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5443 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Boffins spot 7 ALIEN WORLDS right in our galactic backyard

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Re: How accurate can they be?

Well Venus surely SHOULD be categorised as POTENTIALLY habitable by any scan which can't measure atmospheric conditions. They presumably want false positives rather than ruling planets out as well.

Anyone - can we even tell Venus is uninhabitable from Earth-based telescopes, or only from probe data?

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Facebook T&Cs vote falls 299.5 million short of quorum

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Big Deal

The fact anyone expects them to act democratically in the first place seems a bit daft. A company would be foolish to allow a mechanism where users can dictate how things are run rather than merely suggest desired changes. the site is FB's property, it's their responsibility to decide how they run it - and users should vote with their feet just like any other product.

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This is out of hand now: Apple attempts to trademark the LEAF

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Re: @JDX

By "never seen this before" I clearly meant Apple's use of it, not this type of shape. What a bunch of dumbos.

And no, an oval cannot be pointed. An oval has a continuous differential, a pointed shape like that has a discontinuity.

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Re: Is anyone else completely bored of this?

It's not an oval.

I've never even seen this before to my recollection!

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Apple: 27-inch iMac won't ship until next year

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Re: Seriously?

>> there is no inherent value in aesthetics, it's all in your head

Ah, how rational of you. Because something's [not] important to you, that makes it objective rather than opinion.

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Re: @JDX

And some of us open the curtains and go outside our bedrooms every now and then.

Could you BE more of a stereotypical nerd?

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For those who value aesthetics, they ARE pretty lovely... it's like saying everyone should buy Ford rather than BMW.

Anyway are there any like-for-like non-Apple equivalents? What is there for the image-conscious Windows user who doesn't want to spend £399 on a grey box?

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Review: Apple Mac Mini 2012

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Question to Mac Developers

Is the Mini the Mac of choice for iOS development? And how would this incarnation review on that basis?

My 2008 MacBook is showing signs of age and I don't need a laptop.

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Review

No score, and more crucially no handy table of specs!

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That square QR barcode on the poster? Check it's not a sticker

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>>Or they could just put up a bus timetable.

Which is really confusing when it tries to cram all that data onto one sheet of A4 which then gets defaced by youths or goes out of date.

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Re: What kind of idiot uses these things anyway?

Every real businessman I ever met had business cards. Do you think every meeting they have, they whip out their phone and enter you as a new contact or something?

As with many things, the digital equivalent isn't always the best. In the real world, a boss might collect business cards and then get his PA to enter them electronically since he doesn't have time.

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Re: Url warning

I think mine (built into search on WindowsPhone) shows the URL floating about too.

And pur-leeeze. Nobody has the 'right' to a smartphone you arrogant pin-head. Since 90%+ of IT is used by "idiots" I think you should be careful what you wish for, lest you find yourself out of a job.

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What a witty and interesting person you must be.

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Quite a neat idea, well done crims.

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US text-to-911 emergency SMS to go live by 2014

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Obligatory...

Or use email

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The best tablets for Christmas

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Re: No Surface Score

When Android tablets first came out, nobody bought them either. How many years has it taken them to catch up one single company in market share? Why would anybody expect a prototype new entry to suddenly sell millions, it is a cautious entry to the market.

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Re: Photoshop fail

>>Can you really do anything useful, apart from merely consume content, on such a small screen?

Well you can do everything you can do on your phone, better. So that's email, games and web-browsing covered. And you can read books on it. So, yes.

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Re: iPads feeling expensive now

The top-end iPads feel VERY expensive to me. The entry-level one, not really.

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Even the most devout fan of Android...

>>Even the most devout fan of Android would have to concede that it has failed to repeat its smartphone success in the tablet arena

You haven't hung out in these forums have you Mr. Writer?

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Stallman: Ubuntu spyware makes it JUST AS BAD as Windows

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This is a great opportunity to gauge the current Reg reader demographic... "RMS is right as usual". Other than actual Linux mailing lists, I can't recall such staunch pro-FOSS bias on even the pure techy forums I visit.

It's quite interesting... UK software people are clearly not uber-Linux fans as a rule so how has El Reg become such a beacon for them? Serious (non trolling) discussion... for those long-term members has it always been a similar make-up or has it slowly become more and more that way over the years? Because it's surely not the case the articles are of the same mindset as the member-base... articles and authors are fairly evenly split between liking MS, Apple and Google and NOT liking them.

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Google kills free version of Apps for business

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I thought the point was they weren't shutting down any existing accounts.

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Re: Still good value

Yeah, if you don't have fundamental issues with cloud based services and Google, it's an incredible product to get for free, Probably their problem is that the free version is so good, most see no need to pay for Premium.

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Meh

5 years 10 months

In the IT world, "soon" often lasts far less than 5 years. No need for the sarcasm El Reg!

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Battle of the Clouds: Azure goes lower

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$714k per MONTH

Bloody hell.

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GPU-stuffed monster cracks Windows passwords in minutes

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Re: Shock Horror

When XP was launched, how long it it take or how much would a comparable machine cost?

We're 3 versions of Windows beyond XP - the more important question is how things are different in Vista/7/8 - anyone know?

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Badges for Commentards

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Re: The backlash starts here.....

