* Posts by Trevor_Pott

5204 posts • joined 31 May 2010

Apple is GOLDBRICKING IT: BEHOLD the iPad Glister-Slab

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Since this thread will soon be colonized by raging JH hating Apple fanboys, can I please divert the attention away from ad homenims for a few comments? I have a legitimate question for the faithful that I just don't really have time to research at the moment:

...what does the iWatch actually do? I have to confess to not having actually looked into the new generation of smartwatches, and I'm wondering what we're supposed to do with one. Also: how is it different from, for example, a Galaxy Gear or a Pebble?

What's cool about it? Why should I consider getting one? If anyone knows the answers, please let me know! Thanks in advance...

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Huawei promises €1.5 BILLION French investment

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Good on 'em. Huawei make some quality stuff. And since both the options on the market are companies from governments that want an abrupt end to world privacy, I'm far more happy to buy my gear from the company working under the government that has the least likelihood to do me harm.

I don't have to ever have anything to do with China other than buying their stuff. But the US I have to deal with all the time, both as a journalist and because some of my competitors are located there. Best then not to use equipment into which they have back doors.

Bring on the cheap Huawei gear, let's see the backside of this proprietary crap and actually get moving with the software defined networking revolution. More bang for the same buck, and less direct effect if they spy on me. Win/win!

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US Attorney Gen latest to roast Apple, Google mobe encryption

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Eric Holder does not get a vote.

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Inateck BP2001 Bluetooth speaker: The metalhead sysadmin's choice? Not exactly

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Re: Symphony of complexity

"blah blah blah, I listen to the output of the radio telescopes overlaid with downshifted BDSM sessions"

:P

Now, the Boston Pops Orchestra, there's music. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6b7bnWEP1vw as an example.)

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Re: This is art!

I do, in fact, own an iPad Mini Retina. I even used it on the plane during last week's trip to Austin for Spiceworld to watch some Primeval New World, if you would believe it.

Like it or not, iOS is a major operating system and I am called upon to review iOS-based applications more and more. Thus I need to have one. I even - $deity help me - am beginning to appreciate certain aspects of it. It's a hell of a better design, physically, than any Android or Windows tablet I've ever used.

Even is the OS is pants.

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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Re: tiles on the start menu?

The tiles take all of 5 seconds to remove from the start menu.

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Re: Seven ate nine

FINALLY! Someone gets it! Jesus fuck, I've been waiting all day for that. (I was sad when the subed didn't get, nor did ALL OF TWITTER.)

THANK YOU.

My faith in humanity is restored.

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Re: Should have called it Windows 15

Actually, I buy that, from a marketing standpoint.

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Lenovo to finish $2.1bn IBM x86 server gobble in October

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You get to provide business to American corporations.

All the more incentive to buy Chinese.

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Balls of destruction CRUSH your fancy new storage systems ... better get used to it

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The public cloud doesn't eliminate disruption. It only eliminates your ability to deal with it in a safe, reliable and cost-effective manner. I stead you get "hope and prayer".

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Business is back, baby! Hasta la VISTA, Win 8... Oh, yeah, Windows 9

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Re: Limited audience

I've no truck with the "army of yes men" comment. Just the idea that all press become "yes men" when exposed to junkets. We do not.

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Re: Time to rethink

@Ecofoco

IBM have over 20,000 OSX machines deployed in active service amongst their workforce. They know OSX management better than anyone excepting Google.

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Re: Time to rethink

so if MS got some smart people to create a tool (or plug-in) that lets you manage OS X machines, and iOS, that would be $$$ in the bank.

Hi, the latest System Center will do this. Cheers.

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Re: Limited audience

but given it's press and Microsoft are footing the bill, everyone will love it regardless

Ahem. May I kindly suggest you go to the hot place for that one. Some of us are perfectly capable of going on vendor-bought junkets and giving them not one iota of slack compared to the scathing examinations we'd give them if we had to buy the stuff ourselves.

Which is why they don't invite me to these things...but we're not all so low on self esteem that a plane ticket and some bad conference food is enough to buy our loyalty, thank you very much.

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iPAD-FONDLING fanboi sparks SECURITY ALERT at Sydney airport

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Re: i hate this man

If you had to choose between 2 hours of flight or 8 hours in a car you'd realise that 2 hours of being glared at by fellow passengers is a *lot* easier to bear..

