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'Press Like for 1MB of data': Facebook picks up Pryte in-app data tech

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Privacy aside

It's a clever bit of technology.

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US bloke raises $250k to build robo-masturbation device

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"I deeply apologize to those who were offended by the sight of artificial human penises."

Ah, never miss an opportunity to make a passive-aggressive slight towards those who are under no compunction to let you use their service.

He sounds like he should get laid.... oh wait.

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Apple: We'll tailor Swift to be a fast new programming language

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re:It's too difficult for him to learn. Poor baby.

Considering C is easier to learn than C++, or Java, that seems a rather weak attempt at an arrogant put-down. C is one of the easier languages because there is so little to it IMO. I learned C after BASIC and found it easy enough, learning C++ was a bigger jump.

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Re: complexity and obsequiousness

"Perhaps you've never had to maintain or debug code written by 4 different people over the course of a decade and reindent several hundred lines of code because someone, somewhere, changed the logical flow due to a misplaced bracket or inconsistent bracketing style. Personally, I enjoy being able to read, reuse and maintain code I (and others) wrote years ago."

If only there were incredibly easy ways to automatically impose a standard formatting... or if only it were possible for a lead developer to require people follow a convention.

Messy code serves a purpose, it tells you that the project has probably not been run well and you should be wary.

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Re: Just what the world needs

"In what sense does Apple 'force' you to use Objective-C? You can use as much C or C++ code as you like without having to hop any sort of barriers"

How do I call system APIs using native C++? I genuinely thought I couldn't - you end up with C++/OBJ-C files which are normal C++ with lines like:

UIInterfaceOrientation interfaceOrientation = [UIApplication sharedApplication].statusBarOrientation;

How do I do that in pure C++, i.e. set the .cpp file as C++ rather than C++/OBJ-C in XCode? Maybe it's just because all the sample code I saw uses OBJ-C.

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Re: Just what the world needs

>>Go is finding fans all over the place, though mainly in systems, because of its concurrency support.

A few users is not a success. Where is Go in real-world use, something like 0.01% of developers? I bet there are more active Haskell developers

>>C# is, er, a rehash of Java for the MS runtime.

Yes, done very well. Who cares if it's a brand new paradigm as long as it works - which it does. It's very unashamedly "a better Java".

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Just what the world needs

Yet another new language. Apple are on thin ice using Objective-C already in my eyes, even MS don't force you to use their own MS-only language (.NET is only one option of many).

Google did Go - which hasn't. MS have gained traction with C# but that's really the stand-out counter-example in terms of a new "next best thing" language that has been adopted into the mainstream.

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The enemy of my enemy is my, well, temporary ally: Apple and Microsoft in pact against Google

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Re: Noboby uses Bing for a good reason

Since people use bing are you saying people use bing for a bad reason?

It works OK on the rare times I use it. Kind of seems much of a muchness with Google really.

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Glassholes beware: This guy's got your number

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There's plenty of stories about “Glassholes”

Far more stories about people being assholes to glass wearers than stories about glassholes themselves.

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YOSEMITE GLAM: Apple unveils gussied up OS X

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Re: At what point will they...

Most developers working on Apple are developing for iOS so they'll make a business decision whether to suck it up or not.

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Maybe you should plug it in. Although the newer MacBooks use Haswell which does give you better battery life, so wish sort of granted!

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Re: Sync?

Yeah, because Linux users get loads more action than trendy hipsters. That's why they spend all their time in their bedroom with the curtains drawn - all the sex they're having.

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Apple's steamy OS XXX picture leak riddle: Blurry snaps deleted

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iOS8

Oh not again - I only just got all the bloody icons and launch images figured out to work on iOS7!

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Could a 'Zunewatch' be Microsoft's next hardware foray?

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I wonder

Will the future of watches lie with tech companies like Apple/Samsung/MS, at all?

Or will traditional brands like Rolex move into this market - none of them seem too keen that I know of but you'd surely think they must be investigating it lest they find themselves out-dated.

I know mechanical watches have survived digital, but digital took a big chunk of the market. A proper Rolex casing with smartware inside could be a much better option than some plasticky thing from Samsung.

if Apple buy Rolex we'll know the game is on!

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Re: not-metro

You mean the way Windows phones have fans in?

Do try a bit harder.

