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4989 posts • joined 28 May 2010

One year on, SSL servers STILL cower before the BEAST

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JS speed

Do any of these exploits require any sort of brute-force or CPU-intensive stuff which would be far easier with the massive improvements in JS performance? I wondered if new vulnerabilities might be a side-effect of the JS 'arms race' between Chrome, IE and FF.

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Canonical flings out Ubuntu 12.10 – now with OPTIONAL Bezos suck

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Re: Has there been a paradigm shift and nobody told me?

I think it's something called the "inter net"

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Users grumble after Adobe cancels Acrobat X Suite

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If a product takes as long to develop as MS-Office but has 1/10 the user-base, it stands to reason it will cost 10X more.

This is the case with most pro creativity tools... look at Quark Express, Maya, 3DSMax, etc. I don't know if any of them ever tried dropping the price massively to see if many more started buying, it's not hard to imagine even normally moral folk would struggle to pay £2k for a software tool especially a freelancer.

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Apple iPod Nano 7G review

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Re: Missing from the review.....

It might be iTunes only on this device but historically that's definitely not the case. There are several free/open-source tools (for Windows at least) although which versions of iPod they can use varies. I use the very minimal SharePod program.

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Re: Missing from the review.....

So go read a review on a specialist audio site :)

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Facebook opens mobile apps advertising for all

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<some comment about how you don't use FB>

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iPhone 5 is the 'most difficult, scratchy device Foxconn has ever made'

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Re: Poor choice of materials?

The back isn't glass, who cares it it gets scratched?

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Re: Poor choice of materials?

I took it to mean easy to scratch during assembly, i.e. on the inside... the outside is regular Gorilla (2?) glass isn't it?

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Microsoft Surface priced up for Blighty

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Wait for other companies to release Windows tablets? This isn't like Apple, other companies can create their own WinRT tablets. That includes the companies who are creating Android tablets... they can make Android/MS versions of the same basic spec if they want.

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Why would throwing in an x86 chip cost an extra £400?

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Re: "full blown OS"

So Android is also not a proper OS?

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Re: £80 for a keyboard?

I was disappointed about how expensive accessories are for this, fair enough if the base model is a premium spec but don't try to make a profit on keyboards if you WANT people to use that format.

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Re: Didnt Pre-ordered mine last night

Well MS don't have the bulk purchase discount Apple do. But maybe they want to compete on features at the high end, not be another cheapo product - they want people to not simply buy because it's cheaper than iPad. That's a reasonable angle to take, IF it works.

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Billion people now own a smartphone

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Re: that's ..

I hope you know more about engineering than you do politics and religion.

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Carphone Warehouse lauds Nexus 7 while eagerly eying iPad Mini

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@Charlie Clark

Did you actually have a point or did you just want to see you name on the internet? My anecdotal evidence is as valid that of the person who owns 7 Android devices.

And whether Google make money through iPad is irrelevant to the point that they ARE failing to get into the tablet market. If the newest devices gain a foothold, how many years has that taken and how many $billions?

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Re: Buddy, can you spare me a price point?

>>An iPhone and an iPad are two different beasts. One's a phone for starters :)

A 3G iPad is basically a phone. An iPod touch is basically an iPhone with no phone.

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Never seen

I've never seen anyone use a non-iPad tablet. Literally never, I don't even know anyone who owns one or has thought of owning one.

I see lots of Android phones but in my demographic at least, tablet IS iPad still.

I find it odd that everyone and their dog wants to laugh at MS' failure in the smartphone market, but nobody even mentions Google's similarly poor performance in the tablet market.

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Re: Buddy, can you spare me a price point?

Just because the iPod is smaller doesn't mean it should cost less. An iPad is on par with an iPhone in cost, so iPod and iPad-mini being the same is no big deal.

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Facebook finally has some non-sales employees in the UK

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"to make this a go-to place for technology businesses"

Yes, 22 whole employees for a company valued in the £billions. Great catch.

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Microsoft Surface: Designed to win, priced to fail

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Come on MS

This is your biggest opportunity for a decade or longer to unleash a genuinely interesting OS, and you're screwing it up? I'm not a fanboi (for any OS) but I want MS to succeed and do something interesting.

When do other companies get to show us their versions?

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When cookie spewers single you out, it IS personal, barks watchdog

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Re: you're happy living inside your Google Bubble?

I'd be more worried if I had to resort to using EasyJet.

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'Hypersensitive' Wi-Fi hater loses case against fiendish DEVICES

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Re: I think we all know the cause of his symptoms

There are scientific flaws in what you propose. The effects might be cumulative rather than instant - only after being exposed for an hour is detection possible for instance.

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Study finds file sharers buy more music

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Re: What a surprise

If the entertainment industry thought the research that piracy led to more sales, they would stop whinging. They quite like money.

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What a surprise

When a report criticising file sharing comes out, it's just daft rubbish. When a report comes out in favour of file sharing, it's credible research.

And this from a community who genuinely believe they are objective and high-thinking. Tragic.