Why should I give a fuck about your comfort when you clearly place no value on mine, or an entire airplane's worth of people? Entitled much?

Children aren't special, they aren't wonderful and they aren't carte blanche to act luck a fuckbag. I, at least, don't scream at the parents and tell them to shape up or ship out. I do my best to ignore them, save for the odd glances to let them know that I am unimpressed and that as far as I am concerned, they have breached the boundaries of social acceptability.

So I do my part to restrain my hatred of the squealing nauseants. But fuck you in the face with a bronzed goat if you think for one second I should like having their irritating smell-larva damaging my calm.

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Re: i hate this man

Obviously people take kids on planes because they enjoy paying thousands of dollars to be stuck in a large pop can with their kids screaming for a few hours and smarmy entitled gits like you glaring at them all along, not because they have any other valid reason to be travelling.

Quite obviously. Otherwise, why would they do it? That seems to be your reasoning for projecting my actions, so I turn it around on your precious "parents".

You know there's this thing called first or business class,

Funny, there isn't such a beast on many regional hoppers in North America. The best you get is "Economy Plus".

"doubt there are many children in those seats, so please do go ahead and pay double, well more like quadruple, and sit there,"

Oddly enough, I happened to be on one of the few regional hoppers with first class, and it was populated by said wailing and failing larva.

or perhaps you would prefer to charter a private flight for people with children..oh you won't,

No, when I charter a private flight it is so that I can take it my own self to be rid of the children, thanks.

well then, might I kindly suggest you F off then, they have as much right to fly as you do.

Where did I say they didn't have the right to fly? Nowhere. I just said they were fucking annoying and I don't understand A) why anyone would choose to reproduce and B) why they would take their smelly, screaming, irritating-as-fuck larva onto planes.

As for procreating, yes you do have a valid point there, better ask your parents about why they brought such a pompous self important windbag of a 'larva' into the world, shame that.

I can only conclude they were mad. Much like yours, although given you sense of grandiose entitlement and self importance I would also add "soda-mascochistic" to the list.

Your baby is ugly. Deal with it.

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Re: i hate this man

Why can't I just hate "people" and only likes ones that prove to be markedly less irritating than the others?

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Re: i hate this man

"a large batch of kids in line after a long flight"

Know what I hate? Children on planes. I would easily pay double if only it meant that I was guaranteed a 2 foot thick soundproofed wall between me and any screeching larva. 5 hours from Houston to Edmonton with that howling larva of doom made me want to drive an ice pick into my own brain.

I still have flashbacks. Why the hell do people procreate, anyways? $deity what a pain in the ASCII...

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US stakes out 'net battleground ahead of ITU meeting

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Re: Open goal for USA bashers

I see no reason whatsoever not to be anti-American, nor are you providing me any reasons whatsoever.

As for "Toronto being a known hotbed of radical Islamic terrorists": bullshit. But there were plenty of Americans that left to fight for Allah. Guess they didn't appreciate your amazing country quite so much as you think the world should, hmm?

There are a bunch of really bad people in this world - ISIS amongst them - but America sure as hell aren't the good guys either.

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Re: Open goal for USA bashers

"Let the US bashing posts come, if not for the US, Europeans could be buying head scarfs and veils for their wives and daughters already when ISIS takes over, since Europe is ruled by lamers, even too naive to realize they were spied upon. It is hard to understand that Germany did not offer Snowdon asylum after he revealed Merkel was overheard."

Prove it.

The US lost the war in Iraq. And it was the UK, Canada, France and Germany that have done the bulk of the actual work in Afganistan. The US just ran around and made life difficult for the rest of the coalition.

With friends like the Americans, who needs enemies?

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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

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Re: "mobile first, cloud first"

@Wade Burchette

You must be new here. That's Microsoft's paid AC shill. Don't be surprised or shocked that he twists the truth, stretches it beyond recognition and outright lies in order to defend Mother Microsoft. I've met slime molds with more honour.

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Re: "mobile first, cloud first"

Defaults don't matter when you can't use the fucking thing unless you agree to hand over your data. Such as Hotmail. Let's have a conversation about a French journalist, shall we...?