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Re: we now have supercomputers in our pockets, and want bigger, better screens for them

This year, yes - a couple of years ago the current trend would have seen silly and we were laughing at the monstrous sized Trigger Happy TV-esque phones.

No reason a new trend won't happen - in fact it certainly will, we just don't know what it will be.

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Re: Nobody is buying the Samsung watches

Tablets existed before iPad, but nobody bought them because the implementation sucked. Just because nobody has cracked the form factor doesn't mean it's not worth investing in.

Current technology is rather marginal for such a small device to be practical, rather like pre-iPad tablets were before their time, so we're in new territory really.

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So if Apple launch iWatch, the FitBit iOS app would be removed, is that the kind of thing being discussed?

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Re: not-metro

Live tiles might actually be the best option for a watch though, provided you limit to specific configurations i.e one big tile, 4 small ones or some full-width/full-height combinations. WP8 UI would actually work well here and you could easily see the time, fitness stats, email/SMS notifications and calendar notifications.

I doubt it but WP8 is probably the mobile OS best suited to the tiny screen right now.

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Failover in FOUR SECONDS? HP's SAP-specific iron hits the streets

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SAP fail-over...

...and over, and over again.

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Toshiba's CB30-102 13.3in Chromebook – imagine a tablet with a keyboard

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Re: Sadly

If these restrictions are a problem for you, you're not a target user.

If they put in a more standard sized disk and more RAM they will have to charge more and the point is these are as cheap as possible... you are not going to get a decent spec for £249.

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Kardashian's bottom plumps down on Instagram throne

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A positive thing

That the most popular picture is one of two people getting married rather than someone's arse or a selfie seems quite nice to me.

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Re: like

You seem to.

As for irony of thinking your views on the matter are "flying f worthy" when you're some random anonymous dweeb on the web...

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SpaceX 'Dragon V2' ROCKET PODULE can hover-land on Earth - or MARS

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Re: Marketing challenge

Probably not something of issue in the US since they were rather too far away to be in range :)

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Facebook wants MORE EXPLICIT SHARING

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About time

I still find it amusing Amazon asks me to share all my purchases on FB. Cheeky sods.

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Valve says no Steam Machines until 2015, fingers crossed

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Re: What's wrong with these people?

No, but they have a finite budget which means they are diverting financial resources to SteamOS. And with something as big-name as HL3, attention of the top brass focusing elsewhere is a factor too because they would be actively driving it.

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Tesla's TOP SECRET gigafactories: Lithium to power world's vehicles? Let's do the sums

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re:a several-hundred-pound anything getting swapped out quicker and easier than I can fill my tank

Considering all 4 wheels can be changed on an F1 car faster than you can undo your seatbelt and get out of the car, this might be an unwise bet to make.

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Re: @Squeezer

When you ASSume, some ASS comes along and patronises you?

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Rap chap tapped for $3 BEELLION: Apple buys Dr Dre's Beats

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Re: Form over function is becoming all to common for the "look at me I am cool" crowd.

You're old. This is NOT new in the slightest.

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Re: Hmm...

For you to hate them it's clearly not just about their audio quality because there are hundreds of crap headphone companies. Without realising it you are responding to the brand just as much as people who like it.

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Re: music streaming.... surely Appfelsaft could have aye Tunes do this...

G+ is technologically as good as FaceBook. OSXLinux are at least as capable as Windows. WinPhone8 and Lumia devices are on a par with their competitors... yet in all cases it is hard even for multi-billion dollar behemoths to carve a decent place in the market. Brand is very important.

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re:fits in nicely with their philosophy, after all it's all about marketing and not the product.

Every business is about making money

Music is an area where style has ALWAYS been at least as important as substance

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100% driverless Wonka-wagon toy cars? Oh Google, you're having a laugh

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Rubbish

Does the author not realise Google have been trialling self-driving cars other than on empty highways for some time?

As for "driving in CA is easy", has the author never driven in downtown LA? California may mostly be quite empty and organised but it has busy towns and cities just like everywhere else.

This is just "I can't accept a robot can do this" thinking based on out-dated facts rather than reality. It used to be a dream to make a computer that could beat the best chess players, or a robot that could walk on irregular terrain, etc.

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A budget phablet, what a curious thing: Reg puts claws to the Lumia 1320

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Interesting-ish

So it's a solidly performing budget device, except they didn't give it a proper budget price?

