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4987 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Google offers tool to bridge Android and iOS app dev

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Re: Won't last long?

No they allowed it in the end.

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Re: I give the iPhone another 3 years tops

Good counter-troll.

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Apple wins second round of Samsung patent slugfest

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The only crazed fanboism on El Reg is from the Linux/Android/FOSS crowd.

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Twitter bows to subpoena, releases Occupy protester's tweets

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Re: RE: Old Handle

If Twitter said they didn't keep the data, would that 100% hold up in court? The court might decide they are responsible TO keep data - if I post something illegal on Twitter and then remove it, they should not allow me to delete it and get away scot free.

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Re: Freedom 2.0

"When a Court in Iran/Syria/China/choose-a-State-thats-not-USA threatens Twitter with a hefty fine; why was/is/will it be so easy for them to stand on their mighty principles?!"

Because it's pretty damn difficult for a non-US court to actually impose/collect any fines on a US company. Seriously, you needed to even ask the question? They gave it up to the US courts because they operate under US law (and presumably many of the owners live in the US). Your little rant about morals doesn't have a place here.

"Meanwhile, to anyone involved in any form of protest who touchingly thinks that their 'privacy' will be assured by organisations as devoutly privacy-loving as TOR or Wikileaks, let alone Facebook or Twitter. Welcome to the real world."

Agreed. However I'd go further and suggest that thinking you're somehow entitled to privacy when you say something online "because it's the internet" is bogus. If you post something illegal online you damn well should be able to have that used against you.

As the pro-privacy/openness crowd point out, our data is very important. That cuts both ways - it's important it is treated with responsibility in ALL ways.

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iPhone 5: UK pay-monthly tariffs compared

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Just amazing

That people are prepared to pay £500 a year for a phone... and that goes fro the top Android (and probably WP) models too.

Where do you get the money for this... it's a cost we simply didn't have 15 years ago but now it's expected most young people have a decent smartphone.

Crazy.

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Windows Phone 8 stands a chance as Apple, Android dither

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Content question to Android/Open fans

AFAIK MS' music store sells you music in non-DRM MP3 format the same as Amazon does; you need to use their special software to copy stuff betwixt phone/PC but you CAN copy it onto your PCs and other devices freely (please correct if wrong).

Does that count as a plus to those who like to whinge about Kindle/iTunes walled gardens, at all? That you can have a Windwos phone and be safe to move your music onto an Android later?

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Microsofties to get Windows 8 Surface tabs

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Common sense

It is crucial for MS to eat it's own dogfood, only then do you get first-hand usage feedback about what seemed a good idea but doesn't work well.

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Can Windows 8 developers be ‘the new rock stars’?

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Re: Not soon though

Yes but MS will be happy to you to upgrade to W7. It's still money... in fact a lot more money.

Businesses which haven't yet started looking at a W7 migration MIGHT figure it's better to jump to W8 though, rather than upgrade to something already outdated.

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No, you'll just be able to pay for hookers.

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Apple time is now world time

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Hoping for deals on the 4S

The wife's got a 3GS which is starting to creak quite noticeably, she's resigned to the fact that buying new top-end phones is a stupid extravagance (well resigned to me holding the purse strings) but I'm hoping we'll see better deals on the 4GS (which as has been said is pretty damn good) once it's no longer the new boy.

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iPhone 5 adaptors goldrush begins

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Re: Not for me

Apple hardly make a big % of their cash from accessories do they?

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Ten iPhone 5 challengers

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Re: I can shorten the whole article for you...

You're just bitter 'cos mummy won't buy you one.

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No SD card slot in this day and age is a crime

No it's not. It's a minor issue that only a select minority of users care about. That's why phone makers - even Android ones - don't view it as a must-have feature.

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Re: No Lumia?

Since the phones aren't released yet and the reviews have been positive, I can only assume you made your opinion based on not liking the colour ;)

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Re: No Lumia?