As for it sending off the contents of my local computer, of yes it fucking does. With every search information about what's on your local computer leaks to Bing.

Microsoft robs you of your privacy at every turn, but likes to play innocent. They aren't.

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Re: Genius

Except the Windows brand name is worth fuck all after repeated stabbing of it in the face with a rusty tractor.

Maybe they should call it Microsoft Steals Your Privacy And Streams It To Bing?

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Re: "mobile first, cloud first"

"Robbing you of your privacy first..."

That's Google motto, MS would infringe Google copyright on data stealing....

Since when has that stopped Microsoft? Besides, they rob you of your privacy every bit as much as Google. More, in fact, because Windows now ensures that even your searches on your local computer are streamed to Bing, attached to your Microsoft ID so that they can track you and the contents of the files on your local computer.

Google rob you of your privacy, but at least they're somewhat up front about it. Microsoft lie like a fucking rug about it, put millions into bashing Google about it, then do it twice as hard.

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Oracle plans German DCs to soothe NSA-ruffled nerves

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Unless the DCs are owned and operated by a company with zero American legal attack surface, this means nothing. What a waste of money on Oracle's part.

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Out of stealth, Saisei pitches IP flow controller

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I am intruiged. Must check them out.

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

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Re: My cordless landline doesn't, and that's a phone.

"Can I be a pedant for just a moment?"

Nobody likes a pedant.

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Re: Spot on, ElReg.

"And avoid tight jeans so I can carry a phablet? Get lost."

No, avoid skinny jeans because hipsters are a plague that should be fired out of a cannon, into the sun.

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Big dinosaur wowed females with its ENORMOUS HOOTER

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Re: artist's impression....

Um....I don't think Hadrosaurs had feathers? Fleshy "combs", yes...and possibly even juvenile down. But feathers? I'd love to see a link to hard evidence of this in Hadrosaurs.

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AW, SNAP, Oracle. You've shrivelled up poor Larry Ellison's package even more

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Re: Oh dear....

Yacht. Ellison has a fascination with them.

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Comcast: Help, help, FCC. Netflix and pals are EXTORTIONISTS

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Chutzpah

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EU dangles $6bn threat over Google in endless search abuse probe

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Re: Fake Investigations

Except Microsoft actually were abusing a monopoly...and continue to do so. Windows 8 was nothing more than a transparent attempt to leverage a desktop monopoly to create one in the smartphone space...to the detriment of everyone.

I have to see any evidence that Google are abusing their monopoly. For the record, keeping the really low-quality shite results from the sorts of spammy link farms that are bitching about this with Microsoft's money behind them out of my searches is exactly why I use Google. Because it keeps the trash out of sight.

That's not an abuse of monopoly; that's providing a quality service. And I'd gladly pay for that quality, when I look at what the alternatives are.

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Re: Gold standard available

"So Google aren't capable of making "I'm Feeling Lucky" as good as Google once made it?"

That's what the man said, and he's right.

The internet is a bigger place, and getting IFL right becomes an infinitely Hard problem as the cruft accumulates. Besides, your IFL "correct" is not mine. We're different. So yeah, that feature will get more and more useless, then be removed.

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Supercapacitors have the power to save you from data loss

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Re: Kaboom?

Q_Q I are French and Dutch, with a strong ancestry from Quebec and France...

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My understanding is that the typical industry practice of reflow soldering basically can't work here. That means you either need an expensive (and apparently not very accurate) robot, or humans. I am sure some companies automated. Others apparently did choose the human route, as it was the only component that couldn't be reflow soldered. Never ask how the sausage is made. You will never like the answer.

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Re: Kaboom?

Ooooh, Canadians qualify?

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Linux? Bah! Red Hat has its eye on the CLOUD – and it wants to own it

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Re: HP disagrees

Red Hat has the ability, but probably not the resources. HP has the resources, but suffers from "fucking retarded" syndrome, and hence doesn't have the ability.

Resources can be acquired. You can't cure stupid.

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GRAV WAVE DRAMA: 'Big Bang echo' may have been grit on the scanner – boffins

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Re: Two modes of investigation - you chose

"The fact I can stab you with a screwdriver or smash your head with a hammer doesn't make those things 'bad'."