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Windows XP fixes flaws for free if you turn PCs into CASH REGISTERS

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Re: Gamers will still be using desktops for whatever reasons

Yeah, gamers are a bit of a special case. There are a massive number of PC gamers but they're still only a minority of PC users.

PCs aren't going anywhere, the "PC in every home" vision is still real but the thing was before tablets it was more like 2-4 PCs in each home. Now tablets and phones are cutting back, a household still probably needs a PC but only one.

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Re: That says more about increasing OS software bloat than anything else.

Except that W7 is leaner than Vista (OK that doesn't take much) and W8 is leaner than W7.

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Re: Handy

Luckily on Windows, the terminal is not too critical.

Sorry....

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Re: There is NO tablet ... that can come close to competing with my high-end laptop

>>Even for "secretary terminal" work, there is a noticeable difference between using cheap underpowered hardware and decent kit.

You struggle to buy anything "underpowered" these days. The bottom-end laptop these days is comparable to a mid-range laptop when W7 came out. Since W7 doesn't need more resources now than it did then, a cheap laptop is quite adequate these days.

We've finally escaped the days when business laptops had the Intel 940 graphics chipset, now even cheap laptops with integrated GPUs support DX10 properly... I work developing 3D software for business clients so this is something I am sadly rather well acquainted with :) Low-end tech these days is not only powerful, but far more consistent than it was even 5 years ago.

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Re: There is NO tablet ... that can come close to competing with my high-end laptop

Hardly anybody, even in enterprise, needs a high-end laptop. Windows7 and Office will run OK on a laptop costing £400 when W7 came out, they'll run well on one costing £600 at that time.

Most people using a PC even for work, are not running a compiler or PhotoShop etc. I totally agree that tablets/phones will not replace PCs because you need a decent screen and input method for writing documents or doing spreadsheets, but in terms of sheer power we're there already.

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It's Google's NO-WHEEL car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

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Re: How does it know where you want to go?

Google knows where you want to go, of course. Email your mum "see you for dinner at 7" and the car will honk outside the door at 6.30 to tell you it's time to leave.

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"safety drivers" would start testing ... using - you guessed it - manual controls.

No, that's not correct. Those drivers would test in cars which have manual controls so they CAN take over if they HAVE to. The idea being they won't have to...

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Skype to become 'Star Trek' style real-time translator, says Redmond

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Re: Less than one second?

If it's 1s after the sentence finishes what's the problem?

I've no idea how quickly human translators can do this, presumably they also need to wait until the sentence is resolved? If not, an AI could learn the same things.

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Re: I won't be downloading that version...3 letters why...

Yeah your dog's foot problem is really of interest to NSA. It's not really of interest to anyone, including the person you're telling about it on Skype.

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Google clamps down on rogue Chrome plugins and extensions

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re:Most use cases that required NPAPI are now supported by JavaScript-based technologies

No they're not. Certainly lots of plugins could be written in this way, and likely many plugins never needed to be plugins in the first place, but there are very real valid use cases for plugins. However, most of them are not mass-market but niche plugins for a specific application or range of hardware, so Chrome can get away with squashing them.

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Re: Conflict of Interest?

I very much doubt there is any doubt here. They'll be permitted, to do otherwise would massively shoot Google in the foot. Anyone with the tech literacy to install AdBlock also has the nous to switch browser.

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Samsung WRISTPHONE – for those who wanna whisper to strap-ons

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Re: Samsung

Having one successful product proves what exactly?

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Re: Keypad on a watch?

My point was the nano (or is it shuffle) kept a touch screen but didn't try to cram the normal OS and apps into a tiny screen. Rather they designed a special UI for tiny screens. It is not hard to envisage a touch UI on a watch screen usable for entering phone numbers, and it is certainly not hard to imagine being able to swipe through your contacts or otherwise select who to call. OTOH, SMS maybe not. But a device which is a combination phone-fitness gadget could do OK, given the success of FitBit et al.

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Keypad on a watch?

You mean like Casio had on those nerdy calculator watches?

Maybe a watch would be better as a feature/dumbphone rather than simply trying to squash a smartphone into a different form factor. Sort of like how Apple didn't try to make the iPod Nano/shuffle use the same UI as larger versions.

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Spanish village of 'Kill the Jews' votes for rebrand

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56 registered voters... "very intense, very hectic"

Really?

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re:modern sensibilities?

At what point in time would "kill the Jews" not be offensive?

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