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4986 posts • joined 28 May 2010

LONDON iPHONE 5 MADNESS: 'You must be CRAZY to buy Apple'

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China has a one child policy

>>"China has a one child policy," he shouted to the crowd, "which is a problem because we need as many Chinese people as possible, to assemble iPhone 5s."

He's right. The one thing China needs is more people.

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Apple iPhone 5 review

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I'd like the haters to explain why they invest so much time writing and caring about a product they don't own. Maybe get on with your own life.

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Re: 'The thinnest, slickest, fastest iPhone yet.'

Well it's a LOT faster and a better battery.

But otherwise... I guess they already have all the features in the 4S so they don't NEED to innovate. Most of the new features on other phones are just gimmicks, all top smartphones already do all the key things required of a computer which does phone+camera.

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Re: Get a Room

So a review you don't agree with is a bad review? Well then go and find one which tells you what you already decided without ever having used the damn thing.

I did guess it would be 90% before opening though.

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Reg readers serve up bacon sarnie amuse-bouche

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These are the blooper reel entrants right?

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Google's Android celebrates fourth birthday

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I've been and seen the giant donut, a bit bizarre.

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Mars rover Curiosity gets ready to blast its first rock

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Someone should set up an account to do that.

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They ran out of colour film, or they're trying to make the photos look more arty?

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Redmond promises emergency IE bug fix on Friday (zero day + 5)

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Re: Arghhh

yeah that would work, hackers won't simply focus all their efforts on chrome. we've seen a big rise in non-IE exploits recently, almost as if hackers noticed them getting popular...

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Google acts against prostitution app after complaints from Congress

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All of the issues with prostitution, exploitation, danger, etc, are caused by it being illegal!

What a load of bilge.

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HTC hawks fresh WinPho smartphones

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Yeah they actually look a nice design. I wonder if NFC will really be a selling point though.

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Fans rap Apple's 'crap' Map app

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Re: Native Google maps

Can't you just use it in the web-browser? I can on iOS5, I even get a little popup "Install this web app". Apple cannot keep it off even if they want to.

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Zuckerberg loses $8bn in Facebook IPO fiasco

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He hasn't lost anything

It's not real when it's shares, doubly so at IPO time... that was merely a guess.

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Inside the guts of a fiendish Internet Explorer 0-day attack

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Re: Ouch!

>> It pointed out that the vulnerability could be exploited by pretty much everybody

It took a lot of smarts to find the vuln is what I meant.

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Re: Ouch!

Against fiendishly clever hackers any browser is vulnerable. It's daft to move browser for that reason... at least MS take patching security seriously.

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Apple iOS 6 review

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Re: Only for some though .....

I'm sorry did they tell you iOS5 was going to stop working?

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Upgrade or wait?

I have an iPad 2 but never upgraded the OS. Is it generally better to wait a while in case of bugs, or does iOS not normally suffer that kind of syndrome?

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New vicious UEFI bootkit vuln found for Windows 8

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Flame

still vulnerable to the old attacks if the SecureBoot technology is not turned on by default

So turn it on by default then.

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Re: How long have they been designing this system?

Who is they? Is UEFI MS-only, surely not?

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NASA working on faster-than-light drive capable of WARP TEN

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Re: It doesn't take take thousands of years

Forget Heinlein, Douglas Adams made the point better :)

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It doesn't take take thousands of years

If you're the one doing the travelling it doesn't take long, only if if you want to remain in contact with Earth is it an issue.

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Dell sets out Win8 tablet, Ultrabook, all-in-one stall

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That tablet sounds VERY expensive

128Gb storage... fingerprint reader... could be nice though and seems to hit a spot other tablets don't right now.

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Report: Microsoft to cop it from Brussels in Browser Choice affair

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Re: I find the whole business very strange.

Equally hard to believe is that Brussels didn't notice.

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Re: MS and not Apple......

>>and yet to an outsider, it appears they do have a clear monopoly

A monopoly of what? They certainly don't have an effective monopoly on mobile phones or mobile devices in general. Even regarding tablets they may have the biggest market share but it is nowhere near a monopoly the same way Windows was/is.

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Who queues for an iPhone 5? Protesters, hipsters and the jobless

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Waiting for

someone to make a joke about how Apple Fanbois and Carers...

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Re: iMuppets

Did you even READ the article?

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Even slimmer PS3 out next week

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a)The media player option might attract a new customer base

b)kids are always being born so every year there is a new wave

I think the 12Gb one should come bundled with a remote control if it's aimed at media consumption. It's really good and makes it seem much more a real media system to non-teenagers!

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Win8 tablets may cost MORE than iPads – AND LAPTOPS

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Re: I smell fail

At launch manufacturers will have no idea what they can sell for. You can expect prices to plummet once more than one company has devices.

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Re: who cares?

>>still haven't figured out what it takes to get a bestseller

You apart from Windows, Office and XBox? And Visual Studio. And Visio. And Powerpoint. And Kinect.

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It's nothing to do with MS, that's Asus taking the piss. We've seen Android tabs from £100 to £700 so why would Windows be any different?