No, but we sure as shit shouldn't give you tax breaks for doing so. We should hunt you down and put one in your head and two in your chest.

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Re: Two modes of investigation - you chose

Religion tells you why, then murders you by torture, burning alive, beheading and being raped to death if you disagree or even show the vaguest hint of disrespecting the almighty $religious_leader currently trying to bamboozle the flock.

There's plenty of empirical evidence to that effect. There is no god. Cope.

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Staff unions call for removal of controversial UN patent agency chief

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I don't understand

I was under the impression that anyone and everyone who worked to enforce existing copyright and/or to maximize copyrights term lengths and reach were saintly, pure and divine. Anyone who questioned these perfect individuals was a "freetard" and thus should be stripped naked, bathed in acid, then set on fire.

Surely this is all a misunderstanding and the head of WIPO is, in fact, currently under assault by a pack of vicious, lying freetards aiming to malign his reputation. It's the only explanation that makes sense...

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Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia

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Re: Return journey

Because there's no reason to. Anything we want to learn about the moon we can do with a rover or a satellite. And there isn't much we care about up there. There's Silicon, Nickel, Iron and fuck all else. We've got lots of both here.

Remember: when Theia hit Earth, both bodies liquified and all the interesting bits sunk to Earth's core. Some return to the surface from time to time, but the cost of finding and extracting the pitiful few resources the moon has to offer are so astronomically high, you might as well try catching Apophis when it swings by next and pull the goodies out of that candy surprise. There's more of them per volume, and they aren't such a pain to get at.

There's no point putting much in the way of people up there, because the Moon's got a big gravity well, and pitiful resources. You want to explore/colonize/etc? Try Vesta or Ceres. All the resources you could want, all the volatiles you need. Bonus: not much of a gravity well so leaving and going to points more interesting is easy.

Build yourself a nice whirly ship for gravity. Mine resources as you expend them. Travel from rock to rock and consume the volatiles. Don't bother trying to make perfectly closed ecosystems; consume resources and spread across the stars like a plague. That's the human way.

There's nothing to consume on the moon but a few paltry dregs that make living in the Sahara look easy.

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Reg readers respond: Yes, it's time for Comment of the Week

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Re: Sir

We'll add it to your tab.

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"You have kids?"

Nyet. The reference was more "how I was raised" than "how I raise in-house larva". I am, however, owned by several pets. Many of which apparently are quite popular picks by subeds for the pictures of various articles...

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In that case, we'd have to expand the first layer options to include "To complain about incestuous recursion in the selection of "Comment of the Week" comments, please press 4".

So much work maintaining an imaginary IVR!

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Oz carrier Tiger Air takes terror alerts to new heights

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Re: How could anybody be fearful of terrorism?

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Hey, what's a STORAGE company doing working on Internet-of-Cars?

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“Exhilarating and entertaining driving experiences.”

"Benefits:" Underwriters: Risk management

Translated: "none of your accident claims will ever be approved again, your premiums will be punitive and we have the "data" to prove it. Objective analysis legislation is never going to pass, we promise you."

Sounds exhilarating and entertaining for those who own insurance companies...

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Monitors monitor's monitoring finds touch screens have 0.4% market share

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Re: The 'thought' process is easy to understand

"yes they dont have desktop monitors with touch but it is quite obvious that is not the intended use of a desktop monitor."

Then why the fuck did they try to force a touch OS onto the world's desktop users? Please provide me your officially sanctioned Microsoft PR answer for that.

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It's a pain in the ASCII, so what can be done to make patching easier?

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Re: Window Cleaner's Windows Monologue

"This article reads like the Windows monologue. I really feel sorry for you, really, but you should just do that thing I have been telling you to do for the past 14 years, switch to Linux."

The apps suck.

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Lumia rebrand begins: Nokia's new UK web home is Microsoft.com

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Re: Is it so confusing?

The Microsoft brand has value. And a "Microsoft Lumia 890" may be a phone that sells, and sells well.

The Windows brand, OTOH, has a negative value. A "Microsoft Lumia Windows Phone" will not sell.

Microsoft does not yet remotely understand what they've done to the Windows brand. Until they understand the dept of their mistakes, they'll keep repeating them, and ruining other aspects of their business via contamination.

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