I mean the Windows version obviously...

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No Lumia?

Too crap or too new?

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New iPod nano and touch: Lightning strikes again

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Re: Bah!

The old-school Nano is a triumph of form providing function... I can't see why anyone wants to play video on it but a wheel + 1 button is lovely. It's far nicer than these touch-screen thingies.

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Re: I'll wait for another year, again.

I imagine they simply figure the % of people who not only have that much music but care enough to buy a classic over a smaller model, is too small to justify frequent updates. Coupled with the whole iCloud thing it seems sadly for you that you're too niche

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Re: Storage?

16Gb for a nano seems fine.

I don't think Apple view Nano as something punters will upgrade every time like iPhone, merely they keep updating it for people on old versions, or new customers.

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Nano touch

I haven't tried one but I can't get my head around the idea... I have a 3rd-gen and it's lovely. Also isn't $149 pretty damn expensive for a nano, I thought they used to be more like 1/2 that?

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Who's afraid of Windows 8? Trio leads Microsoft migration pack

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If they're looking into Windows slates/tablets too, and maybe phones, then perhaps such a migration makes some sense. I can't see a good reason to rush into it otherwise.

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Humanity facing GLOBAL BACON SHORTAGE

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Did they time this news alongside the iPhone 5 announcement...

...hoping people wouldn't notice?

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Ding dong, the Ping is dead! Apple brings in Facebook for iTunes

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Re: Can anyone....

If you don't tell iTunes your FB login, it won't use this new stuff. Solved.

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Intel's Windows 8 tablet Atom chip yields up its secrets

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Why would you stick a brand new, bloated OS on a low-power cpu?

Where do you get Bloated from? W8 is by all accounts nippier than W7 which was nippier than Vista.

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Intel backs 'overhyped' HTML5 for cross-platform app dev

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Re: Only one problem?

That's just another band-aid though (sorry to use the US term). You don't just need to be able to write in a nice language but debug it, etc. And since JS is so heavily optimised it all just gets really messy, surely?

I think something like Google's NaCl is a neat idea - but that also suffers from tools. With C++/Java/.Net the debugging tools you have are simply sensational these days and stepping backwards from that seems, well, backwards.

the ECMAScript used in Flash (AS3) is a lovely little language, why can't we have that at least? Although frankly the whole DOM and CSS mess doesn't fit well with 'proper' apps in my view... web-pages and web-apps don't fit well together.

Are we going to end up everyone writing their graphics inside a Canvas using custom rendering, basically what Flash did?

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Only one problem?

What about the fact you have to develop in JavaScript? jQuery and so on might be great but all they really do is try and patch what is fundamentally a terrible development platform.

I wish HTML5 had included another/proper development language rather than introducing great technology controlled by a crap language.

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Hate the Windows 8 touch UI? Try Kinect-like finger shaking instead

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Re: Random opinion

Don't be stupid, they're not going to force motion control on you simply because that isn't an option for many users. You'd be able to turn it on/off.

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iPhone 5: skinny li'l fella with better display, camera, software

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@AC 21:07

Thanks, that's all I was looking for.

Love downvotes on my question for simply asking a question. Those wacky Android shills, they're so cool.

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Re: Could be in Nokia's interest

Why's it need to innovate, iPhone is popular and this version is a bit sexier and a lot faster with some upgrades on the OS. If you like iPhone, you'll like iPhone 5.

Something big and new is ALWAYS a gamble so you only make it when you need to. Like the Lumia, they have nothing to lose so gambling makes sense.

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Please do feel free to grow up. You're just an embarrassment.

And no I don't own an iPhone or shill for Apple.

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Question to the Androiders

So we're saying the iP5 is not much of a change. How does this compare to the top-line Android phones then... both how they differ from the iP5 and how they improved on the previous generation.

Let's focus on the Galaxy SIII - how does it compare to the iP5 and how is it revolutionary compared to the SII?

technical discussions only, try not to use the phrase "walled garden" I want to know about the capabilities only.

