rest have caught up.

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AdBlock Plus BLOCKED from Google Play

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Re: More adverts, everywhere.

>>sure did spout on about how the platform was all about being open

Is their app store part of the Android platform though?

>>When a company proudly proclaims that their mantra to be "Do No Evil", they openly invite comparisons of evil to their actions - especially this one.

If you think a company trying to make money is "evil", then I suppose you're right. It's pretty clear their mantra was about not having closed standards, using their position of power to crush opposition, etc. Not having restrictions on what can be sold in their own appstore WHEN THEY ALLOW OTHER APPSTORES AND LET YOU INSTALL APPS DIRECTLY.

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Re: More adverts, everywhere.

@El Presidente

Please, FFS grow up and stop using the word "evil" for anything you don't like. Maybe when you spend hundreds of billions of dollars building a platform you can decide to just give it away from the goodness of your heart, until then you'll have to continue being a whiney little bitch.

Just install it the regular way and stop acting all offended they don't allow apps which block their revenue stream in their own app store.

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Re: It's my device

It's their store. They will decide what they want to host within it.

You can still decide what's allowed on your device, you just have to do it yourself. You have absolutely zero moral grounds to tell them what they can or can't put in their store.

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$1.5k per complaint. Up to 1,900 gTLDs. Brand owners, prepare to PAY

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Re: Money... That's what they want....

How else would we get URLs like little.fluffy.cloud or sitonmy.face?

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Eric Schmidt trousers his monstrous package at Google

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Re: Let's hear it you labor-voting lefties...

>>I am glad that I can help pay for the society in which I live. I could go contracting and pay myself minimum wage, clawing the rest back in dividends but I don't.

You totally fail to understand the very point of contracting which is lifestyle rather than tax dodging. You can be a contractor and pay yourself a regular salary. And you have to pay tax on dividends, moreso dividends which take your personal earnings above the higher rate.

Typical leftie rant... bang on about morality while being factually ignorant. I assume you don't have an ISA or pension?

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Re: $1 salary...

I think you accidentally got here instead of whingingleftwingentitlement.com

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Woah

He earns less than Wayne Rooney?

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Google shreds Reader in new round of 'spring cleaning'

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Re: Arse.

It's not open source?

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Re: This is a product for which I am willing to pay.

I don't use Reader but it's a discontinued product I've actually heard of for a change. And I thought Reader was close to being a standard for RSS so it does seem odd to axe it unless it mysteriously uses a LOT of resources.

Is it a standalone product or integrated with gmail?

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Re: Farking idiots!

Cutting off your nose to spite your face, smart move.

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Ten pi-fect projects for your new Raspberry Pi

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KindleBerry

I don't really see the point of this one. Can you really not buy a small portable LCD screen for the same cost as a Kindle, hell you can get a complete Android tablet for under £100 in the first place. I get the point is fun over function but this seems one step too far.

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Medicos hack iPhone into lab 'scope

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Re: Am I missing something?

Well the doctors aren't necessarily the ones in poverty.

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Pretty cool

I'm surprised I have never seen official microscope add-ons for iPhones, etc. Do they exist... if not would be better than most of the other accessories out there. Get kids into science etc.

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GoDaddy gone, daddy: Websites go titsup in server assault

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Ah that's what it was

I had a friendly email from Google this morning saying they hadn't been able to index my site.

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Ten ten-inch tablets

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I was pretty sure it had better battery life for an equivalent battery, meaning you can make RT tabs thinner/lighter.

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Re: Missed a trick

Or you could buy an Android tablet.

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£399 for full Win8

That sounds rather a bargain to me. Even with the keyboard it's cheaper than a mid-range iPad and way cheaper than Surface Pro.

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Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

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Jeez

They may be an exploration "into the human condition" but what a lousy collection of films. Solaris? Really?!

Gattaca is a great film though.

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Enormo-display Apple iPhone prototype surfaces

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Re: I've been saying for years...