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Kindle DX delisted by Amazon

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Like they say, get a tablet. Many of the problems e-ink solves - reading outside and eye-strain after protracted reading - are far less of an issue for reference books which you would nearly always look at inside for a shorter period.

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iPad voice app back after patent spat: Mute kids get 'voices' back

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@Christoph

I assume you're well versed in how these apps work, rather than simply making an ignorant comment after reading "re-definable keyboard" with no understanding of what it involves?

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Windows 8 ads hit US screens: Death Metal, exploding laptops

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Re: Touch input?

I wonder. Could MS "do an Apple" and bring an existing but unpopular tech to the masses... we all thought tablets were daft until iPad showed they can be useful. Maybe, just maybe, W8 could do the same for touch-screen PCs.

I think it's pretty unlikely too, but you never know.

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British car parks start reading number plates

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Re: Scamsters

Such a scam, expecting you to pay to use the car-park!

If such car-parks have barriers, they could presumably stop you getting in if you have outstanding bills... so whether the invoice is legally enforceable would be moot. That's what I would do.

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Re: Just as towns are discovering that free parking

I don't know, my town is served by a few multi-stories and all streets are metered but you still struggle to find a space at the weekend.

You must live somewhere grim :)

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Incompatible IT systems blamed for bank sale collapse

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Must sell by 2014?

Or what?

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'Stop-gap' way to get Linux on Windows 8 machines to be issued

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Re: Where is the Justice League?

Too many big words, why don't you explain what you think MS have done wrong so we can ridicule you?

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Re: what about installing from USB?

Windows 8 supports boot-from-USB (for Windows 8 at least) as one of the handy features they've been going on about.

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Re: If Linux suddenly stops working on all PCs and servers I'm sure Intel.....

What about Windows 8 Server?

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Re: You know what?

That implies a secure boot thingie is a bad idea in principle. Is it?

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Re: Eh?

That was my thought. Unless MS have given them one of theirs as a gesture of friendliness?

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O2 network staggers across UK

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Again?

I didn't even use my voucher for last time yet!

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Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight e-reader review

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I was thinking about a dual-mode screen too. I wonder if that's realistically feasible though.

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Re: It's not even just that 2gig holds a ludicrous number of books

>>I want to move from PC to "device" without faffing about too much.

Me too. There is no faff. I click on the book I want to read on any device and it downloads in seconds if it's not already there, and opens to the page I was at on whichever device I was reading it on last.

I have Kindle on my Kindle, my iPad and my Windows Phone. All work great (apart from my phone is the low-end Lumia 610 which can be a bit slow).

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I don't really see the point of an SD card for an e-reader, when even 2Gb will hold a crazy number of books. Of course I get free 3g connectivity with mine to swap books held on the device, but even without that popping into Starbucks and using their WiFi when you read the 100 books you're limited to isn't a big bind.

On a phone/tablet, maybe. On an e-reader, meh.

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Re: New kindle has a light too

Here you go: http://www.reghardware.com/2012/10/12/amazon_prices_up_paperwhite_for_the_uk/

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New kindle has a light too

It might have been on the Reg I read it, not sure, but Amazon are also bringing a light in the next refresh of the Kindle reader.

So IF that's the one feature you want, wait for reviews on both would be my advice.

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Online mutterings foretell iPad Mini on October 23

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Stop posting apple rumours/advertising

I don't mind myself but it might save us from 10 angry frothing rants. to get it out of the way.

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BBC unveils UltraViolet DVDs, BDs

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Re: Total waste of time.

That wasn't your argument. You said they should drop DRM because they aren't a proper corporate entity, not because DRM is inherently flawed.

That's a perfectly reasonable view, there's no need to make up other arguments against it really.

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Re: Total waste of time.

Apart from that they make £billions selling the content abroad, you mean?

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So you have to plan which things you might want to watch when you go away for a week, and mess about making sure you can fit them on to the phone or a collection of SD cards?

Alternatively, someone else hosts every single thing you own for you to stream effortlessly without any prior planning.

I know which I'd prefer.

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Skype worm chats up victims - then holds PCs to ransom

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Re: g+ is vulnerable, too

Presumably anyone who pirates from a torrent site escapes vengeance though? That's a good kind of crime?

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@Chemist

Fair enough but what about withdrawing credit? If you can't do this it's hard to claim someone stole your credit.

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Ballmer's lightened pay packet is the least of his problems

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Re: Open source is what is killing MS.

Meanwhile Apple are growing their desktop/laptop market share quite well and are every bit as closed as MS.

Most companies who use open-source software never modify the source, it might as well be closed if it was still free. I mean in practical terms, not ideological terms, since that's the basis on which businesses make decisions.

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I wonder how many businesses are finally being driven to upgrade to W7 by wanting to avoid W8? If that's the case, W8 is making MS money by driving up W7 sales which isn't exactly a bad thing for MS.

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Foxconn: Worker who lost half his brain in accident must leave hospital

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Re: More evidence

They present that it's the law. They may be right, I doubt anyone here knows.

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