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Facebook wunderkind admits share price Zuck-up on stage

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Re: Facebook is not the social networking platform of the future

"Facebook is a college yearbook website that expanded to accept non-students. It was never really a fully visualized social networking platform. "

Fair point except that FB today is very different from FB when it was a college yearbook. That version no longer exists.

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Blah bl;ah blah. People have been saying FB's going downhill since it had about 1 million users.

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Apple's iCloud goes titsup, email evaporates for unlucky 1%

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Cupertino's idiot-tax outfit

Good quip but hardly appropriate for a serious story.

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Information is the UI in Windows 8, says design guru

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Re: swerving wildly off-topic

please don't use the word 'evolve' you clearly don't know what it means. You've learned this over your lifetime, not passed on altered 'ad ignore' genes.

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Re: The flaw is in the very words "information people need to consume"

The VAST majority of computer use IS consumption. Therefore it makes sense to bias your UX to that area. People creating content can stick with Windows 7 or just use the W8 desktop.

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Dreaded redback spider's NEMESIS: Forgotten Captain Cook wasps

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Re: Not poisonous

Maybe both.

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Google sneaks in back door, slips YouTube onto iPhone 5

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Why should I need an app just to watch a video? Doesn't YouTube support HTML5 these days?

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Dutch unleash intelligent robot bins: No ID, no rubbish

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Re: What's the new part?

If recycling is free, don't you get people just dumping their trash into the recycle part?

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Ultimate bacon sarnie scrap starts to sizzle

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Too much bacon not good

I find it overwhelming when there's a solid 1/2 inch of bacon, or a dozen rashers rammed into a bun. I want to enjoy the taste of the bacon complemented by the bread, not use the bread as a vehicle to hold as much meat as possible.

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Google's Nexus 7 tabs 'can't perform' if flash RAM crammed

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You say false advertising, I say lack of understanding of technology.

Yes but you're a nerd who knows about how computers work, the typical user isn't.

We know why broadband doesn't always/normally get the quoted maximum speed but we still complain it's misleading. Same deal.

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Google skids car insurance comparison engine onto rivals' lawn

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Re: Have used...

Terminally lazy? Really, you search hundreds of agents manually? Or do you mean you use the comparison tool and then manually check the best two or three?

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GoDaddy stopped by massive DDoS attack

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I'm not a web-dev and I can figure it out.

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Re: GoDaddy no wonder

It's less about who opened the door than it is about who walked through it.

Yes we know, everyone popular is shit, blah blah blah. Maybe when you're old enough to run your own business your opinion will be worth listening to.

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Re: Hacker?

Really, we're talking about millions of sites taken down, thousands of businesses impacted, and you want to whinge about how we're using the wrong term?

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iPad no flight risk says Federal Aviation Authority

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Flying has become too safe; people are just not prepared for anything going wrong

If it does go wrong, all those safety drills mean pretty much diddly squat... pulling a little mask over your face as you plunge to the ground at 400kt

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Microsoft urges devs to 'lead Windows 8 app land grab'

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Re: Both of them?

App developers are going to be 95% phone/tablet. Equating W8 on phone/tablet to Vista just makes you look a fool... if anything WP7 was the Vista and W8 is the good version (mobile only).

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Google snags patent on price discrimination

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There were loads of stories about tickets flights being more expensive if you shop with a mac

The recent story was about hotel bookings and it did NOT say they charged more for Mac users. It said Mac users were shown more expensive rooms first - the same rooms were available at the same prices to all but Mac users were shown the more expensive ones first.

As for the "plane flights go up in price" thing, well plane tickets DO go up in price nearer the time don't they? Are we talking about using the provider's site directly, or using sites like Kayak which won't tell each airline your cookies?

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Emotional baggage

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Shouldn't this be in Bootnotes?

Hardware is for serious articles I thought!

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