So by that argument El Reg's paper plane project wasn't innovative as it just used boring old paper and off the shelf components. I think you're confusing the word "innovate" with "invent".

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Multimillionaire Brit games dev wants your cash for Shroud of the Avatar

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Re: multimillionaire seeks funding?

>>Lord British is seeking hand-outs from people who will still have to pay for his product once it's completed.

Are you sure about that? Did you even both looking at the site? Getting a free copy of the game/CD is pretty normal on KS assuming you pledge a non-trivial amount... in this case $25 gets you a copy of the game as well as access to the beta program.

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Re: multimillionaire seeks funding?

>>if you're a multimillionaire you should fund your own projects. Like the rest of the successful business world do.

Well done for showing your utter ignorance of "the business world". A sizable business venture will typically require tens of millions, and no sensible businessman would put a large proportion of their money in one project.

"The rest of the successful business world" rely on attracting investors and partners precisely so they are operating at lower risk.

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Amazon tries to shut .book in face of authors, publishers

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Re: Do new tld's really matter?

But your average user just types amazon+ENTER don't they?

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Amazon's recent moves - background?

I thought they all made their bids last year, so what's this new turn of events?

So it's fine for a company to own a generic .com (DIY.com) but not a generic TLD? TLDs are profilerating to such an extent it seems little difference to me,

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The DIY spy-in-the-sky: From kites to octocopters

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Re: Draganflyer X-4

Since theirs was an octo and the X-4 is a quadro, clearly not. But it did look a lot like the octo also featured in this article, and yes it was very impressive. I want one.

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A bit hard to legislate that, unless local councils decide individually somehow?

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Draganflyer X-4

They also don't seem to list a price, and since they are keen to point out it's cheap compared to a plane, I guess it's not cheap at all.

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Six things a text editor must do - or it's a one-way trip to the trash

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It annoys me there is no notepad++ for OSX. Yes I know there are built-in tools and probably better ones for OSX, but a consistent set of apps is nice for those of us who have to skip between multiple OS very frequently.

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Your computer sucks

If it takes you a long time to wait for VS to boot up (not to load a project, just to load a file) you are doing it wrong.

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Mozilla to Apple: we don't care about iOS

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Who cares

If you don't like an OS which puts restrictions on what software you can run, don't use it.

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Apple has the same monopoly on tablets

Really? El Reg readers are always super keen to point out this isn't the case, and that the fact everybody you know uses iPad is just a bad sample based on you being a hipster knob with other hipster knob friends.

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Microsoft backs law banning Google Apps from schools

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Re: Good Old MS

Don't forget good old Google and Apple who use exactly the same tricks and worse when they can get away with it.

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Here's the $4.99 utility that might just have saved Windows 8

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Re: A third party fixes Windows 8...

SP1?

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Re: Classic Shell is free and open source, and has a community

If you've never used the functionality then your opinion that it's not useful isn't exactly worth much.

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Re: Hang On

You mean like paying for Office because Wordpad doesn't do everything?

You don't HAVE to pay. If you like the functionality provided, buy it. Otherwise don't.

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Re: Nope.jpeg

Typical Linuxboi... cutting off your nose to spite your face and then running around telling everyone about it like it's an achievement.

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Re: Worked for me

Maybe MS will just buy it and make available as a powertool or whatever they call those things.

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BAN SMUT, rage MEPs: Purpose of internet must be EXTERMINATED

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Well there's a surprise

IT workers outraged at idea of banning porn :)

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>>it's based on the idea that all pornography is male abuse of women

No it isn't. It's based on the idea that this is an accurate GENERALISATION. In the same way that saying "women earn less than men in the UK" doesn't precude some women earning more than most men.

So you have to decide if the generalisation is a load of BS or not.

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World's 'smallest' mobe unveiled in Japan

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One 6th the size?

A 1" screen is not 1/6 the size of a 6" screen.

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