Who cares what you think, you don't even have a Bronze badge!

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Microsoft's anti-Android Twitter campaign draws ire, irony

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Re: Hackers would go after Windows phones...

You guys are so easy.

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Re: Still at it then

Goodle do this. Apple do this. People involved in FOSS do this, the only difference is that nobody is listening to them.

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Re: Hackers would go after Windows phones...

@HollyHopDrive

>>I know you are probably trolling but underneath every android handset is linux.

Yes, that's why Android IS being targeted by malware. But Android is NOT Linux. Linux is Linux. Android is based on Linux. Linux is the thing you install on your desktop, which is NOT targeted because statistically nobody uses it for that.

My badge has nothing to do with my rep.

I guess reading isn't your strong suit since you've clearly messed up on both cases. And the hypocrisy is rather fun when you deliberately posted a "bash someone who attacked Linux" response in the knowledge it would attract all the OSS-sheep votes.

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Re: Hackers would go after Windows phones...

A bit like Linux then.

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Apple shares take biggest one-day hammering in 4 years

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Re: Sheen off the Apple?

Hmm. People have been saying Apple are about to gown downhill since before the iPad. You're going to claim credit because eventually your assertion a share price couldn't continue to rise at a crazy level forever came true? That'd be like claiming you were right about Windows being about to disappear when it stops being made in 2060.

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Re: Whoodathunkdit??

>>a lot of people hate them for various reasons

"a lot" is not true*. The Register and other nerdy sites are wildly unrepresentative of the world/market as a whole - the world likes iPad and Windows, for whatever reasons. You might say "a lot of open source supporters hate Apple" but I doubt you could even say "a lot of IT people hate Apple" because iPad is a super-hit even among developers.

*speaking in % terms. If every single Reg reader hates Apple that's essentially 0% of the world.

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Re: Simples

If you really think making iDevices more servicable is going to have a big impact, you're really not in the same world as everyone else. It's a very dangerous mistake to assume your experiences transfer to the majority, surely even the most hardened Linux/build-my-own-NAS/compile-my-own-OS person realises the vast majority of people aren't interested in even taking the case off their PC?

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Nokia uncloaks Lumia 620: A 'budget' $249 Windows 8 mobe

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Re: Meh ...

ACtually, for Windows Phone 7 I think they did preclude additional storage, as well as specifying the exact screen resolution, but WP8 changes this.

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Re: Why one anyone want a shit expensive phone?

Since it's not expensive and WP8 isn't shit, your point makes little sense.

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Mushroom

You get a decent OS though, not that Android mess.

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Review Please

I'd love to know how laggy it is - if it's OK I might upgrade my budget WP7.5 to a budget WP8!

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Re: Meh ...

People interested in WP8 who don't want to spend much? I got the 610 for that reason for 7.5.

SD, NFC and removable battery seem like good features for the cost to me.

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The best e-readers for Christmas

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So basically they're all great? That could've been a much shorter review!

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Slash A THIRD off Surface RT price or it's toast, Microsoft told

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Re: Time for plan A (Loss Leader)

>>there is no market for ANOTHER premium tablet

Of course there is... IF there's room for anything except iPad that is.

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Instagram starts filtering out hipster pics on Twitter

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Instagram has a website?

The only thing I use it for is to post photos directly to FB. So I guess Mark will be happy!

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Motörheadphönes Overkill earphones review

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Re: Headphone recommendations

Hmm, to me £100 for headphones is straying into pro territory. Surely iPlayer and 256Kbps MP3s don't need so much?

Thanks for the links.

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Headphone recommendations

Hijacking the thread a bit but I am after some headphones for use with iPod (music), iPad (watching Netflix) and to plug into a cheap mixer for mucking about with Audacity at home. With prices ranging from £5-100+ how much does a regular (not an audiophile with a £10k sound system who insists of lossless formats) person really need to spend to get something decent?

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His Holiness Benedict XVI to tweet to his Catholic flock

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I doubt the top-level people are often in direct confrontation with lay people, especially via the internet actually. Maybe they'll have some serfs to wade through it and pass all the non-explicit posts to a bishop who will then select which to show the Pope.

How many women are there in the Vatican anyway?

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Operation Hunt the Hunter: Anonymous targets 'revenge porn' man

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Given the several posts already mentioning the irony and hypocrisy, doesn't this highlight why vigilante justice is a bad idea?

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Adobe's revenge on Steve Jobs: HTML5

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Re: Erm, am I missing something?

Flash apps? ClubPenguin has 20million users or so.

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Re: Oh no!

>>If portable is your aim then Java is best

That doesn't make sense when we're talking about client apps. I'd say Flash is far preferable to Java applets; it's designed with presentation and GUI in mind and makes that stuff much easier.

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Re: Oh no!

>>Did you seriously just call Adobe's toolset 'nice'?

I can't speak for the design-based tools, but Flex is a good API and FlexBuilder is a very decent IDE.

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Re: Oh no!

>>No, but most of us have seen the cruddy and bloated end products, particularly on mobile devices

It's not Adobe's fault that the people using their tools are poor developers. For one thing, many of them are designers who don't know how to code well. For another, many of them are paid $5 to create crappy adverts and so on... those people write equally horrible Java or C++ :)

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