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Google+ claims 100 million 'active' users

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100m is a massive number even if it's only 10-20% of what FB has. Can they really have that many active users? What does active mean though... been to the site? Posted something? Simply used a Google service while logged in?

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Microsoft announces Office 2013, Office 365 pricing

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Re: An honest question

Apart from the visible stuff like formatting (Open/Libre has NEVER managed not to screw this up for me) Office does a hell of a lot more than you might realise, that OSS doesn't.

For one thing all the macro support is very powerful. For another integration between the different apps (Word, Excel, Access). Thirdly, the ability to call into Office from your own code and generate documents automatically (or to use libs to create Office docs without using Office directly).

To a normal user none of this means much but it's why Office is unrivaled in the techy world. Libre like FireFox is targeting the general home user.

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Re: EU law

Are they definitely saying you can't uninstall and re-register it on another device by contacting customer service? Are MS saying that I mean, not El Reg's reporting of it? That seems a bit unlikely... what if your PC dies or is upgraded?

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Re: Microsoft seeks money

If you normally upgrade to the newest Office, subscription (at those prices) seems a no-brainer assuming your sub lets you automatically get newer versions.

Note if you're setting up a business, paying a sub also reduces your startup costs.

I've never used 365/OnDemand though so whether they're any good I can't say. But if the sub lets you install proper local versions too, I don't think it's too bad. $99 for a whole household to use Office legally is a steal really compared to the old way (even though everyone just installed the same copy on all their PCs).

Tossing in a Skype plan and SkyDrive is a nice touch for both sides although isn't that using a monopoly in Office software to get a dominant position in Cloud storage and web-telephony?

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Motorola outs Razr phone with Intel Inside

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Re: No microSD-card slot?

Damn they'll rue that 1 lost sale

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Windows 8: Never mind Office, it's for GAMING

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Newell

Is just sour grapes that it might hurt his sales.

It's a good point that for gamers, W8 might be just fine. I wonder if the new XBox will be based in some way on W8... like a Mac have a standard PC with a fixed hardware spec so developers know exactly what to target.

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E-books get Brits reading more

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Re: how

You might as well ask how many books any year were that year's smash #1. The answer is lots... a few years back it would be the latest Harry Potter novel.

What's your point? Popular stuff sells more?

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Siri, will Apple's App Store lock out blind people on iOS 6?

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He did it a few days before release hoping it would be fixed in time? Rather than weeks/months ago?

Call me cynical but it seems like attention-seeking to me.

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Users told: Get rid of Internet Explorer (again)

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Re: IE? Who uses that shit ?

It's widely known and widely used but IE9 is just fine thanks. I hope IE10 continues the trend but unlike other commentards I won't pass judgement on something I never used.

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Re: Application portability. Microsoft style

Why would an exploit on newer versions NOT work on older ones? Do you think they start each browser totally from scratch?

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So...

Because a browser has a security bug we should stop using it? What do we do when FireFox has an exploit? Move to Chrome? Then what when Chrome has a bug?

Software gets exploited, the important thing is that the bugs get addressed not that they exist.

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iPhone 5 tops benchmark chart

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Poor haters

"nothing new", "not comparable with Android phones", etc.

I'm not an iPhone lover but it seems getting a damn fast phone into a damn thin case with improved battery life makes for a pretty competitive device.

If it's real of course.

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Office to propel Windows tablets past Android in 2015

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It's as good a guess as any other...

Note that if MS get a big chunk of the business tablet market, that could fulfill the prediction alone. And THAT seems entirely plausible to me. People would use Windows tablets for Outlook alone in the business world.

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Windows Phone 8 stands a chance as Apple, Android dither

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Re: Bit confused by this "HD Voice" mularkey.

lots of people said HD TV wasn't needed, but it's quite nice :)

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Re: challenge accepted

Unity3D is a web-plugin and software run-time (a bit like Java/.NET) not a program.

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Re: @JDX Apple's walled garden for music

So sorry for not owning an iPhone.

If that's the case why does everyone cry about Apple's evil walled garden then? Music is by far the biggest area of content paid for and if you're not locked in to Apple, what's the problem for most users (i.e. not including the few who buy lots of video on their phone)?

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iPhone 5: UK pay-monthly tariffs compared

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@HMB Re: Just amazing

Yes but back then only rich people HAD mobiles... it was a status symbol to have one at all.

Also not everyone had a PC either... these days it's more common for each person in the house to have a PC/laptop/tablet rather than the house PC. And most people didn't get a new PC every 2 years any more than they do now.

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Re: Whatever happened to free at a tenner a month

You can find £10/mo contracts for OK phones. I'm sure I saw the Lumia 610 as well as some Androids... and we're not talking ultra-crappy Androids, just not quad-core monsters.

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Google offers tool to bridge Android and iOS app dev

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It's A solution

Or you could write your app in cross-platform C++ (don't know if there are any good cross platform MOBILE UI toolkits though, like wxWidgets for Windows/Linux/Mac).

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Re: Won't last long?

No they allowed it in the end.

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